DLSC hit sporting treble

by Gazette Reporter
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DE LA Salle College, Churchtown garnered success in both badminton and rugby on one special day last month, one that will live long in the memory for the school.
The day was kick-started with the junior rugby team winning the South Dublin Cup, defeating St Colmcille’s in the final. The senior team continued the schools success, as they won the senior section of the same competition, beating St Benildus College in emphatic fashion in the final.
The day was complete when De La Salle’s badminton Under 19A team won the Dublin southside mixed doubles tournament along with Mount Anville.
The day marks one of the most successful days in the school’s recent sporting history, with all three teams emerging victorious and bringing back silverware.
Both De La Salle rugby teams were in action in the finals of the South Dublin cup, taking place in Donnybrook, and both were facing off against the current holders of the respective trophies.
This was the first year De La Salle had entered the competition and they were certainly keen to leave their mark on it. The De La Salle junior team faced the champions, St Colmcille’s.
However, De La Salle was clearly not daunted by the task and was decisive in victory, winning 43-15 in an open game under the sun, in front of a sizeable crowd, representing both schools. The day was only going to get better for the school.
The senior team was up against a strong St Benildus outfit.
The match was a tense affair in the first half, with neither side being able to pull away.
However, in the second half, aided by some clever substitutions, De La Salle scored a flurry of tries in a 29-0 victory, to claim the South Dublin Cup.
The next round of this eventful day took place in the college itself, as the Under 19 De La Salle badminton club were playing in the southside mixed doubles cup.
The De La Salle A team, paired with Mount Anville, emerged victorious to round off a special day for the school. They played the De La Salle B team with St. Raphael’s in the final, which they won convincingly. The result meant that a De La Salle side had won the competition and finished runners-up as well, from a pool of eight south side schools.
All of the school teams were praised by the school principal, Ms O’Connell, who expressed her joy at the teams’ success. “The senior side was the cake, the junior side was the icing and the badminton was the cherry on top.”

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