Soccer in the Sunshine!

One of the first pieces of post to land on Mr McParland’s desk following the Christmas holidays, was an invitation for some of our Primary Sixes to take part in the Newry High School Football Tournament.

The news was greeted with great excitement and enthusiasm from the Primary Sixes, who were eager to show off their skills in the hope of being scouted as the next Messi, Pogba or Salah.  Such a huge number of children expressed their desire to take part, that a request was made to Mr Nicks (the event organiser) to inquire if St. Peter’s could enter a second team in the competition.

Thankfully, Mr Nicks accepted, and on Friday 2nd February, nineteen boys and girls made their way to Newry Olympic Hockey Club for the tournament.  In a week that had seen every weather imaginable, from rain and sleet, to high winds and snow, everyone was delighted to welcome blue skies and sunshine as they disembarked, ahead of their first set of games.

The two teams were managed by Miss Murphy and Mr McParland respectively.  As the day progressed, it was Miss Murphy (to be know henceforth as Miss Mourinho) who showed her impressive management style, leading her team and whose brilliant performances saw them only narrowly missing out on the Big Final. 

Mr McParland’s team played some excellent, free-flowing football at times, although a couple of draws early on meant that they were unable progress to the knockout stages.

The overall winners of the tournament were our neighbours from Bessbrook Primary School, and on our shared bus journey home, the St. Peter’s crew helped them to celebrate their achievement with some jubilant singing. The busman should have brought his ear plugs that day!

Everyone at St. Peter’s would like to thank the staff and students from Newry High School for their hard work in organising the tournament, the refereeing on the day, and of course providing a clever way for nineteen St. Peter’s kids to avoid the weekly spelling test!

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