Tramore CBS

Timmy Williams in conjunction the Waterford Schools Development programme organised a most successful 1st and 2nd year 7 a side hurling Blitz recently. Four teams of 8 were selected with each team playing 3 games all of which were closely contested in a most sporting and competitive manner. Kai Willmott beat Ben Richards in the final while David Jordan defeated Louis Halligan in the shield.All players deserve special praise for their effort and enthusiasm on both days CBS Tramore would like to thank Cormac Hackett and all who helped and also Micheal Mac Craith for the use of their impressive facilities All enjoyed the blitz immensely.

In preparation for the Munster championship Tramore CBS played a very useful challenge against Kilmacthomas in Kill recently Both teams served up a marvellous  contest full of character and courage as Tramore won by 2 points 3-9 to 2-10.Three players deserve special praise for their inspiring performance namely Mark Cantwell, Ben Richards and Lee Power while others to impress were Lorcan Lynch, Luke O Brien, Matthew Garvey and Kai Willmott.

In the first round of the U15 Munster Schools Hurling championship CBS TRAMORE travelled to Davin Park Carrick on Suir to take on Ballingarry and recorded a superb victory. The concession of an early goal did not deter the seasiders as they fought back to build up a good lead only to concede two goals before half team yet they led at the break 2-6 to 2-2. The second half was somewhat similar with Tramore CBS establishing a lead then conceding a goal but they finished strongly to achieve a notable win 3-17 to 5-3. This was a great team performance despite the absence of two key players full of passion and pride. Best for Tramore CBS were Louis Halligan, Ben Richards, Charlie Kelly and Lorcan Lynch Others to shine were Luke O Brien, Matthew Garvey and Kai Willmott. In the next round Tramore CBS take on Bandon a most formidable challenge as their senior team is in the Harty Cup semi final. This match is fixed for February 26.

U15 1/2
CBS TRAMORE travelled to Carriganore recently to take on St Pauls in the U15 1/2 Waterford Schools Hurling Final. This match was played on the all weather pitch and it turned out to be a very high scoring game with the seasiders losing 6  5 to 6  13. It was a most exciting and well contested encounter with both teams displaying great skill and spirit. Best for Tramore were Ben Richards William Power Mark Cantwell Lee Power Eoin McGrath Matthew Garvey and Lorcan Lynch. Thanks to Shane Rellis Philip Griffin and James Reville for their invaluable assistance.

Tramore CBS recorded a great victory in the quarter-final of the U15 and a half Waterford Schools Gaelic football  championship against St Pauls recently . Despite trailing by 8 points after ten minutes Tramore CBS fought back bravely to lead by a point at half time and eventually win comprehensively 4 -9 to 2 -7 Both Sam Shephard and Ben Richards were heroic in this fightback and an honourable mention to Jason Basquill, Eoin McGrath, Reggie Medika, Ryan Law and Dean Shanahan who all played very well. The team captained by Oisin Queally will be hoping for a similar performance in the semi final against An Rinn to book their place in the final.

Tramore CBS defeated Coláiste San Nioclás An Rinn in horrendous conditions to qualify for the U15 and a half Waterford Schools Gaelic football County Final.
The standard of football was poor as Tramore squandered many scoring opportunities. Once again Sam Shephard worked hard while Eoin McGrath Jason Basquill and Charlie Kelly also performed well. 
Tramore CBS Will be hoping for a much improved performance in the final when they will meet De La Salle college. The final score was CBS Tramore 2-7 Coláiste San Nioclás 2-5.

Tramore CBS Hurling Rice Cup
The lifespan of Tramore CBS is almost at an end and although it surely is an end of an era one hopes that the proud and noble tradition of promoting Gaelic games iniated by the Christian Brothers in 1842 will continue to flourish in Ardscoil na Mara. Over the past number of years Timmy Williams has entered the school in the Rice Cup a most prestigious U14 hurling competition for CBS schools which provides invaluable experience against top class hurling schools. The format consists of four groups with five teams in each group. A one day blitz is organised for each group in Thurles with the top three teams qualifying for the Rice Cup while the bottom two take part in the Westcourt Cup. Two years ago Tramore CBS lost narrowly to Ennis in the Westcourt Cup final while last year they were defeated by Killkenny CBS in the semi final of the Rice Cup. This year the Rice Cup takes place on Tuesday March 18th in Dr. Morris Park Thurles and Tramore CBS will face such formidable opponents as Killkenny, Nenagh, Wexford and Mullingar CBS.

Tramore CBS Hurling
CBS Tramore travelled to Abbeyside recently to take on St . Augustine's in the quarter - final of the U14 A Waterford Schools Hurling championship. Despite the inclement weather both teams served up a most competitive encounter full of spirit and skill. ln the first half St. Augustine's were more cohesive and competent and built up a big lead yet one could not fault the effort and endeavour of the seasiders. Inspired by superb performances from Leon O Brien and Luke O Brien CBS Tramore displayed immense character and courage in the second half to fight back eventually losing by four points 4  14 to 6  4 . This was a great team performance but others to impress were Finn O Connor, Jack Meaney. Conor Butler, John Murphy, Dan Morrissey, Jack Larkin, Michael Lonergan, Aaron Cashin, Jack Richardson, Cian Corbett and Jordan Power. CBS Tramore travel to Killkenny soon to take part in the Westcourt Cup a most prestigious U14 hurling competition for CBS schools. They will gain invaluable experience playing against top class hurling schools such as Callan, Cashel, Carrick on Suir and Wexford CBS.

It was with a sense of nostalgia and immense pride that Tramore CBS departed Youghal GAA grounds as they had played their last game as a CBS school in the Munster championship. It was the quarter - final of the U15 hurling championship against Hamilton High School Bandon the alma mater of highly respected Micheál Mac Craith official Michael Crowley. Although the seasiders were apprensive facing a school whose senior team had reached the semi- final of the Harty Cup they gave a superb and passionate performance losing in the end by 3 points 1 14 to 2 8. Those to excell were Mark Cantwell, Ben Richards, Lorcan Lynch, Luke O Brien, Cian Flanagan and Louis Halligan while Charlie Kelly, Lee Power, David Jordan, Matthew Garvey and Leon O Brien were most impressive. All members of this panel deserve great praise for their effort and endeavour since last September and no doubt these young hurlers will strive to enhance this treasured GAA legacy in their new state of the art school Ardscoil na Mara.

U14 Schools Hurling
CBS Tramore travelled to Dunhill to take part in the U14 hurling blitz for the Donal O Faoláin Cup well organised by St. Declan's Kilmacthomas. It was somewhat fitting that this last game ever for CBS Tramore and Timmy Williams should be in this renowned venue where many of the locals made a major contribution to hurling success in the school.CBS Tramore recorded great victories over St. Paul's and Lismore but lost out narrowly to Kilmacthomas in the final. Great praise is due to all members of the panel for a superb team display especially Leon O Brien who was outstanding while Luke O Brien, John Murphy, Conor Butler, Jack Meaney and Dan Morrissey were most impressive. Others to work tirelessly were Richard Lynch, Adam Schley. Michael Lonergan, John Cowman and Reggie Medika. It is surely the end of an era as one thinks of the invaluable contribution that the Christian Brothers made to this famous seaside resort since 1876. Hopefully the noble and honourable tradition of promoting Gaelic games will continue to flourish in Ardscoil na Mara.