Rugby History for CBS

On Tuesday 4th March the CBS junior rugby team carved out a niche in the annals of the school when they beat Colaiste Iognaid ,the Jes, to qualify for the Elvery’s Connacht Schools Junior Rugby Cup Final.

The CBS junior team comprehensively beat the Jes 13-0 in the semi final which was dramatically played out on their home pitch at Creggs RFC  in the presence of the stalwart Creggs rugby fraternity. As the final whistle catapulted the CBS onto the big stage there were scenes of joy as the supporters and the team realised the significance of this victory.  Not only was this the first time the CBS ever qualified for a Connacht Junior Cup Final but also the first time for any Roscommon school to qualify. The Connacht Schools Junior Cup has traditionally been dominated by the big rugby schools, Garbally College 41 titles, The Bish 10 titles, Sligo Grammar 7 titles and the current champions The Marist 5 titles.

The Jes who were resolutely beaten last Tuesday by the CBS, have themselves 4 previous titles. The significance of this achievement is made all the more impressive by the fact that the CBS only introduced rugby officially into the extra curricular sports programme three years ago when PE teacher Ms Geoghegan liaised with Creggs rugby club, and together with coaches Dave Purcell and Aidan Farrell set in motion a programme that has seen the Juniors progress through two Development Cup seasons in 2012 and 2013, to the Premier Cup in 2014. It is a fantastic achievement for the team to reach the final which will be played in the Sportsgrounds in Galway on March 19th against the winners of St Geralds Castlebar v Garbally [ Weds 12th ].