Between winning the Ulster Under 16 Grade C camogie title at the
first attempt in 2007 and 2011, St Killian’s College managed to win just 4 matches in Grade B. However from the start of last year they lifted the Ulster B title for the first time, narrowly lost an All-Ireland semi-final and then shocked everyone by defeating top-seeds St Patrick’s Maghera to qualify for the Ulster A final for the first time ever.
Although they were well beaten in the final by St Mary’s Magherafelt, Larne Borough Council Sports’ Forum decided that their progress during 2012 merited School Team of 2012, an award Sinéad Cosgrove and Sarah Kane accepted on behalf of the team at the Larne Annual Dinner and Awards’ Ceremony in the McNeill Theatre on Thursday evening. The awards were presented by Dame Mary Peters.
This is the first time that Gaelic Games has been recognised in the Awards’ ceremony. St Killian’s was short-listed along with Moyle Primary School’s Soccer team and Larne Grammar’s Under 14 girls’ Hockey team.
Year 8 student Jack Healy, a Gold medal winner at the Irish Karate National Championships, was short-listed for Junior Sports’ Performer of the Year, but lost out to Matthew Dalton, Irish under 15 champion in both Shot Putt and Long Jump as well as runner-up in 80m hurdles and High Jump.
A number of St Killian’s students also helped Larne Swimming Club take the Award for Junior Club team of 2012.