Sport in De La Salle College
Sport In De La Salle College
Sport is a hugely important part of life in De La Salle College. It encourages students to work as a team, to learn discipline, to be magnanimous in victory and gracious in defeat, and to meet and interact with students from other schools.
In the last few years, De La Salle College has enjoyed wonderful success in hurling, winning the prestigious Harty Cup (Munster) and Croke Cup (all Ireland) for the first time ever in 2007 and repeating the success in 2008-a truly remarkable achievement. The college has also tasted success in Dean Ryan (Under 16½) and White Cup (Under 15) and the future for hurling in the school looks extremely bright.
While hurling may be in the ascendancy at the moment, De La Salle College has an extremely proud history in Gaelic Football, having annexed five Munster senior titles in the 1960’s. More recently, three Under 15 titles have been won in this decade alone.
Waterford has always been a stronghold of soccer and the school has enjoyed wonderful success in this sport in the last number of years with a host of Munster titles and All-Ireland success. Our first year team achieved unprecedented success, winning three All Irelands in a row in 2005, 2006 and 2007, a feat unlikely to ever be equaled.
In recent years, basketball has become a very popular sport in the school, and the college has tasted All Ireland success at Under 19 and Under 16 level in the last decade.
Other sports are also catered for in the school and we enter teams in athletics, cross-country, badminton, tennis, squash, orienteering and golf.
While it is a great honour to represent De La Salle College and wear the school jersey, all students who wish to get involved in sport are catered for. Thus, hurling and football leagues are held within the school with as many students as possible encouraged to participate. Indoor soccer leagues are run in the hall at lunch time, and PE is offered to all classes in the school, covering a wide range of activities from pitch and putt to martial arts.
Of course, sport could not operate so successfully in the school without the selfless dedication of a huge number of teachers who willingly give their time after school and at weekends, coaching and offering their expertise to the students. Long may it continue so that De La Salle College can look forward to the future on sporting fields throughout the length and breadth of Ireland.