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Year 7 and 8 take part in special Irish Sports Tour

Year 7 and 8 take part in special Irish Sports Tour

A pair of year groups at Rydal Penrhos took part in a special sports tour recently.

The Year 7 and 8 group consisting of 32 pupils crossed the Irish Sea for a tour of Ireland and Northern Ireland, where they played a number of fixtures with teams from the area.

In addition to their netball and hockey fixtures, the group also got the chance to sample the local culture and try their hand at Gaelic Football.

They also visited the iconic 82,000 seater stadium Croke Park to take in a high-profile fixture.

The first set of fixtures saw them take on the oldest school in Ireland, The Royal School, Armagh, which saw narrow defeats despite a fine individual performance from Josh Lynch.

Netballers braved the snow and bitterly cold conditions to come away with positive efforts, with Bella Rutherford, Emily Thomas, Emily Madden and Beau Holden winning player of the match awards.

The following day saw the young hockey stars take part in an eight-team tournament in Llanrug upon their return to home soil, and they recorded impressive wins over Caernarfon and Bangor before falling to a narrow defeat to Colwyn Bay.

Deputy Head Tim Cashell, said: “Overall it was a very enjoyable tour with plenty of pleasing elements to it, and I would like to thank Year 7 and 8 for all their efforts.

“A special mention must also go to the staff members that came along to ensure the trip went according to plan.”

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