In its 20th year, the very popular Andy Gibbons 3rd Class Inter-school Hurling tournament was held over recent weeks with the finals taking place on Thursday, 15 March in the Naomh Olaf GAA Club Hall. Kilkenny man Gibbons, the first Naomh Olaf Club Games Promotion Officer, instituted this competition in 1998. It has served as a source of great excitement and enjoyment for students, parents and indeed teachers in participating schools in the Dundrum / Sandyford area. And Andy himself, now a sprightly 83 years of age, organises the competion with current club GPO, Eddie Bouabbse, and with great assistance from Joey Jackson and Dave Kinsella.
The students are the real winners, developing their hurling skills and enjoying the intensity of competition where they all, boys and girls, give everything for the pride of their primary schools.
Finals day on 15 March was another great day with a large attendance who roared their lungs out and all the young players were winners.
Naomh Muire Cois Bóthair (Our Lady of the Wayside) overcame Gaelscoil Thaobh na Coille in the Cup final.
Holy Trinity got the better of St. Olaf's in the Shield final.
It took an exciting penalty shoot out for Naomh Muire Cois Bóthair to overcome St. Mary's Sandyford in the Plate final after the teams finished all square in normal time.
In the other two finals St. Olaf's beat Gaelscoil Thaobh na Coille and Holy Cross NS Dundrum got the better of Holy Trinity.
Well done to all players and sincere thanks to the Múinteoirí, Parents and of course to Andy, Joey and Dave.