Squash is a game played using a ball and a racket on an indoor court. You also must wear goggles for safety. It takes a while to learn to play Squash. You have to learn how to serve the ball and hold a rally with your opponent and you also have to practice a lot before you enter in for competitions. When you go to competitions, the standard is very high so sometimes it’s hard to win but going to competitions can be fun because you meet new friends. Overall squash is a great winter game that when you know how to play you can play it in any squash court anywhere in the world.

This year, St Patrick’s College, Lacken Cross had three squash teams that did really well in their competitions. All three teams won Connacht titles and got to the All Irelands which were held in Lisburn. The three teams were the Girls U 15, Boys U 15 and Boys U 17. We got to play against teams from the other provinces while representing Connacht. The standard of this competition was very high, and we did not win but it was a great experience and who knows, maybe next year we will win a medal!

The students who represented the school at the All Irelands are as follows;

Girls Under 15 – Sarah Costello, Aine Gough, Anna Maughan and Sarah Rooney.

Boys Under 15 – John Joe Nealon, Paddy Gough, Sean Gildea and James Mc Loughlin.

Boys Under 17 – Kale Marwick, Sean Mc Andrew, Paul Gilroy and Dwayne Lally.

The school is also lucky to have a number of students who played for Connacht in the Inter- Provencal’s this year. They were John Joe Nealon, Sean Gildea, Paddy Gough, James Mc Loughlin and Aine Gough.

I would like to thank Killala Squash Club for giving us the opportunity to take part in these competitions, to Colm our coach, who trains us all year, the parents for all their hard work helping during the year and to the school for entering the teams.

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