GAA is very popular here in Scoil Assaim and the boys participate in training and matches with great enthusiasm, commitment and skill.
This year the Scoil Assaim Senior Football team has had a very successful campaign which culminated in a very narrow loss in a thrilling semi-final encounter against St. Pius’s in St. Brigid’s GAA grounds.
The team showed amazing determination and grit in the match and were in contention right up to the final whistle. The excitement and drama of the semi-final was only eclipsed by the dramatic extra-time victory over St. Michael’s in the quarter-final where a last minute penalty by Aaron Byrne was saved but the opposition’s goalkeeper to the dismay of the large Assaim’s support. However, Byrne kept his cool and when the rebound fell kindly for the midfielder, he planted the ball past the helpless goalkeeper to the joy of his teammates.
In the group stage of the competition, Scoil Assaim got off to an excellent start by beating local rivals St. Brigid’s on pitch 12A by a large margin. There were a lot of good scores from all over the pitch. We were up by 2 points with five minutes to go but then St. Helen’s came back with 2 points to draw the very tense match.
Our final group stage match was against Bayside in Páirc Barróg. Again, it was a very close encounter. We were up by a lot in the first half but then a fired up Bayside got a couple of goals back and eventually they were even leading as we headed into the last quarter.
Scoil Assaim also won the annual Scoil Assaim Tournament, beating St. Brigid’s, Bayside, and Howth in the one-day blitz in St. Anne’s Park.