St. Brendan’s students participate in International Children’s games in Australia – November 2014.

Two St. Brendan’s students – Sean O’Leary and Michael Potts had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity this December.  On 29th November, 2014 – Eighteen athletes and six coaches travelled to Sydney, to take part in the International Childrens’ games held in Lake Macquarie, Newcastle.  The squad consisted of boys and girls soccer teams and two swimmers.

At Newcastle University over 1,500 young people competed in the games and sports ranging from soccer, bmx, water polo, athletics, gymnastics, golf and sailing.  Over 80 towns and cities from around the world gathered at Lake Macquarie, thousands of people were in attendance for the opening ceremony.  In our group were Verney of Switzerland, Hadera of Israel, Plock of Poland and Ufa of Russia.  We knew we had the toughest group in the competition and had to be at our best to go through.  We opened with a 6-0 win over Verney of Switzerland and a 6-1 win over Hadera of Israel.  The following day was our toughest, we had to play Plock of Poland (who went on to win the competition) but we beat Ufa of Russia 1-2 which meant we qualified for the quarter finals where we met North Lanarkshire of Scotland.  It was a close match but we lost 3-1, so we were out and had to do with 5th – 8th place.  The following day we were in a 5th place play off with Macay of China but with an injured and suspended player we couldn’t keep up and lost 4-1.  We beat Maitland of Australia 9-5 to finish 7th place overall.
It was a great experience and we all really enjoyed it.

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