International Soccer

Congratulations to Brian Ahern, sixth year, who recently represented Hazelwood College in the Ireland U18 v Australia U18 Schools match. On the day Brian scored both of Irelands goals and was awarded Man of the Match

Here is a match report from the day as first published in the Limerick Leader.

Reporter: Jerome O’Connell 20 Jan 2020

LIMERICK teenager Brian Ahern scored both goals as the Republic of Ireland were 2-0 winners over Australia. Hazelwood College star Ahern was the match winner with two brilliant second half goals as the Republic of Ireland U18 boys came from a goal down to edge out the Austrialia Schools for a 2-1 win in a friendly international at Home Farm FC.

Ahern was one of several players that Ireland head coach William O’Connor introduced at the break as he juggled his squad in an effort to break the deadlock after a scoreless opening half.

The Limerick United forward a pupil at Hazelwood College in Dromcollogher made his mark in fine style on the hour by powering home the equaliser with a 30 yard screamer that sailed past a helpless Thomas Rozman in the visitors goal.

A deserved win that delighted head coach William O’Connor. “Brian (Ahern) did really well to get us back on top with two great goals. The first one in particular was some strike,” said the Irish manager.

“Overall all the squad did brilliantly and there were some fine individual performances too which bodes well for our bid to regain the Centenary Shield with the first of our four games a home fixture against Scotland coming up on March 19”.

O’Connor added: “Games against Australia are always difficult as our side are all U18 while they are U19 but we responded well after conceding the early second half penalty.” @faischools Both goals by Brian Ahern from yesterday’s 2-1 win V Australia in @Homefarm_FC . pic.twitter.com/yIPk23ajrU — William O Connor (@willyoc21) January 19, 2020

The Irish students will have a trial game against Colin O’Brien’s U17 select in a few weeks time as O’Connor attempts to whittle the squad down to 16 players for the Centenary Shield fixture at the end of March.

Ahern’s goal got Ireland right back into a game that looked to be slipping away from them after Sasha Kuzevski had earlier put Australia in front beating goalkeeper Patrick McGarvey from the penalty spot after he was taken down in the box by Mark Hanratty.

Ahern wasn’t finished and minutes after he struck the equaliser he went on to crown a top class show by climbing above the Australia defenders to head home what proved to be the winner.

The goal was created by Lucan CBS scholar Kyle Robinson’s precise pass that gave Hanratty the chance to whip in a high cross from the left and Ahern managed to get his head on the ball and guide it home for a superb double. The penalty coolly converted by Kuzevski on 56 minutes put Australia in the driving seat although a fantastic double save from goalkeeper Rozman who kept out close range efforts from Robinson and Ahern might have seen Ireland get back on terms.

However minutes later Ahern got another opportunity to make amends and this time he made no mistake with his superb finish from distance.

That equaliser shook the visitors and when Ahern quickly headed home his second there was no way back as the Irish grew in confidence with Eoin Farrell and Adam Verdon dominating the midfield and Kyle Robinson and Brian Ahern always lively up front.

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: Eoghan O’Sullivan (Coláiste Cois Life, Lucan); Cillian Heaney (Rice College, Westport), Adam McCarron (Scoil Mhuire, Buncrana), Andrew Quinn (Dunshaughlin Community College), Rob Walsh (Glanmire Community College); Eoin Farrell (Ardscoil na Tríonóide, Athy) Adam Vernon (Gaelcholáiste Reachrann, Donaghmede); Adam Lennon (Athlone Community School), Daniel Cox (St. Joseph’s College, Galway), Charlie Concannon (Yeats College, Galway); Kyle Robinson (Coláiste Phadráig, Lucan CBS). Subs: Patrick Ferry (Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair) for Walsh h-t, Brian Ahern (Hazelwood College, Dromcollogher) for Cox h-t, Patrick McGarvey (Rosses Community School, Dungloe) for O’Sullivan h-t, Joe Power (Presentation College, Bray) for Heaney h-t, Mark Hanratty (Lusk Community College) for Concannon h-t, Luke Rudden (Carndonagh Community School) for Lennon 86.

AUSTRALIA: Luke Genua (Edmund Rice College); Sasha Kuzevski (St. Edward’s College), Nathan Grimaldi (The Hills Sports High School), William Pearce (William Clarke College), Jack McLoughlin (Cranbrook School); Dimitri Kostopoulos (Westfields Sports High School), Alexander Bonetig (Edmund Rice College); Connor Rose (St. Leo’s Catholic College), Lachlan Sepping (Emmaus Catholic College), Jordan Metcalfe (Epping Boys High School); Rhys Osmond (Westfields Sports High School). Subs: Thomas Rozman (Champagnat Catholic College) for Genua h-t, Jack Berte (St. Pius Cross College) for Osmond h-t, Caleb Jackson Brown (Westfields Sports High School) for Pearce h-t, Jay McGowan (Sylvania High School) for Metcalfe h-t, Will Hodgson (St Aloysius College) for Kostopoulos 62, Bailey Ratcliff (Matthew Flinders Anglican College) for McLoughlin 62.

REFEREE: Ian O’Keeffe (Waterford)

Young Scientist News

Some fantastic news filtering in from Dublin as our young scientists have been placed highly commended in their category , Social and Behavioral Take Your Tent Home An innovative approach at reducing waste generated by festival goers Congratulations to these brilliant ambassadors for our school and their teacher Mrs Malone

Well done to Eoin, Stephen and Daniel ergo n are doing a fantastic job of representing Hazelwood at this years BT Young Scientist Competition. Pictured here with Tom Neville TD and his wife Jenny Dixon

Festive Treats

A festive treat for all of our students yesterday as they were served with hot chocolate and cookies for morning break. It’s beginning look a lot like Christmas

Shoe Box Appeal

This year our 1st year students took part in the annual Shoe box collection gathering boxes from our own school as well as those from the local community, the primary and the playschool. On Thursday 14th November, 14 of those students were lucky enough to travel to Mountcollins to help out sorting the boxes and helping ensure they were in perfect condition ready for transport to this years destination which is Romania . Thanks to all who kindly took part in this years collection and to all the volunteers in Mountcollins who made the experience so informative and enjoyable.

Open Morning

A busy morning for staff and students as we welcome local primary schools for our annual open morning. We look forward to meeting all prospective students and their parents at tomorrow’s open evening. Principals address will commence at 7.15pm.

Concern Debates

Congratulations to the Hazelwood College Concern Debate team who made a successful start against Scoil Pòl, Kilfinane, drawing in their opening match. Pictured are (left to right) Colm Tynan, Hannah O’Sullivan, Anna O’Regan Cunningham and Muireann O’Callaghan (captain).

Annual Open Day & Night

The annual open night for prospective incoming students will take place on the evening of Wednesday 16th October from 7 – 9p.m.

Principals Address will commence at 7.15p.m.

All are welcome

On display on the night will be samples of student work from across the year groups, classroom displays and exhibitions, and a competition for incoming students.

In conjunction with the open night will be an open day on Tuesday 15th October from 9.30a.m. – 12.30p.m. 5th and/or 6th class students from local schools will be brought to the school to experience the school in action. Senior students will guide students through the school and its facilities. Students in fifth or sixth class from primary schools not attending on the day are welcome to visit also with their Parent/Guardian. Available on the open night will include information on the programmes and subject we offer

•Junior Certificate

•Transition Year Programme

•Leaving Certificate

•Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme

•Leaving Certificate Applied

Here are some photos from a recent open day/night

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