Created on Monday, 20 May 2013 15:47
Aviva Health FAI Primary School 5‚Äôs National Finals Preview
Stage set for Aviva Finals on Saturday
Monday, May 20, 2013
AVIVA STADIUM will play host for the first time ever to this year‚Äôs Aviva Health FAI Primary School 5‚Äôs National Finals on Saturday, May 25 (12 noon to 3pm).
This Saturday (May 25) will see the future stars of the game entertain the crowds in Aviva as the Aviva Health FAI Primary Schools 5‚Äôs comes to its climax. The event will be a family fun day focused on providing participants and spectators alike with huge excitement and entertainment, making it a day to remember for all involved. Activities kick off at 12pm.
After three months of competitions, the final twenty schools advance from their provincial finals to the ultimate stage, the National Finals. Over 16,000 children from all over Ireland participated in this, the biggest and best competition in the 2013 Primary Schools Soccer Calendar. Schools battled it out in county qualifiers nationwide before advancing firstly to regional finals, and then to provincial deciders.
There are four sections catering for different schools including, ‚ÄúA‚ÄĚ Schools and Girls ‚ÄúA‚ÄĚ Schools for small sized schools. Medium sized schools are catered for under the ‚ÄúB‚ÄĚ Schools section, and finally ‚ÄúC‚ÄĚ Schools accommodate the large schools section.
The National Finals will see 160 participants from 12 counties compete for this prestigious title. Schools from Roscommon (3), Galway, Mayo, Tipperary (2), Clare, Cork (2), Cavan, Donegal, Inishowen (3), Longford (2), Louth, Kildare and Meath will fight it out in their respective categories for the top prize of being crowned All Ireland Aviva Health FAI Primary 5‚Äôs Champions for 2013.
Everyone‚Äôs a winner in this competition with participants receiving an umbro kit and Aviva Health commemorative medal for their participation in this year‚Äôs National Finals.
At today‚Äôs National Finals launch, players from St. Michael‚Äôs NS, Trim and Scoil Mochua‚Äôs Celbridge were in attendance at Aviva Stadium in advance of Saturday‚Äôs finals. St. Michael‚Äôs NS will participate in the large schools ‚ÄėC‚Äô Section, while the girls from Scoil Mochua will line out for Leinster in the Girls ‚ÄėB‚Äô Section.
The participants were joined at today‚Äôs launch with previous primary school All Ireland winners, and current underage internationals, Gemma McGuinness, Sarah Rowe and Lauren Dwyer.
WU19 International players, Gemma McGuinness and Sarah Rowe participated in the All Ireland Finals in 2008. Both girls captured gold for their respective schools in the Girls ‚ÄėA‚Äô Section and Girls ‚ÄėB‚Äô Section. Sarah lined out for St. Oliver Plunkett‚Äôs NS, while Gemma played with Greencastle NS.
WU17 International star Lauren Dwyer is another student who participated in the competition for Bennekerry NS in Carlow in 2009, winning gold at the National Finals for the first time in the School‚Äôs history.
Men‚Äôs underage internationals Conor Levingston, Michael Quigley and Adam Dunbar were also present at today‚Äôs launch, and are all alumni of the competition. Conor Levingston represented St. Joseph‚Äôs NS in Gorey in 2009, while his fellow students Michael Quigley and Adam Dunbar lined out in 2010. The trio picked up first place finishes at the National Finals in consecutive years.
CONNACHT - WINNERS:
Section ‚ÄúA‚ÄĚ Schools: Lisaniskey NS, Roscommon
Section ‚ÄúA‚ÄĚ Girls Schools: Cregmore NS, Galway
Section ‚ÄúB‚ÄĚ Schools: Summerhill NS, Athlone, Roscommon
Section ‚ÄúB‚ÄĚ Girls Schools: Summerhill NS, Athlone, Roscommon
Section ‚ÄúC‚ÄĚ Schools: St. Patrick‚Äôs NS, Castlebar, Mayo
MUNSTER - WINNERS:
Section ‚ÄúA‚ÄĚ Schools: Ballyneale NS, Tipperary
Section ‚ÄúA‚ÄĚ Girls Schools: St. Joseph‚Äôs NS, Miltown Malbay, Clare
Section ‚ÄúB‚ÄĚ Schools: Scoil Iosagain, Aghada, Cork
Section ‚ÄúB‚ÄĚ Girls Schools: St. Mary‚Äôs NS, Tipperary
Section ‚ÄúC‚ÄĚ Schools: St. Columba‚Äôs BNS, Douglas, Cork
ULSTER - WINNERS:
Section ‚ÄúA‚ÄĚ Schools: Mullahoran NS, Cavan
Section ‚ÄúA‚ÄĚ Girls Schools: Scoil Mhuire, Glenties, Donegal
Section ‚ÄúB‚ÄĚ Schools: Carndonagh BNS, Inishowen
Section ‚ÄúB‚ÄĚ Girls Schools: Whitecastle NS, Inishowen
Section ‚ÄúC‚ÄĚ Schools: Scoil Iosagain, Buncrana, Inishowen
LEINSTER - WINNERS:
Section ‚ÄúA‚ÄĚ Schools: Fermoyle NS, Longford
Section ‚ÄúA‚ÄĚ Girls Schools: Stonepark NS, Longford
Section ‚ÄúB‚ÄĚ Schools: Monastery NS, Ardee, Louth
Section ‚ÄúB‚ÄĚ Girls Schools: Scoil Mochua, Celbridge, Kildare
Section ‚ÄúC‚ÄĚ Schools: St. Michael‚Äôs NS, Trim, Co. Meath