Apr 23 2018

Munster Senior Schools T20 Cricket BGS v CBC Match Report

Match Report Munster senior Schools T20 Cricket Cup 2018

Bandon Grammar v Christian Brothers College Cork

BGS hockey pitch 19th April 1230pm.

Note Due to the unprecedented amount of rain in recent weeks Bandon was unable to prepare a grass wicket so the decision was taken to play the match on the hockey pitch. Whilst not ideal, the bounce is consistent although low-ish and the surface gives a bit of turn. Also with the wicket being placed across the pitch the short straight boundaries encourage batsmen to play straight and supports better technique.

This year’s first schools match was played on what turned out to be a lovely warm sunny afternoon punctuated with some raucous home support.

Bandon captain Jack Buss, won the toss and elected to bat.

Jack and fellow opener Liam Edwards got off to a strong start with a mixture of quick singles and crashing drives for 4 through the covers, this was despite some tight bowling from Christian’s captain Joe Hourihane.  The opening partnership of 93 runs lasted until the 9th over when Liam was caught by Aiden Brian off the bowling of Tom Hourihane for 29 runs off 26 balls.  At the other end Jack brought up his 28 ball 50 with a six over mid-wicket only to be bowled by Tom 5 balls later. Jack out for 59 off 33 balls. These two quick wickets brought Paul Jackson and Bandon’s top run scorer from last season Patrick Boyle to the crease.   Patrick was unable to get going being caught by Josh Clark for 4 off the bowling of Assad Khan. Paul on the other hand assaulted the bowling for the next 4 overs to crash 32 runs from 16 balls before being bowled in the 14th over by Joe Hourihane, who then bowled Andrew Furney 2 balls later.  This was the start of a fight back by Christians over the remaining six overs during which they took the last Bandon wickets for 24 runs, including a run out by Billy Kane and Freddie Froggatt. The only Bandon resistance being offered by Jake Draper 9 and Daniel Kennedy not out 5. The architect of the demise being Alex Mulligan with some slow measured straight bowling, who finished with match best figures of 2.1 overs, 4 wickets for only 12 runs.  Other bowling;  Joe Hourihane 4 overs, 2 wkts for 29. (Joe also took 2 catches) Tom Hourihane 4 overs, 2 wkts for 32. Assad Khan 4 overs, 1 wkt for 33.  Bandon all out off 19.1 overs for 169.

Christians started their reply facing big scoreboard pressure needing a target of 170. Bandon’s opening bowler Daniel Kennedy, last season’s top wicket taker was quickly into the match having Christians opening batsman Freddie Froggatt caught by Jack Buss for 4 off the 5th ball of the innings. Bandon kept up the pressure with Jackson Gilbert from the other end striking 3 balls later with Josh Clark caught by Adam Tahir for 0. Christians fought back as opener Billy Kane was joined by captain Joe Hourihane and together the pair put on at 26 ball 54 run partnership  during which they benefited from some difficult dropped catches. Joe however fell bowled for 16 runs in the 6th over to an excellent in swinging delivery from Jackson, the first of 3 wickets in the over of the match.  At this point Christians were well up with the run rate on 60 runs after 6 overs, needing 110 from the next 14 with 5 wickets in hand.   Big hitting Billy Kane continued to smash the ball straight whilst wickets fell at the other end.  The Bandon players showing some seriously committed fielding with some excellent boundary saving stops.  Billy ‘s 50 came off 24 balls, before he was bowled by Daniel Kennedy for 62 off 32 balls in  the 13th over.  Daniel followed this up next ball with the wicket of Michael Nolan ct by a diving wicket keeper Paul Jackson.  The end came next over with Charlie Gilbert bowling Odhran Murphy for 4. CBC cork all out for 123 off 14.4 overs.  Bandon Bowling figures; Jackson Gilbert 3 overs, 4 wickets for 25 runs. Daniel Kennedy 4 overs, 4 wkts for 25. Charlie Gilbert 0.4 overs, 1 wkt for 4 runs. Jack Buss 3 overs, 1 wkt for 15.  Bandon win by 46 runs.

Jack and the Bandon senior players off to a great start, travel looking for revenge to Midleton on Monday 23rd, before a home match Wednesday 25th against last year’s beaten finalists Presentation Brothers College.

A special mention to junior players Orla Kennedy, Megan Colinson and Aisling O’Morron who helped score and run the match.

John buss.


Apr 16 2018

Spanish Trip 2018

This year our second year students went to Madrid on an exchange with Spanish school Salesianos Atocha. On Saturday morning the 10th of March we left the school with our teachers Mr McMahon, Mr J Twomey, Mrs Caballero and 29 Irish students heading to Madrid. When we arrived in Madrid at 9 o’clock we were met by a horde of screaming Spanish students waving massive homemade posters with our names on them! We took a group photo and then we went home with our new Spanish families. We met up the next morning in the school which is in the centre of Madrid and spoke about the new food we have tried. We then went to a shopping centre together and later on visited a bowling alley.

The next day we met at the school again and stayed for one class then had a Spanish culture presentation by the students. We tried Spanish dancing and played a football match against them. We walked to the Retiro park and admired the amazing scenery followed by rowing and churros with chocolate. We played sports with the Spanish and continued our day with our students.

On Tuesday, we visited the Royal Palace and learned lots of history with a guide and ear pieces. We had a city centre walking  tour and were pleased to have a few hours to shop in Puerta del Sol.

The following day we visited the Reina Sofía Museum to see a fabulous artwork painted by Picasso and then got the bus to the Bernabéu Stadium and got a behind the scenes tour and saw lots of impressive trophies and technology. We walked back to the school after that and had a lovely evening with the Spanish, with some of the boys who went go-karting.

On Thursday we all went on a relaxing trip to Segovia, a very attractive town with plenty of photo opportunities like an impressive aqueduct and a castle. We had a few hours to ourselves again and did our last bit of shopping before going back to Madrid. We spent the last few hours with our students together that evening.

We had an early start on Friday and said our sad goodbyes with the Spanish waving us off with the hopes of a safe flight.

Overall it was a great experience and amazing trip for all of us, we benefited from learning more Spanish and getting to know the culture and making more friends. We would all love to go back again and visit Madrid in the future.

Thank you to our great teachers that accompanied us on the trip


Apr 16 2018

BGS – Paris Trip 2018

Our Form 5 French students embarked on a lanugage and cultural trip to Paris recently. They were accompanied by Ms Butler, Mr Bartley and Mrs Macken. The trip was “fantastique” from start to finish. Ms Butler had organised a jam-packed schedule. All the famous sights were visited – Versailles Palace, The Louvre and Montmartre to name a few.


We decided not to take the easy option and hire a coach for the trip, instead we travelled by metro which was an experience in itself! It was an imposing place at the start but by the end we had it down to a fine art.


The language classes, which were held in a school beside the Notre Dame Cathedral, were beneficial and really helped the students to find their lingustic feet, so to speak.


Two students wrote: Our experience on the BGS Paris Trip was nothing but positive. Being surrounded by french culture and fluent speakers gave us the motivation and determination to learn and practise the languge. We learned a lot from the classes and some of us are hoping to go back to them this summer.


We did so much sight-seeing but also had free time to ourselves to explore the Parisian streets. The teachers were helpful and fun and planned everything down to a T.


We dined in some really nice restaurants and had plenty variety.


We would definitely recommend this trip to anyone because you don’t want to miss out on this once in a lifetime trip!


Elsie Noble and Faye Minihane (Form 5)


Apr 12 2018

Gathering of Past Pupils and Staff May 2nd 7PM

pastpupils and staff

Apr 12 2018

Bandon Grammar Awarded the Green Schools Flag

A huge congratulations to Ms. Redmond and her green schools team on being awarded the Green Flag.


More to follow….

Apr 09 2018

Bandon Men land the Irish Hockey Trophy

A huge congratulations to Bandon Hockey Club who finally landed the Irish Hockey Trophy with a shootout win over Portrane after a tense 2-2 draw.

There were plenty of BGS faces past and present involved in the historic victory including an equalising goal from sixth year Ross Smyth.

With the Munster League already in the bag and the Munster Cup Final to come it really has been an outstanding season. Well done!

Full match report available on Hook Hockey at http://www.hookhockey.com/index.php/2018/04/bandon-finally-bring-home-irish-hockey-trophy-title/#.WsunuYjwbD5

Apr 09 2018

Bandon RFC scoop multiple underage titles.

A huge congratulations to Bandon RFC on scooping multiple titles at various underage levels last week.

They sealed the Munster Club U16 Plate Final defeating Newcastle West 29-17 and then added the Munster U18 Club Cup by defeating Skibbereen 15-13, both games taking place at Thomond Park.

These two fantastic victories were preceded by a convincing win over Clonmel in the U16 Munster Bowl Final on Thursday night.

Well done to all involved and especially to the many BGS Students involved in this amazing run of silverware.

Apr 08 2018

Jennifer Barry & Mark Collins scoop West Cork Community Awards

Well done to Jennifer Barry and Mark Collins who both claimed awards at ‘The Opinion’ & Bandon Co-op West Cork Community Awards on Friday night.

Jennifer received the Artistic Endeavour Award for her role as Siobhan in the hit comedy ‘The Young Offenders’. She has been a huge hit across the country as has the show which will begin filming a second season later this year.

Mark received a Junior Achievement Award for his outstanding sporting contributions across a number of disciplines. He excels at Hockey, Rugby and Athletics and is having a fantastic year in all of these.

Well done to both of you on a fantastic achievement. It is very special to be honoured by your local community.

jbarry mcollins

Mar 22 2018

2018 Incoming Form 1 Parents/Guardians Information Evening

2018 Incoming Form 1:

Information Evening for Parents/Guardians and Children will take place in the Dining Room on Wednesday 16th May 2017 at 7.00p.m.

Mar 16 2018

Aaron Hutchinson programming success

A huge congratulations to Aaron Hutchinson who has been making waves in the world of programming.

Aaron recently reached the semi final of the All Ireland Programming Olympiad then performed extremely well in the All Ireland Collegiate Programming Competition which is open to all Third Level Students also.

These are fantastic achievements and we look forward to seeing where these endeavours bring Aaron.


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