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Updated 23/10/02


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Ovens National School has been taking part in the Sciath na Scol competition for many years.Sciath na Scol is a sports tournament that is held every year among primary schools.  There are many competitions within Sciath na Scol - boys and girls Gaelic Football, Hurling and Camogie, and is supported by the GAA (The Gaelic Athletic Association). All schools are encouraged to take part.

We are pleased to report that our teams have been very sucessful during that time. In the last eight years we have won county finals in Camogie (3), Boys Football (4) and reached two more finals in hurling and girls football. Last year we competed in eleven Sciath na Scol competitions. Our training takes place at lunch times, football from September to November, Indoor hurling from December to February, hurling / camogie from March to June. Our games usually start between 2.00pm and 3.00pm and arrival home depends on distance travelled. (We normally travel by bus).


Our Camogie team trains indoors during lunchtime from December to February and on the outdoor pitch in the local GAA club from March to June. (For any overseas visitors, camogie is a game played by girls with a hurley - a stick made from ash similar to a hockey stick - and a sliotar - a small tennis sized ball - on a pitch similar to a rugby pitch.) Some matches are played at home on Éire Óg GAA pitch while others are played further afield. We love when we all have to get into a bus and travel to a different venue but it is also nice to play on our home territory! 


Our hurling team also trains indoors during lunchtime from December to February. Second class have started indoor hurling on Wednesdays in the local hall. The school team train on the outdoor pitch in the local GAA club from March to June. Hurling is similar to camogie, but is played by boys instead. There are also other differences between the two games. Our boys have done us proud in this year's competition. We all thoroughly enjoyed both the training and the matches.

Gaelic Football

Our gaelic football team train from September to November. Gaelic football is played by both boys and girls. It is played on a pitch similar to a rugby pitch. Points are scored by kicking the ball directly over the goal and goals are worth 3 points. The ball can be held in the hands. Our teams have also competed quite successfully in the Sciath na Scol football competition over the years.

Best of luck to all our Teams!