Girls Schools’ Cup Final - Victoria College v Enniskillen Collegiate

Victoria College and Enniskillen Collegiate will contest this year’s Danske Bank Girls Schools’ Cup Final after they came through their respective qualifying tournaments. That game will be played at Kingspan Stadium on Tuesday 24th March (kick off 1.00pm).

67 teams from 64 schools entered the competition and and played at six regional qualifiers. 16 sides progressed to the the next stage, which was held this week at Wellington College and Armagh RFC. Matches were played in a round robin format, with the winner of each pool progressing to the knock out stages.

Congratulations to all involved, on their outstanding efforts thus far. Come along and support the team on Tuesday, as they bid to make history by winning VCB's first Girls Schools’ Rugby Cup!

Posted on March 25, 2015 .

Success at Ulster Schools' Golf Championships

Victoria College pupils competed in the Ulster Schools' Golf Championships on Friday at Kirkistown. Ara McCartan won the Senior net competition, with the best score out of all the competitors.

 

Congratulations to Ara on her outstanding achievement.

Posted on March 25, 2015 .

VCB awarded Best Ulster Girls’ School in Cross Country 2015

On Tuesday 24th February 2015, Dr O’Kane, Miss Stewart and five teams from Victoria College travelled to Mallusk for the Ulster Schools’ Cross Country Championships.  There was a mixture of excitement and nerves on the bus as we set off.  On arrival, we were met by Mrs Scott (a coach with Lagan Valley Athletics Club and mum to Rachel).  She took the Year 8 and Year 9 girls to do a pre-race warm up and stretches.  Meanwhile Dr O’Kane and Miss Stewart collected race numbers, route maps, pre-race information and organised the other teams.  

The day began with good weather conditions and first up was the Mini Girls’ team.  What an exciting race this proved to be!  The VCB girls set a fast pace and as the race progressed Anna Hill and another pupil broke away from the leading pack.  This was a two way battle until the home straight where Anna surged ahead, took the lead to win the race and be crowned Ulster Champion.  Well done Anna.   Following closely behind was Annabel Magnussen who ran a gutsy race to secure another podium finish and bronze medal.  The rest of the team were placed highly and ensured that VCB Mini girls were awarded team gold and crowned Ulster Champions.  A superb effort from Anna, Annabel, Emma, Naoise and Ruby.  Rachel unfortunately could not run on the day due to illness.  Girls, this is only the beginning – keep training hard!

Next up was the Minor Girls team – Susie, Aishling, Sofia, Keeva, Abby and Beth.  The girls all ran strongly and Aisling Gray gained a place to the All Ireland Championships.  Well done Aisling and the Year 9 girls.  Unfortunately Susie had to retire in the latter stages of the race due to muscle injury.  The Minor girls were a very credible 12th place.  

The Junior girls ran a very competitive race and worked well as a team to get silver medals and gain a place to the All Ireland Championships.  Fantastic running from Rebekah, Darcey, Georgia, Cate, Sarah and Rachel.  

The Senior girls followed and we saw yet another fabulous performance.  The team was led home by Jane Matthews, closely followed by Georgia Dick.  The team ran strongly and were presented with  gold medals, crowned Ulster Champions and gained a place in the All Ireland Championships.  We are very proud of Jane, Georgia, Megan, Esmée and Hannah.  Unfortunately Rebecca couldn’t run on the day due to illness.

The weather was deteriorating, with the wind picking up and sleet falling.  The Intermediate girls were about to start their race – 3200m – the longest distance.  Conditions didn’t affect their performance and again the team didn’t fail to deliver.  Congratulations Amy, Caitlyn, Sarah, Robyn and Eve on your silver medals and place in the All Ireland Championships.  

This proved to be a fabulous day for Victoria College.  The highlight was being crowned Best Ulster Girls’ School in Cross Country Running 2015.  

We would like to thank Mrs Scott, all club coaches and parents who came along to offer support.  Girls – you were amazing.  We are so proud of your commitment, determination and performances.  You are all so talented, you are the stars of the future.

Good luck in the All Ireland Championships in Kildare on Saturday 7th March.

Posted on March 25, 2015 .

VCB Camógs Mark Presidential Visit with Shield Victory!

Victoria College Belfast Camogie Club was delighted to host a visit by Uachtarán Aileen Lawlor, President of the Camogie Association of Ireland. Visiting Belfast to mark the 10th anniversary of Camogie at Bredagh GAC where many of our girls play their club camogie, the President took the time to speak to many of our U14, U13 and U12 players and in particular to Zahra Lowry (pictured with Aileen Lawlor, Ms Patricia Slevin, Principal and Head Coach Ronán O’Brien) who captained our Cumann na mBunscol team that won the Antrim indoor championship and reached the final of the outdoor championship in 2014. She also congratulated the VCB girls (pictured) who were part of the U14 All-Ireland Féile winning Bredagh team of 2014. The players enjoyed having their photographs taken for The Irish News and the South Belfast News and several were interviewed for television broadcasting.

Victoria College hosted our first ever Camogie tournament to mark the Presidential visit and we won the Aileen Lawlor Shield kindly donated byThink People after defeating Aquinas 4-1 in the decider.

Posted on February 23, 2015 .

VCB Rugby match at Aquinas

The contact rugby team played Our Lady and St Patrick’s College and Wellington in fun matches at the 4G pitch at Aquinas. The girls were given the use of the changing rooms at the Kingspan stadium at Ravenhill and had their photos taken at the pitch. Most of our team were Year 11 and playing in their first ever contact match. They thoroughly enjoyed the experience. They defeated Wellington but lost narrowly to OLSPK seniors.

Posted on February 3, 2015 .

Victoria College Excel at Belfast District Cross Country Championships

On Tuesday 27th January, Dr O’Kane, Miss Stewart and five strong teams from Victoria College went to Ormeau Park for the Schools’ District Cross Country Championships.  As we left spirits were high and there was a buzz of excitement on the bus.  On arrival, Rachel Scott’s mother (a coach at Lagan Valley Athletics Club, for whom most of the Year 8 girls run) took the Year 8 girls to do drills/stretches and ensure that they were warmed up for their 12 o’clock start.  A big thank you to Mrs Scott.

Dr O’Kane and Miss Stewart distributed numbers, inspected course maps and familiarised the other girls with the route.  Team positions were important to secure a place at the Ulsters.  Every place would count – pressure was on!

Nerves were building up as the Mini girls (Year 8) approached the start line.  The whistle went and within a couple of hundred metres the VCB girls were leading the field.  Those positions remained until the finish line – a clean sweep for Victoria College – 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th.  Individual gold, silver and bronze medals for Anna Hill, Annabel Magnussen and Rachel Scott.  The Year 8 girls got a well deserved team gold – well done Anna, Annabel, Rachel, Emma, Naoise and Ruby.  Year 8 girls, you were amazing – stars of the future!

Next up was the Minor girls (Year 9).  It was another great race and the VCB girls were led home by Susie Loane (4th), followed closely by Aisling Gray (5th) and the rest of the team placed well and secured team gold.  Congratulations Susie, Aisling, Keeva, Abby, Sofia and Beth.

Pressure was on now for the Junior girls (Year 10).  They didn’t fail to impress.  Rebecca Warnock ran a very strong race and got individual bronze.  She was supported by Darcy Smyth (5th) and Georgia Ross (6th) to ensure yet another team gold.  It was a super team effort for Rebecca, Darcey, Georgia, Cate, Sarah and Rachael – well done girls!

Was another team gold possible?  It was now time for the Intermediate girls (Years 11/12) to run.  This was an exciting race and Caitlyn Harvey had a superb finish to claim individual Silver.  She was followed by Amy Edwards and Sarah Webb who worked hard together to claim 5th and 6th positions.  Team gold for Caitlyn, Amy, Sarah, Robyn, Eve and Tara – a fabulous run girls!

The final race of the day was the Senior girls (Years 13/14).  Unfortunately a few of our regular runners were injured but Hannah Beattie (Year 11) stepped up to ensure that we had a full team.  Jane Matthews (4th) ran a very strong race, narrowly missing an individual bronze.  She was followed closely by Georgia Dick and the rest of the girls ran well.  A team silver for Jane, Georgia, Esmée, Rebecca and Hannah – superb running girls.

It was an amazing day out.  Every girl got a medal and gained entry to the Ulster Championships – what an achievement!  Support from parents and club coaches was superb and we all had fun!  

We wish the girls good luck for the Ulster Championships at Mallusk on Wednesday 11th February.

Posted on January 30, 2015 .

Surfing Success - Sofia Lazarescu - Year 8

As a member of the Northern Ireland Surf Development Squad (Canoe Association of Northern Ireland’s Performance Development Programme) Sofia has been training with the Squad over the past three years.  

Sofia was one of nine junior members of the CANI Surf Development Squad and five senior athletes who travelled to Portugal to compete the Ocean Spirit Festival in July.  Within competitions, the competitors compete for the biggest and best waves to perform a variety of turns and manoeuvres for the judges to score.  Although conditions were challenging, Sofia finished with a 3rd place in the World Waveski Cup.

Sofia also competed at the British Open Surf Kayaking Championships when she travelled to Manorbier in South Wales in October.  Sofia’s next goals will be to focus on the forthcoming World Canoe Surf Championships, which will be held in Spain in July 2015 and the European Waveski event at Ocean Spirit festival in Portugal. She is already following an intense training programme to ensure she will compete at a high standard.  Sofia is passionate about canoeing and hopes to have continued success in following her dreams.

Posted on December 16, 2014 .

Y8 Camogie Blitz

Three teams from Victoria College Belfast attended the recent Year 8 schools’ camogie development blitz held at Queen’s. Most schools raised one team, a few raised two but only VCB brought such a big squad – 34 players in total. Despite most of the girls being new to the sport, the twice weekly training sessions paid off and they again justified their ranking as one of the top camogie schools in the Greater Belfast area. The A team included several of the Victoria College Prep team who won the Belfast Indoor Camogie Champiobship in 2014 and also reached the Outdoor Final. They recorded impressive victories over St. Killian’s (8-2), St. Mary’s Limavady (6-2), St. Joseph’s Coleraine (5-2) and St. Colm’s Draperstown (3-2). They drew with St. Joseph’s Crossmaglen and only lost one fixture – to St. Patrick’s Dungannon. Charlotte Houston scored an impressive eleven goals whilst Sophie Boyle of St. John’s (6), County Antrim player Shannon Frazer (5) and Zahra Lowry (3) were also prolific. The B and C teams played six matches each against schools from across the eastern half of the province, winning roughly half of their matches. Well done to all involved.

Posted on December 4, 2014 .

Swimming Success

Congratulations to the following girls who participated in the Ulster Schools Swimming Championships – Emma Darling, Megan Delargy, Anna Hill, Sophia Mackey, Amy Montgomery, Emma Montgomery and Samantha Murray.

Individually Anna Hill came 3rd in the breaststroke and 4th in butterfly.

Emma Montgomery came 2nd in freestyle.

The relay team of Anna, Amy, Emma and Samantha were placed 4th.

Congratulations to Emma Henderson who has been selected to receive an International award from former Olympian Mark Foster in the Guildhall, London in recognition of her international success.

Posted on October 24, 2014 .

Sporting Achievements at VCB

Congratulations

Congratulations to the following pupils on their recent achievements:

i)            Caitlyn Harvey and Beth Walker on their selection on to the Ulster U16 hockey squad for the U16 Interprovincial Championships at the end of October.

ii)            Caitlin McCormack (Year 12) and Hannah Beattie (Year 11), who achieved 3rd place in the All Ireland Lifesaving Championships in the 15-17 age division.

iii)            Rachael McCormack (Year 10) as she received 2nd place along with her partner in the 12-14 age division of the competition.

Posted on October 8, 2014 .

Living The Dream

Living the dream

Year 8 pupil Charlotte Houston took part in the ponies (128) competition at Dublin Horse Show in August. Charlotte was given the opportunity to ride a pony called Little Jacks Sprat which is one of the best ponies in Ireland, winning major competitions for the past three years in show jumping.

Charlotte has a real passion for show jumping and this passion has recently being fuelled with success. Charlotte was first in the Spring All Ireland League, won a gold medal on her pony Kilcreene Apollo whilst representing Ireland show jumping team and she won Dublin International Horseshow on her pony Kilcreene Apollo. To add to this recent success Charlotte is taking part in the premier All Ireland League in which she currently leads.

 Well Done Charlotte!

 Below are some images of Charlotte in action.


Posted on September 25, 2014 .

Dr O'Kane wins bronze at the World Mountain Running Championships

There were over 800 competitors from 16 nations taking part at the WMRA/WMA Master Championships, held on Saturday, September 6th, at Telfes (Austria). 

Eight Nations won at least one gold medal. Czech rep, was fourth in the medal table with 7 medal in total (1 gold, 2 silver and 4 bronze); USA won 2 medals (1 gold and 1 silver); instead Australia, Slovakia and Sweden won the only one gold medal. Swiss  team had 4 silver medals; Great Britain 1 silver and 4 bronze; New Zealand 1 silver and 1 bronze; Poland, Slovenia, France and Russia won 1 silver each and finally Ireland had 3 bronze medals. 

Victoria College are delighted with Dr O'Kane's success on receiving a bronze medal at this event. Well Done!

 

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Posted on September 12, 2014 .

Dr O'Kane set to pursue the World Masters Mountain Running Championships

Good luck to Dr O’Kane, teacher of Chemistry, who will be competing in Austria in the World Masters Mountain Running Championships on 6th September.

Dr O'Kane was part of the N. Ireland Senior Ladies team who won bronze medals in the recent Home Countries Internationals in Keswick, England.

A member of Lagan Valley AC, Dr O’Kane has represented N. Ireland on many occasions at World, European, Commonwealth and British level in Mountain Running.  She has been the N. Ireland Ladies Mountain Running Champion on several occasions: 2000,  2001, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Dr O’Kane coaches Cross Country Running in Victoria College.

Dr O’Kane coaches Cross Country Running in Victoria College.

Posted on August 28, 2014 .

Ulster Athletics

Three students from Victoria College competed for Ulster in the Athletics competition held at Santry in Dublin. Amy Edwards competed in the javelin and came 3rd, Zoe-Jane Dickson competed in the triple jump and came 4th and Emma Henderson competed in the discus. 

 

Posted on June 27, 2014 .

Congratulations Amy

Yr 11 student Amy Edwards has been selected for the U16 Irish Hockey squad. She will be playing against Wales on the 4th ,5th and 6th July. We wish Amy every success.

Posted on June 27, 2014 .

VCB Gaelic Athletic visit Croke Park, Dublin

Fifty-one camogie and gaelic footballer players from VCB Gaelic Athletic Club recently visited Croke Park stadium and museum. The annual prize giving took place in a corporate box. The 2014 Players of the Year pictured are: P6 Camogie: Amber Young, P7 Camogie: Zahra Lowry Y8 Camogie: Izzy Simpson Y9 Camogie: Harriet Bedi U14 Camogie: Keeva McAllister Y8 Football: Lucy Greaves Y9 Football: Rebecca Bunn

Posted on June 11, 2014 .

Well done girls!

Congratulations to Amy Edwards, Zoe Jane Dickson and Emma Henderson who have been selected to represent Ulster Athletics at the Inter Provincial Championships to be held in Dublin on 21st June 2014


Posted on June 6, 2014 .