Tournament Report – Connaught Schools Cup (2017): St. Geralds, Castelbar .. with Claregalway & Presentation, Athenry.
This year 24 teams from 9 Schools took part in the Connaught Cup (for Chess). Most of the players did chess to a high standard in primary school and are now being supported by Teachers who may be new to chess but have put their energy and skills into building some really excellent school chess clubs. There were 98 players competing in the Bridge Club (Galway), 3 times the number the league started with in 2014.
‘The Champions Section’ had 4 teams competing on an all-play-all basis. Going into the final round .. St Josephs Patrician College (Galway) and 3 times champions St. Geralds (Castlebar) were level on 6 / 8pts. St Mary’s College (Galway) had a winning chance by means of a play-off if they could win 4-0 and the other match was drawn ..
In the interval the teams started busily preparing for their final match. But in the end St. Geralds finished with a 4-0 win to retain their Connaught title. Points table below ..
There were 20 teams competing in the “Challengers Section” and going into the final round 6 teams from 3 schools were in contention. Once again the excellent St. Geralds players showed their class, finishing 1st in both sections. In 2nd place were Presentation College, Athenry with St. Josephs, Galway taking 3rd place in this section. Below is the full league table ..
The top 3 placed schools in the Champions Section qualify for a place at this years Schools All-Ireland Finals, which are penciled in for Saturday 22nd of April, in Gonzaga College, Dublin.