Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 December 2014

Young sporting stars and fans a credit to themselves

Danske Bank Ulster Schools' Cup final 2014: Methodist College v Sullivan Upper at Ravenhill
Danske Bank Ulster Schools' Cup final 2014: Methodist College v Sullivan Upper at Ravenhill

St Patrick's Day is traditionally the day when schoolboy football, GAA and rugby players demonstrate their skills in pursuit of silverware in their respective codes. The sheer enthusiasm – never mind the level of expertise – that they bring to their sports is heart-warming.

But so too is the support they receive from their fellow pupils. No matter who wins or loses, the fans cheer the players to the rafters and do so with good humour. The finals are occasions to be savoured, both by participants and their fans. For many it will be among the best days of their life and a memory they will carry with them for many, many years.

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