Fergal's is and has always been a small school with around 300 or so pupils. A lot of other former vocational schools have amalgamated and become much bigger schools, eg Mountrath. We lose lads to Mountrath, Heywood, Johnstown and Templemore from what would have been traditionally Fergal's territory, so are picking from a very small pool of players. Not withstanding that, we could have/should have beaten Sutton. In a game of two halves our lads didn't score enough with the wind in the first half. In the North final we beat Kilcormac who had hammered what was much the same team two years ago so there has been progression. Clough Ballacolla and Borris Kilcotton have had a few years with very small numbers as their taking part in the B competitions at u16 shows and this has had a big impact.
The future is brighter however as the u14 team is still in competition and looks very strong with big wins over Kilcormac and Roscrea lately. Joe Dollard from Galmoy has joined the teaching staff and will be a great support to Mr. Conroy who has ploughed a lonely furrow since Mr. Casey stepped back a couple of years ago.
Laois Minors looked very poor last week and we may have a drought for a few years. However last years u14 championship was the strongest for years and we look to have a lot of talent coming through from u12 and u14 at the moment. This year's u14 development squad is the strongest I have seen for a few years, so there is hope for the future.