April 18, 2010

Minor A – Munster Cup Champions

One would be forgiven for believing that this Minor A team (all under 14) was playing its hockey in a higher section such was the level of skill and ability to score goals that was on display last week in the Munster Final against Bandon Grammar School, Cork. It was an amazing performance from all members of the team and they played so well as a unit and showed no nerves when taking shots on goals, succeeding eight times.

The score line does not reflect the way the game was played and around the middle of the field, Bandon competed very well for the ball but they never really threatened the Ursuline goal. By contrast, when the Ursuline girls got into Bandon’s goal mouth area, they posed serious threats every time and were rewarded with some really well taken goals. Captain Orla Lynch was delighted to accept the cup on behalf of her team and the Minor As now join the Junior A team (under 16) as Munster Cup Champions. The Junior A are Munster Cup and League champions this season – a rare occurrence!

International Athletics

Congratulations to Ciara Cummins and Eileen Rafter, two First Year students who represented Ireland in the 3,500 metre race at under 14 level in Cornwall, competing against the best of England, Scotland and Wales, during the Easter holidays. These two students were chosen as a result of their performance for the school at the All Ireland Athletics Championship in March.

Both girls competed very well and were part of the eight-strong Irish team. Ciara finished second best of the Irish girls and came in twelfth place and Eileen followed in twenty-third place. Both girls made a significant contribution to the Irish team performance.

German Scholarship

Each year, German scholarships are offered to students based on their German results in the Junior Cert examination last June. Four students from the school came in the top one hundred results in the country and these students are then interviewed and a certain amount are offered three week trips to Germany during the summer. Two students, Mary Coman and Deirdre Meehan, went for interview and both students received word last week that they were successful. Congratulations to both of them!

Concern Debate – Quarter Final

“Reaching the last eight in a National competition such as the Concern Debating competition is a huge achievement”. So said the chief adjudicator at the quarter final debate between the Ursuline and Athlone Community School last week.

The motion up for debate was that:

“Tomorrow’s children will inherit a better world”

And the Ursuline team opposed the motion. Anna Brennan, Jane Bugler, Lily Cantillon and Louise Burke argued strongly against the motion and it was a very close affair with the Athlone team getting the nod from the adjudicators by a majority decision.

Bronze Medal for Biology

Well done also to Sixth Year student, Lorraine Healy, who took part in a Biology workshop in DCU during the Easter Holidays and as a result of a quiz-like competition, she was awarded the Bronze Medal. Lorraine may also have the opportunity of making the Irish team which will take part in a similar European Science competition as part of the Biology team. There will also be teams for Physics and Chemistry.

Written By Nora Tuohy

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