Credit Union National Poster Competition
A number of students received awards from Thurles Credit Union in its annual poster competiton and now one of these local winners, Isabella Harold Barry has been awarded Merit in the 11 – 13 years category in the national level of the competition. There will be a National Exhibition and prize giving ceremony on February 7 in the Gresham Hotel, Dublin to which Isabella is invited with her parents.
The Senior Camogie team played its long awaited Munster semi-final last week against Ballincollig, Cork. Unfortunately, the team never recovered from a rather nervous and tentative start to the match allowing Ballincollig to score two quick goals against them. A much better performance in the second saw the Ursuline girls score well and confine Ballincollig to two points only – but it was a little too late and Ballincollig ran out winners by 3-6 to 2-3.
Co Tipperary Athletics
There was success again for the Athletics teams in the Co Tipperary Cross Country Athletics championships held last week. The Minor team of Eileen Rafter, Laura Booth and Ciara Cummins earned the first team place following a strong performance from the three girls over 1200 m. Ciara came first, Eileen, second and Laura ninth, thus securing first place for the team.
The two Junior teams of Emer Ryan, Catriona Hayes, Bridget Doyle, Siobhain Hennessy, Kate Hennessy, Caroline Murtagh, Heather Casey and Aoife O’ Toole came in second and third place teams with strong performances from Caitriona, Heather and Caroline. The Intermediate teams did the same over 1500 m and came in second and third placed teams. Members of the Intermediate team are: Dorcas Aleshinloye, Andrea Ryan, Fiona McEnery, Aoife O’Dwyer, Cora Doyle, Shauna Hayden, Dearbhaile McDonald, Catriona O’Connor, Michelle Burke, Kate Osborne, Lily Cantillon, Georgina O’ Brien and Steffi Keating.
Two senior teams performed very well also and they came home over the 1500 m in first and second team places. Serena Moloney ran very well and finished first and was followed by Ann Marie Hayes in second place and Marita Moloney in fourth place. The second Senior team also ran strongly with Elaine Fitzgibbon running in seventh, Sharon Cantwell took tenth place, Karine Ronan came twelfth and Niamh Fitzgibbon, thirteenth.
The teams have all now qualified for the East Munster championships which will take place in Dungarvan on Friday, January 29. Good performances from all the teams will be required amid stiffer opposition for qualification for the Munster series and ultimately the All Ireland.
With many teams preparing for the start of the Cup campaigns, some challenge matches were the order of the day. Senior A, Senior B and Senior C all played against their counterparts from Loreto, Kilkenny and secured victories. Minor and Junior A teams also had successful challenges against Kilkenny College and Junior A has also successful overcome the first hurdle of the cup beating Bandon Grammar by 3 -0.
Junior B2, Under 15 B3, Senior C and Minor B4 all had league encounters last week against Loreto, Clonmel. Junior B2 and U15B3 drew, Senior C won handsomely by 5 – 2 and Minor B3 was beaten by 0 -3.