Holland Hockey Tour August 2016
During the last week of August, the Ursuline Senior and Junior Hockey teams were given the fantastic opportunity of travelling to Holland on a hockey tour to the town of s’Hertogenbosch and the hockey club Den Bosch. They began their travels at Dublin airport at midday. They were all very excited to be heading to the Netherlands to experience hockey in one of the top hockey countries in the world. They were very lucky to be sponsored by ‘SO HOCKEY’ and given some lovely gear for their journey. During the five day trip the students trained in one of the best hockey clubs in Holland called Den Bosch. It boasts 2,500 members and its women’s 1st XI has dominated the Dutch National league (Hoofdklasse) for the last 15 years.
Such was the girls commitment to their sport that they were up every morning at 8 am to be on the pitch at Den Bosch hockey club at 10. They trained for 2 hours most days and on one of the days they even trained for 4 hours. Then each afternoon they played matches against Dutch club teams. The students participated in 11 games in total during the stay. All players got plenty of time on the pitch and were able to practice what they had learned in their morning training sessions.
The teams improved their technical and tactical hockey knowledge during their time in Holland. Everyone’s skill, strength and attitude improved immensely throughout the course of the trip. An added bonus of the trip was that all players from different years and teams got to know each other very well. It was a great team bonding exercise and all players and coaches had plenty of fun. Needless to say the students were all extremely tired after this journey but during the week they got tips, experience and skills that will prove invaluable in the coming season. On the final night the coaches presented some prizes to those who had impressed while on the tour. Jill Shanahan, Yasmine Quirke, Rose O’Sullivan, Katie Condon and Breana O’ Gorman were all awarded prizes for their effort, attitude & their improvement throughout the six days in Den Bosch.
The players are now enthusiastic, determined and excited for the upcoming season. Thanks to the dedicated hockey coaches Ms. Rossiter, Ms Creagan and George Blakewell who organised the trip and Ms. O’Friel who accompanied them on the tour.
Junior Eurovison Song Contest
Talented 2nd year music student, Clíona Nic Domhnaill, has qualified for the semi-finals of the TG4 Junior Eurovison Song Contest. Clíona wrote her own composition in Irish entitled ‘Ag Seasamh le mo Realtái’ or ‘Standing with my Stars’. This talented young musician wrote the words, music and accompaniment and recorded it during the summer holidays with the help of music teacher Ms. McNally. Having qualified from the audition process she will perform her original song in the televised competition. Best of luck to Clíona in this national competition and we’re looking forward to cheering her on when she graces our screens soon.
Leaving Cert Class 2016
Congratulations to the Leaving Certificate class of 2016 on their excellent results. It is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the girls throughout the year that they have done so well. The best of luck to them in the future. Also they all looked stunningly beautiful on their Debs night and enjoyed themselves immensely. Thanks to all the teachers who attended the meal and to the Anner hotel for providing the venue.