Senior ‘A’ Cup Semi-Final
Ursulines 1 – Mount Mercy 0
The Senior hockey team travelled to Cork on Friday, 30th of January to play Mount Mercy in the Semi-Final of the Munster Senior Cup. This was a replica of last year’s Semi-Final. On that occasion Mount Mercy were the victors so this year our girls felt they had something to prove.
The Ursulines started extremely well when Caral Casey won a short corner in the very first minute. The strike from the corner hit a Mount Mercy foot, resulting in another corner. The ball was slipped to Susie Osbourne on the right of the circle. She found an unmarked Kate Crotty by the penalty spot. She stroked the ball into the corner of the goal. So in the opening minutes the UCT girls were a goal up. A goal which did wonders to settle the ‘cup nerves’.
UCT continued to keep the pressure on the Mount Mercy team but were unable to create any real chances. Fifteen minutes into the game the Cork side began to string a series of passes together and this led to an attack down the right side of the pitch. A Mount Mercy midfielder swept the ball with her reverse stick into the circle and managed to find an unmarked forward who deflected the ball towards the goal. However Sarah Timmins on guard in the goal and standing tall managed a superb save with her shoulder and the rebound was cleared confidently by Maria Kinnane.
Then Caoimhe Perdue broke into the circle on a solo run but unfortunately her shot was forced narrowly wide. After this Mount Mercy went on the attack again, this time down the left channel. A ball was crashed into the circle to give Mount Mercy an equalising chance until Aoife Booth got her reverse stick to it to stroke it off the line. So at half time, despite Mount Mercy’s best efforts, the Thurles girls were still in the lead.
The second half started off well for the Tipp players with chances created by Kate Crotty, Caoimhe Perdue and Bronagh Dowling. However none of these were converted into scores. Then Mount Mercy began to lift their game and pushed players forward in an attempt to level the sides. This pressure was rewarded when they won a corner in the 12th minute but the Ursuline defence, led by Captain Ròisìn Dowling, stood strong and cleared the ball up the pitch to relieve the pressure. The Ursuline’s then went on the attack which resulted in a penalty corner taken by goal scorer Kate Crotty. Mount Mercy however held firm forcing the shot wide.
It was a very tense finish with Mount Mercy applying more pressure in the dying minutes of the game and winning a series of corners. All of these were defended excellently by a determined and disciplined corner defence team who managed to keep the ball out of the goal until the final whistle blew. A very relieved coach Sandra Hedigan had seen her side secure their place in the prestigious Munster Senior Cup final for the second time in three years. Well done to all the seniors who literally played out of their skins and to Ms. Hedigan for her expertise and time.
There was success for the 1st and 2nd year basketball teams on Monday, 2nd of February. It was a local derby this time with both teams playing their counterparts from Templemore in the Midlands Division of the basketball League. UCT had home advantage on this occasion and the 1st years had a comfortable win. The final score being Ursuline’s 23 – Templemore 14. The first year team have won all their games to date and so are well placed going into their final league match against Naas. The first year victory was to prove an auspicious start as it was followed by a decisive win for the 2nd year team. They beat Templemore by 24 points. The score at the end of full time was Ursuline’s 33 – Templemore 9. This excellent team performance puts the 2nd years right back in contention for qualification for the regional semi-finals having only lost one game so far in the league. Both teams travel to Naas on the 12th of February. Congratulations to all players involved and their coach Eimear O’Friel.
There was a great success for our teams who competed in the East Munster Cross Country Championships on Friday, 30th of January. The minor team was lead home to victory the by first year students Rachel Butler, Yasmin Quirke, Alannah Walsh, Mia Ryan and Sarah McNamara. The Junior race saw Claire Rafter come first overall. She ran a fine race and was followed by Erika Carroll, twin sister Niamh Rafter, Megan O’Leary, Lauren Murtagh and Tara Walsh. The Juniors finished in 2nd place. The Inter-mediate team was lead home by Nuala Fitzgibbon followed by team mates Clodagh Ryan, Anna Louise Shaughnessy, Shannon Daly and Eva Buckley. First past the post for the Senior ‘A’ team was Ciara Cummins who finished 3rd overall in what was a very fast race. The other seniors Eimear Loughman, Orla Healy, Aoife Delargy and Emma Doyle finished well ensuring that the Senior ‘A’ team bagged the silver medal spot. Well done to all students who competed and to their coach Mr. McDonnell who travelled with them.
The Junior ‘A’s played a challenge match against the Presentation Thurles during the week in preparation for their All-Ireland Semi-Final. They will play Loreto Kilkenny on 21st of February so they were very grateful to the Presentation for the match practice. The team played well together and continue their training for the big game.
Aviva Fitness Challenge
Last year in the National Aviva Fitness challenge the Ursuline Thurles won overall girls school. So this year the students from 1st year to 3rd year have been busy getting fit for this year’s school fitness challenge. All students up to Junior Certificate did a beep fitness test in their P.E. classes and in 6 weeks time this 20 metre shuttle test will be repeated. Both results are recorded so the students can see how their individual fitness levels have improved. In order to motivate the students Ms. Creegan has organised a competition between classes and years as part of their training programme. Students are running a 1k loop during their P.E. time, doing circuit training and 2 k time trials all with the goal of improving their own fitness levels and the overall levels of fitness within the school. All distances completed by the students are recorded on a chart and students are also being encouraged to run the 1 k loop as often as the like at lunchtime or after school. This activity is also recorded as is any extra curriculum sport they participate in at home on the weekends. He beep test is due to be repeated in early March. Our students are aiming high in the hope that they will win the coveted title of being the overall school in the Aviva Challenge 2015.
I.M.T.A. Leaving Certificate Higher Level Maths Quiz.
Ms. Gleeson had two teams in Clonmel last weekend taking part in the Leaving Certificate Higher Level Maths Quiz which is run by the Irish Maths Teachers Association. There were 12 teams taking part in this regional round which was hosted by the Presentation Secondary School, Clonmel. One of our teams came 2nd and the other team finished in a respectable fourth position.
The team that secured the runner-up position were Leah Carroll, Anne Marie Kennedy, Simone Gordon and Claire Fitzpatrick. They were beaten to the top spot by the CBS Nenagh. Our other team who finished in fourth place included Orla Healy, Cait Ryan, Siobhàn Murchan and Alexandra White. Well done to the girls and their teacher Ms. Gleeson.
Following on from a workshop before Christmas on equality in the workplace six teams entered the Youth for Decent Work Awards by making a three minute film. The film outlines issues relating to equality and fairness in the workplace. This week the 30 short listed teams were announced, among them was one of ours, going by the production name Fair Haired Fury’ Film, their picture was entitled ‘Lets close the gap’. Team members are Lillian Kelly, Àine Scott, Esha Hourihan Clancy and Janye Dooley. This team, along with the five other Ursuline teams, have been invited to attend the awards ceremony in the Savoy Cinema, Dublin on February 26th. Best of luck girls. Maybe there is a future Speilberg or Scorsese in the making.
TY Mini Companies
There was great excitement last Wednesday 4th of February when the enterprising young women in TY festooned the sports hall with innovative products and up and running and up and coming businesses. There were plenty of ideas and items, there was also selling and marketing, energy and enthusiasm on display. One of the groups however choose social consciousness over making money in their not for profit business. The name of the company is ‘Chemo Companions’ and the business was set up by Layla, Elle, Aoife,Cora and Tara. They are making care packs for young children undergoing chemotherapy. They are giving these packs to children for free and are funding them through donations. They have received donations from local and national companies and also family and friends. They came up with the idea as they wanted to do something for charity instead of making money for themselves.
On the 3rd of February the ‘Chemo Companion’ girls went to the Mercy Hospital in Cork and gave thirty packs to the children in the leukemia unit there. Our students felt privileged meeting the staff and children in the ward. They were all so warm and greeted them with open arms. They met two children named Ava (6) and Fionn (3). Both the children and their parents were delighted with the packs. They also met nurses Sinead and Bernie who helped make the day happen. The students now hope to visit other hospitals and get the chance to meet other children and give them packs too.
Other mini companies with original, appealing business models include ‘Think Big’ founded by Melanie O’Halloran, Danielle Bowe, Megan Lahart, Megan Ryan and Irene Mas. Their business involves recycling boxes by painting them to look like cars and other vehicles for children to play in. The aim for the company is to encourage recycling, improve young children’s spatial awareness, and encourage children to use their imagination. The girls qualified for the Regional Finals to be held on March 6th in LIT, Thurles.
Gemma O’Flaherty, Ciara Dempsey, Megan Long, Arianna Caroll and Lillian Kelly call themselves Decoupals. They are designing household decor such as coasters, glassware and lanterns using a skill called decoupage. They received a a Merit for “Marketing, Sales and identifying their target market”. They have had very steady growth in sales and you can check them out on their Facebook page ‘Decoupals’.
‘Shelf-Less’ consists of students Rachael Quinlan (manager), Muireann O’Dwyer (marketing), Róisín Meehan (production), Sarah Stakelum (sales) and Brenda Wright (finance). Their product allows books to be stacked on the wall without seeing the physical shelf. It gives the illusion of a stack of floating books. Very Hogwarts indeed! They have also qualified for the regional final of the Tipperary Enterprise Competition. ‘Shelf-Less’ is now being stocked in various stores around Thurles and the surrounding areas. They can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Weebley under the name of ‘Shelf-less.’
‘Take Charge’ is run by Ali Hobbs, Julie Moran, Kate O’Dwyer, Jayne Dooley and Laura Kieran. The idea for their business came about because they wanted to stop chargers for technological devices from breaking, and therefore saving money in the long run. So they developed a product that wraps around both ends of the charger to prevent bending. It’s a simple solution for a worldwide problem. Also the charger protectors are extremely cost effective at just €2! They have also made it through to the next stage of the student enterprise competition. Well done to all students who entered the competition and good luck to those students who qualified to the next stage. Also thanks to mini company teachers Ms. Rossiter, Ms. Purcell, Ms. Stakelum and Ms. Hynes for all their support and business acumen.
Róisín Putti, Teresa Ryan and Áine Campion travelled to Glenstal Abbey last weekend to take part in the Munster Final of the Knights of Columbanus Centenary Schools Public Speaking Competition. The girls emerged as the Regional winners speaking eloquently on the topic of forgiveness and how it is the most difficult of Christian virtues. They are through to the All Ireland Final which will be held in March.
Clíona Collins was also representing the Ursuline Secondary School in the Soroptimist Public Speaking Competition last weekend. Cliona has done very well to date but she will not go any further in the competition. She has done us all proud with her oratory skills.
Gael Linn Debaters
Unfortunately our Gael Linn debaters did not succeed onto the next round. They spoke and argued very well ós gaeilge but it was not to be their night. Well done to the three Fifth year students involved, Dervla Lynch, Gillian Burke and Sarah Kelly and to their teachers Ms. Barry and Mr. O’Dochartaigh.