January 16, 2017

Ursuline Munster Champions

Congratulations to the Ursuline who are Munster Senior ‘A’ Camogie Champions in a hard fought battle against neighbours Presentation Thurles. The game took place in Templetuohy last Sunday, 15th of January, in drizzly conditions. Both sides were well supported with the crowd getting behind their teams. The game got off to an exhilarating start with Maureen Ryan passing to Caoimhe Perdue. Presentation won a sideline which was expertly taken by midfield Niamh Ryan who played an outstanding game throughout. Niamh Long kicked it off her boot up the UCT end, Ursuline playing with a very strong wind in the first half. It found the hurley of Presentation full forward Casey Hennessy. Ursuline half back Ruth Hassett dug deep to clear this dangerous ball. It was the first of her many clearances as she proved herself a stalwart in defence. The Presentation got the the first score of the game from a free in taken by No. 8 Niamh Ryan. UCT’s Moira Kinnane in the full back line ensured no more damage could be done so soon by pucking the ball away from the danger zone. However Sarah McKevitt in the No. 13 added to Presentation’s tally with a point secured from a solo run. Ursuline were soon to capitalise on their hard graft when Caoimhe Perdue responded with a point from play. The score was now 0-2 Pres 0-1 Ursuline. An Ursuline free taken by Eimear McGrath sailed between the uprights. Now both sides were level with two points a piece. Another free taken by Eimear Loughman missed its target but Eimear was undeterred playing with grit and determination from from start to finish. The Pres came back with a sole run by Casey Hennessy passing to team mate Sarah McKevitt but this surge forward was deftly cleared by Ursuline full back Caroline Mullaney. Pres attacked straight away but again Caroline also closed this down. Goal opportunities for Sarah Stakelum and Eimear Loughman never materialised as the Pres defended vigilantly. Emma Dunphy came on for UCT assuming the the mid field position just before the girls in blue took the lead with a pointed free off the stick of Eimear McGrath. The sides levelled just before the half time whistle when Niamh Ryan scored from a ’45. Going into the dressing room the scoreline read Pres 0-3 Ursuline 0-3. It was all to play for.

The second half battle proved to be just as exciting. A free, taken by goalie, Caoimhe Bourke soared down the field despite the strong wind. Eimear Loughman managed to inch the Ursuline ahead with a free. A Moira Kinnane clearance found its way quickly back up again in front of the UCT goalmouth. The Pres got a free which Niamh Ryan pointed from a difficult angle. The sides were equal once again Pres 0-4 Ursuline 0-4. Presentation continued to attack with vigour. In response Ursuline backs Caroline Mullaney, Moira Kinnane and Avril Ryan continued to fiercely shore up the defences. Then No. 11 for the Pres, Saoirse O’Meara, made a surge for goal but was foiled by a superb Ciara Bourke save. Still the pressure continued from both sides. A ’45 taken by Niamh Ryan put the Pres in front once again by 0-5 points to 0-4. Ursuline’s Maureen Ryan and Emma Dunphy kept the play in or around the centre of the field long enough for Claire Stakelum to break through. It resulted in another crucial free pointed by Eimear McGrath. The white flag was now raised for UCT for the 5th time. The sides were tied for the fourth time and the game entered the nail biting stages. It seemed a draw was inevitable. Both Pres and Ursuline players must be commended for keeping their nerve. Presentation girls Hazel McAuliffe, Casey Hennessy and Mary Bourke kept attacking. Maureen Ryan, Jill Shanahan, Eimear Loughman and Emma Dunphy in the blue continued to close them down. Niamh Ryan’s free in was cleared by Maureen Ryan. Emma Dunphy blocked down twice in a row. Eimear McGrath stepped up to take another free and keeping her wits about her pointed it, inching the Ursuline ahead by the narrowest of margins. The final free of the game in injury time was awarded to the Pres and Niamh Ryan, who had been so accurate all afternoon, put it wide. A heartbreaking finish for a Presentation team who showed great courage in a game that lasted a gruelling 70 minutes due to stoppages. In an historic first victory for the Ursulines in the Senior ‘A’ Munster Championship joint captains Maureen Ryan and Caoimhe Bourke lifted the cup. Maureen thanked all the teachers for getting behind the team especially their manager and coach Ms. Hogan. She thanked Ms. O’Friel who also trains the team. Maureen told her teammates she was proud of all their efforts. Caoimhe commended the Presentation for their determination and sportsmanship. She said that it wasn’t easy for either side to go up against their friends, teammates and club mates who happened to find themselves on opposing sides in this final. The game was a fantastic display of Camogie, played with flair, passion and demonstrating the enormous reserves of character present in both teams. Well done Hogans Heroes.

BT Young Scientist

There were two projects from the Ursuline Secondary School which qualified to exhibit at the BT Young Scientist of the Year. The TY students and their teachers Ms. Moloney and Ms. Hogan spent much of their Christmas break doing research and preparing their statistical and scientific analysis. The trio of Laura Ryan, Sarah Ryan and Laura Cloonan Fennelly investigated ‘The effects of overuse of Peracetic Acid, as a sterilising agent for milking machines, has on milk. As part of their findings they were able to determine safe measures of peracetic acid for use in milking machines. They also developed a memo for dairy farmers that could be easily hung in milking parlours and used as a reference guide.

The second group compromising of Sadhbh Leahy and Caoimhe Perdue asked Fastest Fingers First: ‘Do testers pay the Price?’. They investigated if there are differences in speeds of texting between boys and girls and looked at the dexterity of teenage texters. The groups, although conducting research in two very different scientific fields both produced interesting data, findings and thought provoking recommendations. Well done to everyone involved and congratulations on all the hard work.

Green Schools

A group of second year students have been shortlisted by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland for the One Good Idea competition. The title of their project is ‘Be Wattaware’. The group of six students want to get consumers to think more about the rating of a household, electrical appliance before purchasing. The aim is to get shoppers to consider carefully the benefits of an ‘A’ rated appliance. They will be attending a workshop next week given by SEAI to help them develop their project.

Third Year Debating

A lively and highly entertaining bout of Debating this week saw the motion “That fashion reflects the spirit of the day in dress, manners and art”, defeated in both rounds, one and two. Nicole Rafter, Siobhán Greene and Aoife Dempsey proposed and were narrowly defeated by Caoimhe Meade, Lavinia Bowe and Anne Marie O’Byrne Casey. In the next round Eleanor Donna, Julie Manganese’s and Gráinne McNamara took on Isobel Quirke, Kerry Tierney and Nessa McGrath, who again succeeded in having the motion defeated. Both winning teams will meet in their final on Tuesday, 24th of January. This promises to be a wonderful display of skill and wit. Well done to all speakers and a special word of praise to Siobhán Greene and Julie Manganese’s who were outstanding in the semi-finals. Thanks also to Ms. Quinn for organising and adjudicating on the debates.

Public Speaking

There are two teams busily preparing for the Knights of St. Columbanus Public Speaking Competition. Both teams are working on speeches which encapsulate the theme of ‘Christians in society.’ Sarah, Lianna and Dearbhla will speak about the courage needed to build bridges in society rather than erecting walls. Mary Kate, Gemma and Erica will discuss how profound respect for one another should be reflected in both speech and behaviour.

Written By Nora Tuohy