Junior A Camogie Munster Final Win
Ursuline 1-9 Doon 0-7.
Two Munster final titles in six days has the whole school community of students, teachers and parents delirious with happiness. The Junior A Munster Final Camogie title played on Saturday, 21st of January came hot on the heels of the Senior A’s victory the previous Sunday in Templetuohy. This younger squad, taking inspiration from the more Senior panel the previous week, dug deep against a strong and capable opposition from Limerick. Doon’s Scoil na Tríonóide Naofa had the home advantage on a dry but skinning cold day. The Ursuline had the benefit of a strong breeze in the first half which they capitalised on to put themselves ahead from the start. The first score of the game was a magnificent goal in the 2nd minute for UCT. Eimear McGrath took the first free of the afternoon which sailed over Claire McNamara’s head finding the back of the net to raise the green for the girls in blue. Eimear McGrath, who pointed frees so accurately for the Senior A’s the previous week, would not be found wanting on this big occasion either. Doon went on the attack with their left half back Sarah Burke taking a free which fell short and dangerous in front of the Ursuline goal. It was eventually cleared after a bit of a scramble. In the 10th minute, a free awarded to Caoimhe McCarthy, was placed between the uprights by Eimear McGrath to record her second score of the day and put the Ursuline ahead 1-1 to no score. However three minutes later Doon got on the scoreboard with a free pointed by their centre forward Gemma Fox. Gemma had a great day and was to prove a thorn in the side of the Ursuline throughout the entirety of the game. Passes between Niamh Long, Eimear McGrath and Gemma O’Dwyer kept play down the UCT end. Two points followed in succession for tackles on Gemma O’Dwyer. Eimear McGrath stepped up to the plate both times to put the Ursuline in a comfortable lead 1-3 to 0-1. Eimear’s second score was a magnificent shot taken from 50 yards out. However Doon began to stage a come back adding two points to their tally, one, a free from captain Gemma Fox. The last score in the opening half came courtesy of Eimear McGrath to put the Ursuline in front midway by 1-4 to Doon’s 0-3. Potentially only two scores in it. It was anybody’s game for the taking.
The second half got off to a tense start when Doon made a stunning break for the goal. It seemed certain that they would shoot the sliothar past goalie Emma Kennedy. However an incredibly fearless challenge by No.7 Emma Dunphy brought down her Doon opponent in the square to ensure a penalty. There was a powerful save by Ursuline goalie Emma Kennedy which scuppered Doon’s chance of a goal. By the 16th minute Doon were catching up with only two points in it thanks to a free by Eire Óg/Annacarty native Sarah Burke. Then the Ursuline forwards really lifted their game with Ellie Ryan making some spectacular break throughs and solo runs. There was lovely passing, picking up and calling for the ball between herself and full forward Niamh Keane. Eimear Bourke who grafted solidly for the whole 60 minutes got a lovely point from play making the score 1-8 to 0-6. The final score fittingly came off the hurl of Eimear McGrath who pointed a free from about 45 yards out against a strong breeze. The final score finished Ursuline1-9 to Doon 0-7, a five point differential in the end. It was a free flowing game with very little extra time. The full time whistle sounded to rapturous cheers from the Thurles supporters. Ursuline captain, Avril Ryan, 5th year, lifted the cup on behalf of her team. She thanked the Doon girls for being such a great opposition and called on her teammates and supporters to shoutout three cheers for them. So both Ursuline Camogie teams now face the prospect of an All Ireland Semi in the next few weeks. The whole school is behind them willing them to go all the way.
Senior A Munster Hockey Semi-Final
The Camogie players were not the only ones grabbing headlines this week. The Senior A hockey girls secured their place in a final after overcoming Cork side Mount Mercy in two thrilling games. On Wednesday the Ursuline and five bus loads of supporters headed Leeside to square up to strong and determined opponents. It was a challenging match for the Ursuline but goalie Rose O’Sullivan gallantly staved off the Mount Mercy attacks. Neither side could find a score on the day and full time ended in a nil all draw. Both teams lived to fight another day and what an epic battle it turned out to be. On Friday, 20th January, two days after the first encounter Mount Mercy made the return journey to Thurles. Not to be outdone or outshouted, a nine bus cavalcade travelled with their team. The game started at 12 O’clock and it seemed that UCT would prosper by having home advantage when Brona Dowling scored from open play. Another shot from Ireland international Caoimhe Perdue was disallowed but it was clear Ursuline would be satisfied with nothing less a win. However that win did not come easy. Mount Mercy equalised when Emma Cripps scored from a penalty stroke. At the end of normal time it was a one all draw. Extra time followed and despite their best efforts and looking like the more spirited side the Ursuline could not conjure a second goal to finish their opposition. It was down to the wire the victor to be decided by the cruel stroke of a penalty. The sides were level 3-3 at the end of the first round of strokes. Neither side was making this easy for themselves. The game now moved to sudden death. A hush descended over the huge crowd of supporters. All eyes keenly watched when each girl move into position to stand alone against the opposition keeper. Spectators were either willing the shot to find its target or miss its target depending on who you were up for – Ursuline or Mount Mercy. It was nerve wracking, nail biting, toe curling stuff. Then Brona Dowling scored her second round stroke. It was all down to the next shot and prayers went up for Rose O’Sullivan, the Ursuline goalie, as she took her place on the line. The prayers were answered as the Dublin native became a Tipperary hero deflecting the Mount Mercy stroke to secure an Ursuline win. Hearts could start beating once again and emotions ran high when it was clear UCT had emerged as victors from this grueling two day engagement. Everybody felt for the Cork girls to be going home defeated when they had put in such brilliant displays on both occasions. The Ursuline will now face old adversaries Crescent in yet another Senior Munster A hockey final the venue and date have yet to be decided. Well done to Senior A coach Ms. Rossiter, Ms. Creegan and all in the hockey department for the many hours of dedicated coaching they give.
In the Junior B Cup Quarter Final the Ursuline beat Laurel Hill Còláiste decisively 9-0.
The Minor C’s played Loreto, Clonmel but lost by two goals to nil. The Minor B1’s played Laurel Hill Còláiste winning two goals to nil. The Minor C’s won their game against Laurel Hill Cóláiste by one goal to nil.
The previous weeks hockey results included a Senior B Cup game against Corkonians Regina Mundi which Ursuline lost. Regina Mundi 2 – Ursuline 0. The 1st year Ursuline Blue 1 team beat their Regina Mundi counterparts 3-1. It was a nil all draw for the 1st Year Ursuline Blue 2 team.
It was neighbour debating fiercely against neighbour this week when the Ursuline faced a formidable side from CBS Thurles. The girls who proposed the motion ‘The United Nations should be disbanded’ had been researching and writing furiously in preparation for the debate which took place on Thursday, 19th January. Their hard work paid off when they piped a very engaging CBS team past the post. The Ursuline team comprising of Vivienne O’Keefe, Michaela Kerwick and Captain Gemma O’Dwyer were delighted with their 2-1 win and now look forward to going forward to the next round. Many thanks to Ms. Carey for her guidance and leadership of the Concern debaters.
Gael Linn Debating
Congratulations to the Junior Gael Linn Debating team who were successful in the 3rd round of the competition. The team of Sadhbh Donovan, Alannah Walsh and Caitríona O’Sullivan were proposing the motion “Tá an fír seo loite le h-áabharachas” – This country is rotten with materialism. The girls defeated two teams from Newbridge – The Holy Family and Newbridge College to win a coveted spot in the next round. Many thanks to team mentors Ms. De Barra and Mr. O’Dhochartaigh for preparing the students. We wish them every success in the next round.
Share a Dream
The Charities Committee raised over €500 for the ‘Share a Dream’ foundation through the Christmas jumper day before Christmas and a raffle that was organised by 5th Year LCVP students. This money will go towards making the wishes of terminally ill children come true. Well done to all the students on charities committee who have been working tirelessly over the past few months and to the teachers who are very actively involved, Ms. O’Sullivan and Ms. Egan.
The motion “That teenagers today are shallow, self absorbed, selfish people” was debated with vigour by first years in their Debating final on January, 17th. Eva McBrearty, Avril Mackenzie and Sorcha Mullen proposed the motion while Maeve Adams, Sarah Connolly and Alison Ryan opposed with enthusiasm what they perceived to be an outrageous motion. In spite of their skilled arguments the proposal was carried. Alex Hally, Eilish Naughton and Lucy McCormack successfully carried the motion against a very spirited team comprising Michelle Flanagan, Rebecca Hogan and Gráinne Gleeson. Michelle Gleeson shone as captain and was very energetic and sure footed in her argument. A great evening was had by all and was very capably chaired by Victoria Cottrell, 2nd Year. First place was taken Eva, Avril and Sorcha who are the overall first year champions. Runners up Alex, Eilish and Lucy will certainly fight another day – Beidh lá eile ag an bPaorach.
The second year final saw Leah Phelan, Chloe O’Connell, Ellie Culliton and Sarah C. Fitzgerald debate the motion that “the day that technology will surpass our human interaction the world will have a generation of idiots!” They faced a formidable, convincing opposition of Victoria Cottrell, Róisín Kelly, Ellen Duggan and Kelly Anne Ryan. Both teams showed evidence of careful and extensive research and in a thrilling final the motion was carried. There was great work done by all Junior debaters this week and great style exhibited by all speakers.
Mary Kate Barrett, TY and Vivienne O’Keeffe, 5th Year, represent Clonmel Soroptimist and their school, Ursuline Convent, Thurles in the Regional final of the Soroptimist Public Speaking Competition in Cork on February, 4th. The girls take on the topical issues of the environment and modern day slavery. Go n-éirí leo. Thanks to Mrs Quinn who works ceaselessly on behalf of Debating and Public Speaking throughout the school.
This week all TY’s got to partake in a very worthwhile two day First Aid course given by Christian O’Dwyer. The course was very educational and enjoyed by all. Topics covered included burns, dressings, CPR, accidents. TY’s were delighted to be able to add this certificate of First Aid to their growing CV’s. The course is especially beneficial to any the TY’s offering babysitting. With a very heavy schedule of events and competitions in the weeks ahead, there is a lot of hard work going on in TY at the moment.
Caith Amach É came to deliver a presentation to the Leaving Cert students on Friday, 20th January. The duo, Niall and Sèan, did a workshop focussing on the picture stories which comprise part of the oral Irish examination. They presented these in a funny, lively entertaining way. The students benefitted from this comical interactive display in preparation for the oral exam. It was a very successful talk for the students touching on an important topic of their syllabus but done with a dose of hilarity.