Munster Junior A Final
It was an all Ursuline affair for the Munster Junior A final on Saturday, January 20. The Ursuline’s from Thurles took on their counterparts from St. Angela’s in Waterford.
The game was played in blustery conditions on an exposed WIT pitch at the Arena. The UCT girls, defending their title, got off to an auspicious start gaining a 2-5 lead in the opening ten minutes with the Deise yet to find their rhythm. These vital scores came from the stick of corner forward Eimear Heffernan who worked consistently throughout the game. However the Waterford side began to settle, slowly coming back at UCT with an array of steady points. They showed their class with great passing between Gailltír teammates Clodagh Curham, Clodagh Hector and Aoife Fitzgerald with No. 14 Fitzgerald finishing to secure the last point of the first half. Thurles had a four point lead at half time, 2-5 to 0-7 but would be relinquishing the strong breeze to the Waterford side who were really starting to show their mettle.
St. Angela’s went on the attack from outset of the second half with two points and two goals coming in quick succession. Waterford led from then on despite a valiant effort from the Tipp side. There were two more points from Eimear Heffernan and third Ursuline goal courtesy of full forward Gráinne Long but by that stage the gap was widening and St. Angela’s were on course to win their first Junior A Munster Championship title. The final score was Ursuline Thurles 3-7 St. Angela’s Waterford 3-16. Well done to the team, panel and coaches Ms. Hogan and Ms. O’Friel on a spirited defense of the cup. Best of luck to Waterford as they go forward in the competition.
Munster Senior Football Final
It was an historic occasion last Tuesday, January 23 as the Ursuline Thurles met Cashel Community School in an all Tipperary Munster Senior Ladies Football Final. Loughmore Castleiney was the venue for the game which saw the Ursuline set their sights on a first Senior Munster trophy in football.
The first half was a close encounter with only a goal difference after 20 minutes with Cashel 1-4 to Ursuline 0-4. Cashel scored a few excellent points before they hit the net as a free drifted in under the crossbar. Lauren Murtagh was on hand for the Ursuline and kept them in it with 2 points, while Eimear Mc Grath and Niamh Long added the other points. Just before the break Ursuline added a further point as Lauren Murtagh raced through on goal from midfield while Sarah Delaney responded with a point for Cashel. The Thurles girls played with great heart and gusto but unfortunately this effort was not reflected on the scoreboard. The half time score was 1-5 to 0-5 in Cashel’s favour.
The Ursulines were determined to give the game everything and came within a point of Cashel in the first fifteen minutes of the second half as Niamh Long, a standout performer in midfield, scored Ursuline’s first goal. However, Cashel now aided by the second half wind added their second goal courtesy of another free drifting in under the crossbar. Cashel were on top now as they added a few extra points and a goal from a penalty. Ursuline kept battling and Niamh Long once again responded by rounding two cashel defenders and raising the green flag. The conditions were though for both teams but a high level of football was displayed. The final whistle blew and the final score was Cashel 3-8 to Ursuline 2-5. Cashel will now progress to the All-Ireland semi-final and we wish them the very best of luck in bringing the cup back to Tipperary.
Congratulations to the Junior As who are into a semi-final after a 6-0 win over Regina Mundi. The girls were 3-0 up after the first ten minutes and took full advantage of the early lead.
The B 2s played Gaelcholáiste Luimní winning 2-0. The Senior Bs also played the Limerick Gaelscoil and secured a very decisive victory.
In the Junior B Cup the Ursuline lost to Rockwell 2-1.
Well done to fifth year students Gemma O’Dwyer, Erika Carroll and Mary Kate Barrett who got through the first round of the Knights of Columbanus Public Speaking Competition held in Templemore on Wednesday, January 24. They spoke on the topic ‘Poverty is not caused by a lack of material resources.’ They are now through to the regional final.
The first and second year basketball players travelled to Templemore last week. They played well in the face of tough opposition. Well done to all.
Many thanks to Niamh McCormack, TY, who organised a make-up masterclass with blogger and snap-chatter Aoife Harty. Aoife met with the TY classes on Wednesday afternoon and then did a makeup demonstration after school. This was open to any student who wished to improve their makeup skills. All money raised goes to the Hope Foundation.