March 28, 2019

Basketball
The Second Year Basketball players played Ardscoil Na Trionoide recently putting in a decent performance overall. Ursuline got off to a slow star in the first quarter but picked up the pace after that to give the Lilywhites a run for their money. The lead built up by the Athy girls in the opening minutes however proved too hard to make up. The final score Ursuline 18 – Ardscoil Na Trionoide 22.

The First Year game against the same school was also a nail biting encounter. Ursuline held their nerve in a closely fought contest to emerge victors and bag a place in the Midlands Plate Final. The fulltime scoreboard read Ursuline 21 – Ardscoil Na Trionoide 20. So well done to our youngest Basketball stars and to coach Ms Ryall. They play the final on Tuesday, 2 April

Thurles Sports Awards
The Ursuline was well represented at the Thurles Sports Awards held in the Anner Hotel on Saturday, 23 March. The Junior 7s Camogie team received the Camogie Award following their Munster Final win in October, 2018. They had the honour of representing Munster in the All-Ireland Competition. This is the School’s fifth Munster title in 7s Competition since 2014. Well done to all camogie players involved and to coaches Ms Hogan and Ms O’Friel.
The Soccer Award was given to the First Year Soccer team who won the Tipperary and Munster titles in the Futsal First Year Schools Soccer Competition run by the FAI. They qualified for the National Finals proudly representing their School and province in the WIT Sports Centre in December. Well done to soccer coach Mr McGlynn.

Chemistry Olympiad
Well done to Niamh Hickey, Leaving Cert, who took part in the Irish Science (Chemistry) Olympiad in DCU recently. Niamh is a keen Chemistry student and represented her school with great distinction at this competition.

Hockey
The Senior B Cup Semi Final against Clonakilty ended in a full-time draw Ursuline 1-1 Clonakilty so it was all down to shuttles. The Cork girls pipped UCT at the post 2-1.
The Junior A League playoff between UCT and Rockwell ended in a 1-1 draw.

Public Speaking
As always First and Second Year Public Speaking has generated huge interest this term with students lining up to demonstrate their speech writing skills and thrash out a good old argument with their peers. This year Ms Quinn asked them to get their thoughts and intellectual might behind the topic ‘There has never been a better time to be young.’ Such was the high standard that even after preliminary rounds the First Year final contained a long, short list of candidates who made a return trip to the podium in a bid to be the overall winner. Those who got through included Lauren Branigan, Emma Moran, Lilly Buckley, Molly Lowry, Sarah Kenny, Rachel Regan, Nora Kilrane, Aoife Kavanagh, Dearbhla Ryan and Lisa O’Conner. The students spoke for three to four minutes and wit, style and passion were very much in evidence with speakers taking a logical look at both sides of the topic.

Written By Nora Tuohy