Kate Ryan Irish U16 Hockey
Congratulations to Kate Ryan, Third Year, who has been selected to attend trials for the Irish U16 Hockey squad. It is great news for Kate, who is a dedicated and determined player. She impressed the coaches at the Inter-Provincials in Cork recently where she was a redoubtable member of the Munster U16 side along. The whole school is behind her, with fingers crossed that she will play out of her skin on the day of the trials.
There was plenty of action on the Hockey pitches this week, both at home and away. On Wednesday Junior As had a decisive victory over Kilkenny College, while the Junior Bs lost out in their game. The Minor A match finished in a 0-0 draw. The Minor Bs had no luck against their Kilkenny counterparts.
There is plenty of enthusiasm among the First Years for hockey and on Wednesday 2 October five teams headed off to a blitz hosted by Crescent. They played teams from Crescent, Rockwell and Laurel Hill. They got an opportunity to put their skills into action and have a fun day out. All five teams got into the playoffs and enjoyed their first foray into competition.
Rehearsals are well underway for this year’s school musical Sister Act with opening night on Saturday, 19 September. A veteran of previous Ursuline Shows Aideen Carew takes the lead as wild, raunchy night club singer Deloris Van Cartier supported by a talented cast that includes Aoife Dempsey as the Mother Superior and Michaela Grace Ginty as Monsignor O’Hara. There are loads of hilarious moments throughout interspersed with big musical numbers such as Raise Your Voice, Take Me to Heaven and Fabulous Baby. Bookings can be made through the School on 0504-22147.
The Junior Footballers are flying high after securing their second win of the group in the Munster championship on Thursday, 26 September in Clonoulty. Thurles and Tipp traded points before St. Anne’s grabbed a goal to put them in front. However, the determination of Cathy Hogan in midfield for Ursuline responded by running 30yards and blasting to the back of the net. Grainne O’Donnell was at hand numerous times throughout the first half and had three points to her name before the break. With five minutes to go in the half, Rachel Quinlan extended the Ursuline lead scoring 1-1. Half time score was Ursuline 2-5 St. Anne’s 1-2. The second half started with both teams again going point on point before Ursuline took hold of the game. Michelle Flanagan came in from the subs beach and immediately made an impact raising the green flag. Joint captains Rachel Quinlan and Katie O’Dwyer lead by example. Rachel scored an impressive individual point by gaining possession on the half forward line, beating two markers to finish exquisitely from an acute angle, taking her personal tally to 1-2 for the day. Katie O’Dwyer was equally as impressive as she scored 2-1, the last goal being struck from 30 yards out and lobbed in over the keeper. Kate Burke capped off a great Ursuline performance finding the back of the net with a few minutes remaining. The final score was 6-7 to 1-5. They will now play Presentation Clonmel in their last group game and are in a great position to grab a Munster 1/4 spot.
In a double header the Second Junior team got their campaign off to a winning start too by beating St. Anne’s 2, a game which was also played in Clonoulty the previous Thursday. From throw in Ursuline dominated, taking a strong 2-11 to 0-0 lead in the first half. Ursuline scores came from Michelle Flanagan, Niamh Shanahan, Michelle Dwan, Orlaith Ryan, Robyn Fanning and Chloe Byrne. Oralith Ryan got Ursuline off to a great start in the second half by scoring a well worked point. Megan Kelly and Louise Hickey both raised the green flag to further extend the lead. Alice O’ Donoghue added 1-1 before Kate Ferncombe grabbed a point with 10 minutes to go. Sarah Corcoran and Danielle Ryan were influential in midfield setting up the majority of scores. Final score was 4-19 to 0-1. They will now play Rockwell in the next group game.
On Thursday, 3 October the Junior B Footballers were in action against a particularly strong outfit from Rockwell. The Ursuline played well despite the miserable conditions. There were plenty of standout performances across the field of play with Chloe Byrne, Orlaith Ryan and Robyn Fanning being in fine fetter throughout.
Leaving Cert Irish students studying the Mairead Ní Ghárda play An Tríail went to see a production of it in the Belltable Arts Centre in Limerick on Monday, 30 September. They really enjoyed seeing the characters and the plot come to life on the stage and it helped them greatly with their understanding of the text.
The Junior’s started theIr Camogie Championship with a win against Doon on Wednesday, 2 October. It was a tight game that ended 2-10 to 1-10 in Ursuline’s favour. The Limerick side put it up to the girls with both teams battling till the end.