Monday 20th January.
Rugby. Our Junior Boys Rugby team were knocked out of the Fr Godfrey Cup on Monday afternoon, losing out by three points to a strong CBS Wexford side.
Wilson's were without key players Tom and Max for the game with both suffering injuries in recent weeks. Stephen started his first game at out half and looked assured early on, scoring a try and adding the conversion after five minutes. Wexford came to life after this and added two tries, a conversion and a penalty to stretch into a 15-7 lead. Winger Manuel and Matthew C added further tries in the first half, with Wexford adding one more leaving the half time score 20-19 in favour of Wexford.
The second half was a lower scoring affair. Manuel scored what was to be WHS last points of the game to stretch us four points in front. Wexford added a penalty and a conversion to close out the game at take the win 27-24.
To their credit the Junior Team were excellent and unlucky to lose. They were twice held up over the line in the closing stages of the game and never gave up until the final whistle.
The season is not over and the Juniors have the Spring League and the Fr Godfrey Plate to look forward to in the coming weeks. Well done boys. You continue to do your school proud.
Tuesday 21st January.
Basketball. The First and Second Year Boys played in the Midlands League at home today against a stronger team from CBS Mullingar.
Wednesday 22nd January.
The Minor A girls hockey team hit the ground running in a home fixture against The Royal School, Cavan and meant business from the beginning of the game. Each girl on the pitch supported one another and they played as a strong team.
Lauren, Dodo, Anna and Jane played incredibly well today and their efforts didn’t go unnoticed. They supported midfields at all times and got back and covered Charlotte who made some great saves. Cavan were eager to get a goal in the first half but mid fields Alva , Ella and Sarah worked brilliantly and kept the score line 0-0 at half time.
Wilsons regrouped at half time as pressure was being put on by Cavan and started a much better second half. Serena, Chinazo and Alva really progressed in the second half and made some super runs.
Forwards Oriel, Leah and Áine made some great opportunities on goal. Leah made a lovely pass to Áine who made a great shot to beat the Cavan keeper. Oriel was unlucky in front of goal with the goal being saved by Cavan. Then Oriel made another brilliant pass to Áine who scored to secure a 2-0 win over Cavan.
A superb team performance by the girls. Player of the match was Oriel.
What an exciting game from beginning to end!! The Junior girls hockey team started fast and hard in their home fixture against The Royal Schoo, Cavan. With 10 short corners in the first half they were unlucky not to convert as Cavan had a great defence line and goalie. Aoibhin took 3 shots on goal from one short corner and was unlucky not to convert The Cavan goalie was very strong but this didn’t stop the Wilson’s girls. Ameera, Naoise and Adobi made great attacks on goal.
The tension was high as it was a very fast game but Wilson’s did themselves incredibly proud and didn’t crack under pressure. Brianna, Leila and Faith made some great tackles on the oncoming Cavan forwards.
The second half saw a goal each from both teams. Naoise made a super pass to Ameera who scored a brilliant goal. Alice, ElleAnna and Robyn had a very busy game but with their fitness and skill they made it look easy. Cavan responded with another goal leaving it 2-1 with five minutes to go. The Wilson’s girls did not give up!! Sophie made another attack on goal, unlucky not to score. Robyn made a great run up the left wing and scored a goal to leave a 2-2 draw.
The work rate and determination from the Juniors today was brilliant. Player of the match was Naoise.
Leinster Post Primary Schools Orienteering League 2019/20. The Orienteering Team headed to Tymon Park in Dublin on Wednesday for another great day. This was the third event in the Leinster Post Primary Schools Orienteering League 2019/20. The setting was beautiful and the conditions were perfect for all thirty six participating. There was a wonderful sense of fun and healthy competition.
The experience of the previous two events were evident. Wilson’s proved themselves as a force to be dealt with and the results were very positive. Hayley and Emily were victorious again in the Beginners Category. Their course consisted of 2.80km with 12 controls to crack. The First Year Girls with 2.170km and 12 controls saw Victoria finish in first place. She was followed by her sister Veronica in 4th and Aoibhín, Sarah and Evelyn who finished in 9th, 12th and 13th respectively.
The TY Girl’s also with 12 controls saw Wilson’s Katharina not only participate in her first ever orienteering event, but also go on to win her category with over 15 minutes to spare. The final of our girls to compete was Clemence in the 5th-6th Year Girls Category with a course of 3.90km and 12 controls. Clemence, who has been so consistent throughout all the events and finished in 3rd.
The boys too had great success. The First Years were very impressive and had to run a 2.220km, 14 control event. Patrick finished an impressive 3rd. Hot on his heels were Dineth, Jack and Gordon who finished in 5th, 6th and 7th respectively. In the 2nd-3rd Year Boys event with 3.930km and 18 controls Izaak finished in 5th followed closely by Nathan in 9th. They were followed by Aaron and Jack and Jules.
Noah competed in the TY event with 15 controls to locate and finished in 2nd place. The last of the events for the boys was the 5th-6th Year Boys with 4.530km and 15 controls and Craig was again victorious in first and as always close by was Dominic in 4th, followed by Nicholas and Noah in 6th and 7th.
Congratulations to all our competitors. Their enthusiasm is infectious!
Rugby. The Senior Boys Rugby team had a great win beating Terenure College 35-7 in the Forester Cup.
We didn’t have it all our own way and had to defend for large periods of the first half. Against the run of play, Denians received the ball on the left wing to sprint the length of the field and score under the posts. Thomas added a try in the first half also to leave the score 14-0 at the break.
The boys never took the foot off the pedal in the second half and added three further tries. Evan, Denians and Harry got these scores with some great handling in the build up to each of the tries.
The pack were excellent today with Jeffery, Michael and Mark getting through lots of work. Thomas and Joe were excellent while Evan and Nempan made plenty of ground in the back three. Denians was man of the match with two tries to add to his haul for the year. Well done to all twenty players who contributed to the win.
Thursday 23rd January.
to the girl's U19 badminton team who participated in the Leinster finals after qualifying in the Westmeath school round. The girls performed very well in both sets of games and were unlucky not to come away with a prize. Well done to Emily, Soky, Ogo and Esther.
Rugby. The Junior and the Senior Girls rugby teams played a blitz.
The Senior Girls Rugby Team played three games in total in today’s blitz. While the scorelines didn’t go our way in any of the games, the team showed a big improvement throughout the day and they are slowly gaining confidence in their ability. Ellen, Jenna and Roisin worked tirelessly in defence while Avril and Emma C managed to cross the line a few times in attack.
The Junior Girls Rugby Team also played three games in total. First game saw us face Edenderry. Wilson’s scored three tries in the first half through Aoibhin (2) and Faith. Super tackling by Alex kept Edenderry’s scoring to one try. In the second half, Wilson’s kept building on their scoring tally with tries from Victoria and Dodo leaving the final score as 5-3 to Wilson’s.
Our second game saw us face Sacred Heart, Tullamore. This was a very competitive game with the Tullamore side scoring the only try of the first half - Wilson’s crossed the line only to be called back due to an earlier knock on. In the second half, Wilson’s scored through Victoria but despite super tackling from Alicia and Victoria we couldn’t keep Tullamore out leaving the final score 2-1 to Tullamore.
Our third and final game was against Kilbeggan. The Wilson’s girls set the pace early in the match scoring three unanswered tries in the first half. (Dodo, Adaobi and Aoibhin) The second half showed little change with another three scores coming from Faith (2) and Alex. The final score in this game was 6-1 to Wilson’s. Alex once again was the most impressive tackler in this game.
Basketball. The Senior Boys won a home match in the Weafer Hall.
North Leinster Schools' Cross Country 2020. The Annual North Leinster Schools’ Cross Country was held in the Phoenix Park. The weather was favourable and the course was flat but heavy underfoot. 14 students from Wilson’s Hospital participated in this year’s event. The top 15 individuals and the top 3 teams in each race will compete in the Leinster Cross Country Finals on the 12th of February in Santry, Demesne.
A huge congratulations to Alice who was in perfect running form and struck again. Alice was awarded a place in the Leinster Finals finishing 14th in the Intermediate girls race.
Our athletes had to dig deep in each of their races. Their grit and determination saw them cross the finish line. Overall it was a very successful day. All students ran to the best of their ability and represented their school with pride. Well done to all who participated and the fantastic team spirit they displayed.
Debating. Andrea, Sarah Jane, Aimee, Susan and Charlotte travelled to UCD for debating this evening. Many congratulations to Charlotte who won her round and is through to the Quarter Finals.