Friday 6th May.
Cricket. The 1st Year Boy's team fixture against St. Andrew's College was cancelled.
Athletics. Today the U15 and U16 athletes were in competition in Santry. Although not all were successful, they learnt a great deal from the experience and Victoria, Mervyn, Jennifer and Lochlainn came back to Wilson's with medals. Zachary and Davon also did very well in their events.
Wednesday 4th May.
The girl’s soccer season drew to a close for this year with a brave performance from the Senior Girls squad. The U18 Squad took on Holy Family CS, Rathcoole at home in the Semi-Final play-offs of the Under 18 League. Rathcoole were a physically imposing team as befits an Under 18 Competition. The Wilson's minnows fielded a team that had many players from the Under 14 Cup Squad.
Thus it was to be expected that Rathcoole reached the half-way mark with four goals under their belt. Rathcoole added a further 2 in the second half to finish the match six - nil. Nonetheless, the parents that attended the game could not but be impressed by the spirit and bravery of this very youthful Wilson's squad.
This was the second Wilson's game played without 3 key defenders. Yet, goalie Leanne and a back four of Davina, Alice, Laura and Emilie fought for possession at all times. Ashling, as a sub for Emilie also had a super game. In mid-field Clara was very much improved. Gunda was her usual reliable self. Sharlene improved as the game progressed. Lynsey played her heart out and continued to perform in spite of cramp and injury.
Megan, as a sub, was a real trooper and made life difficult for the Rathcoole defence. The upfront duo of Lauren and Jillian had a very respectable game against a superior side. Lauren was especially unlucky at some moments in front of goal. Jessica was unused as a sub keeper but will have learned from the overall experience.
After the match Mr Shannon from Rathcoole congratulated the spirited and sporting performance of the Wilson's girls’ team. He recognised the eight players that were still eligible for the Under 14 Cup Squad and thus recognised that this team will be a serious force in the future seasons.
Afterwards Mr Kierans and Mr Boggs expressed their gratitude and praised the quality performance the girls produced. At all times all the girls’ teams from First Form to Sixth Form behaved themselves and tried their best.
This has been a most successful season in so many ways. The First Form Girls are reigning Westmeath Futsal Champions. The Under 18s are Senior B Cup Runner-ups. The Under 18s and Under 16s both qualified out of their Group stages. All of this occurred by playing many games. As the squads played more games they improved rapidly. So the future of Girls football looks very bright for the next 3 years, at least.
Many thanks to Mr Kierans who supplied match accounts for this website all season.
Cricket. Three junior cricket teams represented Wilson's Hospital School this afternoon. The U13 boys' team had a Leinster fixture against Clongowes. the team captained by Craig had an enjoyable and close match. Wilson's bated first and got 43 runs in the 12 over match. Clongowes went in then and won the game with one wicket to spare. It was a real team effort from Wilson's with Richard a strong wicketkeeper and some really good fielding including a catch from Andrew.
The U14 boy's team played a Leinster league match away against Sandford Park School at Merrion. The Wilson's team went in to bat first with team captain Bryan and Jamie up first. They were followed by Stephen and then John. As the overs passed Wilson's were gradually increasing their runs to 45. However, Sandford were much stronger when they came in to bat. Bryan continued to play well as wicket keeper and there was some good fielding from the team. Sandford won the match but it will prepare the Wilson's team to face the next team in the series.
The 1st year girls played Muckross Park College. Wilson's were unlucky against a stronger opposing team but enjoyed their experience nonetheless.
Tuesday 3rd May.
Soccer. U16 Girls Soccer Leinster Quarter Final.
Caritas College 2-2 Wilson's Hospital School, Multyfarnham (After extra time, Caritas won 5-3 on penalties)
Wilson's Hospital School were the visitors to Dublin 12 for this anticipated encounter. However both sides seemed rusty on this first day of the final school term. Wilson's made a dream start. Megan latched onto Jillian's cross to slot home in the first few minutes. It was a great start for the Wilson's girls. However, WHS failed to build on this early advantage. Both teams were unlucky throughout the game. Caritas College kept pushing forward and were rewarded with an equaliser 2 minutes from time by Chloe. The game needed to be decided so extra time of 2 x 10 minutes was chosen.
In extra time Wilson's again took advantage when Lauren finally found her form and hit the target. Caritas' Ciara managed a second Caritas equaliser just before the end of extra time during a goalmouth tussle.
Penalties are usually a tense way of deciding a match. Both teams were matched at 3 each. Lynsey, Lauren and Jillian all struck good goals but Caritas converted their their final two.
Captain Cheryl will lead Caritas College on to the Semi Final play-off as the game ended 5 - 3 on penalties.
Overall it was a very sporting encounter in warm sunny conditions. Apart from the Caritas goal scorers Michelle and Jessica also impressed. Emilie, Megan, Laura and First Year sub Darielle were best for Wilson's Hospital School.