Monday 2nd December.
Soccer. There was a girls' team and a boys' team in action today.
The U17s boys played a match against Scoil Mhuire, Strokestown. It was a great game to watch with nine goals. Pau put Wilson’s one up half way through the first half but shortly after we had Manuel sent off for a second yellow card offense, meaning we’d have to play three quarters of the match with 10 men.
Scoil Mhuire levelled to make the score 1-1 at half time. The extra man for Scoil Mhuire would see them take a 3-1 lead and it was looking worse when they were awarded a penalty. However, a great save from Andreas seemed to inspire his outfield teammates. A 30 yard wonder strike from Andrew brought the deficit back to one and a few minutes later it was all square again when Fernando equalised after being put through by Alistair. The unthinkable looked a possibility when a fine run and finish by Devine put Wilson’s 4-3 in the lead. There were ten long minutes remaining and Scoil Mhuire soon levelled. In a cruel blow to Wilson’s efforts, they scored a winner with almost the last kick of the game. It finished 5-4.
Man of the Match was Andrew, for his fantastic goal and overall commitment.
The u15 soccer girls unfortunately suffered another loss to Mercy Kilbeggan. It was only the second game of the year to play yet the girls made a huge improvement from the first day out. There was a lot of positive team spirit and Lauren showed great leadership encouraging her teammates with enthusiasm all throughout the game. Leonie had her first game out & proved to be a stellar player with consistent ball possession & retrieving the ball back to Wilson's forward line earning her a deserved 'player of the match' title. Ciara showed steady and skilled ball control at mid field winning the ball for the Wilson's side as did Maria in the forward line. Catriona played a strong defense position as did lauren. The team are really working together and keeping optimistic. The next game will be a challenge against St. Finians School, Mullingar on Tuesday 10th Dec.
Rugby. It was a disappointing end to the Senior Boys Cup run yesterday afternoon. They suffered a 22-28 defeat to a well organised St Paul's, Raheny played in Castle Avenue, Clontarf.
Playing in the all weather pitch with very little wind, conditions were perfect for running rugby. Wilson's had the best of the early exchanges. A fine break from Denians led to a routine penalty which Ben converted. That was as good as it got for Wilson's in the first half. two tries a penalty and a conversion resulted in Wilson's licking their wounds 15-3 at half time.
The break came at a good time and the boys responded well after the break. A try from David and a length of the field effort from Denians brought us back to 15-13. Unfortunately our momentum was halted and St Paul's were next to score with their powerful No. 8 sneaking up the left touchline for a relatively easy score. 22-15. Soon after they added a crucial penalty to make it a two score game. David added another try to make it 22-25 after another tap penalty caught the St Paul's defence off guard.
With two minutes to go and the game in the balance we failed to retain the restart and after a couple of phases St Paul's won a penalty and converted it. Final Score 28-22.
This was a disappointing end to a Cup campaign that had started so well for this hard working group of boys. Wilson's failed to reach their potential on what turned out to be a classic Cup game. St Paul's took every opportunity they got and good luck to them in the semi final v Mt Temple.
In the pack Jeffery and Mark worked their socks off while in the backs Joe and Thomas were very strong and worked hard off limited ball. Team Captain David was Man of the Match on his final Cup appearance for the school. The Captain led by example throughout with some barnstorming runs and was also immense in defence. The Seniors must now regroup for the Spring League competition starting the end of January.
Wednesday 4th December.
Hockey. The Senior B girls (in bibs) were playing Castlepollard in a league match at home.
The first half of the match got off to a rip-roaring start with Jenifer and Kerrie working extremely well in mid-field caring the ball into Castlepollard's back line. Rachel demonstrated brilliant control and skill in the back line as Castlepollard moved the ball swiftly into Wilson’s territory. Castlepollard had scored a goal within the first half after Destiny put up a tough fight showing her fantastic skills.
The second half began well with Vicky carrying the ball up the pitch at speed and Kelechi supporting in the back line. Unfortunately, despite the strong effort on Wilson’s behalf, Castlepollard scored again bringing the score up to 2-0 in the second half. The Wilson’s girls demonstrated excellent team work,enthusiasm and good sportsmanship on the pitch today and we wish them all the best in their future endeavors.
Our Minor A girls (in bibs) were playing Castlepollard at home. The girls got off to a great start with Leah scoring a goal in the first few minutes. They had a great attack and several shots at the goal. In the second half, the girls kept the ball in the opposing teams' half. This resulted in Jane scoring another goal about halfway through the second half. The game finished with Wilson’s winning 2-0. Jane and Leah played very well on the attack. Sarah was the player of the match today. Well done all.
Athletics. We were well represented by students at the Leinster Schools Orienteering Competition today.
Debating. Wilson’s Senior Debating Team enjoyed an improved performance in their second home debate of the Concern Debating Season. Eoin valiantly captained the team, consisting of fellow speakers Kaia, Esther and Noah, in proposing the motion “Volunteering abroad does more harm than good.” The arguments and presentation of the team were strong enough to split the judging panel. The eventual result, which was declared to be very close by the Chief Adjudicator, was a 2-1 win for the visiting team, Athlone Community College.
The Wilson’s team was well supported by students and parents on the night, who thoroughly enjoyed the debate. We look forward to our final debate of the season, scheduled for Monday 13 January, in Kilcormac, Co. Offaly.