Enjoy the summer holidays and stay safe.

Sports & Extra-Curricular Activities 26 - 30th Sept. 2011

Wednesday 28th September.

Athletics. The athletes represtenting Wilson's Hospital School in the Westmeath Schools' Cross-Country Races at Belvedere House, Mullingar had a very successfull meet. There were several medal winners in the various age categories. The unseasonal weather was very suitable for cross-country events and everyone had a great day. The athletes are already looking forward to their next outing.

Soccer. Continuing their training for the league and cup competitions, a squad of 1st and 2nd Year girls played Eureka, Kells today in a friendly match. The victory belonged to Eureka on this occassion but the Wilson's squad had valuable learning experiences. While there were good displays from several of the players, the Eureka coach noted Rachel and Kristina as useful players for the team.

Rugby. Darren was playing with the Leinster Schools Rugby Team against Munster today. The winners of this series are presented with the Weafer Cup. The IRFU re-named this competition in recognition of the work Joe Weafer did for Leinster Schools Rugby. This first match was held in Cork and despite Leinster scoring first in the match, Munster took home advantage. The final leg will be played in Dublin next Wednesday. All to play for Leinster!

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U14 Irish Junior Girls Waterpolo player from WHS.

Pupils from Wilson's Hospital School are involved with a huge range of sports both in school and at home. A number of pupils (past and present) have represented their country in their chosen sport.

Isabelle (Form 3) is on the Irish U14 Junior Girls Waterpolo team which, like the Irish rugby team is an all-island team. Isabelle started swimming at four years of age, swam competitively at eight and started waterpolo three years ago. She trains with the Kells Waterpolo teams. She plays for the U14 and U15 teams and was the U12 captain. They train in Kells twice a week and compete in league matches in the Leinster League and the Irish Waterpolo League from September to April. They also play friendly games with waterpolo teams throughout the 32 counties.

Isabelle and several of her Kells team members took part in trials for the Irish team in the National Aquatic Centre in Dublin and in Belfast from February to June 2011. Four of their team were selected to play for Ireland at U14 level. There are thirteen players on the squad with seven in the water at any one time. The competition for your place on the team is fierce. Competitors must wear a special hat with ear protection, cannot wear goggles and have to keep their feet off the floor of the pool. Isabelle plays either a mid- or as a forward.

Isabelle took part in a tournament in Wallsal, Birmingham with the Irish U14 girl’s team in June 2011. There were eight teams competing. The North West B Team was the eventual winners. It was a very exciting tournament with some closely fought games.

The Irish Waterpolo Association is very active in developing the sport, for example Isabelle attended the Irish Waterpolo Association Waterpolo Academy at the University of Limerick – Irish Waterpolo’s Centre of Excellence where players were trained by both national and international waterpolo coaches over a period of four days.

As with all sports, especially at playing at National level, commitment and dedication is required. Isabelle’s enjoyment of this sport keeps her working hard to achieve her goals. Wilson’s congratulates her on these achievements and wishes her (and her coaches and teams) great success in the future.

 

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U15 Provincial Girls Soccer Trials.

Good luck to Anna, Darielle and Rachel who will be attending U15 Soccer Trials for the Leinster squad over the coming weekends. They all play on the Wilson's Hospital School soccer teams and we wish them every success.

22 September 2011.

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Sports & Extra-Curricular Activities 19 - 25th Sept. 2011

Wednesday 21st September.

Boys Soccer. The U14 boys team were in action this afternoon in a home fixture against Mullingar Community College. Both schools used the opportunity so early in the season to try out players for the team. These two schools would usually be very close in standard. Tobi scored a hat-trick and the other goals were from Richard, Junior and Mukaila. DJ passed some nice balls to set up scores. Daniel was man-of-the-match. It was a good way to start the season with a squad which, with disciplined play and practise, shows a lot of promise.

Rugby. The Junior Team were playing a friendly match against Moyne Community School here in Wilson's today. They final score was 19-5 with scores from Jamie, KJ and Stephen. Despite the winning score, the team did not play particularly well and will have a lot to do iun practises especially on their first time tackles and running the ball.

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Sport & Extra Curricular activities 12 - 16th Sept. 2011

Tuesday 13th September.

Hockey.

The Senior squad had a friendly match at home against Mullingar Ladies Hockey Club at 6.30p.m. The opposition were short some players so WHS girls helped out to get the experience. The game was played at a fast pace showing fitness levels. It was a close fought experience with some rough play demonstrated on both sides right from the start of the game. However, both teams enjoyed the meeting. The WHS senior squad have challenges to face before their competitive matches start as they will be playing in both the Meath & District League and also in Leinster competitions this year.

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