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WHS Choir, Musicians and Dancers in an All-Ireland Final.

Congratulations to Miss Heslin and the Choir, Musicians and dancers who have qualified for the final of an All Ireland competition to be held on Saturday 25th February. Pupils from Wilsons’s Hospital School entered the All-Ireland Light Entertainment Festival 2012 organised by Briery Gap in Macroom, Co. Cork. They qualified for this final in the regional competition held in Mullingar. For the competition they had to do a variety of performances for 15 minutes.This is their third year in a row to compete in the competition and to get to the All Ireland Final. Well done!

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Sports & Extra Curricular Events 30th January - 5th February 2012

Monday 30th January.

Public Speaking. Paddy, Roisin and Jennifer represented Wilson's in the regional final of the Mental Health public speaking competition. All the participants spoke on the topic: "The pathways to mental ill health are well sign-posted. We need new directions for positive mental health". the Wilson's team put in a terrific performance, but were narrowly beaten.

Soccer. The Senior Boys team played a league match against Mullingar and were comprehensively beaten 4 - 0.

Hockey. There were home matches today against The Royal School, Cavan. the Minor B team were vistorious with a 2 - 0 win. Goals were scored by both Jordan and Yvonne. Emma had to go off injured. Beth had a great game Well done to the whole squad and their coach, Miss Whyte. The Minor A team were also in action in a really close game which finished a well justified 0 - 0 reflecting how evenly matched the teams were. From Wilson's Anna had a great match. Also playing were the Senior B squad who had a good 2 - 0 win. It was also nice to see Mr Lindsay in Wilson's again.

Tuesday 31st January.

Soccer. The Senior Girls squad set off to Monaghan Town FC's grounds today knowing that they had a serious encounter ahead of them. They faced Mulroy College from Milford, County Donegal, in the Girls Senior B Cup All Ireland Semi Final (Leinster winners v Ulster winners). The Cup season this far had been eventful for the Wilson's squad. The winning of the Leinster Cup last Friday was very sweet for coach Liam Boggs, manager Gavan Kierans and the girls.

For a game being played in Ireland in January the conditions were perfect. Both sides were well matched for most of the game. However the Multy girls gave away a "soft" goal mid-way through the first half. Injuries also took a toll on a lot of the squad. Some carried injuries from the final: one key midfielder had to come off when an old injury struck.

Mulroy had an edge in play overall. Wilson's had some chances but never quite made a breakthrough up front. The game was finally decided in the last thirty seconds when Mulroy got space in the Wilson's box and took their chance. The game finished Mulroy College 2 Wilson's Hospital School 0.

The Wilson's girls were, as always, gracious in defeat and spoke favourably afterwards about how nice and decent the Donegal team were. It was a huge achievement for the Wilson's team to get so far in such a short space of time. This was the first full season in charge for Team Boggs/Kierans. Also encouragement can be drawn from the quality of play from younger players on today's squad. Kristina in goals pulled off some fine saves and will grow with experience. Darielle is a serious defender with a quality throw. Emilie and Laura were especially impressive today and overall the future looks good for Girls football. Captain Alice, vice-captain Shannen, defender Davina, injured mid-fielder Clara plus Jill and Chloe will all complete the Leaving Cert this summer but quality players in all years are already coming on and will make Wilson's an even more serious prospect in the coming years.

Wednesday 1st February.

Athletics. Well done to all the athletes who took part in the Leinster Cross Country event today in DCU in very cold, but bright and dry conditions. Two pupils qualified for the finals, Victoria and Adeola. Congratulations to all the participants.

Rugby. The 1st Year Squad and the 2nd Year squad both had matches away today against The King's Hospital School. The second year team won but the first years were not so lucky. Both teams fininshed with the same score of 21 - 10.

Thursday 2nd February.

Debating. The final round of the Concern debates was to be hosted by Wilson's this evening at 8.00p.m. when Wilson's and Eureka, Kells will debate the motion "President Obama is good for Africa". Representing Wilson's will be Catherine (team captain), Roisin, Jennifer and Patrick. However, the debate has been postponed for one week.

Friday 3rd February.

Soccer. The 1st Year Girls team had a league match against Eureka, Kells at 11.00a.m. This Kells school have a great reputation in the world of school girls soccer, so the Wilson's girls went out courageously. They put up a great show but the game ended 5 - 2 with the two Wilson's goals from Adeola and Zoe. Chidinma in goals kept the score down with some very good saves. Adeola was named player of the match.

Sunday 5th February.

Equestrian Events. Good luck to the two equestrian teams who will take part in the Open Class of the Secondary Schools Event to be held at Mullingar Equestrian Centre. The teams are Sofie, Philippa and Alex and also Sarah Jane, Hazel, Blathnaid and Shonagh (who is also the Chef d'Equipe for the teams).

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WHS Double Soccer Champions!

The Minor Under 15 Boys squad of Wilson's Hospital School have won a Boys soccer title for the first time in the school's history.

Coach Liam Boggs and manager Gavan Kierans can look back on a campaign that was very satisfying in the end. The boys only lost one game in the League, 4-1 against Colaiste na Síonna from Banagher, County Offaly. This put WHS and Banagher in a Final playoff.

In perfect conditions at the grounds of Mullingar Athletic AFC, the Multyfarnham team overturned the might of Banagher when Tobi scored a beautiful goal five minutes from the end. Banagher never really got into the game this time out but must have been surprised at the improvement in the Multyfarnham team. By keeping the ball on the ground and skilful passing the Multy boys were able to match the much bigger Offaly team. Congratulations to the squad, team Captain Daniel and their coaches and manager.

Not content with one great soccer win this week, the Senior Girls team went on to beat their old rivals Grennan College, Kilkenny in the B Cup Final today. It was an exciting encounter finally decided by penalties.

The Senior Girls football team from WHS are Leinster champions, at last. This was perhaps a game that was won a long time ago but a lot can go wrong in a Final. Preparation was key to Friday's win. The squad learned from last year's defeat to Grennan College, Kilkenny. This winter, training took place on an all weather surface with tea and coffee in the depths of winter. On Friday this paid off.

The Wilson's team was a great mix of youth and maturity. Alice (Captain), Shannen, Davina and Clara as 6th Formers drove the squad. Younger players coming along made all the difference.

On the day it was a text book performance, even down to coffee breaks. The team stopped on the way to the game and there was a great atmosphere in the squad. A full squad and a well organised warm-up meant the team were ready. Even when the WHS girls gave away an easy own goal to go one down the Wilson's girls were calm and collected. After twenty minutes of pressure Fourth Form's Lauren crossed to Jillian who equalised the game.

After that Wilson's were never really under pressure but could not break through for a winner. However, it would be true to say that the Wilson's squad really wanted and deserved this success. After Extra Time the game went to penalties. Grennan missed their first shot. In spite of nerves goal keeper Kristina was well able for the pressure of this, her senior debut. She saved two penalties and was Player Of  The Match. The game finished 1-1 after Extra Time, with Wilson's winning 3 -2 on penalties.

The girls now represent Leinster against the Ulster winners Mulroy College, Milford, County Donegal.

For manager Gavan Kierans and coach Liam Boggs it was a second great day in a row for Wilsons’ soccer teams and made up for the disappointment of last year.

A great week for everyone involved in soccer in Wilson's Hospital School. Well done!

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Sports & Extra Curricular Events 23rd - 27th January 2012

Monday 23rd January.

Soccer. The Senior Girls played a league division 2 match against St Louis', Dundalk which ended 4 - 4. This was in advance of the Senior B Cup Final on Friday. A depleted Wilson's squad was down 2 - 0 at half time. However goals in the second half from Lauren, Lynsey and Laura and then a second from Lauren seemed to secure a win for Wilson's. Sadly, St Louis fought back getting two goals in the dying minutes to end this very exciting game.

Wilson's now have four points from two games. The last match in the group will be against St Olivers CC Drogheda after half term in February.

Tuesday 25th January.

Badminton. There are several U16 boys and girls teams in action today in the Westmeath Schools competition in Moate. Congratulations to the U16 Girls who qualified as Westmeath champions and who will go on to play in the Leinster finals in Baldoyle on Feb. 2nd. The final was actually between the two Wilson's teams - Wilson's A and Wilson's B. The A team were Laura, Victoria, Leanne and Emilie while the B team included Favour, Kristina, Alison and Marta.

Well done to the Wilson's boys whose teams were carrying some injuries. They lost at the semi final stage to Killucan.

Wednesday 24th January.

Hockey. The Senior A team continued their Leinster campaign with a match against High School which they won 2 - 0 with the goals coming from Chloe and Clara. To-days win will probably put the team through to a play off for the quarter finals. Well done!

Rugby. The Junior Squad played an away fixture against Roscrea while the Senior Squad played away against Terenure. The Senior game started with a reasonable effort from Wilson's but the second half was not their best performance. Stuart scored in the corner. There was a second try from Rueben. Darren scored a penalty and the final score was 27 - 13. The Juniors also lost but there were score from Stephen and Matthew and Matthew D had a great first match with the squad.

Thursday 25th January.

Choir. The Choir, musicians and dancers took to the stage in an All-Ireland Stage Performance competition. The local qualifying competition was held today in the Mullingar Arts Centre. Good luck to everyone involved.

Soccer. The U15 boys played a league final against Banagher today. They had a great game which was very tight, but Wilson's persevered and won 1 - 0 with the goal from Tobi. See article called "WHS Double Soccer Champions!"

Friday 26th January.

Soccer. The Senior Girls team played their old rivals Grennan College from Kilkenny in the "B" Cup final today. It was a great match and had to be decided on penalties. Congratulations to the Wilson's team and their coach Liam Boggs and manager gavan Kierans. Wilson's won the penalty shoot out to emerge victorious by 3 - 2. Delighted team captain Alice accepted the trophy before being interviewed for Midlands 103 radio. Player of the match was Kristina. See article called "WHS Double Soccer Champions!"

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Sports & Extra Curricular Events 16th - 20th January 2012

Tuesday 17th January.

Soccer. The U15 girls played Loreto Bray in the second round of the FAI Schools Umbro Minor Cup at Enniskerry FC, Co. Wicklow. The game started well with Zoe getting her first competitive goal for the school in the game’s first half. It was a tightly fought game between two evenly matched teams with Wilson’s urged on by team captain Darielle. The Wilsons’ girls battled on and were rewarded with a goal ten minutes to the end from Rachel. The final score was 2 – 1 to Wilson’s

Badminton. The U19 girls team competed as Westmeath Champions in the Leinster Badminton Finals today in Baldoyle. They had very competitive day which they enjoyed.

Wednesday 18th January.

Hockey. The Minor B, Junior B and Senior B teams were all in action at home today against Cabra in the next round of the Meath & District League. The Senior team came up against a stronger opposition which they couldn't overcome with a final score of 2 - 0. That was also the final score in the Junior match with two late goals from the opposition. The Minor B team had a very close game with a final score of 1 - 1.

Thursday 19th January.

Rugby. The Junior Rugby team played a league semi final game today against Ashbourne. At half time the scores were even at 5 - 5. However the opposition had the upperhand with regard to fitness and Wilson's saw the gap widening in the scores ending 35 - 5 to Ashbourne.

Hockey. The Senior A team Leinster campaign continued today with a match against Rathdown. Despite a huge effort from the Wilson's side, the game ended 2 - 1 to Rathdown, with the goal coming from Jill. Emily, Irene and Davina were excellent for Wilsons.

Soccer. The U15 Boys team played Rochfortbridge in a tightly contested match. It ended a no score draw which indicates just how close the game was.

Friday 20th January.

Public Speaking. Congratulations to Paddy, Roisin and Jennifer who represented Wilson's in a Mental Health public speaking competition for schools. Five local schools all dicussed topic "The paths to mental il-health are well sign-posted: we need new directions to positive mental health".

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