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Wilson's Pupil on Irish U14 Waterpolo Team.

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. The latest is Isabelle who has been competing for Ireland recently with the Irish U14 Junior Girls Waterpolo team

Isabelle (Form 3) was delighted to retain her place 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.

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 the Inter-Regional Academy Girls’ Championships 2012 held in Wallsal, Birmingham with the Irish U14 girl’s team during the February mid-term break. There were eight teams competing. Ireland played a total of five matches winning three. Isabelle scored twice against the East Midlands and once against Wales. It was a very exciting tournament with some closely fought games. The North West B Team was the eventual winning team. Isabelle had really enjoyable experience and looks forward to training hard to keep her place on the Irish Team.

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.


Sports & Extra Curricular Events 27th Feb - 3rd March 2012

Monday 27th February.

Badminton. The U14 Leinster finals were played today in Baldoyle. Wilson's boys team and girls teams qualified for this competition last week when they became Westmeath Champions. Both Wilson's teams won thier first round matches but were beaten at the next stage. Congratulations on getting to the Leinster Finals.

Wednesday 29th February.

Hockey. There were Meath & District League matches today away against Dundalk Grammar for the Junior & Minor Teams. Playing away on an astroturf pitch is a great experience for these young teams, but very difficult to beat the oppostition! the Minor A team managed to achieve a draw but the other teams were mot so lucky. The Minor A match ended 1 - 1 with the goal from Alison. The Minor B team lost 2 - 0. The Junior B team lost 2 - 0 while the Junior A team lost 4 - 1 with the goal from Ella.

Rugby. The 1st and 2nd Year team were playing St. Mel's of Longford today. Wilson's played mostly first year pupils in the first half of the game. St. Mels were very strong during the half scoring well. Wilson's tried hard but failed to make up the difference in scores with the match ending 45 - 25 to the Longford team.  The Seniors were also in action against The King's Hospital School. This match ended 19 - 7 to King's.

Thursday 1st March.

Soccer. Both the Senior and First Year Girls teams were to be in action today but the matches have been called off.

Saturday 3rd March.

Equestrian. Well done to Shonagh, Philippa, Hazel and Sarah-Jane who competed in the Open Class of the Schools Equestrian Event today in Co. Kildare. With three lovely clear rounds, the team qualified for the jump off. Shonagh and Sarah Jane represented the team, but unfortunately were not placed.

Following a very successful fund-raising film night held in school last week, the Wilson's Hospital School Equestrian Team were delighted to be able to use their brand new numnahs when they competed in today's event. They added to the team's overall appearance. Chef d'Equip, Shonagh, thanks everyone involved in supporting the equestrian team's fundraising efforts including pupils, teachers, the school, parents and friends.


Singers, Musicians, Actors and Dancers in All-Ireland Final.

Congratulations to pupils from Wilson's Hospital School who won the Best Original Act award and also came fourth overall in the All Ireland Light Entertainment Festival for schools. Wilson’s music teacher, Miss Sandra Heslin, co-ordinated the huge group of 74 pupils who took part in this competition Macroom, Co. Cork on Saturday 25th February.

It is run by Cork VEC and Macroom Town Council. The Wilson's group qualified for the Final by winning the Regional Heat held in the Mullingar Arts Centre. Lots of practises and efforts have gone into preparing for the Final.

The group headed off on the long journey to Macroom, Co. Cork and were the first school to take to the stage. It is always difficult to be the opening act. For this competition, entertainers can only perform for 15 minutes, and the Wilson's group filled their allotted minutes to the full. They gave great performances in all types of performing acts, including singing from two choirs, dancing, instrument playing and acting. Everyone agreed that it was a brilliant experience performing to a full hall and such an appreciative audience.

Wilson's won the Best Original Act award on the night and came a very credible fourth overall. Huge congratulations to one and all!


Sports & Extra Curricular Events 20th - 25th February 2012

Tuesday 21st February.

Soccer. The 1st Year Girl's team had a Cup game against Loreto, Bray. They enjoyed the outing very much. Goalie Megan played he debut match. Loreto started their scoring with a penalty and didn'y look back with the final score of 5 - 0.

Wednesday 22nd February.

Hockey. The Senior Girl's continued their Leinster campaign at home against Rathdown in the play off to reach the final.  This is the first year in at least ten years that Wilson's players have been involved in the Leinster competitions. Wilson's used the home advantage to have a strong first half, but unfortunately failed to score. the second half was also very close, with Rathdown scoring in the last ten minutes. Wilson's didn't manage to pull back from that goal and the end result was 1 - 0. Congratulations to the players and Mr Condell, their coach on getting this far in the Leinster competition during their first season.

Rugby. Good luck to both the Senior team and the Junior team who are in action today. The Senior Boys played an away fixture against a stronger Blackrock team  and their game ended 35 - 0. The Juniors were away to Monkstown. They had an exciting game against a good team. The game ended 28 - 7 to the opposition.

Thursday 23rd February.

Soccer. The U15 Girls were to have a league match against Beauford College, Navan but it was postponed.

Badminton. Following the recent successes of other age groups today it was the turn of the U14 badminton players to take part in the Westmeath Schools competition in Moate. Congratulations to both the girls team and the boys team who won their competitions in finals against Moate Community School and are now Westmeath Champions. The boys team were Alex, Jamie, Sam and Ian. the gorls were represtented by Martha, Emma, Anna and Jessica. The second and third teams also represented the school very well.

Saturday 25th February.

Music and Dance. Good luck to the choir, musicians and dancers who take part in an All-Ireland entertainment competition in Macroom, Co. Cork.


Sports & Extra Curricular Events 5th - 10th February 2012

Sunday 5th February.

Equestrian Events. Wilson’s equestrian teams were competing again in Mullingar in the Secondary Schools Event. Two Open teams competed against teams from all around the country. The first team went in with Sofie making the step up to Open from Novice. She had a lovely round. Next in was Philippa who also had a good round but unfortunately fell just short of a clear round. A new member to the WHS Equestrian Team was Alex. He had some problems during his round but enjoyed it all the same.

The second team was comprised of Shonagh, Sarah Jane, Hazel and Jenny (who kindly took part for Wilson’s to fill the team). They all had brilliant rounds, but didn’t make it through to the jump off.

Both teams represented the School very well. Congratulations to them all and especially to Chef d’Equipe Shonagh. A big thank you to everyone who supported the teams on the day.

Tuesday 7th February.

Soccer. The boy's Minor U15 team played a Leinster Div. 2 quarter final match against, Firhouse Community College. WHS encountered a skilled and experienced team and the final score was 7 - 0 against Wilson's. It was good experience for the boys to play against such a strong opposition.

Wednesday 8th February.

Rugby. The First and Second Year Squad were to be in action today playing a league match in Longford Rugby Club. However, the match was postponed.

Thursday 9th February.

Hockey. Both the Minor A and the Minor B girls hockey teams had Meath & District league matches away today against Loreto, Navan. Both teams had really successful games with the A team winning 5 - 0 and the B team winning 2 - 0. Congratulations to the teams and their coach Olive Whyte.

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 were to debate the motion "President Obama is good for Africa". Representing Wilson's should have been Catherine (team captain), Roisin, Jennifer and Patrick. This debate was postponed from last week. This week the oposition had to give Wilson's  a walk over. So Wilson's ended this year's Concern debates in third place in their section. Well done to all the pupils involved and their coach, Sue Whyte.

Friday 10th February.

Soccer. The First Year Boy's team took part in an all day league blitz today in Tullamore. It was a great day but the oppositions were just too strong for the Wilson's lads.