Our first full week is complete! It was great to see the students and staff settle in to the new school year.

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Tuesday 18th December.

Rugby. The Senior Boys Cup Team played Gormanstown College in the semi-final of the McMullen Cup in Donnybrook. Conditions were good for rugby in Donnybrook - dry over head and no breeze. They will feel this was one that got away as they led 14-0 after twenty minutes. Denians and Conor took advantage of lengthy spells of pressure in the Gormanstown 22. Sam converted both tries. Gormanstown lived off scraps for much of the opening half. Their only trouble to the score board was an opportunist penalty on the stroke of half time. 

The second half was much different with Gormanstown holding much of the possession. They were made to work hard for their first try by some excellent Wilson’s defending. Their left winger finally breaching the defence and with a touchline conversion the score was 10-14. Minutes later Gormanstown added what was to be the match winning try. Wilson’s withstood some heavy pressure in their 22 metre area, only to be undone by the Gormanstown number 8 who eventually dotted the ball down under the posts. 

Wilson’s attacked gallantly at the end but could not breech what was a tough Gormanstown defence. At the final whistle Gormanstown were 3 points ahead 17 points to 14.

This was a much improved performance on last weeks’ semi final victory over St Paul’s. The pack really asserted themselves, particularly in the first half, led superbly by Conor and aided and abetted by Mark, Alex and Nathan. In the backs Sam led the line well, while Thomas, Harry and Ben W constantly broke the Gormanstown line. 

The Seniors can look forward to January where they will face Temple Carraig in the Quarter final of the Vinnie Murray. The game is fixed for Donnybrook on the 16th of January. Thank you to all the supporters today. 

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The Girls team played a home fixture against Longford RFC under lights this evening. It wasn’t all bad for the rugby players of Wilson’s today. The Senior Girls are most definitely starting find their feet on the rugby field beating Longford U18’s by a margin of 17-12 tonight in Wilson’s. 

Lucia playing her last game for Wilson’s captained the team and decided to receive the kick to start the game. Carolyn who has become a hugely influential leader in the pack caught the ball from the start and carried well. Two rucks well secured sucked in the Longford forwards creating space for our backs. Marta found a gap and won the race to the line scoring Wilson’s first try. Ellen scored the conversion making the score 7-0 to Wilson’s. 

Wilson’s once again received the kick and began their attack once more. Huge carries from Sarah, Isabel and Lucia saw Wilson’s make ground but unfortunately Longford managed to steal the ball back before we could reach the try line.  Rebecca, Lola, Lara and Avril worked extremely hard to keep Longford back and eventually their work paid off. The second try of the game came as a result of this work when Emma passed the ball out to Ellen and through Siobhan to Marta who stepped around the Longford backs to score her and Wilson’s second try.

Longford were not ready to give up and pushed Wilson’s hard for the remainder of the half. They got their reward with five minutes left to go when their persistence paid off and they crashed over for a well worked try. Wilson’s replied quickly however through Jenna who with the help of Ellen, Siobhan and Julia found a gap to score Wilson’s third try. The half finished 17-7 to Wilson’s. 

Wilson’s knew that Longford would come back fighting in the second half and that they did. The ball seemed to move between both sides 22 for most of the half. Longford learning that they could gain ground through the boot. Wilson’s worked well as a team keeping Longford out but as tiredness began to set in, Wilson’s gave away 3 penalties in a row inside their own 22 and Longford again managed to crash over for a second try. Wilson’s almost scored a fourth try but were unlucky to knock the ball on at a crucial time. Maria, Adrianna, Carolyn and Emma put their bodies on the line to stop Longford from scoring again before the final whistle sounded. 

Nativity. Transition Year pupils have been working with the Chaplain and look forward to presenting The Nativity Play to pupils from local primary schools. This happened in All Saint's Church in Mullingar twice today!

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Wednesday 19th December.

Christmas Dinner for Junior pupils is at 5.00pm and Senior pupils at 7.00pm The Parents' Council have organised refreshments in the Study Hall at 8.15 for parents collecting their children.

Friday 21st Decemeber.

Pupils, Staff and Parents will be taking part in an informal Carol Service at 11.00am in All Saint's Church in Mullingar