On Tuesday it was great to see competitive basketball matches taking place again in the Weafer Hall. The Girls u16 and U19 teams played Killina Presentation SS, Tullamore and the Boys U19 team played CBS Mullingar. It has been a very active week for basketball in Wilson’s after a long break without the sport due to Covid. The players although frustrated by lengthy restrictions, remained patient and their wish was granted.
The Boys Development Squad (our "Senior B" squad) took part in a rugby Midlands Blitz in Mullingar RFC. They had three games against Moyne CS (7-7), Mercy Kilbeggan (12-12) and St Mary’s Edenderry (12-7). Tries came from Scott, William, Jude, Jack and Kevin with Conn adding conversions throughout. Scott was named Player of the Tournament on a day that will have given valuable game time to many of our SCT fringe players.
On Wednesday four girls hockey teams were playing. Some good hockey was played in the Junior Team 1 match with the defense line under attack but they held fast leaving the score at half time 0-0. An unfortunate slip let St Raphael's score early in the second half but the WHS girls regrouped and put plenty of pressure on to ensure it didn't happen again. Our forward line were unlucky as their big efforts unfortunately didn't result in any scores and the game ended 0-1. Player of the Match was Jocelyn with a special mention for Catríona, Lucy, Abby and Victoria who played well under immense pressure.
The Senior B girls started very strongly with a very hard working back line from Sarah C, Juliet, Jane and Lauren. They kept the pressure on with a half time score of 0-0. St Raphael's came out fighting in the second half and got a score in the first two minutes. Our midfields and forwards worked incredibly hard to get a score to draw the game. Unfortunately they ran out of time and the final score remained at 0-1. A special mention to Ruth and Lauren for leading the Senior B so well today. Player of the Match was Sarah C.
In a hard fought game a brave Wilson’s Junior B side defended heroically against a strong Mount Anville Team. Following two quick goals early in the first half, Vanessa (captain) led the defence strongly against a persistent attack. The vocal Ella helped to keep the defence organised and the 1st half finished at 4-0 to Mt Anville. The 2nd half was a much stronger performance with key chances from Alex and Alicia that went wide. The final score was 5-0 to Mt Anville.
The Senior A girls’ hockey team faced Newpark Comprehesive School at home. Despite missing a number of players through injury, the team began in confident manner. Unfortunately, the concession of the first goal seemed to affect the team, and the contest was decided before halftime. However the spirit of the team remained strong and the second half was much more even. There were a number of strong performances, but the greatest credit went to Ruth, Robyn, Irene and Leila, who stepped up from lower teams and did not look out of place.
Three boys rugby teams were in action.
Our Senior Boys and Junior Boys rugby teams hosted Maynooth Post Primary in the first round of the Duff and McMullan Cups.
The Juniors kicked off first and led from the start with tries from George, Callum M (2), Josh, Leke (2), Shane (2), Yaw, Xavier and Mark G. David had an excellent day with the tee adding five conversions. The final score was 65-10. to all these players whom played their first cup games for the school. Special mention to 2nd years Cian, Shane, Fionn, Mark G, Oliver & William who all got valuable cup minutes under their belt.
The final score line (40-12) didn’t tell the story of how hard the Seniors were made work for their win. This was an excellent team performance against a much bigger and direct Maynooth side. Stephen (2), Jack (2), Matthew B and Matthew C got the tries while Tom had a fine afternoon with the boot adding three penalties and three conversions.
Finally our First Year Boys had a very competitive game against St Paul’s Raheny. WHS came out on top 5 tries to 4 in a very physical contest. Tries from Izaac (2) and Joel (3).
On Thursday the Senior Boys soccer squad played a Cup game against Gael Choláiste Chill Dara. The opposition were in blue and gold and the WHS team played in maroon.
The Boys U16 and U19 basketball teams were in action away against Tullamore Community College on Friday.