Our First and Second Year basketball teams started their Midlands B league campaign on Wednesday 25th January against Loreto Mullingar in Mullingar. The First Years were in action first, and this proved to be no challenge for the girls who showed great composure and raw skill. The final score of 28 points to 14 reflects their impressive effort on the day. Well done girls.
The Second Year team started strongly and were leading by ten points at half-time. The second half saw Our Lady’s extend their lead, making great use of the fast break and they went on to win comfortably on a scoreline of 37 points to 13.
The next league match is away to Tullamore on Friday February 3rd.
1st Year Panel: Deirdre Bergin, Kate Delaney, Niamh Dunne, Mikayla Doran, Amy Doran, Gillian Fogarty, Rebecca Fox, Emma Grant, Deirbhile Hennessy, Niamh Lawlor, Erin McMullen, Maya O’Toole, Aoife Ryan, Neassa Towey, Emma Walton.
Our Lady’s Wellbeing week started off on a great note with a visit from Ireland’s fittest family, the Cummins. Jim, Ciara, Henry and Mark shared their journey to success with students before bringing 2nd year students through a challenging obstacle course. Their presentation to students highlighted the determination and focus required to achieve success in life, whether it is on the sports field or in the academic world. A focus on health and fitness continues in Our Lady’s as our annual wellbeing week continues until Friday 27th. During the week students will take part in a variety of activities aimed at encouraging everyone to take care of their physical and mental health. On Thursday 26th January, members of the public are invited to the school at 7pm to hear Psychotherapist Kenneth Heffernan share his story of mental health. His talk promises to focus on overcoming the challenges faced by anyone struggling with mental health.
Well done to the under 14 boys badminton team. They won the Tipperary badminton championship and will go to UL on Thursday 26th January to represent Our Lady’s in the Munster competition. The team members are; Muhammad Shahid, Andrew McAllister, Luke Ormond, and Fionn Kavanagh.
The girls under 14 badminton team took part in the Tipperary championship in Thurles on Thursday 19th of January. They had a great game and were runners up on the day. Well done to Emma Grant, Niamh Lawlor, Kate Delaney and Erin McMullan.
Both Our Lady’s Templemore and Thurles CBS gave it their all to the very end of the Harty Cup quarter final on Wednesday 11th January. It was Our Lady’s though who eased into the semi-finals with a ten point victory over local rivals in front of a huge crowd at The Ragg.
Despite playing against the breeze in the opening half, goals from both Ray McCormack and David O’Shea helped Templemore to lead by 2-4 to 0-8 at half time.
The second half saw more of the same trend, with three members of Tipperary’s All-Ireland winning team from last year – Brian McGrath, Paddy Cadell and Lyndon Fairbrother all hurling very well for Our Lady’s. Gerry Kelly, a member of last year’s squad, also helped to build on the advantage for Our Lady’s.
Thurles may have given a glimmer of hope when Odhran Quirke put the ball into the back of the Templemore net in the final minutes of the game, but it wasn’t to be thanks to points from Fairbrother and McGrath, before Ray McCormack bagged his second goal right at the very death to help Our Lady’s to a deserved ten point victory.
The semi-final brings more Tipperary opposition for Our Lady’s, as Nenagh CBS edged past De La Salle by just a single point. The semi-final is due to take place on Saturday 28th January, with the venue still to be decided.