The U16 basketball School’s League Leinster final was a very special day for Wesley College. It was the first time a basketball team had ever made it all the way to a Leinster final in Wesley’s history. The game took place on Friday 31st January 2020 in the National Basketball Arena. The atmosphere was fantastic, with over 200 Wesley supporters cheering on the team.
The game started off very well with Bosola Ojewale scoring five points, a floater and a three-pointer with excellent assists from Ronan Little at point guard. Excellent defence from Eoin McNeile protected our basket many times. Unfortunately, a response that came from Castleblayney College gave them the upper hand. Ronan Little (PG) and Bosola Ojewale (SG) fouled out in the third quarter and Castleblayney’s momentum kept growing.
After an entertaining performance from both sides the final score was 30-50 to Castleblayney College. Well done to the U16 team for reaching the Leinster final in the first season of entering the Schools League. We look forward to another entertaining season next year.
With over 500 supporters in attendance the Minor As faced Muckross Park in the Minor Cup Final in Belfield. Wesley got off to a strong start, creating an opportunity early on. A super pass across the D by Sophie Stewart was met by Meadhbh Scanlon but the Muckross keeper saved well to keep the score at 0-0.
The score remained level until the second half when Muckross scored twice to put them in a strong position with 10 minutes to go. With time to play Wesley pushed for a goal and won a short corner but was once again well saved. Muckross defended deeper and looked to attack via counter attacks. Two strong performances from the centre back partnership of Ally Boucher and Isabel Stapleton as well as goalkeeper Lucy Bond kept the score at 2-0. Wesley's persistence in attack was rewarded when they won a short corner in the final minute. A well worked routine was finished by Kate Woods but unfortunately it was too late as the final whistle went. A disappointing result but a great experience for all involved.
The Minor A's now turn their attention to their league campaign with one win from their final two games enough to qualify for the league playoffs.
Well done to the Senior Girls who beat Rathdown in the Senior Plate. The only goal came from a great ball in by Alex Dunlop, which was deflected in by Darine McCabe.
The Senior 2s won 4-0 against Mt Sackville in the league. Goals from Carla, Maddie, Lucy and Eva.
The Senior 5s beat St Joseph’s Cluny 2-1, both goals scored by Kimi.
Congratulations to the Junior Bs who had a great league win over Mt Anville. 1-0, scored by Bobbie Gillespie. It was the best performance of the season from the girls, linking well as a team and showing great initiative on the pitch.
Hard luck to the Junior Ds who lost 3-1 to a strong Muckross team.
The Minor Bs drew 1-1 to Muckross in the league. Wesley dominated the first half, with Jamie Doyle scoring from a short corner.
Well done to the Minor Ds who played some good hockey against Our Ladys Terenure, and won 5-0
Well done to the first year A1s and B1s who had great wins against Mount Temple on Saturday Morning. Wesley dominated both games, with Mila Futlon and Mia Fromholz getting a hattrick. Some great play by all the teams.
The B2 won 1-0 against Our Lady's Terenure and the A2s drew despite numerous attacking play.
Over the weekend, the Junior As lost to Muckross 3-1 in a friendly. Siuin Woods scored an excellent reverse stick goal to equalise just before half time. Unfortunately, the second half was not our best one, with Muckross creating countless attacks scoring 2 more goals.
The Junior Bs lost 2-0 to Muckross. The second half was much better from the girls, with the majority of play in the Muckross circle. The Junior Cs also lost 1-0 to Muckross. A very close game with a great improvement from last time.
The Minor Bs had a fantastic performance against the U16 boys, ending up 0-0 at full time
The Minor Cs lost 1-0 to Muckross. Very close game with a great performance from Amy Crowe and Emily Carington.
The First Year Cs played 2 mixed teams against Muckross and created many scoring opportunities throughout the game, keeping the Muckross keeper busy. Despite the many chances, Muckross managed to dominate the scoring.
Commiserations to the Senior Cup Team who, despite giving their all, lost out narrowly 10-13 to Kilkenny College in the last 16 of the Leinster Schools Cup. Scrum-half Jack Atkinson kicked Wesley into a 3-0 half-time lead. Soon after the break, a Kilkenny College score in front of the posts made it 3-7, before a Luke Fitzpatrick score and a Jack Atkinson conversion turned the score 10-7 in Wesley's favour. Two penalties from Kilkenny in the closing stages of the match put them into a small lead, with Wesley coming within the narrowest of margins of snatching victory in the last play of the game.
Well done to all of the Senior Cup squad who did the College proud. A particular note of thanks to our 6th Year players who have represented the College over the past six seasons: Jack Fish, Peter Costello, Scott Cronin, Kyle Wallace, Jack Atkinson, Max Collins, Jamie Metchette, Timothy Elliott, Luke Fitzpatrick and Daniel Fives.
The Senior Development XV lost 19-37 at home to CBC Monkstown in the Forster Cup. Hugo Hjelseth, Liam O'Neill and Alex Bucheli were the Wesley try scorers with Jamie Crooks and Alex Devaney adding one conversion each.
Well done to the JCT XV who won 19-21 away to Templelogue College in the semi-final of the Father Godfrey Plate on Wednesday afternoon. Rian Handley and Jack Roberts both crossed over for tries, before Ed Collins scored in final play of the match. Out-half Jonny Cazzini kicked the.decisive conversion, alongside two others, to seal victory.
They now await the winner of Newpark and St Fintan's in the final of the Father Godfrey Plate (date and venue to be confirmed).
The Senior 2nd XV lost 7-38 at home to Terenure College side on Saturday morning in the Senior Seconds League. The sole Wesley score came from Chris Bailey and was duly converted by Alex Devaney.
The Under 15 A XV had a tremendous 15-35 away win over Terenure College on Saturday morning. Out-half Peter Montgomery tallied fifteen points in the match, with one try and five conversions. Milo Campbell crossed over for two scores, while Ryan Price and Ferdia Spain added an additional tries.
The Under 15 B XV were beaten well by a strong Terenure College team. The Under 15 squad now look forward to their next matches at home to CBC Monkstown on Wednesday.
Hard luck to the Junior As who lost 1-0 after extra time to High School in the league semi-Final.
The Juniors bounced back later in the week with a 6-0 win against Kilkenny in the 1st round of the Cup.
Hard luck to the U-13 Bs who lost to St Andrews As in the league. It was a tough game against a strong opponent. Despite playing some nice hockey, unfortunately we couldn’t convert any of our opportunities. Well done to Cian Allen who played well in goals and made some key saves.