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Sports Update

A busy week over the past week has certainly made our athletes earn their midterm break. We had one of our busiest Wednesday afternoons to date with 26 fixtures across Basketball, Hockey and Rugby. Catch up on all the news below...

Basketball

The U19 girls won their game away against St. Columba's College on Tuesday. The final score was 24-8 which was a fantastic start to their basketball season!

Senior Girls vs St. Columba's

The U19 boys had a great win against De La Salle Churchtown, 68 – 30, in a competitive encounter. Eoin McNeile played very well throughout, taking advantage of a lot of rebounds. Bosola Ojewale had a good defensive game with a great shot blocking display from Victor Olanihun, keeping De La Salle’s scoreboard down. Well done to Ronan Little and Titius Von Meltzing who shared the majority of points, along with two great baskets for Finian Duff Lennon and a super 3 pointer for Darren Peard. 

Show Jumping

Our show jumping team competed with 22 others teams in Gorey on Sunday.  On zero after the first two rounds Jack Murphy and Suin Handley produced fast clears in a hotly contested 10 way jump off to take  3rd place. Saoirse Handley and Emily Crawford were the other team members who helped us get into the jump off.

Maresa Vard jumped clear in the Novice individual. While Grace Berry and Emily Crawford competed in the 1m and 1.10m individual classes. All had a great day out.


Girls Hockey

Another busy Saturday kicked off with a friendly for the Senior 1’s against Mount Anville. Despite goals for Mya Adams and Annabel Squires the game finished with a 3-2 loss.

Senior 2’s lost 2-0 to Muckross in their friendly while the Senior 3’s lost by the slenderest of margins 1-0 to Loreto on the Green in their first league match. The Senior 4’s were also up against a strong Muckross side, losing out 5-0.

Senior 2 Girls vs Muckross

On the Junior side, the B’s lost 1-0 to Alexandra College, in a tight match. Alex’s defence proved too strong to break through.

The Minor A & B’s both drew 1-1 with Muckross while the C’s beat Muckross 2-0.

Minor A Girls vs Muckross

The Prep and First Year girls took on strong Muckross opposition also on Saturday. The A’s played a tightly contested game losing 4-3 in the end. The Bs lost by 7-2, largely due to not having a goalkeeper this weekend due to sickness. For the later games, we had 3 Wesley teams rotating on and off against 2 Muckross teams in a blitz style.  We won and lost some of these games.  Great enthusiasm shown by all the girls and getting stronger every week. Well Done Girls

A very busy and sunny Wednesday hockey afternoon for Wesley College.  We had a list of 17 home and away fixtures for boys and girls. 

The Senior 1’s played their first league match for the year in Wesley against St. Gerard’s.  Mikayla Power knocked in 4 goals with Robyn Burke Mellon scoring a goal leaving the final score 5-0.  The Senior 2’s had a much tougher first league match against Mount Anville away.  Wesley put on a lot of pressure and had opportunities to score but did not take their chances and the final score was 2-0 to Mount Anville. 

The Junior B, C and Ds all had league games.  The Ds played Our Lady’s Terenure and won convincingly 6-0 with goals coming from Martha McCaughey, Aisling Price x 2 and Grace McDonnell getting a hat-trick. 

Junior D Girls vs Our Lady's Terenure

The Junior C team took on St. Andrews and had an extremely close game with them only eventually conceding a goal in the dying stages of the game 1-0.

Junior C Girls vs St. Andrew's

Last but not least the Junior Bs also played St. Andrews away in the league and came away with a great win after a close encounter, finishing up 3-2 to Wesley, with Sophie Massey also scoring a hat trick for her team. 

The Minor A team drew with Alex and the Minor Bs, drew 0-0.  Both of these games were friendly matches for the Minors.

In the cages we had 50 Prep and 1st year girls who spilt into 5 teams and took on 4 separate Newbridge College teams  The girls had very various games coming away with an exciting 3-3 draw for the As, a 4 -2 win for the Bs with goals coming from Niamh Gough, Ashleigh Clauson and 2 from Zoe Holmes.  The Cs and Ds had a loss and a draw for the Ds.

Boys Hockey

The Senior 2’s put in a very good performance last Friday to lose 3-1 to The High School 1’s in their tough league encounter.

Senior 2 Boys vs The High School

The Junior As got off to a strong start in their league campaign against Temple Carrig. They won comfortably while keeping a clean sheet. Goals were shared between Ed Collins, Max Caulwell, Daniel Smyth, Harry Jones and Theo Marcoux.

Junior A Boys vs Temple Carrig

The U13 A’s were also in action, making another strong start to their league campaign on Friday with a convincing win over St. Killian’s.

U13 A Boys vs St. Killian's

On Wednesday we had two great wins out in Mount Temple. The Senior 2’s also had a fantastic win over Mount Temple 1’s in their league encounter.  The score was 2-1 to Wesley with the important goals coming from Alister Watchorn and Andrew Brown. 

The U14 A's had a strong 6-1 win against The High School, producing a solid team performance. Watch this space to see what the team have in store for us this year.

U14 A Boys vs The High School

The U14 B’s had a 4-0 win with goals coming from James Reid x 2, Ben Coffey and Joowon Park who scored twice.

The U14 C’s and U13 C’s took on St. Columba’s with the 14s wining 2-1, courtesy of goals from Frank McGovern and Nathanial Miller.

U14 C Boys vs St. Columba's

Up at Columba’s the U13 C’s took on a mixed 1st and 2nd year team. It was a good game and despite playing really well the Wesley boys lost 3-0.  Andrew Cherry had a great game in defence.

We’re looking forward to lots more hockey for Wesley after the well-earned midterm break. 

Girls Rugby

Both the Junior and Senior teams had great success in their matches away in Kilkenny Rugby Club on Wednesday. The Seniors played a blitz against Bandon Grammar, Loreto Kilkenny and Kilkenny College. Senior Girls Blitz, Kilkenny

The Juniors played matches against Bandon Grammar. There's more detail to follow, but in the meantime, check out the photos from the day.

Junior Girls vs Bandon Grammar

 

Boys Rugby

Wesley’s U14 Red team had a great game against a dogged Temple Carrig side this Wednesday. Wesley started off fast a caught the visitors cold running in three tries in quick succession. A number of injuries halted Wesley’s progress however at half time they led 28 - 0. In the second half Temple Carrig rallied and began making some easy yards off hard carries and with ten minutes to go the score was 33 - 14. In the final ten minutes some very smart play from Wesley stretched out their lead and in the end the game finished 48-14. A clinical performance against a gritty team with tries coming from James Beattie, Thibaut Campbell x2, Harry Granger x2, Reuben Neill & Johnny Woods with Johnny Woods adding the conversions.

Wesley’s U14 Blue team, led by Hugh Hamilton, made a fantastic comeback to run out deserved winners 22-20 against Temple Carrig. Both sides were evenly matched with the score 10 apiece midway through the second half, with Zach Sidebottom scoring two excellent tries for Wesley. However, Temple Carrig pulled ahead with a converted try and a penalty to lead with a ten point cushion with 5 minutes to go and looked likely winners. But, Wesley dug deep and scored two well worked team tries both finished by Henry Clarke. This left the score at 20-20 with the conversion to come which Zach Sidebottom calmly kicked to seal the win with the last play of the game.

The Junior Cup Team played their first pre-season game against Presentation College Bray. Pres started well, receiving the kick off and looking to break down the right wing, full back Jack Duffy covered well and Charlie Hempenstall relieved the pressure for Wesley through a brilliant clearing kick. Wesley looked to make inroads with the game after this early Pres pressure - a couple of penalties led them to the Pres 22. A driving maul into the Pres area nearly led to a score however a knock on over the line allowed Pres to clear through a 22 drop out. Hempenstall caught this drop out and attacked Pres immediately, chipping over the initial chase, tackling the full back and Sam McMullin was on the scene to poach. Wesley tapped and went from the resulting penalty and McMullin went over the line. Hempenstall converts, 7-0.

Pres immediately responded, with the JCT perhaps making it too easy for them. 7-7. Wesley then worked hard to get up the pitch and attack, a cross field kick to Max Brock nearly saw him get near Pres’ 5 metre line, however cumulative mistakes meant Wesley found themselves underneath their posts as Pres scored their second of the day. 7-12. The message was simple for the JCT, hit our rucks and make our tackles. Wesley responded well and going into half-time with Sam Ryan, Joseph Cullen and Darragh Fox putting in sterling efforts.

With subs on at halftime, Wesley went about their work well, Louis L’Estrange hitting his lineouts from hooker as well as strong centre play by Chris MacLachlann-Hickey. Again, errors would go on to let Wesley down once again as Pres crashed over for their 3rd and eventually 4th of the game 7-24.

The JCT were once again flustered with themselves, but knew what they needed to do to get back into the game. In the final quarter of the game, the Js began to play the better rugby of the two, with Cameron Shiel now at 9 for the injured captain Jack Freyne, the pack began to find their shape, this enabled Sam McMullin to make a line break and offload to the oncoming Christopher MacLachlann-Hickey who went under the sticks. Hempenstall converts 14-24. Pres responded well and pinned Wesley back in their half. With the clock now in the red, Wesley went for the consolation score and nearly did in an incredible fashion but it wasn’t meant to be. Full time 14-24. Although disappointing to lose, it was an impressive start for this group of players who last played a game all together in February 2020! We now train ahead of our first league games In November.

Roscrea 29 – 22 Wesley College SCT

Wesley SCT travelled to Roscrea on Wednesday to continue their league campaign, off the back of a great win last time out. It was always going to be a tough fixture but one that Wesley were up for right from the off. After weathering a strong period of Roscrea attack for the first 15 mins Wesley managed to get some field position and made it count very efficiently with Hugo Girardi scoring a well worked try in the corner which was excellently converted by Jonny Cazzini. Roscrea then scored a well taken try after some pressure but it was Wesley who finished the stronger in the first half with a well taken penalty from Jonny Cazzini leaving the score at 10-7 at half time after a well-controlled first half.

The 2nd half started with a bang with both teams producing some great rugby and it was off the back of a fine 50/22 kick from Toby Durham that lead to a great driving maul which Ryan Jones touched down off the back of some great collective forward play taking the score out to 15-7 to Wesley. A big Roscrea team then worked their way up the pitch after realising they were in for a serious battle and managed to score in the right corner and later add a penalty tying up the scores but the game was to change momentum again with brilliant attacking play leading to kick through down the edge from Jonny Cazzini which Toby Durham controlled excellently touching down in the left corner with Jonny converting taking the score out to 22-15. Unfortunately Wesley struggled to kick on from their early dominance and Roscrea found their way back into the game scoring a well worked try to level things and despite some resilient defence and momentum changing hands numerous times, Roscrea managed to find a gap in the Wesley defence scoring in the corner with time nearly up on the clock to take the win 29-22.

A tough result to take for the Senior team after some great play throughout the game but lots of learnings to be taken for this young group. Time to regroup and regather after the midterm break with another big league game coming up against Kings Hospital.

The Senior 2s lost 20-12 away in Roscrea. Zach Bourne opening the scoring when he capitalised on a clever kick from Elliott Atkinson. Roscrea struck back with a unconverted try of their own but Wesley went into the break with a lead after Ferdia Spain capped excellent team play with a brilliant finish. In the second half a powerful Roscrea side took over scoring ten unanswered points.

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