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Sports Update

Badminton

Congratulations to the U16A boys badminton team who have qualified for the Dublin Schools Badminton Semi-Finals. The boys will play Terenure College A in Whitehall next Thursday the 27th of January. Good Luck to the team Oscar Tweed, Oliver Tang, Tadgh Reinecke and Louis Small.

The U14 Boys’ and Girls’ teams will each play a round-robin blitz over one afternoon in February to compete in their leagues. Details of this will be posted on the Sports App today. Please check for details.

Basketball

 Congratulations to the U19 Girls’ Basketball team who won their Cup Semi-Final against Portlaoise College. The final score was 24,37. They are now through to the Cup final next Friday in the National Basketball Arena. Women of the match: Shalom Daniel Ochonma.

 Senior Girls vs Portaloise College

Boys Hockey

In a riveting match last Wednesday, the Senior 1 Boys secured a 2-1 vs The King’s Hospital. Goals’ coming from Ben Stewart and Ed Collins.

This follows from their win last Friday against Newpark Comprehensive School in their Cup Quarter-Final, 4-0. Check out the photos below.

Senior 1 Boys vs Newpark Comprehensive School

 

The Senior 2 boys had a great 1-0 win vs old rivals St. Andrew’s college. You could tell from the first minute that both teams were well up for the game and desperate to win. It was a very open 1st half but with few clear-cut opportunities created by either team. Both teams lived off scraps in each d with Andrews winning a number of short corners which came to nothing thanks to strong GK work from Harvey Burgess. The only goal of the game when Jake McKenna managed to make a yard for himself in the d and struck hard on the open side finding the backboard brilliantly. Another half chance fell to Micah Switzer, but, unfortunately, he hit the post with his pushed effort. The longer the game went on the more control Wesley had, with great game management shown by the lads. This meant that Andrews had very few chances to get back into the game and helped us hang on for the win. Great effort shown by the lads with three players going down with cramp after the game! We also wish Alex Legg well who took a nasty blow to the jaw from a stray stick. Hopefully a swift recovery for him!

Unfortunately, the U13 D Boys lost 5-0 vs Sandford Park. Lots to work on in the coming weeks.

On Friday, the Senior 2 Boys made sure of a successful week with 2 great wins against 2 strong rivals. Similarly to Wednesdays match vs St Andrew, Wesley started the game with great focus and intent. St Killian's struggled to match our intensity which lead to us creating a large number of great chances and getting ahead on the scoreboard. The first goal came from an attack started by Josh Campion and Andy Armitage who showed great bravery to play through the st Killian's press. This lead to Micah Switzar being set through on goal who showed great composure to find Peter Walker on the penalty spot who calmly slotted home. The second goal was very similar to the first, with Jake McKenna putting the final touch on a lovely move down the Wesley left had side.

St. Killian’s came out in the second half with a better structure which made things much harder for us. We didn't play with the same compute and bravery in the second half but strong defensive performances from Luke Caldwell and Alistair Watchorn and impressive work rate from all meant Killian's also struggled to create many chances of note and meant that the strong start to the game was enough to get us through.

A hugely successful week for the Senior 2 Boys with really brilliant effort and intent shown by all along with great aptitude to take on tactical advice and make the necessary changes!

Unfortunately, the U13 C Boys lost 2-0 to a strong side from The High School, Rathgar on Friday this week.

Girls Hockey

Despite missing a couple of players, the Senior 1 Girls produced a very disciplined display to get a 1-0 away to Mount Anville, always a tough place to go. The goal came from a lovely counterattack move finished off by Annabel Squires. It was a real team performance, everyone contributing positively.

The Senior 2 Girls had a tough 3-0 loss to a strong Muckross College team. Muckross College started fast and pressed hard which put us on the back foot early. We spent the majority of the first half camped inside our own 25 and really struggled to get out and unfortunately went into the half time break 2-0 down. The second half was much improved for Wesley with a number of short corners won and plenty of chances created but disappointingly no goals for.

The Senior 4s put in an excellent performance beating Loreto Beaufort 5-1 in the league. From the start, the forwards put the Beaufort defence under huge pressure leading to the opening goal scored by Juliette. In quick succession, Wesley slotted two more, both coming from Julia who had a super game in midfield. A fourth goal put us in a comfortable position to see the game out. However, this didn’t stop Beaufort scoring from a quick counterattack. A final goal in the last few minutes brought the final score to 5-1. This result means the Senior 4s remain undefeated in the league! Let’s hope this winning streak keeps going!

Senior 4 Girls vs Loreto Beaufort

The Junior C girls had a comfortable 7-0 win at home to Loreto on the green. Goals from Ella Walsh x2 Tori x2 Ellie, Kirsten and Ella Walshe.

Minor B had a disappointing performance but a good result against Mount Sackville. Rachel Reed scored the goal after some lovely skills with Anna Delany being the standout performer making some good saves to keep her clean sheet. Minor C Girls lost 1-3 vs Mount Sackville.

The U13 A Girls won 7-1 vs Mount Sackville Great Performance all around from everyone involved, only our second ever full pitch 11 a side match but everyone performed excellently, a strong result which came from great hockey all around stand out performance from Evelyn despite only coming at half time as well as Isabelle. The goal scorers were Isabelle 2, Sophie 1, Lucy 2, Julia 1, Abby 1.

On Wednesday, the Senior 3 Girls lost 0-4 vs a strong Mount Anville side. The scoreline that does not reflect the game at all. Very even for most of it and indeed still level at 0-0 until midway through the second half. Once Mount Anville got the first though their confidence grew and they took advantage. Lauren Mackey did well in goal and everyone worked hard. A pity we couldn't score some of our earlier chances.

A superb performance from the Senior 4 Girls last Wednesday as they played their final league match of the grouping stages against Newbridge College. Leaving them undefeated and at the top of their table. An 8-0 win secured them a place in the knockout stage of the league, which is set to take place in the coming weeks. A big shout out to captain, Sophie Moran, who scored a hat-trick, along with our other goal scorers; Juliet Moore, Ellie Cole, Cara Small, Shona Redmond and Cara Small who each scored one goal, respectively.

The Junior A girls beat Loreto Beaufort 4-1 in their final game of the league group stages last Wednesday. The win puts them top of the group and progresses them onto the knockout stages of the league. First competitive game after Christmas for the girls started off slow with Beaufort putting a lot of pressure on the back 4. A quick counter attacker resulting in a lovely deflection goal by Sophie Stuart briefly relieved pressure until Beaufort scored an equaliser just before halftime. The second half was much more in favour of Wesley with two penalty corner goals coming from Milla Fulton and Bel Collins with Millie Nolan finishing off the scoring with a lovely solo goal on her competitive debut for the team. A needed tough game going into the final stretch of the season

Last Wednesday, the Junior C Girls put on a superb performance, securing a 2-0 win versus The Teresian School.

The Junior D Girls continued the success of Girls' hockey, winning 1-0 against Mount Anville.

A huge congratulations to the Minor C Girls winning 2-1 vs Newbridge College.

A brilliant performance from the U13 A Girls that led to a really convincing win from the team against The High School, Rathgar The girls showed a huge improvement from their last 11 aside match. In particular, the forward line had an outstanding performance and didn’t waste any opportunity they had. The team as a whole gave 100% effort throughout and should be really proud of the win!

A dominant win for the U13 B Girls against The High School, Rathgar, controlled the game throughout they created lots of chances, eventually scoring just before half time to lead at the break, a strong start to the second half had them 3-0 up before scoring late on to secure the win. Tess and Saoirse were very strong at the back with Rachel having a standout game in midfield. The goal scorers for the day were: Annalisa Walsh 1, Anna Morris 1, Anna Montgomery 1, Mya Costello 1.

Boys Rugby

The whole senior squad travelled up north on Saturday morning for their first 2 fixtures after the Christmas break after the postponed game last week. The SCT recorded a great win thanks to tries from Ryan Jones, Oran Handley, Sean Foulds and Jamie Fish with Jonny Cazzini kicking the extras. There were some great individual performances across the pitch with captain Dan Campbell and Toby Durham also standing out.

The Senior 2nds also had a great win playing some great rugby with tries coming from Chris Collins, Zach Bourne, Ed Collins and Cian Mitchell Doyle with Elliot Atkinson kicking 100% from the tee. Ryan McNeill, Milo Campbell and Ferdia Spain also having strong games. Attention now turns to the start of their league campaign next Wednesday.

Wesley U15s got back into it after the Christmas break with a great game against CUS winning 34-7. Tries coming from Evan Caddow, Isaac Reid, Max Colbert, Harry Glennon and Daniel Fisher with Nathan Heatley and Max Colbert. Christian Kelly and James Reid also having standout performances.

The U15 B's put in an excellent performance continuing to show great development with the tries coming from Alex Casey, Luke Colton x2, Jacob Fry x3, Conor Duffy, Charlie Simmons & Jack Larkin with Alex Hamilton having a great day with the boot.

The Wesley Senior 2s won 28 - 14 against Castleknock last Wednesday. The Senior 2nds kick-started their league campaign with a fine bonus-point win at home and one which will set them up well for a group that continues to grow and develop each week. Tries coming from Elliott Atkinson, Hugo Girardi, Ferdia Spain and Cian Mitchell Doyle with Eliott Atkinson kicking 100% from the tee to add to a fine individual performance.

The Wesley Senior Social lost 7 - 12 to Terenure College last Wednesday. Another outing for our social side who have come together well and enjoyed a hard-fought game out in Terenure College. Joe Daly scored the try with Adam McNally converting and Sam Fitzgerald putting in a man of the match performance for the group.

Wesley College JCT won 24 - 17 St. Mary's College last Wednesday. A fantastic game played at a great pace on the front pitch in Donnybrook with Wesley producing one of their best performances of the season so far despite the adversity of some late pullouts and injuries. Tries coming from Isaac Reid, David Gilmore, Sam McMullin and Charlie Hempenstall x 2 with Charlie also kicking 2 conversions leading to an all-round great team performance and one that will give the group and their coaches a lot of confidence moving forward with Charlie Hempenstall and David Gilmore both once again having standout performances.

Wesley U15 A team lost 0 – 34 against St. Gerard's School. A tough day for the under 15s but some good learnings to take forward with Charlie Simmons and Dan Fisher both having stand out performances.

The Wesley U15 B team lost 36 - 38 St. Gerard's. A brilliant game that went right down to the wire with Wesley, unfortunately, being pipped right at the end after scoring some great team tries coming from Alexander Casey x 3, Fachtna Spain x 2 and Ben Coffey with Alex Hamilton kicking the extras.

The Wesley U14 Reds won 22 - 5 Blackrock. Wesley Reds had a well-deserved win against Blackrock on a score line of 22 - 5. Wesley, led by Oliver Gaynor, produced one of their best performances of the season. This win was grounded on solid defensive structure backed up by relentless tackling holding a very good Blackrock side to just one score. Wesley also showed great endeavour in attack scoring four fantastic try’s of their own. The team can be immensely proud of their efforts and can look forward with much confidence to their upcoming games. The tries coming from Thibault Campbell x 2, Cailean Patterson and Henry Clarke with Johnny Woods kicking a conversion.

The Wesley U14 Blues lost 24 - 34 Blackrock. The Wesley U14 Blue team had a 24-34 loss to Blackrock. Wesley had a poor first half, but they managed to stay in the game with a try just before halftime. Wesley came out a lot more determined in the second half and played some excellent rugby. Despite the loss, there are a lot of positives to take away from a tough game. Honourable mentions to Daniel Grant, Hugh Hamilton, Joshua Ellis and Harry Grainger who all had excellent games.

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