Munster Senior Cup
An impressive 7-1 victory over Borrisokane on Thursday last saw our senior soccer panel top their qualifying group, thereby progressing to the knockout stages of the competition, where as group winners, they will have home advantage in the next game. Thurles always looked comfortable in the game; they were 4-1 up at half-time. Dale Loughnane, Jack Cleary and Tommy Teer got two goals each while Michael Wade also got on the scoresheet.
This year the school has two teams competing in the under-15 Croke Cup hurling competition. On Wednesday one of those teams enjoyed a five point victory over Templemore after extra-time to progress to the semi-final of the competition where they will face either Abbey C.B.S. or Carrick-on-Suir. Our other team was also in action last week and they progressed to the other semi-final after a very comfortable victory over Clonmel. Their opponents in the next round will be Nenagh C.B.S.
Zambian Immersion Project
The eight students ( Eugene Ryan, William Creedon, Darragh Byrne, Diarmaid Meagher, James Hammersly, Alex Murphy, Fionn McCartan and Daniel Matthews ) who participated in the Zambian Immersion Project returned home safely over the Halloween break following the time they spent in Mufilira in northern Zambia. During this life-changing trip they visited an orphanage, an old people’s home, a primary school, an adult education centre and the ‘Tipperary Plots’ agricultural scheme.
Bank of Ireland School Bank
On Monday last, the second of November, Ms. Breda O Sullivan of the Thurles branch of the Bank of Ireland spoke to our transition year pupils about the establishment and operation of a school bank. Follwing this talk, interviews were held on Wednesday, for which there was very strong interest. The six students selected to participate in the bank are Rory Fogarty, Robert Healy, Patrick Tobin, Colm Smith, Ben Ryan and Ciaran Connolly. Well done to all. The bank was then officially launched this Monday by former Kilkenny hurler, Henry Shefflin.
Our senior hurlers continued their preparations for the next round of the Harty Cup by playing two useful challenge matches last week. On Tuesday they played Clonmel while on Friday they played St. Augustine’s.
Daniel Moloney, Jonathan Strapp, Kieran Kearney and Tommy Teer were all on the scoresheet on Monday last when our under-17 soccer panel took on Johnstown in a challenge match. Thurles fielded a totally different eleven for the second half so the game was a good opportunity for the players to represent their school on the playing field.
AIB Build-A-Bank Challenge
The AIB school bank was officially launched last Friday by past pupil and Tipperary hurler, Lar Corbett. The bank will be operated by Joseph Abbott, Philip Ryan, Bill Shanahan, Patrick Bowden, Finn Briody and William O Donoghue. To promote the bank, former Tipperary goalkeeper, Brendan Cummins will visit the school this week, when he will coach hurling skills to first years.Interview Techniques WorkshopOn Friday last our transition year pupils participated in an interview technique workshop which was delivered by Pro-Style. The workshop focused on the structure of CVs , body language and sample questions and answers. The pupils also participated in mock interviews.Senior FootballOur senior football panel was in action on Thursday last. Unfortunately, they were beaten by a stronger team from Carrick C.B.S.
G.A.A. Youth Forum
On Saturday, October 24th, Seán Ryan, Darragh Byrne, William Creedon and Jack Bambrick were invited to Croke Park to present their BT Young Scientist project, The "Infinity Log Trainer." The GAA Youth Forum is an annual event held in Croke Park in Dublin, in which the GAA looks for the opinions of young athletes across all counties on how they can improve hurling and Gaelic football. There were many workshops during the day, such as a strength and conditioning workshop with Kilkenny Senior hurler Michael Fennelly and a dieting workshop from Sligo Senior footballer Dr. Brendan Egan.
At the end of the day, there was a Q&A panel, in which people's questions were answered by GAA personalities like Laois Senior footballer Ross Munnelly. During the forum, the four boys got to present their project, which deals with burnout and injuries in young sports people, to GAA Director General Paraic Duffy, who was very interested in the project. As well as this, many young GAA players from all over Ireland were very interested in their training log book, and said they would love to try the app in the future. It was a thoroughly enjoyable day overall, and the boys were very grateful for the opportunity to take part.