Dean Ryan Cup Final
Thurles C.B.S. and St. Colman’s of Fermoy will have to do it all again this Saturday after they could not be separated, even after extra-time, in the final of the Dean Ryan Cup, which was played in the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick last Saturday. The game was a thriller with neither side able to break free of the other and it ended after extra-time on a scoreline of Thurles: 3-13, St. Colman’s: 1-19. Darren Flood, Jack Lanigan and Eoin Purcell got the goals for the C.B.S.
‘Congratulations’ to sixth year student, Daniel Ryan, on claiming gold in the Senior Boys category at the All-Ireland Schools Combined Events competition which was held at Athlone Institute of Technology last Saturday. This was Daniel’s fifth gold medal at these events and it was made even sweeter by the fact that, in winning it, he set a new Irish record.
Munster Junior Cup
Our under-17 soccer panel progressed to the last 32 of the Munster Junior Cup on Wednesday, the 26th of October, thanks to an exciting and unexpected victory over Colaiste na Mara, Tramore. Tramore took the lead early on but from that point Thurles began to assert their dominance over the opposition. Ronan McGuire first equalized and then put the C.B.S. in front, only for Tramore to draw level before the break. Substitute, Dylan O Shaughnessy, scored a fine goal to restore the lead for Thurles but once more Tramore equalized. Finally, with ten minutes remaining, Nico Mallen scored what proved to be the winner for the C.B.S. The team will now face Colaiste Dun Iascaigh of Cahir in the next round.
‘Well done’ to our under-15 hurlers on progressing to the semi-final of the Croke Cup following victory over Our Lady’s of Templemore on Monday, the 24th of October. Aided by a strong wind, Thurles started well and led by four points at half-time. A second half goal by David Fogarty and the reliable free taking of Steven Ferncombe sealed the victory for the C.B.S. .Their next opponents will be High School, Clonmel.
Basketball League Our under-16 and our under-19 basketball panels were in action before the Halloween break; both of them playing teams from St. Paul’s of Monasterevin. Our under-16s were playing only their second league game of the season and unfortunately they were beaten by 50 points to 37. The under-19s also fared badly, losing their unbeaten record by the narrowest of margins. They were beaten by 52 points to 51 in their final pool game but will still progress to the Midlands Semi-finals.
Basketball Cup Our under-19 panel played Colaiste na Phiarsaigh, Glanmire in the quarter-final of the All-Ireland Cup on Wednesday last, the 9th of November. Unfortunately, despite a spirited team performance, they were unable to overcome a very strong Glanmire side, falling short on a scoreline of 49 points to 63. Top scorers for the C.B.S. were Darren O Sullivan, Adam Darby and Liam Kenny.
Bicentenary School Mass
A mass, specifically aimed at past pupils, former brothers, teachers and principals, current and former board of management members and all those who have a historic link to the school, was held in the James O Donoghue Sports Hall on the evening of Wednesday, the 26th of October . The chief celebrant was our school chaplain, Fr. Tomas O Connell and the mass was concelebrated by 21 other members of the clergy, including Archbishop Emeritus, Dr. Dermot Clifford. After the mass, everybody returned to the assembly hall for some food and a chance to chat and reminisce. Harty Cup Our Harty Cup panel topped their group and progressed to the last 16 of the competition thanks to a comfortable victory over a young team from Gaelcholaiste Mhuire AG on Wednesday, the 26th of October. The final score in the game was 5-24 to 0-14. They will now face a formidable Abbey C.B.S. team in the next round on the 30th of November.