Dean Ryan Champions
The school secured its record-breaking thirteenth Dean Ryan title when our under-16 ½ hurlers defeated Midleton C.B.S. in the final of the Munster schools hurling competition, which was played in Clonmel on Wednesday last, the 8th of November. Thurles started the game strongly, a Devon Ryan goal helping them to build up a four-point lead before Midleton responded with six unanswered points of their own.
Each side scored four more points apiece over the remainder of the first half and Midleton led by 10 points to 1-5 at the interval. Midleton began the second period well, netting twice to build up a seven-point lead with a quarter of an hour remaining in the fixture ( 2-13, 1-09). With the game looking like it was slipping away, Thurles showed fantastic determination and fighting spirit, clawing their way back into contention through goals from Stephen Ferncombe and Jack Lanigan before points from Darren Flood, Stephen Ferncombe and Devon Ryan helped to secure a three-point victory for the C.B.S. The final score was Thurles: 3-15, Midleton: 2-15. Afterwards, the Dean Ryan Cup was presented to joint captains, Darren Flood and Jack Lanigan. The team now progress to the All-Ireland final where they will face either the Connacht or the Leinster champions. ‘Well done’ to all involved in securing this prestigious Munster title for the school. We wish the team the best of luck in the final.
Internet Safety Talk
Last Wednesday afternoon two local Gardai spoke to our second-year students about safe and responsible use of the internet. Among the topics addressed were cyber-bullying and the legal implications of online misbehaviour. Students were advised that any comments they make online need to be sensible and respectful and were warned about the dangers of posting inappropriate pictures on social media.
Our under-17 soccer panel was knocked out of the Munster Junior Cup last Tuesday by a very strong De La Salle side. This always looked like it was going to be a very tough draw for the C.B.S. and thus it proved. De la Salle scored twice in the first half and an early goal in the second half effectively killed off the tie. Despite the loss, the Thurles players can be proud of their performances. They battled gamely, against superior opposition and refused to let their heads drop or their discipline slip. The entire team worked extremely hard until the final whistle and in particular, there were impressive displays from Jordan Fahy, Jack Ryan-Casey, Aidan Slattery and Dillon Maher.