Last Tuesday saw our under 16 ½ hurlers take on Our Lady’s of Templemore in The Ragg in the opening round of the Dean Ryan Cup. Thurles were aided by a strong breeze in the first half and they got off to a great start through a goal by Max Hackett in the opening minute. Templemore rallied well however and scored three of the next four points. A second goal, expertly executed by John Lanigan, allied with the accurate free taking of Darren Flood, allowed Thurles to lead by five points at the interval ( 2-8, 0-9). The second half was an equally competitive affair, with a Templemore goal after 46 minutes helping them to reduce the deficit. Thurles showed tremendous resilience however and held out for a three point victory. The final score was Thurles: 2-13, Templemore: 1-13. The C.B.S. will now progress to the quarter-finals where they will face Gaelcholaiste Mhuire AG. We wish them the best of luck.
First Year Hurling League Final
The first year league came to a thrilling climax last Monday when the team from 1C, captained by Patrick Ryan, defeated the team from 1A in the league final. The league ran at lunchtimes over the last few weeks and as usual proved to be very popular with the first years. Over eighty players participated in the competition this year. A word of praise must go to the transition years as they helped to organise the competition as well as refereeing the games.
The under-19 panel prepared for this week’s first Munster Cup group game against Nenagh by playing a highly competitive challenge game against Cashel at Peake Villa on Thursday last. Meanwhile, our under-17s had their first run-out of the season in a practice match against Cholaiste Mhuire last Friday. This was a good opportunity for players to get some game time as the C.B.S. played a different eleven in each half.
As part of our bicentennial celebrations the entire school community traveled to Thurles Cathedral last Thursday to participate in a mass which was concelebrated by Bishop Kieran O Reilly, Fr O Connell, Fr Hennessy and Fr Stapleton. The mass was also attended by the primary school boys from St. Ailbe’s. The ceremony was a beautiful way to mark not only the new academic year but also the school’s 200th anniversary. Students and staff alike were afforded the opportunity to reflect on their own personal wishes for the coming academic year while the mass also served to bring the school community together in prayer and in celebration of our faith.
First Year Hurling Blitz
The annual first year hurling blitz between Thurles and Abbey C.B.S. took place in the Railway Field on Friday last. All of our first year pupils participated in the event, being divided up into eight teams, each containing twelve players. In the end, it was Thurles who were presented with the James O Donoghue Perpetual Trophy by Mr Seamus O Donoghue. Well done to all involved, including the transition year pupils who refereed and umpired the games.
Our under-19 basketball panel made it two wins out of two in the Midlands B League on Friday last. An excellent team performance saw them defeat Wilson’s Hospital by 54 points to 30.