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All Ireland Final

Victory stolen from our grasp!

Words can’t express the pride we feel in the senior basketball team for their performance in yesterday’s final. They gave 200% and should be very proud of their achievement. Sport can be cruel when luck is not on your side.

A special congratulations to Claire Leavey, 4th year, who won the most valuable player award.



The team would like to thank all their supporters for their rousing support right up to the final whistle. Well done to the team who still have their All-Ireland league play off in a week’s time – BRING IT ON!



All-Ireland Cup Semi Final

A very special well done to our basketball team who have qualified for the All-Ireland Cup final with a score of 67 to 48. The girls played excellently as a team and worked very hard both ends of the court. A special mention for Claine Leavey, 5th year, who scored 26 points.

And well done to the coach Niall Berry!

June 2011

South-East League Title for Under-16’s

Four teams competed in South-East Leagues this year Senior, Under-16, 2nd year ‘A’ and 1st year ‘A’.  In December our Under-16 team was crowned South-East champions, when they beat Rockwell College in the semi-final and Castlecomer Community College in the final. They went on to represent the South-East in the All-Ireland play-off Tournament hosted in the Ursuline and qualified to play in the All-Ireland Semi-Final tournament. This was played in Kilkenny and our girls beat Castleblayney, but lost to Our Lady’s Drimnagh by only 6 points. This put an end to their very successful league run. Drimnagh went on to win the All-Ireland. Team: Sarah Cavallari, Caoimhe Condren, Sinead Kindlon, Clarie Leavey and Ruthie Leavey, Niamh O’Brien, Amanda O’Grady-Kennedy, Niamh O’Neill, Shannon Stewart and joint captains Jane Furlong and Grainne Flood.

After Christmas the 1st year ‘A’ and 2nd year‘A’ year leagues got under way. Both teams reached their respective South-East finals. The 1st ‘A’ year losing out to Presentation Kilkenny and the 2nd ‘A’ team were beaten by Castlecomer.

Cup Matches

Under-16 team reached the All-Ireland quarter final of the Cup beating Holy Family, Newbridge and Ursuline Thurles, losing to old rivals Our Lady’s Drimnagh. The 1st and 2nd year ‘B’ groups all practiced twice a week and played matches against Presentation Waterford and Loreto Clonmel.


March 2011

Best of luck to the 1 st year and 2 nd year A teams who are playing Tuesday the 29 th March in the South East finals against Presentation Kilkenny and Castlecomer Community school respectively. Match reports to follow.

January 2011

Ursuline U16's B Basketball team South-East Champions

On the 1st January the Under 16 team played the South-East final against old rivals Castlecomer Community School. The game had been eagerly awaited due to postponements in December. Both of the schools had met in the league stages and very little separated them when the Ursuline came out on top.

This game opened at a blistering pace. The Ursuline girls played man-to-man defense and there were tough physical challenges throughout. The scores for each quarter gives an indication of how close the match was. First quarter Ursuline 8 Castlecomer 6, second quarter Ursuline 8 Castlecomer 2, third quarter Ursuline 8 Castlecomer 8 and final quarter Ursuline 5 Castlecomer 5. The Waterford team more or less winning the game in the 2nd quarter, they played a very good defense game from then on and matched the Castlecomer scoring in the second half. Seven of the Ursuline players scored which shows the scoring strength of the team and this ultimately was the winning factor. Scorers were Niamh O'Neill 7, Grainne Flood, Amanda O'Grady-Kennedy, Sinead Kindlon and Shannon Stewart all on 4 points, Clarie Leavey and Ruthie Leavey both on 3 points. Team the above mentioned girls and Sarah Cavallari, Caoimhe Condren, Niamh O'Brien and Jane Furlong

However the Waterford team were not getting it all their own way and the Tipp girls controlled this quarter with some very good defensive rebounds setting up good fast-break moves which ended in the basket. Both teams picked up 3 team fouls in the first quarter. The Ursuline scoring 50 per cent of their free-throws, while their rivals Loreto only scored 25 per cent. At the break Clonmel were 13 points to 8.

In the second quarter, the Ursuline played half court man-to-man defense and their work rate and covering for each other was excellent. They held Clonmel to 2 baskets. Erica Walsh again scored 3 baskets for the Ursuline and a three-pointer from the left by Rachel Furlong saw the Ursuline 17 to 13 up at half time.

Going into the 3rd quarter Loreto tried marking Erica out of the game with 2 girls marking her at times. Ciara Curran and Claire Dunne stepped up and took some fine scores for the Ursuline. At the end of the 3rd quarter Ursuline were ahead 26 to 21. There was nothing in it going into the last quarter. However marking by Loreto became a little less disciplined with the Ursuline keeping control of the ball for longer periods and the Clonmel girls getting frustrated they needed the ball to score. The Clonmel girls were on team fouls half way through this quarter, which gave the Ursuline free-shots. This was ultimately the difference between the teams. The final score was 33 to 26. The highest scorer for the Ursuline was Erica Walsh on 23 points the Clonmel highest scorer was T. O'Connor on 9 points.

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