To date the Junior A’s have had four matches. A friendly against Crescent of Limerick to start the year on a win followed by a convincing league wins against CUS and Templeogue. Things seemed to be going well in the second half of the home league game against Kings Hospital until a sleepy moment in defence resulted in a try for the visitors just before the final whistle. Newbridge lost by 3 points.
The most recent game which took place in Wesley last Wednesday was the game to prove that the league is still up for grabs. After the narrow loss against KH, captain Michael Brown and the team were determined not to leave anything to chance. Rossa Devlin scored early in the corner and Peter Osbourne converted (his first of five conversions). Each and every player gave it their all for the duration and this is reflected in the fact that five different players scored the five trys. Eoin Dempsey powered over, Brett Cella sneaked around the blindside of a ruck, Kevyn Mahon made a great break through the middle and Conor McIntyre weaved his way through for the final try of the match. The game finished 35 to 7. Besides the scorers there were some other players that has a big influence on the team play. They were David Rigney, Shane Feeley, David Quirke and William O’Brien.
The Junior B’s have had three games to date and recorded three wins out of three. They played the friendly games against Crescent and Kings Hospital at home and Wesley away. Some fine performances by the likes of Hugh O’Sullivan, Cathal Murtagh, Dylan Hobbs and James Wall are giving the Junior coaches something to think about. The B’s have actually only lost one game in the past year and that happened last September. The next fixture for both teams is against Kilkenny College away next week.