Our Transition Year A team bowed out of this year’s league to Belvedere College last Wednesday, losing by 26 point to nil.
Having drawn 12:12 with the same opposition before the Christmas break, we travelled up expecting a tough game. Our cause wasn’t helped by a few withdrawals due to injury in the days leading up to the game but we still fielded a team which were capable of matching Belvedere. The first half was a tight affair with the Dublin school shading it 6:0 by virtue of a penalty and a drop goal. At the beginning of the second half we lost influential outhalf Jimmy O’Brien and this also meant we had to make a number of positional changes. From here on the game changed and Belvedere piled on the pressure although with ¾’s of the game gone the score was still 6:0. Belvedere then scored a try which knocked the wind out of the Newbridge sails. They added two more tries and a penalty at the death to seal a deserve victory an book a place in the TY League final. Each of our players and replacements can hold their heads high that they never gave up and fought to the end. Best of the day were Oisin Larkin, Morgan Mooney, Mark Delaney and Rob Buckley.
Inter A 17 Rockwell 10
Newbridge College’s Inter A’s got this year’s fixtures off to a winning start against a very strong and physical Rockwell College at home on Wednesday last. Newbridge dominated the first half in both territory and possession but went in at half time with the narrowest of leads courtesy of a 12 minute penalty by Tom Connolly.
Newbridge stepped it up another gear for the second half and got their just desserts with a superb try by Louis Young. After retaining the ball for a long period of time Newbridge were awarded a penalty. Louis tapped a quick penalty on the halfway line and used his speed, strength and quick feet to touch down right on the Rockwell line. Tom Connolly converted the try to leave the score at 10 – 0. Newbridge scored their second try 10 minutes later on the back of an excellent 65 meter break by Tom Connolly from inside his own 22. Tom linked up with Louis but it could have been any one of six players the support was so good. Patrick Ryan eventually drove over after another 3 -4 phases.
Unfortunately a drop in concentration or maybe even tiredness from their efforts throughout the game allowed Rockwell in for two late unconverted tries. The score line finished Newbridge College 17 Rockwell 10. Standout performances by the entire pack, Lewis Young, Tom Connolly and Ben Caulfield
Inter B 10 Rockwell 17
The first match of 2013 had everything but the result. Newbridge were at home to Rockwell and it really was a game that could have went either way. Newbridge started well and while the Tipperary side were physically bigger, the pack were able to keep the ball for multiple phases. The front row of Niall Stapleton, Alex Pocock and captain Shaun Lohan fronted up. In the second row, Theo Hovenden Kelly worked tirelessly for the whole match. Due to injury Matthew Nugent was a late replacement at 8 but solidified his position by scoring the 2 Newbridge tries, one in each half. Rockwell had the lead at half time. 10-5. Newbridge equalised midway through the 2nd half and the match looked like it could have finished level. Rockwell finished stronger and made the most of their possession. They crossed the line for a converted try with 8 minutes left in the match and the game finished 10-17. Nicholas Cody made his Newbridge debut with a solid performance at out half and showing promise of good things to come. In the backline Matthew Murtagh made a lot of ground on the wing but particular mention must go to Dylan Johnson who gave another solid performance for the black and white.
Other results: Junior A 5 Castletroy 18; Junior B 5 Castletroy 25