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11 October 2013

Sports Roundup 11th October

RUGBY
Senior League SCT 19 St. Gerard’s 8
The Seniors had their first win of the League by beating a resilient St Gerards of Bray 19-8.

It was a tough first half for Newbridge with a number of unforced errors making the game very stop/start. St. Gerards opened the scoring with a penalty after twenty mins. Neither side threatened the line very much in a scrappy first half but with the last play of the half Newbridge put their best piece of rugby together with Joe Darcy and Mark Sutton combining to put 2nd row Conor Doyle in for a well worked try. It was just what Newbridge needed and at the start of the second half a further two tries were added by Jonathan Phelan and Conor J Doyle. St Gerard’s did reply with a try of their own but it was Newbridge who went in search of the bonus point try. Though creating many chances they couldn’t add to their tally.  Overall it was a good result and helps get the campaign off and running after the draw in round one. Best for Newbridge on the day were Conor W Doyle, Matt O Connor and Cormac Nugent in the pack, Jimmy O'Brien, Jack O'Neill and Mark Sutton in the backs.

Junior A 16 The High School 3
 The Junior A's travelled away on Wednesday to play The High School. Had the team brought with them the skills and determination that they had in the previous match against CBC, this wouldn't have been much of a contest. However, some credit must be given to High School who used their powerful runners well and often had our defence backtracking. Tom Connolly kept the score board ticking over in the first half with 2 penalites and right up to closing stages of the half, 6 points was all the return we got for having the wind and the hill in our favour. Just before the whistle of half time, the forwards mauled a lineout and with resulting pick and go play, Paddy Ryan got over for a try. Both the team and supporters breathed a sigh of relief for the bit of daylight now between the teams. Some aspects of the game improved in the 2nd half, whereas, our penalty count rose. This kept the opposition in the match and created a stop-start game. Cian Murphy got a try in the corner to stretch the lead and some solace can be gotten from the fact that we didn't concede a try. In the pack, Dylan Morrissey and Rob Wynne carried excellently and Daithi Murphy in centre made some hard yards at times and got the go forward that was desperately needed. Full time score: 16 to 3. Onwards and upwards to take on St. Andrews at home next week.   

Senior 2nd’s 24 St Gerard’s 2nd’s 21
Our Senior 2nd's also took on St Gerard's and started very well with a great try. James Healy looped around his behind his own backline to run clear, only to be tackled short of the line.  Pa Morrin then chose a great line to crash over from close in.  Gerard's hit back with a penalty to make it 3:5.  We scored another good try off a lineout on halfway a few minutes later. Ciaran Callan made a break up the middle and fed Rob Buckley who ran clear to score. Indiscipline cost us after this as two soft penalties let Gerard's close the gap to a single point at halftime. In the second half, Callan once again sliced up the opposition centres and this time ran clear himself to score a great try which Healy converted. Then Rob Buckley got through the defensive line with a superb sidestep which Healy again converted to give us a 24:9 lead. We conceded two tries in the last ten minutes to see our lead reduced to 24:21 with three minutes to go but managed to hold on for a well deserved away win.  Best on the day was outhalf James Healy who controlled our attack superbly ably supported by Barry Finan. A good win in which all 27 travelling players saw some of the action.

Junior B 19 High School15
Newbridge College played High School away on Wednesday last. Two evenly matched teams served up a cracker. A strong wind aided Newbridge in the first half and we made good use of it with Guillermo, Conor Timmins and Paschal Thompson all scoring before half time. High School were not to be out done and pulled one back 5 minutes before the break. 19-5 the half time score. High School with a strong wind along with an ever improving side dominated possession in the second half. Quick ruck ball ensured they would stretch the defensive line on more than one occasion but Newbridge held firm. Two tries after twenty five minutes closed the gap to 19-15 and with Newbridge struggling to clear the lines the last five minutes were balanced on a knife edge. However Newbridge managed to hold out for the win with some great defending with the final score line Newbridge College 19, The High School 15. Best on the day Shaun, Peter Doyle (Capt), Andrew Sweeney, Conor Timmins, Matt Carter, Paschal Thompson and Morgan Hurley O Dwyer.    

TY A 19 Belvedere College 38
The Transition Years were back in action this Wednesday after three weeks off due to Transition Year activities.  They took on Belvedere.  As this was the last friendly before the TY League games start next week, this was the last chance for lads to put there name on the starting team sheet for next week.  The College got off to a good start with some good early possession but it soon became clear that Belvedere were the stronger team.  With 4 tries, the middle two converted, in 10 minutes put the Dublin side in the driving seat.  The College settled in the remaining 11 minutes of the half and were unlucky not to score themselves and even more unlucky when they conceded again just on halftime.
A number of changes were made at the break and their impact was immediate.  A much more structured College team piled the pressure on the Northsides and were forced into making errors.  The College were rewarded for this improved effort with a try on 44 minutes after Tim Murphy jinked through the Belvo defence to dot down.  Ruari  Cleary missed the conversion.  Niall Wyer added a second for the College just 4 minutes later.  His hard work in crossing the line was added to when Conor Doyle added the difficult conversion.  Belvedere hit back with a converted try on 56 minutes but the College dominated the possession and territory in the final quarter.  Cleary's try and conversion on 63 minutes following a defensive debacle by Belvo on their own line was scant reward for the College's efforts but it proved to be the final score of the game. Unfortunately, the College had left to much to be done in the second half but many positives to be taken from the second 35 as the wend down 38-19.  Special mention must go to Jordan Duggan, Mike Joyce, Michael O'Brien, Geoff Flanagan and Niall Wyer.

Other Results: Inter A 12 Belvedere 32; Inter B 19 Belvedere 53; Inter C belvedere 51. Ellers Blitz v Belvedere: Won 10: Drew 2; Lost 4.

HOCKEY
Jnr A’s v Our Lady’s Terenure 2:1
Snr B v Kilkenny College 1-1 (goal scorer Megan O’Neill)
Snr C v Kilkenny College 1-2 (goal scorer Kiera Cross)
Loreto Dalkey v minor B 5-0

EQUESTRIAN
Congratulations to the Novice Showjumping Team of Hannah Rasmussen, Emma Dillon, Ciara Harris & Peter Dillon who won the Novice Competition yesterday in Kilkenny.  They also won best turned out Novice Team.  

Congratulations also to the Open team of Luke Heffernan, Emma O'Callaghan, Caoimhe Sweeney, & Alannah Murphy who won best turned out in the OPEN competition.



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