TOP STORY Senior 1st 37 Pres Bray 0
The Senior 1st started their League campaign on Wednesday with an away trip to Pres Bray,
the team who knocked the College out of last year’s Senior Cup with a last second penalty
The Senior 1sts continued in League action this week with their first home game. The visit of Roscrea promised to be a huge test for the College and boy did it live up to that! The first 10 minutes saw Roscrea settle quickest an control much of the early possession. As the College got to grips with the game and a physically superior opposition, they would get the first scoring chance. Joe D’Arcy slotted over the penalty on 13 minutes. Four minutes later, Roscrea had the chance to level the game but pushed the penalty wide. The College continued to up their possession stats and both side played some great rugby. This was counteracted by two quality defences and some very solid tackles. But something had to give and on 30 minutes the visitors spun the ball wide and their winger crossed for the games first try. The conversion gave Roscrea the full seven points. The teams finished the half trading penalties on 32 (D’Arcy for the College) and 34 minutes to leave it 10-6 for Roscrea at half time.
With the second half just two minutes old, the College attacked from a kick return. As they attempted to go wide, the Roscrea centre shot up and intercepted a pass meant for Jake Howlett and ran in from 35 metres to dot down under the posts. Conversion over and the College trailed by 11. This seemed to bind the College XV and a more focussed side chased the restart. They pushed the visitors back deep into their 22 and the pressure forced Roscrea to commit a penalty. A quick tip from Jack Coghlan Murray, pass to Conor Doyle and Doyle showed great strength as he crashed through the Roscrea defence for a try on 41 minutes. D’Arcy added the conversion. Both sides then enjoyed time on the ball but both sides kept their try lines intact with some bone-crunching tackles. That was until Mark Sutton popped to Jake Howlett who sliced through the Roscrea backline for a try with thirteen minutes remaining. D’Arcy failed to add the extras. However he made amends for this with a tricky penalty just 3 mintues later. The final stages belonged to Roscrea. The College gave up some soft territory and Roscrea camped in the College half for the final 5 minutes. Deep into injury time they were just metres from the line but an excellent exhibition of fight in defence by the College kept them at bay. As an attempt on the College line was held up, the referee blew for full time and the College had a 21-17 win over one of the tournament favourites. Special mention goes to Charlie Ryan, Oisin McKnight and Sean Treacy.
TY A 36 Belvedere 17.
The Transition years travelled to Dublin to take on Belvedere in a friendly. Newbridge were 5:0 up early on when Rob Buckley struck after an excellent strike move in the centres. It was soon 12:0 when Paul Condon broke from No. 8 to run clear and touch down. Jimmy O’Brien added the extras. Belvo came back strong and got some time in the Newbridge 22. But then from a scrum close to their own line, Mark Delaney raced clear to halfway before chipping the ball through. From the return kick Jimmy O’Brien started and finshed an excellent counter attack from half way to make it 17:0. Once again Belvo came stroming back and this time were rewarded with a try from a lineout and maul. Halftime 17:5. We started the second half like the first and Ciaran Callan chased down a chip through to make it 22:5. Belvo once again replied with a try of their own, once again from a lineout and maul. From the restart, Oisin Kelly broke clear from inside his own half to set up Jimmy O’Brien for a simple finshed which he also converted to make it 29:12. It was soon 36:12 when Tadhg Ryan broke clear into open field. From a resulting scrum, Ciaran Callan scored a try off a good move, which he also converted. Belvo to their credit never gave up and were rewarded with a try to leave the final score 36:17. Other not named but who impressed were Morgan Mooney, Brian Larkin and Nathan McSharry.
Junior B 28 Roscrea 19
A damp day in Tipperary greeted Newbridge College Junior B squad when they arrived to take on Roscrea on Wednesday last. Underfoot conditions were slippery and holding onto the ball was always going to be difficult. Newbridge had the best of the opening quarter with two tries finished by Michael O Brien and Michael Maher with Caomhán Doolan slotting the conversions. Roscrea then had their period of dominance to register their first score to leave the score 14-5 after 20 minutes. Newbridge however weren’t finished yet and right on the stroke of half time Michael O Brien crossed the line again to add to his tally, Caomhán kept his 100% record for the game. The second half was a much closer affair with Roscrea edging it on the score board two tries to one. However the good work done by Newbridge in the opening half meant that they would not be caught. Final score Newbridge College 28 – Roscrea 19. Best on the day were: John Power, Luke Moran, Michael Maher, Caomhán Doolan and Fionn Nolan.
Inter A’s 7 Belvedere 15
Newbridge Inter A’s were away to Belvedere Wednesday last. Newbridge were hoping to build on the impressive performance they had against Clongowes the week before. The first 15 minutes was very much nip and tuck with both teams creating chances but also making silly mistakes. In the 13th minute Newbridge almost scored from a dubious Belvedere scrum but unfortunately knocked on over the line. Newbridge finally broke the dead-lock in the 17th minute. Newbridge used a set piece just inside the Belvedere half to run a well practiced backline move. It was executed superbly with Cian Murphy breaking the Belvedere line of the defence and linking back up with his out-half Tom Connolly to score. Tom converted and brought the score to 7 – 0. Newbridge went on to have the better of the reminder of the first half but conceded a try on the stroke of half time in the corner. Newbridge came out in the second half with real aggression and spent the first 10 minutes inside Belvedere’s 22. Unfortunately it came to an end with a 22 drop out which found its way to touch well inside Newbridge’s half. From the resulting line-out Belvedere moved the ball well across the field and back again eventually touching down in the corner. Newbridge found it very hard to pick themselves up after this blow and spent the majority of the half in defensive mode. Belvedere eventually got over for their 3rd and final score with 3 minutes to go. Final score was Newbridge 7 Belvedere 15. It was a disappointing result but a great learning experience. Newbridge will target the game away to Terenure next week as a way to put right the few mistakes that cost us this game. Players that stood out for Newbridge were Louis Young and Tom Connolly.
Inter B’s V Belvedere
The Inter B's suffered their worst defeat to date and hopefully it was the last. While the A and C matches were competitive for the most part, the Belvo B team were physically stronger than their Newbridge opposition. This dictated the whole match and they ran in tries every 5 to 10 minutes. Newbridge boys could have been tempted to lie down and give up but this was not the case. Every player did all he could and never backed down. Alex Pocock scored a try which was just reward for the pressure Newbridge put on the home side and was a measure of the heart in this Newbridge side. Sean O'Neill continues to impress after coming back from injury and in the backs, Jack Travers and Matthew Murtagh made some hard yards on the few occasions Newbridge had the ball.
Inter C’s V Belvedere
Another win for the Inter Cs and more importantly a much improved performance from previous games. That said, there are still a lot of things to work on. It was the day when a few players stood up and showed, at last, some of their potential. The back row of Andrew Sweeney, Andrew Mc Loughlin and Eoghan Briody, all played an outstanding part in a particularly good second half display by the team. They were supported by Ruairi Dawson, Stefano Marsella, Josh Peacock and Cormac Conlon. In the backs, Captain Simon Hore, Calum Burke and Stephen Murphy were outstanding in defence and a real threat in attack, scoring all the team’s tries between them - Simon 3; Calum 1; Stephen 1. These were made possible by another excellent game by scrum half Thomas Wall. Morgan Hurley O’ Dwyer, James Sutton, Tom Tinsley and Raimon Fernandez gave great support from the back three positions. Simon Hore continued his excellent kicking success by converting 3 tries and Daniel Mc Nally also added a fine conversion. Newbridge had to put up with some strange refereeing decisions which brought play from the Belvo end to the Newbridge end on a few occasions. However the team kept its concentration and despite being nearly out on their feet at times, they kept the defence mostly intact, just allowing Belvedere two tries. Belvo also kicked a penalty. At the end of the game we lost Stephen Murphy to what looked like a serious injury, but thankfully he was home from hopital that evening.
Other Results: Senior 2nds 46 Roscrea 0; Junior A 17 Roscrea 7; Eller Blitz v Belvedere: Played 30 Won 10 Drew 3 Lost 17.
Newbridge College Senior 1sts 4 St Josephs, Clooney 1
The clash between Newbridge College and St Josephs of Clooney took place in Naas on Wednesday 10th Oct. The match started on equal terms with both teams showing promise but it was soon to become a great day for the College. Clooney gained confidence with an early first goal but this didn’t deter Newbridge who battled away. Our first goal came from Louise Scully, followed closely by 2 from her older sister Kate and our final goal came from the experienced Emily Higgins with help from the consistent Ciara Phelan. Newbridge continued to dominate and were unlucky not to put away another goal. Hard work, determination and team spirit were the attributes to this well deserved victory.
Newbridge Junior B 0 Holy Faith Clontarf A 2
The Newbridge Junior B hockey team had their first league game last wed away to Holy Faith Clontarf. Holy Faith started very strongly (their A team) putting pressure on the Newbridge defence from the start, with Newbridge having to defend 4 short corners in quick succession and unfortunately conceding a well taken goal from one of them. Newbridge after about 10 minutes or so began to find their feet in the game, spurred on by fantastic performances from Megan O’Neill and Mairead Murphy in defence, who began linking up to great effect with Blathnaid Coreless and Niamh Crowe in particular in midfield. Who in turn provided intelligent passes to Sarah Shanahan, Sarah Fitzgibbon and Carrie Ann Channon up front. The game was very evenly contested from this point on. Unfortunately in the 2nd half Newbridge conceded a soft goal to put a gloss on the score line for the home team. All in all in was the Junior B’s best team performance of the season so far, they posed plenty of problem against a strong Clontarf team. With a little more cutting edge up front and a slight tightening in defence this team can look forward to a successful season. Onwards and upwards.
Congratulations to the Newbridge College team which won the Novice Team event at the interschools showjumping competition held in Kilkenny on Sunday the 7th October. The team members were Emma O'Callaghan, Luke Heffernan, Caoimhe Sweeney and Ellen Byrne. The Novice Team and one of our Open Teams comprising Aoife Murphy, Gillian Wall, Lauren Heffernan and Hannah Sutton won the Best Turned Out competition. As there were 52 teams in the competition this was a great achievement and a testament to the hard work put in by the riders. Alanna Murphy also won 6th Place in the Open Individual competition while Caoimhe Sweeney came 4th in the Novice Individual competition.
Congratulations also to the Newbridge College Team of Hannah Sutton, Meadhbh Brassil, Megan Flanagan and Aoife Murphy who came 2nd at our own Interschools League show in Coilog on Sunday 30th September. Lauren Heffernan came 3rd in the Open Individual competition. Two of our Novice teams came 5th and 6th in the Novice Competition. Luke Heffernan came 2nd in the Novice Individual with Lisa Sexton took 5th place in the same competition.