Senior A’s 0 Loreto Bray 2
The Senior As were unfortunate to lose versus Loreto Bray in a closely contested match on Wednesday in Naas.
It was evident from the beginning that both teams were evenly matched. Newbridge were unlucky to concede an early goal from a short corner. Despite being one nil down at such an early stage the Newbridge girls kept their heads up. Five minutes after the Loreto Bray goal Newbridge once again won a short corner with forwards Ciara Phelan, Emily Higgins and Muireann Scully battling hard but unfortunately the ball narrowly missed the target. For the remainder of the first half Newbridge had a majority of the possession and some amazing passages of play but were unable to capitalise. After half time the Newbridge girls came out rejuvenated and were by far the better team. Goalie Ciara Conaty showed admirable skill saving numerous tricky shots by Bray, backed up by Sarah Henry, Sarah Kearnin and Lindsay Whelan with Sarah Coller in as sweeper. Unfortunately after ten minutes Bray won another short corner and scored from a superb direct shot. Unfazed, the girls persevered and again held stong possession with Sorcha Lavelle Walsh displaying consistent skill in midfield. Kate Scully, Izzy O'Mahony, Anna McDonald and Ali O'Brien and Emily Greene kept a high pace and showed great determination thoroughout. The game finished Loreto Bray 2 Newbridge College 0,an awesome team performance by all. Sweeper Sarah Coller (Captain)and Midfielder Sorcha Lavelle Walsh deservedly were named players of the match. This very promising team will now compete in the Leinster Schools Plate, were great outcomes are expected. They will also continue their league campaign after Christmas.
Eller A 12 Rockwell College 7
The Eller As faced a tough trip to Rockwell in their last match before the Christmas break. Both sides tore into each other from the opening whistle as every breakdown was fiercely contested. With five minutes gone, Newbridge strung six excellent phases together with Ben Howlett and Larry Kelly both involved on numerous occasions. The ball was eventually spun wide for Eoin Maguire to outpace his man and score in the corner. Rockwell came back into the game strongly and enjoyed a good spell of possession in the Newbridge 22. However the visitors defended strongly and after a turnover at the breakdown the ball was moved to Oisin O Chill who went the length of the pitch to dot down under the posts. Rockwell got back into the game with a try of their own on the stroke of half time. The second half was a cagey affair, with most of the play taking place between the two 22s. In the last five minutes the home side built some pressure and came close to scoring on a number of occasions but some heroic tackling from Karmon Fitzgerald and Tom Rynne kept them at bay. An excellent breakout led by powerful carries from Conor Lowen and Ben Howlett lifted the siege. Final score Newbridge 12 - 7 Rockwell
Other Results: Junior A 53 C.U.S. 0; Eller B 26 Rockwell College 17
Junior B’s 2 John Scottus College 1
The icing on the cake! Last Wednesday the Newbridge Junior B team played their final league against a decent Donnybrook team. The game was played at the palatial grounds of Pembroke hockey club. Newbridge started very brightly and played an excellent brand of passing hockey. Sarah Shanahan starting in centre midfield for the 1st time was instrumental in constantly linking up with Grainne O’Loghlen, Kiera Cross and Niamh Crowe. The left and right backs Sarah Barrett and Mairead Murphy were regularly used as an out ball by the back two Megan O’Neill and Niamh Crowe. Possession between the two teams was probably 50-50 in the 1st half. Newbridge’s play while accomplished lacked a little penetration and unfortunately and a footwear problem in defence lead to John Scottus scoring the opening goal just before half time.
A mixture of hard words, praise and constructive advice at half time from their coach Mr Falvey galvanised the team in the 2nd half. The Newbridge girls played some wonder hockey in the 2nd half, continuously moving the ball at pace from left to right and up and down the pitch with intent and purpose. Megan O’Neill was a rock in defence and started almost every attack going forward. Niamh Crowe cleverly skinned her player time and time again and set up Kiera Cross on the right who supplied plenty of quality balls into the circle. Sarah Fitzgibbon, Katie Tracey and Beth Kelly were equally effective on the left. With chance after chance being created the pressure was too much for John Scottus and Sarah Shanahan and Grainne O’Loghlen scored two excellent goals for an extremely well deserved 2-1 win.
Well done to all the players involved you made your coach and the school very proud indeed.
We had a great turn-out of teams this weekend with three Open and two Novice. Our Black team of Aoife Murphy, Lauren Heffernan, Karen Casey and Hannah Sutton led the day in great style, having the only clear team round of the day to take first place. Our novice team did very well to finish in fourth place with only three team members. Also well done to Aoife Murphy, who took home second place in the Open individual. Also, Lisa Sexton was placed in the Novice individual. All the riders did their school proud on the day
On Tuesday, our U19 Badminton team composed of Zac O’Rourke, Niall Galvin, Rory Flynn and Keith Johnson played in the Kildare Badminton qualifier Blitz in the Patrician Brothers Secondary. A host of other Kildare schools were in the qualifier blitz including Pipers Hill Naas, Cross and Passion Kilcullen, Colaiste Lorcain, etc. Newbridge College narrowly missed out by one game on a place in the final to progress to the Leinster schools badminton competition. A great days badminton was had by all teams.