What a week for the Junior A hockey team in Newbridge College.
Coming off the back of an agonising and painful 1-0 defeat(a game they dominated but couldn't score) in the semi final of the league, the Junior A's had to dust themselves off head to Loreto Dalkey on Monday for the quarter final of the Plate. Dalkey a division above Newbridge were the clear favourites starting the match and began at a whirl wind pace and had Newbridge on the back foot for the 1st 10-15 minutes. However Melissa Lyons scored a superb goal on the counter attack and after that Newbridge moved up a few gears and bossed the game until the half time whistle. The second half was evenly matched with enterprising end to end attacking play from both sides. Dalkey equalised with 10 minutes to go with a superb individual goal. Shannon Brogan after that put in the best performance of her life at right back and snuffed out almost every Dalkey attack for the remainder of the match. The game went to extra time and agonisingly on to penalty flicks. Newbridge rose to the occasion and won on a score line of 3-2. The scorers were Muireann Kavanagh, Melissa Lyons, Dearbhla Ryan and the hero with two magnificent saves Shannon O'Gorman.
The semi final brought the cream of the crop (with their reputation preceding them) Alexandra College to town. The Junior's went into this match with nothing to lose and certainly nothing to fear after an excellent season so far. Newbridge started the game at a high tempo and dominated the opening exchanges and it soon became apparent to the players and to their coach Mr. Falvey that Newbridge were more than a match for these heavy hitters from Dublin's hockey fraternity. Newbridge were the better team in the opening half with Dearbhla and Megan Sutcliffe peerless in defence, Newbridge deservedly went into the break 1-0 up with another well taken goal off a short corner from our star striker Melissa Lyons. The 2nd half continued in much the same vein with Muireann Kavanagh(capt), Aileen Kyne and Lisa Rogers dominating the midfield exchanges giving the forwards plenty of quality ball to work with. Melissa Lyons cashed in on the teams all round heroic work with another two superbly taken goals(25 for the season). Alex were shell shocked and got a late consolation for their efforts. A thoroughly deserved 3-1 victory was the final score.
The promised land and the dizzy heights of a day out at a Cup final awaits this fantastic Junior A team this week in Three Rock Rovers. Best of luck to them and lets bring home the Bacon once and for all.
After a seven week break since the last match, the senior 3rds finally got to play the third round of their league. The guests to the college were Blackrock College. The game got underway with the college looking like a team who hadn’t played together for a while. With a number of changes both personnel and positional, it took the college 10 minutes to settle into the game. They were then rewarded for early pressure with a penalty. As the kick from Peter Osborne drifted wide, a great chase and steal in the ruck from Ciaran O’Neachtain looked to be about to hand the college a try. Unfortunately, a penalty saw Blackrock clear their lines. Osborne made up for the miss though, on 20 mins, to leave the score 3-0. As they settled further into the game, pressure increased on Blackrock and they conceded another kickable penalty. This time the post came to their rescue denying Osborne the chance to double the colleges advantage. With just three minutes left in the first half the ball broke free from a ruck and Blackrock stole it. A quick pass to their winger followed by him rounding our winger and beating the best efforts of Ben O’Connor, chasing back from the centre, to make the thirty five metres and touch down near the left corner. With the conversion dropping short the half would finish 5-3 to the visitors.
A confident college side headed out for the second half but were hit with the ultimate sucked punch just 10 mins in. Once again the left winger showed his heals to the Newbridge defense and touched down to the left of the posts. As the conversion drifted to the left of the posts the score sat at 10-3 to our guests. With around twenty minutes remaining, the college took the game up a level and displayed some of their best rugby of the year. Unfortunately, this was counteracted by some well worked spoiling and defense by Blackrock. Looking dominant in the set play, Newbridge piled on the pressure which lead to a number of penalties allowing the college to work its way up the touchline. On 53 mins, this all finally paid-off with William O’Brien picked and went to crash over in almost the same spot as Blackrock’s first try. With the conversion sailing past the far post, the college entered the last 15mins two point down. While the college would spent the vast majority camped in the Blackrock half, it was for scant reward and a mammoth effort from all would not see them cross the line again. With a knock-on just centimeters from the line, the game ended with a disappointing 8-10 loss. A great performance by all and notable mentions must also go to Michael Browne, Chris Murphy and Eoin Dempsey.
Our Juniors were in action in the quarter final of the Leinster Junior Plate when they played away to Castleknock College. Always a difficult venue to travel to, we wanted to ensure that we got off to a good start and that’s exactly what happened as we scored a try within the first 5 minutes through Richard Snell. Castleknock got back into the game with a penalty and then took the lead with an unconverted try to lead at half time. We had a few changes to our side and both Cillian Demspey and Dan O’Loughlin showed throughout that they were worthy of their opportunity in the first team. We looked well in control of the game in the second half but failed to turn our time in the attacking 22 into points, missing two penalty chances. But then we got the break-through when Kevin Callan went over. Captain Robbie Mullen converted the try to put Newbridge up 14:8. Castleknock scored a very dubious try with five minutes to go which got them within one point but we managed to regroup and hold on for a good away win. This result puts us into the semi-final of the competition and the lads look very eager to progress further so we wish them all the best.
Other Results: Senior 1st 33 High School 7; Senior 2nd 10 Clongowes 60; Under-16 B 12 Castleknock 12; Junior A 14 Castleknock 13; Junior B 5 Blackrock 40; Inter A 3rd in Roscrea Blitz.
Inter B 1st in Roscrea Blitz. Eller A 35 C.B.C. 17; Eller B 36 C.B.C. 7; Eller C 0 C.B.C. 15.
Congratulations to our showjumping team, Alyssa O'Neill, Leanne O'Sullivan, Emily Higgins and Ashley O'Sullivan who won the latest interschool league competition, hosted by Dominican College Wicklow on Sunday the 8th March. This was the THIRD YEAR IN A ROW that Newbridge has won this particular competition. Newbridge now goes in to the league final with five wins to its credit. This has not been achieved over the course of the league before. Alyssa also won the Individual competition, her 6th win in the individual league, which has also never been achieved before.
We werer also represented on the day by Kate Ryan, Delphine Cordonnier, Aisling Wyer, Holly Hannigan, Aisling Doyle, Hannah McDonnell and Una Delahunt. Both Kate Ryan and Aisling Wyer jumped double clear rounds, which were few and far between on the day.