TY 1sts 27 Blackrock College 17
This was a tremendous game played on a dry mid November day. Both sides were willing to throw the ball around and give their outside backs a chance to run. Newbridge got the better of Blackrock in the loose while the visitors were stronger in the set piece. Newbridge outhalf Jimmy O’Brien opened the scoring by finding a gap in the Blackrock defence and raced through under the posts for the first try of the game. The rest of the first half was fast exciting and open. At half time the teams were level 10 points each, Blackrock having scored a try from a driving maul in the corner off a well orgainised lineout and converted a penalty goal near the posts. In the second half the Newbridge backs really showed their ability. Ciaran Callan was excellent on the wing touching down for a brilliant individual try in the corner. Jimmy O’Brien and Rob Buckley made the hard yards in midfield and Will McDonnell was Trojan in defence. Mark Delaney got trough for a try and Morgan Mooney showed some excellent pace to score Newbridge’s other try. The game finished 27 17 for Newbridge.
TY 2nds 12 Blackrock 17
The TY 2nd team entertained Blackrock in what turned out to be a tight and exciting encounter. The Dublin side started stronger and looked to take an early lead. However a loose pass was hacked down field and between Robbie Culliton and Stephen O'Brien, Newbridge scored a try. Blackrock responded with a fine try off a lineout and maul. Newbridge bounced back and after some good field positioning by Rob McGrattan-Brazill, Eimhin Gillman dived over from close range. McGrattan-Brazill added to extras to give Newbridge a 12:5 halftime lead. Rock came storming back in the 2nd half a scored a great try after a 6 phase possesion which ended in a simple run in score. And straight from the kick off, they broke clear again to score the try of the game and establish a 17:12 lead with 15 minutes to go. Newbridge fought back into good field position but Rock held firm and held on for the victory. The 2nd's can feel good about the way they played and on another day, the result could have well gone the other way. Players to impress for Newbridge were Nicholas Pearson-Buffoni in the front row and Cillian Murphy who had a great game on the wing.
Eller A 20 Castleknock 0
The Eller As faced a tricky away trip to Castleknock on Wednesday last. The game started at a frantic pace with both teams looking to put width on the ball early on. Newbridge opened the scoring after five minutes when Eimhin Conroy darted down the blindside of a ruck in the Castleknock 22 to go over untouched. The visitors doubled their advantage on the stroke of halftime when some good work from Karmon Fitzgerald and Ben Howlett gave Tom Rynne the space to dummy his way the last defender to glide over. The opening period of the second half was an evenly matched affair with much of the play taking place between the 22s. As the half wore on the Newbridge pack began to get on top, with Conor Lowen, Thomas Grant and Larry Kelly all doing excellent work in attack and defence. This gave number 8 Ben Howlett the platform to make some rampaging carries and he crossed for two tries to leave the final score at Castleknock 0 - 20 Newbridge
Eller C 62 Castleknock 7
The Eller C's had a very convincing win against Castleknock. Newbridge got off to a great start and were winning 24-0 after 10 mins. Two more converted tries before half time resulted in the game finishing 38-0 at half time. Newbridge scored 4 more tries in the second half and converted 2 of them. Castleknock also got a try towards the end. The game ended 62-7. Best for Newbridge were Mark Higgins, Tomas Scully, Rob Croft and Luke Maloney.
Other Results: Senior 1st 26 Castletroy 8; Junior A’s 22 Terenure 12; Junior B’s 0 Terenure 22; TY 1st 27 Blackrock 17; Eller B 45 Castleknock 7; Eller C2 20 Castleknock 12
Minor B 2 St. Wolstan’s 0
Newbridge were very determined from the start wanting to put their training into practice in the league match against St. Wolstans. Straight from the off the Newbridge forwards pressurised the Wolstans backs to gain possession and spread the ball wide to Roisin Kearny’s who crossed the ball into the “D” which was intercepted by the Wolstans defence. This pressure continued for the next 15 minutes with Chloe Fetherston intercepting any attacks the St. Wolstans team had. After 20 minutes Chloe intercepted a Wolstans pass beat two players and spread the ball wide to Roisin. Roisin controlled the ball and immediately centred it to Joyce Delaney in the “D”. Joyce controlled the ball, took one touch and sent it to the lower left corner to score. St. Wolstans then raised their game and started to put huge pressure on the Newbridge defence. Roisin King, Mari Downing and Aveen Tracey tackled very well to hold them out. 5 minutes before half time Wolstans broke through the defence and scored in the bottom left. Wolstans continued to press getting through only to be stopped by the brilliant goalkeeping of Chloe Sutton.
1-1 at half time.
In the second half St. Wolstans continued to pressurise the Newbridge defence and Chloe pulled out save after save to thwart their efforts. Wolstans were awarded several short corners but Roisin King and Laura Fitzgerald stopped every one. As the second half progressed the switch of Chloe Fetherston to centre field resulted in Newbridge obtaining more possession. The work of Laura and Celine Dignam to support Chloe was huge. Bringing Bethany Carr and Sasha O’ Leary to the two corner back positions continued the performance of the reliable defence.
With minutes to go Lauren Colivet obtained possession from Chloe’s pass spread it wide to Lauren Muldowney who passed it through to Celine on the edge of the “D”. Celine took a shot first time and rifled it towards goal and scored a terrific goal. St. Wolstans team launched a final attack only to be stopped by the Newbridge defence. The game finished and Newbridge won 2-1. Though there were excellent performances from every player my women of the match go to the two Chloe’s. The interceptions and possession Chloe Fetherston carried out and the continuous saves Chloe Sutton made were vital to the Newbridge victory.
Other Results: Senior A 0 Loreto 2; Junior A 0 Loreto 2
Well done to all athletes who competed in the final leg of the schools’ Three Counties Cross Country League. Overall results for Newbridge College: Minor Girls 1st in Div 2; Minor Boys 1st in Div 3; Junior Girls 1st in Div 2; Junior Boys 2nd in Div 3; Inter Girls 3rd in Div 2.
Well done to our senior soccer team who finished off their league campaign with a fine 4 1 victory over St Fergal’s of Rathdowney. Our scorers were Patrick Kavanagh, Conn Whelan and Cian O’Brien.
Well done to our Senior Golf team of Eoin O’Hehir, Rob McGrattan-Brazill, Conor Delahunty, Oisin Mahon and Tommy Leahy who defeated Templeogue College 4 1 in the Leinster quarter final.