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17 January 2014

Sports Roundup 17th January 2014

Senior 2nd’s 23 CBC Monkstown 29
The Senior 2nd's got their league campaign underway with a tough fixture away to CBC Monkstown on Wednesday. We didn't start the game well and seemed to lack ambition with the ball, and lacked desire when defending.

We deservedly went behind early on, conceding two tries both from defensive errors rather than good attacking play.  This seemed to focus the minds and in fairness we got back into the game with two Matt Stapleton penalties. At least now we were in the game, with Robbie Culliton and Pa Morrin leading from the front.  We conceded another try in the first half but replied straight away when some quick thinking at a penalty saw us catch the Monkstown team off guard and Tom Dore scored in the corner to leave the halftime score 19:11.  We played even better in the second half with Tom Dore and Tom O'Neill scoring two great tries but to their credit Monkstown hit back scoring two tries of their own to win 29:23. We could have taken something away with us from this game, but in the end we never fully recovered from conceding those two tries early in the first half.  Austin Mahony also impressed for Newbridge on the day while it was great to see Tom and Jack O'Neill make welcome returns to action after extended injury breaks.  We face Clongowes next week and hope to bounce back from this early league disappointment.

Senior 3rd’s 18 Belvedere 10
The Transition Years, with a little help from a few Fifth Years, returned to action after the Christmas break as the Senior 3rds.  They kicked off their League with a home game against Belvedere.  The game got off to a great start for the visitors and they dominated possession in the first 10 minutes.  This domination told as a ragged Newbridge team conceded a number of early penalties.  On 7 minutes, Belvedere decided to have a shot with one of these but pushed the ball right and wide.  With the first quarter almost up the College were retaining possession more effectively and started to play some good structured phases.  A penalty conceded by the Dublin side 35 metres out was well converted by Colm Doyle on 20 minutes.  The College built on this good play and Tim Murphy orchestrated his backline brilliantly.  They dragged the Northsiders left and right and following some good continuity at the breakdown Gavin Burke popped up to exploit the some of the space being generated and score a try on 25 minutes.  Doyle failed to convert.  A rush of blood from the kick-off saw Belvedere awarded a penalty which they duly converted.  The College bounced back almost immediately.  Burke again sliced through the Belvedere defence and a try looked certain only for the greasy ball to slip from Jack Murphy’s grasp.  A try would have been just reward for his first half efforts but alas it was not to be.  The last scoring opportunity of the half fell to the visitors but again the penalty went right and wide and at the break it was 8-3 to the College.

The second half saw a real ebb and flow to the game with the ball going from touchline to touchline but neither team finding that last play to cross the line.  With 52 minutes gone Ciaran Fletchmoore and Michael Ryan both carried well close to the Belvedere line.  From the quick ball obtained from Ryan’s drive, the ball was spun along the backline and Doyle, now on the wing, went over five in from the left touchline.  He couldn’t convert his own try.  The College were in control now and a great break from Colm Stapleton saw him offload in contact to Ruairi Cleary who ran a great line off Stapleton’s shoulder.  Cleary looked to be clear but the Belvedere fullback got across to cut him down.  It proved to be of no avail thought as just 3 phases later Tim Murphy crossed for five point on 60 minutes.  Doyle unfortunately couldn’t add the bonuses.  This seemed to spur the visitors on more that the home team though.  They played some very positive rugby in the final ten minutes and piled pressure onto the home team.  As in the early stages the College conceded some soft penalties and it was as a result of one of these that Belvedere gained some good field position.  Some hard work from their forwards saw them shove across the College line with just a minute to go.  They added the extras from under the posts.  On resumption of the game, the College regained the ball following an unforced error from Belvedere.  From the resulting scrum, Cleary kicked the ball to touch, called a halt to the Game.  The College ran out 18-10 winners.  A great start to the League for the lads.  Notable performance came from David McAtamney, Jordan Duggan, Colm Doyle and man of the match, Tim Murphy.

Junior A
Newbridge Juniors travelled to Rockwell for a pre-cup friendly Wednesday last.  Newbridge were looking for an improved performance after suffering a heavy defeat to Castletroy the week before.  Facing a much bigger side and with the loss of 6 very influential players to injuries Newbridge showed real grit and determination throughout this game.  Rockwell struck first with a try after 15 minutes. Newbridge replied immediately from the kickoff and got a try of their own. Rockwell sneaked a 2nd just on the stroke of halftime leaving the score at 10 - 5. The second half was nip and tuck with both sides creating real chances. Newbridge's defence on their own line was superb with guys defending like their lives depended on it. Rockwell did kick a penalty with 5 minutes to go and also tagged on a third try with the last play of the game to make the scoreline look very one sided which wasn't really the case. Cian Murphy was Newbridge's only scorer and players that stood out were Ben Howlett, Larry Kelly, Alex Pocock, Daithi Murphy & Luke Morris.
Massive improvement boys......roll on Castleknock

Junior B 7 Rockwell 26
Our Junior B’s travelled to Rockwell College. Slippery under foot conditions made it difficult for both teams however Rockwell managed better than Newbridge. A well drilled Rockwell defence had the Newbridge attack under pressure throughout, who found it difficult to get any forward momentum. Rockwell scored two tries in the opening ten minutes and Newbridge looked lost. However Shaun Lowen, Cian Dunne and Dominic Doyle started to get into the game and stemmed the tide. This gave confidence to the rest of the team and Newbridge had the better of the exchanges until half time. Unfortunately they could not capatilise on this pressure and went in at the break 14-0 down. The second half took a similar path to the first, Rockwell scored first and Newbridge got into the game again to score a try of their own. Rockwell finished the scoring five minutes from time. Final score 26-7. Best on the Day: Shaun Lowen, Dominic Doyle, Matt Carter and Simon Hore.   

Eller A 10 Terenure 22
The Eller As welcomed Terenure to Newbridge last Wednesday,  hoping to build on their excellent win against Castletroy. The opening stages of the game saw the visitors dominate possession, but good Newbridge defence meant they never threatened to get on the scoresheet. The home backline started to look increasingly threatening with Jack Hannon directing proceedings from the out half position. David Higgins and Jordan Nolan were sent clean through gaps in successive phases by the Newbridge 10, setting up great field position in the Terenure 22. Jack Ryan was the one to profit from this when he burst through two tacklers to score off a crash ballThe next 15 minutes were nip and tuck, with slippery conditions making it hard for either side to develop any sort of rhythm.  The Dublin side gradually got on top and notched two quickfire tries leading up to half time. The first came when a loose Newbridge pass was intercepted in midfield,  while the second was a result of a great move down the blindside.  The visitors took first blood in the second half when good handling saw their right wing touch down in the corner after 10 minutes.  Newbridge hit back almost immediately when Muiris Cleary broke from a scrum and carried deep into Terenure territory. A quick recycle gave Tom Doyle the chance to find a gap and take play right up to the line.  Jack Carroll did the rest when he burrowed over from close range.  The home side went in search of the equalising score and Jack Doyle came agonisingly close to finding it when he made a fine break and chipped the fullback,  only for the ball to bobble into touch. Instead it was Terenure who rounded off the scoring with a fine backline move in the dying moments.  
Final score Newbridge 10 - 22 Terenure

Eller C v Terenure College
The Eller C’s had a hard battle against a much bigger and more physical Terenure side on a muddy Wednesday in the College. The conditions made it hard to gain control of the ball at times and the sheer size of the Terunure team proved the difference with the away side coming out victorious on a scoreline of 55-10. Newbridge had some great displays from Aaron McNeilis and James Hughes, with tries coming from Daire Timmins and Fionn Walsh.

Other Results: Eller A 10 Terenure 22; Eller B 0 Terenure 71; Eller Mix 1 29 Eller Mix 2 27

Senior 1st 1Newpark 3
On Wednesday Newbridge faced Newpark in their second last league match. After letting in an early goal Newbridge replied with an amazing goal that went in over the goalkeepers head for Sorcha Lavelle-Walsh. Unfortunately Newbridge were unable to keep the pressure on in the second half and let in two goals. The Newbridge team are now looking forward to the first round of the plate, in the coming weeks.

Minor Cup: Minor A 3 Holy Child Killiney 1
The minor A Hockey team got off to a good start in their Cup Campaign with a three one win over the Killiney School played in Killiney.   Jenny Kelly was out of the traps on the whistle and within ten minutes had put Newbridge on the score board. It was a fifty /fifty game for some time and Killiney made it one all in a break of play.  The College had to work hard to refocus as the home team supporters lined the sideline to cheer on their team.  It was not until mid way through the second half that Jenny again slotted away another goal. But the other team on home ground were working hard to equalise again.  Jenny Kelly as Centre Forward obliged the visitors by widening the gap with another goal.  Newbridge chased everything to the final whistle and came away with a three to one victory.  The girls now face Mount Anville in the next round and that will be hot competition.

First Years v Our Lady’s Templeogue
The first years went to Our Lady's Templeogue,  the  As were totally dominant but found it hard to score against a strong defence, the girls superior skill was not able to prise open the defence. The match finished 0-0.
The Bs started very strongly and went a goal up very early, they were very close to going 2-0 up but the ball went over the cone and it could not be awarded.  After half time Our lady's brought on some new players and were much stronger, they scored twice against the run of play. Megan Ferguson in goal did really well as did Rebecca Casey, Kate Nurse and Mary Hamilton, who worked well in attack and defence. As with the As the Bs showed much superior skill and basic stick work and were unfortunate not to score a few more goals.
Other Results: Senior 1st 1 Newpark Comp. 3;  Junior 1 2 Newpark Comp 0;  Minor A 3 Holy Child Killiney  1; Senior 2nds 0 LorettoDalkey 2; Junior 3rds 0 Wilson's 2.


There were encouraging performances from the small group of athletes who represented the College at this week's DCU Invitational Cross Country series of races.  The under 14 Girls have been performing well all Winter and continued the form with Kate Grant 13th, Hannah Grant 20th, Keela Magee 21st, and Hannah Rasmussen 22nd out of the 150 strong field to land 2nd place in the team race in the 1 km event.  In the under 15 are group Kate Nurse ran her best race yet to finish 4th place overall in a very strong field, while for much of her race )under 17) Roisin Crowe looked like emulating that performance. Running i the leading group for 1500m of the 2000m race, she faded somewhat on the run in however to finish 9th - still a very creditable performance.

Newbridge College Equestrian teams had an excellent start to the year at the competition at Broadmeadows Equestrian Centre.  Both Novice and Open Teams won their competitions.   
Open: Karen Casey, Emma O'Callaghan, Caoimhe Sweeney, Jack Ross
Novice: Hannagh Rasmussen, Clodagh Finlay, Ciara Harris, Emma Dillon
Caoimhe Sweeney won Open Individuals with Karen Casey 2nd
Emma Dillon won Novice Individuals.
Great result, well done to all.

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