TRIANGULAR 2009 CLONGOWES V NEWBRIDGE COLLEGE V CADETS
Well done to all our students who competed in this year’s Triangular
and for the excellent performances from all involved in the various sports. Newbridge College finished second on 55points with the overall winners Clongowes on 58 points. Well done to all our coaches for all their work preparing our students for this year’s competition.
This year’s triangular event was hosted by Clongowes and got under way on Thursday 7th May with the Golf Event which was played in Clongowes Golf Course. The result couldn’t have been any tighter with a single point the difference between the top two totals. This was also the case last year with Clongowes winning by a point from Newbridge. But we got our revenge for that result this time round to win by the same margin. Conor O’Hehir was the star for Newbridge scoring 40 points. The Cadets battled hard but had to settle for 3rd place. Played for Newbridge were Cian Conlon, Conor O’Hehir, Michael Norris and Richard Hyland. After 1 event: Newbridge 9, Clongowes 6, Cadets 3.
The 8 a side Soccer took place on Clongowes All-Weather Pitch on the Thursday evening. The first game saw Newbridge take on the Cadets. Played in difficult conditions, we played into the breeze for the first half and battled the elements well. Both sides had a few half chances but the keepers were in fine form for both sides. The game remained scoreless for the remainder of the first half. In the second half we looked to draw the Cadets out of the their half and then hit them on the break with the pace of our forward players. This proved dividends when Dean Reid broke clear to score what turned out to be the winning goal. We then took on Clongowes in the second game and the quick turn around didn’t help our boys who had fought so gallantly in the first game. In saying that, we kept a clean sheet right up until the half time whistle when Clongowes scored. They improved in the 2nd half to deservedly win 3:0. In the third game the Cadets battled hard and after conceding the first goal battled back to level it before the break. Clongowes, who compete in the local club soccer league, came on stronger in the 2nd half to win comfortably by 3 goals to 1. This meant Clongowes won the soccer event with Newbridge second and the Cadets third. Well done to our team who battled hard in both games. After 2 events: Clongowes 18, Newbridge 17, Cadets 7.
On the following Monday 11th may, the swimming and gaelic football took place. We had a yound team representing the College in this one but all participants did the College proud. Well done to Richard Vaughan who won the individual back stroke while 1st Yr Michael Healion came 2nd in the buttlerfly. The event was decided on the relay where we unfortunately finshed 3rd. our team was Richard Vaughan, Emma Vaughan, Aisling Wyer and Michael Healion. After 3 events: Clongowes 27, Newbridge 30 and Cadets 13.
The gaelic football event was also held on the Monday and took place on Clongowes Senior Pitch. First up was the hosts Clongowes v Newbridge. We started very well and scored a great goal through Diarmuid Carr. We were three points up at half time and managed to hold on to that advantage in the second half, to record a great win. In the second game the Cadets beat Clongowes comfortably so it looked as though we would be up against it in the final game. However, Rory Bracken dominated midfield and with his teammates around him we built a good lead. Right before the end, the cadets scored a goal to get within one point but we held firm to take first place in the Gaelic Football. Many thanks also go to mentors Eoghan Evesson and Padraig King who big great work in preparing the squad for the event this year. After 4 events: Newbridge 35, Clongowes 32, Cadets 23.
We took on Clongowes in the first match and this was tight throughout. We didn’t play well and lost by 5 points in a scoreline of 15:10. In the second game, the cadets match Clongowes score for score throughout. Their hard work was rewarded at the end when they got a 2 point lead and managed to hold on for a great win, 16:14. This meant that we needed to beat the Cadets in the final game to stand any chance of getting meaningful points out of the event. We started excellently well and showed while we couldn’t match the Cadets physically, we certainly had the skills to pass the ball around them instead. We took the lead early on and never let it go for the rest of the game running out winners by 19 points to 8. If only we had performed as well against Clongowes and we would have won the event. Many thanks to Mr Cash for preparing the team for this year’s event. So each team had won one game each so the points available for this event were evenly distributed between the three teams. After 5 events: Newbridge 43, Clongowes 40, Cadets 31.
And so, the triangular competition would once again come down to who could succeed at the track and field events. With only a three point lead we needed to finish ahead of Clongowes and that’s always a tall order in athletics. The Clane school are traditionally strong in this event as the all their boarders participate in athletics for the summer term. It turned into a two horse race with the Cadets not figuring in any of the events. We had some high points but the strength and depth of the Clongowes team told in the end as they managed to score points in every event which took place. We also managed the match that feat but did not accumulate as many points as Clongowes. Nevertheless we can be very ptoud of all our athletes and also thank and say well done to Ms O’Callaghan for preparing all our athletes for this year’s competition. This meant that Clongowes went on to win the Athletics event and therefore overtake us into first place in the final standings for this year’s Triangular event. Final scores after 6 events: Clongowes 58, Newbridge 55, Cadets 37.
Afterwards all three squads retired for the meal and presentation of the sword by Lt. Comdt. Joe Mulligan to Clongowes captain Dave McGuinness. Hard luck to all of our athletes who trained and competed so well this year. You are all a credit to the school and can be very proud of the way you performed. We are now consistently competing with Clongowes in this event each year so surely with a bit of luck we will succeed in winning the Triangular in the near future.
Congratulations to all the athletes on their superb performances at the Leinsters yesterday. The minor boys relay team comprising Niall Delahunt, Jack O Neill, Justin Deane and Paddy Kyne won in fantastic style in a time of 50.76. Well done also to Aillen Kyne on winning the U.16 long jump and bronze in the 200m. Paddy Kyne won bronze in the long jump also. Congrats to Darragh McConville who won silver in the 110m hurdles and now goes on to the All- Irelands in June. The U.15 relay team were unfortunate to lose out on a medal by 400’s of a second. Well done to all athletes involved!!
Well done to the three 1st & 2nd year Camogie teams who played in the Kildare blitz on Tuesday last.