A big congratulations to the Junior A team who triumphed in the 1st round of the Leinster Plate v The King's Hospital,
a team well renowned for their skill, but Newbridge worked admirably to secure a 1-0 final scoreline. An eventful match to say the least, with Captain Laura Hannon out injured and Vice-Captain Nessa Briody taking up the role on the day. It was a tense and fast-paced first half with both teams working hard to maintain the 0-0 scoreline. Louise Scully showed the upmost bravery after suffering a ball to the head and continued playing strong. Then in the second half, an excellent set up by Kiera Cross resulted in a superb goal from Roisin Crowe to crown the girls winners. Well done girls, a fantastic performance with even more to come in round 2!
Newbridge JCT 8 North Midlands 12
Bothe teams played some superb rugby in Cill Dara R.F.C. in testing conditions. Both started with great physicality. Indeed the game remained scoreless for the first twenty minutes. The break through finally came when a misjudged quick 22 drop-out, by Newbridge, landed directly into the on rushing Midlands winger for an easy score right on the stroke of half time. Newbridge recovered well from this set-back early in the second half. A superb scrum led by captain Tom O Neill, Daniel Murphy and Dylan Walker managed to turn Midlands over close to their line. Scrum half Timmy Murphy quickly released Gavin Burke for the equaliser. Newbridge continued to apply the pressure and Burke sent Newbridge into the lead with an easy penalty. Midlands to their credit refused to panic. Kicking for the corners well and using the conditions they sought an error from Newbridge. It eventually came when a simple knock on close to the Newbridge line gave Midlands the 7 points that were always going to be vital in such an eagerly contested match. Newbridge had several half chances to snatch victory that never materialised. Best on the night for Newbridge were Daniel Murphy, Tom Berney and Thomas Flynn.
The Eller As faced a tough away trip to unbeaten Terenure in their first match back after the Christmas break. The home side started strongly, using their big back row to carry ball and suck in Newbridge defenders before releasing their dangerous backline. They racked up four tries in the first twenty minutes to open a comfortable 20 nil lead. Newbridge fought back well and controlled the game from then until the interval. Good work from Karmon Fitzgerald and Tom Rynne put Greg O Neill away down the side line. The Terenure cover came across well but Newbridge recycled and kept the move alive with carries from Ben Howlett and Larry Kelly pinning the hosts back into their own 22. The ball was moved wide again for O Neill to cross for a try right on the stroke of half time. The home side came out all guns blazing after the break. They notched a further three tries before a late Newbridge rally saw them build a number of phases and Dylan Morrissey drove over from close range.
Other Results: Eller B 14 Terenure 32; Eller C1 7 Terenure 43; Eller C2 40 Terenure 35.
Both Senior teams kick off their 2013 campaign next Wednesday with the Senior A's playing Newpark at home (Naas pitch beside K-Leisure). All support welcome.
Best of luck to our Minor A team who will play Mount Temple in the first round of their Leinster Plate on Friday 18th. Commiserations to our Minor B who lost 2-1 to Alexandra College but put in a very good performance by all accounts.
Minor C 0 Alexandra College 1
On Wednesday the minor C played Alexandra College in a league game. The girls were unlucky in the first half when Alexandra College scored 3 quick goals. Newbridge settled into the game before the end of the first half. The girls had an excellent second half and were unlucky not to score. Great team effort particularly from Chloe Sutton, Caelinn van der Hoven, Sasha Ricken O Leary, Ellen Maguire, Lauren Muldowney and Roisín Kearns. Well done to all.
The College first year As had the first match in their league on Tuesday last, the opposition was the Teresian school in Donnybrook, and the girls traveled, hopeful for a good performance. From tip off they were put under severe pressure as the pace of the game on astro and against such strong opposition took them a bit by surprise, but they collected themselves well and with Kate Hannon and Rachel McMullen getting back to help out the defence they built attack after attack, Emily O'Brien getting so close. Aoife Gardiner was excellent in defence and set up many attacks. Teresians broke the deadlock with a well taken long corner which resulted in a very good strike past Caroline Kane in goal. The second half was the reverse of the first and the College girls piled on pressure from the tip and won a penalty corner and Rachel slotted home the rebound from her own shot. Six minutes to go and the Teresian players again got in a good shot on Caroline to snatch the lead and eventual victory. Numerous penalty corners were won by the girls and so much good play displayed, the loss was not an entirely accurate reflection of the game as they were in possession and attack for so much of It. All the girls played well but some must get special mention, Rachel McMullen covered every inch of the pitch ably supported by Kate Hannon, Emily O'Brien, and Aoife Gardiner. This inexperienced team showed such potential, they will pick themselves up quickly and hopefully gain a win in the near future.
The first year C's travelled to Kilcullen to play Cross and Passion College. The teams were well matched and it turned out to be a fantastic game of hockey. Aoife Morrison scored a goal in the first half to give the college the lead at half time. Excellent defending by Olivia Daly and Urara Kodama kept the home side at bay before Morrison notched her second to secure a Newbridge victory.
There were 12 teams competing in the Open teams event and both Newbridge College squads qualified for the jump-off. First to jump off for the Black team was Meadhbh Brassil, who went clear; second to go was Karen Casey, who jumped a lovely clear round to secure second place overall for the College. Aoife Murphy and Lauren Heffernan were nominated as jump-off riders for the White team and their efforts secured the fifth-place spot for the College.
Our Novices also took the honours in the junior competition thanks to Amy Carroll and Orla Harrington winning the jump-off for their team.
Newbridge College also had great success in the Open Individual competition, when Aoife Murphy jumped a blistering clear round in a time of 31.22 seconds to win overall. Meadhbh Brassil took second place, while Molly Rasmussen finished fourth and Hannah Sutton finished sixth.
In the Novice Individual competition, Amy Carroll took first place, while Orla Harrington took third and Emily O'Brien took fourth, finishing a very successful day out for the Newbridge teams.