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18 October 2013

Sports Roundup 18th October

Junior League JCT 20 St. Andrew’s 7
Newbridge Juniors hosted St. Andrews in the fourth game of Leinster League Wednesday last.

Newbridge had all the dominance throughout the game both in offence and defence. Newbridge created plenty of chances in the first half but were unable to capitalise. The teams went in tied 0 – 0 at half time.  It took ten minutes in the second half for Newbridge to register their first score courtesy of a Tom Connolly penalty. This score had an instant change on Newbridge’s mentality and they really pushed home their dominance. Newbridge narrowly missed out on a bonus point forth try after tries from Nicholas Cody, Johnny Deane and Patrick Ryan with one conversion from the boot of Tom Connolly. Andrew’s managed a try of their own with the last play of the game. Final score saw Newbridge winning 20 – 7. Players that stood out were Dylan Morrissey, Ewan Morrin, Patrick Ryan, Tom Connolly, Johnny Deane and Conor Timmins when he came off the bench.

TY A 19 Terenure 41
The Transition Years started their League fixtures this week with a visit to Terenure College.  This year's League is a 10-a-side completion and it was obvious from early on that the College struggled to get used to this format.  Unfortunately, for the College, it was clear the hosts had spent some time perfecting their technique and dominated the first half.  As the College got to grips with the different format, Terenure wasted no time in racking up points with two early tries.  The second quarter say an improved College performance but a slick 'Nure side bagged two more tries, converting both to leave the score 24 nil at half time.
The second half saw a different College side take to the field and they clearly had learnt a better style of play from their first half efforts.  Although Terenure scored first with a converted try, College pressure told as Kevin Dunphy robbed the ball as the Dublin side moved it along their back line and he touched down for the College's first try.  Ruari Cleary missed the conversion. Dropped concentration at the restart saw the College allow Terenure squeeze in in the corner.  However, the College rallied and dominated the remaining quarter.  This domination saw the College rewarded with two converted tries.  The first was scored by Conor Doyle who zipped through close contact to touch down.  The second saw Dunphy end a great display of 10s rugby which saw all College players touch the ball as they moved it from right to left and back again and then Dunphy exploited the generated space.  Cleary hit the extras.  Colm Stapleton looked to have cut the deficit further only to be adjudged to have put a foot in touch.  The gloss was removed from the College's improved performance as Terenure bagged the final try.  They dotted down in the right corner on full time to leave it 41-19 at the final whistle.  As with last week, the College had left themselves to much to do in the second half.  Special mention must go to Colm Stapleton, Michael Dillon, Dylan Walker and Colm Doyle.

Eller A 0 Clongowes 54
The Eller As faced a tough away trip to local rivals Clongowes hindered by the loss of a number of key players through injury. Despite this, we started well and dominated possession in the opening stages.  However,  the home side's first attack yielded a try when their powerful flanker broke through a number of weak tackle attempts to score under the posts.  Unfortunately this was a sign of things to come as the strongly built Clongowes pack had things all their own way for the remainder of the game. A further three first half tries gave the hosts a commanding lead at the break. The second half continued in the same vain with the Newbridge defence struggling to contain the rampaging Clongowes back row. Brave performances from Jack Doyle and David Higgins were the few bright sparks in a dissapointing 54-0 defeat.   

Eller B 21 Clongowes 17
The Eller B team were narrowly beaten by a strong Clongowes team.  They  trailed 7-0 after just a few minutes. Newbridge awoke and clawed back a try soon after which was finished off by Sean Murphy. After the first half Newbridge were behind 14-5.  The second half was a different game altogether. After some serious pressure and great work from the forwards Ryan Leahy went over twice to make the score 21-17 with 5 mins to play. Newbridge knocked on the door for the rest of the game but Clongowes put up a great defense and the game finished 21-17. Best for Newbridge were Ryan Mullins and Ryan Leahy.

Eller White & Black 55 Clongowes 19
The two Eller C teams had great wins over Clongowes. With Clongowes only able to field 3 teams, each C team played a half each. In the 1st half the eller "whites" were caught by an early try but responded brilliantly with great team tries finished off by Aaron O' Hora, James Warren and David Williamson. The "Whites" won their half 24-14. The eller "Blacks" picked up where their team mates left off and with Killian Coreless pulling the strings at scrum-half they sprayed the ball wide to great effect to cross the Clongowes line on numerous occasions. The Eller "blacks" finished their half with an empathic 31-5 victory to leave a combined score of 55-19 in favour of the College.

Other Results: Inter A 0 Terenure 47; Inter B 12 Terenure 50; Inter C 17 Terenure 35.

Junior Bs 3 Our Lady’s of Terenure 1
The Newbridge College Junior B team travelled to Our Lady’s of Terenure on Wednesday.  In the first two minutes our confidence was knocked with a goal from Our Lady’s, but Newbridge kept their spirits high and won themselves a short corner.  The short corner was taken in by Megan Hoare to Roisin Kearns who whacked it towards the goal.  The ball rebounded and was put in the back of the net by Ciara Kiely. They had a few close calls but Newbridge managed to keep the ball out of their circle and around the half way line until the half time whistle blew.  After a great team talk Newbridge were back into the second half with a bang.  A second goal by Maeve Fennin gave the girls an extra boosts of confidence as their amazing back line managed to keep the girls safe from the possibility of a draw.  Near the end the Newbridge girls managed to score another goal from Ciara Kiely which almost certainly secured their win.  The girls weren’t taking any chances though and fought right through to the very end.  Newbridge eventually won 3-1 against a very strong team.

Other Result: Minor B v Jesus and Mary College 0-4

Well done to our Senior Soccer Squad who drew 2:2 with Clane C.S. yesterday in their Midlands League Division 1 game.

Well done to our golf team of Eoin O'Hehir, Dan McNally, Eoin Hyland and Lorcan O'Sullivan who beat Portarlington by 4 holes in the Leinster Senior League on Wednesday.

Congratulations to our Novice Showjumping Team of Hannah Rasmussen, Emma Dillon, Ciara Harris & Peter Dillon who won the Novice Competition yesterday in Kilkenny.  They also won best turned out Novice Team.  Congratulations also to the Open team of Luke Heffernan, Emma O'Callaghan, Caoimhe Sweeney, & Alannah Murphy who won best turned out in the OPEN competition.

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