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Senior A 17 St Gerard’s 0
The Seniors continued their League this week with a trip to St. Gerard’s in Bray. Having lost in the League to the same opposition twice in the last three seasons, the College were all set for another interesting encounter. The conditions, heavy rain and strong winds, would only add to the test. The first half saw the College dictate the play from start to finish, save one or two break-outs from the home side. But a resolute Gerard’s defence saw them keep their line intact until the 20th minute when Patrick Kyne went over in the right corner following several phases of hard work from the forwards and a quick ball to the backs by Jack Coghlan Murray. Joe Darcy couldn’t add the extras but the College were in control. Try as they might however they could not add to the Kyne try in the first half despite the lions-share of possession and territory.
The second half saw the College continue to dictate the game and the hosts defend with everything they had. Again the College came knocking but a combination of solid home team tackling and poor retention of a wet ball saw the College miss out on several scoring opportunities. But lifting their game once again with 10 minutes to go say them really pressure St. Gerard’s and this would finally take its toll on the Bray sides defence. Two tries on 64 and 66 minutes from Brian Hayden, following some strong forward work off a lineout, and Niall Delahunt, from a clever backs move, respectively saw the College finally put the result beyond doubt. Darcy converted the first to make it 17 nil. Try as they might, however, the College failed to get the four try bonus point but went home happy to have another win under their belts. Special mention must go to Oisin McKnight, Ed Wynne and Niall Delahunt.
Junior A 13 St Gerard's 7
Newbridge's Junior team made it four wins out of four in torrential rain in Newbridge on Wednesday. That both teams attempted to play their best rugby, in at times horrendous conditions, was a credit to both sets of players. Gavin Burke got Newbridge off the mark with a well taken penalty early on. However the boys from Bray did well all day picking around the fringes of the ruck and were rewarded just before half time with a try. Gavin Burke replied with a penalty but Gerard's converted try sent Newbridge into the break behind by the smallest margin. The second half was a tight affair. Ruairi Cleary, playing now at 10, consistently kicked Newbridge in good field positions, only to see Gerard's work the ball studiously up the pitch. The telling moment of the game came with fifteen minutes to go. A well organised Newbridge defence marshalled by captain Mike Joyce, Cian Lavelle-Walsh and Geoff Flanagan forced a loose pass from Gerrard's that was intercepted by Man of the Match Ruairi Cleary to run under the posts for the winning score.
The second part of the Three Counties Cross Country League was held in excellent conditions in St Catherine's Park, Leixlip on Wednesday last, the event also decided the Kildare Second Level Schools Championships - an excellent 39 athletes turned out for the College.
First up were the under 14 Girls and Newbridge got off to a flying start with Aimee McGrath disputing the top positions from the off, eventually finishing second overall. It was a run that won her the Kildare Championship, and with excellent back-up from Emily O'Brien, Caoimhe Sweeney and Sorcha Gillman who all finished in the top ten, College had the start we wished for. Team medal positions in the Kildare Championships wont be known for a few days, but the girls have to be in the silverware.
The under 14 boys proved almost as good - Oisin O'Cuill looked a winner for most of the trip but had to give best in the last few metres, his second place being enough for the County Individual Gold. Hugo Travers was not far behind in 9th, and with Evin Magee 21st and Tomas Scully 23rd out of the 150+ field, County medals should be on their way also.
Ruth O'Hara made an effort to see off an All Ireland medallist in the first lap of the under 15 Girls race, but a lack of racing experience saw he weaken in the latter part of the race, still finishing a very acceptable 5th place. The more savvy Roisin Crowe spread her effort better and was rewarded with 3rd overall and Silver Medal in the Kildare Schools Championship. Just behind Ruth, Anna Nurse finished 6th, with a hard working Sarah Behan completing the team.
For the under 15 Boys Tom Connolly, Kevin Kyne, Harry Riehn, and James Sutton packed well in mid field, and will improve from the outing.
The Under 17 Girls A team was led home by Hannah Quinn in 7th place, closely follwed by Louise Scully (12th), Caoimhe Murphy (13th) and Nessa Briody in 15th. They were closely pressed at the finish by the 4 girls of the B team, Katie Berney, Hannah Sutton, Megan O'Neill, and Charlotte Quinn all in the top quarter of the finishers.
Two competitors in the under 17 boys, Charlie Dardis and Mark Galligan rounded off the day for the College with top 20 positions and will look to build on this as Winter progresses.
Congratulations to the Novice Equestrian Team of Emma O'Callaghan, Chloe McGrattan-Brassil, Caoimhe Sweeney and Amy Carroll who came 4th in the Novice Team Event on Saturday in Barnadown. Deryn Mooney had a great day and came 2nd in the Novice Individual event.
Our second Novice team of Lisa Sexton, Emily O'Brien, Orla Harrington and Deryn Mooney also rode very well and came 7th in the Novice Competition.
Congratulations also to Meadhbh Brassil who won the Open Individual Derby Competition.