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20 September 2013

Sports Roundup 20th September

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Senior 1st 3 Mount Temple 0
On Wednesday, the Senior A team got the honour of playing the first competitive match on the new astro turf pitch, against Mount Temple.

This match was a warm up to the first league match the following week.  Newbridge started off strong, attacking from the beginning.  This paid off as just after ten minutes, Newbridge were awarded the first short corner of the match. Louise Scully took a brilliant shot with took a deflection and went in past the keeper. Newbridge kept the pressure on and were awarded two more short corners but were unfortunately unable to capitalise from them.  After twenty minutes of play Ali O’Brein slotted home Newbridge’s second goal.  At the beginning of  the second half Mount Temple put some pressure on but Newbridge dealt really well with it.  Within the last ten minutes Newbridge sealed the win with a great goal from Muireann Scully.  The match finished Newbridge 3 Mount Temple 0. A great team performance by the team and a perfect start to the season.

RUGBY

Junior A's V St. Mary's
The Juniors took on St. Mary's in their last friendly fixture before the league kicks off. The game was extremely close in the first half with only 3 points separating the sides at half time. 3 - 0 to St. Mary's. Both teams squandered opportunities and the game lacked flow for the duration of the half. In the second half, it looked to continue in the same fashion but for a good ten minute display by Newbridge. In that time Ben Howlett and Daithi Murphy crossed the whitewash and Daithi was able to add the extras to bring the score to 14 - 3 to the home side. With some players in new positions and some others missing due to injury, Newbridge lacked a bit of flow that they demonstrated the previous Wednesday. St. Mary's managed to get over for a try not long before the end to leave the fulltime score at 14 - 8. There were good performances on the day by Paddy Ryan, Dylan Morrisson, Ben Howlett and Daithi Murphy.

Junior A 5 Crescent 17
Newbridge College Junior A’s travelled to Crescent in Limerick for a pre-league match last Saturday.  It was an extremely physical match, emphasised by the fact that within five minutes of the kick off one Crescent player had broken his ankle and one Newbridge player had broken his Collar bone.  Newbridge found it hard to get any sort of grip on the game and were well beaten in nearly all stakes in the first half going in at half time 0 – 17 down.
Newbridge gathered themselves at half time and came out a completely different side. They were completely dominant in all areas of the pitch with Crescent not entering their 22 for the entire half.  Liam Callanan scored a well worked team try and both Paddy Ryan and Cian Murphy came extremely close to scoring.  Although the final score was 5 – 17 to Crescent, the Newbridge boys showed massive character and will have learned an immense amount from the fixture.  Players that stood out for Newbridge were Andrew Collins, Patrick Ryan, Darragh Ryan and Daithi Murphy

Junior B's V St. Mary's
Newbridge College Junior B hosted St. Mary’s at the College on Wednesday last. Perfect weather conditions made for a very enjoyable game. Newbridge scored first after great forward play when scrum half Matthew Carter dived for the line on 3 minutes. St Mary’s responded on 7 minutes to level the game. Newbridge were to have one more score before half time when Guillermo Arola Castillo crossed after a wonderful back line break from inside the twenty two meter line and converted by Liam Callanan. The second half began just like the first with Newbridge scoring within minutes of the kick off with a second try from Guillermo, Liam Callanan duly converted. Mary’s took over from there and kept the ball well. Newbridge defence held strong conceding only one converted try in the second half. Newbridge finally managed to get hands on the ball again towards the end of the half and scored one more try on 29 minutes. This left the final score Newbridge College 26 – St Mary’s 12. This was a very enjoyable game with Seán O’ Neill, Andrew Sweeney, Dylan Jonhson, Patrick O’ Brien, Cian Mahon and Elliot Davis best on the day.  

Eller A 17 St Mary’s 5
The Eller As made the short trip to St Marys for their first game of the season on Wednesday last. The sense of occasion seemed to get to the Newbridge side and some basic handling errors allowed Marys to gain an early territorial advantage. The home side capitalised on this dominance after 10 minutes when their scrum half darted down the short side and sent their winger racing away to the line.  Newbridge were stung into life and monopolised the ball for the remainder of the half with Ro Burns and Tom Doyle particularly prominent. The reward came on the stroke of half time when Burns drove over from close range after a fine break up the right wing from Jack Doyle. The visitors picked up where they left off in the second half and some sharp handling from Jack Hannon, Rob Scully and Jordan Nolan set up the space for Harry Quirke to score. Nolan added the extras for a 7 point lead. The Newbridge front row was well on top at this stage and another solid set piece on half way gave number 8 Burns the platform to race away for his second try. Marys came back fighting and spent the remainder of the match camped inside the Newbridge 22. An excellent defensive effort led by Muiris Cleary, Daniel O Connor and Tom Sheedy ensured we held out for a victory on a scoreline of 17 points to 5

Other Results: U16 1st 12 St Mary’s 25; U16 2nd 21 St Mary’s 34; Junior A 14 St Mary’s 8; Inter A 52 CUS 31; Inter B 58 CUS 10; Inter C 39 CUS 36; Eller B 15 St Mary’s 20; Eller Black 0 St Mary’s 25; Eller White 22 St Mary’s 19.

HOCKEY

The Minor A team played a challenge game against Kings Hospital today. It was a good competitive match and Newbridge won 2.0. While the girls were glad to win, it was more valuable as a team building exercise, and the team and their coach agreed that there is much work to be done in the next few weeks.
The league starts in two weeks time with this team taking on Mount Anville in their first fixture at home. The Goatstown School have strong teams each year, so playing them will be very competitive. But the girls are looking forward to their league games and the Cup Competition later on.

1st yr Hockey Blitz v Kings Hospital
Played 15; Won 7; Drew 6; Lost 2
Well done to all the girls on a fantastic afternoon of hockey and great results

Other Result: Kings’ Hosp v Senior 2nds     0 - 1

OTHER
Congratulations to Muireann Scully who was chosen (one of only twelve from all of Ireland) for the inaugural Irish National Schoolgirls Rugby 7’s games in Sheffield.  The team did really well and finished in 4th having lost out in the semi-final by way of a golden try extra time.

Congratulations to past pupil Melissa Lyons (LC 2011) who was part of the Kildare camogie team that won the Premier Junior Camogie final last Sunday, defeating Laois on a scoreline of 2-11 to 1-05.


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