The Senior 3rds/ Under 16s continued in their league this week with a trip to CBC Monkstown.
In near perfect conditions, the team took to the field with last week’s narrow defeat to Blackrock still fresh in the memory. They opened brightly and showed some good attacking and defensive ability. A great break through the CBC backline on 9 mins from Michael Browne was followed by equally great support running from Glen Tai, who took the pass from Browne and sprinted over the CBC line for the opening score. Peter Osborne converted to make it 7-0 to the College. With the College looking like gaining the upper hand Browne returned a clearance kick on 15 mins and his offload to William O’Brien 15 metres out was followed by some strong running from O’Brien and he touched down in the corner. This was followed just 5 minutes later with a flowing backs move which ended with Kevyn Mahon putting Rossa Devlin in space who went over for the Colleges third try. Then, just 4 minutes after this, Osborne went over in the corner from a well worked move off a scrum. Unfortunately, none of the three tries were converted. As the college looked to be in total control, some excellent counter-rucking from CBC saw them steal the ball and crash over three phases later on 28mins. With the conversion hitting the post and no further scoring in the half the score at the break was 22-5 to the College.
The second half started with the College building pressure with good forward work. This was rewarded on 42 mins with a try from Browne off a five metre scrum. Osborne converted. This seemed only to spark CBC into life. They showed some very good forward continuity and as the heat of the day continued they slowly took control up front. This led to tries on 58 and 62 minutes, with the first being converted. A somewhat stunned College shook itself and started to play again. However, the pressure exerted in the final moments would only see two close chances and no further scoring. The game ended 29-17 to the College. While it was a great performance from the backs, special mention must go to Ciaran O’Neachtain (a forward) who gave a man of the match performance and showed immense ability in the air at lineout time and on the ground with some excellent pressure and turnovers.
Our Juniors were in action in the quarter final of the Leinster Junior Plate when they played away to Castleknock College. Always a difficult venue to travel to, we wanted to ensure that we got off to a good start and that’s exactly what happened as we scored a try within the first 5 minutes through Richard Snell. Castleknock got back into the game with a penalty and then took the lead with an unconverted try to lead at half time. We had a few changes to our side and both Cillian Demspey and Dan O’Loughlin showed throughout that they were worthy of their opportunity in the first team. We looked well in control of the game in the second half but failed to turn our time in the attacking 22 into points, missing two penalty chances. But then we got the break-through when Kevin Callan went over. Captain Robbie Mullen converted the try to put Newbridge up 14:8. Castleknock scored a very dubious try with five minutes to go which got them within one point but we managed to regroup and hold on for a good away win. This result puts us into the semi-final of the competition and the lads look very eager to progress further so we wish them all the best.
Other Results: Senior 1st 33 High School 7; Senior 2nd 10 Clongowes 60; Under-16 B 12 Castleknock 12; Junior A 14 Castleknock 13; Junior B 5 Blackrock 40; Inter A 3rd in Roscrea Blitz. Inter B 1st in Roscrea Blitz. Eller A 35 C.B.C. 17; Eller B 36 C.B.C. 7; Eller C 0 C.B.C. 15.
Other Results: Senior 2nd’s 0 St Columba’s 34; 16A 29 C.B.C. 17; Jun B 17 King’s Hospital 17; Inter A 24 Glenstal 33; Eller A 51 Pres. Bray 0; Eller B 10 Pres. Bray 0.
Well done to the girls who represented Newbridge College in the Dominican Colleges' Tournament last Friday in Muckross. They defeated Muckross B, Griffith Ave and Santa Sabina before losing to Taylor's Hill in the Final. They played brilliantly and it is fair to say that their defeat was mostly due to their young ages and small sizes. As this is a Senior Competition, many of the girls on our team can play in it for the next 2-4 years. The team consisted of Aoife Bergin (c), Emma-Jane Vaughn, Katie & Rebecca O' Sullivan, Heather Meagher, Aoife Keane, Melissa Lyons, Laura Murphy, Amy Walsh and Clara Berney.
Congratulations to Alyssa O'Neill who won the All Ireland Hunter Trials Junior Individual Championships on Saturday, representing the College. She is the All Ireland Junior Individual Champion 2009. She is also the only the 2nd girl to win this competition since it started in 1986! There were 214 competitors who took on the hunter trial course over fixed fences. The object of the competition is to compete it in the fastest time, clearing all the obstacles, which she and her pony did in fine style. Congratulations also to Ashley O'Sullivan, who came 9th in the Senior Individual competition out of 200 competitors. We were also very well represented on the day by Leanne OSullivan, Hannah McDonnell, Una Delahunt in the senior competition and Aisling Wyer in the junior competition.
Congratulations to our showjumping team, Alyssa O'Neill, Leanne O'Sullivan, Emily Higgins and Ashley O'Sullivan who won the latest interschool league competition, hosted by Dominican College Wicklow on Sunday the 8th March. This was the THIRD YEAR IN A ROW that Newbridge has won this particular competition. Newbridge now goes in to the league final with five wins to its credit. This has not been achieved over the course of the league before. Alyssa also won the Individual competition, her 6th win in the individual league, which has also never been achieved before.
We were also represented on the day by Kate Ryan, Delphine Cordonnier, Aisling Wyer, Holly Hannigan, Aisling Doyle, Hannah McDonnell and Una Delahunt. Both Kate Ryan and Aisling Wyer jumped double clear rounds, which were few and far between on the day.