At last, the time has come. Both our Senior and Junior teams can’t wait to get going in the annual Schools’ Rugby Cup competitions.
Our Senior team are first out when they face The King’s Hospital on Monday 28th January in N.U.I. Maynooth at 2:30. The following week on Tuesday 5th February, our Junior start their quest for glory against the winners of the Fr Godfrey semi-final between Wesley College or St Columba’s College at Coolmine RFC also kicking off at 2:30. All in the College wish you well and will be there cheering you on.
Inter A v Blackrock
Newbridge College Inter A’s took on Blackrock College in Blackrock on Wednesday last. It was a very physical contest on a pitch that was extremely narrow. Newbridge dominated in both the possession and territory stakes for the majority of the game. Newbridge got their just desserts 10 minutes before half time when Paddy Ryan fought his way off the back of a 5 meter scrum to bring the team within inches of the line. Rob Wynne was there is support to touch the ball down. Tom Connolly converted. Newbridge kept up the pressure but were unable to add to this before half time.
The second half played out very similar to the first but unfortunately it was Blackrock that managed to score under the posts and convert. Newbridge push and push for a winning score but alas it never came and the game finished 7 – 7.
Players that stood out for Newbridge were Shane McGroary, Rob Wynne, Paddy Ryan, Darragh Ryan, Tom Connolly and Ben Caulfield.
Inter B v Blackrock
The Inter B’s came away from Blackrock knowing that they had put in a solid performance, which unfortunately wasn’t enough on the day. Both teams scored 3 tries apiece. Blackrock scored the extra conversion and that’s what it came down to. Players that featured strongly for Newbridge were Matthew Nugent (who came on as a sub), Stephan Murphy, Liam Callanan and Calum Burke. Andrew Dempsey made a big difference in his comeback game, taking on the Blackrock backline and putting in some big tackles to stop their advances. Try scorers were Calum Burke, Stephan Murphy and Kevin Dolly (who is also just back from injury). Liam Callanan tagged on 2 conversions and the final score was 21 – 29 to the home side.
Other Results: Senior 1st 7 Ardscoil Ris 15; Senior 2nd’s 26 St Michael’s 0; Senior 4th’s 19 roscrea 48; Junior A 10 Glenstal 13; Eller A 10 Kings Hos A 42; Eller B 36 Kings Hos 24; Eller C1 63 Kings Hos 14; Eller C2 65 Kings Hos 15.
Junior A v Dundalk Grammar
Due to snow on the pitches earlier in the month, the Junior A’s finally got to play their vital match that they needed to win to advance in the league. At 3 o’clock on Monday the 21st of January, the girls faced the strong side of Dundalk Grammar, a school fighting equally as hard for the last space in the league quarter- finals. The Newbridge girls opened the match at blistering pace following two early goals by Kate Hannon. The defence was rarely tested but played offensively with great tact by Nessa Briody and Ornaith Mahon. Following a short corner attempt the Kildare team secured a third goal with a superb short corner taken by Roisin Crowe and finished by Emma O’ Neill. As the half time whistle sounded, the girls in black posed confident of advancement to the next stages. Another goal resulted from both Emma and Kate but was countered by a mis-communication of the Newbridge defence, causing an own goal to added to the tally. The Newbridge girls promptly responded with another and final goal taken as a team effort, trickling over the Dundalk goal line from a well taken short corner. The final score ended 6-1 with the Newbridge College team proving the superior of the two.
Senior A's v Newpark Comprehensive
Our Senior A's travelled to their home grounds in Naas on Wednesday to play Newpark Comprehensive in their penultimate league game. Stepping out in a positive frame of mind, the girls fought bravely in the first few minutes of the match, only to be knocked by an unlucky goal from Newpark. This unpleasant surprise pushed the girls into gear and they refocused to defend superbly for the rest of the first half. Admirable skill was shown in midfield as the ball was placed cleverly down the wings to the forwards fighting up ahead. However, Newpark then conceded a second weak goal towards the end of the first half, with numerous attempts on goal saved by stand-in goalie of the day, Aoife Fennell. The second half saw both teams step it up, with a frustrating back-and-forth play down Newbridge's right wing. Three successive short corners were defended superbly, giving the chance for the girls to switch it up the left wing. However, it wasn't enough to push the 25 line of Newpark and the final score was 2-0 to. Players of the match were centre back Kate Scully, who displayed some intelligent skill and right back Sarah Kearin who contributed some fantastic runs up the right wing and consecutive passes up to midfield. Well done and hard luck to all involved. The girls look forward to their plate match on the 6th of February.
Senior B v Loreto Dalkey
On the Wednesday 23rd of January the Senior B’s played against Loreto Dalkey in freezing conditions. A great game was played by all and a super performance by our player of the match Jenny McGarry. Unfortunately a goal was conceded by Dalkey towards the end of the second half which was unfortunate for Aoife Fennell, goalkeeper, who played a great game. The final score was 1-0 to Loreto Dalkey but hopefully better luck next time!
Minor A v Mount Temple
Last Friday the 18th, the Minor A team travelled to Dublin to play Mount Temple in the first round of the Leinster Schools Plate. The girls had only stepped off the bus when they were met with terrible weather. They started off the match in top form and got a fantastic goal, scored superbly by Anna Nurse. However their confidence was knocked when Mount Temple retaliated with a goal of their own. At half time the girls pulled themselves together. In the second half they had many chances on goal thanks to the skilled players in midfield, playing it swiftly down the wings. The girls then scored their second goal in a short corner, taken by Eleanor Walsh. For the time left in the second half the girls fought bravely to keep the ball out of their goal circle, enough for the final whistle to blow. The girls were thrilled with a final score of 2-1 to Newbridge! There were no injuries. Player of the match was Emma Hyland as she defended well while also attacking superbly down the left wing. Amazing performances by all. Just like their Junior A counterparts, the girls are now looking forward to the quarter finals on the Leinster Plate, date to be confirmed.
1st Year B v Holy Faith
The College first year B team, played their first league match against Holy Faith, Clontarf on Wednesday. This team of girls many of whom have very little experience, took on their opponents from the off and were far superior in every area of the pitch. Aimee McGrath and Sorcha Gilman put pressure on from midfield and the forwards worked really well until Aisling Phelan finally got the ball in to the Clontarf net. Gemma Cox got another two goals before half time, Gemma showed real determination and had fought for every ball in the circle.
After the break Clontarf came out a more organised team and after good pressure got a goal, Aimee McGrath responded with her first goal after good work from Alexandra Leahy. Again Clontarf came back and scored a very good goal leaving Meadbh Whelan no chance in the College goal. The girls again fought back and kept Clontarf in their own half and Sorcha was rewarded with a really good goal leaving the score at 5-2. The girls will play Mount Temple next week and they must expect stronger opponents from that well established hockey playing school, they showed that they are well able and will give a good account of themselves no matter who they challenge.
Congratulations to our senior golf team who won their semi-final yesterday, beating Gorey 3 points to 2. This now means that they have reached the Leinster Senior Schools Final. Our team is Eoin O'Hehir, Conor J. Doyle, Rob McGrattan-Brazzil, Conor Delahunty and Oisin Mahon with Oisin winning the final match on the 18th to secure the win. Well done all
Well done to all those athletes who took part in the South Leinster Cross Country Championship’s. A special congratulation’s to the minor girl’s who took team silver and to Ruth O’ Hara who took individual bronze in the intermediate girl’s.