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25 October 2013

Sports Roundup 25th October 2013

Senior League SCT 86 Pres Bray 0
The Senior 1st had an emphatic victory when they plated an under strength Pres Bray on Wednesday in the re fixed third round of the league.

The final score ended up 86-0 with some fine tries being scored throughout. The game was pretty much a non-contest from the start and with twenty minutes gone Newbridge had secured the bonus point when running in their fourth try. The scores were spread throughout the team with Joe D’Arcy, Niall Delahunt, Jimmy O’Brien, Jake Howlett, Jack O’Neill, Mark Delaney scoring for the backs and Jonathan Phelan, Tom Treacy and Sean Treacey scoring for the forwards – they were complimented by a fine kicking display by Joe D’Arcy. It was an impressive display from Newbridge but after the mid-term break there are much tougher tests ahead with two crunch fixtures against CBC Monkstown and Roscrea.

Junior League JCT 15 Pres Bray 10
As if playing away to Pres Bray wasn't difficult enough, within ten minutes of kick off, the Newbridge Juniors were 10 nil down playing into a stiff wind. Following that worrying period of play, Newbridge found their stride and controlled much of the rest of the match. Converting that pressure into points was proving difficult. Tom Connolly kicked a penalty before half time to leave 7 between the teams. The first half was costly in that Rob Wynne and Johnny Deane came off injured. Hopefully they won't be out of action for too long. The pressure on the Bray defence eventually told when a well worked move put Daithi Murphy into space for a try. Tom added the extras and it seemed like draw was on the cards. Daragh Ryan had other ideas. With a penalty 5 meters out, the obvious choice was to look for the big carriers in the pack. Paddy Ryan and Ben HowIett were lined up with support. Daragh spied a gap in the corner and touched down for a cheeky 5 points. Final score 15 - 10. Players that played well were Luke Heffernan, Niall Stapleton and Kevin Kyne.

Senior 22nd’s 22 Clongowes 34
The Senior 2nd’s hosted Clongowes in a friendly in the College last Wednesday.  We started poorly and although we were first to take the lead with a Matt Stapleton penalty, it was short lived as the Clane school quickly with a well worked maul from a lineout.  They added two more tries with ease as the Newbridge team let indiscipline take the place of honest hard work.  After a brief regathering of our thoughts after the latest try concession, Newbridge looked a different team for the last 10 minutes of the half, piling on the pressure on going through the phases.  One of these passages of play lasted 16 phases and really put us back on the front foot.  We were rewarded when Rob Buckley crashed over close to the posts, Stapleton converted to leave the score 15:10 at the break.  In the second half Stephen O’Brien put us on level terms with a great try but to their credit Clongowes replied with a try of the their own to go 22:15 ahead.  We paid the penalty for some loose kicking out of defence and Clogowes scored twice more to end the game as a contest.  Morgan Mooney scored late on to leave the final score 34:22.   

Junior B’s 15 Pres Bray 50
Newbridge travelled to Pres Bray on Wednesday for the last fixture before the mid-term break. Pres won the toss and elected to play with the hill and the breeze. Newbridge began slowly and paid the price early on as a well drilled Pres team piled on the pressure and had four tries after twenty minutes. Newbridge never gave up and put pressure on Pres in possession. This pressure finally paid off when Paschal Thompson stole the ball on his own twenty two meter line and ran the pitch to score in the corner. Newbridge played with the elements in the second half and were much more competitive with Matthew Nugent and Paschal Thompson crossing the whitewash. Best on the day were Matthew Nugent, Peter Doyle (Capt), Andrew Sweeney, Elliot Davis and Paschal Thompson.    

TY A 46 Castleknock 34
The Transition years had their second League game this week as they hosted Castleknock on Wednesday.  As with their previous couple of games they got off to a bad start and conceded two tries, one converted, in the opening 3 minutes.  But unlike the previous games, the College bounced right back and took control of the game as Niall Wyer's try was followed immediately with a try from Ruari Cleary and on 10 minutes a five pointer from Michael Dillon.  Cleary converted his own try only.  The College really built on the good work of the second half of last week's game and this week showed a greater understanding of the 10-a-side game.  In control now, the College added to their total following a great individual kick chase from Kevin Dunphy, he out-paced the 'Knock defence to dot down.  Wyer then completed his hat-trick with tries on 20 and 22 minutes.  Castleknock closed the gap with a try just before the break and at halftime the College led 34-17.
The second half mirrored the first as Castleknock grabbed two early tries, one converted, in the first five minutes.  The momentum looked to be swinging back to the Dublin side but Colm Stapleton broke for a try for the College which Colm Doyle converted.  Wyer bagged his fourth with 10 minutes to go.  A minute later Castleknock dotted down to try to wrestle the game back.  As tiredness set in the error count rose for both sides.  The Castleknock try proved to be the last score and the College ran out 46-34 winners.  With still some work to do the College can be happy with most of todays performance.  Special mentions must go to Mike Joyce, Kevin Dunphy and a Man of the Match performance from Robbie Hyland.

Other Results: TY 2nd’s 38 Castleknock 55; Inter A 36 High School 31; Inter B 14 CBC Monkstown 42; Inter C 5 High School 55.  

All First year teams who travelled to Kings Hospital, won their matches very well.
The girls played very good hockey and were in no danger of being beaten, some of our Goalies had very little to do.
All the current first years are showing great promise this year.

Minor A 1 Kings Hospital 1
Our Minor A hockey team played a challenge game with Kings Hospital today on home ground. Both teams were evenly matched from the start. The College girls played without mid fielder Kate Hannon so a few switches in positions meant that some players were in “unfamiliar areas.” The girls proved that they can switch with ease from defence to attack and from left to right. Each match they play sees an improvement in understanding of the game and their ability to get into attacking circle and get shots on goal. Work on skill level in the next few weeks will make a considerable difference to the standard of this team. There was some very good give and go passing through the centre of the pitch and with some lovely attacking play from Rachel Mc Mullen and Emily O Brien the ball finished in the back of the net. We realised how precious this score was as the K H goalkeeper saved some very hardy shots and close play from the Newbridge forward line. Through a lapse in concentration in the second half the visitors slipped a goal past the home team to make it one all.  Newbridge camped in the King Hospital goal for much of the second half but could not get the ball past a very resilient goalkeeper. This coach does not do player of the match as all games are such a team effort, but the group acknowledged the contribution of Emily O Brien to all attacks in this match. ...and of course her new stick. The score remained at one each at the end of the game. Showing their commitment to team training the minor As are hoping to play a practise match next Tuesday during midterm. We are waiting confirmation of this. They meet Beaufort at home on the first Wednesday after midterm.

Minor C 0 St. Wolstans A 1
Going into this match the Minor C team were slightly worried about playing an A side. They envisaged conceding 6 or 7 goals and feeling a bit embarrassed in front of other 2nd year teams. To their credit the team went out with a positive attitude led by Captain Heather Dignam.  The match began evenly and as Newbridge began to get on top St. Wolstans broke away and won a short corner which was converted against the play. This set Newbridge back for 5 minutes but they recovered to dominate the rest of the first half led by strong play from Aoife McCormack and Ellen Heffernan.  The Newbridge defence, with Ellen Enright leading in the Sweeper position, performed extremely well in the second half limiting St. Wolstans to one or two attempts at goal. Newbridge pressurised St. Wolstans all through the second half creating chances but unfortunately were unable to score. The final score did not reflect how the Newbridge Minor C team played and performances by player of the match Ellen Heffernan and the rest of the squad lead well into the rest of our league games

Other Rsults: Senior B 0 Tullamore 3; Junior A 4 Jesus & Mary college 1; Junior C 0 Loreto Beaufort 1;  Minor B 2 Kings Hospital 0.

Round 2 of the 3 Counties League was hosted by Newbridge College and gave our girls the opportunity to shine on home territory; the Grant twins, Kate and Hannah, grabbed their chance with both hands storming home in the under 14 opening race in 1st and 3rd places. Close behind was the diminutive Keela Magee in 5th, and with Hannah Rasmussen in 13 place, the Newbridge team also won the Kildare Schools Championship and went top of the League.
Indeed the Girls teams made a clean sweep of the Kildare Schools Championships, such was the quality of their efforts on the day. The under 15's with Aimee McGrath 3rd, Kate Nurse 5th, Caoimhe Sweeney 11th and Emily O'Brien13th ably followed up their younger team mates; they were followed into the winners enclosure by the under 17's spearheaded by another pair of twins - Roisin and Niamh Crowe in 2nd and 5th places. Close support by Louise Scully (12th) and Caoimhe Murphy(14th) sealed the deal for the Newbridge girls.
But the stories of the day came from the Senior Girls. Claire Healion returned to running for this event on the urging of her class mates feeling distinctly unprepared for competitive athletics. Starting conservatively, she stayed just behind the leaders for the first of the two laps - then with 800m to go she struck, leaving the others in her wake to stride home imperiously in 1st place.
From the same race came the bravery award of the day. Hannah Quinn ran the first half of the race with the leading group and went into the 2nd half running quite comfortably in 5th place when disaster struck. An abdominal muscle tear left her struggling in severe pain, but mindful of the needs of her team she continued to the end when good sense might have suggested retirement; nevertheless her 9th place was invaluable to her team. The unassuming Victoria O'Brien had already continued her run of form in 6th place, and the 11th place back up from Aoife Murphy sealed a great day for the Newbridge girls.
The boys were certainly eclipsed on the day, their best performance coming from Jack Doyle in 5th place in the under 15's. There were good performances also from AaronMcNelis (under 14), Conor Timmons (under 17), and from the Senior team of Donal Delahunt, Cian Crowe, Mark Galligan, and John Finn.

Hard luck to our Senior Soccer team who were second best against a strong PBS side in the midlands league on Wednesday.  This defeat means that we have one draw and one loss in our mini-group and our progress into the quarter-finals will depend on how the game between PBS and Clane goes.

Well done to our Senior Golf team of Eoin O’Hehir, Oisin Mahon, Rob McGrattan-Brazill and Conor Delahunty who defeated St Mary’s of Carlow in the Leinster League on a combined score of 10 up which saw us win both matches on the day.  That makes it two wins out of two in the League to date.

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