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29 November 2013

Sports Roundup 29th November 2013

RUGBY
Senior League Semi-Final SCT 17 St Andrew’s 13
Newbridge Through with Last Gasp Try
Newbridge Seniors booked their place in the Senior league final with a last gasp win over St. Andrews.

In a week when we've seen the joy and heartbreak of a last minute victory and loss, Newbridge came from 13-0 down with 18 mins on the clock to win 17-13.  St. Andrews dominated large parts of the first half with their powerful pack making big line breaks especially their open side and No.8. Newbridge were lucky not to concede a try in the corner on 25 mins but with the final pass going into touch for St. Andrews. However Newbridge were caught off side in front of the posts and Andrews duly took the three points on offer.
It was 3-0 at half time with Andrews deserving their slender lead and wondering how they were not further behind.
The second half began in a similar fashion to the first with Newbridge indiscipline giving up valuable field position to Andrews. The Kildare team were uncharacteristically careless with ball in hand and found it difficult to go through the phases. They conceded another penalty after ten mins of the second half and then five mins later they conceded their first try after some fine individual play from the Andrews No.10. With just over fifteen on the clock Newbridge left themselves with a mountain to climb but straight from the kick off there was a sense of purpose about their play with a massive hit from Captain Tom Brady signalling a much more physical Newbridge approach. Indeed it was substitute Brady who scored the first try finishing off a fine team move. Newbridge came back again straight away and after a few attempts at breaking the Andrews defence Conor J Doyle dived over after some very hard yards from Jonathan Phelan in the phase before- it was converted by Chris Healy but Newbridge still needed another try to win. It duly came from wing Joe D'Arcy with the last play of the game. Newbridge went through roughly 12 or so phases to set him free in the corner.It was a stunning turn around from Newbridge and a heartbreaking defeat for Andrews. Best for Newbridge were Mark Sutton, Tom Brady, Jonathan Phelan, Conor Doyle and Cormac Nugent.

Junior League Semi-Final JCT 15 St Andrew’s 8
Newbridge Juniors booked their place in the Junior league final with a good win over C.U.S. Well done to both squads and coaching staff and we wish them both well in the finals.

U16A 86 C.U.S. 15
The Transition Years finished the group stage of their League on Wednesday with the visit of CUS. The game got of to a disastrous start for the College with CUS crossing inside 60 seconds. This seemed to focus the College and they dominated the next 20 minutes. Robbie Hyland snipped around a ruck to start the scoring for the hosts.  Ruari Cleary grabbed two very well-worked tries, one either side of tries from Conor Doyle and an impressive Niall Wyer. Doyle converted Hyland's, Wyer's and his own tries. CUS fought hard and were rewarded in the last 7 minutes of the half with two unconverted tries. However, these were separated by a converted try from a brilliant Doyle. At the break it finished 38-15.

The second half saw the College start strong and Wyer kicked off the scoring 4 minutes in. The next 10 minutes saw both sides have periods of possession, put together some very impressive phases but fail to add to their respective scores. Then, in the final quarter, the College exploded with seven tries. The Dublin side struggled to get to grips with the lively College play and the home players attacked from all angles, exploiting every gap. Tries came from Cleary, Wyer, Hyland, Doyle and Michael Dillon. Doyle converted three tries and Cleary one try. Cleary bagged his fourth try with a minute to go with a jinking run through a galant but tired CUS defence. Not to be outdone Wyer bagged his fourth with the final play to leave the score 86-15 to the College.  Much credit must go to the visitors who fought hard all game but struggled to deal with a College side for whom everything clicked on the day. Special mention must go to Cillian O'Brien, David Breen, Jordan Duggan and a joint man of the match performance from Niall Wyer and Colm Doyle.

Eller A 7 St Munchins 15
The Eller As welcomed St Munchins College to Newbridge on Wednesday last. The opening stages of the game were nip and tuck,  with the Limerick side having the better of the tight exchanges, while the hosts looked the more dangerous when they managed to move the ball wide. First blood went to the visitors when a strong maul drove the ball deep into the Newbridge 22 before the powerful Munchins number 8 broke away to crash over from close range. Another try from a series of pick and drives left the score at 0 - 12 at the break. The opening stages of the second half belonged to Newbridge, with Jack Doyle, Jack Hannon and Daniel Caufield combining well in midfield to create space for the outside backs. Frustratingly,  2 big overlaps were squandered and the score remained unchanged with 15 minutes to go. Newbridge finally got their reward when Jack Doyle broke from halfway, stepped inside the fullback and then offloaded out of the cover tackle to the supporting Rob Scully who touched down under the posts. The home side continued to threaten in the wide channels but poor decision making meant a second try never materialised.  Munchins tacked on a late penalty to leave the final score at Newbridge 7 - 15 St Munchins

Eller Blacks v St Munchins
The Eller “blacks” competed in the first half of this match against St. Munchin’s of Limerick. The game started at a quick pace with both sides having periods of dominance before Newbridge broke away towards the end of the half with 3 quick tries to finish their half 15-0 victors. The eller “whites” had obviously been watching closing and started the second half at a ferocious pace with their speed and aggression too much for the Limerick outfit. The bridge ran in a total of 12 tries in this half with the pick of the bunch coming from Michael O’ Connor who ran the leant of the pitch from the opposition kick-off.

Other Results: U16B 31 C.U.S. 27; Junior A 15 C.U.S. 8; Eller B 55 St Munchins 17; Eller White 60 St Munchins 5.

HOCKEY
Senior 1st0 Loreto on the Green 0
Newbridge senior first team travelled away to YMCA to play their third league game against Loreto on the Green on the 27th September. It was a competitive game and both teams were evenly matched from the start. Aoife Fennel in goal prevented Lorreto from scoring a number of times and pulled off some very good saves. Newbridge and Loretto both won 2 short corners but were unsuccessful in scoring. It was a fast-paced game and with Lynn Phelan playing back, mid-field and forward, really kept the battle going. The Newbridge girls worked hard throughout the game. There was no goals scored but we were happy with our performance, and whilst a win was our goal, the end result was a true reflection of what happened on the pitch.

Junior 1st3 St Joseph’s Clooney 2
Anna Nurse quickly got a goal for the college leaving it at 1-0.  Unfortunately Joseph's of Clooney conceded 2 short corners, 2-1.  Louise Skully levelled the play and Newbridge regained composure with a rebound from CiaraKiely, making the game 3-2 to Newbridge.

Other Results: Senior 2nds v Alexandra College 1-1; Junior 2nds lost 5-0 to Alexandra College; Minor 2nds lost 4-0 to Our Ladies Tenerure; 1st years v Andrews super blitz performance.

EQUESTRIAN
Novice Team Competition:  1st: Hannah Rasmussen, Emma Dillon & Peter Dillon.
Novice Individual:  1st: Emma Dillon   4th: Hannah Rasmussen
Open Team Competition: 3rd :Caoimhe Sweeney, Luke Heffernan, Sarah Behan & Emma Mc Glynn.  
Open Individual: Emma Mc Glynn - 4th
Newbridge College Open Team of Caoimhe, Luke, Sarah and Emma won Best Turned Out.

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