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06 December 2013

Sports Roundup 6th December

Venues, dates and times for our two Leinster League finals have now been finalised. 

First up are the Juniors who take on St. Gerard’s Bray at 2 o’clock on Wednesday 11th December in Templeville Rd.  A week later on Wednesday 18th December, our Seniors take on Roscrea in the Senior Final and this game takes place at 7 o’clock under lights at Donnybrook.  All in the College wish both teams the very best of luck.

Eller A 15 C.U.S. 14
The Eller As faced CUS in Newbridge on a perfectly dry and still Wednesday afternoon. The ideal conditions made for some good running rugby as both sides looked to keep the ball alive at every opportunity.  The away side made a strong start and found themselves camped in the Newbridge 22 inside the first 5 minutes. Good defence,  led by Daniel O Connor, Rob Scully and Jordan Nolan repelled the attack and Newbridge cleared their lines. The hosts then went ahead after ten minutes when Jack Doyle picked from a ruck and raced up the left to score from 25 meters out. CUS hit back almost immediately when their powerful number 8 broke from a scrum and powered through two tacklers to touch down. The same player scored again soon after when he gathered a Newbridge knock on inside his own 22 and raced 80 meters to score under the posts. Newbridge hit back when good work from Jack Hannon and David Higgins put Ryan Leahy outside his man to score in the corner. A third try went a begging on the stroke of half time when a great Harry Quirke break was well supported by Rob Scully and Jack Hannon. Unfortunately the last pass didn't go to hand and the score remained 10 - 14 at half time. The home side dominated the second half but good CUS defence kept them at bay for the opening ten minutes.  The breakthrough finally came when Harry Quirke stepped past his man to score out wide. Newbridge went looking for the try that would have sealed the win, but a couple of scrums lost against the head in the CUS 22 let the visitors back into the game. CUS almost snatched the win with the final play but Daniel O Connor did just enough to force a knock on when the number 8 had the line at his mercy.  Final score Newbridge 15 - 14 CUS

Other Results: Senior Eagles 15 Senior Hawks 10; Inter A 10 Castleknock 25; Inter B 12 Castleknock 48; Inter C 58 Castleknock 44; Eller B 44 CUS 5; Eller Black 22 CUS 5; Eller White 31 CUS 5.

Senior A 1 Columbus 1
On 4th December Newbridge Hockey senior first team hosted a home game against Columba’s first team. It was an extremely fast game and the girls’ hard work and commitment was clearly portrayed by how they played. Columba’s shocked us when they scored the first goal of the match from a short corner. Luckily after constant pressure on Columba’s defence the attackers finally achieved a goal from Sorcha Lavelle-Walsh after firing a hard ball into the circle deflecting off a defenders stick and straight into the back of the net. The rest of the game was played with even possession. Newbridge obtained a few major and minor injuries. The girls were delighted with the draw against such a highly skilled team. The players of the match were Sorcha Lavelle-Walsh and Caoimhe Murphy. This match was a great warm up to the teams cup match against Our Lady’s Terenure next Wednesday.

Minor A 3 Mount Temple 0
Newbridge played a home fixture today against Mount Temple. This was to be their second last fixture in their section of the league and with two wins and a draw to date the girls were determined not to drop any points. It was clear from the start that this would not be an easily won game. Although Newbridge had a few forays into the circle the Mount Temple goalkeeper cleared everything we sent at her. It was clear that this keeper was a hard worker and a good net minder. After fifteen minutes much to the girls relief Jennifer Greene slammed home a crossing shot from a rebound and into the corner of the goal. Newbridge had to work hard to keep the ball in the attacking zone as their opponents showed showed that they were equally quick to attack when they got the opportunity. But Aoibhe Burke saw to it that nothing passed her by. Newbridge had to concentrate hard for the full hour and in the second half had to break down many attacks by Mount Temple. Newbridge knew these players would move quickly into the circle if given a chance. Rachel McMullen coolly put away another goal to increase the gap between the two sides. Kate Hannon scored the third goal and the team battened down the hatchesat the back to keepvery able opponents from scoring. The score remained 3 goals to nilfor Newbridge College. The Minor A team travel to Enniscorthy to play a challenge game against Wexford Hockey Club on Saturday and play their last league match in their section next Wednesday away to Teresians School in Dublin.

Minor C 0 Sutton Park 2
The 2nd year Minor Cs travelled to Sutton Park for their league game. Captained by Ellen Heffernan the girls started slowly and had to defend strongly against a skillful Sutton side with Ellen Enright and Maeve Whelan defending well. They were down 2 0 at half time. However after a good chat with their coach a different team emerged. The girls worked tirelessly and moved the ball around very well. They were very unlucky not to get a goal back and conceded nothing. This team are improving with every game they play and should be very proud of their performance.

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