07 March 2014
Sports Roundup 7th March 2014
We start this week by commiserating with our Senior Cup
Squad and their coaches following their loss to Blackrock College in
this year’s Leinster Schools Senior Cup semi-final.
Played in front of a large crowd in Donnybrook, we were guilty of conceding some soft tries early on and consequenlty we were chasing the game and the scoreline for the remainder. We did get ourselves back within one score at 19:14, but this proved to be as close as we got as a strong Blackrock side finished off the job with two fine tries. Hard luck men, you did yourselves, your families, your coaches and your school proud.RUGBY
TY 3rd’s 14 Wesley 29
The TYs in the guise of the Senior 3rds took to the field again this Wednesday in the League to play Wesley 2nds. A disaster of a start saw Wesley score on 4 minutes. Despite dominating possession and having the lions share of territory, the College lacked the physicality to unlock the Wesley defence. Try as they might, they just couldn't score. Then to rub salt in their proverbial wounds, Wesley would get the only other score of the half on 20 minutes. That try made it 12 nil to the visitors at the break. The second half got off to the worst possible start for the College as they conceded right from the kickoff. But a much improved performance saw them up their game and cross for tries from Gavin Burke and Niall Wyer, the latter being the move of the game with Tim Murphy, Ruairi Cleary and Wyer working brilliantly to open space off the back of a scrum. Burke kicked two difficult conversions. But a lapse of concentration at the restart opened the door again for Wesley. A couple of phases later and they were over again. With Newbridge looking to be gaining the ascendancy, this score knocked them back down. They did show tremendous fight in the remaining 15 minutes but with 2 minutes to go Wesley counter-attacked to take the final score of the game and run out 29-14 winners. Special mention must go to Mike Joyce, Tim Murphy and man of the match Robbie Hyland.HOCKEY
Report of League semi final of Minor A Hockey team versus Wesley College
This match was played in bright sunshine in Newbridge College yesterday afternoon the 5th March. The match started with a College attack and into the Wesley circle. The early score we hoped for did not happen and the College allowed the visitors to settle, and settle they did with a score from a deflection in a short corner. It gave Maebh Whelan little chance to make a save. Unfortunately, the Wesley score so early in the game gave them confidence to attack more. However at half time the game was still wide open. The College girls were carrying several injuries, and while that cannot be used as an excuse for losing a game it certainly dismantled the attacking strategies that the College had developed. Wesley were no doubt the sharper, and more experienced team, and their coach acknowledged that that had quite a few of practise matches in preparation for the game. The end result was a 5 nil defeat for Newbridge, but the play in no way reflected this result. Maedbh Whelan in goal was exceptional, as she brought off save after save, and her standard of play will give her confidence to go on and become a fine goalkeeper. Each match the minor A team played this season was an example of good focus, determination, and team play to the final whistle... and the full squad played in each match. A few players on the team only started playing hockey on arrival in Newbridge College last year, so to play to this standard is huge credit to them. Other players on the team bat well above their standard and should go on to play representative hockey in Leinster. Well done minor A team, not just for your team effort yesterday, but for your attendance and commitment to training, and respect for your coaches and mentors.
Other Result: Junior B 24 Wesley 5 EQUESTRIAN
The Open Team of Karen Casey, Luke Heffernan, Sarah Behan and Jack Ross won the Interschool Show jumping competition at the weekend in Kernans Equestrian Centre in Crossmaglen, Co. Down. There were 3 teams in the final jump off. Karen Casey and Luke Heffernan's combined jump off speed was 4 seconds faster than the next nearest team making them the clear winners.
The team also won the Best Turned Out prize. It was great to go up the North and take home this great win.