SCT and JCT both go down to Castleknock
Senior 1st 8 Castleknock 20
The Senior 1st XV returned to League action after the mid-term break with a difficult away trip to Castleknock College.
This, as with the Roscrea tie earlier in the campaign, was expected to be a tough encounter for the College and so it proved. The College set the early tone and pushed deep into the Castleknock half right from the kickoff. A penalty was converted into a lineout just metres out from the host’s tryline. Good possession from the lineout and control from the resulting phase saw Tom Treacy cross for the game’s opening score on 3 minutes. Joe Darcy couldn’t add the extras. The College continued to dictate the early pace but just couldn’t make that final play to break the ‘Knock defensive line. As the game continued Castleknock started to put some phases together and worked their way into the College half. This increasing pressure finally told on 12 minutes when some good work and a little good fortune saw Castleknock’s centre break the College defence. Richard Dromgoole Maguire tackled hard enough to dislodge the ball but unfortunately for the College it went backwards into the hands of the Castleknock support player who crossed for five which was quickly turned into seven. Both teams had now a foothold in the game and both tried to add to their tally only to be denied by some good defence and a very broken rhythm due to the large number of infringements giving rise to a series of scrums, free kicks and penalties which ensured neither team put together too many phases in any play. The only addition for the remainder of the half was a Darcy penalty on 25 minutes following some good pressure exerted by the College which drew the penalty for an infringement at the breakdown. The last 7 minutes of the first half saw the College play with only 14 men following a yellow card for a high tackle. Castleknock failed to convert the resulting penalty and despite them making the most, territorially, of their man advantage the College defence saw that the half finished 8-7 to the College.
The second half saw a surprisingly, and disappointedly, stilted performance from the College. This was compounded by a frustratingly broken half strewn with crocked put–ins to the scrum, crocked lineouts and penalties for ‘off your feet’ from both sides. Neither side, as in the first, got to put together too many phases but it was Castleknock making the most of their possession. An early penalty for the College was pushed wide by Darcy. Castleknock were to fare better on 43 minutes and convert a penalty to push the hosts into the lead. Castleknock, buoyed by this lead, pushed on and on 55 minutes attacked from a scrum. Good quality recycled ball was carried deep into the College 22 and a gap was spotted. Cutting back inside Castleknock cut through the College defence and grabbed a try. The conversion was missed and this game was still anyone’s. However, Castleknock seized the momentum of their score and pushed for another. They were rewarded with a try on 63 minutes. With the conversion drifting beyond the far post the College had 7 minutes to make up a 12 point deficit. Despite some of their best rugby of the half this would prove too big a task. They did come close to securing a losing bonus point with Darcy almost touching down in the corner but the game would end 20-8 to Castleknock.
Junior B 29 Castleknock 19
Newbridge College Junior B and Castleknock Junior B squads played out an enthralling fixture in the College recently. Newbridge began the brighter of the two teams and had three tries on the board inside 15 minutes from Dave Berry, David Kennedy and Caomhán Doolan. Castleknock were not to be out done and they took control of the latter stages of the 1st half registering their first try. This left the scores 17-5 at the break. The second half was full of flowing rugby as both teams went in search of a win. Castleknock drew first blood on 7 minutes but Newbridge rallied again and Michael Ryan went over the whitewash on 18 minutes. Both teams traded late scores with the last Newbridge score coming from Thomas Henry. The final score Newbridge College 29 Castleknock 19.
Inter A's 0 Kilkenny 36
The Inter A's suffered their worst defeat to date this year in the away fixture on Wednesday in Kilkenny College. It was a bitter pill to take following the last result away to CBC but the team only had themselves to blame. Credit obviously goes to Kilkenny College for their aggressive and controlled display of rugby. In the opening minutes the game was pretty balanced. KCK got the first scores on the board through a penalty and later on made it 8 with a try in the corner. The rest of the half was played between the 22's and had Newbridge scored in this period things could have been different. Before half time the home side scored a converted try to leave the score at 15 to nil. All was not and should not have been lost at this stage and even though the pack could not be faulted for effort, there was something amiss in the intensity of the play. Ewen Morrin probably was the strongest forward on the day and the pack scrummaged well, but Kilkenny were first to everything and punished defensive errors massively. The backs were under pressure and the few breaks that were made by Louis Young and Cian Murphy were snuffed out. Paddy O' Brien was kept busy fielding their kicks and he did well. However, the team cohesion was not there and once Kilkenny crossed the line a few more times, the heads dropped. Final score 0 - 36.
Inter B's 15 Kilkenny 19
The Inter Bs followed Monday night’s win at Cill Dara with a fine display as they went down to a 15 – 19 defeat by Kilkenny. This was a tough physical contest and Newbridge faced up to the challenge. Against a stronger pack the Newbridge eight had their work cut out and with some better protection of the ball more scores could have been created. Captain and No 8 Patrick Ryan was an inspirational leader, and drove the team forward on many an occasion. Simon Hore at 10 and Daragh Ryan at 12 were an outstanding combination in their general play, communication and organization. Their skills shone through in a tough encounter, with Simon crossing for a great try. Outside them, centre Calum Burke continues to progress and had another fine game, making great ground in attack, while always attentive to his defensive duties. Thomas Wall worked hard to get the ball away in often difficult situations. Alex Pocock, Sean O’Neill (replaced at half time by the dynamic Rob Wynne) and Niall Stapleton were once again prominent in the loose, with Sean getting our first try through typical determination. They were well supported by Ciaran Joyce and Matthew Nugent. Cian Springate and Liam Callanan used their height at lineout time and Liam also converted one of our tries. Wings Matthew Murtagh and Jack Travers made very positive contributions and full back Enda Dowling had a sound game and kicked well. He converted a penalty for our final score. Subs Josh Peacock, Theodore Hovenden Kelly, Dylan Johnson, Andrew Sweeney, James Sutton and Paschal Thompson all made important contributions to a very positive team display.
Newbridge College 31 Cill Dara 24
A Newbridge College Inter mix took on Cill Dara in a practice match on Monday last under lights in Cill Dara. The game was a great spectacle to behold and proved to be a very tight contest with Newbridge College coming out as the eventually winners by a single try. Newbridge got off to a flying start with a try by Andrew Dempsey under the posts in the second minute. This was converted by Simon Hore. Cill Dara upped their pressure by using their big forwards and their speed out wide to cross the Newbridge line twice before Newbridge could get the final score of the half finished by Conor Timmins and converted by Simon Hore. Newbridge went into the break leading by a score of 14 – 12.
Half time saw both teams make a lot of changes. The second half proved to be just as tight of an affair. Newbridge crossed twice with the tries scored by Conor Timmins and Patrick Ryan. Cill Dara drew a try back before Patrick Ryan would score Newbridge’s fifth and final try. Cill Dara pushed Newbridge really hard in the last five minutes and eventually scored a very well taken try.
The final score finished Newbridge College 31 Cill Dara 24. Players that stood out for Newbridge were Andrew Collins, Ciaran Joyce (Captain), Conor Timmins, Simon Hore, Andrew Dempsey, Calum Burke and Darragh Ryan
Other Results: Senior 2nds 12 Castleknock 17; Junior A 18 Castleknock 19; Junior B 29 Castleknock 19; Eller A 51 Pres Bray 0 Eller B 48 Pres Bray 17; Eller C 70 Pres Bray 0.
Minor A’s 2 Notre Dame school 1
Goals scored by Anna Nurse and Eleanor Walsh – congratulations and well done to the girls – fantastic game!!
Well done to the 1st yr team who beat Mount Temple 1-0. Fantastic team performance and a great goal from Roisin McConnon.
Hard luck to the 1st yrs who were beaten 4-3 by a last minute goal against Loreto Beaufort. A special mention to Emily O'Brien who scored all 3 goals. A wonderful team performance!
Junior A 3 Mount Temple A 0
Great Results for the Equestrian Team for the past two weekends. 14 students travelled to St Kernans in Crossmaglen on the 27th of October and all students were awarded prizes for their dedication. The team of Lauren Heffernan, Meadhbh Brassil, Karen Casey and Aoifa Murphy came 1st in the Open Competition with the team of Hannah Begley, Emma Mc Glynn, Gillian Wall and Alanna Murphy came 3rd. The Novice teams took 1st and 2nd with Lauren Heffernan, Caoimhe Sweeney and Lisa Sexton in 1st place and Amy Carroll, Emily O'Brien and Julie Strain coming 2nd. Meadhbh Brassil went on to take 1st in the Open Individual Competition with Karen Casey 5th and Caoimhe Sweeney taking 1st in the Novice Individual Competition with Emily O'Brien 2nd, Lisa Sexton 3rd, and Lauren Heffernan 4th.
Another great day was had by the Equestrian Teams on Sunday 4th of November in Kildare Equestrian Centre. The day was wet and miserable with everyone drenched through. Therefore it is great to see so many riders competing proudly for the school. In the Open Competion the team of Meadhbh Brassil, Aoifa Murphy, Lauren Heffernan and Hannah Sutton came 2nd in a hotly contested competition with the team of Karen Casey, Luke Heffernan, Alanna Murphy and Emma O Callaghan coming 4th. In the Open Individual Chloe McGratten Brassil came 3rd with Hannah Sutton 4th.
In the most difficult competition our Novice teams have entered this season our team of Caoimhe Sweeney, Lisa Sexton, Amy Carroll, and Emily O'Brien came 3rd. As there were 26 teams in the competion this was a great achievement. In the Novice Individual Orla Harrington came 4th with Lisa Sexton 5th overall.