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04 April 2011

Sports Roundup April 1

TOP STORY Domincan Tournament 2011
A huge congratulations goes to the Newbridge College Senior Hockey team

on becoming the 2011 Dominican Champions. The girls topped their group and beat Muckross in the final (The team, who previously beat Newbridge in the Plate Final!). The whole panel were amazing and credit goes to the girl’s grit and determination. Special mention to Aileen Kyne, Ashley O'Sullivan, Aoife Keane, Megan Sutclffe, Muireann Kavanagh, Melissa Lyons ( 3 goals) and to the hero of the day Ciara Conaty saving 3 penalty flicks to claim their well deserved victory.  A full report appears below.
Also well done to the Senior girls basketball team on reaching the final of the Dominican Cup on Friday. The girls defeated St. Dominic’s Cabra, Santa Sabina & Griffith Avenue B  but lost out to Griffith Avenue A by 5 points in the final. Well done Rebecca O’ Sullivan, Laura Murphy, Aoife Bergin, Emma-Jane Vaughan, Claire Fox, Clara Berney & Heather Meagher

The Senior Fourths, having won their group, hosted Clongowes in the semi-final of the League on Wednesday.  The game started with the College piling early pressure onto the visitors.  However, they failed to convert this early possession into points.  A number of handling errors and some solid defense saw the College held scoreless for the first quarter.  On 17 minutes, following some quality recycling and hard work from the forwards, Charlie Ryan evaded two tackles to touch down for five points.  Ian Mulligan made it seven.  Clongowes were kept in the game for much of the first half due to a number of unforced penalties and poor handling errors by the College.  Their defense, however, ensured it would stay 7-0 until the break.
The second half saw Clongowes push into the game more and put the College under some early pressure.  But some good tackling and counter-rucking from the College saw them pushed back into their own half and on 46 minutes the College stretched their lead with a Mulligan penalty.  A very competitive final twenty saw Clongowes force the College into some desperate defense and on 61 minutes they eventually crossed the line.  With the conversion going over a tense final 10 minutes was to follow.  Both teams pushed to get the score that would surely win the game.  Mulligan came closest, touching down in the corner only to find he had stepped on the touchline as he crossed the try line.  A final attack from the visitors ended with a knock on and was followed by the final whistle and a Newbridge win.  A great performance by all involved.  Notable mentions must go to Patrick Treacy, Charlie Ryan, Ben Phelan and James Wall who played a fantastic captains role.

On Monday last Newbridge College Junior B squad bowed out of the Junior B league at the semi final stage when we played Blackrock College away. It was a great afternoon for rugby with the sun shining and a light breeze. Blackrock got off to a good start putting us under pressure right from the whistle. However our defense was well able to handle it. The first score came after 20 minutes with the referee awarding the home team with a penalty. They soon followed that with a try in the corner after 30 minutes  to leave the score at 8-0 at the break. We had soaked up a lot of pressure in that first half and yet we were still in with a good chance. This gave the lads heart at the break. It was Newbridge who then rallied in the second half, however we just could not cross the line. Blackrock then scored a break away try to leave the score 15-0. Again we marched up the pitch and within 5 minutes we had one of our own when Conor Fletchmore blocked a clearance kick on their line to touch down for what would be our only score of the day. The game ended 15-5 and Blackrock now advance to the final. The Team on the day was: Tom Dunne, Cian McCormack, Justin Dean, Jack Lawlor, Conor Fletchmore, Tom Higgins (Capt), Barry Fisher, Glen Burke, Senan Maguire, Andy Shanahan, Gavin O Neill, Tommy Leahy, Jack Maguire, Matt McCarthy and Niall Fleming. Thanks to all the players for their effort throughout the year.

Congratulations and best of luck to the following boys who are attending Leinster Rugby U18 and U19 trials over the next few days:  U18 today Wednesday: Edward Wynne, Billy Delaney, Robbie Mullen, Richard Snell and Robbie Mullen. 
U19 on Saturday:  Ben O’Connor, James Connolly, Cathal Murtagh, Brian O’donnell, Colin grant and Philip O’Neill.

The Dominican Tournament is held each year between all the Dominican schools in Ireland. The sports we compete in are Soccer, Basketball and Hockey. The venue this year was in The Dominican College Cabra.  Newbridge College sent both a Basketball team and a Hockey team.
The hockey competition required each school to play each other and the top 2 teams would meet in the final.  Newbridge started off against their firm rivals Muckross that they had already met and lost to in the Plate competition.  The game was high tempo as expected and the score ended 0-0, points shared. Next up was Santa Sabina who were a very good level team with some nice players playing.  The score ended up 1-0 thanks to a last minute shot by Melissa Lyons who buried the ball from the top of the semi circle into the corner.  The big team of the tournament is Taylors Hill from Galway who complement the Connaught and Irish teams with players.  They had one today who was destroying teams in the midfield. Clear instructions were given to the captain Aileen Kyne to stick to her and not let her play her game, consequently Newbridge banged home 2 goals complement of Melissa Lyons again to win the match 2-0.  Newbridge were well on their way to the final.  After some more matches the results read Newbridge topped the table and Muckross lying in second place.
The final was after a Lunch.  The game was at a higher tempo than the previous meeting and both teams had equal opportunities to score.  Muckross struck first from a mistake in the Newbridge defense after a short.  Newbridge pressed hard to advance to the Muckross 22m and did so with intent with players like Ashley O’Sullivan, Aileen kyne, Muireann Kavanagh, Una Delahunt and Melissa Lyons. The goal came again from the work of the fabulous Melissa Lyons.   The game ended a draw.  Extra time followed and score remained the same.  Penalty flicks was going to decide it for these two teams.  Aileen Kyne, Megan Sutcliffe, Una Delahunt, Melissa Lyons and Roisin Flynn were the players to befit this task.
The scores went tit for tat until Newbridge had one saved.  Ciara Conaty had to save this next in order for us to stay in the competition.  She pulled of an amazing leg save.  Muckross goalie saved their next. Ciara had to save this one again or we were gone.  She did just that and now the advantage was with Newbridge.  Golden goal was next up.  Melissa Lyons approached and put the ball into the side netting Newbridge go ahead if Ciara could save this goal it was all over.  The Muckross player stepped up and pushed the ball to the left corner but Ciara got her foot to it and saved it!!! Newbridge were crowned Dominican Champions 2011!!!  The girls were ecstatic!!  As were the coaches.  They received their trophies and Aileen collected the cup.  An amazing day to remember for Newbridge College.

Team and Coaches John Dooley and Emma O’Connell
Ciara Conaty, Shannyn Brogan, Megan Sutcliffe, Grace Mcgary, Muireann Kavanagh, Aileen Kyne, Roisin Flynn, Ashley O’Sullivan, Melissa Lyons, Una Delahunt, Aoife Keane, Ella O’Neill, Dorarcha Lynch, Jill Mcternan, Emilly Higgins and Alyssa O’Neill.

The final of the Hoofprints and Accumulative Inter Schools Showjumping Leagues were held on Saturday 26th March in Gorey, Wexford.  Congratulations to Alyssa O'Neill who is the Inter Schools Showjumping Individual Champion for the 3rd Year running!  Congratulations also to the Newbridge College Equestrian Teams who were second overall in both the Hoofprints and Accumulative Showjumping Leagues.  All three of our teams on the day qualified for the jump off round.  We were represented by Carolyn Harty, Emily Beere, Ashley O'Sullivan, Alyssa O'Neill, Aisling Doyle, Clare Manning, Maedhbh Brassil, Megan Flanagan, Karen Casey, Sarah Kearin and Kate Ryan

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