Showjumpers Win All Ireland!
The Gain All Ireland Interschools Championships was held in Enniscorthy on Saturday the 28th April.
The Newbridge College team of Gillian Wall, Hannah Sutton, Maedhbh Brassil and Kate Hensey won the Championships for Newbridge and our other team Lauren Heffernan, Alyssa O'Neill, Karen Casey and Emma O'Callaghan came 3rd. This is the first time that Newbridge has won this competition although the College has been placed before and has had a number of individual wins. In the senior individual championship class Alyssa O'Neill was 3rd overall and in the Junior competition Emma o'Callaghan came 2nd and Gillian Wall 4th. Both teams also won the best turned out prize. Well done to all.
Congratulations also to all who attended the final of the show jumping league held in Mullingar on the 21st and 22nd April. On the 21st congratulations to Aoife Murphy, Hannah Sutton, Maedhbh Brassil and Megan Flanagan who came 2nd in the National Open team event. It was a one, two, three in the individual derby for Newbridge. Alyssa O’Neill came 1st, Charlotte Quinn was 2nd and Nessa Briody 3rd. Alannah Murphy came 6th.
On the 22nd Alyssa’s 4th place in the individual was enough to secure her the Individual Hoofprints League title for the 4th year in a row. In the same competition Hannah Sutton came 2nd and Lauren Heffernan came 3rd. Nessa came 3rd in the league and Meaedhbh Brassil came 4th. Karen Casey won the 80cm accumulator and the Newbridge team of Lauren Heffernan Emma O'Callaghan Gillian Wall and Karen Casey came 6th in the team competition which was good enough to secure Newbridges 2nd place in the overall Hoofprints league. The team of Alyssa ONeill Charlotte Quinn Hannah Quinn and Nessa Briody also won the best turned out team prize and Alyssa won the Individual turn our award.
Doyle Cup 2012: Well done to Murphy’s Meerkats captained by Tim Murphy on winning the 45th Doyle Cup. Hard luck to Barbed Wyer captained by Niall Wyer who were runners up. The final score was 36-10.
We sent two teams to Limerick to take part in the Topflight Crescent 7’s last weekend. There were schools pressent from all over the country and the boys had a very enjoyable day in all. In the U18 competition, we had a good 19:14 opening win over Wesley College with tries coming from Paddy Cross (2) and Eugene Price. Next up was a tough game against St Muchin’s College in Limerick which we lost 25:14, Jack Briody and Eugene Price with our scores. We bounced back well from this defeat, running out 39:5 winners over Villiers. There waas a hattrick from Ivan Briody, 2 from Jack Coghlan-Murray and 1 a piece for Paddy Cross and Jack Briody. This meant we qualified for the ¼ final against Crescent Comp A who were hosting the competition. This was one of the games of the day with both teams very evenly matched. We scored through Paddy Cross and Ivan Briody in a game that ended 12:12 and so sudden death extra time was needed. Unfortunately it was Crescent who scored first and took the win, while we had to settle for a place in the Plate semi-final. We recieved a bye through to the final as CBS Kilkenny departed from the event early. In the final we played Glenstal Abbey. There was always only a score between the teams in this one, with tries from Jack Coghlan-Murray and Jack Briody saw us trail 12:10 lead at the break. In the second half, Paul Buckley scored a great try and we held on to win the game and the Plate section of the competition. Well done also to Mark Kavanagh, Ed Wynne, James Kearns and Paddy O’Neill who made up the rest of the victorious ssquad.
In the U15 competition we started our group with a good win over Castleknock A. We won this game , with tries from 22:10 with tries from Tim Murphy (2), Kevin Dunphy and Tom O’Neill. Next up was St Paul’s who had struggled in their opening game. They were in for more of the same against Newbridge as we racked up 7 tries in an easy 47:5 win. Scorers were Colm Stapleton (2), Ruairi Cleary (2), Tim Murphy, Michael O’Brien and Ribbie Hyland. Our final game saw us up against Crescent B, the hosts who set out to try to negate our speed with physicality. It took us a little time to adapt but eventually to won 31:10 with tries from Kevin Dunphy (2), Ruairi Cleary (2) and Niall Wyer, This meant 3 wins and we topped our group, and qualified for a last 16 clash with Wesley College. Once again we were guilty of conceeding some easy scores early on in this one but we managed to turn the game around and record a fine 22:15 win, with scores coming from Ruairi Cleary (2), Dylan Walker and Kevin Dunphy. In the quarter final we met Glenstal Abbey. They started the game very well and had an excellent attacking option with a great restart kickoff. They scored two quick tries from this weapon and never really looked back from there. We battled back and scored through Ruairi Cleary and Kevin Dunphy but they always managed to keep their lead in tact to win by 27:15, with David Breen finishing the scoring. There was no back up plate competition at U15 level and so this result brought our involvement to an end. Well done also to Mike Joyce and Colm Doyle who played very well on the day too. This was the first time many of these players played competitive 7’s and they really enjoyed the experience.
Unfortunately the 1st Year Boys didn't qualify from play offs in Monaghan on Sunday. We were beaten by Colaiste Einde in first game 40 29. We beat St Paul's Raheny 41 38. All teams had lost one game and at that point St Pauls had to win their last game in order for us to be in with a chance as we had already beaten them. Sadly they lost and we were beaten by one basket in third game by St Macartans who hosted the competition. The lads had a great day. And one of the refs commented on their good spirits! Hopefully we will get a shot at it again next year.