All rugby went on hold on Wednesday as our junior team played the Junior League Final v Kilkenny College in St Mary’s RFC.
A large crowd was in attendance to see what turned out to be a really entertaining game. We started well and looked to be by far the better team in the first half. Paddy O’Neill was carrying the ball well up front while Billy Dardis tried to control the game from 10. Only trouble was that we weren’t converting all our possession and territory into points. At the break many of us looking on were hoping we wouldn’t rue missed chances when the final whistle came as we actually trailed 3:0. The second half saw us control large periods of play but this time we did have the guile to finish it off. Billy Dardis was the man when he finished off a fine phase of Newbridge play when he broke clear to score a try. The same player scored a second with a great individual effort when he charged down a kick, collected the ball and ran clear to score under the posts. Matthew Madigan converted it which saw us hold on for a 12 points to 6 victory. Others to impress on the day were Ed Wynne who carried for a lot of hard yards and Richard Dalton who was superb at lineout time. In the backline Matthew Madigan was a constant threat while Billy Delaney also picked a good day to play well. Overall though, the team as a whole played their heart out and scored a well deserved victory. Noel Redmond, the league organiser was on hand after the game to present the league trophy to Newbridge captain Billy Dardis. A great win for the College and congratulations go to the entire squad along with the coaching staff.
WELL DONE to our Junior Hockey team on their superb performance in the first round of the Junior Hockey Cup yesterday against Kings Hospital. The final score was 1-1, the girls demonstrated great skill & determination and were very unlucky not to win. Special recognition goes to Clara Berney and Ciara Conaty who both played exceptionally well.
Senior 1st beat John Scottus 5-0. Congratulations to all on a great performance against the League leaders John Scottus. After applying tremendous pressure and scoring 2 goals in the first half, the girls came out in the second half and attacked the Scottus half relentlessly resulting in 3 more goals. Special mention to Una Delahunt, Louise Murphy, Ciara Reynolds and to Player of the match Muireann Kavanagh.
Congratulations to the Senior 2nds on beating Holy Child Killiney 3-0 and moving to 2nd position in the league with a game in hand. The team showed great fight and determination throughout. Special mention to Grace McGarry, Dorarcha Lynch, Rachel Stapleton and player of the match Ashling O’Sullivan.
Transition Year Student Ashley Duane had a very successful year as a member of the Curragh Golf Club. In June he captured the John Young Juvenile Trophy playing off 12. This was followed by capturing the Presidents prize for Juveniles. The successful year was rounded off when to the envy of the senior members he won the Captains Prize. This competition is played over two weekends with leading players having to play three rounds. Ashley finished with three shots to spare on the leading Senior member. However being a Juvenile he had to settle for the Frank Hyland Memorial Cup presented to the highest scoring Juvenile. At the awards ceremony Club captain John Courtney praised Ashley for his dedication and commitment and described him as an excellent ambassador for both his school and the Golf Club.
Finally all of us involved in the College sports programme would like to wish you all a very happy Christmas and let’s hope for a very Merry and successful New Year for the College teams.