The Juniors had a disappointing end to what was a successful run in
the league, losing to Roscrea in the Semi Final held in Portlaoise RFC. The team started well and had most of the possession in the opening half but probably didn't put enough points on the board during this phase. Oisin Kelly crossed the line about 15 minutes into the game. Shortly after, a penalty for Roscrea closed the gap. The score stood at 5 to 3 at half time. It was always going to be a close match but in the second half Jimmy O' Brien put a bit more daylight between the sides with a try in the corner. The score remained 10-3 until the final ten minutes. Roscrea never let up and got reward for the pressure they were putting on the Newbridge defence. A converted try to level the sides. With their tails up for the remains of the match, the managed the earn two penalties, one of which was converted to win the match. While the result was not favourable, these two sides will meet again in the Cup. Perhaps after that game, we'll have one match apiece!
Castleknock College A 5 Newbridge College A 18. Newbridge College came out winners in a bruising Inter A game in Dublin 15. Newbridge got off to the worst possible start with Castleknock scoring in the corner after going through a lot of phases. Indeed it set the tempo for the game. Possession for both teams was hard won as both teams showed a maturity of mind in both defence and attack. Newbridge did however draw level before the end of the half. Dylan Walker and Niall Wyer made room in midfield for Gavin Burke to score. Five points apiece at half time was a fair reflection on two teams gave to quarter in the first half. The next score was always going to be pivotal. Newbridge started the brighter team in the second half. The platform was essentially laid by the Newbridge front row, in particular David Breen, who were superb against the head all day. Robbie Hyland, Colm Doyle and Gavin Burke all then kicked Newbridge into great attacking positions. The breakthrough came when Burke, now playing at ten, made the effort to get on the end of a Newbridge backline move he had himself started. Castleknock did not stop trying and manful defending from Coilin Phelan, Timmy Murphy, Cillian Dempsey and Dylan Walker was needed to stem the Castleknock tide. Niall Wyer had the final say for Newbridge, showing great athleticism to score in the corner. Best on the day for Newbridge were captain Coilin Phelan, Robbile Hyland and Man of the Match David Breen in what was a fantastic team performance and the team’s best display of the year to date.
The Inter Bs made the trip to Castleknock to take on a physically imposing home side. We started brightly, with our backline looking particularly dangerous everytime the ball was moved wide. The opening score came after ten minutes when Kevin Dunphy got on the end of a good move to outpace his man and race clear for an excellent try. Our pack then started to come more and more into the game and some excellent phase play was rewarded with tries from Declan Gardiner and Conor Murphy to put us into a 17-0 lead. Castleknock hit back with a well worked try of their own on the stroke of half time when their strong running out half broke two tackles and scored under the posts. Newbridge started the second half in the same manner as the first and were rewarded when Michael O'Brien scored a superb individual effort after counter-attacking from a loose clearance kick. The hosts then enjoyed a sustained period of dominance for the remainder of the half but excellent defence from the Newbridge pack kept them out until 5 minutes from the end. Final score Newbridge 24 - 12 Castleknock
Last Wednesday saw Newbridge College Inter C team take on Castleknock in Dublin. The game was decided by two five minute spells at the beginning of both halves in which the home team crossed the white wash 4 times. Newbridge however never gave up and were unlucky not to have two tries of their own before the half time break. Following their opening dominance Castleknock were under pressure. Great work by Tom Finn (Man of the Match), Conor Whelan, John Power and Niall Healy in the pack gave the backs a great platform. Thomas Henry (Capt) at ten gave a great display of kicking and passing. It wasn’t until the second half that the Newbridge pressure began to show. Two tries in quick succession from center Michael Maher rewarded the team for their persistence, the tries were converted by Thomas Henry. With still plenty of time on the clock Newbridge went in search of more and after some great forward play John Power went over to score and converted by Sam Cooke. Michael Maher was unlucky not to score his third right on the full time whistle. This left the final score Newbridge College 21 - Castleknock 35. Team on the Day was: John Power, Matt Barrett, Matt Doyle, Mikey Ryan, Niall Healy, Conor Whelan, Tom Finn, Thomas Henry, Darragh Smith, Michael Maher, Sam Cooke, Fionn Nolan and David Donovan.
Eller C's had a very convincing win at home against a big CUS side. The first half was very one sided with Newbridge scoring 4 un-answered tries and converting 2 of them. The second half was no different as Newbridge scored 4 more tries and converted 3 of them. CUS spent very little time in the Newbridge half thanks to a great all round team performance. Best for the college were Pascal Thompson, Elliot Davis, James Sutton, Stephen Murphy and Peter Doyle. Final score 50 - 0.
Already without some players on temporary transfer to the Cs, the Dynamic Ds lost two more players as CUS arrived with only 11. One of our players on loan to CUS, Morgan Hurley O’Dwyer, showed an excess of hospitality towards the visitors by scoring an excellent try for them, as they won the game. Despite only scoring one try ourselves - an outstanding team effort finished off very well by Captain Tom Tinsley - the team showed great commitment and improvement in a lot of areas. Some excellent play by Harry Riehn at scrum half was well supported by Simon Hore at out half, and the rest of the backs. In the much improved pack Josh Mc Fadden and Stefano Marsella added their strength to the great efforts of the rest. Well done to the referee, Andrew Shanahan, who had an excellent game.
Other Results: Senior 1st 17 King's Hospital 17; Senior 2nd 34 King's Hospital 22; Under-16 A 25 CBC Monkstown 8; Eller A 14 C.U.S. 22; Eller B 35 C.U.S. 0.
The Minor A team had another solid 4-0 win over Santa Sabina. It was the team’s first league away fixture. The opening 10 minutes of the game were a little helter shelter but once Newbridge settled down they put in their best performance of the season. Louise Scully Caoimhe Murphy and Lucy Field were all immence in midfield and gave the forwards Caoimhe O’Boyle, Blaithnaid Coreless and Roisin Crowe some excellent opportunities in front of goal. The goal scorers in the game were Laura Hannon, Emma O’Neill, Lucy Field and Lucy Stapleton. Players of the match were Caoimhe O’Boyle playing up front and later on as sweeper and Orna Mahon playing at right back. With 5 wins and a draw so far this season the future looks very bright for this young team.
Hard luck to our U17 boys soccer team who were narrowly defeated by Cross and Passion Kilcullen
Well done to our U16 and U19 Badminton teams who both won their matches against De La Salle, Churchtown on Wednesday afternoon as part of the Dublin Schools League.