Well done to the Junior Cup Team and mentors
Mr. Evesson, Mr King, Dara & Massey on a fantastic win and great team performance over St. Gerard’s Bray on a score line of 46 – 10. A report on this game should appear elsewhere in these pages.
Newbridge Senior 2nd’s had a very tough start to their league with an away match to Kings Hospita. The game was a very evenly matched affair with both side creating chances. For all the positive play that Newbridge showed, it was their lapses in concentration that cost them this game. After about 15 min they conceded a soft try out wide which was converted. Newbridge pick themselves up and played the next 15 mins in KH’s half winning a handful of penalties and kicking one through Ruairi Kehoe – Clarke. Just before the half time whistle Newbridge had a scrum on their own 22. The ball was lost against the head and KH managed to squeeze into the corner for a second try. KH had their tails up and when Jack Doyle got a serious head injury early in the half KH pressed their advantage home and ran in three more tries and converted two of them. It was a heavy defeat at the hands of KH but what the score-line doesn’t reflect is the heart and never die attitude that Newbridge boys showed right up to the final whistle.
The Inters travelled to Dublin to take on Blackrock College in three games. The A match was a very tight affair in the opening 15 minutes. Both teams were hotly contesting the breakdown area and while conditions didn’t favour open running rugby, both teams were doing their best to mix it up between the forwards and the backs. The first score of the game was a try in the corner for Blackrock. They were patient in the phases and once Newbridge got sucked in, they went wide for what looked like an easy try. The try was converted but all was not lost. Newbridge battled well and for long periods were able to keep possession. Shay Ryan and Aubrey O’ Mahoney kicked well from play and penalties respectively to gain ground and the line out functioned well. Before the half time break, Blackrock got a penalty to leave the score at 10 – nil to the home side. Newbridge actually played better in the second half but this was not reflected on the scoreboard. The pack kept the game tight and were making ground but 2 reasonably soft tries with one conversion meant that the score at full time was 22 – nil to Blackrock. Patrick Morrin, Conor Johnson, Mike Doyle and Donal Delahunt made some hard yards in the tight, while Oisin Kelly looked like making breaks in the centre at times. However, credit would have to go to the Blackrock defence. While Newbridge played well for long spells, we never looked like a score was on the cards. The lessons learned from this match will definitely benefit the team in the upcoming match against Pres Bray.
The Inter Bs faced a their game after an extended period of time without a game. This rustiness was clearly evident early on and rock took the lead with a try after 5 minutes. We hit back almost immediately when some good work from Paul Quinn Fay allowed Stephen Rigney to get over in the corner. An untimely lapse in concentration saw us fail to reclaim the kickoff and when the resultant lineout went astray the Blackrock openside pounced on the loose ball to cross the line unchallenged. This easy concession stirred us into life once more and Quinn Fay got on the scoresheet himself after a series of pick and drives from the forwards. 'Rock hit back with two quick tries to re-establish a comfortable lead before Davy Culliton pounced on a loose pass in midfield to score under the posts right on the stroke of half time. The second half was a much more dogged affair, with neither team able to retain the ball for enough phases to put their opponents defence under pressure. Blackrock stretched their lead with a try off an excellent driving maul that saw the Newbridge pack marched backwards for 20 meters before their hooker broke from the back and forced himself over from close range. However, it was left to be Newbridge centre Charlie Lawler to have the final say when he broke a tackle in midfield and outstripped the cover to score. Final score Blackrock 33 : 24 Newbridge
The Inter C rugby team had an emphatic away win against Blackrock College. Superbly led from the front by number 8 and captain Cathal Ryan Newbridge were able to establish their superiority early on. Tries came from Ian Carey (3), Cathal Ryan (2), Peter Barrett (1), and Ciaran Howard (1) who also kicked five conversions from seven. This was very much a team effort from Newbridge where all 19 players involved showed their worth. An added bonus for Newbridge was the welcome return of Liam Farrell from injury who showed his class when he came on with some fine tackling. Final Score 22-45
Other Results: Senior 4ths V Castleknock; Eller A’s V Gonzaga 37 – 5; Eller B’s V Gonzaga 26 – 5; Eller C’s V Gonzaga 17 – 20.
The senior 1st hockey team after being knocked out of the plate, found themselves competing in the plate competiton where the were to face St. Raphaelas of Stilorglan. The venue was in Stilorglan and the match time was 4pm Wednesday. The panel was same as before with the exception of Dearbhla Ryan being replaced by Shannyn Brogan.
The game began with a strong attack by St. Raphaelas which put pressure on the defense from the off. The backs held well with great team work from Grace McGarry, Roisin Flynn, Megan Sutcliffe and the afore mentioned Shannyn Brogan. Newbridge took a little time to settle and eventuallly they began an organised attack on the Raphaela’s goals. The pressure remained mostly up on the Raphaela’s half with great advances from Aileen Kyne and Ashley O'Sullivan.
The first goal was to come soon after but not by Newbridge but by a break away ball by the Raphaelas Mid who managed to get to the Newbridge end line and then flick it out to and oncoming forward who subsequently scored.
This was totally against the run of play and made the journey harder for Newbridge. A combination of movement from the forwards and wide passing from the mids opened up the entire centre channel where the inform Captain Aileen Kyne drove hard and uninhibited to the goals drawing three defenders onto her and still managing to slip the pass back to Melissa Lyons who without hassle buried the ball into the corner. A well deserved goal indeed.
After that the momentum swung in Newbridge’s favour. half time 1-1. The half time speech consisted on trying to open up more space in the centre and to mark up their centre mid tighter. With the inclusion of Emily Higgins for Ashley O'Sullivan and Aoife O'Sullivan for Aoife Bergin and Alyssa O'Neill for Muireann Kavanagh, the second half started in blistering fashion with great pressure applied by all but especially by both substitutes who were so strong and skilful. With the intelligent moves from both sweeper, Megan Sutcliffe centre back, Roisin Flynn and centre mid Aileen Kyne the pressure was too much for the Raphaelas defense and soon the second Newbridge goal came in the form of the captain again making a surge through and this time striking from top of the semi circle herself, The game was well over by now.
Outstanding individual play by the back line who aided the attacks and supported so well was the key to the Newbridge play, Emily Higgins sustained a jaw injury, Megan Sutcliffe a finger injury but all are well. Special mention to players that were individually inspirying were Ashley O'Sullivan, Emily Higgins, Aoife O'Sullivan, Megan Sutcliffe, Shannyn Brogan, Roisin Flynn and of course the captain and goal scorer Aileen Kyne. The Team have qualified for the quarter finals of the Plate.
Athletics: South Leinster Cross Country.
Record fields turned up at the South Leinsters last Wednesday and saw some very good performances from College athletes. First to face the starter were the Minor Girls (u14), and they continued the good form of the Winter coming in second team of the 30+ entered. Anchored by a strong run from Caoimhe Murphy in 8th place, there was excellent support from Roisin Crowe, Sarah Barrett and Louise Scully. Louise was a late replacement on the team following a warm-up injury to Ciara Kiely, and she took her chance with both hands to gain a silver medal.
Junior Girls (u15) were the next up - with a doubt about whether some of the best runners were fully recovered from injury; they stuck to their task bravely with Claire Healion coming an excellent 4th, followed closely by Hannah Quinn also in the top 10, a resurgent Katie Bernie running her best race of the season, and Aine Dalton hot on her heels. The team result was extremely close with our girls just headed for top spot, however the runner up position was quite satisfactory.
The Junior boys featured a strong run from Donal Delahunt whose 8th place qualified him for the Leinster finals, but bad luck for Mark Galligan whose 17th spot out of 150 competitors was just outside the qualifying limit. A similar fate befell Katlyn McDonnell in the Intermediate (u17) girls, but still a very encouraging result from a gutsy performer.
Last College athlete into the fray was Michael Healion, our only entrant in the Intermediate Boys. Here is a top class athlete in the making and he was tackling a number of Internationals who had represented Ireland in School and Club competition. Totally unfazed, he ran with the leaders for most of the trip. Then with 1km to go he refused to be dropped when the winner exploded the pack, and clawed his way back to finish third, relegating a number of pre race favourites.
The two teams, Michael and Donal, now go forward to the Leinster Final in Santry on Wednesday 16th.