14 December 2015
Sports Roundup Friday 11th December 2015
TOP STORY RUGBYSCT 7 Terenure College 10
JCT 9 Gonzaga College 3
Hard luck to our Junior rugby team who lost out to a strong Roscrea side in the semi final stages of this year’s league.
The Senior 1st XV started their run into the Senior Cup first round tie against Belvedere with a trip to Terenure. An extremely strong wind running from tryline to tryline proved a challenging condition for both teams. Playing with the wind in the first half the College made the most of early territory and Robbie Hyland's snipping run at a breakdown was crowned with a try on seven minutes. Gavin Burke converted. A later attack saw a pass hold up in the wind assisting an interception for the home side on their 22 and they converted this breakaway into five points 4 phases later. Despite the College having the majority of the territory they failed to add to their score and at halftime they led 7-5.
The second half saw an early try for the Southsiders to nudge into a three point lead. The College, playing into the wind and now driving rain, were forced into a carrying game which they implemented quiet well. However, it was always going to be difficult. Try as they might they couldn't make that key breakthrough and the game finished 10-7 to the hosts. Notable mentions on the day go to Tim Murphy, Kevin Kyne and Paddy Ryan.Other Result: Senior 2nd’s 10 CUS 33HOCKEYJunior B’s 0 Loreto Dalkey 1
The Junior B team finally tasted defeat for the first time this season. On a windy Wednesday afternoon, Newbridge started brightly and passed the ball around with great pace and composure from the backs to the midfield and vice versa. Aoife Ryan in central defense regularly found the central midfielder Aoife Kavanagh with ease and she distributed the ball out to Yasmine Friel and Emily Blake on either wing. Grace Sinnott showed great pace and trickery up front but unfortunately Newbridge had a tough time penetrating their circle. Loreto in fairness had a well organized defense and plenty on strong runners in midfield too. About 15 minutes into the game a lapse on concentration by our left full back let a threatening attack develop and Loreto scored a soft but well taken goal. Meg Downes and Aisling Mulvey joined the fray to provide fresh legs and ideas.
Unfortunately in a bid to up their game, some of the Newbridge players tried to force the issue. The calm and measured passes from earlier on were replaced by rushed clearances and a lack of composure on the ball as they tried to press forward looking for that all important score. Our goal keeper Susie Treacy didn’t have to make another saved to make but importantly neither did their goalkeeper! Both teams cancelled each other out in the middle half of the pitch. Unfortunately Grace Sinnott picked a bad calf injury and had to be lifted off the pitch by Kildare’s strongest 15 year old Aoife Ryan! There was a lot of effort throughout the game from both teams but little end product, a sobering experience.
Sometimes a defeat can be a good reality check for a team. Bouncing back and learning from it is now crucial. Some cranberry sauce with the Xmas turkey is needed to kill off the bad taste of this defeat. Roll on 2016!+Other Results: Senior 3rds 1 Loreto Dalkey 2; Junior A 0 St Gerard’s 0; Minor C 0 Wilson’s Hospital 2. EQUESTRIAN
Broadmeadows Equestrian Centre
Open Team came 2nd at the competiton at the weekend. Despite the torrential rain and the very muddy conditions the team of Rachel Ross, Daniel Fitzgerald , Anna Kelly and Hanna Begley put on a fine performance to take 2nd place.
Open Individuals: 1st: Daniel Fitzgerald, 3rd: Rachel Ross and 6th Hanna Begley
Novice Team: The novice team of Sophie Carroll, Leah Heffernan, Niamh Flinter, and Leah Ross came 5th over a very difficult Novice track.
Novice Individuals: 4th Leah Heffernan and 5th Sophie Carroll.