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11 September 2015

Sports Roundup Friday 11th September

Welcome Back
We would like to welcome back everyone to the new school year.  Over the school year, we will try to keep you up to date with all the goings on of our many teams across all of our sporting activities.  If you are involved in any way and would like to see some piece of news appear in these pages, please e-mail us on info@newbridge-college.ie

Junior A’s
Newbridge College Junior A’s had their first run out this year against a very rusty Kilkenny College side. The game started at a very fast pace with both teams really going at it. Captain Muiris Cleary was the first to take his opportunity and crossed over in the 5th minute. Roe Burns added another four minutes later in the corner. Newbridge’s tails were up and after superb ball retention by the forwards, Cormac Stopes got his first of the day. Muiris Cleary and Mark Moynihan would also touch down for Newbridge before the interval. The half time score line read Newbridge 34 Kilkenny 0 and this game was over really as a contest.
Kilkenny came back out with real energy and pride but when Cormac Stopes finished his second try Kilkenny’s heads dropped and Newbridge took full advantage. Marcus Kiely, Roe Burns, Sam Cahill and Muiris Cleary scoring his hat-trick all crossed over for Newbridge before we had hit the 50 minute mark. Jack Doyle kicked 6 conversions and 1 penalty which left the score line Newbridge College 65 Kilkenny College 0.
It was a good performance by Newbridge and players that stood out were Cormac Stopes, Oisin Halpin, Muiris Cleary Fionnan Morrin, Jack Doyle and Harry Quirke. Special mention must also go to Sam Cahill, Marcus Kiely and John Shanahan who had their first games with this group and all stood out with extremely good performances.

We  were in action again this week against the Munster side Glenstal Abbey. Newbridge dominated from the off and crossed over for their first try after 8 minutes. Roe Burns got his and Newbridge's second 6 minutes later after a well worked team try in the corner. Sam Cahill superbly squeezed over in the opposite corner on the 20 minute mark to push Newbridge's lead out to 17. Glenstal managed to open their own account 5 minutes later with a converted try under the posts.  Newbridge up their work rate and intensity even further in the second half and pushed on to score 5 more tries courtesy of Ethan Lyons, Harry Quirke, Jordan Nolan, Daniel O'connor and David Higgins. Jack Doyle converted 5 of these tries to leave the final scoreline reading Newbridge 50 Glenstal 7
The fact that all 8 tries were scored by the backs is a testament to there attack play but this was only made possible by the fantastic work rate and platforms created by a aggressive and hard working pack.  Players that stood out on the day were Fionnan Morrin, Muiris Cleary, Rob Scully, David Higgins, Jack Doyle and Daniel Caulfield.  Rob Scully has also been selected and named as the team captain for the upcoming year.

Rugby Results:
Wed 10th Sept
Senior 1st          15     17          Glenstal
Junior A            50     7           Glenstal
The Ellers also played a blitz in Roscrea. Played: 6    Won: 2    Drew: 0    Lost 4:

Wed 3rd Sept
Senior 1st          0     30          Kilkenny
Senior 2nd       26    22          Kilkenny
Junior A            65      0           Kilkenny
Junior B            65      0           Kilkenny
The Eller rugby also played Kilkenny in a blitz.  Their record on the day was,
Played: 36          Won: 26          Drew: 4          Lost: 6

Senior 1sts v St Gerards
This was always going to be a really tough game for the girls in their 1st preseason game of the season.  St Gerards are the current Senior Cup champions and Senior League winners.  This year will be the first year Newbridge College will compete in the Senior Premier Division and this game was a real baptism of fire.  Gerards came at us with the confidence of champions but the skill, vision, teamwork to back it up...  Our girls were reeling for the first 20 minutes and went down 3 0.  It took us a while to settle into the pace of the game so half time was a welcome relief for coach Gavin to have a chat with them and regroup.  They discussed how we could manage our defence better and strategies to put pressure on the Gerards girls to win more turnovers and create some scoring opportunities.  The second half was a lot better with the Newbridge girls more involved in the game and on the ball a lot more.  It was still very difficult to penetrate the Gerards circle but Aimee McGrath who excelled for the Newbridge team slotted one away which was well deserved.  St  Gerards went on to score another 3 goals but had to work for them.  6 1 was the final score but a lot was learnt from this game.  The girls and their coaches are more aware than ever of the challenges ahead and the work that needs to be done.  Aimee McGrath and Goalie Hannah Begley were outstanding for Newbridge.  The squad that travelled were Hannah Begley, Laura Hannon, Sarah Jennings, Aoife Sexton, Roisin Mc Connon, Kate Hannon, Aoibheann Tutty-Bardon, Eleanor Walsh, Anna Nurse, Aoife Butler, Jenny Kelly, Emily O’Brien, Niamh Crowe,

Junior A v St Gerards
Our Junior As had their first outing of the season v St Gerards.  St Gerards is always a good challenge match for the girls as they would be considered a top hockey school so we knew it would be always be a competitive game and a worthwhile trip in preparation for the league ahead.
The game played out with both sides pretty evenly matched...both teams creating chances but Newbridge with the edge with more circle entries than Gerards.  Newbridge had numerous shots at goal which eventually paid off with Kate Grant scoring the goal from a well worked attacking phase. Gerards also had their chances and gave our defence plenty of practice and were also rewarded with a deserved goal through a counter attack. The game progressed with both sides creating chances and in the dying minutes Gerards scoring the winner.
The result was not important today it was what the girls and the coaches could take from the game going forward in preparation for their first league game at the end of the month. It was a very worthwhile trip and coaches Gavin Groves and Janis Kelly learnt a lot and are very positive for the season ahead with this talented group of girls. Kate Masterson is their captain for the year with Aine Fisher Vice Captain. The squad who travelled were: Kate Masterson, Aine Fisher, Mary Hamilton, Hannah Grant, Megan Ferguson, Clodagh Rea, Kate Grant, Leah Delaney, Aoife Fitzgerald, Grace Coneely, Kate Nurse, Ellen Ayerst, Ella Dwyer, Rachel Ross, Grace Synnott.
Final result St Gerards 2 Newbridge 1

Kings Hospital B v Junior B  0-1
A new year, a new season and a great opening result. With the opening game of the season The Junior B’s new coach Mr Falvey got to throw a keen eye over the players for the first time. The game started brightly with Emily Blake immediately imposing herself in midfield. Aislinn Marmion was a constant treat on the left wing putting numerous clever crosses into the circle, with Ellen Ayerst and Grace Sinnott going close a few times. In defense Aoife Ryan(sweeper) and Maebh Breen(center back) were in commanding form, leaving their debut goalie Susie Treacy with little to do. Kings Hospital certainly played their part in making it an evenly fought contest. The 2nd half was a similar affair but it was Newbridge that got the goal they deserved, with Yasmin Friel, Ellen Ayerst, Emily Blake all involved in a free flowing move that was finished with a fine strike from Grace Sinnott. With a long season ahead and with plenty to work and improve on, it is certainly great to begin the season with a positive result. Well done to all who played.

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