We would like to welcome back all of our students, coaches and the rest of the Newbridge College community to another exciting year of sport! We already have to congratuate some individual students on sporting achievements, which you will see below...
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-mailuson firstname.lastname@example.org
Congratulations to the athletes who competed in the All Ireland Track and Field Championships in Tullamore last June. The intermediate relay team were very unlucky to be disqualified, despite coming home in 3rd place. There were the reigning champions from 2013 and we look forward to seeing their comeback this season. Our team was Luke Morris, Kevin Kyne, Michael O’Brien and Kevin Dunphy.
Congrats also to Aimee McGrath on the performance in the 800m coming home in 6th place. Aimee was also part of the All Ireland mixed relay team with her club who won this year’s community games. Luke Morris also went on to win the Tailteann Games as part of an Irish International realy team in July.
We have also hada number of boys representing the school on the Leinster U19 and U18 rugby teams in the upcoming inter-provincial championships and we will bring you news of their achievements over the coming weeks.
Senior 1st 21 Kilkenny College 24
The Seniors started their season on Wednesday when they hosted Kilkenny College in two games at the College. We started the game very well and spent the first 8 minutes of the game in the opposition 22. The pressure finally led to a try for Ruairi Cleary which Colm Doyle converted. Kilkenny responded straight from the kick off and were soon level at 7:7 after what has to be described as very generous defence on our part.
It was soon 14:7 to the visitors as they upped the pace of the game and we found it difficult to manage to stay with it. By half time, they had stretched their lead to 19:7 and it wasn't looking good. This was understandable seeing as this was the first run out for this group of players and it seemed to take the entire half to begin to play as a team.
In the second half, we looked far more eager in defence and this meant that Kilkenny didn't have the quality ball which they enjoyed in the first half. Having put pressure on we forced a 5m scrum. Morgan Mooney picked from the base and powered over for a 5-pointer. Doyle converted to bring us to within 3 points. The game was there for the taking now and to their credit both teams started to play with real quality. With a couple of minutes remaining it looked as though we had capped a great comeback when Colm Stapleton pounced on a loose ball following a mistake and we took a 21:17 lead. However after an infringement right from the restart, Kilkenny won a lineout 5 metres out and then drove over a well organised mail to win 24:21, which was probably the fair result at the end of an entertaining game. Those that impressed most in this one were Tom O'Neill and captain Rob Buckley while Tim Murphy and Daithi Murphy were the stand out backs on the day.
Inter’s v The Kings Hospital
Our InterA's took to the field in Kings Hospital led by 1st centre Daniel Caulfield. Newbridge showed massive team strength and determination throughout the game. They controlled much of the possession during the opening half. After a seriousof attacks Newbridge scored a fabulous team try finished by man of the match Thomas Sheedy and converted by Jack Hannon. Thesecond half was a much more even affair. Kings Hospital fought hard using their bigger men to make ground. Newbridge worked hard to overcome Kings Hospital's purple patch, only conceded a single unconverted try. Newbridge themselves had chances but couldn't find a way over the try-line again. Justly Newbridge had done enough to take the victory on the slender marginof 7 - 5. Players that stood out were Jack Ryan, Thomas Sheedy, David Higgins and Daniel Caulfield.
Our InterB's showed massive power and hunger in steamrolling a much bigger Kings Hospital side last Wednesday. Our Newbridge boys scored a staggering 10 triesand 7 conversions while running out convincing winners with a scoreline of 64 - 22. Tries were scored by Tom O' Connor, Finn O' Brien, Cormac Stapes, Oisin Halpin (2), JamesClyne, Cian Murphy, Ryan Scanlon (2) & JamesWarren. Tries were converted by man of the match Oisin Halpin.
Other Results: Senior 2nd’s 0 Kilkenny 47; U16A 31 Kilkenny 44; U16B 12 Kilkenny 31; Junior A 52 Kilkenny 26; Junior B 46 Kilkenny 1; Eller Blitz v Kilkenny: Won 23, Drew 3 Lost 10. Eller Blitz v Roscrea: Won 4 Drew 0 Lost 0.
Many congratulations to 6th Year Louise Scully who represented Ireland in the women’s U18 7’s tournament which was held last weekend.
16 First years went to St Gerard’s in Bray this week to play two frienldly 8-a-side matches. Both team aquitted themselves really well, one winning 5-1 and the other losing 4-1. The girls showed great promise and certainly the season ahead will be very exciting for the girls if these games are anything to go by.
Last Week: Junior A 1 LorettoFoxrock 1; Minor A 1 Loretto Foxrock 0
This Week: Senior 1 St Gerards 2; Junior A 4 St Gerards 0; Junior B 0 St Gerards 1; Minor A 1 Kilkenny College 1; Minor C 0 Kilkenny College 4; Minor B 2 St Gerards 1
Congratulations and best wishes to Orla Harrington in TY, who qualified during the summer for the National Dressage Championships – they will take place in Cavan at the end of this week.