The Clane school were at home and were looking to avenge the Junior Cup defeat of last season but it was Newbridge who were again victorious after another really close game which was decided on the final whistle when Mark Young kicked a penalty to win it.
Senior XV v Leinster U19 XV
The Senior squad headed to NUI Maynooth on Wednesday evening to take on a Leinster XV. The College settled well and after a to and fro start they took control with tries from Dónal Conroy and Sam Cahill both of which Sam Prendergast converted. Leinster forced their way into the game but couldn’t break down the College defence near the line. Prendergast rounded off the half with a try to make it 19-0 at the break. The second half was a much tighter affair. Both sides had chances which they failed to convert but it was Leinster who crossed first to cut the College lead to 12. There would be only one more score but it came from some of the best rugby the College played all night. Niall Majury has the honour of dotting down to finish off the play and Prendergast converted to leave the final score 26-7 to the College. Notable mentions go to Pa O’Flaherty, Sam Prendergast and Diarmuid Mangan.
Ellers v St Michael’s
Two First Year Eller Rugby Squads travelled to St Michaels on Wednesday the 11th of December. First into action were the A squad who found themselves in a battle with a formidable St Michaels XV. In a game of fine margins the ultimate difference was the clinical finishing of the opposition who were patient in attack and destructive in defence. There were loads of positives takeaways and lessons learned by the team which will drive further improvement and progress. Despite losing it was a display of huge effort and massive commitment .The standout players among many positive performances were Leo Healy, Sam O'Loughlin and Patrick Kennedy. Final score: 34:0
The B's were locked into a battle of wills from the first whistle. Although they found space at a premium against a well organised opposition they made their advantage up front show, scoring 4 fine trys. Despite making numerous planned and enforced changes they were committed and courageous to the final whistle and fought tenaciously to secure a 24-24 draw. This team has grown in character, game awareness and rugby competence in the last few weeks promoting competition and improvement across the wider squad. Best on the day were Jack Smith,Claudio Borgonovo, Cian Cahill and Mikey Murphy.
Other Results: Inter A 22 CUS 12; Inter B 62 CUS 14.
Canoe Club Beginners:
Congratulations and well done to Killian Marquardt, Kieran McNamara, Claudio Borgonovo, James Brophy and Conor Collins who all successfully passed their Level 1 Skills Award last Saturday.
Congratulations to our U19 Badminton team of Stephen Moreau, Ben Jones, James Sexton, Mark Hall and Patrick Moxom who comprehensively beat Oatlands College in the Quarter Final of the Dublin Badminton League, and will now play in the Semi-Final after Christmas.