Our Junior Rugby team face Kilkenny College in the final of this year’s Leinster Schools’ Junior League. The game takes place on Monday 16th January in Donnybrook at 2pm.
Christmas Friendlies v Ardscoil Rís
The Seniors were back into the swing of things on Wednesday when they headed to Limerick for a game with Ard Scoil Rís. The home side opened the scoring with a try but Enda Dowling equalised when he chased a kick and the bouncing ball broke for him. Luke Maloney converted. But back came the Limerick side and they dominated the second half with three tries, two of which were converted to take a 24-7 lead into the break.
The second half saw a momentum shift and the College finally started to get some control on the game. Patrick Ryan carried well all day and was reward with a try on 52 minutes. Maloney added the extras. Good forward play saw the College back into the Ard Scoil 22 and Cillian McCarthy touched down for a try. Maloney dragged his conversion right and the College trailed by 5. Continued pressure saw the College awarded penalties which they used to get deep in the home side half. From one resulting lineout the maul was pulled down as it moved towards the try line and the College were awarded a penalty try. Maloney slotted the extras and the College had their noses in front. Some very good game management and defence saw the College hold out and almost extend their lead but the game ended 26-24 to the College. Special mentions for Rob Wynne, Paddy Ryan, Tom Connolly and Man of the Match Daragh Ryan.
Our Juniors were also in Limerick to face Ardscoil Rís in the cobweb clearing annual fixture. Both teams were guilty of errors in the opening encounters while players tried to knock off the rustiness but this soon was replaced by some excellent play as the teams settled down. Ardscoil were first to strike when they deservedly scored a try after sustained pressure on our line. This was to be the half time score. In the second half, we suddenly looked the team which has seen us reach the Junior League Final and were soon level when Dónal Conroy finished off an excellent team score. Ardscoil battled back to score a penalty before Conroy was at it again, this time from inside his own half, he ran clear to score a great try and a 10:8 lead. However, we imploded from the restart... first we failed to secure possession and then when the Ardscoil No.8 ran at us. We went on the back foot, leading to a total of 7 missed tackles on admittedly the most dangerous player on the park but very poor from our side too. They scored the conversion for a 15:8 lead. We had a couple of half chances near the end to recover but couldn't quite get to the line. Best for us on the day was Marcus Kiely in a day when we learned the lesson that of you miss tackles you will not win. Still this was a great workout to get during the holidays and we now face a 12 day lead in to our League Final against Kilkenny College in Donnybrook on Mon 16th Jan at 2pm.
Inters v St Michael’s
Newbridge College Inter A's were in action today for the 1st time in six weeks against St Michaels College of Dublin. For Newbridge this was a game of four very different quarters.
The opening quarter was all Newbridge College in which they raced into a 10 - 0 lead courtesy of two tries from Adam Connelly. Newbridge went from complete dominance to a more relaxed unit and team errors led to St Michael's opening try which was converted. Although Newbridge created chances, St. Michaels were starting to get the upper hand in the remainder of the half. The half time score saw Newbridge 3 points to the good but in essence this game was decided in the 3rd quarter with St. Michaels crossing over three more times. With 15 to go and the score at 22 - 10 Newbridge rallied and began to dominate once again. Newbridge finally crossed over again for their 3rd through Zia Ahmed which was converted. Newbridge came agonisingly close on more than one occasion to getting the winner, even having a try held up over the line on the last play, to end the game with a score line of Newbridge College 17 St. Michaels College 22. Players that stood out for Newbridge on the day were Luke Gorman, James Sheedy, Andrew Rynne and Adam Connelly.
Ellers v Terenure
The Eller As faced a difficult trip to Terenure on the resumption of their season after the Christmas break. The home side started strongly and opened up a 10 nil lead after two well worked team tries in the early exchanges. Newbridge came more and more into the game as the pack led by Kieran Kelly and Callum Corcoran began to make inroads into the Terenure defence. Two great chances were spurned before Zack Zebedee burrowed over from close range to score wide on the right. The home team hit back to widen the gap with a try on the stroke of half time. The opening stages of the second half were dominated by the Dublin side and they scored twice more to put the game beyond doubt. To Newbridge's credit they owned possession and territory for the remainder of the match. A try from Tom Waters was the only thing they had to show for this long period of pressure as the ball was coughed up in contact within 10 yards of the Revenue line on 3 occasions.
Final score Terenure 29 - 10 Newbridge
Other Results: Junior B 0 Terenure 55; Eller B 24 Terenure 24; Eller Black 25 Terenure 42; Eller White 17 Terenure 46
Results: Senior B 0 Mt Anville 4; Junior 3rd’s 0 Muckross 2
Newbridge College were represented at the Leinster Senior Schools Swimming competition in the Tallaght Sports complex. There were a total of 379 athletes at this competition, of which a number were swimming at the highest level. This small group of students were a credit to the school showing great team spirit and support for one another while achieving good personal times for their individual events. It was with great pride that they wore their school colours in swimming and hope to continue to do so. They competed well in 4 individual events and 2 relays after which this group relaxed for a photo...see attached. And it doesn't end there. There is a possibility of another schools competition for this team in May. Thank you very much for the support.