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13 March 2015

Sports Roundup Friday 13th March 2015

So as the dust settles on another Cup campaign and a third semi final exit in a row, it’s time to reflect on what has been an amazing journey for a group of players who

have become men before my eyes over the past five years.  I first took on coaching this team when they were in second year and remember the first day at training with all 63 of them!  Since then, as a group we have reached the Junior League semi final (lost to Roscrea), The Junior Cup Final in 2012 (beating Roscrea on the way) and a TY League semi final.  This year, we won the Shield competition at the Clongowes 200 tournament and the League (beating Roscrea in the final)  Throughout those years, there has always been one message that they bought into... 1 team, 1 circle.  Every fifteen which was selected knew that they were simply the ones picked to represent the entire group on that particular day.  Bigger than that, every game they played was an opportunity for those players to represent not only the squad, but their year, their school and everyone who has gone before them in the College.
When we look to the two Cup semi final games against Roscrea, the 8:8 draw followed by a 20:19 defeat, I am filled with pride for these group of players.  Many pages have been written about the two games, so there is no need to go into the scoring sequences or who played well etc etc.  In the first game, I think we were lucky to come away with a draw as the powerful Roscrea pack had a strangle hold on the game.  In saying that, we had a chance to win the game with the final play.  In the second game, we handled their pack far better and looked the more complete team.  Our pack were magnificent in never taking a backward step against the bigger group, while our backs rewarded that effort, tearing the Roscrea defence to sheds on occasion.  Two very close calls went against us on the day, one non-call of a forward pass resulting in a try for Roscrea, while we had a try disallowed for the same reason later on.  It’s not sour grapes or anything, it’s just on another day you get those calls and win the game.  
In both games, both sides could have won, lost or drawn.  A draw was probably the fairest result in the replay according to most spectators and writers as it was simply a tussle which neither side derserved to lose.  But, that is what this wonderful game does sometimes and it’s important that you learn from defeat.  Roscrea are fully deserving of their place in the final, as were we but now we wish them all the very best of luck against Belvedere College in the decider.  I have to say that as a coach to this group, I realised one surprising thing after the semi final, that I too have learned an awful lot.  I feel that I have grown as a coach because of the experience of working with these young men and for that I thank them one and all.  Dave Brew

Senior 4ths League Quarter Final
Terenure 5 Newbridge 12

Newbridge College senior 4ths reached the semi final of their league by beating Terenure College 12 points to 5.  Eoin Collins scored the only try of the first half in a tightly contested game. Luke Menton converted. Colin Phelan playing his first game of the year led the attack for Newbridge making the hard yards. Sean O'Neill also managed to find gaps in the Terenure defence.
Terenure scored a try in the corner 10 minutes into the second half. Playing into the wind and up the hill Newbridge made most of the clean breaks. Jack Murphy combined with Paul Condon and they were unlucky not to manufacture a try up the left wing. Niall Kearns fielded numerous high kicks and counter attacked effectively. Joe O'Hara sealed the game for Newbridge when he picked up a loose pass and touched down.

Inters v Terenure

The Inter A's had a fine win on Wednesday against a big side from Terenure, 22-12. Having lost heavily to the same side earlier in the year this was a sweet victory for the Inters and evidence of the progress they've made over the last few weeks. They started brightly with a fine try from full back Harry Quirke after some fine team inter -play. Despite dominating most of the half they were only 15-12 up at half time having allowed Terenure back into the game twice after each of their 1st half tries - the 2nd scored by winger Daniel O'Connor,fed brilliantly by Quirke once again. The 2nd half saw more domination from Newbridge and with the advantage given to them by Ethan Lyons penalty just before the break they kicked on with a magnificent try from O'Connor again, this time following brilliant play from aforementioned Lyons.  Overall it was deserved win and one that will instil some confidence in the team nd where they can go from here. Best on the day were David Higgins, Jordan Nolan and Daniel O'Connor in the backs and Fionnan Morrin, Zack O'Reilly and Oisin Halpin in the pack.

Newbridge College Inter B's were out this week against a Terenure side that had beaten them by 20 odd points back in October.  Newbridge dominated in most areas from the off, with a try coming in the first five minutes complements of Sean Murphy. A second try followed shortly afterwards with Alex Buckley finishing well for the first of his eventual hat-trick. Terenure got 7 points of their own before a strong attack by the Newbridge pack opened the door for Cormac Stopes to score his first of the day and Newbridge's third of the half.
The second half saw a more aggressive Terenure but Newbridge equal to the task and were first to score against the this run of play. It was Stopes who grabbed his second and Newbridge's 4th. Both teams would trade two more tries each in a very hotly contested last 20 minutes. Fionn Walsh added three of the conversions to Newbridge's total. It was a superb team performance by Newbridge and should give them great momentum going into the last two games of the season. At the final whistle the scoreline read Newbridge 36 Terenure 26.
Players that stood out were Sean Murphy (1 try), James McConnoll, Cormac Stopes (2 tries), James Hughes  (Captain), Aaron McNelis, Jamie Clyne and Alex Buckley (3 tries).

Well done to our U19, U16 and U14 badminton teams who all won in the Kildare schools competition on Tuesday in the Patrician Brothers Secondary School, seeing off the Patricians in each level.  There were some great games of badminton in a very enjoyable competition.  Our U19 team was Rory Flynn, Morgan Hurley O’Dwyer, Conor Whelan and Thomas Wall, our U16 team was Mathew Duffy, Miquel Serra, Diego Fernandez and Gavin Coakley and we had 2 U14 teams with Charlie Kelly, Conor Ennis, James Sexton, Jacques Lawlor, Craig Hanly, Gavin Begley, Stephen Morreau and Ben Jones.

Show Jumping Competition held in Barnadown Equestrian Centre Sunday 1st of March.   Open Team of Karen Casey, Luke Heffernan, Amy Carroll and Daniel Fitzgerald - 3rd in the Open Competition

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