Congrats to our Senior and Junior Rugby teams who have advanced to the quarter final stages of this year’s Leinster Schools’ Leagues. The Seniors now host Kilkenny College next Wednesday while the Juniors travel to Gonzaga College for their game. Best of luck to both squads.
SCT 8 St Gerard’s 3
The College finished up their group games in this year’s League with the visit of St. Gerard’s, Bray. Although both were assured of a home quarter-final, this was a top of the table clash with the winners guaranteed of top spot. The College started well and slowly impressed themselves on the game. The hosts struck first when, following 2 penalties kicked for territory, Gavin Burke slotted over the next one for a 3-nil lead. A number of errors at the breakdown gave the visitors some valuable possession and on 15 minutes they made the most of this as they slotted a penalty of their own. Honours even. A crosswind forced a numbers of errors for both sides but the College were starting to take control of the game. However, a dogged Bray defence combined with the College ball-carriers getting isolated saw the College leave their guests off the hook a number of times when a try seemed the only outcome. The breakthrough finally came on 34 minutes when a wonderfully set maul crossed the line from 10 out and Patrick Ryan was at the tail to dot down. Burke missed the conversion and at halftime it was 8-3.
The second half was a mix of some excellent playing of the conditions and some frustrating error-laden scrappy play. Both sides coughed up possession easily at times and neither took control of the game. Territory tooed and froed but there were no clear scoring chances. Both teams come close but again personal and team errors cost them. A late flurry from the Wicklow side saw them nearly take it in the end but some spirited defence from the home side saw the College run out 8-3 winners and top the table. They will now play fourth in the other section and that looks to be Kilkenny. Notable mentions got to David Breen, Jordan Duggan, Mike Joyce, Michael Dillon and Robbie Hyland.
Juniors v St Gerards’ Bray
The final group game of the league was played on Wednesday last in Bray. Newbridge fell short by 6 pts with a scoreline of 15-9 with Newbridges points coming from the boot of Ethan Lyons - two penalties and one drop goal. It was tight affair throughout with both sides exchanging penalties early on. Gerard's got a try after a period of pressure half way through the 1st half. Newbridge responded with a drop goal shortly afterwards, deciding to take the points after pressure of their own. The second half started poorly for Newbridge with both errors and poor decisions leading to another try for St Gerard's. Newbridge recovered well and after exchanging penalties brought the game back to within 6 pts, with Newbridge almost snatching a try at the end with them just falling short close to the Gerard's line. Both teams progress to the quarter finals over the next few weeks and will be tough proposition for whoever they face. Best for Newbridge on the day was Jack Ryan, Thomas Sheedy and Oisin Halpin in the forwards and Ro Burns, David Higgins and Daniel Caulfield in the backs.
Newbridge College Junior B’s travelled to St. Gerard’s of Bray on Wednesday last. Blustery conditions made it difficult for both teams and a close encounter ensued. Newbridge were slow out of the blocks in the opening half and Gerard’s were on the score board inside the opening ten minutes. Newbridge team play and intensity was poor and it took until the twenty fifth minute for them to get back on level terms. However they were not to be level for long when Gerard’s went in to the break 10 – 5 ahead. The opening ten minutes of the second half were a carbon copy of the first, poor defending and communication allowed Gerard’s to extend their lead. Fifteen five down and twenty minutes left on the clock Newbridge finally woke up. More aggression in defense forced Gerard’s into mistakes and allowed Newbridge to get field position, which they duly converted into points on the board. Alex Buckley in the twenty third and fifth minutes crossed to bring the teams level while out half Cian Lawlor added the extra points to put Newbridge into the lead. Gerard’s retained possession well in the final five minutes looking for the winning score but Newbridge held out for the win on a score line of 19-15. Best on the day were Daire Timmins, Cian Lawlor, Alex Buckley, Michael O Connor and Killian Corless.
Eller A v Castleknock
The Eller As hosted Castleknock on a blustery Wednesday afternoon looking to maintain their unbeaten record for the season. The visitors started stronger and used the elements well to pin Newbridge back inside their own 22. Some good defence kept them out initially but it seemed only a matter of time before the away side took the lead. The breakthrough came after 5 minutes when good handling put the pacey winger away to score out wide. Newbridge came back into the game well and some excellent carrying into the wind allowed them to gain some territory of their own. This was eventually rewarded when Zia Ahmed spotted a gap close to the ruck and burrowed over from close range. Newbridge had their tails up and scored a second try almost immediately. Good handling from the backline gave Daniel Silke-Fetherston a one on one with his opposite number which he took full advantage of with some nice footwork and an excellent fend giving him the space to score. Castleknock hit back almost right from the kickoff when they tapped a penalty on halfway and moved the ball well for their powerful centre to break a tackle and put his winger away to score. The hosts had the final say of the opening half when Silke-Fetherston stole the ball in a tackle inside the 22. Conor Halpenny marshalled his pack well through a number of phases until the opportunity eventually presented itself for for Eoin Mc Connon to dive over. The home team took control after the interval and stretched their lead after 10 minutes of the second period. Excellent work from Adam Conneely saw him beat two defenders before putting in a lovely weighted grubber for David Marshall to collect and score. The same players combined again soon after, with Marshall putting Conneely away down the wing after he had sucked in two defenders. Silke-Fetherston rounded off the scoring with another excellent individual effort on the stroke of full time. Final score Newbridge 34 - 10 Castleknock
Other Results: Senior 2nd’s 22 St Gerards 14; Inter A 14 Garbally College 31; Eller B 30 Castleknock 12; Eller Black 5 Castleknock 26; Eller White 5 Castelknock 45
Results: Senior 3rds 0 Dominican Wicklow 2; Minor A 0 Wesley 4; Junior B 1 Wesley 1.
Congratulations to the athletes on their outstanding performances yesterday at the final of the Three County Cross Country Championships. They won two competitions, namely the U.14 Girls and U.17 Girls competition and were placed 2nd in the U.15 boys and 3rd in the U.15 Girls.
Some of the best performances of the Championships were seen on the day.
Aimee McGrath and Tom Browne ran outstanding races. Congratulations to all the athletes who should be very proud of their performances.
Results were as follows:
U.14 girls - 1st place - Libby Carthy, Rebecca Travers, Laura Carroll and Roisin O Conor.
U.15 girls - 3rd place - Sophie Carroll, Sinead Healion, Dervla Leahy and Niamh McFadden.
U.15 Boys - 2nd place - George Lowen, Tom Browne, Conor McGroary and Sam Cahill.
U.17 girls - 1st - Kate Grant, Hannah Grant, Aimee McGrath and Kate Nurse
Well done to our Senior Soccer team who have advanced to the semi final stages of the Midlands League with a fine 3:1 win over St Kevin’s of Dunlavin. Our scorers on the day were Cormac Whelan, Cian Gobbett and Eoghan Sutton.
The Showjumping teams had another great weekend.
The Newbridge College Team of Caragh Sweeney, Daniel Fitzgerald, Alanna Kelly and Amy Carroll came first last weekend in Kildare Equestrian Centre. As the only team on a clear score there was no jump off and they automatically took first place. Daniel Fitzgerald took 1st and 2nd in the Open Individual with Caragh Sweeney taking 3rd place.
We had two novice teams in the jump off in the Novice teams competition. The team of Sophie Carroll, Leah Heffernan, and Ivanna Dempsey came 2nd with Naimh Flinter, Leah Ross and Elana Slattery coming 3rd. Sophie went on to win the Individual Competition with Niamh Flinter taking 4th.