Junior A 5 - Loreto 1
The Junior A’s advanced to the quarter finals of the Hockey Junior premier cup with a comfortable 5-1 victory over Loreto Stephens Green.
The girls made a slow start and had to weather early Loreto pressure but a great goal off a turnover in midfield settled us down. Another goal followed soon after following more pressure in midfield. Loreto started the second half strong and they got back in the back from a well worked short corner. However almost immediately we re-established our 2 goal advantage with a well worked goal. Two goals followed soon after to cap the girls best performance of the season. We now play Loreto Bray in the quarter finals next Wednesday at home. Goalscorers: Rachel McMullen x2, Jenny Kelly,Kate Hannon, Kate Grant
Senior 1st 7 Wesley College 16
Our Senior team hosted Wesley in what was our final group match of the league. We had already secured top spot in our group which meant that we are assured of a home quarter final in two weeks time. Wesley came looking for the win they needed to secure a quarter final spot and on this day, were the better team throughout.
Having controlled must of the first twenty minutes of the game, they missed two penalty attempts before finally taking a 3:0 lead from a third shot at goal. It looked as though we had gotten away with only conceding that score in the first half until a well worked set of phases saw Wesley score. Half time 10:0 down and deservedly so.
In the second half, we battled to regain momentum and when Mark Delaney scored off a well worked backline move, Colm Doyle converted and we were back in it. Now we had the chance to go for the win, but as happened in the first half, unnecessary knock-ons and missed tackles were affecting our play. Wesley extended their lead with another penalty and added another just before the full time whistle to deny us even a losing bonus point.
Hats off to Wesley on a fine away win. Our standards will have to be a lot higher when we play the league quarter final in two weeks time as the quest to retain the league title steps up in earnest.
Eller A 17 Castleknock 5
The Eller As travelled to Castleknock for their first away match of the season on Wednesday last. We started very well and the first period of the game was played out in the home sides 22. Unfortunately some handling errors in the muddy conditions meant the pressure was not converted into points as a few good chances went a begging. Eventually excellent midfield passing from John Shanahan and Sam Cahill put Donal Conroy into space to score. Castleknock came back into the game strongly, with their strong running centre especially to the fore. It took excellent Newbridge defence, led by the hard tackling Marcus Kiely to keep the hosts at bay. They eventually grabbed the equalising try on the stroke of half time when
the Newbridge defence was caught napping from a quick tap penalty. The visitors drew first blood in the second half when Jamie Gaire pounced on a loose pass in midfield and swiftly offloaded to Kiely who outpaced the cover to score from half way. The lead was stretched further when Conroy intercepted a pass on his own 22 and raced away to score. Castleknock dominated possession for most of the remainder of the game but excellent defence led by Geoff Mc Neilis and Paddy O Flaherty ensured the Newbridge line was not breached.
Other Results: Senior 2nd’s 5 Wesley 10; Eller B 26 Castleknock 0; Eller Black 5 Castleknock 54.
2 first year teams took on St Gerard's from Bray yesterday in their second round of 8 a side matches. Both teams played super hockey, team 1 played St. Gerard's A team and having gone a goal down in the first half they got one back early in the second, scored by Anna Blake and despite constant pressure they couldn't get through the strong St Gerard's defence.
Team 2 also went a goal down early but with constant pressure scored 4 more without reply, goalkeeper Eva Mathews was super and the all round performance of both teams from every player augurs well for the rest of the season.
Other Results: Senior 1st 1 Loretto Green 4; Junior 2nds 1 Alexandra College 2; 1st Year A 1 St Gerards 1; 1st Year B 2 St Gerards 1
The third and final part of the Three County League saw the schools of Carlow Laois and Kildare face off in a cross country relay in Carlow last Tuesday - and despite near continuous rain it proved a superb day for the Girls of Newbridge College.
The under 14's started matters and continued their good performances by winning Division 2 - Saidhb Quinn taking the first leg, handing over to Cara Sweeney; Dervla Leahy's third leg kept the momentum going for Mary Enright to bring the baton home. Overall their performance had them right up with the Div 1 teams and was more than enough to land Gold in Division 2.
On then to the under 15's for whom Hannah Grant led off establishing a position in the lead group; Keela Magee took over and rediscovered some of her old form to hand over to Aoife Fitzgerald in a secure second place. Kate Grant duly dismissed any threats to their position to come home second on the day, and clinched second place overall in the League.
Performance of the day by the College girls was surely that of the under 17 girls in what turned out to be the race of the day. Weakened by the absence of Ciara Regan through injury, Mary Hamilton came in at short notice to take the third leg. Back to the first leg though, Roisin Crowe ran her best race for a long time in storming into an immediate lead ant continued to extend this over the 500m leg, handing over to Kate Nurse with a good 20m lead. Kate is one of the most improved athletes in the Province this Autumn and she extended that lead, working hard to give Mary and the team every chance.
But main challengers were All Ireland medalists St Leo's Carlow, and had kept their best runner to attack Mary, spotting a new and possibly vulnerable athlete. Mary dug deep, and while she could not hold off the St Leo's girl, stayed close to the end of the leg, handing over to Aimee Magee. Aimee had 25m to make up and wisely did not blow her speed and strength in an explosive charge. Instead she gradually closed the gap metre by metre; with 100m left she was still 10m down - close enough as she pounced on the run in to the finish just edging past her rival in the last 10 metres. A great effort made by all the girls, a win on the day to clinch overall League victory.
The Senior Girls race was somewhat anticlimactic after the excitement of the previous event, but Katie Bernie brought the College girls into the leading pack with a fighting first leg, Ciara Kiely established a solid third place which Megan O'Neill and Sarah Barrett stoutly defended to the end, their third place on the day being enough for third overall and Bronze medals.