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15 January 2016

Sports Roundup Friday 15th January 2016

The Senior 1st XV headed to Donnybrook on Wednesday to take on Gonzaga. In a first half that never really got going for the College Gonzaga took the lead on 7 minutes with a try. 

Colm Doyle tagged on a penalty for the College during a phase that saw both side cough up the ball far to easily for either set of coaches.  The final two minutes saw everything come together for the Dublin side as they racked up two tries and a conversion in quick succession to leave the College 17-3 in arrears at the break.  
The second half continued as the first as Gonzaga added 3 points from a College error.  But things were starting to fall into place for the College as the half moved on.  A couple of close calls for both sides were beaten away with some solid defence. The College did eventually cross the white-wash when Mike Joyce controlled the back of a lineout maul and the College charged over from 14 metres out. Moments later the backs attacked wide right and, following the forwards work, then went left.  From the breakdown, Joyce was on hand to pick and go to cross for 5.  Gavin Burke couldn't add either extras and the game finished 20-13 to Gonzaga. Special mention goes to Jordan Duggan, Tim Murphy and Gavin Burke.

Junior A v North Midlands
Newbridge College Junior A's were out against North Midlands in a pre - Cup friendly this week. The game took place in Naas RFC and was divided into three 20 min thirds.  It was a game that Newbridge dominated in both possession and territory but unfortunately were not clinical in either attack or finishing.  North Midlands on the other hand got three scores. First was a try against the run of play late in the 1st third, a penalty in the 2nd third and a try last play of the game.  The final score read North Midlands 15 Newbridge 0.  Players that stood out for Newbridge were Oisin Halpin, Muiris Cleary and Sam Cahill.

Eller A 61 Terenure 0
The Eller As travelled to Terenure in their first match back after the Christmas holidays. The extended break seemed to do the away side no harm as Daniel Silke-Fetherston and Donough Lawlor were both on the score sheet inside the opening 5 minutes. Luke Dunleavy was next to touch down when he made a powerful surge through the defence after excellent work from Conor Halpenny and Eoin Mc Connon. Newbridge were rampant at this stage and Lawlor got his second of the day after excellent link play from Shane Fata. The score of the half came when textbook handling from Hugh Prendergast, David Marshall and Sam Prendergast put Silke-Fetherston away down the touchline. The dominance continued into the second period and Silke-Fetherston showed superb power and pace to notch his hat-trick. Diarmuid Mangan got in on the act when he powered over from five yards after Fintan O' Malley had taken a Terenure scrum against the head. Two excellent individual long range efforts from Adam Conneely and Hugh Doyle rounded off the scoring. Final score Terenure 0 - 61 Newbridge
Rugby Results: Senior 3rd 27 Sandford Park 0; Inter B 20 CBC Monkstown A 31; Eller B 41 Terenure 10; Eller Black 44 Terenure 10; Eller White 50 Terenure 0.

1st  year C v Muckross
In their first 11 aside game the team showed no fear or nerves against a strong Muckross panel, playing with great patience on the ball and making the most of the extra space to play into.  Newbridge played the game in a consistent high tempo manner, controlling possession and breaking down Muckross attacks multiple times.  The game was played tight and ended with Muckross coming away with the win after taking advantage of some half chances.  All 14 girls played with great heart and effort showing individual moments of great potential to take into our next game and Amy Nolan came up with the standout moment of the game with a goal line clearance from a short corner that a senior A player would have done well to react to.

Senior B's v Muckross
The first game after the Christmas break saw a strong panel line up looking to build on the momentum from early in the year. While the scoresheet may give the impression it was a one sided affair the reality was a lot different, a strong back line for Muckross and a handful of temporary holes in the Newbridge team as we showed some post holidays rust  meant the points went with the away team.  The new triplet of Ellen Heffernan, Aveen  and Carina in midfield showed great fight and grit in breaking down multiple Muckross attacks and setting up some great attacking breaks for Newbridge.  Jenna Brannock scored from a tight angle in the second half to get the home team on the board.

Senior C's v St Andrews
In the last game of the day saw a great team performance resulting in a win that shows the payoff for all those hard sessions since the start of the year. a slightly under manned yet dangerous  St Andrews team allowed Newbridge to play the game with the vast majority of possession and to implement their game plan.  Joyce and Bertha took over as the new attacking pair and gave the St Andrews goalie a lot of work and heartache resulting in Joyce coming away with the first hat trick of the season and Bertha, making her debut, coming close on up to a dozen times but not quite finding the backboard.  Rosin Kearns and Millie added to the tally in the second half making sure all 3 points stayed at home.

And here’s one of the players perspective... thanks Joyce!
At three o’clock on Wednesday 13 January in Newbridge College, a starting panel of eleven Newbridge College senior thirds players faced off against St. Andrews College, Dublin. The match started, and within ten minutes of play, the first goal of the match was scored by forward Joyce Delaney. By half-time, the score was 3-0 to the Newbridge squad, whom had scored twice more, once again by Joyce Delaney and another from Roisin Kearns.  The Andrews side came back fighting in the second half, but within fifteen minutes Aiveen Tracey had scored the first goal of the second half. After a struggle and plenty of shots on the Andrews goal by the Newbridge team, made possible by the excellent Newbridge defence and midfield, Newbridge’s Joyce Delaney scored the fifth goal of the match just seconds before the final whistle. Honourable mentions to Jennifer Greene, Millie Ahearn-O’Donnell and Deryn Mooney.  Final score was 5-0 to Newbridge, after an impressive performance from both sides.

Other Results: Junior A 0 Wesley 4; Junior B 0 Mount Anville 4; Minor B 1 Wesley 4; 1st Yr D 0 Mount Anville 5.

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