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18 September 2017

Sports Roundup Friday 15th September 2017


JCT v St Mary’s
Newbridge College Junior A's were in action on Wednesday against St. Mary's College.

With the Junior League on the horizon and two very good results under our belts fringe players that have being working hard in training and some experimental selections saw a lot of changes on the Newbridge team sheet.  Newbridge dominated in both territory and possession in the opening half but could only create 2 or 3 clear cut chances. Mary's on the other hand defended for the majority of the half and took the one opportunity when it presented.
The second half was a much more even affair with Marys dominance in the scrum really coming to the fore. As with the first half there would only be one score and it would go to Marys in the last minute. The final scoreline read Newbridge College 0 St.Mary's College 12. Players that stood out for Newbridge were James Sheedy Andrew Rynne and Lorcan Hyland.

Inters v Pres Bray
The Inters travelled to Bray to take on Pres Bray in the second fixture of the season. Like our first game we started poorly and poor defending saw us fall 14 nil down in the opening 10 mins. We improved after that and lost two more before the break. It was more of the same in the second half but credit to it boys, they never gave in and battles right to the end. This was proven when Cael Chanders crosses for our only score of the game. Robbie Dillon drained the touchlone conversion. Others to perform best for Newbridge on the day were Zack Zebedee and Mark Young.

The Inter B team travelled to Pres Bray this week for the second game of the season. It was a very hard fought game with a final scoreline of 27-22. Best for Newbridge on the day were Fionn Ennis, Gavin Anderson and Tom Coleman. Notable also for their pace and ball carrying ability were Ryan Healy and Patrick Stapleton, posing a treat throughout. Ball retention a work-on after today but the willingness to stick to the task and heart shown by ball players a definite positive.

Ellers v St Mary’s
The Eller As travelled to St Mary's in their first game of 15 a side for Newbridge College. The away side started at a hundred miles an hour and counter rucked the hosts off the ball right from the kickoff. Kyran Doyle spotted the space on the blind side and sent Tadhg Brophy racing away to score from 40 meters. Brophy was at the heart of it again when the lead was stretched after ten minutes. He pounced on a loose ball and beat a defender before a lovely pass set Andrew Carroll free to touch down under the posts. The home side came back into the game and scored two uncovered tries of their own to leave Newbridge 4 points ahead at the break. Mary's maintained their momentum into the second half and went ahead early on with a try under the posts. The away side were stung into action and dominated the remainder of the game, with Ruairi Byrne and Ronan MC Groary particularly prominent up front. Julian Zebedee got on the end of a flowing move to finish strongly for Newbridge to retake the lead. This was extended when good handling from Conor Manifold gave Carroll the space to beat his man on the outside for his second try. An excellent final 15 minutes was rounded off by a superb individual effort from Brophy on the stroke of full time.
Final score St Mary's 17 - 33 Newbridge

The Eller B's came to within a last min try of beating St. Marys.  St Marys opened the scoring after 5 minutes but Newbridge responded and took control of the game and led 17-10 going into the break with scores from Colin Clarke, Matthew O'Donnell and Aaron Costello.  However St Marys crept back in and took the lead with 3 mins to go at 25-22 and Newbridge were very unlucky that their last play try was disallowed for a forward pass.  

Newbridge C Black controlled most of this game and had had the majority of the possession throughout. However, the experience of St. Mary's told against a Newbridge team for whom many this was their first full 15 a side match. St. Mary's ran in 4 tries as the game wore on. Best for Newbridge were Andrew O' Neill and Callum Houlihan.

Newbridge C White controlled this game from the start and had an early try from Evan Gilgrist. St. Mary's responded with sustained pressure and try. Newbridge responded brilliantly running in tries from the impressive Ralph Warren and great break from Patrick McGreevey. Newbridge ran out winners on a score line of 26-20.

Other Results: Junior B 7 St Mary’s 27; Inter B 27 Pres Bray 37; Eller B 22 St Mary’s 25.


Our Juniors B’s took on St. Andrews away today.  Newbridge seemed quite scattered and disorientated during the first half and still managed to get two goals from Rebecca and Emily! They began to find their feet in the second half and played simple yet effective hockey. Aisling Kearns found the net in this half leaving the final score 3 nil to Newbridge!  Good day at the office!

Minor Hockey v St Andrew’s

Not an easy place to travel to at the best of times,  St. Andrews are always a test. The Minor girls put on a great display of attacking hockey and thoroughly deserved their 1-0 victory. The margin could have been greater but for a post and a couple more shots off target. St. Andrews did create a few chances on the break themselves which would have been hard on the girls but Newbridge held on for an excellent victory! Some great individual performances through the middle of the pitch helped grid out the result.

Junior C and Minor C
Our Junior Cs and our Minor Cs travelled to Kilkenny for their first matches of the season. Our Junior Cs were first out and were met by a strong Kilkenny team. It took Newbridge a while to get going but once they settled they were a match for any side. Lovely hockey was played by the girls all around the pitch, though they were unlucky to lose 1 0.  They should be very happy with themselves as there technical ability and skill shone through... those who excelled in the game were Hannah Conroy, Lara Manifold, Alice O'Neill and Hannah Hickey.
The Minors then took to the pitch next with another great display of hockey. Up front Jill Deveraux, Emma Magee and Saidbh Murphy were unlucky not to score with also some great defensive play by Arwen Higgins, Una Corrigan and Molly Mc Govern. Kilkenny scored a breakaway goal. It was against the run of play and was the only goal in the match. But the girls took the positives from the game. A trip to Mc Donald's was a great end to the day and a well deserved treat for the girls.

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