16 January 2015
Sports Roundup Friday 16th January 15
Senior 2nd’s 0 Blackrock 25
The Senior Seconds were handed a very tough group in this year’s Senior Seconds League.
They kicked off on Wednesday with a trip to Blackrock where a good start is always a must. Unfortunately, the College looked a little ‘ring rusty’ as they conceded a kickable penalty just two minutes in. This was followed by Rock exploiting some gaps in the College defence to score two tries, one converted, in the first twelve minutes. The College regrouped and finally started to put the phases together but the Dubliner’s defence stood strong. Despite a step up in performance by the College, Rock would get the only other score of the first half, a converted try, to leave it 22-nil at halftime.
A different College side came out in the second half and significant improvement in both attack and defence saw the College own the ball for large periods of the half. Blackrock’s error count was on the increase too due to the increase in defensive pressure. The College showed a real passion and fight but, although coming close on a number of occasions, credit must go to the Dubliner’s defence as it was not to be breach all day. The only score of the half was a penalty for the home side to leave it 25-nil at the final whistle. While the first half showed the team still has work to do, the second showed the heart that is there to make those changes. Notable mentions must go to Conor Murphy, Robbie Hyland and Niall Wyer.Eller v Terenure
The Eller As travelled to Terenure in wet and windy conditions on Wednesday last. The home side started strongly, with their powerful centre crossing twice in the opening stages. Newbridge hit back and strung some good phases together to take them into the Terenure 22. When the ball was moved wide Jamie Gaire stepped inside his man and offloaded for Donal Conroy to score. The Terenure centre completed a 20 minute hat trick when a missed tackle in midfield gave him the space to run 80 meters and score. The lead was stretched further when the hosts bundled over following a series of pick and drives. Some strong carrying up the middle by Marcus Kiely meant the away side finished the half strongly. They were rewarded when Sam Cahill put Thomas Hamilton over to score from close range. The hosts went back to basics in the second half, using their bigger pack to pick and drive around the fringes. This tactic proved successful as they scored three tries without reply, two of which were as a result of poor pillar defence by the Newbridge side. It was the away team who finished the stronger as they carried the ball more aggressively into the heart of the Terenure defence. Jack O Connell, Tiarnan Mc Knight and Harry Jago Byrne all made good yardage in close before George Lowen eventually crossed the line with three defenders hanging off him.
Final score Terenure 41 - 19 Newbridge.
The Eller C's had a brilliant game up in a stormy Terenure. Even though they didn't come out on the right side at the conclusion they can still be very happy and proud of their performance. Gavin Begly, Joe Eustace and Austin O Mahonony ran in first half tries and the score was 19-10 to Newbridge at the break. In the second half Newbridge seemed to tire a little and conceded a few easy tries early on. They then regrouped and scored a brace of their own (Joe Eustace and Gavin Begly). Terenure then finished the strongest and it finished 45-30 to Terenure College. Best for Newbridge on the day was Gavin Begly and Joe Eustace.Other Results:
Senior 4th 5 Kilkenny 13; Eller B 14 Terenure 17.HOCKEY
Senior 1sts 0 Alexandra College
Well done to the juniors who subbed for the team Kate Hanon, Jenny Kelly and Aoife Sexton.
Also a big congratulations to Kate Hannon who has been selected as part of a Leinster Development u 17 Squad to play at a tournament in Holland over Easter.