TOP STORY SCT 22 Roscrea 11
The Senior 1st’s travelled to Roscrea for the third game in the league.
We played with the aid of a strong breeze in the first half and looked to get ourselves into good field position early on. We succeeded in doing so and then Paddy Ryan was on hand to drive over for a 5:0 lead. Shortly afterwards, Colm Doyle spotted a gap in the Roscrea defence to score a great poachers try which he also converted. Roscrea kicked two penalties to bring the score to 12:6 after we were guilty of trying to play too much rugby in our own 22. This was the score at half time.
In the second half, we got an early penalty after some good interplay. As we were facing into the conditions, we decided to keep the ball and go through the phases. Roscrea pegging us back into our 22 and the pressure finally told. We had a player sin-binned for persistent infringements, Jake Howlett expertly prevented a score with a try saving tackle but shortly afterwards Roscrea scored a try, 15:11 and it was game on. Roscrea then had a player binned and this marked a turning point. We told control of the game again and when Daithi Ryan pounced on a loose pass to run clear and score a great intercept try. Doyle converted for a fine 22:11 away win.
Today's game belonged to our forwards with our men bossing the lineouts and holding strong at scrum time too. Behind the scrum, we were excellent at creating gaps in the backline but were guilty of not scoring a few more tries. A great team show of passion and intensity and the result leave us 3 wins from 3 with 2 games to play after midterm.
Our Juniors were in action on Thursday when they hosted St Gerard’s in the College. They continued their good league form with a 24 points to 5 win.
U16 v Roscrea
A tough ‘Trip to Tipp’ on the first really wet matchday of the year saw the Senior Seconds repeat their pattern of previous games. A tight first half saw both teams have opportunities but a combination of good defence and poor handling ensured the only scoring was two penalties for Roscrea. The College had lost the major presence of John Hamilton early on but looked to be getting back on track. However, the sucker punch of a try on the halftime whistle saw them go in 13-nil down at the break.
The second half started with two more penalties for Roscrea, of which they converted one. This saw a ramping up of intensity by the College side. They were rewarded for this when Danny Murphy crossed for five points. Cillian O’Brien couldn’t convert. The College were in complete dominance but as they attacked down the centre, with a score looking inevitable, Roscrea intercepted for seven points. Undeterred the College fought back and having forced a number of penalties, Robbie Culliton added a five pointer. O’Brien brilliantly added the extras with a drop kick. However time ran out for the College and it ended in a 23-12 defeat. Notable mentions must go to Danny Murphy, Robbie Culliton and Dylan Walker.
Inters v Terenure
Newbridge Inter B’s took to the rugby pitches of Terenure this week. Unfortunately it wasn’t a good week at the office. Played in miserable weather Newbridge found it extremely hard to create any decent attacking platform. There was also far too many first time tackles missed. With very broken play from both sides it was Terenure to found the holes and they ran out comprehensive winner by a score line of 36 – 7.
Players that stood out for Newbridge were Daire Timmins, Tom O’ Connor (try scorer) Aaron McNelis, OisinHalpin, & James Warren
On Wednesday the 15th of October, 18 girls boarded a bus for Clondalkin Rugby Club to play their first contact rugby game. In actual fact, it was a first for Newbridge College to be involved in a girls competitive contact fixture at all.
The organiser put together an opposition made from a few teams in order to have a fair game. This was not the case, however. In no time Newbridge showed their dominance in play and on the scoreboard. There were tries from Emma Nolan, Lucy Fitzgibbon, Ruby Udell, Aoibhín Collins, Mary Enright and two from Caitlin Harley.
In the 2nd game the girls played the Sacred Heart, Tullamore junior team. They were tougher opponents but the girls in black and white tackled very well. Going into the last 2 minutes it looked like we were going to lose until Annalise Cullen made a break from half way. Overall it was a successful day and both coaches were extremely proud of the way the girls played and the way they supported each other when waiting to come on the field. The full panel included the try scorers as well as the following; Rose Donohoe, Victoria Chanders, Sarah Doyle, Saidhbh Quinn, Grace Buckley, Sophie Lyons, Anna Kelly, Niamh Coyle, Therese Gallagher, Eleanor Traynor and Kate Buckley.
Other Results: U16 A 14 Roscrea 10; Junior B 31 St Gerard’s 15; Inter A 7 Terenure 45; Inter C 10 Terenure 5; Eller A 5 Clongowes 31; Eller B 5 Clongowes 48; Eller Black 5 Clongowes 15; Eller White 19 Clongowes 10.
Congrats to Rachel McMullen
Congratulations to Rachel Mc Mullen ,Newbridge College, who has been named on the Leinster u16 Hockey Team. 3rd year Rachel has been a key player on the College Minor A and Junior A teams for the past 3 years. She is a member of Naas Hockey Club and currently playing on their 1st team in Division 3 of the Leinster Senior League. Her hard work at school training and with her club has payed off as she becomes the first outfield representative that the College has had at schoolgirl interprovincial level. With her outstanding distribution skills, added to her attack and defence Rachel will be a pivotal player on the Leinster U16 team as they try to retain the title they won in Cork last year.Her coaches and friends in Newbridge College wish her all the best in the Tournament being held in Lisnagarvey Hockey Club in Lisburn week - end of 18th - 20th October.
Juniors v Mount Anville
The Junior 2nds had their 1st League game on Wednesday v Mount Anville.It was a miserable day in Dublin with the rain lashing down when the whistle went to start off their League campaign.The Mount Anville girls hit us strong and the girls were on the back foot for the first half going down 3/0.
After a half time talk with their coach they improved greatly in the second half.Playing some nice hockey, clearing well from defence and trying so hard to create attacks.It wasn't to be however with the girls conceding another goal before the end whistle.These girls tried their hardest against an outstanding Mount Anville side. They are a lovely group of girls who regularly turn up trianing and with this attitude can only improve as the season progresses.Match result 4/0 Loss
Junior Cs played their first league game in miserable conditions in Mount Anvil yesterday. Despite the downpour and wind, the girls fought well against a very skilful opposition, they went 3 goals down very early on, then Rebecca Troy took them on and together with Aoife Murphy they combined to score a good very goal.
Mount anvil got back again and scored 3 more. In the second half with the college girls regrouped, defended really well and held their own very well, not allowing the opposition another chance. The girls were unlucky to meet such a strong team so early in the league, they will be much better next time out.
Other results: Minor A 1 Mount Temple 0; Minor C 0 LorettoDalkey 2
The Kildare Cross Country Championships were held in Newbridge College on Thursday 16th October to co-inside with the second leg of the Three County Cross Country League! The weather held well for what was a showcase of incredible talent in the Cross Country field. Schools from Carlow, Laois and Kildare were represented extremely well and it is very promising to see the talents in these young athletes from across the counties.
Newbridge athletes featured very well. Junior Girls came home in first place with Kate Grant in 1st place and her sister Hannah in 3rd place. Our Intermediate girls also won their competition with Aimee McGrath winning gold and Kate Nurse bronze. Senior girls team won bronze medals also.Of the boys, George Lowen was unlucky to finish second in the Junior Boys race. These athletes now go on to compete in the third and final day of the Three County Cross Country League in Carlow in two weeks.
Newbridge College Open teams had great success in Mullingar on Sunday 12th. Only 4 teams got into the final jump off with both Newbridge teams progressing to this stage on a very technical track. The team of Caoimhe Sweeney, Luke Heffernan, Jack Ross, and Emma O'Callaghan won the competition outright with brilliant speed rounds by Caoimhe Sweeney and Jack Ross beating our old rivals Good Council of New Ross. Amy Carroll, Emily O'Brien, Emma Mc Glynn and Hannah Rasmussen took a brilliant 3rd place with Amy Carroll and Emma Mc Glynn also going double clear in their jump off.In the Novice Competition: Allan Kelly came 2nd in the Novice Individual with Anna Kelly taking 4th.In the Open Individual Caoimhe Sweeney took 4th place.