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16 October 2015

Sports Roundup Friday 16th October 2015

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SCT 14 CBC Monkstown 12
The Senior 1st XV had their first away day in the League this week as they headed to Monkstown to face C.B.C.  The home side had the first chance to score but pushed a penalty wide on 7 minutes.

The College slowly found their rhythm and on 20 minutes Tim Murphy sliced through the Dublin side's defence for a try which Colm Doyle converted.  A tight first half would see only three more scoring opportunities. C.B.C converted two and missed a penalty and despite some good go forward from the College the half would end 7-6.
The second half was very broken and littered with penalties.  The College found themselves with some great territory only to be penalised a number of times and sent back into their own half. The Southsiders stretched their lead with two penalties and the game looked like it might slip away from the College but 1 to 15 battled hard to keep their line intact. With the clock on 68 minutes the College pack charged into the C.B.C 22. Murphy spun the ball out his back line and Ruairi Cleary crashed over to tie the game up. Doyle put the College ahead with a tricky conversion.  A penalty for the home side on the halfway line dropped short and Robbie Hyland cleared to touch to end the game and the College had a hard fought 14-12 win.  Special mention to Jordan Duggan, Paddy Ryan and Ben Caulfield who started his first Senior game.

Finally huge congratulations to Tim Murphy and Paddy Ryan who have been called up to the IRFU U18 Talent Identification Camp in Rockwell College over the upcoming midterm break.  Best of luck to you both.

RUGBY
Junior B Review
Over the last few weeks Newbridge College Junior B squad have played some thrilling rugby against Kings Hospital and CBC Monkstown. KH were the 1st opponents and had the better of the opening exchanges with some very strong runners in the back line. A clean line break from the kick off resulted in a try inside the opening minute. Newbridge got back on level terms after 10 minutes however KH would go on to score 2 more tries before the half time break. Newbridge in possession looked good however tackling and the defensive line were a cause for concern. The second half saw Newbridge gain momentum and were back on level terms inside 10 minutes. The rest of the game was played in the middle third with both teams going at each other. KH struck with a try 4 minutes from the end and it looked to seal the game for them, however there was to be one last twist. Newbridge regained the ball from the kick off and following some great team play scored in the final minute to level the game. Neither team deserved to lose following a very close and exciting encounter, final score KH 31 – Newbridge College 31.

On Wednesday last Newbridge College hosted a strong CBC Monkstown team on a perfect day for rugby. Newbridge led by 7 points at half time following tries from Alex Buckley, David Williamson and Jamie Clyne, but this was only the beginning. Defensive frailties again allowed CBC back in the game and following great open rugby Monkstown were level with a minute left on the clock. This was despite Newbridge pinning them inside their own 22 meter line for most of the second half. Like the previous week a determined Newbridge team reclaimed the drop off and with only seconds left, Fionn Walsh scored in the corner for the second time of the afternoon. This was following some great forward play initially and finally some great hands in the backline. Final score Newbridge College 29- CBC Monkstown 24. The following players had a real impact in both games; Viktor Gillen, David Williamson, Alex Buckley, Jamie Buckley, James Hughes, Killian Corless, Eoin McDonnell, fionn Walsh, Ryan Johnson, Sean Barrett and David Bergin.       

Other Results:  TY 1st 19 Clongowes 14; Junior A 6 CBC Monkstown 19; Inter A 19 Terenure 44; Inter B 5 Terenure 31; Eller A 29 Clongowes 28; Eller B 92 Clongowes 7.

HOCKEY
Minor B 1 Sandford Park 1
Newbridge Minor B team got their league off to a fine start today with a home game against Sandford park school from Dublin.  The college girls started well with Ivanna Dempsey and Saidbh Sutton winning ball in midfield and delivering quickly into the forwards.  About 15 minutes into the game, a clever run from Sarah Anderson saw her pull the game wide and her subsequent delivery of a fine pacy pass into the circle saw Dervla Leahy score from the far post.
Coming off the bench Kate Buckley was unlucky not to get her name in the scoreboard with several opportunities going narrowly wide.  After half time Sandford park upped the pace if their game and Newbridge were forced to defend off a number of short corners before the opposition levelled the match.
Newbridge finished well creating chances but were just unlucky not to go ahead again.  A fine team performance with Geri Flood, Jenny Dillon and Saidbh Quinn very strong throughout.  Player of the match was Kate Buckley.

Other Results: Junior B 2 Santa Sabina 1; Senior 2’s 0 Manor House 3.

CROSS COUNTRY ATHLETICS
Summer-like sunshine greeted the athletes competing in last Tuesday’s Kildare Schools Cross Country which was incorporated in the second leg of the Three Counties League - featuring schools from Kildare, Carlow and Laois - and College athletes duly sparkled on home turf.
The under 14 Girls team already headed the League after the first round, and stamped their superiority on the field again with Libby Carthy (6th), Rebecca Travers (9th), Jodie Flanagan (10th) and Laura Carroll (12th) finishing 1st Team. Libby was also 3rd Kildare athlete home.
Under 14 Boys are also high in the rankings, Hugh Doyle (3rd) and Adam Kinneely (4th) backed up by Gavin Houlihan and Harry Young to take 3rd place in the County.
The next age group on show, the under 15 Girls finished a close 3rd place in the Kildare  schools, Sophie Carroll (5th), Saibh Quinn (6th), closely supported by Sinead Healion and Dervla Leahy in the Bronze Medal position.
George Lowan is gradually working his way back to form in the under 15 Boys category, and with Tom Brown (5th) and Conor McGroary (10th) supported by Jeff McNelis finished in the Silver Medal position.
Gold again was the colour for the Girls under 17 team, Kate Nurse running a super run for 2nd place, Aimee McGrath close behind in 4th, and the Grant twins Hannah and Kate in 9th and 13th places shutting out the opposition.
Five teams brought home three individual medals, two Gold one Silver and two Bronze team medals, a very satisfying result for the Newbridge Boys and Girls.

EQUESTRIAN
The Showjumping teams competed in Mullingar Equestrian Centre this week with more great results. These were very tough and testing tracks for all the riders.

Both Novice Teams got into the jump off - Gold Team - Sarah Buckley, Ivanna Dempsey, Emma Brady and Ciara Harris, with the Silver Team of Sophie Carroll, Leah Heffernan, Niamh Flinter, Leah Ross also making it to the jump off.  Emma Brady and Ivanna Dempsey rode the Jump off in a very fast time which put them in 5th place.  Sophie Carroll and Niamh Flinter rode the jump off for the silver team with just a few seconds faster put them in 1st place.

Sophie Carroll went on to win the novice individuals with Niamh Flinter in 4th and Leah Ross took 6th place.

We have 4 open teams entered on the day and there were some very impressive personal bests on this testing track. Two teams made it to the jump off the White team of Caragh Sweeney, Daniel Fitzgerald, Sarah Behan and Amy Carroll and the Black team  of  Emily O'Brien, Caoimhe Sweeney, Cian Springate and Hanna Begley.  Emily and Caoimhe's combined time put them in 4th place with Caragh and Daniel's combined time winning the competition.  Another very good win for Newbridge College.  Riders to mention this week who did not get into the ribbons but rode very impressive rounds for their teams were Peter Dillon, Rachel Ross, and Anna Kelly who was on a new mount this week.  

In the Open Individuals compeition Jodi Flanagan was leading for most of the day until Rachel Ross shaved just a half second of her time.  However, this only lasted until Daniel Fitzgerald rode into the ring and took the 1st place rosette in lovely style.  

The 1.10 Rachel Ross qualified for the final with her 5th place rosette with another lovely round  with Daniel Fitzgerald with a faster time taking 1st place.

SOCCER
Hard luck to our Senior Soccer team who lost the opening Midlands League Division 2 game away to Blessington today.  In what was a hugely entertaining game, we lost by the odd goal in eleven, yes eleven! Final score Blessington 6 Newbridge College 5.

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