16 September 2016
Sports Roundup Friday 16th September 2016
RUGBYJCT 41 St Mary’s College 17
Our Juniors travelled to Kenilworth Square to take on St Marys College in 2 friendlies.The A's started very well and Donal Conroy scored after some fine team defence yielded a turnover and he crossed to finish off 5 phases of attack. Further tries from Sam Cahill, Conor McGroary and Conroy again gave us a commanding 22:3 half time lead.
In the second half, we were guilty of losing our discipline both in our defensive structure and also individually at the breakdown. As a result, soon it was 22:10 as Marys capitalised on our poor play. After some soul searching we regained our level of performance and scored tries through Cahill, Conroy and John Shanahan, we moved into a 41:10 lead. The pick of these was Conroy's where he tackled his opposite number, ripped the ball off him and sprinted clear to score under the posts. Another lapse in our defensive concentration led to Mary's scoring last in the game to leave the final score 41:17. Others to impress were Chris Hart and Marcus Kiely.Junior B 19 St Mary's 26
In a game played in glorious sunshine away to St Mary's our Junior B team were unlucky not to come away with at least a share of the spoils. From the first whistle both forwards and backs settled into their tasks against a physically larger opposition. Our organisation in defence along with some clever exit play resisted early pressure from Mary's and although conceding the first try of the game our heads never went down and our disciplined play brought us back into the game. A half-time score of 19-7 in our favour tells the story of the remainder of the half with the highlight probably an intercept by Luke Rushton leading to a 70 metre dash to touch down. With a number of changes at halftime and in the second half we lost some of our communication and focus which allowed Mary's back into the game. This is despite some excellent quality play in the second half and great work-rate in defence towards the end. It was a true team performance with all players involved giving an excellent account of themselves. Home advantage and physical size were the main differences on the day. Final score St Mary's 26 - Newbridge 19
Eller A 12 St Mary’s 27
The Eller As hosted St Mary's in their first game of 15 a side rugby for Newbridge College on Wednesday last. Weather conditions were perfect and both sides looked to make use of the dry ball by playing an open brand of running rugby. The visitors took the lead when slick handling allowed them to convert an overlap to score out wide. Newbridge hit back soon after with a try of their own. Harry Farrell made the initial incursion with a fine break up the wing. He was hauled down on the 22 but Tom Bohan sniped down the blind side and offloaded to Kieran Kelly for the try. Farrell was again instrumental in the next score of the game as this time Peter Hamilton was on hand to take the pass and outpace the cover to score under the posts. Marys really upped their game in the second half and their excellent recycling put the home defence under constant pressure. They were rewarded with two quickfire tries to open up an 8 point lead. Newbridge were desperately unlucky not to get one back soon after when Pierce Fata was forced into touch with a last ditch tackle just as he looked certain to score. The chance had been created when an excellent 50 metre run from the lively Zack Zebedee was stopped just short of the line. Instead it was Marys who tacked on another try late on to leave the final score at Newbridge 12 - 27 St Marys
Minor Prem v Kilkenny College 14-9-16
A Minor Premier selection travelled to Kilkenny for a pre-season friendly. It was a beautiful afternoon and the girls were in great spirits really looking forward to the game. HOWEVER in the first five minutes Newbridge were down 2/0. After the shock they gradually settled into the game and began playing the ball around well, working hard and linking together. Defensively the girls started to click with Doireann Halpin and Amy Coyne particularly strong and distributing great passes out. Our midfielders started to get into the game also picking up good positions and getting plenty of ball to our forwards Aimee Carroll and Carly Killian worked tirelessly. It was still 2-0 at half time but Newbridge were back in the game.
From the get go in the 2nd half Newbridge were the dominant side. Rebecca Travis was very effective in mid field also linking with Sophie Murray on the wing and creating many attacks. Sophie eventually got a well deserved goal. We continued to put pressure on the Kilkenny defence but just could get the equaliser. It was a very worthwhile trip with the girls improving all the time. Their League campaign starts approx 1st week in October.
Our Minor B's travelled to Mount Temple for a pre-season friendly. Newbridge started strong and continued to put the pressure on throughout. Ceolas debut in goals wasn't tested! Our back four were solid with Caoimhe making her mark. Our midfield trio worked tirelessly to feed our hungry forwards. 5 nil win to Newbridge with goals from Aisling and Leah. Lots of tweaks and work yet to be done! Onwards and upwards!
Novice Photo: Emma McAleenan, Aoife Keane, Charlie ODwyer
and Kate Maloney
The season started for the Newbridge College Equestrian Club last weekend at Wexford Equestrian with a very promising start from the Novice Team of Niamh Behan, Lucy Ross, Ella Kelly & Max Ross who finished in 2nd place. Our other Novice Team of Emma Mc Aleenan, Aoife Keane, Charlie ODywer & Kate Maloney finished in 5th place. Then Charlie went on to take 3rd place in Novice Individuals
Our Open Team of Caoimhe and Caragh Sweeney, Amy & Sophie Carroll also finished in 2nd place after a tense jump off. Our other open team of Leah Heffernan, Leah Ross, Conor Cassidy & Niamh Flinter finished in 6th place.
Then to top it off we had a 1st, 2nd & 3rd in the Open Individuals with Caragh Sweeney winning, Leah Ross in Second and Conor Cassidy in 3rd. In the 1mtr 10 Qualifier Jack Ross came 6th.
Great day by all and well worth the five hour round trip!
Open Team: Caragh Sweeney, Amy Carroll, Sophie Carroll,