19 December 2014
Sports Roundup Friday 18th November 2014
Friday 12th December will go down as one of the great
sporting occasions in the history of Newbridge College with both our
hockey and rugby teams competing in crucial matches on the same day.
Our junior hockey team took on Loretto Foxrock in the Leinster Junior Cup semi-final at 1pm while the senior rugby team played Roscrea in the Leinster Schools League Final. Junior Hockey 0 Loretto Foxrock 1
First up were the girls who welcomed Loretto Focrock to our Astros. It was truly a great experience to see our new astro surrounded by students, cheering on the girls in this game, hopefully a sight which we won’t have to wait as long for again. They found the going tough in the first half and struggled to get to the pace of the game. As a result, Foxrock scored a goal after some great build up play. In the second half it was a different story with our girls showing that they were more than able to mix it with one of the top schools in the province. Try as we may, we just couldn’t make the crucial breakthrough that would have seen the game go into extra time and it finished 1:0 to the Dublin school. It would be unfair to single out any individual in this game, as all of the girls did the school proud on a day that, Newbridge College hockey firmiy took a place at the top table of Leinster Schools hockey. We wish Loretto Foxrock the very best in the final against Mount Anville.
Senior Rugby Team 20 Roscrea 19
Having supported our valiant Junior Hockey team earlier in the day, the Senior Rugby team hoped that they could match the girls passion and skill levels to represent the school in the same manner. We were facing a Roscrea team who were very determined to revenge last year's losses to us in both the league final and the Cup first round.
Also played in front of a big crowd, we started the better of the two sides but were guilty of wasting two clear opportunities to score, one coming after a brilliant break by Brian Larkin but the move came to nothing. However, we kept the pressure on and after a great lineout and maul, we peppered the line with attacks until Paddy Ryan finally crossed for the try. The remainder of the half was very even with both teams' defence in great shape. Rob Buckley, Tom O'Neill and Jake Howlett were putting in some massive hits while Tim Murphy, Jimmy O'Brien and Colm Doyle executed our kicking game very well. Half time 5:0 to Newbridge.
In the 2nd half, Roscrea came out with all guns blazing and scored a try. After piling on the pressure, we were short numbers out wide, and they worked it well to bring the scores level. We fought back and were awarded a penalty at the breakdown. Doyle hit the attempt short, but Roscrea were guilty of being offside and we were awarded another penalty which Doyle converted to give us a 3 point lead. Roscrea then went on the attack, and were getting on top of the breakdown with some very heavy carries. We defended with great passion and when Roscrea looked as if they were just about to score, Colm Stapleton latched on to a loose pass inside our 22, he showed tremendous pace to sprint clear and score a try in front of your frantic supporters! To their credit, Roscrea didn't loose their momentum and when they drove a maul at our line, they crossed for a try and conversion that brought the score to 13:12 with 10 left. Game on.
Roscrea once again got themselves into position, this time with an attacking 5m lineout. We caught them out tactically by standing off their maul, which led to a great turnover by our pack. Once we had cleared our lines, Roscrea knocked on and we had a scrum in their half. It was the backs turn to pay back the pack after their great work a minute earlier and when Tim Murphy found Jimmy O’Brien running wide, the latter found Colm Stapleton with a great offload. Stapleton still had plenty to do but finished well when he dived under the post to score. Doyle converted to restore our 8 point lead. However from the restart, Roscrea unbelievably retained the ball and spun wide to score in the corner. Then their outhalf kicked a touchline drop goal conversion to pull back our lead to a solitary point again. However, this turned out to be the final act in a pulsating final as referee Niall Behan blew for full time and signalled that Newbridge College had won this year’s Leinster Schools Senior League! Very hard luck to Roscrea on a wonderful performance and no doubt they will be a big test for Wesley College in the Cup in January.
Captain Jimmy O’Brien, then climbed the steps to collect the Fr Grace Cup from Leinster Branch President Paul Deering. In what was a very classy move by the captain, he waited until the entire Senior squad were with him before accepting the trophy. Many congratulations to all members of the squad and coaching staff on what was an excellent League campaign. Work now starts on our preparation for the Leinster Schools’ Cup in which we face Kilkenny College in Co Carlow RFC on Tuesday January 27th. RUGBY
The pre-Christmas curtain was brought down on rugby for the Senior Seconds with the visit of C.U.S. on Wednesday. The game started well for C.U.S. with some early possession but within a couple of minutes the College found its rhythm. Excellently led by John Hamilton, the team retained possession for much of the half and played some clever rugby in the tight and some open flowing rugby with an exciting backline. This dual-pronged attack was evident on 6 and14 minutes with tries from Patrick Morrin, who crashed over following good forward attack, and Robbie Hyland, who made the most of the space opened up by the backs. Further tries from Kevin Dunphy and a second from Hyland came on the back of a solid platform of 15 players playing together. Cillian O’Brien converted all four tries. The only blemish of the half was a missing pillar at a ruck which the Dublin side exploited to the full extent right on half time to leave it 28-7 to the College at the break.
The second half saw the visitors grow off the back of their score. Some intensity to their play saw the College concede a number of penalties loading an unnecessary pressure on the College. Despite long periods of possession C.U.S. failed to seriously threaten the College try line. Some great defence saw the College turnover a number of balls at key times. The final stages of the game would belong to the College and an interception by David Kennedy saw him leave the C.U.S. backline for dead and secure 5 more points for the College. The College hammered away at the line again and a great carry by Mike Ryan saw them just short of the line but Conor Murphy was on hand to cross the line for five more. O’Brien couldn’t add the extras to either. The College came close to a seventh try but C.U.S. managed to clear their line and the game would finish 38-7. Notable mentions must go to Robbie Culliton, John Hamilton, Mike Doyle, Cillian O’Brien, Niall Wyer and, on his return, an impressive performance from Robbie Hyland. Well done to all 20 lads involved.
Newbridge College’s transition year team easily beat CUS in a friendly in Newbridge on Wednesday the 10th of December. The scoreline of 61-0 didn't reflect the competitive edge of the first 20minutes of the game. The home team had to work hard for their first score which came on the 15 minute mark. Alex Pocock got the touchdown after breaking a tackle close to e opposition line. Once Newbridge established their superiority the speedy backline including Luke Morris at out half ran in try after try against the lesson street side. At one stage the giant Shane McGroary playing in the second row got in on the act and almost managed to touchdown after carrying the ball from halfway. Kevin Kyne playing on the wing showed excellent pace and Ben Caulfield playing his first game at scrum half moved the ball efficiently. Luke Morris was unstoppable and Tom Connolly used his speed and footwork to score four tries.
Newbridge College Inter A's took on St. Mary's of Dublin at home for their last game before the Christmas break.
Newbridge got the perfect start 3 minutes in when Ethan Lyons showed both great awareness and speed to carve open the Mary's defence. Ethan also stepped up and converted.
Newbridge dominated in the pack both at scrum time and when ball carrying.
The pack got their just desserts 9 minutes later when James Hughes finished a relentless siege inside the Marys' 22. Ethan converted again.
Newbridge went on to score one of their best team trys of the year 10 minutes later. The pack carried superbly for a few phases and the backs had a cut on the blind. Every man drew and gave and Jordan Nolan was the man who took the space to score.
Marys struck themselves before half time so Newbridge went in 19 - 5 to the good.
Newbridge started to second half the way they started the first. Jordan Nolan fought his way over 6 minutes in after some great team play. Ethan converted.
It would be fair to say Newbridge took their foot off the gas after this and the game became a more disjointed affair.
Harry Quirke was very unfortunate as he was denied a certain try. Newbridge created a 2 man overlap in the corner but as the wind had knocked the corner flag Harry touched down in touch.
The game finished with Newbridge running out 26 - 5 winners
Players that really stood out for Newbridge were Jack Ryan, Fionnan Morrin, James Hughes, (captain) David Higgins, Ethan Lyons and Jordan Nolan.
The Eller As made the trip to Tipperary to take on Rockwell on Wednesday last. The wet and windy conditions made it difficult for either side to string phases together so the opening exchanges were littered with scrums. Good carrying from Conor Mc Groary and Christopher Hart gave Newbridge a foothold in the Rockwell 22 but the final pass went astray and the visitors came up empty handed. The deadlock was finally broken when Donal Conroy pounced on a loose pass in midfield and raced away to score under the posts. The home side came more into the game in the run up to half time, with some sloppy Newbridge handling gifting them field position. A number of pick and drives from the pack brought them right up to the line giving their powerful number 8 the chance to dive over. This momentum carried into the second half, with Rockwell dominating possession and territory. Good defence led by Marcus Kiely, Tiarnan Mc Knight and David O Sullivan meant the Newbridge line remained intact. The Kildare side kicked on in the final stages and finished the game strongly. A strong Paddy O Flaherty carry sucked in the Rockwell defence, creating the space for a fine break from Kiely. Jamie Gaire was the next to threaten with ball in hand when he outpaced his opposite number, only to be hauled down just short of the line. Newbridge hammered away for a number of phases before Kiely burrowed over from a yard Final score Newbridge 12 - 7 RockwellOther Results: Inter B 60 St Mary’s 12EQUESTRIAN
The Equestrian team have had a great start to the year with about 35 children the club we have been fielding teams each weekend all around the country.
The Open teams are currently 2nd place in the Show Jumping League, and the dedication which they show to training and competitions has been really paying off with a fantastic win in Cavan Equestrian Centre last weekend. This was a great win as the Cavan facility is considered the best in the country at present.
Our Novice teams are particularly strong this year and have been placed each weekend. With their enthusiasm they have been a welcome addition to the school and great prospects for the future of the club. They also had a fantastic win in Cavan last weekend giving a clean sweep to Newbridge.
Newbridge College are leading the attendance league and the Best Turned Out league which shows how much pride the riders have in representing the school and wearing the school colours.