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21 September 2015

Sports Roundup Friday 18th September

RUGBY
Juniors v St Mary’s
Newbridge College Juniors were in action at home this week to St. Marys College Dublin. This was Newbridge’s last warm up game before their league campaign starts on the 30th.

Newbridge dominated the whole first half both in attack and defence. Newbridge ran in four tries courtesy of Roe Burns, Jordan Nolan, David Higgins and Daniel O’ Connor. Jack Doyle kicked 2 conversions and one penalty to leave St. Marys trailing 27 – 0 at half time.
Newbridge started the second half brightly but found far tougher opposition in St. Marys for the entirely of the second half. Rob Scully crossed for Newbridge early in the half and St. Marys got a try of the own shortly after. The game turned into a dog fight for the final 15 minutes with both sides making mistakes in attack but defending well.
The final score line read Newbridge 32 St. Marys 7. Players that stood out for Newbridge were Oisin Halpin, Man of the match Mark Moynihan, Muiris Cleary, Rob Scully, Marcus Kiely and Daniel O’ Connor.

Following a week’s break Newbridge College Junior B’s took to the field against a strong St. Mary’s team in Newbridge on Wednesday last. Newbridge got off to a flyer with a well worked team try in the opening 3 minutes, out half Jack Carroll Crossed the line and duly converted to leave the score 7-0. Both teams had to front up in what was a very physical encounter and there wasn’t to be another score until the twentieth minute. Good ball retention by Newbridge at the break down lead to a mistake in the St. Mary’s defense and Sean Murphy scored his first try of the year. St. Mary’s had the lion’s share of possession for the remainder of the half and should have had a try in the dying minutes but for resolute defending by the Newbridge side. The second half saw most of the game played in the middle third of the pitch with both sides having short spells of dominance. St. Mary’s were on the score board on 9 minutes with a well worked try in the corner. Like the first half St. Mary’s finished stronger but Newbridge held out to keep their 100% record intact on a score line of Newbridge College 12 – st. Mary’s 5. Best on the day were; Micheal O Connor, Rory Cross, Alex Buckley and Aaron O’ Hora.

Inter B v C.U.S.
The inter Bs started their year with. Am impressive victory over CUS on Bird Avenue. Early line breaks from Gavin Begley and Andrew Mcginley lead to Jamie Gaire scoring the games first try and the first of his hat-trick. This set the tone and the Newbridge boys continued at this pace for the entire match, keeping CUS scoreless in the process. Best for Newbridge: Conor Ennis, Daniel Flanagan and Jamie Gaire.

Inter C v C.U.S.
The Inter C's got off to a flying start to the season with a comprehensive 145-0 away win over Catholic University School (CUS). The win was a great testament to the players efforts in training leading up to the game. Right from the off Newbridge took control of the game with Patrick Maxom scoring an early hat trick of tries. Liam Coleman was extremely accurate on the conversions only missing one in the entire game. Best for Newbridge were Patrick Maxom, Liam Coleman, Josh Roe-Farrely and Joseph Eustace.

St Marys 14 Eller A 17
The Eller As travelled to Kennilworth square to take on St Marys in their first ever 15 a side game for Newbridge College. The dry weather and immaculate pitch made for great conditions for open rugby and both teams showed their intent to move the ball in the opening stages. Newbridge started brighter and owned possession and territory with Luke Dunleavy and Daniel Silke Fetherston both carrying prominently. Unfortunately a number of promising moves failed to result in a score as the final pass went astray. After 15 minutes, a loose pass in midfield was pounced on by the Mary's centre, who ran 70 meters only to be denied by last ditch defence from Adam Conneely. Marys did what Newbridge had failed to do and capitalised on their field position to cross for a try out wide. The visitors were stung into action and reasserted their dominance through great work from Donough Lawlor and Shane Fata. This rewarded on the stroke of half time when Conor Halpenny sniped from the base of a ruck to score. The second half followed much the same pattern with Newbridge on top, but unable to take their chances. A promising attack in the home sides 22 ended with another intercept pass and this time there was no stopping the Marys centre who ran the 80 meters to score under the posts. The fighting spirit shown by the Newbridge side in the closing stages was remarkable. Carries by Lawlor and Dunleavy set the platform for the ball to be moved wide by Hugh Prendergast for Harry Masterson to score. Straight from the kickoff Silke Fetherston linked with Zia Ahmed who started a move that had Conneely racing down the wing after a fine chip and chase. Unfortunately the ball rolled into touch just as the winger looked certain to gather and score. The away side still refused to lie down and pressure at the line out forced a turnover. A strong carry from David Marshall sucked in the defence and when the ball was recycled Hugh Doyle put Silke Fetherston over for the winner.
Final score St Marys 14 - 17 Newbridge

Other Results:
TY A 27 St Mary’s 50; Inter A 12 CUS 7; Eller B 5 St Mary’s 18; Eller Black 7 St Mary’s 36; Eller White 14 St Mary’s 62.

HOCKEY
Senior 1st friendly v Kilkenny
This was the second pre season game for our Senior 1sts.
After the first game v St Gerard’s which was a real eye opener to the standard in the Premier Division this was going to be another interesting contest, a lot of work was done by the coaches working on our tactics, positional decisions and our skill set etc to help improve the performance for this game.  The game turned out to be a successful days work. We started under slight pressure having to play quite defensively with the Kilkenny attack in flow. Our defence handled these attacks very well with Rachel Mc Mullen an added bonus to the team having missed the St Gerard’s game, clearing and disrupting every danger.  The back line settled down and played really well with Laura Hannon at Left defence deserving of a mention for her excellent display.  We had a number of counter attacks and a short corner which came very close to being converted by Sarah Jennings. Kate Hannon was strong in midfield and Emily O’Brien had one of her better games in attack creating some chances with her relentless pressure on the Kilkenny back line. Kilkenny had 3 short corners and converted 1 and that was the final score 1 0.  A much more positive performance by the Senior team and it was clear they are beginning to settle into their positions, getting used to each other and much more comfortable on the ball. It was another worthwhile trip with the girls playing a third friendly game on Sat morning v Mount Sackville. Their first League game is on Wednesday 30th September at home v Loretto Foxrock.

The Minor C team headed to Kings Hospital for their first outing this year and for most of the players their first game of eleven v eleven on a full pitch. So it was an exciting learning curve as they got to grips with the structure and positional changes required. Once they settled what developed was a fantastic game of hockey. CJ and Wura were rock solid in defense, constantly playing clever passes out to Caoimhe, Aisling and Grace in midfield. Newbridge definitely imposed themselves as the match progressed and carved out numerous goal scoring chances from Niamh, Laura and Victoria in the first half.
In the 2nd half Newbridge finally got the break through with Laura Booth scoring a stunning goal from a short corner. In fairness to Kings Hospital they quickly rallied and scored an equalizer within 5 minutes. However it was to be Newbridge’s day, and with the clock ticking down, Victoria seized on a poor clearance from their center back, skipped past her and coolly slotted the ball past the keeper. The Newbridge girls were thrilled with the win and their coach delighted with a such fine performance.

Other Results: Junior 1st 2 Kilkenny 1; Minor B 2 Kilkenny 1; Minor A 1 Kings Hospital 0; Minor C 2 Kings Hospital 1.

ATHLETICS
Congratulations to Michael Jordan who competed at international level in a javelin competition at the weekend. Michael set a new personal best with a throw of 51.67m in the U.20's competition at Loughborough College, England.

EQUESTRIAN
Newbridge College Equestrian Team had a great day of jumping on their first day back to the interschools showjumping league.  The Open team of Sarah Behan, Caragh Sweeney, Daniel Fitzgerald and Amy Carroll came 3rd.  The Novice Team of Sophie Carroll, Niamh Flinter, Leah Heffernan & Kate Maloney came 6th and also took Best Turned Out Prize.  Niamh Flinter came 2nd in the Novice Individual with Sophie Carroll taking 6th.  Hanna Begley came 3rd in the Open Individual.  In the 1.10mtr competition Daniel Fitzgerald won and Leah Heffernan took 6th place both qualifying for the final to be held next year.



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