Senior 1st 15 Castletroy 6
Our senior team travelled to Limerick to take on Castletroy in a friendly match.
With only two weeks to go until we begin the defence of our Leinster Senior League title, this was a great opportunity to implement what we have been working on in training. We started very well and scored after five minutes. Having gone a few phases and eventually creating an overlap, Colm Stapleton crossed for a 5: 0 lead. Castletroy replied with a penalty. We extended our lead when Doyle's attempted penalty came back off the post, only to be gathered by the same player! Two phases later, he dived around the side of a ruck to extend our lead to 12:3. Castletroy again replied with a penalty to leave the score 10:6 at the break.
In the second half, we defended much better as a unit, applying lots of pressure to the Casltetroy attack. Having forced a turnover, Doyle was again on hand to score close in. We brought on plenty of fresh players in the second half with some of them really staking a claim on a starting spot. Mark Delaney scored what looked like a great try off a great backline move, but it was called back for a forward pass. The game ended 15:6 on a day when coaches and players alike, learned lots about each other and what is required to progress together. Others to impress were Brian Larkin, Tom O'Neill and Daithi Murphy.
Junior B v St Mary’s
On Wednesday last Newbridge College Junior B squad travelled to Dublin to play a strong St. Mary’s team. Having had a good win against Kilkenny College in the previous week, Newbridge were upbeat going into this game. However strong running and offloading from St. Mary’s in both back and forward divisions saw a very one sided game. Mary’s had three tries on the board within fifteen minutes when Newbridge started to get moving. David Murphy was very unlucky not to open the Newbridge account with strong running in the centre on twenty and twenty- five minutes where two last ditch tackles held him up only inches from the line. Mary’s would finish the half with one more try on the half time whistle. The second half followed a similar pattern to the first and St Mary’s eventually ran out 53-0 winners. Newbridge now have to prepare for the visit of Roscrea next week. Best on the day; Tom Doyle, Darragh Lawlor, Ruairí Finan (Capt) and David Murphy.
Inters v C.U.S.
Newbridge College’s Inter A’s suffered a disappointing defeat to CUS at home this week. The game was a far more even affaire than the score line of 28 – 17 suggests. After conceding 3 early tries the Newbridge boys re-grouped and took the game to CUS. Tries from Jack Hannon, Alex Buckley and Ro Burns brought Newbridge within touching distance. Unfortunately Newbridge couldn’t find a forth way through and CUS crossed over for a late try. It was a very spirited performance by Newbridge. Players the stood out were Rory Cross, Mark Moynihan, Thomas Sheedy & Ro Burns.
Newbridge College's Inter B's carded another win this week with a very hard fought victory over CUS at home. After conceding two early tries Newbridge steadied the ship and narrowed the margin with a well taken try by Felim Scalan. Newbridge trailed 12 - 5 at half time but really took the game to CUS in the second half. Jake Zebedee finished a well worked team try 8 minutes in and this was converted by Jamie Clyne. The winning score fell to Sean Murphy who powered over with 10 minutes to go. The game finished with a 17 - 12 victory to Newbridge College. Players that stood out were Zack O’ Reilly, Michael O’ Connor, Jack Carroll, Jamie Clyne and Felim Scanlan.
Eller A 43 St Mary’s 17
The Eller As hosted St Marys on Wednesday last in their first ever 15-a-side game for Newbridge College. The home team hit the ground running from the kickoff, with excellent handling from John Shanahan and Sam Cahill sending Jamie Gaire racing up the wing. The Marys defence scrambled well but a quick recycle allowed Cahill to slice through the defence to open the scoring. Newbridge extended the lead soon after when more good handling put Max Byrne away to score in the corner. The forwards got in on the act when Conor Mc Groary powered down the blindside off a 5 metre scrum and carried two defenders over the line. The first half scoring was rounded off when Donal Conroy ripped the ball from his opposite number, danced past a few attempted tackles and drew the last defender to send Joe Minnock racing to the try line. The second half was a much more evenly contested affair and Marys got themselves off the mark in the opening minutes when a well worked move down the blindside caught the Newbridge defence short of numbers. The hosts hit back and some good carries around the breakdown from Jack O Connell and Tiarnan Mc Knight made the hard yards giving Mc Groary the chance to burrow over from close range. Poor Newbridge tackling allowed the visitors to respond quickly when their flanker ghosted past 3 defenders to dot down. Sam Cahill took the game by the scruff of the neck and notched two more rapid fire tries, the second after excellent counter attacking from Donal Conroy. Marys had the last word when their powerful prop proved too strong for the Newbridge fringe defence.
Other Results: U16 A 29 St Mary’s 22; Junior A 34 St Mary’s 19; Inter C 55 CUS 0; Eller B 24 St Mary’s 17; Eller C Black 20 St Mary’s 0; Eller C White 12 St Mary’s 10.
Junior B/C v Kings Hospital:
The junior B/C/ team played KH in a friendly on Wednesday. The team played very well in their first game together. The score was 0-0 at half time. In the 2nd half Newbridge had goal chances, Deryn Mooney and Aisling Mulvey were unlucky not to score. Then despite an excellent effort from Victoria Keogh in goal, KH scored and the full time score was 1-0. Newbridge showed an excellent team performance, particularly from V Keogh, E Enright, L Farrell, D Mooney, A Mulvey and A Marimon.
Senior B 0 Kings Hospital 3; Minor B 0 Kind Hospital 0; Minor C 1 Kings Hospital 0.
The open showjumping team of Caoimhe Sweeney, Luke Heffernan, Emily O'Brien, and Clodagh Finlay came 4th on Sunday in Wexford Equestrian Centre. This was a great start to the new season. Our novice team did not get placed but we must welcome all the new 1st years to the club Anna Kelly, Caragh Sweeney, Conor Cassidy and Daniel Fitzgerald and look forward to a successful season. Caoimhe Sweeney came 2nd in the Open Individual Derby with only a 0.01 second difference between 1st and 2nd place.