SCT 3 Kilkenny College 5
The Senior 1sts welcomed Kilkenny to the College for the third year in a row at the quarter-final stage of the League.
This was the final competitive game at the College this season for the 1st XV and for some it was their final competitive game in the College ever. The weather threatened to cancel the game but as the day passed it was clear the game would proceed albeit with a strong cross-field wind and heavy underfoot conditions. Kilkenny dominated the possession stats in the first half. They grabbed 5 point from some very good continuity from their forwards. However, three missed kicks meant they only had five points for their efforts. The College, playing into the wind, had a couple of good scoring opportunities but personal errors saw them head to the break 5-nil down.
The second half saw the College use the crosswind well and kicked well for territory. A penalty from Gavin Burke brought the game to 5-3 with 20 minutes on the clock. Slowly coming into the game, the College started to ramp up their attack but Kilkenny defended well. The clock ticked down and the College added to the pressure with some unforced errors. With the clock almost at zero, the College saw a rolling maul fall just short of the Kilkenny line. Well recycled, a couple of more attempts were defended well. Finally, the ball was spun out to Ruairi Cleary who looked to dot down in the corner only to be called for a foot in touch. The final whistle and it was Kilkenny who progressed to the semi-final.
Inter A 12 - 17 Clongowes
The inter A's played out this very closely contested game in tough conditions and were unlucky to come up just short. Clongowes opened the scoring but Newbridge quickly responded with a try from Donal Conroy which he duly converted. Clongowes got over the line again to lead at half time. Playing against the wind in the second half Newbridge struggled to get out of their half but made the most of chance to score a second try. A move started in their own half by Max Byrne and Tom Browne brought play inside the Clongowes 22. Donal Conroy then flighted a perfectly weighted cross field kick to Michael Somers who converted in the corner for beautifully worked score. Clongowes's pressure told at the end of the game when they scored there 3rd try to win the game 17-12. However, Newbridge can proud of their efforts with Peter Leavy, Harry Byrne and Daniel Flanagan standing out.
Inter B 15-12 Clongowes
The Inter B's recent good form has been rewarded with the win they deserved over the last number of weeks. Having started so poorly in their last outing against Clongowes, Newbridge were determined to start strong. Solid defence by Newbridge led to a turnover which found its way to Joe Minnock who knocked back 3 tacklers to run in from 40 yards. Newbridge continued at this pace and Tom Browne raced in from distance to score the games 2nd try. The Newbridge defence stood firm in the last 10 minutes of the half with Andrew Buckley and Dylan Coyle doing tigerish work around rucks. Clongowes started the 2nd half stronger and with the aid of a strong breeze scored 2 tries after being camped Newbridge territory for 15 minutes. The Newbridge boys came back fighting and with the help of David O' Sullivan and Richie Brophy pulling strings, Joe Minnock got over for his 2nd try to seal the victory. Best on a day when everyone played a part were Joe Minnock, Andrew Buckley, David O' Sullivan and Ger Darcy.
Other Result: Junior B 7 Clongowes 30
Senior A 0 Kings Hospital 1
On Wednesday our Senior A’s met with Kings Hospital. The girls knew this would be a tight game. We had previously played Kings Hospital on our hockey tour in Glasgow, a game which we won on penalties. All the girls expected this match to be an intense and challenging game with the win was there for the taking for both teams.
When the whistle was blown to indicate the start of the match, Newbridge had possession but not for long as they had hoped. Kings hospital started the game well, getting more circle entries in the first half. It took the Newbridge girls a while to settle into the match as they were man-marked tightly and we struggled to get a run of attacks going. Just at the end of the First Half Kings Hospital put away a messy goal that Newbridge failed to clear.
In the second half, you could see the difference in the Newbridge game after a half time chat with their coach Gavin. There was aggression and motivation and Newbridge had nearly all possession for the second half and had plenty of chances. Two short corners were also given to Newbridge but they failed score with the KH goalkeeper in top form. The last ten minutes of the game were the best for Newbridge as they fought as hard as they could to get the equaliser. Unfortunately, the end of the game resulted in a 1-0 defeat. There are many positives to take out of this game.
Playing well for Newbridge was Rachel Mc Mullen, Sarah Jennings and Kate Hannon also well done to our Juniors Grace Connelly, Leah Delaney and Aoife Fitzgerald.
Junior A 2 Rathdown 0
The result was 2-0 to Newbridge College with the two great goals scored by Grace Conneely and aine fisher. The game started slow with silly mistakes being made from both sides but as the game progressed play got better. Grace scored a great goal from a direct shot on goal whist Aine got a great goal from a rebound off a short corner. Our defensive play was excellent in the second half, saving many short corners and keeping the ball out of the goal! The girls won the game but knew they could have played better. The team has progressed massively since the start of the season and are only getting better.
Other results: Wed Junior A 4 St Killians 0.
Three Counties League
The final part of the Three Counties League in Carlow - a 4 x 500m Cross Country Relay -brought success for a number of College teams when by an odd coincidence our teams’ overall result was exactly matched their results on the day.
The Girls under 14 team was already leading the League and Rebecca Travers put them in with a great chance of cementing their position handing the baton over in 2nd place; Laura Carroll and Roisin O’Connor duly established a solid lead in the next two legs before Libby Carthy brought them home, comfortable winners on the day and overall.
The under 15 Girls team of Sinead Healion, Sophie Carroll, Dearvla Leahy and Niamh McFadden had to work hard for their bronze medals, but as a quartet they have improved through the League and will look forward to the new year with confidence.
Despite suffering from a niggling injury George Lowen established an early lead for the Boys under 15s and inspired Tom Browne, Conor McRory, and Sam Cahill to perform above themselves, surprising many by finishing 2nd overall and in their relay. We need a fit George for the new year!
College’s final race of the day was the under 17 Girls and it proved a thriller. Kate Nurse led out from the start as Kate will do, and the baton passed in turn to the through the Grant sisters, Kate and Hannah, before the anchor leg was taken by Aimee McGrath with a deficit of 40m to make up on the leader. Aimee showed all her experience and ability in not panicing, but began gradually to make inroads into the lead over the 500m course. At half way she was still 25m behind, but the leader was weakening and Aimee’s effort growing, until a final surge gave her the lead and the win in the last 5 meters.
Results for Showjumping
Sunday 8th of November: Wexford Equestrian Centre: The Open Team of Amy Carroll, Emily O'Brien, Anna Kelly and Alanna Kelly came 2nd.
Results for Warrington Equestrian Centre Sunday 15th November.
Novice Team of Sophie Carroll, Leah Heffernan and Niamh Flinter came 2nd. All girls went clear in the competition and Sophie and Leah rode the jump off to finish 2nd with the team. Both of our open teams got into the jump off with the Open Team of Daniel Fitzgerald, Alanna Kelly, Caragh Sweeney and Emily O Brien coming 1st in the team Competition. The open team of Nika Carey, Caoimhe Sweeney, Conor Cassidy and Anna Kelly came 5th after a superb jump off. Newbridge College remains top of the league table and with 5 wins has qualified for the final which will be held in April.
Well done to our Junior soccer team who have joined their senior counterparts in the semi finals of the midlands league after a fine 2:1 victory against Blessington CC.