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23 November 2013

Sports Roundup Friday 22nd November

Senior League Quarter Final SCT 25 Kilkenny 8
The Senior 1st marched on to the semi-finals of the Senior league on Wednesday last after dispatching of Kilkenny in the quarter final.

They won with a score-line of 25-8. It was a great start for the Kildare side with three tries in the opening twenty minutes from Jonathan Phelan and two from winger Mark Delaney. Phelan’s try was a result of a creative lineout five yards out and Delaney’s second came off some great back play and break by Joe D’Arcy who put Delaney in the corner. However despite the great start Newbridge then seemed to take the foot off the pedal and allow Kilkenny to gain some possession and they grew into the game. Their pressure gained them a penalty at the start of second half which thy duly scored.  Newbridge did have flashes of good play but the final pass let them down on a number of occasions. They did add to their tally with another creative finish from second row Conor Doyle, who reached over a ruck to place the ball down. While it was in truth a comfortable win by Newbridge they know that they’ll have to improve considerably to beat St. Andrews in the semi – final on Wednesday next. There were some excellent performances on the day from out half Jimmy O’Brien and prop Jonathan Phelan who was an excellent source of go-forward ball and also a powerful influence in defence.

Junior League Quarter Final JCT 26 Kilkenny College 6
Newbridge hosted Kilkenny College in the quarter final of the Junior League. Although Kilkenny finished 4th on their side, it was never going to be an easy task. In the first half playing into a stiff wind, the home side soaked up a lot of pressure and at half time were leading 7 points to 3. The try was scored by Tom Connolly following some good pressure by the pack and he then added the bonus 2 points. The backs played very well in the first half and the pressure that they put on the Kilkenny backline eventually paid dividends in the second half. With the wind in the second half the attack play flowed better. Tom was able to kick in behind the defense and our speedy backs gave good chase. Kevin Kyne was unlucky not to cross the line, while Johnny Deane also got close on a number of occasions. Another good all round performance from the squad solidified a position in the semi final. Captain on the day, Daragh Ryan got the most out of the pack and the back-line showed how dangerous they can be in attack. The final score was 26 to 6. Scores came from Tom Connolly, Ben Caulfield, Rob Wynne and Daithi Murphy

Senior 2nd’s 0 Gonzaga 12
The Senior 2nd's travelled to Gonzaga match for a friendly. The opening half was a scrappy affair with neither team able to control the ball for enough time to build any meaning attack. Gonzaga were just about worth the 7 point lead that they took into halftime. We battled well at the start of the second half but couldn't translate this into points. Gonzaga got another try a few minutes for the end to win 12:0. A disappointing result but there were some good performances from Will Jennings and Tom Dore while Justin Deane and Shay Ryan impressed off the bench.

Junior B 10 Clongowes 32
A strong wind made for testing conditions during last Wednesday’s encounter away in Clongowes. Both defences were tested in the opening 10 minutes however it was Clongowes, with the aid of the wind, who crossed the line first. Newbridge were under immense pressure in the opening 20 minutes and to their credit stood together and defended gallantly.  Clongowes had the lion’s share of possession and had two more tries on 25 minutes. Newbridge managed to hold onto the ball in the contact area towards the end of the half and pulled one back before the break. The game was put beyond doubt after the restart when the Clongowes winger found a gap in the Newbridge defence to score under the posts. Newbridge to their credit never gave up and showed great fighting spirit. This endeavour was rewarded when Seán O’ Neill crossed the line after some great forward play. The game finished Newbridge College 10- Clongowes 32. The team played well against strong opposition with Sean O Neill, Sean Lowen, Peter Doyle, Matthew Nugent, Matt Carter, Liam Callanan and Simon Hore best on the day.
Other Results: Inter A 0 Clongwoes 27; Inter B 14 Clongwoes 32; Inter C 0 Clongowes 36; Eller A 0 Willow Park 44; Eller B 0 Willow Park 55; Eller Black 22 Willow Park 27; Eller White 10 Willow Park 40.

Congratulations to the athletes on their outstanding performances at the League finals yesterday. The girls’ teams won 28 medals, which was fantastic. Well done to all!! In the Division One category, the U.14 and U.15 girls A teams won their competitions and thus the perpetual shields. The U.17 A team won silver and U.19 A teams won bronze.In the Division Two category, the U.15 girls team B won gold, the U.17 team won bronze and the U.19 B team won bronze also.
Teams were as follows:
U.14 A team - 1st - Kate Grant, Hannah Grant, Keela McGee, Hannah Rasmussen
U.15 A Team - 1st - Aimee McGrath, Kate Nurse, Emily O Brien, Caoimhe Sweeney
U.15 B team - 1st Division Two - Mary Hamilton, Saoirse Gilman, Eva Calderwood, Lisa Sexton
U.17 A team - 2nd - Ruth O Hara, Roisin Crowe, Niamh Crowe, Caoimhe Murphy
U.17 B Team - 3rd in Division Two - Sarah Behan, Gbemi, Ciara McNally, Allanah Murphy
U.19 A Team - 3rd - Claire Healion, Victoria O Brien, Hannah Quinn, Katie Berney
U.19 B team - 3rd in Division Two - Lynn Phelan, Hannah Sutton, Bronagh Galvin, Aoife Murphy
Congratulations to all!!

Showjumping competition held in Warrington on the 17th.  Novice Team Competition: 6th Place:   Amy Carroll, Clodagh Finlay and Rachel Ross.  Clodagh Finlay won the Individual Competition.  Amy Carroll came 4th.  Open Team Competiton: 2nd Place:  Caoimhe Sweeney, Luke Heffernan, Emma McGlynn, Sarah Behan.  Individual Competiton: Caoimhe Sweeney won andKaren Casey came 4th.  Open Competition Teams: 3rd Place:  Karen Casey, Emma O'Callaghan, Jack Ross and Amy Carroll

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