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23 January 2015

Sports Roundup Friday 23rd January 2015

It’s that time of year again, both our senior and junior teams are raring to go in this year’s Leinster Schools’ Cup competitions. 

Our Seniors are first out when they take on Kilkenny College in Co Carlow RFC on Tuesday January 27th at 2:30.  These two teams met in the league quarterfinal before Christmas and Newbridge won 6:0 that day, so another close encounter is very likely.  The Juniors play Gonzaga on Thursday February 5th in Donnybrook also at 2:30 in what will also be a close game.

RUGBY

Inters v Blackrock
Newbridge College Inter A's were in action this week against Blackrock College in Dublin.
Newbridge settled very quickly and had Blackrock under serious pressure right from the kick - off. After some very positive forward retention Jordan Nolan crossed over to finish Newbridge's 1st try of the half. Seven minutes later it was Harry Quirke that pushed Newbridge into a 10 - 0 lead.  The next 10 minutes saw Blackrock hit a purple patch and get two tries of their own. Newbridge answered back with a second try for Jordan Nolan. Blackrock managed to tie the game at 15 - 15 by halftime.  The second half was a very even affair with both sides creating chances and defending well. Even though Newbridge were the more threatening side it was Blackrock that scored the only try of the half to leave the final score reading 15 - 22 to Blackrock.  The Newbridge boys should be very proud of their performance and efforts on the day.  Players that stood out for Newbridge were Billy Kavanagh,  Fionnan Morrin, David Higgins, Jordan Nolan and Harry Quirke.

The Inter B's had a very tough away game against Blackrock on Wednesday last.  Despite going 10 pts down in first 15 mins they recovered well with two tries from James Warren and Sean Murphy to lead 14-10 at half time with conversions added by the impressive Oisin Halpin.  The second half was all Blackrock with two late tries putting the gloss on their victory but doesn't give a true reflection of the Newbridge performance.  They went down 27-14 but deserved much more from the game. Best for the college on the day were James Warren, Jamie Clyne, Cormac Stopes, Rory Cross, Cian Lawlor and Thomas Sheedy.

Other Results: Senior 4ths 17 Castleknock 24; Junior A 19 Glenstal 22; Junior B 8 Belvedere 60; Inter C 5 Blackrock 30

HOCKEY
Junior A v High School
Junior A had their final league game today against High School. It was a big game as the junior A's needed to win this game to qualify for the league quarter final. The game started off with High School settling in first, with the first shot on goal which was thankfully saved by newbridge goalkeeper Caroline Kane. This spurred Newbridge to take a hold of the game with captain Rachel McMullen leading by example and scoring the first goal of the game. Following this Newbridge created many attacking chances. With two short corners, scored by Kate Hannon and Rachel McMullen.  The girls were up 3-0 at half time.  The second half, opened with High School putting pressure on the Newbridge defence and scoring to put them back in the game 3-1. The girls showed great character to dig deep and picking their game up again, and continued to create chances and eventually waring down the High school defence scoring from another short corner. This time the ball was sent out by Aoife sexton, stopped by Kate who switched it left to Sarah Jennings who powered the ball into the goal with a sneaky touch by Aoife sexton. The girls were now on top of their game, with two more goals following from  Kate Hannon and Emily o' Brian. This result means Newbridge are now runners up in their league group and await confirmation on who they play in the junior league quarter finals. This group of girls have done their school very proud this season and we wish them well.

1st Years v High School
First years went to High School on Wednesday. They played in 2 8-aside games and 11 v 11 against their A side. The 8-aside games were well contested but the girls found the High School girls too strong eventually. In the 11-aside game, the College girls were much stronger even though goalie Eva Matthews had to make some good clearances, the opposition goalie had a super game and kept the girls scoreless until Gerrie Flood hit a well placed strike into the corner of the goal. The girls played superb hockey, showing exceptional maturity for their age and experience.

Other Result: Minor A 1 St Gerard’s 2

SOCCER
Well done to our Senior Soccer Squad who are through to the Midlands League Division 2 semi-final. They beat Kildare Town CS 4:0 in the quarterfinal.  The semi-final will take place on Monday so please remember your playing gear.

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