A late withdrawal meant the College were force into making late adjustment and this showed as the host raced to a 24 point lead. The College slowly worked their way into the game and were rewarded when Con Creedon started and finished a break for a try. Luke Maloney added the extras for a very difficult conversion. A lapse saw St. Mary's have the last day of the half with a try.
The second half saw the College make more with the ball and a try from Ross Fallon, converted by Maloney, put the College right back in the game. But it would be the Dubliners who would finish the strongest, compounded by a number of errors by the College. With some positives but plenty to work on the game finished 41-14 to St. Mary's. Notable mentions go to Rob Wynne, Dylan Morrissey, Luke Maloney and Ross Fallon.
The Senior Seconds took on the same opposition. A slow start here too saw the College chasing the game but they had left themselves too much to do as they trailed 20-nil at half time. Tries from Shane McGroary and Dan Caulfield, both converted by Caulfield, saw the game finish 25-14 to St. Mary's.
JCT 17 St Mary’s College 52
The Juniors welcomed St Michael's College for two games last Wednesday. In the A game, we were out of the blocks fast and scored a great try after and excellent drive and maul led to Sam Cahill crossing from close in. However, Michael's bossed the rest of the half scoring four tries, two of which were gifts from extremely generous defence on our part. We scored the second try through Conor McGroary who was having a great game in the loose. Halftime score 28:12 to the highly fancied Dublin school. However, Peter Leavy, Paddy O'Flaherty and Jack O'Connell were giving them a torrid time in the loose, putting in some huge hits. Captain John Shanahan was also putting himself about against a talented backline.
In the second half, we didn't manage the game as well as the first and went down by 52 points to 17, Cahill with a second try and the teams third. Again, we were guilty of some cheap defending but overall it was a very worthwhile outing for the Juniors. After three facile wins to start the season, this game showed us where we need to be. However, at times we controlled the game with the majority of play taking place between the 22s. Most importantly our pack were more than a match for a team that fielded 7 players who played in last year's Junior Cup Final loss to Blackrock. We did very well at scrum time and attacked well out wide when the chances arose. Most importantly, he stuck together as a team throughout the game and are now a better side as a result.
Junior A 1 Kings Hospital 1
The Junior A's started their league campaign at home against The Kings Hospital. The girls started the match very strongly and dominated the first half. With willing runners up front in Sarah, Ellie, Anna Young, Anna Blake and Gerri Flood we were creating goal scoring opportunities. Unfortunately we were unable to finish any of these chances. Due to our dominance in possession, KH were looking to hit us on the breakaway. One breakaway leading to them getting a fierce shot away from the top of the D but fortunately Eva was equal to the shot and the first half finished 0-0.
KH started strongly in the second half with our defence being called into action, but Lucy, Eleanor, Mary and Ciara weathered the storm. However KH did have the ball in the back of the net but the goal was rightly disallowed for a dangerous pass in the build up to the goal. This was the kick start that we needed and our midfield of Caoimhe, Emma and Anna Kelly began to dominate the possession in the middle of the pitch once again. The break through eventually came when Caoimhe picked up the ball just outside the attacking 25 and continued into the D where she calmly slotted the ball past the goalkeeper and into the back of the net. With time running out KH were looking to play long to their forwards, but we defended this well, in particular Aisling who cleared the danger on two occasions in the final minutes. The game finished 1-0 in what was a brilliant team performance from all the girls.
Senior C 1 Kings Hospital 1
This is mainly a 5th and 6th year team with plenty of experience.
The match started with the Newbridge girls setting the pace. They played the ball around well supporting each other and creating attack after attack. Captain Jennifer Greene led the attack from mid field linking well with Aoife Butler on the left who showed some super skill but just could not get the ball in the net. We had approx 4 short corners in the first half again we were unlucky with all the shots on goal we had. At half time the score was still 00 but Newbridge were so much in control.
In the 2nd half it was more of the same from the girls though our defence were brought more into the game as KH pushed to put their stamp on the game. Emma Hyland was outstanding. Against the run of play KH scored but credit to the girls they picked themselves up and continued the attack eventually getting their just rewards . Scored by Megan Hoare from some lovely work by Becky Troy on the right. The game ended 1 1. Although the girls could have won they were all happy with their performance and look forward to the next game.
(Maeve Fennin, Megan Hoare, Ellen Enright, Olivia Daly, Mari Downing, Emma Hyland, Corina Coughlan, Jennifer Greene, Aveen Treacy, Aoife Butler, Laura Fitzgerald, Roisin Kearns, Joyce Delaney, Becky Troy)
The Interschools Showjumping took place in Boswell Equestrian Centre in Wicklow on Sat the 17th. The track was rather technical but the Novice Riders rode confidently and both teams got placed. 2nd place after the jump off went to Niamh Behan, Ella Kelly, Ivanna Dempsey and Ruth Connelly. The team of Laura Kavanagh, Aoife Keane, Molly Whelan and Emma Mc Aleenan came 6th. Ella Kelly went on to win the Novice Individuals with Aoife Keane 2nd.
The Open Competition was very difficult with only 3 teams making it to the jump off, Carnew, Borris and Newbridge. After a very fast jump off Newbridge took 2nd place with the team of Caragh and Caoimhe Sweeney, and Amy and Sophie Carroll, the team of Nika Carey, Leah Heffernan, Anna Kelly and Conor Sweeney took 5th place. Anna Kelly went on to take 6th in the Open Individual competition.