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26 September 2015

Sports Roundup Friday 25th September 2015

Seniors v St Mary’s
Our Senior 1sts played their last friendly before they commence the defence of their Leinster League next week. We welcomes St Mary's to the College on Wednesday and it was the visitors who started better and took the lead, with a try and conversion after a soft tackle.

After this, we played a little better and began to build pressure. We forced a penalty close in and when Colm Doyle took a quick tap, Tim Murphy was on hand to drive over, 7:5 Mary's. We were playing well now and off a scrum, Murphy chipped through for Ruairi Cleary to chase and drive to score.  We added a third before the break when we attacked off a scrum on half way and after some good interplay, Paddy Ryan crossed to give us a 15:7 lead.
In the second half, defence was on top for both sides until Mary's closed the gap to within a point. Soon afterwards, they took the lead when we gave up a sloppy turnover which eventually Marys capitalised on to lead 19:15 with minutes remaining. We piled on the pressure and forced a penalty. Mary's cleared their lines but we came roaring back on the counter attack. We patiently went through the phases until we worked some space for Xian Murphy on the wing. He duly took his chance, beating his man on the outside and scoring what was the winning try. Final score Newbridge 20 St Mary’s 19
All in all, this was a very worthwhile run out. We have plenty of work to focus on for our opening league fixture which takes place in the College next Wednesday against The Kings Hospital. Others to impress were Tom O'Neill and Daithi Murphy

The Senior Seconds had their first home game of the year on Wednesday with the visit of St. Mary’s.  With a three week break and a number of changes to their last match the College were slow to reach match pace.  The looked good going forward but were disjointed in defence. This was clear to see on the scoreboard with the Dublin side scoring four tries to lead 24-7 at halftime.  The College had led 7-5 after some great team play was followed by Enda Dowling crossing for a try.  Cillian O’Brien added the extras.
The second half was a much tighter affair and with both sides making a number of changes the continuity slipped from the game in parts.  Both teams had scoring opportunities and showed some good go forward but the College had to cope with the smaller percentage of possession.  The half would finish 10-8 to the visitors with O’Brien slotting over a penalty and Sam Jones crossing from 20 metres out to cap a flowing backs move following good work by the forwards.  The game finished 34-15 to St. Mary’s.  Notable mentions must go to Theodore Hovenden Kelly, Adam Browne, Cilllian O’Brien and Caomhán Doolan.

Inter Bs 64 - 5 St. Mary's
The inter B's continued their impressive start to the year with a dominant display. Patrick Moxom scored the first try after some impressive back play. St. Mary's hit back with a well worked try and it looked like it could be a close game. However the work of the Newbridge forwards meant that the backs were constantly receiving quick ball on the front foot which led to some impressive scoring. After ringing the changes at half time Newbridge kept up the pressure with many putting their hand for selection in the next game.
Best for Newbridge were Dylan Coyle, Finn Morrison and Andrew Buckley.

Over the month of September, we had many players and ex players line out for the Leinster Representative sides in the various inter-provincial championships.  
U20, Jimmy O’Brien, Jake Howlett and Tom Treacy
U19 level Connor Johnson
U18 Paddy Ryan, Tim Murphy and Daithi Murphy
Four younger players also attended the U17 summer training program: Ben Howlett, Greg O’Neill, Luke Morris and Kevin Kyne.
Well done to you all.  

Other Results:
The Ellers also played a blitz away to Gonzaga.  Their record on the day was the following
Played    29        Won    16        Drew    1        Lost    12


Junior A
The Junior As had a successful week with 2 friendly wins against Kilkenny and Mt Sackville.
On Wednesday the girls fought off a physical Kilkenny team 2-1 with Kate Grant and Aoife Fitzgerald getting the goals from well worked short corner moves. It was a solid performance in a game of few chances with the girls doing enough for the win.  
On the Saturday the girls beat Mt. Sackville 1-0. The game was decided early in the first half when Ciara Regan produced some superb individual skill to round the keeper and roll the ball into an empty net. Newbridge dominated the game but where unable to add to the lead but where very comfortable in a 1-0 victory.

Junior B 2 Kilkenny Junior B 2
The 2nd game of the season and a tough assignment too. Kilkenny always field strong competitive teams. With a fast start to the game Newbridge found themselves under pressure. With the goalkeeper Susie Treacy being called into action on numerous occasions. Emily Blake in midfield steadied the ship linking up well with Orla Thompson and Ellen Ayerst in carve out a few openings at the other end. Unfortunately the Newbridge defense was caught ball watching and a Kilkenny player slipped in behind for an easy opener. Another mix up soon followed another Kilkenny found themselves up 2-0. Thankfully half time allow for some reorganization and renewed focus. Rebecca Casey came on as a sweeper and made an immediate impact and snuffed out almost every Kilkenny attack. Isobel Seacy added much needed width on the right of midfield. With renewed confidence and desire Newbridge upped the tempo and were rewarded with a well taken team goal finished off in style by Grace Sinnott. With the final minutes approaching Ellen Ayerst pounced on a loose clearance, drew the keeper to one side and calmly slotted the ball home. A fantastic end to an entertaining game of two halves.  Best for Newbridge: Ellen Ayerst, Rebecca Casey and Isobel Seacy.

Junior C 0 Kilkenny Junior C 4
The first outing of the season for the Junior C team. The first half proved to be a tough 25 minutes and the players struggled with their shape and for many playing in new positions.  Meg Downes in defense showed off some great stick work and had a great awareness of players around her. Aisling O’Beirne was full of running and ideas  on the right of midfield and constantly linked up with the outstanding Molly Fahy at right back and Eimear Marsh ahead of her. Unfortunately Newbridge were 2-0 at half time mainly due to naivety of their first game. The 2nd half saw a huge improvement from everyone aided by the introduction of Aoife Kavanagh and Hannah Murphy. Unfortunately they were rewarded for their efforts with goals and conceding two late goals added a bit of salt into the wound. Thankfully it was a friendly and the players and coaches certainly learn a lot from the game and brighter days certainly lie ahead.
Best for Newbridge: Molly Fahy, Meg Downes and Aisling O’Beirne

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