JCT 8 Roscrea 10
The league campaign got away to a disappointing start on Wednesday, with the home side losing by the slimmest of margins. It was an absorbing encounter with very little to separate the teams throughout.
Friday 26th September 2014
Karmon Fitzgerald posed questions throughout for the Roscrea defence and a great first half break led to a penalty that Cian Prendergast converted. It was to be the only score of the first half. Roscrea started the second half the stronger side capitalising on poor Newbridge handling close to their own line to score two quick fire tries from the back of the scrum. Newbridge responded well with Harry O Neill, Andrew May and captain Thomas Grant leading the charge in the pack. The home side’s hard work was rewarded when Greg O Neill went over in the corner. Despite some late pressure it was to be Newbridge’s final score. The team will hope to turn their fortunes around next week against High School.
Senior 1st 10 St Mary’s 19
Our senior team travelled to Kennilworth Square to take on St Mary’s in the final friendly before the start of the Leinster League. We took an early lead through a Conor Doyle penalty before Marys hit back with a try. We then extended our lead when William Doyle ran clear to score, Doyle converted for a 10:5 lead. In what was a tight first half, Brian Larkin and Jake Howlett were excellent in defence while Jimmy O’Brien and Tim Murphy were creating plenty of opportunities for our backline which unfortunately we didn’t capitalise on. In the second half, Mary’s upped their performance levels and we did the opposite. Our set play faltered and our defence lost its intensity. However, we still got into position to score only to give up a turnover which Mary’s turned into 7 points. A few minutes later they extended their lead to 19:10 with another try from very generous defending on our part. We seemed to regroup after that and were very unlucky not to score again before the final whistle. While a loss was recorded, this was a very useful exercise and really highlighted what we need to work on before we travel to St Gerards of Bray next Wednesday for the first match in the league. Others not named who impressed on the day were Tom O’Neill and Paddy Ryan, who was making his debut for the senior team.
The Senior Seconds headed to Kenilworth Square to take on St. Mary’s on Wednesday. A first half littered with lapses of concentration and errors saw the College concede 4 tries. Although they had some good possession and territory, the only highlight for the College was a Niall Kearns try which was converted by Gavin Burke. 26-7 to the home side at the break.
The second half saw a much more focussed College side. They controlled the ball well and cut the error count significantly. The improved focus was accompanied by tries from Michael Ryan and James Fitzpatrick. The latter was converted by Burke. A number of other close chances fell to the College but the game finished 33-19 to St. Mary’s. Notable mentions include Ciarán Callan, Gavin Burke, Robbie Culliton and Michael Ryan.
Inters v Clongowes
The Inter A's and B's travelled to Templeville road on Wednesday last to take on St. Mary's. The A's won 45-12 while the B's lost by the narrowest of margins 32-31. Both teams can be proud of their performances against physically bigger sides. The A's were comprehensive winners at the end but they had to work hard to break Mary's down. Three great tries came in the first half from great team play with Daniel O'Connor, Jack Ryan and Micheál O'Connor. In the second half Newbridge began to find more gaps as their dominance up front began to pay off. Tries came from Mark Moynihan, Daniel O'Connor, Ryan Leahy and the impressive Alex Buckley. the outstanding players on the day were Fionnán Morrin, Ryan Leahy, Rory Cross and Mark Moynihan in the pack and Alex Buckley, Daniel O'Connor and Harry Quirke in the backline.
For the B's it was a tale of heartbreak at the end but having come from 4 tries down at one stage they can be very proud of their efforts. The tries came from the front row duo of Sean Murphy and Zack O'Reilly with Fionn Walsh and Finn O'Brien also impressing. Next up for the Inters is Clongowes.
Other Results: Junior B 39 Roscrea 13; Eller blitz v Gonzaga: Played 36 W 14, D 5, L 17.
Senior 2nds 0 0 Sion Hill
Senior 2nds drew 0 0 v Sion Hill in Pembroke Wanderers. It was a good performance by the senior 2nds considering it was their first game and they are getting used to playing together.
It was a shaky start with Sion Hill getting two early short corners but both were excellently saved by goalkeeper Aoife Cudmore with the help of her defence. We had a few shots on goal but unforunately could not get ball in the back of the net. The second Half got off to a better start with Eleanor Young holding strong in defence .Newbridge attacked a lot more with Aoife Butler at one stage taking a great open sweep on goal but unfortuantely missing by inches. Aoife Cudmore continued to make incredible saves to bring the game to what was probably a deserved draw. Very Good start by our Senior 2nds well done to all the girls.
Also one of our Third Years Rachel Mc Mullen has made the Leinster u16 Hockey Squad . The Interprovincial Competition will be held in October up north. Congratulations to Rachel and we wish her well in the competition.
Well done to our senior golf team of Rob McGrattan-Brazill, Danny Leahy, Daniel McNally and James Lawlor who won their opening leinster league match against St Mary’s Carlow on Wednesday. They won on a combined total of 5 Up over the two matches. Best of luck to the same boys who take part in the Leinster Strokeplay qualifying event next Monday in Carlow Golf Club.
Hard luck to our Senior Soccer Squad who lost their Leinster senior Cup match 3:0 to Salesian College,Celbridge. They played really well and were level after 60 mins.
Report on Showjumping competition held on 20th September in Coilog Equestrian Centre hosted by St Gerards.
Our Novice team of Sarah Buckley, Anna Kelly, Alanna Kelly, Daniel Fitzpatrick took 2nd place in Coilog at the weekend. 4 teams went through to the Jump off, Anna and Daniel had two great rounds for Newbridge putting us in 2nd place. Alanna Kelly went on to take 1st place in the Individual Competition with Anna Kelly in 2nd place.
Our Open team of Karen Casey, Luke Heffernan, Cian Springate and Alanna Murphy also took 2nd place on Sunday in the Open Team Competition. 19 teams qualified for the jumpoff. Luke Heffernan jumped first and had a clear in 49.30 seconds, Karen went into the ring and shaved another second off Luke's time in 48.31 seconds with put the team in second place behind Knockbeg who finished .53 of a second faster. Jack Ross took 4th place in a super fast round in the Open Individuals. This was a great day in Coilog and a super start to the season for Open and Novice Riders.
The Newbridge College Equestrian Club is hosting our 2nd biggest Equestrian event of the year on Sunday next 28th September in Coilog Equestrian Centre, Kilmeague. The club will be hosting about 260 riders with 7 competitions going on in 5 different arenas.