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02 March 2015

Sports Roundup Friday 27th February

Our Senior team are finalising preparations for the Leinster Schools Senior Cup semi-final which takes place next Wednesday 4th March in Donnybrook at 4pm against Roscrea.

The buzz around the school has already begun and everyone is looking forward to what will be the school’s 3rd straight semi final appearance and hopefully its third time lucky.  All in the College Community wishes the entire squad and coaching staff the very best of luck next Wednesday.  We would love as much support as possible to come out and support the lads who have been training extremely hard over the season and are well deserving of this shot at the final.

Senior 2nd’s v St Michael’s
The Senior Seconds finished their League fixtures with a gutsy performance against St. Michael's but sadly did not get the result their performance deserved. The College struck first on 11 minutes with a try from Robbie Culliton. This was converted by Cillian O'Brien. The Dublin side hit back and following a missed penalty they scored two unconverted tries to take the lead with 25 minutes gone. Culliton regained the lead for the College on 33 minutes. O'Brien hit the post with the conversion. Deep in injury time though St. Michael's touched down to make it 12-15 at the break.

The College controlled much of the third quarter and were finally rewarded on 50 minutes when Morgan Mooney took a quick tap from a penalty and crashed over. O'Brien obliged with a fine conversion. With time running out the College gave away a couple of soft penalties and the Southsiders punished the College to the full extent on 68 minutes to go 3 ahead. A late converted penalty meant only a converted try could win it for the College. Despite owning the ball for the remaining minute of injury time no try came and St. Michael's ran out 25-19 winners. However, this was a performance from which all involved can take many positives.

Inter A v Glenstal Abbey
The Inter A’s had a good win on Wednesday against a dogged Glenstal from Limerick.
They won 36-5 an were well worth their winning margin. The majority of the damage was done in the 1st half with Newbridge leading 24-0 at the break. There were some fantastic team tries finished off by Daniel O'Connor, Jordan Nolan and Bill Kavanagh and an outstanding individual try scored by scrum half David Higgins. The second half was an error ridden half with tries from Ro Burns and Zack O Reilly. Best for Newbridge were David Higgins, Daniel Caulfield, Fionnan Morin, and Mark Moynihan. It was a decent performance which kept their recent good run of results going and with only a few more games left it is something to keep playing for and take on to next year.

Eller A v Kilkenny College
The Eller As travelled to Kilkenny on Wednesday last, looking to pick up where they had left off before the mid term break. The home side played with the aid of a slight wind and hill advantage in the first half and established an early foothold in Newbridge territory. However solid defence led by George Lowen and Geoff McNeilis kept the red and black tide at bay. A scrum on half way after 15 minutes presented the visitors with their first real attacking opportunity of the match. A dummy switch in midfield gave John Shanahan the space to get away from his man and another clever decoy from Donal Conroy held the remaining defenders. Shanahan turned on the after burners to race away for a 5 pointer. The remainder of the first half was a relatively even affair with the away side settling more and more into the match. Despite this, a lapse in concentration on the stroke of half time meant the sides went in level after a poor kick chase allowed the Kilkenny winger to canter in from 40 meters. Newbridge started the second half on top, with excellent defensive pressure forcing the home side back inside their own 22. Good work at the breakdown from Tiarnan Mc Knight forced a turnover and Lowen was on hand to break two attempted tackles and dive over. The lead was stretched soon after when the Newbridge midfield linked up with devastating effect. A long pass from Shanahan gave Marcus Kiely the space to beat his man and put Conroy racing away down the touch line for 50 meters. Some excellent footwork then left two covering defenders grasping thin air as the centre weaved his way under the sticks. Poor discipline allowed Kilkenny back into the game as the away side coughed up a series of penalties. They were eventually punished when a quick tap allowed the number 8 over in the corner. Resolute defence meant that the two score cushion stayed intact for the remainder of the game leaving the final score at Kilkenny 10 - 19 Newbridge

Other results: Inter B 36 Glenstal 0; Eller B 21 Kilkenny 5; Eller C 41 Kilkenny 28

Our Minor 1sts drew with Mount Anvil 2-2 in the Minor Cup semi-final.  Unfortunately, Newbridge lost on penalties.  Hard luck but well done to our team. Our scorers were Kate Grant and Kate Masterson.

Other Results: Senior 1st 1 Loretto Dalkey 5; 1st Yrs 0 Loretto Dalkey 2

The Novice team of  Alanna Kelly, Conor Cassidy and Anna Kelly won the Novice Team competition last weekend in Boswell Equestrian Centre.   Conor Cassidy also won the Individual Competition.

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