SCT 27 Kings Hospital 16
The Senior 1sts kicked off their Leinster League this week as they hosted King’s Hospital on Wednesday.
The game started well for the College as Cian Murphy crossed after only 3 minutes, but King’s Hospital cut the lead to just 2 points with a penalty from the restart. Ruairi Cleary crossed for the College’s second which Colm Doyle converted but again K.H. hit back with a converted try of their own. Some flowing play saw Daithí Murphy cross for the College on 22 minutes. Doyle tried to stretch the College lead further on the stroke of halftime but his penalty attempt drifted wide and the College led 15-10 at the break.
The second half saw Tim Murphy, following some great passing from himself and Daithi Murphy, secure the bonus point for the College as he dotted down less than a minute into the second half. But individual and team errors by the home team ensured the Dublin side were always in this game. Two penalties brought the Lucan outfit within 6 points. As the clock ticked into the last 5 minutes King’s Hospital crept ever closer to the College try line. A penalty for going off their feet 2 metres from the line relieved the sizable pressure. An error in midfield allowed the College to exploit space out wide and Colm Stapleton and Murphy combined well to put Robbie Hyland away for a try to seal the win and deny K.H. a losing bonus point. The game finished 27-16 to the College shortly after. Notable mentions go to Tom O’Neill and Tim Murphy.
Inter Bs 12 - 21 Clongowes
The Inters suffered their 1st loss of the year in a tight contest. Newbridge started brightly and some quick back play allowed Patrick Moxom over in the corner for the games first try. Clongowes responded quickly and with some bigger men in the scrum powered over for 2 tries to lead 14-5 at half time. Newbridge came out fighting in the 2nd half and Moxom's pace again secured a try for Newbridge earlier on. The 2 teams were evenly matched for the reminder of the match with a Clongowes try on the last play giving them a 21-12 victory.
Best for Newbridge were Jamie Gaire, Patrick Moxom and Liam Coleman.
Other Results: Senior 2nds 7 Castleknock 42; Junior A 22 Kings Hospital 7; Junior B 31 Kings Hospital 31; Inter C 7 Clongowes 34. Eller Blits v Castleknock & Clongowes: Played 12 Won 9 Lost 3.
The Junior A's lost 6-0 to Lorreto Foxrock today. Only 2-0 after half time and with loads of chances missed the girls were confident going into the second half. As the goals kept rolling in Newbridge heads were going down and Lorreto were only getting more confident. The girls played a great game and know they should have walked off the pitch with a better result. Not the way they wanted to start their first league game, but hopes are still high as they are a very talented team. They look forward to the next match and can't wait to get into the rest of the league games. Hard luck to all the girls but well done.
St Gerard’s Bray v Junior B
The first league match of the season was an away match against St Gerards. With a win and a draw under their belt in the warm up games, the Junior B team was determined to keep the run going. Newbridge started brightly with Yasmine Friel, Emily Blake and Orla Thompson all busy in midfield, contesting every ball that came their way. Newbridge spurned a few chances with Isobel Scecy and Ellen going close. Eventually the sustained pressure told and Grace Sinnott neatly finished at the back post after a great cross from Aisling Mulvey on the right of the circle. The 2nd half was a more evenly balanced contest with St. Gerards troubling the Newbridge defense more often and forcing the goalkeeper Sinead Sexton to produce a few fine saves. Newbridge held onto their deserved slim 1-0 lead until the end but know that turning possession into goals is high priority going forward. Well done to all players on getting 3 points in the first league game.'
Minor A's took on St. Andrews on home turf today in the premier division. Newbridge hit the ground running and clocked up their first score in the 15th minute, Ciara Obeirne the scorer. Soon after Sarah Doyle found the back of the net. Newbridge don't tired slightly and concentration lapsed which allowed Andrews in for the first goal. Half time score 2-1. Both teams worked tirelessly with newbridge proving to be a team to be reckoned with. Sarah Doyle came off the bench with 10 mins to go to make the final score 3-1. Super team performance with Ellie Henry claiming player of the match.
Other Results: Senior A 0 Loretto Foxrock 4; S3enior B 1 Kings Hospital 2
42 athletes traveled to Knockbeg College, Carlow, for the first event of the season - the opening round of the Three Counties League, confined to schools from Kildare, Laois, and Carlow. On a day borrowed from Summer they produced some sparkling efforts among fields of well in excess of 100 athletes in all the races they contested.
The under 14 Girls were led for most of the race by Roisin O'Connor and while she faded over the final 400m, she still hung on for an excellent 6th place. She was surrounded by school mates at the finish with Laura Carroll 4th, Rebecca Travers 5th, and Libby Carthy 7th, leaving Newbridge standing proudly on top of their League.
Under 14 boys also had a fine showing from Hugh Doyle in 4th place well supported by Aidan Conneeley in 11th.
On to the under 15 Girls, Sophie Carroll's 3rd place was backed up by Sinead Healion in 9th, and with Anna Brophy and Clodah Kavanagh in the top section of the field they are well placed in the overall League.
Also at or close to the League lead (full results not available for a week) were the under 15 boys with a patient run by George Lowen taking him to 2nd place just in front of Tom Browne in 4th and excellent support from Andrew McGinley and Geoff McNelis in 16th and 17th.
The under 17 Girls were hot favourites according to their peers to win their age group, howerer they lost three of their number due to injury in the lead up to the race; they were determined however to put up a good show and duly did so; Kate Nurse ran her usual measured race to finish 2nd, while Aimee McGrath in 4th, and good showings from Rachel Ross and Deryn Mooney kept the team very much in the hunt for overall honours.
Next event is hosted by the College next month and we expect good showings by our athletes on home turf to further consolidate their team positions in the League; it also features the Kildare Schools Championships within it, we can be confident of a few titles from the day.
Hard luck to our Senior Boys Soccer team who lost their Leinster Senior Cup match to Maynooth Secondary School on Wednesday. They were up against a much older team due to the fact that we had some 3rd and 4th years playing for us against what looked like an all 6th year team. We still have a Midlands League to look forward to which will be starting in the coming weeks.
Results - 27th September - Coilog Equestrian Centre - Hosted by Newbridge College
Newbridge College won all major competitions held on the day at this event!!
Open Team: Winners: Caragh Sweeney, Sarah Buckley, Amy Carroll, Daniel Fitzgerald.
Novice Team: Winners: Sophie Carroll, Leah Heffernan, Niamh Flinter & Leah Ross.
Best Turned Out: Alanna Kelly, Cian Springate, Caoimhe Sweeney, Emily O'Brien
Open Individual: 1st and 2nd Place Daniel Fitzgerald, 3rd Jack Ross, with 49 in the competition.
Novice Individual: 1st - Ivanna Dempsey, 2nd - Sophie Carroll, 4th - Niamh Flinter, 5th - Leah Ross, 6th - Sarah Buckley, with 54 in the competition.
1.10 mtr Qualifiers: 1st - Daniel Fitzgerald, 2nd - Sarah Behan, 6th - Leah Heffernan. (all qualified for Interschools 1.10 mt final to be held in April)
Fantastic result the previous week for Newbridge College in Boswell for the Showjumping League on 19th of September.
The 1st year team of Sophie Carroll, Leah Heffernan, Niamh Flinter and Leah Ross won the Novice Competition in Boswell Equestrian Centre hosted by St Gerard's.
Sophie Carroll came 1st in the Novice Individuals.
The Newbridge team of Emily O'Brien, Alanna Kelly, Nika Carey and Caoimhe Sweeney came 2nd in the Open Teams with another Newbridge teams coming 4th with Caragh Sweeney, Amy Carroll, Daniel Fitzgerald and Cian Springate.
Daniel Fitzgerald came 1st in the Open Show Jumping with Caragh Sweeney a close 2nd.