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03 October 2014

Sports Roundup Friday 3 October 2014

Sports Roundup Friday 3 October 2014

TOP STORY SCT 26 St Gerard’s 15
Our Senior team started their league campaign with an away fixture versus St Gerard's of Bray. 

We started the game very well and when Daithi Murphy finished off a fine backline move, Colm Doyle converted for a 7:0 lead.  St Gerards replied with a penalty but again we found some space and this time Jimmy O'Brien ran clear from halftime to score under the posts. Our set piece was operating well and this was giving our backs a great platform to launch some very meaningful attacks.  Austin Mahony to the fore in the lineout while O'Brien, Tim Murphy and Jake Howlett were giving their opponents a torrid time in midfield.  Daithi Murphy was released once again on the right wing and he showed excellent footwork to beat the first defender, and then showed great strength in holding off a second defender to score in the corner.  Doyle once again converted from the touchline to leave the score 21:3 at halftime.
St Gerard's came out fired up in the second half and as a result had much more of the game.  Our defence was being stretched now but Rob Buckley, Tom O'Neill and Jordan Duggan were defending manfully for the black and whites.  However, Gerard’s finally were repaid for their efforts with a well worked try.  They then added another try which brought them right back into the game, trailing only by 6 points with still 10 minutes left on the clock.  We regrouped very well and put together a fine four phase attack which resulted in sub Ruairi Cleary scoring in the corner to seal a bonus point away victory for Newbridge.  Final score 26:15.  Next up is a home tie against Kings Hospital next Wednesday in the College.


Senior 2nds v St Gerard’s
The Senior Seconds travelled, with a much changed side, to Bray to face St. Gerard’s but unlike the Senior 1st XV they would not get the result they were looking for.  A slow start saw them concede 14 soft points in the first ten minutes.  They then had a period of dominance but could only convert one of a number of try scoring chances.  That came from Stephen Rigney with Gavin Burke adding the extras.  However the half ended badly for the College with two more 7 pointers conceded and outhalf Burke leaving the field injured.
The second half saw some moment of good play from the College but the Bray side, with some very inventive players, made the most of any gap in the Newbridge defence.  They added three more tries, converting one.  The College did have the last say though with CiaránFletchmoore picking from the base of a ruck and crashing over.  David Kennedy could not add the extra two.  The game finished 45-12 to St. Gerard’s.

Junior B
The last two weeks have seen an improvement in fortunes for the Newbridge College Junior B squad following victories over Roscrea and The High School.  Hard work and a good attitude in training have assisted in this development.  Scrum half and team captain RuairíFinan has had a good platform to play from following good forward play as pack leaders Mark Higgins, Andrew Donovan and Tom Doyle among others have stood up to be counted. Nathan McDonald, in for the injured  Nick Kennedy, at out half has brought continuity to the back line where Evan Foley and Tadhg Flinter have stood out in these last few games.  Competition for places is ever increasing and this can hopefully drive the B squad to further success in the coming weeks.

Inters v Clongowes
Newbridge’s Inter A’s travelled to Clongowes this week for their 5th match of the season.  Newbridge had a nervous start and conceded two tries in the opening fifteen minutes. Newbridge eventually settled and began to put their mark on the game, creating numerous chances before the break but unfortunately to no avail.  The second half saw Newbridge up their work rate and bring a higher intensity to the game.  They eventually got their opening try after great team work saw David Higgins crash over.   After this Newbridge really hit their purple patch and were very dominant in both possession and territory.  With 15 minutes to go Newbridge’s Daniel O’ Connor finish another well worked team try and this was converted by Daniel Caulfield.  At 12 -12 the game was very much in the balance but it was Clongowes who had the fire power to bring on off the bench.  These substitutions gave Clongowes the impetus needed at the end to finish 29-12.  It was a very good performance by Newbridge, one that showed real honesty and team spirit.  Players that stood out were Rory Cross, FionnanMorrin, Mark Moynihan, Thomas Sheedy, and Daniel O’ Connor.
The Inter B's lost their match to Clongowes 40-15.  It could have been a lot worse were it not for telling contributions from OisinHalpin and Finn O'Brien, who led a resurgence near the end and pushed hard till the end.  Credit must go to the team for never dropping their heads and playing to the final whistle.
The Inter C's had a fantastic 61-5 win over Clongowes in their first game of the season.  They were by far the hungrier and more organised side from the off and they scored some fantastic team tries throughout.  Led very well by Captain Daire Timmons, they were very strong in the pack with good performances from Aaron McNeilish, Ronan OConnor, James Warren, Jamie Buckley, Sean Barrett and David Willianson.

Eller A v Glenstal
The Eller As hosted Glenstal on Wednesday last, looking to build on their recent impressive victory over St Marys. The Newbridge team started strongly with Sam Cahill making an early burst through the middle before being tackled just short of the line. Glenstal turned the ball over and cleared their lines but it was obvious that the home backline would pose a threat all afternoon. Cahill opened the scoring 5 minutes later, when he was on hand to dive over from close range after an excellent run from Donal Conroy was stopped just short. Conor Mc Groary doubled the advantage soon after when he beat a number of tackles from inside the 22 after some excellent continuity play from the Newbridge forwards. Conroy then got in on the act when he dummied inside the last defender and beat the covering tackle to score. Glenstal enjoyed a purple patch for the next five minutes as they patiently built phases from inside their own half that took them into the Newbridge 22. When the ball was spun wide into the hands of their strong running winger, he powered through two attempted tackles to touch down. Newbridge hit back right from the kickoff when an excellent chase forced a turnover deep inside Glenstal territory. Patient attacking play resulted in a penalty 5 meters out and Mc Groary forced his way over off the quick tap. The second half was a tighter affair, with most of the action taking place between the two 10 meter lines. With 10 minutes gone in the half excellent defensive work from Tiarnan Mc Knight dislodged the ball in a tackle just outside the Glenstal 22. Mark Dennis was on hand to pounce and some excellent footwork took him right up to the line before he offloaded to Cahill who dived over for his second try. Lack of concentration in the Newbridge defence led to two quick fire tries in the last five minutes for the visitors which brought the match to a disappointing end.  Final score Newbridge 29 - 19 Glenstal

Other Results: Junior A 41 High School 17, Eller B 75 Glenstal 5; Eller Black 47 Eller White 29.


Junior A v Holy Child, Killiney
The Junior A Hockey Team had their first round cup game v Holy Child Killiney, away.  The game got off to a shaky start taking our girls a little while to settle and we were down 1 0 within the first 10 minutes.  Credit to the girls they kept their composure and before half time Rachel Mc Mullen team captain had put the girls ahead by 2  1 with some excellent individual skill.  Both teams battled well in the 2 nd half and it was just 5 minutes from the end when Kate Hannon eliminated a couple of defenders and released a lovely pass to Jenny Kelly who  slotted the ball in the back of the net. The final result 3 1 to Newbridge.  The girls worked really  hard for this result and are delighted to be through to the next round. We will find out next week who our opponents will be. Their next League match is next Wednesday at home v Mount Temple at 3.15pm.

Other Result: Senior 1 3 Kilkenny 2

Congratulations to all the athletes on their performances yesterday at the Knockbeg Cross Country competition. Team results will be emailed later in the week. Best individual results of the day were George Lowen - 2nd U.15, Jack Doyle - 3rd U.17, Kate Grant - 3rd, Keela McGee 5th, Hannah Grant 6th and AoifeFitzgerald -9th U.15, Kate Nurse - 4th, Aimee McGrath - 5th, Roisin Crowe - 9th U.17. Congratulations to all involved!

Fantastic result in Coilog on Sunday.  Our novice team of Caragh Sweeney, Ruby Hughes, Anna Kelly and Daniel Fitzgerald won the Novice Team competition against 16 teams.  Ruby Maher and Anna Kelly rode the speed round  beating Piper's Hill riders by 3 seconds.  

Open Individual:  2nd: Jack Ross, 4th: Karen Casey, 6th: Hannah Rasmussen
Novice Individual: 4th: Alanna Kelly, 5th: Caragh Sweeney

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