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30 January 2015

Sports Roundup Friday 30th January 2015

Our Seniors started their Leinster Senior Schools Cup campaign with a trip to Carlow to take on Kilkenny College. 

1st round matches are always spicy affairs and what added to this one was the previous meeting in the league. On that day, Newbridge scraped through to the semi-final with a 6:0 win, so it was all to play for in Carlow.
Kilkenny started well and missed a penalty chance in the opening minutes following some indiscipline by Newbridge.  Tom O'Neill was tackling everything that moved and forced some turnovers early on and when Jake Howlett broke clear early on, some great interplay with Jimmy O'Brien and Colm Stapleton saw O'Brien finished off a fine try.  Kilkenny converted one of two penalties before O'Brien again crossed after a finely executed move. 10:3.  Our lineout was going well at this stage and after a good catch and drive we went through the phases before Mark Delaney scored while Colm Doyle converted.  Kilkenny came storming at us after this and our defence had to be at its very best to keep our line in tact with David Breen and Brian Larkin in great form. Half time.

The real winning and losing of this game was in the first 5 minutes of the second half. Following a turnover, outhalf Tim Murphy worked an opening and set Stapleton free who finished well.  Within a minute, the same player ran clear from halfway to score a great try, Doyle converted both to end the game as a contest as the score reached 31:3.  To their credit, Kilkenny scored next with a well worked try but further tries from Delaney, Howlett, Connor Johnson and Tom O'Neill saw Newbridge run out easy winners on a 57:10 scoreline. Others to impress were Jordan Duggan and Paddy Ryan who were excellent in the loose.

We would like to thank the patrons of Co Carlow RFC who hosted the game so well and also looked after the teams so well afterwards.  We look forward to the quarterfinal draw which takes place in the coming days.  Next up are the Juniors who play Gonzaga on Thursday February 5th in Donnybrook also at 2:30.

Senior 4ths v Clongowes
Last Wednesday saw the Senior 4ths take on Clongowes Wood away from home, in their 3rd match of the league.  The game was on the verge of being called-off due to the ever worsening snow showers, causing many to wonder if we were catching the tail end of Blizzard Juno!  Despite the conditions, Clongowes kicked off shortly after 2.40pm, with Newbridge playing into the wind for the first half.  Clongowes drew first blood in the fiercely contested tie, with a drop-goal after 10 minutes.  Newbridge replied almost instantly, with Jack Murphy crossing the whitewash for a great try, which was converted by Luke Menton. A penalty for Clongowes brought them to within a point but from then on Newbridge looked solid, playing well as a team.  Jack Murphy ran some good lines and cut open the Clongowes defence on a couple of occasions, while the Newbridge back-three of Elliot Davis, Joe O’Hara and Matthew Carter attacked the line, putting Clongowes under all sorts of pressure. Our hard work paid off as Newbridge touched down before the break to bring the score to 6-14 in our favour at half-time.
Newbridge came back out for the second half intent on closing out the game, and with the wind at their backs, that’s exactly what they did. Matthew Nugent scored from close range as Newbridge, and Luke converted to keep the scoreboard ticking over. Clongowes then went on the attack, but the Newbridge defence stood firm for quite some time, with good tackling from Rob Wynne and Eoin Collins, before they eventually found a hole and scored a consolation try. Matthew Carter went off injured from his efforts, forcing the earlier injured Elliot Davis to return to the field, before Clongowes were reduced to 14 men after a red card was shown. Newbridge closed in on an emphatic win, with Peter Carroll adding another and Joe O’Hara scoring under the posts to bring the final score to 13-33 in our favour.  Credit to Elliott Davis for the report

Junior B v Pres Bray
Last Wednesday Newbridge College played host to Pres Bray in the second round of the Junior B league. Having been beaten in the first round Newbridge could not afford to lose this one. A much more cohesive and determined College team put together a fine performance in both defense and attack. Newbridge started well with a converted try from outhalf David Murphy on four minutes. Newbridge doubled their lead on fifteen minutes when Darragh Lawlor scored the first of his two tries of the afternoon, David Murphy again on target with the boot. By this time a flurry of snow made conditions slippy underfoot and it was also difficult to retain possession. Pres Bray fought back through their pack to cross the white wash for the first of two tries in the opening half. Newbridge would have two more of their own before the half time interval from Jack Liston and Tomas Scully. David Murphy was having a great day with the boot converting both. The half time score was Newbridge College 28, Pres Bray 12. After the break Newbridge made changes with Ruairi Finan replacing Peter Dillion. This led to a reshuffle in the back line with Nathan McDonald moving to flyhalf and David Murphy to outside centre. Quick hands from McDonald and offloading in the tackle gave Newbridge great forward momentum and this would lead to three tries in the second half, Darragh Lawlor and winger Tomas Scully would get their second and Rob Croft would cross as well. A great team performance ensured Newbridge got their league back on track on a final score line of 45-19. Best on the day was; Tadhg McKnight, Conor Leahy, Jack Liston, Nathan McDonald, Calum McLoughlin, Rob Croft, and John Farrington.    

Ellers v Clongowes
The Eller As travelled to Clongowes looking to gain revenge for the comprehensive defeat they suffered against the same opposition earlier in the season. The Clane school started the brighter and two quick tries from their powerful outside centre had them 14 points up after 10 minutes. The loss of inspirational captain Sam Cahill compounded the visitors problems further. With their backs firmly against the wall the away side sprang into action with the back row of Jack O Connell, Conor Mc Groary and Tiarnan Mc Knight bringing a ferocious physicality in both attack in defence. Newbridge were rewarded when John Shanahan capitalised on good go forward ball to dance his way to the line. Shanahan added the conversion himself and was just wide with a second effort minutes later after Mc Groary touched down in the corner. The hosts regained the momentum in the opening stages of the second half and stretched their lead when their winger went over in the corner. Sloppy Newbridge defence allowed them in for a second try almost immediately. The remainder of the game was played out in Clongowes territory with the away side well on top. The centre pairing of Jamie Gaire and Marcus Kiely looked particularly dangerous with the ball in hand and a fine Kiely carry seemed to give Mc Groary the platform to burrow over from a yard out. Unfortunately the try was ruled out for a knock on earlier in the move. The game finished with a series of 5 meter scrums attacking scrums which ultimately came to nothing.  Final score
Clongowes 24 - 12 Newbridge

Other Results: Senior 3rd’s 19 Blackrock 41; Eller B 19 Clongowes 17; Eller C 12 Clongowes 40.

Newbridge Minor B team beat Our Ladies Terenure on penalties to qualify for their League QuarterFinals. Very Well Done to all.

Results: Minor 3rds 4 Holy Faith Clontarf 1, 1st Year 1 Wesley 0

South Leinster Cross Country Championships

Zero degree temperatures with a wind chill several degrees lower and intermittent snow showers greeted the athletes for the South Leinsters at the Cistercian College, Roscrea, on Thursday.  However cross country athletes are made of stern stuff, and College's small team produced some fine results.  None better than George Lowen in the under 14 Boys' event; George ran just behind the leader for the first half of the 1500m event; when the leader cracked George went on with two more for a few hundred metres.  He pounced within the last 500m and went on to win with quite a bit in hand.

Teams of 3 represented the schools in the girls' events, and our under 15 Girls put up a great show to finish 2nd team - the Grant twins, Kate and Hannah finishing 7th and 8th, and Keela Magee running a strong second half of the race to finish in 24th place.  The first three teams in each grade, plus the first 15 in each race qualify for the Leinster Championships in two weeks time.

As each race had up to 100 athletes the top 15 was no easy task and particularly so for Kate Nurse in the under 17 Girls.  Kate finished the race in 8th place suffering for hypothermia and was immediately whisked off to the school Infirmary to be thawed out after a thoroughly brave performance.  College's other qualifier for the Leinsters is Jack Doyle who ran strongly through the mud to take 6th place in the under 17 Boys'.

Hard luck to both of our school soccer teams who b owed out of their respective competitions at the semi-final stages in the last week.  The Senior team were very unlucky to concede a goal in the final minutes and went down 2:1 to St Kevin’s of Dunlavin while the Juniors found the going difficult when they were well beaten by a strong St Fergal’s Rarthdowney team.  Well donw to all on reaching the semi finals.

The Equestrian Club had a great result on Sunday in Wexford EC.  The open team of Caoimhe Sweeney, Luke Heffernan, Jack Ross and Amy Carroll came 2nd in the team show jumping competition. The team was only 0.08 seconds behind our major rivals Good Counsel New Ross. Delighted to get 2nd but also disappointed not to have won the competition.

Jack Ross came 2nd in the Individual  competition with Caoimhe Sweeney took 3rd.

The Novice Team of Sarah Buckley, Cara Sweeney, Anna Kelly and Alanna Kelly won the Novice Individual competition in a lovely display of jumping. 

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