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03 March 2017

Sports Roundup Friday 3rd March

Sports Roundup Friday 3rd March

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Newbridge College JCT 26 Wesley College 5
Our Juniors faced Wesley College in the Leinster Schools' Junior Cup in Donnybrook last Wednesday.

We started the game very well and scored early when Sam Cahill dived over from close in. This was after some great pressure from our pack with Paddy O'Flaherty and Donough Lawler to the fore to our carries. Soon after we were 12 nil up when Dan Silke-Fetherston finished off and excellent first phase backline move after a great scrum from the pack. John Shanahan added the extras. To their credit, Wesley bossed the next 10 minutes of the game but our indiscipline was disappointing too. We conceded 3 unnecessary penalties which set Wesley up for a 5 metre lineout which they drove over for a try.
We hit back just before halftime when another well worked backline play off another great scrum, saw Jamie Gaire score on it corner. Shanahan drained the touchline conversion for a 19 5 halftime lead. Cahill and also outhalf Donal Conroy were orchestrating our attack very well while Marcus Duke and Shanahan were getting through a huge amount of work in midfield. Up front, Jack O'Connell and Peter Leavy were very dominant in both defence and attack.

The second half was a scrappy affair with neither side able to put together a strong set of phases. We welcomed back Tom Browne to the field after a long injury lay off which started back in October. We scored another try to finish the game as a contest when Marcus Duke crashed over from close. Sam Cahill added the conversion. It was great to get all 23 players involved on the day, and while we were frustrated by our second half display, all you can do is beat the team that's in front of you. We move on to the next round and eagerly await the challenge that the semi final and St Michael's College will present.

HOCKEY


1st Years      1     0    Loretto Dalkey
Minor C        0    2    High School
Junior C        0    1    High School
Senior C        0    3    High School
Junior Prem   0    1    Rathdown

EQUESTRIAN
Super results again for the Newbridge College Equestrian Teams in Barnadown Equestrian Centre on Sunday 26th.  The competition was hosted by Gorey Community College and all the top teams in the league attended so it was brilliant result that the open team of Caragh Sweeney, Leah Heffernan, Emily O'Brien and Sophie Carroll took first place.  7 teams made it to the jump off.  Caragh and Emily rode the jump off this week and kept up all the poles in record quick time to take the top spot.  
We had a second team in the competition which was just out of the rosettes, Niamh Flinter, Anna Kelly, Ella Kelly and Conor Cassidy.

In the individual competition we had 4 riders in the top 6 spots.  3rd - Leah Heffernan, 4th - Max Ross, 5th - Conor Cassidy, 6th - Sophie Carroll.

The showjumping teams had another great day on Sunday with the Novice Team of Max Ross, Niamh Behan, Laura Kavanagh, Orla Ring coming 2nd in the Novice Team competitiions.   Max went on to win the Individual competition with Niamh 3rd and Orla taking 5th.

The Open Team of Caragh Sweeney, Leah Heffernan, Leah Ross and Nika Carey also took 2nd in the Open Team competition in a very exciting jump off competiton.

Newbridge College Newbridge, Co. Kildare, Republic of Ireland Tel: +353 45 487200 Fax: +353 45 487234 Email: info@newbridge-college.ie