Senior League SCT 22 St. Andrew’s 22
The Seniors drew their opening league fixture against a very impressive St. Andrews side on Wednesday last.
With the score line finishing 22-22, it was an exciting for those watching on the side line with St. Andrews coming from two tries down and levelling matters in the final frantic few minutes, they could have won the match but they missed the conversion. It was no more than they deserved from the encounter. Newbridge seemed the most likely to win for most of the game as they showed how clinical they can be with some fine play to create tries for Conor Doyle, Tom Dore and Niall Delahunt. It was a disappointing second half from the College but they’ll take the positives from a fine attacking display but will hopefully learn from some defensive errors as they go on the road for next few weeks with two games against St. Gerards and Pres Bray, in Bray next up.
Junior A 27 CBC Monkstown 7
The old cliché 'game of two halves' would be an understatement for the home fixture against CBC Monkstown. Having lost the first league fixture, there was a bit of pressure on the Newbridge team. From first whistle to last, Newbridge owned the ball but for the opening half, could not make the most of the possession. Monkstown made it into the attacking 22 on only two occasions and scored a converted try during one of their visits. That was just before half time and maybe was the wake-up call needed. Substitute Johnny Deane made his presence known with a try 5 minutes into the second half. Not long after, Newbridge took the lead with a second try for Johnny. The space that was created in the first half was finally exploited. Compared to last week, ball retention was much better. All forwards did well in this regard with some excellent carries by Thomas Grant and Paddy O'Brien. The front row scrummaged very well and have a good platform for our speedy backs. Before full time Cian Murphy crossed the whitewash twice and Kevin Kyne once. Tom Connolly converted the last try to leave the score at 27 to 7. Captain Daithi Murphy lead by example with strong running and an even more impressive defensive display. Next up is High School away.
Junior B 24 CBC Monkstown 5
Newbridge College Junior B’s showed great character and work ethic to grind out a 24 – 5 home victory over CBC Monkstown on Wednesday last. Newbridge put down an extremely good first half but still saw themselves 0 – 5 down at half time. Newbridge finally capitalised on their efforts 10 minutes into the second half with a try from Stephen Murphy. Matt Carter scored a superb snipping try from the half way line 5 minutes later. Liam Callanan converted both these tries. Newbridge went on to put the game out of reach with two more tries from Shaun Lowan and Stephen Murphy. Players that stood out on the day were Andrew Sweeney, Stephen Murphy and Dylan Johnson in the forwards and Matthew Carter, Guillermo Arola Castillo and Morgan Hurley O’ Dwyer in the backs.
Eller A 14 Glenstal 12
The Eller As made the trip to Limerick to face Glenstal for their second match in the Newbridge colours. We started the game very well and had the home side under all sorts of pressure in the first five minutes. The deadlock was broken when some good carrying in close from Daniel O Connor and Muiris Cleary created an overlap and Rob Scully sent Jordan Nolan over for a try. The Newbridge pack was well on top and shortly afterwards Tom Doyle baralled over from close range. Jack Hannon converted both tries to give the visitors a commanding 14 nil lead. An extended stoppage due to an injury to Ro Burns seemed to drain the momentum from the Newbridge men and Glenstal got on top for the remainder of the half. They were rewarded with a try on the stroke of half time to leave it finely poised at the break. The second half was a nip and tuck affair with most of the action taking place in the middle third of the pitch. With 5 minutes to go, Glenstal turned over a Newbridge scrum on the 22 and their hard running center breached the defence to touch down. The conversion was missed, leaving Newbridge holding a 2 point lead. Some strong defence and a great breakout led by Jake Zebedee ensured that this lead remained intact till the final whistle. Final score Newbridge 14 Glenstal 12
Eller B 56 Glenstal 5
The Eller B's proved true strong for their Glenstal counterparts in Limerick. Newbridge started the first half playing up the hill but that did not stop them applying pressure on the Glenstal defence from the start. After a few near misses Newbridge backs started to make their passes stick and Alex Buckley crossed for 2 quick tries. Good work by the forwards set up 2 more tries before half time to leave the score 28-0 at the break. Newbridge's strength in depth proved to much in the second half with the team pulling away with tries Mark Moynihan, Sean Murphy and Mark Hayden standing out. A late glenstal try couldn't dampen a great Newbridge effort with the final score finishing up as Newbridge 56 Glenstal 5.
Other Results: Inter A 26 Clongowes 22; Inter B 10 Clongowes 58; Inter C 5 Clongowes 35.
Senior 2nd’s 1 Newpark Comprehensive 3
The newly formed senior seconds played their first match as a team away to Newpark Comprehensive on Wednesday. Newpark were quicker to settle into the game, scoring the first goal early in the first half, however Newbridge responded almost immediately with a great goal by Emily Greene. Although there were patches of excellent play, careless passing and lack of focus cost Newbridge another 2 goals before half time, despite the best defensive efforts of Lindsay Whelan and Maireghead Murphy. The second half was much better from the Newbridge girls, and they were unlucky not to score again, with clever play from captain Jenny McGarry and Francesca McAllister in midfield. Player of the match was Michelle Winters.
Minor A 0 Mount Anville 0
Our Minor A Hockey team played their first league match against Mount Anville today at home on the new astro surface. They did the new pitch credit and gave a very good account of themselves. We knew this was going to be a big match as the visiting school have a good reputation for winning ways and always produce strong teams at all levels. However the work the College girls have put in since August, and the few practise matches recently paid off and they were well up to the opposition. We acknowledge that the league for the Minors is a work in progress to improve in skill, knowledge of the game and increase fitness levels. But we realised early in the game that Newbridge were well able to compete and both sides had opportunities to score. Caroline Kane kept the ball out of the Newbridge net and gained in confidence as the match progressed. The game was exciting as the ball was played from end to end for the full hour. Newbridge had to dig deep in the second half to keep our concentration but the fitness of the home side was certainly an advantage. The game finished nil all and the coaches agreed this was a fair result. This was a real team effort by the second years, and the two budding first years that have joined the team. It is still early in the term and if this team progresses further over the coming weeks they will have an enjoyable season. Aoife Sexton is Captain of this team.
Other Result: Junior As 1 Loretto Beaufort 3 Scorer - Kate Hannon
Last Wednesday saw an unprecedented 130 College Athletes take part in Part 1 of the 3 Counties League, featuring schools from Kildare, Carlow, and Laois. And they did the College proud, featuring strongly in all age groups. First up were the under 14 Girls with the Grant twins, Kate and Hannah, placing 2nd and 3rd, closely followed by Keela Magee 4th and Helen Rassmussen in 10th, results which place the Girls at the top of their League. The B team of Ashling O'Byrne, Molly Fahy, Emma Dillon and Jill Weld are in the top 3 in Division 2 after also scoring well. The Boys under 14 were not quite so prominent, however, led by Daniel O'Connor, the team of Aaron McNelis, Rob Scully and TJ McCormack are close enough to break into the top 3 in the next 2 rounds. The under 15 Girls again showed spirit and talent to lead their field with Aimee McGrath in 2nd place leading in Kate Nurse, Emily O'Brien, & Caoimhe Sweeney all in the top 10. Again the B team are scoring well in Division 2 through Mary Hamilton, Amy Carroll, Molly Nolan, and Roisin McConnon. Like their younger comrades, the under 15 boys featured well, Jack Doyle's 6 place especially meriting mention, while leading in his team of Jack Ross, Tomas Scully, and Evin Magee, and lie handy just outside the top 3. The under 17 Girls once again showed the gentler sex to be the stronger with Roisin Crowe, Niamh Crowe, Caoimhe Murphy and Louise Scully all featuring in the top 10 to ensure a high placing for the College. And Emma O'Neill, Allanah Murphy, Emma Hyland, and Lucy Sergeant ensured top scoring in Division 2, all placing in the top 30. Meanwhile the Boys under 17 worked hard to finish in the top quarter of a huge field through Robbie Hyland, Colm Stapleton, Guillermo Arola, and David Kennedy. A brave run by Hannah Quinn in the under 19 Girls saw her lead for the first half of the race, alas she was run down by a small group near the finish, but her 5th place leading in Katie Bernie and Linn Phelan keeps the girls in the top 3 in Division 1, while Hannah Sutton, Ciara Dowling and Aoife Buckley sees them sitting on top of Division 2. Probably the best boys' performance came from the under 19s where strong running from Cian Crowe, Mark Galligan, John Finn and Luke Menton leaves them very much in the mix for honours. Altogether top class running in bad conditions, all our teams can be proud to be at the sharp end with two rounds to go.
Hard luck to the Senior Soccer team who were beaten in the Leinster Senior Cup by Confey College of Leixlip on Wednesday. While we were overrun by a very strong side in the first half, we showed what we were made of in the second. Final score 7:0.