05 February 2016
Sports Roundup Friday 5th February 2016
TOP STORYRUGBYSenior 2nds 10 Blackrock 24
JCT 0 Belvedere College 34
We start this week by
congratulating our Junior rugby team on progressing to the quarter
finals of this year’s Leinster Junior Cup.
The Senior 2nd XV hosted Blackrock in the League on Wednesday. The College opened the scoring with a quality strike from Enda Dowling to take a 3-nil lead. Blackrock came back with two quick tries, converting one to make it 12-3 to the visitors. Both sides had good attack opportunities but some poor handling for both saw most of these opportunities lost. The College pushed hard into the ‘Rock half and some clever kicking from Ben Caulfield gave them good position to work from but they just came up short. The visitors had the final say of the half with a converted try to leave it 19-3 at the break.
The second half saw both sides, again, put some good play together but a combination of some very good tackling and some poor handling kept scores to a minimum. The Southsiders stretched their lead to 24-3 but the College kept pushing. A chip through by Cian Mahon was chased by Ben Howlett who was pulled down a metre from the line as he was about to collect the ball. A try looked certain and as a result the referee awarded a penalty try. Dowling converted. Try as they might this would be the College’s, and the game’s, last score. The Dublin side ran out 24-10 winners. Special mention must go to Cian Prendergast and Cian Mahon.Junior B v Blackrock
After a bright start to their league campaign a fortnight ago Newbridge College Junior B squad faced a very strong Blackrock College team. Like previous games Newbridge were sluggish to start both halves. This gave Blackrock a good platform to work from. Newbridge came into the game as both halves progressed but it was Blackrock who came out on top. Best on the day was; Jamie Buckley, David Cudmore, Cian Lawlor & Jack Hannon. Eller A 17 Gonzaga 17
A last gasp Sam Prendergast conversion snatched a draw for the Eller As against Gonzaga on Wednesday last. In what was the archetypal game of two halfs, the Dublin side used the elements well to pin their hosts back for the majority of the opening period. They got their reward inside the opening five minutes when their powerful number 8 smashed over from close range off a well worked tap penalty move. Newbridge hit back well initially and strung together some good continuity to establish a foothold in the game. Conor Halpenny and Luke Gorman were both involved heavily in a series of phases that eventually saw David Marshall wriggle over from close range. The remainder of the half belonged to the visitors. Firstly, poor Newbridge handling gave them an opportunity from a scrum just inside the 10 metre line. Their number 8 picked from the base and beat a number of would-be tacklers before finally being hauled down by Prendergast. A quick recycle and some sharp passing manufactured an easy run in for their winger. The lead was stretched with ten minutes to go in the half, with the strong running number 8 again proving the catalyst when he powered past two defenders before producing a beautifully weighted offload to release the winger who strolled down the touch line and doubled his tally. Gonzaga controlled the remainder of the half, but some good Newbridge defence meant they were still in the game at half time. The hosts came out in the second half with a renewed sense of vigour. Fintan O Malley and Diarmuid Mangan carried strongly into the heart of the Gonzaga defence and when the ball was moved wide Hugh Doyle was very unlucky to be forced into touch in goal. The 22 drop out didn't travel, giving the hosts another chance with a scrum in prime field position. Prendergast put Marshall away into space and he dummied past his man to score his second. The hosts dominated the rest of the game, with Doyle and Adam Conneely looking threatening every time they got on the ball. Gonzaga defended resolutely until Marshall touched down out wide with the last play for his hat trick. Prendergast drained the difficult kick to tie the scores. EQUESTRIAN
The Equestrian Club were back in fine form on Sunday the 31st of January. With only the OPEN team competitions held in the very wet and muddy, Tipperary Equestrian Centre venue - two teams travelled from Newbridge. With only 3 riders the first Newbridge Team of Caragh Sweeney, Caoimhe Sweeney and Daniel were unlucky not to get into the final jump off. The team of Amy Carroll, Conor Cassidy, Emily O Brien and Leah Heffernan got into the jump off along with 7 other teams. Amy and Conor rode brilliantly in the jump off to achieve a 3rd place result for Newbridge.