We start this week by commiserating with our Juniors who were defeated by a strong Gonzaga College side in the last 16 of the Leinster Schools’ Junior Cup.
The team started strongly in the opening minutes and were unfortunate to concede an early penalty. A mix up amongst the backs gifted Gonzaga an early try. Newbridge rallied well and immediately exerted great pressure through Rob Scully, Dylan Morissey and Larry Kelly. Newbridge 10 Luke Maloney was unlucky to see a penalty slip by that would have reduced the deficit to five points with only fifteen minutes gone. Gonzaga then took control for ten minutes playing powerful and direct rugby. Two further tries before the break for Gonzaga in this period was their platform for success.
Newbridge defended their line earnestly just before the break and started much the better team in the second half as opportunities to kick scores were turned in favour of chasing the tries needed to win the match. Greg O Neill, Jack Banahan and Conor Lowen all came close for Newbridge but the Gonzaga defence was resolute. With changes and injuries for both sides towards the end Gonzaga scored one final time to leave the score line an unfair reflection of the game at 32-0. Best on the day for Newbridge were Harry O Neill, Rob Scully and captain Thomas Grant.
Our Seniors are next up when they face St Andrew’s College in Donnybrook on Tuesday February 10th at 3pm.
Minor A Cup Quarter Final: Newbridge 2 High School 1.
Leah Delaney and Kate Masterson with the goals. Excellent performance with a superb team goal with Grace Conneely laying off to Leah Delaney for the first and a well worked short corner played back to Kate Masterson for the second.
Other Results: Senior 2nds 0 Wesley 2; Minor C 0 St Mary’s Glasnevin 1; 1st Yrs 2 Mount Temple 0.
Our Novice team of Sarah Buckley, Anna Kelly, Rachel Ross and Allanna Kelly competed in Mullingar at the weekend and had two lovely rounds in order to win the Novice team Competition. Rachel Ross came 2nd in the Novice Individual. Jack Ross came 1st in the Open Individual.