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09 January 2015

Sports Roundup Friday 9th January 15

SCT 15 Rockwell 15
Our Seniors travelled to Cashel to take on a Rockwell side which they had previously defeated in the shield final of the Clongowes tournament back in October.

The game was played in difficult conditions both underfoot and also in wind and rain but both teams can be very proud of the level of performance that they produced. We were first to score when Rockwell were penalised for offside and Colm Doyle converted the opportunity. Soon after, Ruairi Cleary pounced on a loose ball and ran clear. He was brought to ground in the 22, but after a mammoth clear out by Connor Johnson, we went wide and Jake Howlett scored a great try in the corner. Half time 8:0.

We started the second half really well and after some great defensive pressure, Howlett blocked and attempted clearance kick and Jimmy O’Brien was on hand to score. Doyle converted for 15:0. Rockwell fought back bravely and scored a fine try after winning a penalty which they kicked for the corner and mauled over from. The game was well balanced now and for the next 20 minutes, both teams played excellent rugby in both attack and defence. At one stage, the whistle wasn't blown for about 7 or 8 minutes as both teams searched for an opening. Soon after Rockwell scored a second try after some sloppy defence on our part which left the score 15:10 with minutes remaining. And with the final play of the game, they crossed for a third try to leave the final score 15:15. While it was disappointing to lose a 15:0 lead, this was a great game and both sides deserved to come away with something to show for their efforts. Best for Newbridge on the day were Mike Joyce, Paddy Ryan and Dave Breen.

Eller A 12 Castletroy 7

The Eller As hosted Castletroy in their first game back after the Christmas break. The wet and windy conditions made it difficult for either side to retain possession and the opening exchanges were littered with handling errors from both sides. The visitors played with the aid of a strong wind in the first half and looked to gain territory by kicking the ball in behind the Newbridge back 3. However, some excellent counter attacking from Jamie Gaire and John Shanahan meant that Castletroy never really established a foothold in Newbridge territory. Indeed it was the home side who looked the more threatening with ball in hand, particularly in the wider channels where Shanahan was causing havoc with his excellent footwork and handling skills. This was rewarded with a try on 15 minutes when a promising back line attack forced a penalty and Sam Cahill took a quick tap to dive over. The away side monopolised the ball for the rest of the half, using their physically imposing pack to hammer away around the fringes. Paddy O Flaherty got through a mountain of work, making tackle after tackle to keep the Newbridge line intact. The visitors started the second half on top and their strong ball carrying back rows seemed to be making ground at will. The pressure eventually told when a missed tackle in midfield allowed the Castletroy out half a clear run to the posts. The home side came back into the game and strung together another threatening back line move which gave them field position inside the 22. Good carries from Conor Mc Groary and Christopher Hart were repelled by the defence and the ball was eventually turned over when another big tackle forced a knock on. Castletroy tried to play out from under their own posts from the resulting scrum and an strong run from their number eight made good initial ground. However a loose pass in midfield was intercepted by Donal Conroy who had an easy 10 yard run in to score under the posts. The rest of the game was played out in Newbridge territory with the Limerick side hammering away looking for the score that would tie the game up. O Flaherty led the defensive resistance and he was ably backed up by the strong tackling Mc Groary and Tiarnan Mc Knight who won a couple of crucial turnovers.

Other Results: Junior A 0 Castletroy 3; Inter A 21 Rockwell 5; Inter B 31 Rockwell 5; Eller B 34 Castletroy 14.


1st Years v Sutton Park

Two first year teams travelled to Sutton Park School on Wednesday, both teams were well able for their opposition and the score lines reflected their superiority. Team 1 was very much on top by half time but was still only one goal up, in the second half the girls played more directly and all contributed to the 5-0 score. Team 2 were 3-0 by halftime and again got better as the game progressed finishing up 7-0. It was a very satisfactory outing despite the rain, and as before the girls showed that they will be very strong in the Cup competition which will commence in February.

Other Results: Junior A 0 Loretto Foxrock 2; Minor A 4 Loretto Bray 1; Minor B 2 Loretto Foxrock 0. 

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