The Seniors continued their Cup campaign this week with a trip to Westmanstown to take on Sandford Park.
The College went on the attack early and a couple of near misses were soon forgotten when Phil O’Neill carried well to get the game’s opening score on 5 minutes. Robbie Mullen converted. Sandford Park made the most of the little early possession they had, but a great attacking position in the College 22 became a break away for the College and Dan O’Loughlin burst into the Sandford Park half. He drew the fullback and offloaded to Ivan Briody who ran in from 25 out for a 5-pointer on 12 minutes. Again, Mullen converted. Poor handling and soft penalties saw the College cough up possession in good areas of the pitch and also provided Sandford Park with two kickable penalties, both of which we missed. On 22 minutes some good recycling of the ball saw O’Loughlin rewarded with a try of his own. Mullen grab the extra two. A lack-lustre period followed with Sandford Park making the most of the broken play and loose ball. But as the half drew to a close the College put together some solid phases and an excellent and powerful carry by Charlie Ryan was followed by him touching down for a try. Mullen’s kick left the score 28-0 at halftime.
The second half started disastrously for the Ranelagh outfit. From the kickoff they spread the ball across their backline only for Ryan to intercept and touch down in the right corner. Mullen failed to convert. But back came Sandford Park and following a quick penalty and some good close contact possession they went over in the left corner on 42 minutes. The conversion missed, the score was 33-5. Mullen converted a penalty on 52 minutes only for the Ranalagh school to work hard and force the College back into it’s own 22. Another quick tap from a penalty and some quick recycling saw them touch down on 57 minutes, this time in the right corner. Once again the conversion was missed. However, it was the College who would have the last word and some good passing saw the ball come to O’Neill and he claimed a second with just 5 minutes remaining. Mullen coverted and the game finished just minutes later with a score of 43-10 to the College. Next up is King’s Hospital and a trip to Barnhall.
Newbridge College met St Teresians from Dublin in the first round of the Senior Hockey Cup 2012. It was a home fixture for Newbridge with the match played in the sports Centre in Naas. Newbridge College had a good start and attacked well for the first ten minutes with several attempts at goal. However this dominance was short lived as the visitors settled into the game and scored after twenty minutes. The home team struggled to get a grip of the game and in a lapse of concentration and poor marking the opposition scored again before half time.
The Newbridge team came out with renewed determination for the second half, but by that stage St Teresians were dominating the game and scored again before full time to leave the final score at three nil. The lack of ball control on the unfamiliar surface was obvious and the ball was give away too many times. When the opposition secured possession were no such mistakes, and Ciara Conaty in goal was called on make many saves. It became a defensive game by full time but credit must go to the College girls as they played flat out to the final whistle. St Teresians move on to play Loreto Foxrock in the next round and Newbridge wait to see who they play in the plate.
Our Junior team travelled to Limerick to take on St Munchins. The Limerick side started well and owned possession for the first half. On the other side, we took a long time to shake off the effects of the long bus journey and paid the price for it. The Munchins pack bossed the game for large periods and deservedly scored when the crossed the line after a few phases close to our line. The doubled their advantage just before half time to lead 12:0 at the break.
We looked a different team in the second half and finally began to have some time on the ball. We came close to scoring on a few occasions but the Munchins defense held firm. Then with 10 mins to go, we finally strung together a few phases and Gavin Burke scored out wide. From the resulting restart we went hunting for another score and when Jimmy O’Brien got his hands free in a tackle he sent James Healy through a gate on half way. Healy did the rest and raced clear to score under the sticks. Rob McGrattan-Brazill 9maing his first appearance) was successful with the conversion to see us earn a draw. Others to impress on the day were Pa Morrin, Ciaran Callan and Rob Buckley.
The Eller D team was on the wrong end of a big scoreline v Terenure yesterday. Despite the result, and playing twelve-a-side due to a player shortage, there were still some very committed individual performances. In the second half the team showed an improvement. Heads could have gone down, but didn’t. This was a very encouraging aspect of the game. Well done to Matthew on his refereeing also.
Other Results: Junior B 10 St. Munchins 12; Inter A 10 Clongowes 31; Inter B 0 Clongowes 48; Inter C 24 Clongowes 52; Eller A 31 Terenure 15; Eller B 14 Terenure 19; Eller C 10 Terenure 12; Eller D 0 Terenure 60.
Minor C 1 Loretto Beaufort 0. On Wednesday the Minor Cs had a good win against Loretto Beaufort in the Minor league. The girls played very well throughout the game and they deserved the victory, with a brilliant goal from Amy Farrell just before half time. Player of the match performance was by reliable goalkeeper Aoife Cudmore who played excellently throughout the game. Carrie Channon and Sarah Barrett played very well at midfield. Team: A Cudmore, N Disney, K Tracey, T Morris, A Whelan, E Sutton, E Mc Garry, C Channon, S Barrett, A Flanagan, A Farrell, B Kelly, A Carpenter, S Bolster, A Murphy and A O Carroll.
Other Results: Minor A 0 Kilkenny 1; Junior A 1 Alex 3.
Well done to our U17 boys team who drew 3 3 with Portlaoise in their final legue match of the season. Unfortunately we didn’t do enough to qualify for the semi final stages but I would like to thank captain Patrick Kavanagh for his assistance in organising the team this season.
Congratulations to the Newbridge College team, which won the latest interschools showjumping league competition held in Ashbourne on Sunday the 15th Jan. The team members were Nessa Briody, Charlotte Quinn, Alyssa O'Neill and Karen Casey. Our other team also qualified for the jump off round and came 4th overall. The team members were Aoife Muphy, Hannah Sutton, Maedhbh Brassil and Megan Flanagan. Alyssa also won the individual round and Alannah Murphy was 5th, Charlotte was 6th Meagan was 7th and Nessa was 8th.