Well done to our Senior team who, by beating De La Salle Churchtown have
now qualified for the last 16 of this year’s Leinster Senior Schools Cup. It was a tense affair against the Churchtown side but while the score doesn’t reflect our dominance. We were always ahead in the game but to their credit Churchtown battled hard to stay in touch on the scoreboard. Final score Newbridge 27 Churchtown 12.
The Under-16s, now playing as the Senior 3rds, had the first of their 3rds League games this Wednesday. A trip to Blackrock was the order of the day. Playing at this higher level, the College got off to a great start and some early pressure saw them rewarded with Ivan Briody converting a penalty on 5 minutes. Sustained pressure was met with solid defense by the home team who slowly gained a foothold in the game. Then on 17 minutes, following a well worked lineout and rolling maul the home side scored a converted try. This was followed just two minutes later by a second unconverted try following a number of missed tackles by the College. The College rallied in the latter part of the first half and again Briody hit a penalty on 26 minutes, awarded following some great forward pressure. This would be the final score of the half, 12-6 to ‘Rock.
The second half started terribly for the College with Blackrock scoring a try after just 3 minutes despite the best efforts of the College. But rather than drop their heads the College lifted their game and put the home side under sustained pressure for much of what remained. A penalty kicked to the corner, the lineout recovered by Eugene Price and on 55 minutes Oisin McKnight touched down. The conversion drifted wide but this lifted the team further and a great last 15 followed. Unfortunately, it was to be the last score of the game and the College were beaten 17-11. Notable mentions include Jack Coghlan Murray, Padraig Wall and Patrick Cross.
On Wednesday last the Newbridge College Junior B squad began their league with a fine victory over their Terenure counterparts. The game was played in somewhat windy conditions in the college and Newbridge played against the wind in the first half. There was a great attitude from the Nebridge players for the kick off and within 10 minutes after some sustained pressure we had our first try in the board. A few minutes later we were 10 nil up after good work from the pack Kevin Cleary dived for the line. Terenure continued to battle and made things difficult at the break down, however great concentration and determination kept a concerted Terenure effort at bay. This cushion allowed Newbridge to relax a bit and we started to throw the ball out into the back line and from this we scored our next two tries. Andrew Shanahan at 10 and Gavin O Neill at 12 made the space for Podge Murphy and Tommy Leahy to run in the second of these two tries.
The second half continued as the first half ended and the Newbridge Juniors consolidated their efforts by adding more tries through Podge Murphy, Luke Sutton, Jack Maguire and Matt McCarthy. To leave the final score at 43-0. All the squad played a great part on the day. Best for Newbridge, Niall Fuery, Barry fisher, James Mulryan, Glen Burke, Senan Maguire, Andrew Shanahan and Jack Maguire. The next game in this league will be away to Blackrock, time and date yet to be fixed.
Newbridge found themselves getting a bye in the first round which left facing a very strong opposition in form of the High School. The High School are in the premier division with three international players and are unbeaten to date. They disposed of Loreto Dalkey in their first round with ease. This was always going to be a big hill to climb for Newbridge. The venue was to be in The High School at 2pm. The game started out at a very high tempo and straight away Newbridge were on the defense. Attacks were coming from all over the forward and mid areas and from various channels. The backs held out so well with the aid of the mids. Great work from Roisin Flynn, Megan Sutcliffe and Dearbhaila Ryan and the keeper Ciara Conaty who pulled off some spectacular saves. Our attacks were hard to develop and short lived as the pressure from the opposition was intense. Inevitably a goal came 20 mins in from their left forward on the post.
Half time came and the score remained 1-0. Newbridge had to change their game plan and start taking the ball around the fringes instead of up the centre and also to pick up the roaming players. The girls were up to the job and the game changed . Newbridge attacked the High School goal with aggression and crowded out the defense and mid. Alas the chances on goal were few as The High School sat back and defended. Newbridge won 3 shorts and were unlucky not to put one away. The second goal came from a break from the opposition and a defensive error.
The dream of getting a draw was slowly evaporating and the heads began to drop. The High School put away their last 2 goals with minutes on the clock. The score did not reflect the game nor the performance of the team. The Coach congratulated the team saying they were a tough opposition and were very tight as a team. The Girls were disappointed but were delighted to experience that intensity of play, It can only stand to them.
A great all round performance by the team with special recognition to Megan Sutcliffe, Roisin Burns, Aileen Kyne, Aoife Bergin and player of the match Ciara Conaty. Newbridge will know in the coming week who they will be meeting in the Plate and also who they will be facing in the knock out stages of the League.
Newbridge were defeated 4-1 by a strong Wesley side yesterday in Wesley College. However the girls put in a great performance, with an excellent goal from Fionnuala Fahy in the first half leaving the scoreline 2-1 at half time.
The girls were unlucky to miss numerous goal chances in the second half. The girls played very well, particularly Fionnuala Fahy, Grace Farrell, Rebecca Scully, Mairéad Sheridan, Sarah Taheny and a player of the match performance from Katelyn Mc Donald, who worked tirelessly throughout the game. Well done to all the girls on their excellent performance throughout the league.
Team: Ciara O'Beirne, Orlaith Higgins, Maddie Gilespie, Mairéad Sheridan, Katelyn Mc Donald, Rebecca Scully, Grace Farrell, Aisling Byrne, Sarah Taheny, Aoife Murphy, Maria O Shaughnessy, Fionnuala Fahy and Bronagh Nugent.
There were two showjumping league competitions last weekend - congratulations to the Newbridge College show jumping team who came 4th on Saturday 22nd in Crossmaglen, Northern Ireland. The team members were Alyssa O’Neill, Carolyn Harty, Emily Beere and Ashley O’Sullivan. Congratulations to Alyssa who won the individual competition and to Ashley who came 5th. On the following day the college was represented at the showjumping league competition hosted by Rockwell College in Tipperary. Congratulations to the team who finished 8th overall. The team members were Hannah Sutton, Hayley Banahan, Kate Ryan and Alyssa O'Neill. Congratulations to Alyssa who won the Individual competition.
Hard luck to our U16 soccer team who were second best against a very strong Cross and Passion Kilcullen side on Wednesday in the Midlands League Division 1.
Hoard luck to our 1st & 2nd Year Girls Basketball team who went down to Gaelcholaiste Carlow on Thursday. Final score was 24:13.