Many congratulations to our Junior Rugby team who defeated Belvedere College
by 36 points to 17 to reach the semi-final of this year’s Leinster Schools Junior Cup. Newbridge took full advantage of the downfield wind to rack up four first-half tries by outhalf Mark Sutton, wing Joe Darcy, flanker Cormac Nugent and No. 8 Tom Brady against a solitary penalty from Belvedere centre Seán McCullagh to lead 24-3 at the interval. It would have taken a miracle for Belvedere to have come back from that deficit and they were kept at bay by Newbridge’s expert timing in the tackle, Nugent a torment for turnover ball. The pick-and-go was also activated to keep the ball away from Belvedere’s dangerous runners – McCullagh, fullback Conor Clifford and powerful secondrow Paddy Foley. When Foley got on the end of a sound lineout maul to drive low to the line, McCullagh converted in the 55th minute.
It was fair reward for their dedication to playing an attacking wide game. Immediately, Newbridge returned fire playing the ball impressively out of the tackle and around the side of the ruck for their captain, Hugh O’Donnell, to power over. Once again, they had the ammunition to respond to a sweeping try by Belvedere’s other lock Michael Hanlon with a strong finish from replacement wing Niall Fleming in injury-time in what was a half-dozen tries from as many players. Newbridge now move on to face St Michaels in the quarter final.
The Senior Thirds finished the group games of their league with a local derby against Clongowes. The Clane outfit got into the game quickest and, helped by some poor tackling, scored in the second and sixth minute to lead 12-0. The College lifted their game and on 8 minutes Richard Dalton picked from the back of the scrum and a great offload saw Paul Buckley collect the ball and touchdown. This was followed by twenty minutes where the College had the lion’s share of territory but didn’t convert any chances. Clongowes hit back on 26 and 29 minutes to make it 24-5 heading to the break. However, right on half time, Dalton took a quick penalty 25 metres out and broke a couple of tackles to score a five pointer. Patrick Cross converted to leave it 24-12 to the visitors at the break.
The second half was a closer affair. Despite 10 minutes of solid pressure from the College it was Clongowes who scores first on 46 minutes and then again on 50 minutes. Neither were converted. The College were not going to give up and pushed their opponents all the way. They were finally rewarded on 67 minutes when Cross intercepted just outside his own 22 and ran in for a try. Ivan Briody couldn’t convert. It finished 34-17 to Clongowes. Notable mentions must go to Patrick Cross, Richard Dalton and Brian Hayden.
The Senior Fourths took on St.Mary’s in their third league game. In what proved to be a nail-biter, the College trailed 12-6 at the break. Two penalties from Ian Mulligan keeping them in touch of the Dublin team. The second half saw the teams trade tries. Mary’s collected an intercept for their try but failed with their conversion. James Wall scored for the College and Mulligan’s conversion left just four points in it going into the final stages. With two minutes remaining Wall touched down again. Mulligan missed the conversion. The College then defended their line for the remaining seconds as Mary’s made a final push. The College held out to win by the narrowest of margins, 18-17. Notable mentions must go to Brian Mooney, James Wall, Ian Mulligan and Ronan McDonald who put in a Man of the Match performance.
The Inter A team finished their season in style last Wednesday at home to Roscrea. Within five minutes, Will Mc Donald crossed the line for a try and not long after Ciaran Callan followed suit. Newbridge kept piling on the pressure and it seemed that Roscrea had no answer when Ciaran (captain on the day) claimed his second try. With ten minutes to go, the home side made a few mistakes and Roscrea capitalised on them with a converted try before the break. The half time score was left at 15 – 7 to Newbridge. Against the wind in the second half, it was building up to be a closer affair but with the likes of Patrick Morrin and Oisin Kelly putting pressure on the lineouts and at breakdown, it wasn’t long before the home team crossed over for many more unanswered tries. Shea Ryan controlled the high balls well and was able to create an attack from them. Rob Buckley and Ian Caffrey controlled the ball out the backline very well and allowed Tom Dore to cross over with a try, converted by Ian Caffrey. Oisin Larkin, Ciaran Callan, Nicholas Pearson Buffoni and James Healy scored tries and three of those were converted. Just at the final whistle, Roscrea got a consolation try, leaving the final score at 48 – 12. A fine finish to the season.
Last Wednesday saw the Inter Bs play host to Roscrea in their final match of the season. A shortage of players in the Roscrea ranks meant that four Newbridge players were drafted in to make up the numbers on the opposing team. We started the game well and dominated possession and territory right from the off. This pressure was rewarded when Cathal Ryan picked from the base of a ruck on the Roscrea 22 and raced in to score. Further first half tries from Paul Quinn-Fay and Nathan Mc Sharry saw us take a 17-0 lead into half time. However, the lack of intensity in the Newbridge play was a worry and Roscrea would have the aid of a stiff breeze in the second half to aid their comeback effort. Newbridge never really got going after the resumption and Roscrea used the wind cleverly to establish dominance. This pressure was rewarded 15 minutes into the second half when their flanker broke a number of tackles to score under the posts. Roscrea claimed the kick off and after some good ball retention Sean Farell, who was playing in Roscrea colours for the day, found the time and space to glide through a porous Newbridge defence to touch down wide on the left. The score was soon levelled when the visitors drove over from an excellent maul that started just inside the Newbridge 22. This finally stirred Newbridge back into life and when some good handling put Mc Sharry into space, he raced away to score the winner. Final score Newbridge 22 - 17 Roscrea
Newbridge College Senior 1st Hockey Team reached the plate semi final and were drawn to meet their fellow Dominican College in Dublin, Muckross. The venue was in Muckross. Although Muckross play a division above Newbridge the past meetings have been intense and very enjoyable.
The game began with a blistering pace with lightening attack on the Newbridge goals. The staunch defense from the backs Dearbhla Ryan, Megan Sutcliffe Grace McGarry and the dominant Roisin Flynn was inspiring to the fellow team members. The mids Ashley O'Sullivan, Aileen Kyne and Muireann Kavanagh were outstanding in their work rate and aggression and soon started to settle and mount attacks on the Muckross defense with the likes of Aoife O'Sullivan, Una Delahunt and Melissa Lyons doing great work in winning and attacking the goal.
Muckross and Newbridge shared goal chances with the latter teams going inches wide. Ciara Conaty played a stormer in goals pulling off great saves from the right mid. Half time it remained 0-0.
The second half began where the first ended. The pressure on the Newbridge defense was getting more intense and the girls were finding it more and more difficult to keep them out. The goal was inevitable and it came from a shot across the semi circle and swept into the net. Substitutions were made in the form of Emily Higgins, Aoife Bergin and Shannyn Brogan which brought new life to the mids and backs. With ten minutes to go the energy levels were getting low and the cracks were emerging in the Newbridge defense. Muckross scored from a short corner and with just seconds remaining they got another. The game was truly over.
Great celebrations all round for the Muckross team and their supporters and bitter disappointment for the Newbridge girls, who say good bye to their long serving players, Megan Sutcliffe, Grace McGarry, Dearbhla Ryan, Ashley O'Sullivan, Muireann Kavanagh, Aileen Kyne, Melissa Lyons, Aoife O'Sullivan and the longest serving senior 1st player making the team on three occassions, Una Delahunt. These girls have been an inspiration to Newbridge hockey all the way from 1st year. Well done girls.
The Team were excellent in all aspects, training attitude and determination. They would like to take this oppurtunity to thank their supporters, students and parents alike. From a coach’s perspective I have enjoyed their company, enthuasim, determination, respect and sense of pride for their school.
Many congratulations to our U15 Golf Team of Robert McGrattan-Brazill, Eoin O’Hehir and Conor Delahunty who won the Leinster U15 Schools Strokeplay Championships in Castlewarden Golf Club last week. They have now qualified for the All-Ireland Finals which takes place in April.
Congratulations to our Senior Golf Team of Conor O’Hehir, Michael Norris, Cathal Gorman and James Tighe who have won their group of this year’s Leinster matchplay. They now go into the knockout stages.
Congratulations to present and past pupils of Newbridge College and Patrician Brothers in beating Pfizer in the final of the first Childline Leinster Soccer 7 a side tournament at UCD on Sunday 6/3/2011. Each of the 16 teams that took part raised 1500 euro for the charity. It is hoped to run this as an annual event and to spread it to the rest of Ireland. Team : Newbridge College: Dave O' Dwyer, Ruairi McDonnell , Ethan Bracken, Niall Hogan, Michael McDonnell, Harry Quinn UCD (Blackrock), Gary Quinn (capt) and organiser. Patricians Patrick Duffy, Steve Creighton, Declan Mc Kenna.
Congratulations to Claire Fox on winning the Minor A Football Final with Sarsfield against Celbridge at the weekend – scoring 1-1 in the process.
Congratulations to Sinead Lawler and Eoin Ryan who were selected on the Kildare County athletics squad who competed in the Scottish Indoor Championships at the weekend, performing creditably against athletes much senior to themselves. Track and Field training continues on Monday and Thursdays at 3.45 pm