Very Hard Luck to the Junior A Hockey team who were beaten 2-0 by Muckross yesterday in the Junior Plate Final. A valiant effort
by the girls against what was a strong Muckross side. Newbridge College Hockey is definitely now back on the map and looking good for the future! Well done to all players and the coaching staff on a great achievement of reaching the final.
Inter A v Terenure
Newbridge College Inter A’s had a home fixture against Terenure as their second last game of the season. Newbridge continued their impressive form since the start of this New Year with another win. Newbridge’s injury list was long with five usual A starters out however they welcomed back their four junior players two of which started this game.
Newbridge had the upper hand throughout this game and it was only a few small lapses in concentration that allowed Terenure over their line. Kevin Kyne opened the scoring for Newbridge College in the opening ten minutes and this try was converted by Tom Connolly. Five minutes later Sean O’ Neill used his strength and power to crash over after a long bout of pressure by Newbridge. Terenure replied very quickly with a try and conversion of their own.
Coming towards the end of the first half one 60 second period saw a potential 14 point swing. Terenure got over Newbridge’s line but were held up by three Newbridge players. Newbridge put massive pressure on Terenure both in the scrum and out the backs and caused Terenure to knock on the ball. Conor Timmins fly-hacked the ball down field and won the foot race. He off-loaded the ball in the tackle to Luke Morris who was narrowly caught with an ankle tap ten meters short of the line. Newbridge arrived in numbers and keeping the ball alive scoring under the posts it was finished by Shane McGroary but it was an extremely good team try. It was converted by Tom and the half time score read Newbridge 19 Terenure 7.
The second half saw much of the same with Newbridge having the upper hand for the majority of the half. Jonny Deane a half time sub crossed over for Newbridge after a superb break up the touch line. This was converted by Tom. Terenure got a try and conversion of their own when Newbridge took the foot off the peddle in the last ten minutes. The final score finished Newbridge College 26 Terenure 14.
The entire Newbridge team played extremely well but special mention must go to Sean O’ Neill, Shane McGroary, Cian Dunne, Patrick Ryan, Louis Young, Nicholos Cody and Tom Connolly.
Inter B v Terenure
The Inter B’s played the best game of rugby this year and were very unfortunate that the result didn’t go their way. Terenure had the more physical side both size wise and in the manner in which they played. Within 10 minutes of kick off, and despite heroic defending by Niall Stapleton and Paschal Thompson, they had 10 points on the board. Newbridge could have reacted badly and went into their shells but this was not the case. The team came together and produced fine attacking rugby, both forwards and backs, and massive defensive displays. Josh Peacock did well at both scrum and lineout with Cian Springate doing a fine job in the middle of the lineout. Liam Callanan managed the game well at outhalf and Paddy O’ Brien played a stormer throughout, getting better as the game wore on. Matthew Nugent was very physical in contact and when Stephan Murphy came on, there was a definite difference in the go forward ball that the team achieved. Terenure never scored in the second half and Newbridge got one try through Paschal Thompson (converted by Liam Callanan). The score finished at 10 points to 7 but I think Terenure were glad when the final whistle sounded as the home side were getting more confident and playing all the rugby in the end of the contest. Special mention must also go to Enda Mc Sweeney for his aggression going forward and Theo Hovenden Kelly for his consistent efforts thoughout the game.
Inter C v Terenure
After their long winter hibernation, the Inter C team came back to life with an emphatic victory at home to Terenure College. This game was played 10 – side, as the opposition was unable to field a full 15. Though they would all naturally have liked to play a full game, each of the 17 ‘Bridge players got some game time. Newbridge got off to a flying start with a try by Kevin Dolly, who was impressive throughout and scored two further tries. Another of the outstanding players was team captain Calum Burke who contributed two tries and plenty of strong running in an excellent all–round display. Andrew Sweeney was back to something approaching his best form, with determined running and great commitment. He scored a try and added two conversions to show his kicking skills. Andrew Mc Loughlin upset the opposition with his aggressive physicality in the tackle and at ruck time, and gave a spirited display. Thomas Wall scored a try and played with his typically determined application. Craig Mc Cormack, playing his first ever game of rugby, had a very good debut and scored a try to mark the occasion, and Elliott Davis showed good determination to get over for the final try of the game. These scores would not have been possible without the tremendous individual commitment, and contributions, of Sean Murphy, Ruari Dawson, Cormac Conlan, Ciaran Joyce, Morgan Hurley O’Dwyer, and Harry Riehn in the forwards, and Niall Thomson ( unluckily off early through injury), Tom Tinsley, Matthew Murtagh and James Sutton in the backs. They each showed their value to the team and it was great to see the players express themselves in such a positive way.
Eller A v Templeogue
Newbridge Ellers rounded off their season with a trip to Tempelogue College on Wednesday last. We opened the scoring after five minutes through a good team try finished off by Oisin O' Cuill. The Newbridge team proved far too strong and further first half tries from Greg O Neill, Eimhin Conroy, Cian Prendergast and Thomas Grant left the visitors in a commanding position at half time. Tempelogue's solitary reply came courtesy of their number 10's boot when he landed a penalty on the stroke of half time. The second half was a tighter affair as all the sting went out of the game. Antoine Talbot was rewarded for a tireless display when he crossed for his first try of the season before Dylan Morrisey rounded off the scoring. Final score Tempelogue 10 - 43 Newbridge
Other Results: Senior 2nd’s 22 Blackrock 10; Eller B 47 Templeogue 5
GIRLS TAG RUGBY
Congratulations to the TY Girls Tag Rugby team who performed well and were victorious in their games yesterday in a tag blitz held in Newbridge RFC. All the team contributed to the winning results but special mention must go to try hero Katie Berney