Congratulaions to the College teams who participated in the All Ireland Interschools Hunter Trial Championship
held on Saturday 19th March in Wexford. Our teams came 8th (Alyssa O'Neill, Carolyn Harty and Ashley O'Sullivan) and 13th place (Hayley Banahan, Nessa Briody and Kate Hensey) respectively out of 73 teams. Alyssa also came 6th out 198 runners in the Senior Individual class.
We start this week by commiserating with both of our Cup rugby teams. After a great season our Juniors run came to an end at the hands of St Michaels in a game which we will rue lost opportunities for a long time to come. Our Seniors then came up short against a C.U.S. in the final of the Vinny Murray Cup on Wednesday. We would like to congratulate all of our players on the commitment they have shown throughout the season and inform them that they did the school proud.
Newbridge College Junior B squad travelled away to Clongowes Wood College on Wednesday last for a quarter final encounter in the Junior B league. The weather on the day was great and the rugby didn’t disappoint either with both sides giving it all from the off. In the first 20 min both teams cancelled each other out with both sets of forwards working hard up front. After gaining the upper hand and applying sustained pressure in the middle of the field the ball quickly made its way out the backs where Niall Fleming hit the line with speed and broke tackles to score a break-away try, Glen Burke converted to leave the score at 7 nil. The forward contest was ferocious with Tom Dunne, Conor Fletchmore, Tom Higgins and James Mulryan all working hard to try gain the upper hand while out the backs Andrew Shanahan and Gavin O Neill were causing problems. This was however to be the only score of the half. Colngowes got off to a great start in the second half and after 10 mins the sides were level at 7 all. Again both sides had periods of dominance throughout the second half and the intensity took its toll with subs Justin Deane, Mark Burns, Paddy Kavanagh, Richard Dromgoole Maguire, Luke Sutton and Kevin Cleary all playing their part through the second half. It wasn’t until the last five minutes that we gained the upper hand. After great work by the pack and quick ruck ball, Gavin O’ Neill went over in the corner to leave the score at 12-7. Glen Burke held his nerve to score 14-7 with 3 minutes left. From the restart we gathered the ball again and after a few phases of forward pressure quick ball once again left Jack Maguire one on one on the wing. A little chip through bounced up nicely into his hands and he kept his footing to score in the corner. The final score 19-7. It was a great team performance that now takes us into the league semi final next week against Blackrock College.