Pride, passion, aggression and determination are all words to describe what the Newbridge College JCT demonstrated in the Cup Final
on Sunday the 25th of March in Donnybrook. The opponents and favourites on the day were St. Michaels College who were in their 6th final in a row and bidding for their first win in all those finals. From the first whistle, St Michaels set out their intent by turning over Newbridge ball using their size and weight. It may have went all their way should the Newbridge pack have decided to give in. This is not what happened, and all present (a large following for the Black and White), were witness to a physical battle from first whistle to last. The back row of Oisin Kelly, Luke Menton and Ciaran Callan ensured to minimise the impact of the Michaels captain and numer 8. Patrick Morrin and Paul Condon were imposing in the contact area and while each Michaels player had almost a stone on every Newbridge player, it wasn’t a factor at scrum time. In the middle of the first half, Newbridge were being pinned to their line when a loose ball was grabbed by winger Gavin Burke. He made the 85 meter dash under chase but made it under the posts for the first score of the day. Perhaps tired from the sprint, Gavin missed the conversion, 5-nil to Newbridge. Another factor in making this a close affair was the massive defence posed by both teams. Mark Delaney controlled the defence and the likes of Jimmy O’Brien (captain) and centres Rob Buckley and Jake Howlett but their bodies on the line, putting the Micheals back line under pressure. Ruairi Cleary marshalled behind the backline, confidently taking any ball kicked down the pitch. The next score came from a series of pick and gos from the Michaels pack resulting in a try, which was converted. Half time 5 – 7. There were a few opportunities for both teams to score in the second half but either a mistake or a tackle snuffed out most. The only score came from a penalty for Michaels. The score stood at 5 – 10 for the last quarter of the nail-biting affair. James Healy looked like his run up the wing, followed by a kick could have ended with a score but it wasn’t to be. Replacement 2nd Row Donal Delahunt made an impact on his arrival into the game taking a lineout from the well oiled Michaels linout. The Newbridge backs tried a few of their normally reliable moves but the Michaels team closed the gaps quickly. Newbridge finished stronger and in my biased opinion, played better rugby but the Cup stayed in Dublin. Full time 5 – 10. Congratulations to all the boys on an excellently played final and on they can all hold their heads high in a game which could have gone either way.
Congratulations to the Newbridge College Under 17 7’s squad who won the inaugural Umbrella Foundation 7’s Tournament in Terenure on Saturday. A fine performance by all involved saw them see off two Blackrock teams, Wesley, Belvedere, St. Michael’s and Roscrea in the final. The tournament raised funds to help children in Nepal.
Congratulations to Alyssa O'Neill, Nessa Briody and Maedhbh Brassil who came first, second and third respectively in the individual derby show jumping competition in Wexford on Sunday the 25th march. Congratulations also to our teams: Aoife and Alannah Murphy, Lauren Heffernan and Karen Casey came third in the team competition and Alyssa, Nessa Maedhbh and Emma O'Callaghan came fifth.