Many congratulations to our U15 Golf Team of Robert McGrattan-Brazill, Eoin O’Hehir and Conor Delahunty who
won the Leinster Branch section of the Irish U15 Schools Strokeplay Championships which took place in Castlewarden Golf Club last Thursday.
On Wednesday last Newbridge travelled to Blackrock for round two of the Junior B league. It was a perfect day for rugby and the game did not disappoint either. This was a fast game with both teams gaining the upper hand at different stages of the match. Newbridge were the first to make their pressure count as Jack Maguire went over inside 10 minutes. It was then Blackrock started to come to terms with the game and following a good 15 minute spell they had two tries on the board. Newbridge to their credit did not drop their heads and marched up the field to earn a penalty and just before the half time whistle Luke Sutton went over for their second try of the day after great work and a brilliant offload by Niall Fleming. This left the score line 15-10 to Newbridge at the break. The second half started brightly again and both teams were cancelling each other out before Blackrock struck with two quick tries. Newbridge battled hard but great handling in the middle from Blackrock made the space to run in another try. The final score of 38-15 did not reflect the game after fine performances from Conor Fletchmore, Richard Dromgoole-Maguire, Senan Maguire, Andrew Shanahan, Tommy Leahy, Gavin O’ Neill and Niall Fleming. We now play King’s Hospital next Wednesday in the final game of the pool stages and need a win to progress.
On Wednesday last in Newbridge, Kilkenny College got their revenge for the defeat earlier this season. Newbridge got off to the better start and with only 5 minutes gone, got on the scoreboard with a try from Ciaran Callan. It was 20 minutes before Newbridge registered their next score (a try by Niall Kearns) and in the mean time, Kilkenny had got 2 penalties, leaving the half time score at 14 - 6 to the home side. The second half was a mixture between some excellent play, resulting in well worked tries, and a mixture of handling and defensive errors, which allowed Kilkenny take the lead and maintain that lead for the duration of the match. Oisin Kelly captained the side and lead by example. Ciaran Callan crossed over for an excellent try in the final minute and throughout the match Patrick Morrin battled had to make the hard yards. The team were disappointed to lose but in fairness to Kilkenny, anytime that they piled the pressure on, they didn’t let up until they scored. They deserved their 36 – 27 point victory.
The Inter Bs also faced Kilkenny on a gloriously sunny afternoon on Wednesday last. Both teams looked to take advantage of the excellent conditions by attempting to keep the ball in hand as much as possible, which made for an exciting game of running rugby. It was Newbridge who struck first when Paddy O'Shea forced himself over from close range after the Kilkenny defence was streched beyond breaking point by some excellent ball retention. Kilkenny it back when they elected to run the ball off a scrum in their own 22, moving the ball wide to give their pacy full back enough space to outstrip the Newbridge defence and score from all of 85 meters. However, Newbridge reasserted their dominance and tries from Davy Culliton, Paul Quinn-Fay and Shane O'Brien left the score at 22-7 at the break. The second half started in almost identical fashion to the first, with Iain Carey making an immediate impact to score with his first touch only for Kilkenny reply immediately with another try from their full back. Not to be outdone, Paul Quinn-Fay scored his own second moments later before getting on the end of an excellent passage of play from the Newbridge outside backs to complete the hattrick. A try from Jack Murphy rounded off the scoring to give a result of Newbridge 46 - 14 Kilkenny. However, perhaps the most pleasing aspect of this performance was the sight of Liam Farrell making some barnstorming runs through the centre in the last 15 minutes as he continued his return from long term injury.
RUGBY RESULTS: Senior 1sts 14 Pres Bray 14 –14; Junior B 15 Blackrock 38; Inter A 27 Kilkenny 36; Inter B 46 Kilkenny 14; Eller A 31 Kilkenny 24; Eller B 47 Kilkenny 22; Eller C 10 Kilkenny 17.
Congrats to the Senior 1sts Hockey team on beating St Joseph's of Cluny in the quarter final of the plate with a score line of 3-2. Scorers: Aileen Kyne, Una Delahunt, Muireann Kavanagh. Special mention to Ciara Conaty and Ashley O’Sullivan. Player of the match: Dearbhla Ryan.
Congratulations to the 2nd year Minor A team on beating the Senior 2nd’s 1-0 in a very fair and evenly fought contest. Player of the match was MR FALVEY!! Also congratulations to Blaithnaid Coreless (a 1st year) on scoring the winning goal.
Congratulations to our novice showjumping team, Chloe McGrattan Brazil, Emma O'Callaghan and Karen Casey who finished 2nd in the novice showjumping competition held in Wicklow on Saturday the 26th. Karen also came 5th in the individual. Both of our open teams qualified for the jump off round and finished 2nd and 7th in the open team competition. The team members were Carolyn Harty, Ashley O'Sullivan, Emily Beere and Alyssa O'Neill and Aisling Doyle, Maedhbh Brassil Megan Flanagan and Victoria O'Brien. Alyssa also came 2nd in the Individual competition.