The annual Triangular event this year began with the Soccer event.
And its well done to our soccer team who joint-won the event this time round. We played our first match against the Cadet School and won by 4 goals to 3 in a great game. Clongowes then recorded big win over the Curragh based boys before a winner takes all final game between old rivals Newbridge and Clongowes. We started well and led 2:1 at half time. Clongowes put on the pressure in the 2nd half and got an equaliser before the end to leave both sides with one win and one draw. This meant that after one event the standings were: Newbridge 10.5 Clongowes 10.5 Cadets 6.
The following day was the busiest day this year with three events talking place. It started in the Curragh Pool with the swim event. Michael Healion, Aisling Wyer and Richard Vaughan all did well in their individual stroke races, finishing 2nd in each. They were then joined by Emma Jane Vaughan for a winner takes all relay and we swam well to finished second. That left Clongowes as swimming winners, with Newbridge second and the Cadets third. Standings after two events: Newbridge 16.5 Clongowes 19.5 Cadets 12.
Next up was the basketball event which started with Newbridge v the Cadets. We proved a little too skilful for the army lads on this occasion and won by a margin of 8 points. Ciaran and Ronan O’Neachtain were in fine form with Conor O’Hehir’s outside shooting earning us our lead. The Cadets were then beaten by Clongowes to set up a mini final between Newbridge and Clongowes. In that game, it was close throughout with Cormac Dillon battling the Clane school for every loose ball. Aoife Bergin and Rebecca O’Sullivan controlled play well and we managed to pull away from the Clane school in the last quarter for a fine win. Standings after three events: Newbridge 28.5 Clongowes 28.5 Cadets 18.
The final event of the day was the Gaelic Football and started with Newbridge taking on the Cadets. We played very well throughout this one and so were unlucky to loose as we were made rue missed opportunities. Ian Mulligan, Michael Norris and Sean Begley were the pick of our team. A tired Cadet team then played Clongwoes with the Clane school wearing the Newbridge jerseys due to a clash of colours…. a first I believe!!! The game was a good one with Clongowes building a good lead before the Cadets fought back well near the end. However they fell short and Clongowes held on for the win. We were always up against it in this one but never took a backward step throughout. Clongowes won the game and therefore the event. Standings after four events: Newbridge 37.5 Clongowes 43.5 Cadets 30.
In the golf event, we put out a strong team and it paid dividends and with three of four cards to count, we scored 109 points to win the golf by 19 points over Clongowes in second. Our team was Conor O’Hehir, Michael Norris, James Tighe and Ashley Duane. Standings after five events: Newbridge 46.5 Clongowes 49.5 Cadets 33.
And so as in recent years, it would all come down to the athletics event which took place at Naas Sports Centre to see who would win the Triangular. On the track we had some excellent performances throughout the day. Sam Coghlan-Murray won the 100m with Phil O’Neill was third, Eoin Murphy won the 400m while Rob O’Connor was second. Finnian Logan was third in the 1500m. However in the field events, we only had Geroid Ryan win the high jump with Chris Murphy second which meant that Clongowes gained a 6 point advantage on us going into the relays. We fought back hard and won both the 4 x 100m and the 4 x 400m races. However Clongowes did enough to finish second in each which meant they held on to win the Athletics event by a mere 2 points, scoring 30 points to our 28 with the Cadets scoring 8.
This left the final standings for this year as follows: Newbridge 58.5 Clongowes 67.5 cadets 45. The teams then headed for the Cadets Mess in the Curragh camp where they were treated to a fine meal. All that was left was for Comdt Brendan Delaney to present the Clongowes vice-principal Martin Nugent with the Triangular Sword and for us to rue another very close encounter with victory in this competition!
The Horse show on sunday hosted an Interschools competition at which the College was represented by a total of seven teams! The college's novice team, Sadhbh Springate, Maebh brassil Lauren Heffernan and Victoria O'brien won the novice competition in fine style and also shared the best turned out prize with the newbridge black team, Alyssa O'neill LeanneO'Sullivan Ashley O'Sullivan and Carolyn Harty. That team also came 2nd in the open team competition. Our first year open team, Sadhbh Springate, Kate Hensey Sarah Kearin and Brid Conlon put in a graet performance to finish in 4th place. Taking 5th was the newbridge gold team Emily Beere, Hannah McDonnell Holly Hannigan and Patrick harty. 6th place went to newbridge platinum, stephen murphy, Louise Murphy, Roisin McCarthy and Lucy McCarthy and 9th place to newbridge white, Aisling Doyle, Clare manning, Donal Delahunt and Una Delahunt. In the novice individual competition Lucy McCarthy claimed 4th place. In the open Individual, 2nd and 3rd went to Alyssa O'Neill, 4th to Donal Delahunt, 5th to Clare Manning, 6th to Emily Beere and 10th to Aisling Doyle.