Junior A V’s CBC Monkstown. This top of the table clash was always going to be a competitive with both teams coming into the match unbeaten.
For the opening ten minutes or so there were opportunities and mistakes with neither team really looking like scoring. Once the teams settled, Newbridge seemed to look more comfortable and put some phases together. James Healy scored in the corner and shortly after, Jake Howlett got another. The CBC forwards really put it up to our pack and while the set pieces weren’t functioning as well as they have been, the pack managed to give the backs a platform for James to score again in the corner. Knowing the capacity that the Monkstown side have for coming back into matches, Newbridge knew that they couldn’t sit back. CBC got a penalty and almost got a try before half time. Half Time: 15 – 3 to the home side. The second half was frustrating to watch with mistakes, turnovers and lost scrums. CBS piled on the pressure and it was a stalemate for a long period of the half. Ruairi Cleary kept the scoreboard ticking over with a penalty and late in the game Jake ran from the 22 to score a try in the corner. Coach Dave Brew had spotted a weakness in the defence which Jake was able to capitise on. Ruairi added the 2 extra points. CBC still battled on and their efforts were rewarded before full time with a try. Final score: 25 – 8. Good for the forwards on the day – Paul Condon, Luke Menton and Mike Doyle. Captain Jimmy O’ Brien controlled the game well and Rob Buckley played well in centre.
We were in action again on Saturday against Terenure College in what proved to be a very close and entertaining game. First half tries from James Healy (2) and Jake Howlett saw us lead 15 12 at half time. We scored early in the second half through Jake Howlett to stretch our lead but this triggered a great Terenure come back. They scored a try with 10 to go to close the gap to three points and then took the lead with 3 minutes later with another try. Try as we may, we just couldn’t come back from that double blow an had to accept our first loss of the season. This game showed us that we can mix it with the so called big guns of Leinster rugby but also that we have a number of areas which need work. All in all, a very worthwhile exercise.
The TY’s were back in action in the TY league against Castleknock on Wednesday last. The final score of 46-0 to Newbridge was justified given the performance of the Newbridge side. They were dominant from the start and scored some fantastic team tries with backs and forwards combining with ease at times. Best for Newbridge on the day were Tom Brady, Hugh O Donnell, Cormac Nugent and Tom Higgins in the pack with Chris Healy, Jack O Neill and Jack Maguire excelling for the backs, but praise must go to all involved in a superb team display.
A 14 man Newbridge College TY 2nd’s were well beaten by a 15 man St. Mary’s TY 1st’s team in the third game of their league. This Newbridge team showed great resolve and heart by never allowing their heads to drop or give up the fight in a game that was always going to be an impossibe feet. The Newbridge boys put their bodies on the line and even held St. Mary’s scoreless for the first 20 minutes with an immence defensive display. Unfortunetly numbers won out and St. Mary’s took full advantage of a tiring Newbridge team. Players that really stood out for Newbriage College were Conor Doyle, Matt Stapleton, Andrew Shanahan and Senen Maguire but all 14 players should be so proud of themselves.
Newbridge College 43 Kilkenny College 7. Newbridge put together their best performance of the year to date with an impressive seven try win against Kilkenny. Newbridge started very strongly with Robbie Hyland putting Newbridge into great positions with his boot from the base of the ruck. Newbridge went in at the break with a 21-7 lead. Newbridge got off to an explosive start to the second half running in three quick unanswered tries. Dylan Walker was making the breaks in midfield and wingers Gavin Burke and Niall Wyer always seemed to be on hand to add the finishing touches. Indeed, both wingers scored all of Newbridge’s tries with Wyer getting two and Burke scoring an impressive five respectively. Newbridge continued to play well until the end with an energetic Daniel Murphy and a forceful Coilin Phelan setting the platform up front.
Wednesday saw Newbridge College Inter B team return to action after the mid-term break. Kilkenny College were the visitors and the match turned out to be a cracker. Newbridge drew first blood after a tough battle in the forward division David Kennedy touched down under the posts and the try was duly converted by Caomhán Doolan. This was a physical encounter right from the off with the visitors putting the home team under all kinds of pressure. Some great offloading in the tackle by Kilkenny resulted in their first try out in the right corner. This left the scores 7-5 at half time. Newbridge came out with serious intent in the second half and but for a toe in touch should have been in for another try in the first five minutes of the half. However they wouold have their second of the day soon after when great work by the pack and some good hands in the back line released Michael O Brien to stride away under the posts. Again this was converted by Caomhán Doolan. Kilkenny weren’t finished yet they scored a try of their own to leave but four points between the sides heading into the dying minutes. A few mistakes from both sides resulted in Kilkenny gaining possession and through their pack were under the posts with seconds left. Newbridge were galant in defence however they could not hold out. Kilkenny scored under the posts to leave the final score Newbridge College 14 - Kilkenny College 17.
Best on the day were - Cormac Magee, Adam Browne, Anderw Conlan, David Kennedy, David Craddock, David Berry, Caomhán Doolan and Keith Hui.
Eller C's and Ds had a great win in a great game up in Pres Bray. It was try for try in the first half with only a converted try seperating the sides at half time. Bray were leading 19-17. The second half was a different story. Newbridge conceeded another try early in the half but went on to score another 3 un-answereded tries and with help from the accurate boot of Didier Cordinnier they ran out comfortable winners by a scorline of 38 - 24. Best fot the College were Stephen Murphy, Elliot Davis and Matthew Nugent.
Other Results: Senior 1st 11 CBC Monkstown 18; U16 A 46 Castleknock 0; U16 B 0 St. Mary's 54; Junior B 38 CBC Monkstown 5; Junior C 68 CBC Monkstown 0; Inter A 43 Kilkenny 7; Inter B 14 Kilkenny 17, Inter C 35 Kilkenny 28; Eller A 56 Pres. Bray 0; Eller B 0 Pres Bray 14; Eller C 38 Pres Bray 24
Newbridge senior Hockey Team registered their first win of the season beating Loreto Balbriggan 2 0 away, the match played in Skerries Hockey Club. It took the team considerable time to adjust to the astro turf surface and both teams looked evenly matched at the start. However towards the end of the first half the Newbridge College girls scored, put in the net by Roisin Burns. This gave them some confidence, and as the game progressed Newbridge had most of the attack. In the second half of the game Dorarca Lynch scored to seal the result. The defence were solid and in the second half of the game they kept the ball away from the Newbridge goalkeeper who had made several good saves earlier in the match.
Our Minor C's were up against a strong Balbriggin side and unfortunately conceded 3 goals in the first half. But a more confident NC took to the pitch in the second half. Beth Kelly played a stormer in goal and Aoife Whelan, Karen Casey & Martha Mcgarry cleared everything that came their way. Aimee Carpenter and Sarah Barrett were work horses in Midfield and never stopped working for their team mates. Carrie Channon & Emily McGarry linked up very well coming through midfield to the forwards and were very unlucky not to score on many occasions. We finished the match the stronger team, just unfortunately got off to a rocky start.
Results v KH: Minor A: 6–1; Minor B 4-0; Junior B 2-2; Senior B 1-2; 1st year A 0-1; 1st Yr B 5-0.
Hard luck to our Senior soccer team who were defeated in their midlands league match against Clane C.S. last week. That leaves us with a draw and a loss with one more game to play.
Well done to Rory Flynn, Jack Hickey, Peter Higgins and Conor Gobitt ( Newbridge U16 Badminton team) who beat Lucan Community College and hard luck to the Newbridge U19 Badminton team who lost to Lucan in the Dublin Schools League