The Seniors got their league campaign back on track with a comprehensive victory against De La Salle Churchtown on Wednesday last.
The score-line of 70-13 reflected the dominance displayed by Newbridge throughout with some fine scores from both pack and back line. The back row of Connolly(3), O’Brien (2) and Snell (1) contributed handsomely to the try count. Overall it was a useful run out but sterner tests lie ahead with key games against Kilkenny and Pres Bray to come over the next two weeks. Best for Newbridge on the day were Billy Scully , Bryan O’Donnell and James Connolly in the forwards and Ben O’Connor, Cathal Murtagh and John Jennings in the back line. Special mention also for the outstanding kicking display by Peter Osbourne who kicked eight conversions from both sides of the pitch.
Newbridge Senior 2nd were at home this week for the return fixture against Kilkenny College. It was a very physical match with both teams creating lots of opportunities. It was Newbridge that went in at half time the happier team with a 5 – 0 lead courtesy of a well worked pack try finished by Conor Murphy. Kilkenny evened matters early in the second half. Overall it was Newbridge that showed the better resolve and proved it by scoring a fantastic team worked try mid – way through the second half finished by Craig Grant. Ruairi Kehoe – Clarke converted the try and it would turn out to be a lead Newbridge wouldn’t release. Final score was 12 – 10 to Newbridge. Stand out performances by David Quirke, Conor Murphy, Denis Kelly, Adam Murphy, Ruairi Kehoe – Clarke and Craig Grant.
On Tuesday last the Junior B squad faced St. Pat’s of Navan A squad in a friendly in the college. St. Pat’s were physically stronger than us in the forwards but we had the upper hand in the backline. However the weather and the conditions never allowed us to showcase the talent we had in the backs. Strong wind and rain meant that this was always going to be a forwards game. St. Pat’s got off to a great start and had 3 tries before half time. After the first 20 Minutes we began to get a foothold in the game and we were unlucky not to have two tries of our own before the break. The second half started and finished in much the same way as the first, St. Pats scored 2 tries and then we began to come back into it. Great work by the forwards would eventually give a great platform for the backs and Podge Murphy went over in the corner. The final score read Newbridge 5, St. Pat’s 34.
The Under 16’s took on Kilkenny College’s 3rds this week. This would prove a good test for the College and test the players physically. Paddy Cross got the scoring under way with a penalty on 3 minutes. Kilkenny hit back with a penalty of their own on 7 minutes. Cross restored the College’s three point lead on 10 minutes. A period followed where both teams, when not in possession, kept their opposition between the two 22-metre lines. The College finally pushed Kilkenny deep into their 22 and made a major attack on the Kilkenny try line. With the third pick and go falling just short of the line, Jack Coghlan Murray picked, dummied to pass and stepped in to score the games first try on 25 minutes. Although the conversion was missed, Cross added three more on 28 minutes. This would be the last score of the half leaving it 14-3 at the break.
The second half saw Kilkenny step up the physical element of their game and totally dominated the scrum. However, the College worked hard to minimise the effect of this. Kilkenny opened the second half scoring with a converted try on 40 minutes. They always say that the minutes after a score is when a team can be most vulnerable. This proved to be the case as Richie Dalton crossed just 3 minutes later. Then, on 50 minutes, came the best score of the game. Great recycling from the forwards and quick ball across the backline saw Coghlan Murray round his winger and step inside the full back to touch down under the posts. Ivan Briody converted. Kilkenny came back with everything they had and scored a try on 59 minutes. However this would be the final score of the game and the College took it 26-15. Other notable mentions go to Callum O’Brien, Matthew Burke and Ivan Briody.
Our Inters travelled to Kilkenny College for two matches and came away with two wins. In the A game, we made a great start and scored two tries through Paul Condon and James Healy. Kilkenny responded with a penalty before Will McDonald scored a third try to give us a 15 : 3 lead after 15 minutes. We seemed to lose concentration after this with us seemingly thinking that the game was already won. Kilkenny had other ideas however and scored a try on the stroke of halftime to get back into the game. In the second half Mark Delaney got us back on track with a good team try which Aubrey O’Mahony converted. Kilkenny replied with a try to stay in the game again before Aubrey O’Mahony crossed for Newbridge to secure the win. To their credit Kilkenny worked to the final whistle and were rewarded with a try to leave the final score 27 20 to Newbridge.
The Inter B's lined up against Kilkenny keen to continue their good run of form. We started very strongly and some excellent ball retention saw us dominate possession and territory right from the off. This pressure was rewarded when we put together multiple phases of play before the ball was spun wide for Jack Murphy to open the scoring. Murphy added a second almost immediately, after some good work from half backs Shea Ryan and David Culliton. Kilkenny hit back with a try of their own after a loose kick chase and some missed tackles. The Newbridge pack really upped the ante for the remainder of the half and number 8 Cathal Ryan grabbed a quick brace of tries, the second after a lung bursting 60 metre run from the base of a scrum. Nathan Mc Sharry added a fifth try before half time after Eimhin Gilman had put him into space with a fine pass. A raft of changes at half time meant we struggled to find the same rhythm for the early stages of the second half. However, some big carries from Paddy O'Shea and Paddy Doran saw us reassert our dominance and pin Kilkenny back into thier own half. Mc Sharry notched up his second try to cap a fine individual performance and further scores from Tadgh Ryan and Paddy Corbett rounded off a great victory. Final Score Newbridge 50 - 7 Kilkenny
Other Results: Junior A v St. Gerard’s 36-7; Eller A v C.U.S. 14-15 Match abandoned at half time due to an injury; Eller B v C.U.S. 34-14; Eller C v C.U.S. 63-10; Eller D v C.U.S. 38-38
Congratulations to the Senior 1st Hockey Team in beating St. Dominic’s Cabra 7-0. A great team effort. Special recognition to Muireann Kavanagh, Melissa Lyons, Aileen Kyne, Ashley O’Sullivan, Grace McGarry and player of the match Una Delahunt who scored 5 of the goals.
Newbridge Minor A v Alexandra College
Newbridge headed to Alexander College for their 3rd league match of the season. Following on from two hard fought defeats this was a tough ask to get a result here. The Newbridge girls started the match very brightly. Muireann Scully was constantly breaking up their attacks and quickly distributed the ball up to Emma Jane Grant and Aisling Lawlor who attacked the goal whenever possible and were also very effective in holding up the ball. Nicola Dowling made a big impact when she came on with some excellent link up play. The half time score was 0-0 and the girls knew an upset on the cards. 15 minutes into the 2nd half Newbridge scored off a short corner, excellently finished off by Sarah Henry. The last 5 minutes of the game were hectic with Alex pressing for an equalizer. Our goalie Orna Furey rose to the occasion keeping out 3 short corners during the last play of the game. A deserved victory for the college. Well done to the entire team.
Hard luck to the 1st Year Red Team which lost to Kilkenny College B’s.
Congratulations to the 1st Yr Green Team who beat Kilkenny College C’s.
Minor B v Holy Child, Killiney 0-2
The final day of the 3 Counties Cross Country League was held on Thursday on a rain and storm-tossed course in Carlow with a four person relay format. The Minor Girls teams kicked off, the A team finishing a creditable 2nd place - Roisin Crowe leading off handing to Ciara Kiely, Caoimhe O'Boyle took the third leg and the anchor was Caoimhe Murphy.
Directly behind them in third place was the College B squad of Niamh Disney, Sarah Barrett, and Megan and Emma O'Neill, and when the overall results were tabulated these two teams were 2nd and 3rd overall in the League Div 1 also, while the C team of Louise Scully, Nessa Briody, Charlotte Quinn, and Tara Berney - 6th on the day - came 3rd overall in Div 2. Altogether an excellent result in an age group where
the College have real strength in depth.
The Junior Girls A team faced the worst of the gales and battled hard for third place, Hanna Quinn, Keri Dwyer, Katie Bernie, and Claire Healion finishing a couple of places ahead of the B squad of Hannah Sutton, Aine Dalton, Brid Conlon and Hayleigh Bannaghan. Unfortunately the third placing allowed rivals St Mary's, Naas, ahead in the Div 1 overall standings by the slimmest margin of 1 point - a satisfying
The Junior Boys were next up, led off by Mark Galligan who handed to Cian Crowe. Late replacement Vito Burke did not let the side down, and an injured Donal Delahunt finished the race in 4th place overall.
Their efforts were sufficient to bring the team to 2nd place overall.
The Intermediate Girls were put in a good position by a sparkling run from Aisling Wier who handed over in 2nd place, the position was consolidated by Katlyn McDonnell and Victoria O'Brien, however there was too big a gap to first for Amy Downes to close. Their 2nd place was however good enough to bring the
Tean into that place overall also in Division 1.
Last team in action was the Intermediate Boys, Barry Finan, Jack Hickey, Peter Higgins and Niall Delahunt earning a very competitive 3rd place, however being unable to field a team in the second round cost them a place in the overall standings.
Overall satisfactory performances and much to build on for the next phase of the season in the new year.
Minor Girls – 2nd - Roisin Crowe, Ciara Kiely, Caoimhe O Boyle, Caoimhe Murphy
Minor B Team – 3rd – Niamh Disney, Sarah Barrett, Megan O Neill, Emma O Neill
Junior Girls – 3rd – Claire Healion, Hannah Quinn, Katie Berney, Kerri Dwyer
Inter Girls – 2nd – Ashling Wyer, Katyln McDonald, Victoria O Brien, Amy Downes
Inter Boys – 3rd – Barry Finan, Jack Hickey, Peter Higgins, Niall Delahunt
Congratulations to all!
Congratulations to Claire Healion on winning the U.14 Leinster Cross Country Championships two weeks ago and coming 2nd in the U.15 category last weekend. Claire has now qualified for the international team to represent Ireland in December. Well done and best of luck from us all!!
Congratulations to our open team, Sadhbh Springate, Hannah Sutton, Hayley Banahan and Emily Higgins who came 4th in the latest league open showjumping competition held in Mullingar on Saturday the 6th November. Congratulations to Alyssa O Neill who won the Individual league competition and to Ashley O'Sullivan and Maedhbh Brassil who came 4th and 5th. Congratulations also to our novice team, Nessa Briody, Gillian Wall, Megan Flanagan and Rebecca Higgins who came 5th in the novice competition and to Emma O' Ceallaghan who who came 6th in the novice Individual.
Well done to our Senior Boys golf team of Conor O’Hehir, Eoin O’Hehir, Ashley Duane and James Tighe who defeated Heywood Community School last week in the Leinster Inter School Matchplay competition.
Well done to Rachel Phelan who won the ILGU Junior Medal at Seapoint recently.
Caoilainn won the Gold Medal by virtue of a count-back over Naas'and Newbridge Colleges Rachel Phelan who received the Bronze medal as winner of the handicap category 21-36. Rachel was one of 50 Junior Golfers invited to take part in this All Ireland Competition. Rachel was also presented with the Junior player of the year at the Ladies AGM of Naas Golf Club on Tuesday night. Rachel is new to the game and only played her first competition in July of this year.