The TY firsts went to Blackrock on Wednesday last and recorded a well deserved 29-3 victory.
Despite a curtailed warm-up Newbridge were 5 up within two minutes of the kick off with a superb team try finished off by Chris Healy, who would also score a tremendous individual try for Newbridge’s second. Newbridge dominated the line-out throughout and held out superbly at the start of the second half when the expected Blackrock pressure came on. Best for Newbridge on the day were Chris Healy, Jack O’Neill and Mark Sutton in the backs with Cormac Nugent, Tom Treacy and Hugh O’Donnell excelling in the pack.
On Wednesday last Newbridge College TY 2nd’s took on a Blackrock College team away from home. Newbridge jumped out of the blocks and raced into a 12 – 0 lead by the 10 min mark. Newbridge continued to have the majority of possession, but two lapses in concentration allowed Blackrock back into the game and the teams went in at half time all square at 17 -17. The second half mirrored the first with Newbridge having a huge amount of territory and possession, but it was Blackrock that took the lead after a hopeful clearence kick was poorly dealt with. There was some choice words and re-focusing under the posts before Newbridge went straight down the field to tie up the game again at 22 – 22. Both teams pushed for that victory with Newbridge at one stage successfully defending three 5 meter penalties in a row before turning over the ball on their own line. Newbridge went back to basics and use patience and control to earn yards and push Blackrock back. Newbridge eventually got their just desserts after a great team effort allowed Kevin Cleary to crash over with just 30 seconds remaining. It would be unfair to highlight an individual player as it was a superb team performance by all involved.
Other results: Senior 1st 7 – 8 Castletroy; Eller A 33 – 7 Castleknock; Eller B 5 – 14 Castleknock; Eller C 22 – 17 Castleknock; Eller D 0 – 45 Castleknock.
Yesterday saw the final day of the 3 Counties Schools League on a wet and windswept Carlow course, the final leg of three. Newbridge College Teams emerged triumphant in two of the eight catagories available - under 15 and under 17 Girls - while the under 14 Girls finished in 2nd place, narrowly beaten for the top spot.
The Under 15 Girls squad not alone won the top prize in Division 1, the reserve team topped Division 2, finishing in 3rd place yesterday and running the 1st team very close in the process. The squad for the 3 races was: Caoimhe Murphy, Nessa Briody, Sarah Barrett, Emma and Megan O'Neill, Lauren Mullins, Charlotte Quinn, Megan Hoare, Niamh Disney, Siadbh Donohue, and Louise Scully.
The under 17's dominated their grade, winning all 3 races, ably led by Hannah Quinn with Kerry Dwyer, Aoife Murphy, Hayley Bannaghan, Hannah Sutton, Aoife Ruttledge, and Kate Hensey.
St Leo's, Carlow, won the under 14's with a team which if injuries and illness allow will probably win the All Ireland next Spring - but were pushed in every race by the College Girls, beaten overall by only 2 points, a tiny margin in Cross Country. The squad included Ruth O'Hara, Anna Nurse, Ciara Kiely, Roisin Crowe, Maeve Fenin, Jenna Brannock, Caelinn van der Hoven, Sarah Behan, Amelia McSharry, and Sabrina Keane.