The Newbridge College Junior A's played their first match on astro in Caragh Road, Naas.
Foxrock seemed the stronger side having had plenty of experience on the astro however Junior A's played well considering they weren't used to the surface. The game started with Foxrock dominating however Newbridge dug deep and played well in patches. Kate Scully and Sorcha Lavelle Walsh played to their strengths but Newbridge couldn't seem to keep their formation. Foxrock were awarded a penalty in the second half which Aoife Fennell saved superbly. Foxrock scored from a fast break shortly afterwards which secured them the win. Newbridge Junior A's didn't perform to the best of their ability!
Newbridge College Minor 3rds played against Loreto Dalkey in Wednesday. The game ended 0-0, Newbridge narrowly missed some goal chances. Everyone played extremely well, particularly in defence. Good performances by Mairéad Sheridan, Nessa Briody, Orla Higgins, Rebecca Scully, Sarah Taheny, Grace Farrell, Aisling Beirne, Aoife Murphy and Niamh Scully
Congratulations to the first year B team who drew 1 all against Loreto, Beaufort. Well done to Emily McGarry on scoring the goal.
The Seniors were unlucky to lose a very tight game to Kilkenny College on Wednesday when they were beaten 7:3. We did have the opportunity to win the game but just couldn’t turn our possession into points.
Our Junior had a facile 28 3 victory over Kilkenny last Wednesday and have now guaranteed themselves to place in their group going into the semi-final stages.
The Transition Years had Blackrock in a league fixture this week. It was clear from the off that the weather was going to have a bearing on the game and Blackrock chose to play with the wind in the first half. This saw them build some early pressure and gained good field position forcing the College to concede a number of early penalties. This pressure paid off on 9 minutes with a converted try. The College pushed back into the ‘Rock half and earned a penalty of their own which Patrick Cross converted on 15 minutes. He had an opportunity to put the College a point up on 24 minutes but, as if to emphasise the windy conditions, what looked a good kick fell just short as the head wind picked up. He would, however, take the ball following some fine recycling by the forwards and power over from 20 metres out to score a try with the last play of the half. The conversion missed, at halftime it was 8-7 to the College.
The second half was even tighter than the first with both sides forcing the other into errors and defending very well. Cross missed a penalty on 47 minutes but made up for it just 2 minutes later to stretch the Colleges lead to four. Despite some later pressure from the visitors the College defended admirable and this penalty would prove to be the only score of the second half leaving the College with an 11-7 win. Notable mentions must go to Eugene Price, Ronan McDonald, Mark Kavanagh and Matthew Burke.
The TY/U-16 seconds took on the same opposition. Calum O’Brien captained from the front with two tries. This game was affected even more by the conditions with the College playing into a stiff wind with the sun in their eyes in the first half. The College trailed 19-12 at the break but a three try second half, including O’Brien’s brace saw the College run out 29-19 winners. Notable mentions must also go to Jordan Kenna.
On Wednesday last Newbridge College Junior B team faced Kilkenny College at home. Newbridge Started the brighter of the two teams and had three tries on the board inside 15 minutes courtesy of Tommy Leahy and Podge Murphy. Kilkenny then started to put some pressure on us and with a quick pick and go system were making ground up the field. However we were lucky that some unforced errors on their behalf let us off the hook. The Second half began with kilkenny once again taking the game to us. They scored a try under the posts inside the first 5 minutes of the half, however this would be their last score. Some great hands out in the back line created some space which was exploited by Podge Murphy for his second try. Jamie Morrin came off the bench to finish twice after some great work by the back row. The final Score was Newbridge College 60 kilkenny College 12. Good performances from Cian McCormack, James Mulryan, Matt Marmion, Jeff Berry, Matt McCarthy and Tommy Leahy.
Our Inters travelled to Dublin to take on C.U.S. We played the same opposition in September at home and recorded two easy wins in the B and C games while the A’s had only won a tight game 27 22. The rematch between these two sides was another closely contested match but more so in the second half. CUS got off to a very start with their number 8 breaking through to score two tries that were converted and all in the first ten minutes. Newbridge managed to prevent anymore scores in the first half and slowly showed some of the fight that they had shown in previous matches. The half time score was 14 points to nil. Once Newbridge got some good go-forward momentum, the game changed in shape and was a much more balanced affair. Donal Delahunt and Oisin Kelly took on some good ball and with more pressure at the ruck area, Newbridge were able to convert the pressure to points with a converted try. CUS fought back and in the final 15 minutes there was a converted try apiece for the teams leaving the final score at 21 point to 14 to CUS. The Newbridge tries were scored by front row, Oisin Larkin and centre Rob Buckley and both converted by Aubrey O Mahoney.
In the B game, we were once again far too strong for our opponents and ran up a very large score. Try scorers on the day were Jack Murphy (4), Stephen Rigney (2), Paul Quinn-Fay (2), Paddy O’Shea, Ribert McGrattan-Brazill, Eoin Leavy, Patrick Corbett, David Culliton and Ian Caffrey. Culliton and caffrey also kicked 3 conversions each while hooker Conor Johnson also kicked one! Whiel it was a landslide victory, there were still stand out performances from Stephen Rigney and Oisin Larkin up front and Jack Murphy and David Culliton in the backs. Final score Newbridge 84 C.U.S. 7.
The C game was also one sided as we ran in 8 tries in a 54 points to 19 win. Cian Crowe crossed four times, while Ian Carey, Eoin Collins, Peter Carroll and Charlie Lawlor all scored a try a piece. We simply had too much fire power for the Dublin school in attack but were a little disappointed to concede three tries to such a poor side. This is something that will have to be focused on in future games. Those to impress included Ian Carey and Cian Crowe in the pack and Ciaran Howard, who kicked five conversions and Darragh Reihn at scrum half.
Other Results: Senior 1st v Kilkenny 3-7; Under-16 A v Blackrock 11-7; Under-16 B v Blackrock 27-19; Junior A v Kilkenny 26-3; Junior B v Kilkenny 60-12; Inter A v C.U.S. 14-21; 54-19; Eller A v Castleknock 25-24; Eller B v Castleknock 26-19; Eller C v Castleknock 19-17; Eller D v Castleknock 31-26.