Our Juniors travelled to High School for the final group match of the Leinster Junior League.
Having already won the group, this gave us the opportunity to give members of the wider squad a chance to stick their hand up for selection. It turned out to be a very entertaining game with the sides evenly matched. In the first half it was Tom O’Neill who turned out to be the difference between the teams scoring two tries. The first was from close in while for the second Tom broke the defensive line on half way and ran clear to score a great try. Ciaran Callan converted one try and added a penalty just on half time to give us a 15:0 lead. The second half saw our defense tested to the full with High School pressing for most of the half to cross our line. We defended stoutly with Callan and captain Luke Menton immense up front while Tom Berney at 9 and Davy Culliton at 12 also helping the cause throughout. Just as the game looked to be over, High School finally found a chink in our armour and crossed for a try which they deserved. Final score Newbridge 15 high School 5. We now face Kings Hospital in the quarter final of the Leinster League next Wednesday in the College
Last Wednesday an Inter B/C selection was pushed all the way by a strong CBC Monkstown Team. A strong wind played its part in this close encounter. Newbridge played with the wind in the first half in hopes of gaining an upper hand early on, however it was Monkstown who set the pace with good ball retention in the forwards. Newbridge defence was equal to the task and after soaking up pressure in the first ten minutes a relieving kick down field secured the platform needed. A good team effort resulted in David Craddock scoring to the left of the posts and James Lawlor duly converted to leave the score 7-0 with fifteen played. This was never going to be a one sided affair as both teams proceeded to give a great display. Newbridge piled on the pressure however Monkstown held firm and were rewarded with a try of their own just on the stroke of half time. This left it honours even at the break. Newbridge had played with a strong wind and the hill in the first half so to win this game was going to take a monumental effort especially after Monkstown took the lead five minutes into the second half. Newbridge pulled it together again after this set back and with ten to go they were back level following a great try from prop Conor Murphy. Lawlor again held his nerve to add the extra points to level the game at 14-14. Newbridge were fortunate not to concede a try straight after scoring but for a last ditch tackle by Fionn Nolan on the wing, Monkstown would surely have sealed the victory. This gave great hope and some great combined play in the forwards and backs secured good field position into which Michael O Brien sprinted onto the ball and broke the Monkstown defence to score under the posts with five to go. Lawlor was Mr. Consistency as he slotted his third conversion of the day. The Newbridge line was bombarded during the last five minutes but they never yielded to leave them with victory on a score line of 21-14. Best on the day were: Conor Murphy, Michael Dillon, Luke Moran, David Kennedy, Dave Berry, Keith Hui, Michael O Brien and Fionn Nolan.
Other Results: Senior 1st 50 High School 17; Senior 2nd 31 High School 0; Inter A 5 CBC Monkstown 19.
Newbridge Senior 1 Hockey team played an away fixture against St Raphaelas School in Stillorgan yesterday the23rd November. This was their fourth match of the League. It was clear from the start of the game that both teams were evenly matched with lots of end to end play. Ciara Conaty in goal kept Raphaelas from scoring and brought off some very good saves. This allowed Newbridge to settle into the game and created their own scoring chances. This opportunity came 10 minutes from half time with a cracker of a shot from Sara Coller which was deflected off the Raphaelas keeper and into the back of the net. The Newbridge girls worked hard for the rest of the game showing great recovery when beaten.
Their commitment to training every Monday and Tuesday is starting to pay dividends and was obvious in their play. Both teams had several more scoring chances but the score stayed one nil to Newbridge College. Captain Aoife Keane was delighted with the result.
The Junior A's put in a great team performance on Wednesday against Loreto Bray. The game started out with strong Newbridge attacking from the get go. Just before half time, Michelle Winters put away the rebound off an excellent shot from Jill Brown. Despite a good second half performance and many near misses, the game ended with a well deserved 1-0 victory.
Other results: Junior B 0 Loreto Bray 4.
Finally on the hockey front, congratulations to Louise Scully who has been selected for the Leinster U16 development squad 2011-2012. There are approx 36 students chosen to attend these sessions in Leinster from which some will make next year’s u16 squad.
Hard luck to our U16 badminton team who were beaten overall by Wesley College yesterday despite two great wins by Rory Flynn and Jack Hickey.