Newbridge travelled to Blackrock for this Junior friendly.
Newbridge started the game very much on the front foot and were rewarded when Matthew Stapleton kicked them into a three point lead. Blackrock, playing with a substantial wind at their backs, came back strongly however to score out wide to leave the score 5-3 at the break. Mark Sutton enjoyed playing with the elements in the second half and continually put Newbridge on strong attacking positions. New bridge’s pressure soon told though and an unconverted try put them into an 8-5 lead. Blackrock however pounced on a simple handling error in midfield to regain the lead. Newbridge were to have the final say in this pulsating contest as Jake Howlett converted well after great work from Niall Delahunt to leave Newbridge with the narrowest margin of victory . Indeed Howlett could and should have converted under the post late on only for an inexplicable knock on. On a day were 1-18 shined for Newbridge Matthew Stapleton, Matthew O Connor and Mark Sutton played particularly superb games, all of whom were grateful to Jake Howlett for a Man of the match performance.
On Wednesday Newbridge College Junior B’s faced Blackrock in a friendly in Dublin. The game began at a fast pace and we were unlucky to have a try from Richard Dromgoole Maguire disallowed. Blackrock got into our half and converted a penalty. From the restart they gathered the ball and put us under pressure. This pressure showed and during which they went over for two tries in quick succession. Newbridge battled back and we were unlucky not to have two tries of our own before half time following good forward play from James Mulryan, Kevin Cleary and Conor Fletchmore. We began the second half with great speed and we were back in the match following a try in the corner. Unfortunately a lack of concentration a few minutes later allowed Blackrock get over again. This did not dampen our efforts and once again we were back in the match after a try under the posts and a conversion by Glen Burke. This try came on the back of great inter play between forwards and backs from jack lawlor, Niall Fuery, podge Murphy, Jack Maguire and Tommy Leahy. The Final score did not reflect the overall flow of the game and it finished Blackrock College 26 Newbridge College 12.
The Inter A/B’s took on Templeogue on Wednesday and ran out easy winners. Tries from Mark Delaney, Paul Condon, Rob Buckley, Shay Ryan and Paul Quinn-Fay saw us home in a 35 points to 7 victory.
The Inter B/C’s enjoyed a comprehensive victory over Tempelogue College on Wednesday last. We dominated the match from start to finish with a huge number of players getting their name on the scoresheet over the course of the game. Ciaran Howard, Kevin Walsh, Rob Mc Grattan-Brazill, Peter Moloney-Cummins, Charlie Lawlor, Cian Crowe, Stuart O' Reilly, Aidan Nolan and Brian Morrison all contributed at least one try, while Howard and Mc Grattan-Brazill shared the kicking duties between them. Some very sloppy defence saw us concede two tries in the second period but we still ran out comfortable winners. Final score Newbridge 82 - 14 Tempelogue College
The Junior B Hockey Team lost valiantly in their last game of the League yesterday against Loreto Balbriggan. Two Goals in the final minutes of the last half secured a win for them. Best on the day were Orlaith Begley, Ciara Maher, Rebecca Borton and Fiona Waters.Final score was 2-0 to Loreto Balbriggan
Minor Bs had a 1-1 draw against Holy Faith Clontarf. Excellent performance by everyone. Match started off at a great pace with opportunities from both sides. Holy Faith were the first to score from a short corner . The girls came back fighting and just before half time scored from a well placed pass by Amy Dawson up the wing to Mary Kate Dawson who passed in to Rachel Hovenden Keane who took the goaly one on one and placed the ball into the corner of the goal.
The girls tried tirelessly to get the winner but it wasn't to be. Special mention must go to Lisa Hogan who was on fire and cleared everything in her path as sweeper, great work in the mid field by Lynne Phelan and Aoife Buckley and Rachel Hovenden Keane and Allison Walsh linked really well up front. It was a great finish to their league campaign.
Newbridge First year B team put in another great performance on Wednesday in Our Lady’s Templogue. Though missing some regular players they matched their opponents in all areas. They worked consistently and had many attacks up the left with Lucy Stapleton and Aveen Van der Hoven working hard. All of Our Lady’s attacks were well cleared by Emma and Megan O’Neill and Niamh Disney. In the second half, the College girls had more pressure to withstand but their goal was never threatened, ‘keeper Sarah Bolster cleared superbly and again the defence worked hard and well to come home with a well deserved draw.