The Seniors narrowly lost to St. Gerards Bray on Wednesday last, 8-3. In a very tight and fiercely contested game Newbridge lost their first game of the league.
St. Gerards scored the only try of the game when Newbridge were down to 14 men due to a sin-binning of Colin Grant. Newbridge spurned numerous chances to convert good amounts of possession and territory . There were many positives also to take from the game with an improved defensive showing and the forwards excelling at set piece winning numerous scrums against the head. Best for Newbridge on the day were Billy Scully, John Jennings and Charlie Kings.
The Transition Years were back in league action this week with a trip to Castleknock. The game saw the College get an early scoring opportunity following indiscipline from Castleknock. However, Ivan Briody pushed his penalty attempt to the left of the posts on 2 minutes. It was not until 17 minutes in that the College converted possession to points with a try from Ed Wynne converted by Briody. As Castleknock started to put some phases together, they spun the ball wide on 29 minutes to score in the left corner. This was followed by some scrappy play from both side which saw Richard Dalton score immediately from the restart and Castleknock score a converted try following an comedy of errors on 23 minutes. Briody converted a penalty in first half injury time to leave it 15-12 to the College at the break. Despite having the majority of both possession and territory the College could not cross the home teams try line. Then with five minutes remaining Castleknock broke to score a converted try. With time running out the College got a penalty 35 metres out from the ‘Knock line. Dalton went quickly and ran to touchdown on 69 minutes. The game ended with a Castleknock knock-on and a 20-19 win for the College.
The seconds played the same opposition in a friendly. A penalty from Paddy Cross and an excellent try from Mark Kavanagh, converted by Cross, had the score 10-0 to the College at halftime. The second half saw Padraig Wall and Jeffery Hovenden-Keane cross for the College, the first converted by Cross, before the home side got on the scoreboard with a converted try of their own. Tries from Cross and Matthew Burke finish the scoring to leave it 32-7 to the College at the final whistle. Notable mentions go to Burke, Kavanagh and Callum O’Brien.
Our Junior Teams took on St Marys in two games last Wednesday. In the A game, we had to fight hard but ran out worthy winners in the end. Final score Newbridge 28 St Marys 3.
Having lost their previous game the Junior B team were keen to get back to winning ways and with 2 tries within 10 minutes from Podge Murphy and Tommy Leahy they were well on their way. St. Mary’s were not going to be a push over and having conceded two tries earlier on they started to dominate possession. However at the break Newbridge still led on the score board. In the second half the game was more of an even contest and with some great inter play between the forwards and the backs Newbridge started to dominate again. Tries from Jack Maguire and Podge Murphy ensured the victory and even a late consolation try from St. Mary’s couldn’t dampen a good solid win. The final score was Newbridge College 29 - St Mary’s 7
The Inter As faced CBC Monkstown in wet conditions on Wednesday afternoon. We started strongly and opened the scoring through a Rob Buckley try. Pat Morrin claimed the resulting restart and went on a rampaging run up the middle. Quick ruck ball and some excellent link up play from Ciaran Callan and Luke Menton sent Brian Larkin racing down the wing to put us into a 10 - 0 lead. Excellent game management from half backs Mark Delaney and James Healy and further tries from Conor Johnson, Ciaran Callan and Paul Condon put us in a commanding position at half time. The Monkstown resistance strenghtened considerably in the second half and they enjoyed some lengthy spells of possession in the Newbridge 22. However, our defence held strong and we managed to put points on the board through some excellent long range tries from Ciaran Callan, Tom Dore, Rob Buckley and two from Will Mc Donald. Final Score Newbridge College 54 - 0 CBC Monkstown
The Inter B’s put on an excellent team display on Wednesday and not in the best conditions. In the first half, they didn’t capitalise on the possession they had and only scored 1 try. Cathal Ryan ran a good support line and could not be stopped from 10m out. In the second half, Newbridge played a more organised game and the interlinking between the backs and forwards was good to watch. Along with the intensity of the defence, CBC never looked like scoring a try. Four tries were scored in the second half by Stephan Rigney, Jack Murphy, Robbie Culliton and Sean Farrell. Every one of the 17 players that took the field for Newbridge contributed to a fine display and they will be hoping to follow that on in the next match with a win against Kilkenny College. Final score 25 – 0.
Other results: Senior 2nd 0 St.Gerard’s 17; Eller A 15 C.B.C. 43; Eller B 27 C.B.C. 22; Eller C 7 C.B.C. 25.
Hard luck to the Senior 1st team on their narrow defeat (2-1) against St Columbas. Special mention to Roisin Flynn, Shauna Williams, Muireann Kavanagh, Aileen Kyne and to player of the match Melissa Lyons.
The Junior B hockey squad had a crushing defeat to Loreto Foxrock. Two pitiful goals were scored in the 40th and 42nd minute of the game. A superb game was played by Chloe O’Reilly, Chloe Mc Grattan-Brazil, Lydia O’Toole and Lindsey Whelan.
Hard luck to our Senior Girls Soccer team who were beaten 7 2 by St Kevin’s of Dunlavin last week.
Blathnaid Corless, Nickie and Karen Dowling, Rachel Hovenden-Keane, Katie Berney and Lydia O Toole all won County Medals in GAA Under 15 on Saturday last. They all play for Kilcullen who beat Rathangan 10-8 to 5-4. Congrats to all the girls they played great.
Finally, congratulations to recent past pupil Sam Coghlan-Murray who represented the Ireland U20’s last Thursday against Italy. Sam scored two tries in a 29 points to 10 victory.