We start by congratulating Ciara Conaty (4th yr) who will be representing Leinster and Newbridge College,
in the Hockey U16 interprovincials on in Alexandra College this Saturday and Sunday 16th and 17th October. All support for Ciara is welcome at the event and there will be some super hockey on display. The College hockey coaches wish Ciara the best of luck over the week-end.
The Newbridge A and B Minor hockey teams travelled to Wesley College last Wednesday. Both were tough encounters with the hosts winning 3-0 and 2-0 respectively. The A team started brightly with some clever and inventive hit outs by Sarah Kearin in defense, incisive passing in midfield from Aisling Lawlor and Sophie Mills and great defending by Michelle Winters in the first half. However Wesley proved to be a very accomplished side and quite clinical in front of goal. Newbridge put in a very spirited and energetic finished to the game and were unlucky not to score.
The Minor B team played in a similar game straight afterwards. The score line of 2-0 flattered Wesley slightly as new bridge had a few chances but just failed to convert them. Best for the B’s were Lisa Hogan, Amy Dawson and Mary Kate Dawson.
Our Junior 2nds went down quite valiantly yesterday against Mount Sackville. 3-0
Other Results: Eller B 1 Wesley 2; Eller C Hockey 0 Wesley 2.
Newbridge College senior 2nd’s hosted Roscrea in a very physical encounter last Wednesday. Newbridge had the majority of possession but unfortunately lost out by the narrow margin of three points to a late try. Newbridge played some very positive rugby aided by the call up of five of Newbridge 3rd’s – Oisin McKnight, Calum O’ Brien, Eoghan Murphy, Padraig Wall and Brian Hyden. There was standout performances in the pack by David Quirke, Conor Murphy, Calum O’ Brien, Oisin McKnight and Jack Doyle while Graham Burns, Glen Tai, and Billy Delaney were ever threatening form the back. Final score 15 – 12 to Roscrea.
Our Inters travelled to Dublin to take on Belvedere College in three games. We were down a number of regulars due to injuries and also some important gaelic football matches so we had a chance to give some new blood a chance in the A team. We were very well served by all these players who took to the field for this game but unfortunately we came up against a very strong Belvedere outfit. We played very well at times in the first half but failed to convert some chances into points and were 22 : 6 down at the break. The second half was much the same and credit to the boys for sticking at it right to the final whistle. Final score 46 : 6.
The Inter B match against Belvedere on Wednesday was a classic “Game of Two Halves!”. In the first half the home side had the hill and used it well. They kicked the ball long and it was very hard for the Newbridge side to play the ball out. The constant pressure on the defence resulted in a number of tries for Belvedere and even though Newbridge were the first to score (a penalty by Ian Caffrey) the half time score stood at 34 – 3. It didn’t look good going into the 2nd half but in fairness to the travelling team, they rallied together and produced a better performance. Cathal Ryan scored a try that was converted by Ian Caffrey and up until the last few minutes of the game, Belvedere had not scored in the second half. The final score was 41 – 10. A big come down from last week’s win against Clongowes but the second half showed great heart and is something to build on.
Our Inter C's found the going tough against a strong Belvedere team who started the match very well and racked up a number of tries in quick succession. Our performance improved greatly in the second half and we got on the scoresheet through a Brian Kelly try but Belvedere re-asserted their dominance to win by 58 points to 5.
The Eller C's with a mixture of some of the D's had a good win in Rockwell. We went 5-0 up inside the first 5 mins however Rockwell followed with 3 un-answered tries and they also converted 2 of them so Rockwell led at half time by 19-5. This however was the last of the Rockwell scoring and in the second half Newbridge hit a hatrick of tries and two of them were converted so Newbridge led 24-19 going into the last 5 minutes. After some gallant defending Newbridge held out with a very good performance overall.
Other results: Leinster Junior League: Newbridge Wesley Senior 1st 8 Roscrea 19; Eller A 27 Rockwell 29; Eller B 12 Rockwell 19.
Congratulations to all the athletes on superb performances at Day 2 of the League yesterday. The following athletes made the top 15: U14 girls – Caoimhe Murphy 2nd; U.15 girls – Claire Healion 2nd, Hannah Quinn 7th, Katie Berney 11th, Carey O Dwyer 15th; U15 boys – Donal Delahunt 4th, Mark Galligan 5th; U17 girls – Amy Downes 4th, Katyln McDonald 5th. Well done to all involved.
The three Counties Cross Country League continued in Leixlip last Wednesday when Confey Community College hosted the second round in St Catherines Park. First up were the Minor Girls when a sparkling performance from Caoimhe Murphy brought her second place and she led her team home, also in second place. She was well supported by Roisin Crowe (7th), Ciara Kiely (8th), and Emma O'Neill (9th), and this close packing saw the A team slot into second place, and also second overall in the League, in each case behind near neighbours and friendly rivals, St Mary's Naas..
The quality of the Newbridge athletes was emphasised by the performance of the B squad - Caoimhe O'Boyle (10th), Niamh Disney (12th), Sarah Barrett (13th), and Megan O'Neill (15th) - thus Newbridge supplied 8 of the first 15 home out of the 60+ field, and the B squad placed third team on the day.
The Junior Girls was a thrilling race between Claire Healion, Newbridge, Siobhan McArdle St Mary's, and Vera Fadel (St Leo's, Carlow) with the three running stride for stride for the first kilometer of the 1.5k trip. With 500m to go Fadel kicked for home, but was unable to shake the other two; with 50m to go Claire had drawn level and looked sure to win, but a final lunge took Fadel over the line first by the narrowest margin from Claire, with McArdle just behind. Definitely the race of the day! St Mary's took the team form College, reversing the first round result and leaving them tied at the top of the League - all to play for in the third round next month. The girls behind Claire were Hannah Quinn (7th), Katie Berney (11th) and Keri Dwyer (15th), while the B squad were also close up - Hayley Bannaghan (19th), Hannah Sutton (20th), Aine D'Alton (21st), and Keelin Buckley (34th) all finishing in the front half of the field.
The Junior Boys also finished in second place, this time to Pres, Carlow, and were led home by Donal Delahunt in an excellent 4th place, just in front of Mark Galligan (6th), Charlie Dardis (8th), and Aidan Nolan (22nd), and slot into second place in the League, as do the Intermediate Girls for whom Amy Downes was first home in 4th place, followed immediately by Katlyn McDonnell whose 5th place was a huge improvement on her Carlow effort. With Victoria O'Brien in 14th, and Lauren Millane 19th in a very open catagory, these girls will be optimistic about their chances in the last round - the Relays in Carlow.
Other sports commitments left the Intermediate boys short a man for their team, so the efforts of Peter Higgins (35th), Jack Hickey (37th) and Cian O'Sullivan (38th) went unrewarded, while Senior Richie Hyland ploughed a lone furrow in finishing mid field!
Well done to the Senior Girls soccer team who played Gael Choláiste yesterday. They had a fantastic win 8-1 which would not have been possible without their amazing captain Rachel Phelan who scored a Hat Trick. There was a further Hat Trick scored by Jenny O’Driscoll and the remaining goals were scored by Heather Meaghar. It was a great game and enjoyed by all. The defence and our goalie, Megan Leahy played fantastically and was a big factor in the win.