Well done to our Golf team of Eoin O’Hehir, Conor Delahunty, Conor Doyle and Oisin Mahon
who defeated St Mary’s Portarlington on the 19th in the Leinster Schools Inter-School Matchplay on Thursday.
Our Junior’s hosted Castleknock College is what we knew was going to be a real test. We came out of the blocks well and scored first when Jake Howlett pounced on a loose ball to score under the sticks. Jimmy O’Brien converted. We quickly added a second try through O’Brien who also converted it to give is an early 14:0 lead and left Castleknock looking a little shell shocked. They did convert a penalty chance before Rob Buckley scored another try. Castleknock bounced back with a try of their own to stay in touch at 19:8. We quickly answered back with a second Howlett try before the same player scored the try of the game to complete his hat-trick just before half time. The second half was a much closer affair with Castleknock refusing to lie donw and in fact they threatened to cross our line for long periods of the half. Our defence held strong and eventually we managed to clear our lines. Neither team managed to add to their tally from the first half which left the final score 29:8 to Newbridge. Others to impress on the day were Luke Menton, Mike Doyle, Mark Delaney and Rob Buckley.
Newbridge College TY 2nd’s started their league campain with a loss to St. Andrew’s TY 1st’s yesterday in a home fixture. Even though Newbridge were missing some key players they dominated large sections of the game leading for almost the entire first half. Unfortunately a laps in concentration each side of the break allowed St. Andrews in for two tries. The final score finished 10 – 19 but the Newbridge boys should be extremely proud of their effort and performance. Captain for the day was Justin Deane and players that stood out were Richard Dromgoole – Maguire, Connor Fletchmore, Kevin Cleary, Conor Doyle, Philip Ryan, Jack Maguire and substitute Matthew Marmion
On Wednesday last Terenure were the visitors to the College for 3 Inter Rugby games. The B team won the toss and elected to play with the wind. This was a tough encounter from start to finish with a lot of the game being played in the middle third of the pitch. Newbridge began with great intensity and were contesting everything. Terenure were a big team who were more than capable of causing us problems all over the pitch. Newbridge took the lead after 15 mins with a well worked try which was finished off in the corner by Michael O Brien. Terenure then increased the pressure and were unlucky not to get in for a try of their own before the end of the half. The second half continued as the first half left off, a really hard game with some great hits going in. Terenure scroed after 10 mins of play here and the match was now in the balance at 5 -5. Newbridge didn’t give in and continued to play hard and their efforts were rewarded when Michael O Brien again went over in the corner. The try was converted By Caomhan Doolan. Despite the best efforts of Terenure this is how the game would finish. Newbridge 12 - Terenure 5. Best on the day for Newbridge: Joe Heffernan, John Power, Adam Browne, David Craddock, Kevin Dunphy, David Kennedy, Dave Berry, Cian Lavelle-Walsh.
This was the second 15 a-side game for all the Ellers and it proved to be a very exciting affair.
After going a try behind after 10 minutes Newbridge replied with a well worked try on the wing by Enda Mc Sweeney. Clongowes replied with 10 minutes remaining in the half and newbridge should have equalised before half time but failed to profit from all their dominance. The second half started just as the first finish, all Newbridge, However they failed to capitalise and clongowes ran in 4 un-answered tries to with the match by 32 points to 5. Not a fair portrayal of the game.
Other Results: Senior 1st 5 – 26 Castleknock; Senior 2nd 14 – 20 Castleknock;
Junior B 28 – 5 Castleknock; Junior C 7 – 22 Castleknock; Inter A 36 – 17 Terenure; Inter C 5 – 15 Terenure; Eller A 38 – 38 Clongowes; Eller B 37 – 36 Clongowes; Eller D 12 – 19 Clongowes
The Junior A's travelled to YCMA for their second league game on Wednesday 19th. Having had a convincing 3 nil win last week, the girls were definitely up for it. Loreto the Green hit the ground running and scored the first goal. Newbridge college didn’t drop their heads and worked really hard to be rewarded with a super finish from Muireann Scully. Loreto were strong on the counter attack and stole another goal in the second half. Final score 2-1. Best were Saoirse Lavelle-Walsh, Muireann Scully, Lynn Phelan and Sarah Kearins.
On Wednesday the minor Cs travelled to Wesley for a friendly. The girls played very well against a very strong Wesley side and were unlucky not to score. The game ended 3-0. Team: Keila Costello, Sarah Bolster, Anabel O Carroll, Sarah Barrett, Ailish Flanagan, Beth Kelly Carrie Channon, Aimee Carpenter, Maedbh Doyle, Tilly Morris, Katie Tracey, Niamh Disney, Laura Begley and Amy Farrell.
Well done to our Senior Soccer team on a hard fought draw with Naas CBS. Led by captain Gavin O’Neill through a very enthusiastic warm up, we started the match well especially in midfield with Conor Gobbett, Joe D’Arcy and Conn Whelan in fine form. After a tough contest we were unlucky to concede a goal just before the break. In the second half, spurred on my replacements Kevin Hoare and Jack Traynor we tried our best to get back into the game. Just when it looked like it wasn’t going to be our day, Chris Healy banged one in from all of 25 yards to level the score. And that was how it finished with both sides deserving of a point in the end.