Senior 1st 37 Pres Bray 0
The Senior 1st started their League campaign on Wednesday with an away trip to
Pres Bray, the team who knocked the College out of last year’s Senior Cup with a last second penalty. As with last week against St. Mary’s, the College set the early pace and dictated it for most of the game. Two early tries from Niall Delahunt and Joe Darcy, on 4 and 7 minutes respectively, settled the College into the game and allowed them take control of the game. Pres pushed a penalty attempt wide on 10 minutes and other than a knock-on in open play 30 metres from the College line they had no real scoring opportunities. Charlie Ryan ran hard to touch down on 15 minutes and Mark Sutton jinked through the Bray defence to score in the left corner. Unfortunately, he was not successful with any of the conversions. At half time the College led 20-0. More of the same in the second half with the College dictating play. Following Jonathan Phelan being held up going over the line, the ball went right from the resulting scrum and Paddy Kyne dotted down in the corner. Joe Darcy couldn’t add the extras though. Ed Wynne carried well when he came on and the Pres defence struggled to get to grips with the big forward. He managed to crash through the defence on 60 minutes. He went on a 30 metre run, drew the full-back and unselfishly offloaded to Richard Dromgoole Maguire who touched down under the posts. Sutton added the two extras. The College defended well against the Bray side who were giving it their all and Darcy wrapped up the game for the College with a great run and a try with just two minutes remaining. With the conversion drifting wide the College had gotten their League off to a great start with a 37-0 away win. Special mention must go to Oisin McKnight, Tom Treacy and Tom Brady.
Senior 2nds 24 Pres Bray 7
The Senior 2nds played Pres Bray on Wednesday last and got their first win of the season with an impressive display against tough physical opponents, on a score line of 24-7. Newbridge were the dominant team in possession but found it difficult to break down a stubborn Bray defence. However their dominance began to pay off in the second half as they turned a 5-7 score line around. Tries on the day came from Phil Ryan, Sean Healy, Conor Doyle and Danny O Mahony. Best for Newbridge were Danny O Mahony, James Kearns and Matt O’ Connor in the pack and Sean Healy, Andy Shanahan and Matt Burke in the backs.
TY A 10 Castleknock 0
We travelled to Dublin to face Castleknock in the first TY League game of the season. We had to endure a very tough start in terrible conditions but managed to keep our line in tact. Once the wind and rain subsided we managed to move up the field and after a good lineout and a few forward rumbles, Jimmy O’Brien crossed for a try. We built on this lead when following a good turnover, O’Brien chipped through for Oisin Kelly to touch down to make it 10:0. The second half was a close affair but neither team managed to change the scoreline which meant that we held on for a good away league win.
Inter A’s 27 Clongowes 5
Newbridge College Inter A’s had their forth outing of the year playing away to Clongowes Wood College Wednesday last. Newbridge were outstanding on the day running in three tries and converting all three along with two penalties. Newbridge dominated this game from start to finish with the first try coming off a training ground move just five minutes in. Ben Caulfield was the finisher and it was converted by Tom Connolly. Newbridge almost scored three minutes later but were held up. Massive pressure by the Newbridge boys on Clongowes inside their 22 caused a mistake which Louis Young pounced on for a second Newbridge try. Tom Connolly kicked the conversion and added a penalty on the 20th minute mark to pushed Newbridge out to 17 – 0. Clongowes struck back with a try of their own five minutes before half time but were unable to convert it. Newbridge stepped up the intensity again for the second half creating attack after attack. Clongowes only entered Newbridge’s 22 on a handful of occasions with the majority of the rugby being played in the Clongowes’ half. Newbridge’s constant pressure eventually paid off with a well finished team try by Tom Connolly. Tom duly obliged with the conversion of his own try and finished off Newbridge’s tally with a penalty 10 minutes from time.
I would love to highlight the key players that stood out on the Newbridge team but the truth is it was a superb team performance by all 15 players each playing their own massive part in a great and well deserved victory.
Inter B’s 12 Clongowes 17
For the first time in 4 matches, the Newbridge B team finished second best on the scoreboard. It was a case of the better team losing but credit must go to the home side for the way they capilalised on their opportunities. Newbridge started and finished the stronger and played better team rugby but left a lot of changes go astray. Andrew Dempsey scored a try in each half and the second was converted by Liam Callanan. At that stage in the second half the teams drew level (12 points apiece). Unfortunately, five minutes before the end, Clongowes got a try to put them 5 points ahead and that’s the way the game finished up despite the efforts of Cian Dunne and the rest of the pack. They battled hard to gain ground and give Daragh Ryan and the backs good ball to play with. Special mention goes to Enda Mc Sweeney who tackled hard and turned over ball all through the match. Enda Mc Sweeney did a steller job at outhalf and was greatly helped by Daraghs delivery at 9. The boys were disappointed with the result and know that had they been a bit cleverer the result would be different. Bring on Belvo!
Inter C’s 21 Clongowes 27
The Inter C’s put in a fine performance in losing, away, 21 - 27 to Clongowes. Newbridge were first to score, with an excellent try from Sean O’Neill. They later added another fine try from Simon Hore, who converted both. In the first half some great passing and support play by Newbridge had the physically stronger, and heavier Clongowes pack clutching at shadows. The Newbridge scrum was under constant pressure though, despite the best efforts of the pack. But spirited defence and some good break away runs kept the line intact, until Clongowes broke through for their first try. Newbridge added a third try, with Sean O’Neill getting the touchdown, and Simon Hore adding the points. Into the second half, Newbridge became more disjointed, partly due to being reduced to 13 players before a sub brought it up to 14. Clongowes took advantage and scored a few tries to leave Newbridge leading by a point. A bad injury to one of the opposition held up play for a while. On the resumption Clongowes piled on the pressure and managed a try and conversion to win the game. There was great spirit shown by the team and some players were outstanding. Sean O’ Neill led the pack in an action-filled 40 minutes. He was ably supported by others especially Dylan Johnson, Theodore Hovenden Kelly and Ruairi Dawson. In the backs, scrum half Thomas Wall was brave in defence and sharp on the ball. Captain, Simon Hore, ran the ball very well and made some good breaks, as did Morgan Hurley O’Dwyer, Calum Burke and Andrew Mc Loughlin made some important tackles. Cormac Conlon, James Sutton, Eoghan Briody, Stefano Marsella, Andrew Sweeney, Tom Tinsley, Cashel Hayden, and Raimon Fernandez all made important contributions to the team effort.
Eller A 26 Glenstal 17
The Eller As made the trip to Glenstal for their first away game in Newbridge College colours. We started the game very well, with the backs looking particularly dangerous when the ball was moved wide. Some great footwork in midfield from Karmon Fitzgerald led to the opening try of the game and two minutes later Greg O Neill got his name on the scoresheet. Glenstal came into the game with some good drives around the fringes and were rewarded with 2 tries of their own. The sides then exchanged tries before half time with O'Neill adding his second of the game for the visitors. The second half was a tighter affair, with most of the action played out between the 22s. Newbridge scored the only try of the when Larry Kelly dived over after a thumping tackle from Ben Hewlett forced a turnover.
Other Results: Junior A 30 Pres Bray 3; Eller B 39 Glenstal B 5.
On Wednesday the minor C's played a friendly against Wesley. The girls played very well and were unlucky not to score against a strong Wesley side. Final score was 4-0. Best for Newbridge were Sally Ann Hennessy, Róisín Kearns, Ellen Maguire, Lucy Gamble, Ciara Mc Nally and Sasha Ricken O Leary. Team: C Sutton, C Mc Nally, H Egan, S Ricken O Leary, L Gamble, C van der Hoven, S Hennessy, R Kearns, C Dignam, E Maguire, L Muldowney, A Doyle and A Murphy. Well done to all players and best of luck in their league games.
Hockey Junior Cup 1st Round - Newbridge 0 Holy Child Killiney 4. Hard luck to the girls, who all played well and will learn a lot from the game.
Other results: Minor A 1 St Gerard’s Bray 2; Junior B 1 Wesley 2; Senior B 0 Wesley 3