All 1st years, Minor C and Junior B headed up to Kings Hospital and had a very enjoyable afternoon of Hockey.
There were no league games involved so the practice games will be of great benefit to the students in their future matches.
Our minor C’s had their first game of the season, a friendly against Kings Hospital on Wednesday. The girls played really well as a team in adverse weather conditions. They were unlucky not to score. Final score was 2-0 to Kings Hospital. There were great performances by everyone especially Carrie Channon and Niamh Disney. Well done to all players on a good performance.
The junior Bs played a match against Kings Hospital, the girls were unlucky with some goal chances in the first half. The forwards worked well together and Alison Walsh got a great goal in the second half. The girls played very well in their first match of the season. Best for Newbridge were Ellen Byrne, Orlaith Higgins, Fionnuala Fahy, Claire Healion, Alison Walsh and Jade Featherstone.
Our Junior team hosted St Gerard’s of Bray in their first Leinster League game of the season. Unfortunately, the adverse weather conditions made it very difficult for both sides to play rugby. We started well and were rewarded with a Patrick Morrin try. Jack Howlett crossed soon afterwards before James Healy got in on the act with a quick fire double before the break. It was more of the same in the second half and we added further tries through Jake Howlett, Jimmy O’Brien and Ian caffrey while Ruairi Cleary added two conversions. Others to impress on the day were Luke Menton and Rob Buckley.
A first half try from Newbridge College winger Gavin Burke was enough to seal this evenly contested u-14 match. Both teams tried to play an expansive game but poor weather conditions dictated that this game would be one for the packs. Intially both Clongowes and Newbridge defended and attacked in equal measure but the deadlock was broken when Newbridge got the ball wide and Gavin Burke did the rest. Tim Murphy added, what would turn out to be, the winning points. Clongowes resumed the better team and were rewarded with a try early in the second half. Both teams had chances in the second half, Gavin Burke again was unlucky to not add a second in the corner. Newbridge though held out to win in a tense finish. Best on the day for Newbridge were Colm Stapleton, Robbie Hyland (cpt), Gavin Burke and Man of the Match Daniel Murphy. Newbridge College 7 Clongowes 5.
The Inter Bs played host to Clongowes in the driving wind and lashing rain on Wednesday last. The conditions did not suit the home side as the physically imposing Clongowes pack kept the ball tight and made yards up the middle almost at will. Indeed the away side owned the ball for the entirety of the first period and went in 15-0 ahead at the break with only brave Newbridge defence preventing the scoreline from being even more one sided. The second half continued in a similar fashion, with the Clane side using the strengthening wind to pin the Newbridge boys back inside their own 22. This territorial dominance paid off as the visitors ran in a number of second half tries to finish up as comprehensive winners on a scoreline of 39-0
On Wednesday last Newbridge College Inter C team entertained Clongowes at the College. There was a strong wind and driving rain against Newbridge for the opening half. From the kick off we were put under pressure by Clongowes and only for some great tackling and defending we would have been behind early on, however Clongowes scored first to leave the score at 0-7. Newbridge then got to grips with the conditions and settled down to play. Clongowes continued to drive around the fringes which saw some great defending by the pack. They made things difficult for us but the lads kept playing and eventually we were back on level terms with a great individual try from winger Michael Jordan. The game was then played in the middle third of the field as conditions started to take their toll on the game and just before the break Clongowes took the lead with an unconverted try. The second half started brightly for us as we took the lead with two tries of our own from Dylan Walker and Michael Maher, both converted by David Donovan. However as we defended a slim lead with time running out, our luck just wasn’t going to hold. Again brave defending kept our line intact until the last min where a converted try was good enough to win the game. Final Score Newbridge College 19 - Clongowes 24. Well done to all our players who put in a great performance and were just unlucky in the end. Best for Newbridge were: John power, Conor Whelan, Robbie McMullen, Billy Horrigan, Dylan Walker.
Senior 1st 7 – 16 St. Gerard’s; Senior 2nd 48 – 15 St. Gerard’s; Eller A 39 – 37 Glenstal; Eller B 29 – 19 Glenstal; Eller White 17 – 12 Eller Black.
Hard luck to our Senior Boys teams who were beaten in the Leinster Senior Cup by Colaiste Chiaran of Leixlip.
Our Senior matchplay team of Ashley Duane, James Tighe, Jack Solan and Conor Delahunty took on Naas CBS in their first league match of the season. Jack and Conor did very well winning their game 1 up, but it wasn’t enough as a 2 down defeat in the other match meant that Naas won the tie by the narrowest of margins.
Congrats to the U16 and U19 girl’s basketball teams who had two well deserved victories against Scoil Dara Kilcock in the 1st League game of the year on Monday. Great performances by Aisling Lawler and Nikki Dowling for the 16’s and storming performances by Emma Jane Vaughan, Heather Meagher and Jane Fitzpatrick for the 19’s. Well done everyone involved.
Congratulations to our novice interschools showjumping team which won the novice team competition at our own interschools showjumping show held in Coilog on Sunday October 2nd. The team members were Mikaela Weld, Sadhbh O'Donoghue and Rebecca Higgins.Mikaela also won the novice individual class. Our open team, Megan Flannagan, Maedhbh Brassill, Hannah Sutton and Aoife Murphy won the best turned out competition on the day. Alyssa O'Neill was 5th in the open individual speed round and Nessa Briody was 6th. Thanks to all who helped at the show.