Welcome back to another season of reporting on all sports which take place in Newbridge College.
Apologies for not starting this column earlier in the year but this couldn’t be helped. The big event during the summer was the senior rugby tour to Australia and New Zealand and you can catch up on all the happenings on the trip as well as photos on our website: www.newbridge-college.ie. All of our teams have been busy at the start of the year and we hope to keep you informed of all results on a weekly basis whether it be rugby, hockey, athletics, soccer, basketball, show jumping, badminton, gaelic, camogie and any sport which we take part in!
The Senior and Junior teams have both been playing in the Leinster League and both are doing well with two wins and one loss each so far in their campaigns.
The senior’s hosted Gonzaga in the College on Wednesday in what was a must win for both schools. Both of these teams had lost once in the league and knew that defeat on Wednesday could spell the end of their League run. This was reflected in the commitment of both sides throughout in a game where there was never more than three points between the teams. We started well but missed a penalty and drop goal opportunity to take the lead. Gonzaga weren’t as wasteful and went 3:0 ahead with their first shot at goal. Sam Coghlan-Murray then crossed for a great try to give us a half time lead of 5:3. Gonzaga went 6:5 up with another penalty after the restart but we reclaimed the lead with a Peter Osbourne penalty 15 minutes from time. Gonzaga nearly had the last laugh when they attempted a drop goal but it was blocked down and we hung on for a great win. Best up front was Rob O’Connor (who was up against the Ireland U19 No. 7) while Gary Burns had a great performance at fullback.
Newbridge Eller B 70 CBC Monkstown 0
A marvelous display from a Newbridge side resulted in this well deserved score-line.
The back line played as a unit not allowing the home team to make any headway. Ian Caffrey and Paul Quinn-Fay made great ground for Newbridge along with scoring two well worked tries. Eoin Leavy, Ciaran Callan and Ciaran Howard all scored 2 tries each. Iain Carey scored a great try with 3 Monkstown players tackling him in vane. The forwards scrummaged excellently allowing Will McDonald and Sean Farrell to work two tries, Darragh Reihn and Ian Caffrey making the conversions. Special mention to Oisin Larkin and Brian Kelly for trojan work in the pack.
BASKETBALL (by Aoife Keane)
The Newbridge College Cadet Girl’s Basketball team had their first match of the season on Tuesday the 3rd of November against SHS Tullamore. The game was slow to start and at the end of the first quarter the score was 8-6 to Newbridge. It looked like it was going to be a hard game for both teams. As the 2nd quarter got underway, the Newbridge girls improved their game and began working together. Great offence by the girls and a few fast breaks by Clara Berney and Emma Vaughan increased their score while their solid defence resulted in a 20-6 score to Newbridge at the end of the 2nd quarter. In the 3rd quarter the girls were unlucky in a few of their shots from outside the key but great rebounding by Claire Fox and Melanie Walsh ensured that the lead was kept. In defence, the team forced a number of turnovers thanks to great rebounding by Dimola Oke the score at the end of the 3rd Quarter was 32-8 to Newbridge. The girls continued to play great during the last quarter and after an impressive check by Amy Downes, the girls went on to better their score ending the match on 46-12. It was a great performance by the whole team and a well deserved win. Hopefully the girls will continue to play at the same standard throughout the season. The team consisted of Emma-Jane Vaughn ©, Clara Berney, Amy Downes, Claire Fox, Damola Oke, Holly Hannigan and Melanie Walsh.
Hard luck to the Senior Girls Basketball team who unfortunately lost to SHS Tullamore on Tuesday the 3rd of November. It was their first match to play this year. The Newbridge girls got off to a poor start which the other team took advantage of and led at the end of the quarter 21- 5. In the next quarter the girls became more focused and realised that they were not playing as well as they were able. They began to settle into the game and their defence really helped to keep the Tullamore Girls out and help them to catch up. However in offence, the lack of movement off the ball resulted in a lack of scoring which did not help their chances. After half time, Newbridge really picked themselves up and finally began to move on and off the ball creating great scoring opportunities most of which were successful. In defence, all of the girls worked very hard to keep out the opposition and great rebounding and intercepting meant that the girls were catching up on the Tullamore girls. Despite great team work in the last quarter the girls were unable to end the game in a win. They fell short by just 5 points at the end of the last quarter after running out of time. The final score was 31-26 to SHS Tullamore. It was a great performance by the team as a whole and the girls have great potential. They hope to play the way they did in the 2nd half of the game in their next match. The team consisted of Katie O’ Sullivan ©, Aoife Bergin, Rebecca O’ Sullivan, Melissa Lyons, Aoife Keane, Emma-Jane Vaughan, Clara Berney and Laura Murphy.
Congratulations to our novice team who came 5th at the first novice interschools league competition held on 1st November in Rolestown Swords. The team members, all first years, were Sarah Kearin, Hannah Quinn, Hayley Banahan and Sadhbh Springate. Sadhbh also came 2nd in the novice individual. Also competing individually on the day was Kate Hensey. Well done to all
Well done to Alyssa O'Neill who won the pony club classic show jumping starter final and league on Sunday. Alyssa came 2nd in the classic finder final and Una Delahunt was 3rd. Una was also 4th in the classic league.
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