Senior 1st’s v Ardscoil Ris, Limerick
The Senior firsts took on Ard Scoil Ris of Limerick on Wednesday. A tough,
physical test was expected and this proved to be the case. The College got to grips with the game quickest and pushed Ard Scoil deep into their own territory for much of the early stages but failed to capatilise. Ard Scoil grew into the game and following a College knock-on they gathered the ball and worked down the field for the games opening score on 15 minutes. The College hit right back and just two minutes later Niall Delahunt crossed in the corner. Mark Sutton excellently added the extras from the touchline. The College almost added to this on 20 minutes but a pick and drive from Ed Wynne was knocked on as he crossed the line. Ard Scoil made the College pay for their poor conversion rate with a try on 33 minutes to leave it 12-7 to the visitors at the break.
The second half was a very even affair with both teams attacking well but neither scoring through incidents of good defense or poor ball protection. Following a clever chip to the corner by Sutton, Patrick Murphy was beaten to the ball by the dead-ball line. The Limerick outfit were just as clever though and the College never got their defense set from the quickly taken 22 drop-out. Ard Scoil made them pay with a converted try on 53 minutes. The College pushed again and on 61 minutes Brian Mooney drove over with 3 Ard boys in close attendance. Sutton converted. Try as they might, however, this was to be their last score. Some very good Ard Scoil defense locked the College out for the last 10 minutes and the game ended 19-14 to Ard Scoil Ris.
Inter A’s V Kings Hospital
The Inter A’s got their season off with a good performance unfortunately not matched on the scoreboard with a win. It was easy to tell from the first minute that it was going to be a tough and close contest. Kings Hospital used the elements well in the first half and forced the travelling Newbridge team to defend for long patches. However, it was Newbridge who recorded the first score of the match with a lovely break, following good team play. Ben Caulfield who was out-half for the day got the try as well as the conversion. The lead was shortlived when KH came back and were gifted a try under the posts to level the match. Despite the efforts of Captain Ewan Morrin, Rob Wynne and Luke Heffernan in the pack, Newbridge found it tough at the breakdown. KH were living on the edge and seemed to be able to distrupt the ball in the ruck. In the second half, KH had it more their way through lapses in concentration by the boys in black and white and before we knew it were trying to battle back on a 17 to 7 scoreline. That is what the boys did and Niall Stapleton managed to get over the line to put a try between the teams. Despite finishing stronger, time seemed to be running out and the score at the finish was 17 – 12 to the home side. Special mention must go to Louis Younge who had a fine performance at scrumhalf, as well as Paddy Ryan, Paddy O’Brien and Peter Doyle. All in all, the team can be proud of themselves. Bring on CUS!
Inter B v Kings Hospital
Inter Bs had a winning start to the season with a 26 – 12 victory away to K.H. The first half was a close run contest, with KH scoring the first try, and adding the points for a 7 – 0 lead. The Newbridge team kept their composure and were rewarded after good teamwork finished off by Josh Peacock with a try to leave the score 7 – 5 at half time. Newbridge had dominated the scrum and line out, so prospects for the second half were good. And so it proved, as they went on to score three more excellent team tries with Matthew Nugent, Shaun Lowan and Cian Dunne touching down, all three converted by Liam Callanan. Four subs came on at half time with another seven coming on at various stages in the second half. Credit to all the players for keeping up a good level of performance to the end, only conceding the second try on the final whistle. A good start,including some outstanding performances by a number of the players. They now move on to prepare for next week, and the home games with CUS.
Other Results: Junior A 36 Ardscoiol Ris 34; Eller Blitz v Roscrea 1st/2nd Yr mix Played 9, Won 3, Drew 1, Lost 5.
Junior B v Kings Hospital
The Junior B’s had their opening game of the season, a friendly match in Dublin against Kings Hospital. The girls started the game strongly and had a very composed opening 15 minutes. Laura Marshall was a contact threat on the right wing, supplying plenty of scoring opportunities to the Carrie-Ann Channon and Aveen Van der Hoven up front. Unfortunately the rest of the 1st half was dominated by KH and they deservedly capitalised on a mix up in the defence just before half time to leave the score 1-0 at the break.
The 2nd half for Newbridge was tremendous. With Maebh Doyle in goal for the first time making 3 crucial saves and the defence of Megan O’Neill, Beth Kelly, Sarah Shanahan and Grainne O’Loghlen getting the measure of the KH attack, the tide turned in Newbridge’s favour. Sarah Barrett and Katie Tracey were fantastic in midfield and were both heavily involved in setting up Keelin Buckey for 2 goals in the last 10 minutes to win the game for Newbridge. A great start to the season.
On Wednesday the minor Bs and Cs played their first game, a friendly against Kings Hospital. The girls played really well, especially Alex Doyle, Chloe Fetherston, Sasha O’Leary, Mari Downing and Ellen Maguire. Despite a good challenge and some late attempts at goal by Lauren Collivet and Laura Fitzgerald, the game ended in a draw.
This was a great first performance by the teams and promises to be a good season.
Minor B - Lucy Gamble, Chloe Fetherston,Lauren Muldowney, Bebhinn O Reilly, Caelinn van der Hoven, Aiveen Tracey, Laura Fitzgerald, Róisín Kearns, Celine Dignam, Joyce Delaney, Lauren Colivet.
Minor C -Sophie Forde-Egan, Bethany Carr, Emily Cassidy, Mari Downing, Alex Doyle, Hannah Egan, Nicole Mc Namara, Ciara Mc Nally, Ellen Maguire and Sasha O Leary.
Other Results: Senior 1sts lost 2:0; Junior 1sts won 1:0; Minor A lost 2:0