On their Senior League season debut, Newbridge College 1st team rattled confident Bray.
Starting with an amazing display of skill from the Scully sister trio, Newbridge were on top for the majority of the first half very unlucky not to convert possession into scores. Loreto struck first with a rebound from a short corner taken well by their centre mid. Newbridge didn’t drop the heads and with pure grit and determination, fought back and equalised from a set piece of play from Muireann Scully, Ali O'Brien and Louise Scully who finished it beautifully. Sorcha Lavelle Walsh was outstanding in the second half and worked tirelessly to spoil Loreto’s play. Sarah Coller was cool, calm and collected as sweeper. Ali O'Brien was a huge threat up front. An overall sold team performance with only a few tweaks here and there to work on. The admirable way in which this team fought back to claim a draw proves that there is a lot more to come for this skilful young team.
U16 1st 26 St. Mary's 12
Our Transitions Year entertained St Mary’s in a friendly last Wednesday. In a close first half, Jimmy O’Brien crossed to give Newbridge the lead, while Ciaran Callan added the extras. James Healy scored a second after an excellent dummy kick and sidestep outfoxed the Mary’s fullback. The game opened up in the 2nd half and Mary’s got back into it with fine break from their outhalf. But we replied well scoring twice in as many minutes. First Rob Buckley intercepted a pass to run clear and then Healy finished off what was a fine team try. Callan converted both for a 26:7 lead. Mary’s got another try close to the end to leave the final score 26:12.
Junior C 38 St Mary’s 52
Newbridge Junior C took on St. Mary’s in Kennilsworth Sq on Wednesday last. Conditions were ideal for rugby and the game didn’t disappoint either. Six tries in the first half alone made for a very exciting game. Newbridge set piece in both scrum and line out were very dominant in the opening half and it was from a line out that Newbridge scored their 1st try. Michael Maher came into the line at pace on his own 22 meter line and ran the length of the pitch beating the full back to score under the posts. Good forward work saw the ball come to Luke Moran who danced around the defence to score the second try. Following this period of dominance Mary’s replied with their own brace just before half time to leave the score 31-17 to the home team. The second half started really well for Newbridge. Good pressure in defence pushed Mary’s onto their own try line and Declan Gardiner intercepted a pass to score under the posts. James Lawlor duly slotted the kick for his 3rd conversion of the day. Unfortunately Mary’s took over again for the next 10 minutes and added two more tries. Then Niall Healy popped up on 24 and 27 minutes with two great line breaks to score under the posts. Eoghan Murphy deputised for James Lawler, who was unfortunately injured, to take both conversions. This put Newbridge right back in with only minutes to play. Both teams battled right to the end to leave the final score Mary’s 52 – Newbridge 38. Best on the day were: Eoghan Murphy, Niall Healy, James Lawler, Michael Maher, Thomas Henry and Dave Berry (Capt)
Inter A’s V CUS
Newbridge College Inter A’s faced up to the tough task of taking on the very strong team of CUS at home on Wednesday last. CUS were the only team to defeat this Newbridge team last year and unfortunately with the loss of so many players through injury and a funeral, the strength of CUS once again was too strong. CUS opened the game with two quick tries setting down an early marker. Newbridge finally settled and took control of the game with ten minutes of total domination that resulted in a well worked team try finished superbly by Dominic Doyle. The game became very evenly balanced until CUS struck again and repeated the feat straight from the kick-off. Newbridge finished the first half with an excellently scored try by Patrick O’ Brien. The second half reflected the first with Newbridge dominating large parts of the half but with CUS converting their chances. To their credit the Newbridge boys never dropped their heads and played right up to the final whistle proven by a very well finished try in the corner by Patrick Ryan right on the final whistle. It was really the strength, speed and agility of the CUS captain and number 8 that was the difference on the day scoring 4 of the CUS tries and having involvement in all their scores. The Newbridge players that really stood out on the day were Dominic Doyle, Lewis Young and Ben Caulfield. The game finished with a score line 17 - 41
Inter B’s v CUS
The Inter B’s narrowly won over their CUS counterparts on Wednesday. It was a scrappy match throughout but Newbridge got off to a better start with a try in the top corner by Andrew Dempsey. The conversion was struck beautifully by Liam Callanan who is making light work of the tough angles. CUS were unlucky not to score early when the ball was knocked on over the line. They did however manage to get a score in the first half, leaving the scoreline 7 – 5 favouring the home side. Shawn Lohan and Ciaran Joyce were strong in the pack and Thomas Wall managed to get the ball to out-half Enda Dowling under pressure. Captain Josh Peacock got a try in the middle of the second half and until the last 5 minutes, the win looked certain for Newbridge. CUS got a try and were held up a number of times late on, so overall, Newbridge can be relieved about the win. Enda Mc Sweeney was supperb in the defensive effort to keep CUS out. The final score was 12 – 10.
Inter C’s v CUS
The Inter Cs began their season on a successful note with a comprehensive home win over CUS. An early try from Stephen Murphy helped settle the team but the game continued to be a close affair for a while. There was very good defence by some of the Newbridge backs, allied to some poor decision–making by the opposition, helped to keep Newbridge in front. Gradually Newbridge pulled away from CUS on the scoreboard with some fine tries by Captain, Simon Hore (2), Morgan Hurley O’Dwyer, Daniel Mc Nally, Harry Riehn, and a second from Stephen Murphy. Four of the tries were converted to give a 43 – 5 scoreline. It was a good start to the season, with some excellent individual contributions. Moving on though, the team knows there is improvement needed in a number of areas. Well done to referee Andrew Shanahan, who continues to show good skills with the whistle.
Eller A 57 St Marys 5
The Eller As faced St. Marys in their first 15 a side game in Newbridge College colours. We made a cracking start to the game, with Thomas Grant and Dylan Morrisey to the forefront with some excellent carries. The go forward ball gave our dangerous backs plenty of space to work with and we nothced up five first half tries courtesy of Greg O'Neill (2) Karmon Fitzgerald (2) and Cian Prendergast. Marys hit back with a well worked effort of their own to leave the half time score at 31-5. The visitors enjoyed a long spell of possession at the start of the second half but the Newbridge defence led by Larry Kelly held firm. The Newbridge side then reasserted their dominance with O' Neill and Fitzgerald both completing their hatricks, either side of two excellent tries from Ben Howlett. Final score Newbridge 57 - 5 St. Marys
Junior A 15 St. Mary's 13; Junior B 71 St. Mary's 15; Eller B 17 St. Mary's 34; Eller C 12 St. Mary's 24; Eller D 12 St. Mary's 43.
On their Senior League season debut, Newbridge College 1st team rattled confident Bray. Starting with an amazing display of skill from the Scully sister trio, Newbridge were on top for the majority of the first half very unlucky not to convert possession into scores. Loreto struck first with a rebound from a short corner taken well by their centre mid. Newbridge didn’t drop the heads and with pure grit and determination, fought back and equalised from a set piece of play from Muireann Scully, Ali O'Brien and Louise Scully who finished it beautifully. Sorcha Lavelle Walsh was outstanding in the second half and worked tirelessly to spoil Loreto’s play. Sarah Coller was cool, calm and collected as sweeper. Ali O'Brien was a huge threat up front. An overall sold team performance with only a few tweaks here and there to work on. The admirable way in which this team fought back to claim a draw proves that there is a lot more to come for this skilful young team.