Another home fixture for Newbridge and another win for the Juniors – may it continue!
This game didn’t flow as much as the previous two matches, hampered by the weather conditions and a number of penalties. However, credit must be given to the composure of the home side to grind out the win, even when Mary’s got within a score. All trys came from set pieces but this does not take from the determination shown by the scorers. First try resulted from a good lineout that got popped down to Mark Delaney, who spied a gap and went for it pushing by a number of defenders on the way. In a similar position later on in the first half, Connor Johnson threw a ball to Paul Condon at 2 in the lineout. The resulting maul sucked in the Mary’s pack and Mark went for the line again. The try was converted by Ian Caffrey, which left the half time score at 12 – nil. In the second half the conditions were suiting St. Mary’s and they were rewarded by getting a try and a penalty kick to put just 2 points between the sides. Late in the game, Newbridge battled their way into the opposing 22 and the pressure by the likes of captain Jimmy O’ Brien and Will Mc Donald in the backline forced a knock-on. When the scrum was awarded, there was only one thing on Ciaran Callans mind – the try line. Once over, Ian Caffrey added the bonus 2 points. Full time result – Newbridge 19 – St. Marys 10.
Wednesday saw the U16’s have their first home game of the season against Roscrea. It was an emphatic win for the College despite the adverse weather conditions. With dominance at set piece and turnovers at the breakdown Newbridge quickly established themselves and ran out easy winners 59-0. Best for Newbridge on the day were Chris Healy, Patrick Kyne and Niall Fleming in the backs. Cormac Nugent, Tom Brady and Tom Tracey in the pack.
On Wednesday last Newbridge College Inter B team travelled to Dublin to play CUS. There was a strong wind blowing down the field and it aided Newbridge for the opening half. From the kick off we put pressure on CUS and this was rewarded very early on with 3 tries inside 10 mins. CUS then got to grips with the conditions and settled down to play. They made things difficult for us however we had the rub of the green on the day. At half time we had a commanding lead 35-5. In the second half CUS played the conditions and kicked a lot of ball making us turn and defend in our own 22. However we defended well and when the turn over came we held on to the ball in contact. The final score was Newbridge College 55 - CUS 15. Cormac McGee, Joe Heffernan, David Breen, David Craddock, Ciarán Fletchmore, Gavin Burke, David Kennedy and Mike Joyce were among the scorers for Newbridge.
The kick off in the C game was delayed for 15 minutes or so due to the absence of a referee and when the game finally got underway Newbridge were caught cold as the home side took the lead with a try within the first 3 minutes of play.This stung the Newbridge boys into action and we strung some good attacking play together, with David Berry pulling the strings at scrum half. This positive play was rewarded when Billy Horrigan went over for a try before Robbie Mc Mullen put us into the lead after a superb solo run. The second half continued in a similar fashion, with the more physically imposing CUS team tackling and rucking with serious ferocity. However some intelligent play from the Newbridge backs kept us going forward and Mc Mullen got on the end of a good back line move to score his second of the game. 5 minutes later the hatrick was completed when the winger picked from the base of a ruck inside the CUS 22 to stroll over unopposed. However the hosts would have the final say as they scored with a few minutes remaining to leave the score at CUS 12 - 24 Newbridge
Other results: Junior B 10 – 23 St. Mary’s; Inter A 55 – 0 CUS; Eller A 54 – 5 St. Mary’s; Eller B 3 – 52 St. Mary’s; Eller C 7 – 19 St. Mary’s; Eller D 7 – 39 St. Mary’s.
Hockey Results: Minor A 1 Kilkenny A 0; Minor B 0 Kilkenny B 2