The Seniors travelled to Limerick again this week for another useful game against Glenstal Abbey.
They went down 21-3 despite being the more dominant team in the first half. The teams were level at half-time (3-0) but in the first 10 mins after the interval Newbridge shipped 13 pts and suddenly found themselves chasing the game. Newbridge were not helped by injuries to prop David Quirke or out-half and captain for the day John Jennings. However it was a worthwhile trip as Newbridge were without six key players on the day and gave a chance for others to show what they’re capable of. Best for Newbridge on the day were Cillian Dempsey, Ciaran Fagan, John Jennings and Billy Delaney.
Our Senior 2nd drew with Limerick’s Glenstal Abbey 22 – 22 away from home. It was a hard fought game with Newbridge unlucky to only come out with a draw as they dominated proceedings for the large majority of the game. It took an injury time try and conversion to bring Glenstal back to level standings. The team as a whole played very well with Kevin Callan, Ashley Duane and Jack Doyle the stand out players in the pack and the likes of Joe Murphy, Graham Burns and Glen Tai produced the goods in the backs.
Our Inters hosted C.U.S. of Dublin in three matches on Wednesday afternoon in the College. The A game turned out to be a very even contest and the result was in doubt right up to the final whistle. The sides traded tries throughout the game and there was never more than a score between them. With time running out and the scores level at 22 points apiece, it was James Healy who divided on a kick through to seal a home win 27:22. Other try scorers on the day were Rob McGrattan-Brazill, Donal Delahunt and Thomas Dore. Aubrey O’Mahony also slotted over two conversions.
The B team were simply too strong for a very spirited CUS side running out winners 62 points to 7. Once Newbridge's speedy winger Paul Quinn Fay got the ball in space it was a try for Newbridge. The midfield partnership of Shea Ryan at outhalf and Patrick Corbett at first centre were fearless in defence and turned over CUS attacks time after time. This was Newbridge's second game of the season maintaining their unbeaten start after a win two weeks ago against Roscrea.
The Inter Cs enjoyed a good win over CUS. We started well and opened the scoring after just 2 minutes and continued our dominance for the remainder of the match. Cathal Ryan, Tadhg Ryan and Jack Murphy all weighed in with particularly good individual performances.
Other results: Eller A 20 St Mary’s 15; Eller B 12 St Mary’s 5; Eller C 10 St Mary’s 25.
Well done to Colin Grant who was part of the Leinster squad who won the U18 Schools Interprovincial title on Wednesday with a 20 points to 10 victory over Munster. And also to Peter Osbourne who played for the Leinster U19’s against Ulster on Saturday.
Our Senior 1st team drew 1 -1 with St Leos of Carlow. Dearbhla Ryan scored in the middle of the first half while St. Leos scored from a short corner on the stroke of half time. There were great performances from Ashley O’Sullivan, Roisin Flynn and Player of the match went to Shannyn Brogan.
Our Senior 2nds drew with Wesley College on a score line of 0-0. They were 4 goal chances from Newbridge but none materialized. Player of the match was Rachel Phelan
The Minor A Newbridge hockey team opened their season with a fine 2 – 0 win against King’s Hospital in Dublin last Wednesday. Newbridge controlled the game from the first whistle with the midfield of Muireann Scully, Aisling Lawlor and Claire Healion quite dominant in possession. They won and supplied the three forwards with plenty of good ball to work with. Nicola Dowling got a deserved goal after a fine run from the edge of the circle to put the College 1 – 0 up at half time. In the 2nd half our sweeper Sarah Kearin joined in the attack and was set up for a well taken goal by Jill Browne. The defence were rarely in trouble as they calmly and effectively dealt with each KH attack to stamp out the danger. A good solid opening game to the season.
The Minor B team played their first league match against St. Andrews on Wednesday. The Newbridge girls settled into the game quickly and were unlucky to miss some goal chances in the opening half. St. Andrews scored two goals. Newbridge played very well and were unlucky to miss further goal chances. However shortly into the second half, the match had to be abandoned due to the torrential rain, which made the pitch unplayable. Newbridge will replay this match against St. Andrews at a later date.
The Minor C team also played King’s Hospital on Wednesday. The played out a 0 – 0 draw. Newbridge had a few good scoring chances mainly created by some fine work in midfield by Aisling Byrne and some strong running from Brid Conlon. A little bit of composure in front of goal would almost certainly have resulted in a win. Megan Flanagan, Grace Farrell and Anna Tighe also put in strong performances for the team. Well done to all.