JCT win first League match
Junior League: Newbridge 34 - Wesley College 0
Newbridge travelled to Wesley College for their first Junior League game of the year. The match was played in blustery conditions but any early nerves were settled when Gavin Burke kicked over an early penalty. Captain Tom O Neill helped lead a dominate Newbridge scrum all day that gave a platform for success. Newbridge’s first try came after good work on the wing helped set up full-back Luke Morris to go over. Further tries from Tom O Neill and Ruairi Cleary sent Newbridge in at half time with a comfortable lead. The game had little flow throughout with basic errors from both teams and some overly judicious refereeing. However a try from Gavin Burke and a wonderful, late, individual effort from Man of the Match Tom Berney sent the Kildare men home with all the possible points on a score line of 34-0.
Senior 1st 27 St Marys 12, Inter A 7 St Marys 30, Inter B 15 St Marys 12, Inter C 20 St Marys 29. Eller Blitz v Gonzaga Played 36, won 19, drew 3, lost 14.
Congratulations to the Senior B Hockey team who displayed a fantastic level of hockey yesterday vs KH. The final score was 0-0. Brilliant game by all – well done to Aoife (Capt); Izzy O’Mahony, Lindsay and player of the match Bronagh Galvin.
Well done to all the first years who did really well winning most of their hockey matches in Loreto Kilkenny and Kings Hospital yesterday.
Some excellent individual College performances brightened a dull misty day in Knockbeg College for the first round of the Three Counties League, featuring schools from Carlow, Laois, and Kildare. And the very first race - U14 Girls - saw Aimee McGrath put up an exciting performance over 1000m. With the leaders from the start, she led at the 300m mark, relinquished the lead after 500m, but had enough in reserve to sprint home in an excellent 2nd place.
Even better was to come from the U14 Boy's event in which Oisin O'Cuill showed the coolness of a veteran to win narrowly. One of a group of three to break away from the start, he stayed close enough to pressure the leaders in the first 400m, then eased into the lead at the first bend after 500m. He held the lead into a tight second bend at 700m, then calmly judged his sprint to take victory by a narrow but comfortable margin.
The U15 Girls event was the stage for another good result for the school with Roisin Crowe finishing in 2nd place after another strong run.
Last year our Girls teams all but dominated this event - this year a clash of events meant that only one team lined up to represent the College. This was in the U17 Girls race where a strong showing by Caoimhe Murphy (10th), Louise Scully (11th) and Megan O'Neill (21st) brought them home in 3rd place.
Elsewhere there were promising runs from Victoria O'Brien (10th) and Kerry Dwyer (13th) in the Senior Girls, and the U17 Boys welcomed back Mark Galligan with a promising effort after a year's absence.