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06 September 2013

Sports Roundup September 6th

Welcome Back
We would like to welcome back all of our students, coaches and the rest of the Newbridge College community to another exciting year of sport!

We already have to congratuate some individual students on sporting achievements, which you will see below...  Over the school year, we will try to keep you up to date with all the goings on of our many teams across all of our sporting activities.  If you are involved in any way and would like to see some piece of news appear in these pages, please e-mail us on info@newbridge-college.ie

Belated Congratulations
At the very end of the last academic year, we had great success at the All-Ireland Track & Field Championships when our Junior Boys 4 x 100m Relay team took gold.  The team was Daithi Murphy, Kevin Kyne, Johnny Deane and Luke Morris.  

Congratulations also go to athlete Katie Berney who came third in the 200m All-Ireland Track & Field Championships and was then selected to represent Ireland in a four nations competition in Santry in July.

Lindsay Whelan was again in action in the Wake Boarding World Championships in Butane, South Korea and finish 5th in the Junior Women event while she had taken 3rd in the European’s in Poland earlier in the summer.

We have no less than seven boys representing the school on the Leinster U19 and U18 rugby teams in the upcoming inter-provincial championships and we will bring you news of their achievements over the coming weeks.

Kilkenny College 12  Senior 1st’s 14
The SCT had their first run out of the season away to Kilkenny on Wednesday. It was a useful game to have with both sides trying out players and testing the squad in preparation for the upcoming league and cup season. Newbridge were short a few of their provincial players and ad a few injuries also but the players put in a good, committed display and dominated large parts of the game. The tries were scored by Tom O Neill and Richard Dromgoole-Maguire and both converted by Matt Stapleton. Best for Newbridge on the day were Conor Doyle, Richard Dromgoole-Maguire and Sean Tracey in the pack and Niall Delahunt, Andrew Shanahan and Rob Buckley in the backs.    

Junior A 24 Kilkenny College A 12
The 2013 season kicked off on Wednesday with a home win under the belt! With the first league just weeks away it was important to start the season well against Kilkenny College. Individually players gave their all and the large Junior squad has brought the best out in a number of players. New to the squad, Dylan Morrissey and Karmon Fitzgerald made their presence known. Daithi Murphy who already has Junior Cup experience, always looked like a threat and also tackled well. Newbridge were the better team on the day but found it difficult to make it count on the score board. In the pack Andrew Collins and Paddy Ryan secured good possession. The lineout functioned well which is an excellent achievement given that this is the first time that the pack have been lifting in lineouts. Ben Howlett and Shane Mc Groary lifted very well while the jumpers on the day Conor Timmins and Cian Dunne gave good quality ball back to Louis Young at scrum half. Tom Connolly controlled the play and was there to add the extras for two of the four tries scored. In the backline, Greg O' Neill and Ben Caulfield ran well with the ball in hand and Nick Cody put in some timely tackles. Play was scrappy at times but that's to be expected on day one. This combination of players have never played together and it was good to see the when substitutions were made they still maintained good quality rugby for the most part. Newbridge won on a scoreline of 24 to 12. Crossing the line for Newbridge were Karmon Fitzgerald, Daithi Murphy, Paddy Ryan and Thomas Grant.

Junior B 49 Kilkenny College B 29
On Wednesday last Newbridge College hosted Kilkenny College for the first game of the season. Perfect weather conditions made for a fast open game of rugby, with Newbridge starting the brighter. Good play from Darragh Ryan and Cian Murphy put Newbridge ahead in the opening minutes. The second half was a much closer affair with Kilkenny pressing hard to get back in the game. The Newbridge pack put in a great performance with Niall Stapleton, Kevin Dolly and Dylan Johnson to the fore in a very good team performance. Final score Newbridge College 49 Kilkenny College 29.

TY 2nd’s 31 Kilkenny 2nd’s 50
Our Transition years made a very hasty return to action on Wednesday, having only returned to school the previous day but still accounted for themselves very well.  This was an end to end game with Kilkenny only putting daylight between the teams with three unanswered tries in the final 10 minutes of the game.  Kilkenny had run out to a 17 nil lead but Newbridge got back into the game with two converted tries.  We added one more try to lead 19 17 at the break.  In the 2nd half, we traded try for try and with ten minutes to go, we led by 31 points to 29.  However, Kilkenny came on very strongly in the part of the game and ran out deserved winners.  It was a very entertaining game and was played in a very sporting manner.  We will be getting down to some serious training over the coming weeks to ensure that we are more prepared for battle when our next game comes around.

Other Results: Senior 2nd’s 7 Kilkenny 15; U16 A 5 Kilkenny 34; The Ellers beat Kilkenny in a 10-a-side blitz.  Their record for the day was played 18, won 9, drew 6, lost 3.

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