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23 March 2017

Sports Roundup Thursday 23rd March

We start this week with both congratulations and commiserations to hand out. 

Our Senior Hockey team were crowned Leinster Senior Plate Champion with an excellent 3 1 victory over Loretto Dalkey while our Junior Rugby team went out of the Cup at the semi final stages losing 38:10 to St Michael’s College.


Inters v Castleknock
Newbridge College Inter A's were in action for their last game of their Inter season against Castleknock College. It was an away fixture in conditions that could only be described as miserable.  It was a game that saw Newbridge dominate in every area. Newbridge's performance was built on a hard, fast and aggressive defence.  Newbridge were on the scoreboard after just 5 minutes with a try from Conaill Brinkley. The rest of the half saw Castleknock struggle to get out of their half. Newbridge ran in three more tries courtesy of Luke Gorman, Andrew Rynne and Dan Silke-Fetherston. Sam Prendergast added the three conversions to leave the half time score reading 26 - 0.  Castleknock got five points of their own just after half time with a quick tap and go penalty. Playing up the hill and against the wind created a stalemate for the majority of the second half to leave the final scoreline readingNewbridge College 26 Castleknock College 5. It was a great team performance so it wouldn't be fair to highlight any individuals.

Newbridge College Inter B team finished the season with great confidence after back to back victories against Terenure College and Castleknock College. Heart, determination and an unwillingness to give in were seen in abundance over the past two weeks after what has been a stop start campaign. A quick offloading game played with great tempo and intensity has been at the core of what Newbridge have offered this season. Big carries from forwards like Max Breen, Brian Murphy and Thiago Dennehy coupled with slick passing in the back division have reaped the rewards. Castleknock College provided the final challenge of the season on what was a terrible day for rugby on Wednesday last. Heavy rain made underfoot and handling conditions impossible but both teams served up a fantastic game. Newbridge had the upper hand in the first half scoring four unanswered tries, two from Max Breen and one each from Chris Leech and Conor McAtamney, Fiachra Galvin added the bonus points for all but one.  Both teams traded a score in the second half with Gavin Houlihan crossing the line for Newbridge early on. Best on the day were; Adam Johnson, Patrick Treacy, Eoin Crehan, John Henry, Oscar Mower, Conor Halpenny, Liam Kearns and Oisín Doyle. Newbridge can be proud of how they have played and performed this season and look forward to next year.      

Other Results:

Senior Plate Q/F: Newbridge 41 St Fintan’s 10.
Senior 3rd League: Newbridge 46 Pres Bray 24
Junior B League: Newbridge 15 St Gerard’s 25
Inter A 33 Terenure 21; Inter B 43 Terenure 17; Inter C 60 Terenure 45.

Junior B League: Newbridge 0 Castleknock Community College 1.
Senior 3rd 1 Kilkenny College 3; Minor C 2 Kilkenny College 0.


One open team travelled to Galway Equestrian Centre.  With a 4 am start is was fantastic that we have a super result with the team of Caragh Sweeney, Leah Heffernan, Leah Ross and Rachel Ross winning the Open team competition after a super jump off by Caragh Sweeney and leah Heffernan. Caragh went on to win the Open Individual with Rachel Ross taking 2nd.

The TRI Interschools competion was held in Mullingar on Sunday the 12th March. In the novice team competition the team of Charlie O'Dwyer, Niamh Behan and Ella Kelly came 3rd with Laura Kavanagh, Kate Maloney, Aoife Keane and Lola Gabor Sweeney coming 4th. Niamh Behan came 1st in the Novice Individual competition in a fantastic time with Lola Gabor Sweeney taking 4th place. In the Open Team competition, Caragh Sweeney, Leah Heffernan, Leah Ross and Emily O'Brien came 3rd with the team of Sophie Carroll, Niamh Flinter, Nika Carey and Amy Carroll taking 6th place. Rachel Ross was awarded 2nd place in the Open Individual Competition with Sophie Carroll taking 6th in the 1.10cms class. The team of Conor Cassidy, Anna Kelly, Max Ross and Rachel Ross also had a great day of jumping but unfortunately were out of the ribbons, with Max having a super clear round for his first entry in an Open team competition.

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