Congratulations to all who competed at the Mullingar Interschools on Saturday the 8th.
Alyssa O'Neill WON the open individual competition. The newbridge silver team (Kate Ryan, Delphine Cordonier, Fiona Dunne and Katy Hudson) qualified for the jump off round and finished in 7th place out of 52 teams. In the Novice team competition our team (Katie McGratton Brazil, Chloe McGratton Brazil, Lauren Heffernan and Emily Higgins finished in 2nd place and Katie came 3rd in the novice individual.
The Junior A’s took on Gonzaga in a friendly at the College grounds last Wednesday. Both sides have been doing well in their respective groups in the league so this game was always going to be tight. Gonzaga started much better than us and so spent long periods in our 22. They were met with staunch defence however with our backrow of Colin Grant, Richie Dalton and Jack Doyle putting in some big hits. Eventually though, the pressure told and they crossed for a converted try. This was the halftime score. We played far better in the second half with Kevin Callan getting through a huge amount of work while half back pairing Matthew Madigan and captain Robbie Mullen beginning to dictate play. Still it was the Dublin school who scored first with an easy penalty opportunity which increased their lead to 10 points. This really got the home side going and they went straight back on the offensive. Finally we got the breakthrough we deserved when we strung together five or six phases before releasing our backline who got the ball to David Doyle on the wing to score in the corner. Game on. We piled on the pressure for the remaining 10 minutes and almost tied the scores when Matthew Madigan went on a brilliant run, outpacing two defenders, then chipped the ball over the fullback. A cruel bounce of the ball denied him what would have been a brilliant score if what was the last play of the game. Others who played well on the day were Billy Dardis, Craig Grant and Bryan O’Donnell.
After good wins in their opening matches against Wesley College and Presentation Bray, the Transition Year team got their League underway with a trip to Roscrea. A tough game was expected, as Roscrea had most of the team who won last year’s Junior League playing and the game lived up to the expectation.
Five minutes in Roscrea scored with their first attack, a strong arcing run from their full-back. The conversion made it 7-0. Newbridge lifted themselves from this early set-back and a period of dominance followed but unfortunately no scores. The College had to wait until 17 minutes in to get their first score, a penalty from Peter Osborne. This was followed just 3 minutes later by an intercepted pass by Ruairi Kehoe Clarke who ran under the posts from 40 metres out. Osborne’s conversion made it 7-10. This lifted the College and as they upped their work-rate they were rewarded with another Osborne penalty on 25 minutes and, following a blocked kick from Kehoe Clarke, a Michael Browne try in the corner. With the conversion missed, the half-time score was 7-18.
The second half started brightly for the College with Osborne stretching their lead with another penalty. This, however, was followed by some impressive Roscrea play and they were rewarded with tries on 41 and 55 minutes. With both of these tries being converted, the game was left at 21 all with 15 minutes to go. A massive effort from both sides, both offensively and defensively, left a draw looking the likely outcome. But with just 7 minutes remaining Osborne converted a penalty to make it 21-24. Newbridge then soaked up some late pressure from the home team. But a fine defensive display from the College saw them come away with a fine win. Both sides can be happy that they played their part in a fantastic game of rugby. While 1 to 15 gave it their all, notable mentions for Newbridge include Peter Osborne, Glen Tai, William O’Brien and a man of the match performance from Ruairi Kehoe Clarke.
Three tries from Brett Cella saw Newbridge defeat Roscrea 33- 15 in this well contested match.Try scorers also include Eoin O Sullivan and Tom Darcy.The match was well contested with some great passing moves by the Newbridge backs. Best for Newbridge was Brett Cella, Kevin Mahon, Adam Murphy and Conor Sherdian.
Other Results: Junior B 17 Gonzaga 34; Inter A 15 CBC 0; Inter B 19 CBC 15.
Results - Junior B 4 Holy Faith Clontarf 0; Junior C 2 Mt. Annville 2; Miss Godon’s 1st Year Team 1 5 King’s Hospital 1; Miss Godon’s 2nd Year Team 2 0 King’s Hospital 3.
Hard luck to the U19 boys team who lost 3:1 to St Farnan’s of Prosperous in the Midlands League. Paddy Ormsby was our goal scorer. It isn’t all bad news as the boys have still qualified for the semi final stages after their other two results. In the semi final they will take on Cross & Passion of Kilcullen for a place in the final.