Our Seniors traveled to Dublin to take on Blackrock College in a friendly which is always a good marker for a school’s Senior Cup intentions.
We also had a number of players back from injury and this was timely seeing as our first round Cup match takes place in two weeks time against Clongowes. The game finished 17:7 to the Dublin side but clearly shows that we are well able to handle the level of rugby which is required in the Senior Cup race.
Our Juniors hosted league finalists CBC Monkstown in two friendlies in the College last Wednesday. Having played poorly last week away to St Mary’s, we were determined to put right some wrongs this time round. Monkstown played with the strong elements in the first half but we looked to be the team who controlled the play. Colin Grant and David Duke were frequently crossing the gain line while as a team we put some excellent pressure on what was a strong Monkstown team. However some defensive lapses saw Monktown score a few soft tries and lead by 19 points to nil at the break. Conditions had eased considerably since the start of the game which meant that we didn’t have the same advantage as the Dublin side had for the first half but we still treated this as if the score was nil all again. We were again in control of possession and this time we made it count when we scored a 7 pointer. We should have scored again a few minutes later but were very unlucky to lose the ball over the line. This would have got us within 5 points with plenty of time remaining but it wasn’t to be. Monkstown scored a final try on the stroke of full time but we will take great confidence out of winning a half of rugby against such a strong side. Others to impress were Brian O’Donnell, Richard Dalton and Billy Dardis.
Our Junior B side proved far too strong for their Monkstown counterparts winning by 66 points to 5.
The Inter A’s continued their winning streak with 4 wins from the last four games. The conditions on Wednesday were not favourable for open running rugby against Rockwell and the Newbridge started the game facing into a strong breeze. The team kept the ball tight and hard work by the pack inched the play up the pitch. Continued pressure by the pack and some good half breaks from centres, Billy Delaney and Matthew Burke resulted in the team being able to play in the opposition 22. Some pick and go’s near the line and good patience meant that eventually Ed Wynne was able to touch down for a try. That left the half time score at 5 nil to Newbridge. With the wind at their backs, Charlie Ryan at out-half kicked the team into Rockwell’s 22 and that’s where most of the rugby in the second half was played. Charlie next got in for a try, then Paul Buckley on the wing and Newbridge looked like they were going to run in a few more tries. However, a lapse in concentration for a period of the game meant that it wasn’t until near the end of the game when Newbridge scored again. Paddy O’ Neill got in for the final score of the game. 20 – 0 at full time.
Newbridge Eller B’s faced a tough task playing Glenstall A’s away. It took 10 minutes for Newbridge to settle and in those minutes Glenstall A’s scored two tries which resulted from basic Newbridge errors. After settling Barry Finan (captain) and Charlie Conlon made some great tackles and Jack Lalor’s run was unfortunate not to yield a score. At half time the score was 17-0 and the second half proved a tough battle but the teams were well balanced and there were no other scores. Richard Dromgoole-Maguire, Tom Dunne and Gavin o’Neill amongst the best for Newbridge
Other Results: TY Laegue Semi Final U16A 3 Wilson’s Hospital 10; Eller A 32 Rockwell 10; Eller C 15 Glenstal B 15.
In a great start to 2009 both Newbridge teams qualified for the jump off round in the latest Hoofprints league competition held in Ballinasloe on Saturday the 17th January, which was won in fine style by one of the teams. There was also a 1st and 2nd for the College in the Individual competition
The Newbridge Black team , Alyssa O’ Neill, Leanne O’Sullivan, Ashley O’Sullivan and Carolyn Harty WON the competition and the Newbridge White team, Aisling Doyle, Hannah McDonnell, Clare Manning and Holly Hannigan came sixth.
The Individual competition was won by Alyssa narrowly beating Leanne into 2nd place and Alyssa also took 4th place.
Hard luck to the Senior 1st Hockey team on losing 2-0 to an extremely strong Wesley College in the Leinster Senior Cup. The girls played amazingly throughout. Special recognition to Louise Murphy, Una Delahunt, Kathryn Higgins, Ciara Reynolds and player of the match Aprille Scully.
Hard luck to the Junior A team who narrowly lost to Loreto, Bray 1-0 in the Junior Cup.
Congrats to our Cadets who played great Basketball in Athlone. They lost the first game 22-30 to Kells, beat St Nathys 69-32 which was their highest scoring game ever and beat Belfast 40-19. Kells will go forward to the All-Ireland Semi-Finals.
Congratulations to our U16 Boys team who have reached the final of the Midlands League by way of an extra time victory over St Kevin’s of Dunlavin last week. The final score after extra time was 3:2 to Newbridge. We await the PBS in the final and we can all look forward to a great game. Well done boys.