Congratulations to all the athletes on their superb performances at the Cross Country League.
Overall results are as follows:
U.14 Boys Division 1: 1st (Niall Delahunt, Justin Deane, Charlie Dardis, Paddy Kyne and Conn Whelan).
U.14 Girls Division 2: 1st (Brona Galvin, Lydia O Toole, Rebecca Borton, Aoife Fennell)
U.15 Girls Division 1: 1st (Amy Downes, Ashling Wyer, Liz McLoughlin, Sorcha Whelan)
U.17 Girls Division 1: 3rd (Shannon Brogan, Mary Ann Ormsby and Tara Donnelly)
U.17 Boys Division 2: 2nd (Daniel O Donoghue, Shaun Mahoney, David Hickey, Eoin Murphy).
Well done to all involved!!
Congratulations to Niall Delahunt on winning Kildare Athlete of the Year. This was achieved after a year of superb athletic performances. Well done!!
The girls U16 Cadet Basketball started their ‘08/09 season in a manner similar to their brilliant season last year when they finished runners-up in the All Ireland C Division. Upon being promoted to B Division they went on to defeat Wilson’s Hospital Mullingar, St Josephs Rochfortbridge and Cnoc Mhuire Granard in Oct. On Nov 25th they played St Marys Naas in an exciting Semi Final at home. The game was very close and went to extra time. The girls played fantastic basketball and won by 3 points in the end. They will now play St Leos Carlow in the Regional Final in mid December. We wish them the very best of luck.
Congratulations to our showjumpers who performed really well at the Interschools competition held on Sunday in Kilkenny. Our open team, Alyssa O'Neill, Carolyn Harty, Leanne O'Sullivan and Ashley O'Sullivan finished in 3rd place out of 48 open teams from all over the country. Of these teams only 11 qualified for the jumpoff round against the clock and our team were just beaten into 3rd. Ashley O 'Sullivan came 2nd in the Open individual competition also. Our novice team finished in 5th place in the novice competition. The team members were Katie and Chloe McGratton Brazil, Lauren Heffernan and Clare Manning. Well done to all.
Our Junior Cup Team took on Blackrock in a friendly last Wednesday in Dublin. The first half turned into a ding dong battle with neither team managing a score. We had the better of the opportunities but the Blackrock defense held us out. The second half was a different story with Blackrock scoring early to take the lead. The Newbridge heads dropped as a result and the Rock boys went for the jugular. After some stern words after another score, Newbridge showed some excellent play like they did in the first half and managed to stem the flow of tries. In the end Rock won well but we can take heart that for ¾ ‘s of this game we matched the play of a very strong team. Best on the day were Brian O’ Donnell, Jack Doyle and Matthew Madigan.
The Under-16s headed to Terenure for a friendly this week. The home team converted some early pressure into a score with a penalty ten minutes in. This saw the college lift their game and were rewarded just five minutes later, after a snipping break from Peter Osborne, with an unconverted try from Christopher Murphy. The two teams then traded penalties in the next few minutes to make the score 8-6 to the college. Again the college upped their game and saw the fruits of this on 24 minutes with a try from James Connolly, after some great pressure from Ben O’Connor, a penalty on 28 minutes and a 32nd minute try after an excellent line-break from Michael Browne saw O’Connor touch down under the posts. Osborne converted both tries and the penalty. But Terenure weren’t going to let the college have it all their own way. After some well worked phases they touched down in the corner right on half-time to leave it 25-11 at the break.
The second half started with Terenure continuing on the attack but after having the lions-share of possession and territory in the early stages they failed to score. Then, on 50 minutes, the college broke with William O’Brien and Connolly touched down. Osborne converted. Terenure fought back to score an unconverted try just five minutes later. But the game was finally decided in a five minute spell with the college scoring two tries, one each for O’Brien and Osborne, and with the second try converted the game finished 44-16 to the college.
Other Results: Senior 2nd 10 Templeogue 1st 13; Under-16 30 Terenure 7; Junior B 0 Blackrock 36; Eller A 72 Templeogue 7; Eller B 48 Templeogue 0.
Hard luck to the Senior 2nd’s team on losing to Mucross Girls 1-0, a hard fought battle. Special recognition to Rebecca Croke, Fiona Dunne and Alice Cleary. Hard luck to the senior 3rds who were narrowly defeated 1-0 against Sion Hill in UCD. This was a very tight game with Newbridge showing great strength and determination in the 2nd half and were very unfortunate not to score. Outstanding perfomances from the team, especially Cathy-Anne O'Shea and player of the match Aideen Fennell. Well done girls on a great game.
The Junior B team played their 2nd league match of the season against tough opponents from Holy Faith Clontarf. The first half was nip and tuck. Jill McTernan commanded the defence with great authority and Aoife Keane and Jessica Berney were full of industry and running in midfield. Up front Ashley O’Sullivan and Fiona Conroy were constantly a goal threat. The 1st half finished 1-0 to Newbridge thanks to a well taken goal from one of the star players Delephine Cordoniere. The start of the 2nd half was still tight, however due to the great fight, determine and skill shown by the whole team the flood gates deservedly opened for the last 10 minutes. Ashley O’Sullivan, Aoife Keane and Fiona Conroy all finished off great passing moves in some style to win 4-0. Well done to all.
The Junior C team made the dreaded journey to the hockey powerhouse that is Mount Annville. As it turned out the two teams were evenly matched and once Newbridge realised this they grew in confidence and dominated the 1st half. They were rewarded for their efforts with a superbly taken goal by Jennifer Marsh. Unfortunately Mt Annville equalized with a counterattacking move that caught out Newbridge’s very solid defence. The 2nd half performance was also impressive with Jennifer Marsh (player of the match) again scoring an excellent goal. Only for some poor finishing and a few excellent saves the Junior C’s could have come away with a decisive victory. Unfortunately Mt Annville equalized late in the game to leave the score 2-2. All round it was a very encouraging performance by the Junior C team, their best of the season so far.
Congratulations to the first year girls who defeated Holy Child Killiney at home on Wednesday 26th November. It was an excellent team performance with a goal after 5 minutes from Victoria O’Brien. The whole team played excellently with great defence from Melissa Croft, Isabelle O’Mahony, Jessica Devlin, Rebecca Borton, Sarah Collar. In the second half, Holy Child were awarded 2 short-corners. The defence made light work of the first but the second slipped past only to be stopped confidently by Fiona Waters in goal. In left-mid Ali O’Brien played consistently throughout the entire match using the width of the pitch to keep Newbridge in the attack. All over the pitch, the other mid-fielders, Nicola Flanagan, Robyn Flanagan and Jenny McGarry used the same tactics. The forwards continued the excellent play and secured the final score of 2-0 after a fantastic goal from Sorcha Levelle-Walshe, player of the match. The other forwards held their own and created several scoring opportunities. These were Katie Clooney-Gainey, Taylor McDermot, Lauren Maguire and Victoria O’Brien.