Well done to our Golf team who are in the running to be the first College team to win their group in the Leinster Matchplay competition.
Having played our four group matches we have a record of three wins and one loss, a record which can only be matched but not bettered by any of your competing schools. This be probably lead to a play off situation but in any event congrats to all the boys who have played their part in this year’s team. Players who have taken part to date are Cian Conlon, Conor O’Hehir, Rob Scahill, Michael Norris, James Tighe, Cathal Gorman, Simon Colclough and Richie Hyland.
First off this week is to say commiserations to our Senior Cup Squad who were narrowly defeated by St Gerard’s of Bray in the semi final of the Leinster Senior League. Played last Wednesday in Templeville Road, home to St Mary’s RFC, we were upbeat of our chances having won 7 out of 7 or group match but alas it was not to be our day as we lost by 10 points to 5. Nothing seemed to go right for us on the day between mistakes that we wouldn’t normally make and hesitancy which wasn’t present before this game, we didn’t play well enough to book a place in the final. Hard luck to all players and especially coaches Matt O’Shea and Derek Sherlock and we wish St Gerard’s all the very best in the final after Christmas.
Our Juniors entertained Castleknock College on Wednesday and had contrasting fortunes. The A game, we started well and Matt Madigan put us up by 3 points with a penalty which was the score at half time. Both teams had more attacking success in the second half and Castleknock took the led with a well worked try. Almost from the kick off, the regained the lead when great work by Robbie Mullen and Chris Dean saw Colin Grant go in for a great try. Ten minutes later we stretched our lead when Billy Dardis side stepped his marker and sprinted down the touchline to score. 15 5. With time running out Castleknock got another score but we held on for a good win. Others to impress were Graham Burns, David Duke and Criag Grant.
Other Results: Junior B 5 Castleknock 17; Eller A 5 Willow Park 29; Eller B 0 Willow Park 68;
Eller C 5 Willow Park 47.
Hard luck to the senior 2nd hockey team who lost to Loreto, Foxrock 3-0 in a hard fought game. Special recognition to Sarah Leahy, Orla Quinn and Aoife O’Sullivan.
Minor A Hockey
Our minor A hockey squad have had a very good season so far and are in a great position to qualify for the league play offs. They started the year with a disappointing 0-3 defeat to a very strong Loreto Beaufort. This only served to inspire the team however who have gone to draw 1-1 against a tough Mount Sackville and beat St. Mary’s Glasnevin 3-1 and St. Marys Naas 5-1. In all their games, the squad have shown fierce determination and with their high skill level and high motivation this team are certainly one to watch!
Squad: Emily Higgins, Hannah Neary, Anna McDonald, Grainne Carr, Clara Berney, Roisin Burns, Amy McCormack, Phoebe Jennings, Laura Hession, Heather Meagher, Roisin Flynn, Bronagh Leahy, Jenny O’Driscoll, Maedbh Conlon, Ciara Conaty, Jackie O’Shea.
Minor B Hockey
Our minor B hockey team have had a tough season playing two extremely strong teams in their opening matches, Muckross & Mount Anville. They went on to draw 0-0 with The Teresian School and have gone from strength to strength since defeating Holy Faith Clontarf 10-0 in their most recent match!
Squad: Jackie O’Shea, Shauna Howard, Ciara Doolan, Hannah Conlon, Aoife Supple, Maedbh Conlon, Kate Walsh, Holly Hannigan, Ruth Maher, Sorcha Whelan, Adelaide Boyle, Karen Dowling, Grace Larkin, Aisling Kelly, Maedbh Joyce, Elizabeth Sheridan, Clodagh Kearin
Minor C Hockey
What a fantastic season our minor C team have had. They are undefeated this year and are set to qualify from their section for the league play offs. They started the year defeating Kings Hospital 3-0. Their next opposition was Mount Anville and the girls played extremely well. The scoreline of 1-0 doesn’t reflect the numerous chances Newbridge College had during the match with the majority of play in the Mount Anville circle. A 0-0 draw against Loreto Dalkey followed, again a result that didn’t reflect the superb performance of the college girls. Their most recent match against St. Andrews College ended in a 1-0 victory for Newbridge . This team are certainly a team to look out for in the future and they should be proud of their great representation of their schoo.
Squad: Orla Cash, Dervla Collins, Ciara Conaty, Louise Conlon, Orla Curtis, Caoimhe Donoghue, Robyn Doran, Derabhla Flanagan, Clodagh Healy, Ciara Horrigan, Niamh Jordan, Jane Kelliher, Mary Lynch, Jessica Murphy, Caitlin O’Gorman, Ashliegh O’Neill, Sandra Phelan, Orlaith Sherry, Ena Ryan.
Other Results: Junior A 4, Loreto Stephen’s Green 0.
Hard luck to our U16 girls Soccer team who were beaten by Cross & Passion of Kilcullen on Monday in their final group match. Unfortunately this means that the girls competitive matches are over for this year but the girls trained very well all year but it just wasn’t to be.
Congratulations to our novice team who came 2nd in the Novice showjumping inter schools league competition in Swords on Saturday the 13th December. The team members were Katie McGrattan Brazil, Chloe McGrattan Brazil and Emily Higgins. Katie also came 6th in the individual competition.