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08 October 2008

Sports Update 29th September

The Inter A’s achieved their second win of the season in a highly competitive match on Wednesday. 

The team were excited to play Mary’s at home and knew that this was going to be a tough encounter.  Newbridge got the lead within 10 minutes with a try in the corner from Jack Coghlan-Murray, which was quickly answered by Mary’s with a try in the opposite corner.  And so began the trend of the game, a Newbridge try followed by a Mary’s try.  While the home side didn’t look very convincing at times, when they put a number of phases together, they were able to break down the Mary’s defense.  Oisin Mc Knight won a good turnover at one stage and the ball got to Jack Coghlan-Murray for his second of four try’s.  In the last ten minutes of the game the pack really came into their own, with a lot of ground being made by Ed Wynne, who eventually got in for a try.   James Kearns and Paddy O’ Neill were doing the tough work to secure possession which didn’t go unnoticed and Billy Delaney battled hard all day against a tough backline defence.  He also got in for a try. The final score was 32 – 22.

A solid performance put in by the Newbridge College Inter B’ yesterday. After a slow start all the players dug deep against a very strong St. Mary’s side to grind out a 20 – 20 draw. Tries were scored by David Wall, Cian O’ Grady and Paul Buckley backed by a very united team performance.

The Inter C team took on St. Mary’s in the College on Wednesday last. Both teams got off to a flying start with both scoring tries inside 10 mins. After a spell of dominance from the Mary’s team new bridge got the upper hand and ran in another try before the half time break, to leave the score 10-5.  We got the perfect start to the second half with two tries after 10 mins. Even in the wind swept conditions out half Conor Gobbett converted. Another try after 15 mins left us with a comfortable lead coming into the final quarter of the game. It took a swift move from the Mary’s attack to break down our defence and the scored a consolation try under the posts which left the score at the final whistle, 34-12.  Good for Newbridge on the day were, Mark Shanahan, John Doyle, Luke Tai, Ed Williams, Cian O Sullivan, Brian Mooney.

Other results: Eller A 17 Rockwell 12, Eller B 66 Rockwell 12.

Congratulations to the senior 3rds team on their victory over Rosemount beating them 2-0.  Outstanding performance from the whole team especially from the three midfield players. Special congratulations to both Bobby McDonnell and Shauna Rothwell who scored both goals. Finally congratulations to our new goalie Sisi O’Driscoll on her debut match.

The Junior A and C teams got their league campaigns up and running in the College last Wednesday, with contrasting results. The A team began with a comprehensive 6-0 victory over Manor House from Dublin.  The College stamped their authority on the game from the start. They were first to most loose balls and as a result were able pass, move and link up with each other with ease.  Aileen Kyne and Muireann Kavanagh were particularly busy and effective on the left wing during the opening half.  The College were deservedly 3-0 up at half time thanks to excellent goals from Aileen Kyne, Melissa Lyons and Sarah O’Connell.  Mr. Falvey encouraged them at half time to go for the jugular in the 2nd half and the girls were only too happy to oblige. The same 3 players added another 3 well taken goals to leave the College convincing winners.  It was a fantastic team performance, with Megan Sutcliffe and Alyssa O’Neill in particular rock solid in defence.  Keep up the good work.
Unfortunately the Junior C’s were on the wrong end of a 7-1 victory for Wesley College.  Being their first outing of the season Newbridge were a little overawed and unorganized in the first half and found themselves trailing 6-0 at the break.  However they rallied and sorted themselves out in the 2nd half which ended 1-1.  Jennifer Marsh played well and was rewarded with an excellently taken goal. Maeve O’Brien and Carol Lawlor stood out for Newbridge. Heads up for the next game girls!

Congratulations to all the athletes on their superb performances at Day 1 of the Athletics League on Thursday last.  The Minor boys team came first, Junior Boys team came 2nd and Junior girls team were placed 1st also. Intermediate girls were placed 4th.  Star performance of the day for the College was Niall Delahunt, winning the U.14 boys race very convincingly.  Amy Downes and Justin Deane also ran extremely well.
Individual results are as follows: Minor Boys - Niall Delahunt (1st), Justin Deane (5th), Patrick Kyne (11th), Conn Whelan (12th) with Charlie Dardis completing the A team.  Junior girls team - Amy Downes (4th), Elizabeth McLoughlin (8th), Sorcha Whelan (9th), Ashling Wyer (10th), Hannah Neary (13th).  Junior Boys - Jack Briody (13th), Ivan Briody (17th), Ciaran McShane (18th), Luke Gillespie (20th), Cian Grady (23rd).  Inter girls – 4th team – Shannon Brogan, Aileen Kyne and Muireann Kavanagh.
Last year the second year girls basketball players finished 2nd in the All-Irelands and as a result  Newbridge College has been promoted to Div B. The girls u/16 basketball players began their ‘08/’09 season on Tues 30th Sept. They played Wilston’s Hospital, Mullingar at home. They played really well and won with a score 44-12.  It was a fantastic display of skill and teamwork.  The team consisted of Aoife Bergin, Rebecca O’ Sullivan, Aoife Keane, Emma-Jane Vaughn, Heather Meagher, Laura Murphy, Amy Walsh, Sarah O’ Connell, Clara Berney, Sarah Mc Gee and Melissa Lyons. 

Congratulations to Alyssa O'Neill who WON the Open Individual speed competition on Saturday at the St Gerard's inter schools show in Boswell, Wicklow. She also came 5th in that competition on a different pony. Congratulations also to Mary Ann Ormsby who took 3rd place in the same competition. Over 40 individuals took part. Well done also to Delphine Cordonnier and Holly Hannigan who also represented the College in this competition, jumping at open level for the first time.
We were also well represented in the teams competition by Alyssa, Aisling Doyle, Hannah McDonnell and Una Delahunt, Mary Ann, Lisa Dolly, Carolyn Harty and Clare Manning, Sorcha Mooney, Anna McDonnell, Fiona Dunne and Orlagh Keenan.

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