Doyle Cup Final 2013
Well done to Louis Younge and his team Younge Guns on winning the 46th Doyle Cup on a score line of 19-15. Hard luck to Pah’s Ra who were worthy runners up.
Michael Higgins Memorial Match
April is well and truly on us and the season end is almost here so last Saturday it was time for the Senior Select XV to make its way to Forenaughts to play a Naas Under 19 Selection in the annual Michael Higgins Memorial game. The College kicked off playing towards the scoreboard end and immediately put the home team under pressure. As they cleared Mark Sutton collected the ball and stepped his way through the Naas defence. He raced down the right side of the park and drew the last defender. He offloaded to Tom Brady who ran a great support line and with just 2 minutes on the clock Brady put the first points on the board. Robbie Mullen couldn't add the extras. Naas carried well following this but the College defence stood strong and repelled each attack. The College made attacks of their own but a combination of knock-ons and silly penalties at the breakdown saw them cough up the ball. With 10 minutes gone Sutton kicked from just inside his own half. Niall Delahunt read the move brilliantly and chased the kick and retrieved the ball. He crossed to double the College lead and Matt Stapleton pushed it to 12 points with the conversion. The College pushed for more but again they coughed up possession all too easy. Naas used the ball well in attack and broke the College line on a couple of occasions but failed to put points on the board thanks to some last-ditch defence from Delahunt, Joe Darcy and Mullen. The College cleared their lines and pushed into their opponents half. A penalty saw them kick to the corner and from the resulting lineout Ed Wynne came close to scoring but was dragged down short of the line. A couple of picks from the base of rucks saw the College steady their attack and after these phases captain Brian Hayden picked and crossed for a great forwards try. Sutton missed the conversion and on 26 minutes the College led 17-0. The saw Naas replace almost their entire backline. This almost had an immediate impact but again the College eventually dealt with the threat and kept their line intact. This initial impetus was blotted out by two excellent attacks from the College, the latter seeing Darcy sprint down the left wing. He chipped ahead but was just beaten to the ball by the dead-ball line. From the restart the College kept the pressure on and Sutton chipped ahead for Darcy who touched down in the left corner on the half hour. Stapleton missed the conversion. This was the last serious attack of the half and the College led 22-0 at the break.
The second half was a much tighter affair as the College played out of the well-known clubhouse corner. The home side got more of a foot in the game and put the College under increased pressure. They turned down a number of kickable penalties but although they came close to the College line on a number of occasions, they couldn't get across it. The game toed-and-froed with much of it played between the two 22's. The College attacks were defended well by the home team. But on 60 minutes the ball broke loose on the right side and Stapleton picked it up. He showed great pace to break down the right and avoid the last defender. He dotted down and duly added the extras to push the College into a 29-0 lead. As the clock ticked down the Naas side pushed into the College half one last time. Their first attempt was repelled by the College and some great defence saw them fall just short of the line on three more occasions. But undeterred the kept at it. They were rewarded on 66 minutes as a pick from the base of a ruck metres out saw them cross for five to the right of the posts. The conversion was slotted over. The remaining minutes were played out and the College ran out 29-7 winners. Oisin McKnight was awarded the Newbridge College Man of the Match Award.
Many thanks to the Higgins family for organising the game and to Naas RFC for hosting the game which was another successful night in memory of Michael.
Newbridge College XV: Eugene Price, Conor Doyle, Ed Wynne, Tom Brady, Brian Hayden, Richard Dromgoole Maguire, Oisin McKnight, Matt O'Connor, Jack Coghlan Murray, Mark Sutton, Sean Healy, Matt Stapleton, Joe Darcy, Niall Delahunt, Robbie Mullen. Subs: Tom Dunne, Hugh O'Donnell, Jonathan Phelan, Cormac Nugent, Jack Lawlor, Matt Marmion, Jack O'Neill, Barry Finan.