09 October 2023
Sports Roundup 29th September
Senior League & Seconds v St Gerards Bray
The Senior 1sts and 2nds headed to Bray on Wednesday to kick off their respective League campaigns against St. Gerard’s School.A penalty from Paddy Taylor got the 1st going but despite leading in the possession and territory stats the hosts led 12-10 at the break as they scored a breakaway try either side of a well-worked Rory Taylor try, concerted by P Taylor. The College started the second half a little brighter and Lee Fitzpatrick crosses for 5 with P Taylor adding the extras. But once again the College couldn’t shake the Wicklow side and with 15 to go they led 19-17. The sides then traded penalties with P Taylor adding 3 for the College before St. Gerard’s restored their lead to leave it 22-20 with minutes to play. The College made one last push and P Taylor sniped down the blind to snatch the game 25-22.
Notable mentions go to Lee Fitzpatrick and Paddy Taylor.
The 2nds has life a little easier and after going behind to an early penalty, tries from Ross Kenny, Dara Cosgrave (2), Alex Craig and Josh Montgomery along with 4 Cosgrave conversions had the College leading 33-3 at the break. The College kept this momentum going early in the second half with tries from Sam Browne and Michael Murphy. Pushed them to a convincing lead. Cosgrave also completed his hat-trick in this time and Billy Cross added two conversions. As the clock ticked to the latter minutes the hosts crossed for two converted tries but this would be nothing more than a consolation as the College ran out 52-17 winners.
Junior League v St Gerards Bray
Our Juniors welcomed St Gerards Bray to Newbridge on Wednesday in what was the first fixture of this year’s Leinster Schools League. Played in difficult blustery conditions, both teams took time to settle into the game early on. Once we had settled, we exerted our dominance in most areas of play And got the scorers which we deserved. We scored 3 trys in the first half they Cillian O’Donoval, James McCarney and Tom Martin. Mike Kenny added one conversion for a 17:0 half time lead. Further try’s from Bobby Flanagan, Johnny Martin, Ruairi Flynn, captain Eoghan Hearne, Luke Kelly and a penalty try gave us a fine 59 point haul. To their credit St Gerard’s never gave up the fight and were rewarded with a try just on the full time whistle. Final score 59:5. Next up is a return trip to Bray, this time to take on Pres.
Ellers v Clongowes
We travelled to Clongowes wood for 3 games to play our local rivals. The 3 games were played at high tempo and the skills on display from the Ellers were of a high standard. The Ellers Group as a whole are improving week in week out.
The Eller B's put in a great performance against Clongowes today. They performed very well across the pitch and came out worthy winners on a scoreline of 61-7. Newbridge's leaders on the day we're Liam Killaly, Eoin Gallagher, Owen Wynne and Charlie Cooper.
The Senior Girls played the second leg of the Senior Cup on Wednesday. The Girls topped their group winning both group games and then beat St. Andrew’s 24-7 in the playoff final.
Senior 1st 25 22 St. Gerard’s
Senior 2nd 52 17 St. Gerard’s
Junior A 59 5 St. Gerard’s
Junior B 46 5 St. Gerard’s
Inter A 70 5 Terenure
Inter B 34 17 Terenure
Eller A 38 14 Clongowes
Eller B 61 7 Clongowes
Eller C 83 0 Clongowes
Two teams of first year players faced off against Sutton Park on Tuesday. We played a series of 10 minute matches with everyone getting lots of minutes on the pitch and lots of touches. Newbridge were on top throughout and worked hard to help each other to be organised defensively resulting in a lot of turnovers high up the pitch with Siofra Donagh, Grace Joyce and Naomi Deasy winning a lot of ball. This resulted in good opportunities for Newbridge to open the scoring but the Sutton Park goalkeeper was in good form, making numerous saves. Newbridge had the ball in the net on one occasion via Mia Lennon but it was ruled out having hit a Newbridge foot in the circle. At the other end, Grace Kennedy made her goalkeeping debut and pulled off a fantastic save to deny Sutton Park a goal on a rare breakaway counter attack as the game finished 0-0.