28 October 2023
Sports Roundup Friday 27th October
The Junior B hockey team played Loreto on the Green on Tuesday 24th of October at home, in Newbridge College.The team have had a difficult start to their campaign conceding goals and experiencing losses. The team have renewed their efforts and focus over recent training sessions. The team has done a lot of work on attacking towards goals and this was evident throughout the match. Defence when called upon controlled the ball successfully clearing the ball to the wings. Defensive shorts were handled skilfully as was the attacking short corners. A standout player was our new goalie Lucy Ann Greene. Incredible saves were witnessed by the sideline lunchtime supporters. All players exceeded expectations and look forward to continued success throughout the season. Result: 0-0
Minor A v St. Gerard’s Bray
Newbridge Minor As began their league campaign with a hard fought 0-0 draw at home to St Gerard’s on Wednesday. The first half was evenly contested with St Gerard’s having slightly more possession but Newbridge looked dangerous on the counter attack. Ruth Farrell broke up numerous St Gerard’s attacks and Zoe Hogan and Georgia MyersCough were instrumental in delivering the ball to the Newbridge forward line where Isabelle Walsh and Isobel Kelly looked dangerous throughout. While St Gerard’s had more possession in the second half, Newbridge defended resolutely, largely protecting Aobha O’Flaherty in goals who dealt with anything that did make its way through. A number of St Gerard’s short corners were excellently defended, largely thanks to some excellent 1st running from Oonagh O’Donnell. A flurry of Newbridge attacks towards the end of the game were repelled by St Gerard’s as the two sides took a point each from the opening game.
1st Years v Mount Sackville
Newbridge 1st year hockey players travelled to Mount Sackville on Tuesday and Wednesday for a series of friendly matches before their upcoming league games. Lucy McCarthy and Grace Kennedy were both excellent in goals, a new position to both of them, and made a number of saves each across the two games on Wednesday. Across the 6 teams there were wins, draws and losses in a very competitive series of games where no game had more than a two goal difference. Chloe Dempsey, Gabby Nolan, Zoe Fitzpatrick and Lily Hollingsworth all got themselves on the scoresheet with some very well taken goals while there were good performances from Siofra Donagh and Alice Russell among others. 1st year leagues will be starting after the midterm break with 6 teams entered for the second year running. Lots of hockey to be played over the coming months!
Senior v Clongowes
The Senior 1sts headed to Clane on Thursday evening to play the Kildare derby under lights against Clongowes Wood College. The hosts started well and brought a pacey, physical game forcing the College to defend hard. This earned them an early penalty which they converted. A few visits to the College 22 aside however it would be the College who would dominate the half. A sniping run from the base of a scrum saw Ben O’Connor cross for the College. Paddy Taylor followed soon after and Dara Cosgrave added a third after some intricate play between himself and Rory Allen down the wing. Taylor added the extras for each and the College led 21-3. Some quality work late in the half was followed by Clongowes grabbing a late try to narrow the gap to 21-8 at the break.
The second half was a quieter affair with both sides trying to make their way to the opposition’s tryzone only to be met with some hard working defenses. The College came close on a couple of occasions but it would be the hosts who wrapped the game up with a converted try in the final seconds after some hard work from their forwards to leave it 21-15 to the College at the final whistle. Notable mentions go to John R Walsh, Paddy Forde, Todd Lawlor and Alex Craig.
Junior League v Temple Carrig
Our Juniors continued their unbeaten run on the Leinster Schools Junior League with a fine 48:5 win away to Temple Carrig. It wasn’t as easy as the scoreline suggests as the home side battled hrs throughout, especially in the first half. We scored two tries early on thru Brion Donagh and Peter Murphy but a spate of indiscipline led to Temple Carrig scoring a try of their own. Peter Murphy got a second, which Tadhg Murphy converted for a half time score of 17:5. The second half was a different story, we cleaned up our indiscipline, and kept the ball for long periods of time, scoring tries through James McCarney, Johnny Martin, Jack Garvey (2) while Peter Murphy added one to complete his hattrick. Murphy added 2 conversions for a 48:5 win.
Ellers v Castleknock
On Wednesday the 25th we welcomed Castleknock College to Newbridge to play three games. A very physical game was played particularly at the breakdown Newbridge Ellers scored first and lead 7 0 until Castleknock scored 2 converted tries to lead 14 7 at half time. Castleknock went on to win convincingly 31 7. A physical side proving the winner on the day for Castleknock. Newbridge played a free flowing ball in hand game. Unfortunately a number of injuries affected the Ellers A selection on the day.
Senior A 21 15 Clongowes
Junior A 48 5 Temple Carrig
Junior B 45 31 Temple Carrig
Inter A 5 54 Blackrock
Inter B 0 60 Blackrock
Inter C 28 40 Blackrock
Eller A 7 31 Castleknock
Eller B 0 49 Castleknock
Eller C 0 77 Castleknock