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Sports Roundup Friday18th April

Sports Roundup Friday18th April


Senior Rugby  - Michael Higgins Memorial Game

The Senior squad brought their season to a close on Saturday when a Senior Select XV travelled to Naas to take on Naas R.F.C. in the annual Michael Higgins Memorial match. 

With Billy Bohan, Todd Lawlor and Ciarán Mangan all on Ireland U-19 duty, Shane Davitt and Paddy Taylor both injured and a number out through illness among others, the game gave the opportunity for starts for some and a chance to put down a marker for next year for others.

The College got off to a great start as Rory Taylor touched down early in the corner.  Naas contained the Newbridge attack well and had the opportunity to narrow the gap from a penalty but it was pushed right and wide.  Rory Allen then matched his namesake as he grabbed a try.  But despite the lionshare of the possession, the College just couldn't shake a hard working home side.  Clear, error free scoring opportunities were limited in the first half and the College went into the break with a 10 - 0 lead.

The hosts hit their straps first on the return after the break and managed to bag an unconverted try of their own to reduce the College lead to 5 points.  However, Naas' good start was followed by a period of scoring dominance from the College where things clicked and some impressive rugby was played.  Hooker Max Wilson showed some fancy footwork as he crossed for a brace with a try either side of a try from Daniel Connolly who raced in from near halfway for his score.  A break from Ben O'Connor saw him round the left winger and cross for the College's sixth try before Max Kennedy got in on the scoring act with a try to round off the College's try scoring.  With Paddy Martin converting all five second half tries the College led 45 - 5 with seconds remaining.  But it would be Naas who would have the last say in the game with what some would see as the try of the game.  The ball was unloaded to a player running an impressive line which saw him break through the College defensive line and sprint in from 35 metres out to dot down under the posts. The conversion on the final whistle left it 45 - 12 at full time and the College hold onto the Michael Higgins Memorial Trophy for another year.
Notable mentions go to John R. Walsh, Billy Cross and Daniel Connolly who gave a Man of the Match performance.

Senior 2nds v Roscrea – Senior Seconds Final

The Senior Seconds headed to Tullow on the last day of term to take on Cistercian College, Roscrea in the final of the Senior 2nds Division 1 League.  The game got off to a great start for the College with Max Wilson and Josh Montgomery converting the College’s dominance in the early territory stats into tries. Billy Cross converted both. The Tipperary side hit back soon after to make it 14-7 with about a quarter of the game gone. But this was as good as it got for Roscrea. A dominant end to the half saw Montgomery cross from a pick and drive, Rory Taylor gather a clever pass from Alex Craig which left him in acres of space and Paddy Waters finish two flowing moves, showing some good pace, to grab a brace. Cross converted the second and fourth of these to leave the College with a commanding 38 - 7 lead at halftime.

In the second half the College were now playing into a decent crosswind and this saw them have to work a little harder with ball in hand and all but eliminated any kicking game for them. Both sides worked hard to push for territory but some textbook tackling from the College and handling errors on both sides saw few scoring opportunities is the second half.  But the College were still in control of the game and were rewarded when Taylor crossed for his second. Cross added the extras. Conor Flynn then pushed the College to the half century when he crossed following a strong run with much of the half completed. Eanna Sherlock was in the right place at the right time when he collected a pass 20 meters out and crossed for the College’s ninth try. Max Kennedy converted with the last kick of the game to leave it 57-7 at the whistle. Well done to all involved in the campaign which started back in early October and saw the side lose only one competitive fixture.
Notable mentions go to Charlie O’Loughlin, Jody Flanagan and Riain Murphy.


Rachael Keaney

Congratulations to Rachael Keaney on winning a silver team medal at the SIAB Schools International Schools Cross Country Championships on March 23rd. This was Rachael’s first-time representing Ireland and Newbridge College in an international event. A huge congratulations on this fantastic achievement.

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