Happy New Year to all the players, members, families, parents and friends of Newbridge RFC from the Club President, Chairperson, all the Committee, the Trustees and all the Coaches. Here's to another year of happiness, health and wellness in 2017. Keep an eye on Facebook and watch out for texts for updates on training for next week.
In the 2016/17 season, on the rugby front, Newbridge Senior sides flattered to deceive. We had a good 1st XV team but at vital times we tended to take our foot off the pedal. Examples of this are our injury time try against Railway Union but missed the conversion under the posts to lose by one point. Again we were 19 points to nil up against Carlow in the 48th minute and still lost the game. The result is that we put too much pressure on ourselves and finished second from bottom. However, in the relegation/promotion playoff against Wexford we put on a top class display winning the game well.
The good news is that our Minis and Youths sections are doing very well and our rugby future looks bright. I expect that we will be very strong in the coming season at Under 18 level with personnel from our two Under 17 teams and the players who have come back from playing with Cill Dara.
Newbridge must be one of the few Clubs in the country to have cleared all of its debt during the year. This is an achievement of which we are very proud. The Kube event was very well organised and raised a lot of money for the Club. We have applied for funding from the Department of Sport to develop our Clubhouse and we look forward to getting a positive response in early September. The planned developments are being briefed at Club’s AGM on the 12th May.
Newbridge RFC has been selected to host in Rosetown the Junior Inter Provincial match between Leinster and Connacht on the 29th April.
We are working on a new coach for the Club Senior teams. To boost our senior playing strength we will also require some new player. We will have news on this shortly. The new additions are necessary as a player gap has developed in recent seasons between our adult and youth teams. Following the player development work at Under 17 this year and planned at Under 18 next we are hopeful of closing the gap in the near future. However, what happens at Youth level over the next few years will be vital to our Club’s rugby survival. A challenge, I am sure, we all look forward to surmounting.
On the 29th April Newbridge RFC will be hosting the Junior Inter-Provincial match between Leinster and Connacht. The match will be played at Rosetown and is scheduled to kick off at 2.30pm. Leinster are coached by former Newbridge player and head coach David Mahon. David, currently the head coach of Division 1A side Monkstown, also helped out with the coaching of our senior teams this season. Watch out for more information about this important event for the club closer to the date.
As President of Newbridge Rugby Club I wish to convey the good wishes of the Executive Committee to all our players, our supporters and all your families. Let me wish you all a happy Christmas, prosperous and winning New Year.
The 1st XV have had gotten off the ground slowly this season and we have had some bad luck in some results. Beaten by Edenderry at home with the last kick of the game cost us and missing a conversion in the final minute against Railway Union to give us the win. However, there certainly are good signs that we are playing much better now. The recent win against Edenderry away has lifted us all. We are forward looking now and I have no doubt that we will come good with five league matches still to go (3 of which are at home). Roscrea are up next on the 8th of January and we owe them one. I would like to thank Rory and Dave our coaches and I know they are looking forward to the first-round Provincial Towns Cup fixture against Tullow (away). Our 2nds XV team are becoming a force and under team captain Killian O’Hagan they are also improving. Watching them each week I know that they are fielding a good team and I have no doubt they will come good.
Our Under 17s are doing very well so much so that we are able to field two teams at this level. Our Youths & Minis section are superb and the recent Under 15 win over Naas was a joy to watch as was last weekend's Under 13 win over Enniscorthy. It is a great pleasure to see, and hear, so many Minis boys and girls enjoying playing the sport of rugby. In our 20th year as an amalgamated Club we are well established and our Club has a terrific internal spirit and so let’s continue to build on it. The IRFU Club Draw has recently been successful and I wish all contributors the best of luck in that draw.
Is mór an onóir domsa, Uachtarán Rugbaí Droichead Nua, gach guí a casadh don Nollag ar gach éinne atá ag imirt in ar gclub, lucht tacaíochta agus muintir gach éinne. Ba mhaith liom beannacht um Nollaig ar gach éinne agus bliain nua saibhre a casadh oraibh go léir.
Again, on behalf of our club, I extend to you the warmest season's greetings for a very happy Christmas, prosperous and winning New Year.
Dave Ashe, President Newbridge RFC
Your club is still looking for someone, probably a parent of one of the minis or youths, to lend a hand.
Don't be put off by the title, Club Welfare Officer, which is a very important role in the club. However it
won't take up much of your time and you don't need prior experience. You will receive a full briefing. To
find out more click HERE and scroll down and/or contact the Club Secretary Fiona Nugent on 087 2027217
or Chairman Mick McCoy on 086 8117877 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What a brilliant fundraiser! 36 eager contestants took on the challenge of The KUBE on Saturday night in front of a packed enthusiastic audience, but there could only be one winner. Anthony Rainbow walked away with the €2,000 cheque. CONGRATULATIONS !!!
Held at the Keadeen Hotel on Saturday 28th January the club is hopeful of realising about €20,000 which will be used to support the club's new development plan to further upgrade our facilities in Rosetown.
Thank you to ALL who helped to make this event such a success including the contestants, the many sponsors, club members and their families, supporters of Newbridge RFC, the staff of Keadeen Hotel, Fundraising Events Group and to the organising committee ably lead by Barry McCann. To read more about The KUBE click >>> ** Great Night Great Crac Well Done Thank You **
20 years ago on Sunday 4th May 1997 Newbridge RFC, in its first season, won their first Leinster silverware. Newbridge's 3rd XV, captained by scrumhalf Robert Mehigan, defeated Edenderry by 25 pts to 19 at Portarlington to win the Anderson Cup for Junior 3 sides. This wasn't Newbridge's first silverwear as their 1st XV in January, captained by Martin Donnelly ,had won the North Midlands Hosie Cup (Junior 1) defeating Portlaoise at Athy. How many faces can you recognise in this team photograph?
Club members are advised that tickets for the finals and semi-finals of the Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017 are on sale via ticketmaster.ie and ticketmaster.co.uk. We are delighted to confirm that as hosts and irrespective of results during the tournament the Irish women’s team will play in the Kingspan Stadium on both the semi-finals and finals days, as multiple games are played in the same venue on the same day during the Women’s Rugby World Cup. Finals tickets, which allow access to all three finals day games at the Kingspan Stadium - including Ireland - start at just £10 for children and £15 for adults, with great value family packages from just £45. As you know, this tournament will not only be a celebration of rugby, it will be a celebration of sport and a real demonstration to the world and to World Rugby that Irish people get behind major sporting events and provide an unrivalled welcome and atmosphere.
So, don’t delay – pick up your Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017 tickets now from ticketmaster.ie or ticketmaster.co.uk
Following Monday (19th) evening's draw the winners in this year's IRFU / Ulster Bank 'Your Club, Your Country' Grand Prize Draw have been announced. The bad news is Newbridge RFC did not sell any of the winning tickets. However, with over €625,000 raised in direct funding, the real winners are the rugby clubs across Ireland including Newbridge RFC.
Thank you to every who has purchased tickets. The support of members and friends of our club is much appreciated. THANK YOU !!
Click HERE for more information from the IRFU on the draw.
>>> Your Club Your Country <<<
We are URGENTLY looking for someone, probably a parent of one of the minis or youths, to lend
a hand. Don't be put off by the title, Club Welfare Officer, which is a very important role in the club.
However it won't take up much of your time and you don't need prior experience. You will receive
a full briefing.
Every club is obliged to have a CWO, because the welfare of our young players is so important. All
of the club's coaching staff, referees, officials, etc are volunteers, and most of us are parents ourselves,
so we really do appreciate how busy everyone is. But we really do need someone to volunteer,
otherwise our club, your club, will face sanctions from Rugby's regulatory body, and these sanctions
would be detrimental to the future of your club, its members and players.
To find out what's involved please contact the Club Secretary Fiona Nugent on 087 2027217 or
Chairman Mick McCoy on 086 8117877 or email email@example.com .
CLICK HERE if you wish to read some of the older news items and stories from last season
Prize Winners in the IRFU / Ulster Bank 'Your Club, Your Country' Grand Prize Draw
1. Follow the Ireland Rugby Team on their Summer Tour 2017 in Japan
- Return flights, hotel accommodation, match tickets and spending allowance for two persons (compliments of Vodafone).
>>> Adam Cleary - ticket sold by Gorey RFC
2. Win a €5000 holiday - Holiday voucher worth up to €5000 (compliments of Ulster Bank).
>>> Mike Fuller - ticket sold by Killarney RFC
3. Italy v Ireland 2017 RBS 6 Nations VIP trip to Rome with the IRFU Patrons Club
- Return flights, hotel accommodation, match tickets and spending allowance for two persons (compliments of Canterbury).
>>> Nichola O'Dowd - ticket sold by Carrick-on-Shannon RFC
4. 2017 Galway Races VIP package
- Corporate hospitality at the Galway races and overnight hotel accommodation for two persons (compliments of Guinness).
>>> Stephen Saunders - ticket sold by De La Salle Palmerston FC
5. Scotland v Ireland 2017 RBS 6 Nations VIP tripto Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh
- Return flights, hotel accommodation, match tickets and spending allowance for two persons (compliments of Volkswagen).
>>> Norman McCully - ticket sold by Clontarf FC
6. Experience Business Class Service with Aer Lingus
- Transatlantic business class return flights with Aer Lingus for two persons (compliments of Aer Lingus).
>>> Ben O'Meara - ticket sold by Fermoy RFC
7. Wales v Ireland 2017 RBS 6 Nations VIP trip to Principality Stadium in Cardiff
- Return flights, hotel accommodation, match tickets and spending allowance for two persons
(compliments of The Hospitality Partnership).
>>> Brendan Roe - ticket sold by Blackrock College RFC
8. A state of the art home entertainment system Flat screen TV and surround sound equipment to the value of €1500
- (compliments of Aviva Home Insurance).
>>> Pauric O'Dea - ticket sold by An Ghaeltacht Rugbaí
9. Ireland v France 2017 RBS 6 Nations VIP package in Aviva Stadium
- VIP package including official IRFU hospitality and match tickets for two persons (compliments of Eden Park).
>>> Denis O'Driscoll - ticket sold by Shannon RFC
10. Ireland v England 2017 RBS 6 Nations VIP package in Aviva Stadium
- VIP package including official IRFU hospitality and match tickets for two persons (compliments of Lucozade Sport)
>>> Declan Rossiter - ticket sold by Wexford RFC
Newbridge RFC will hold their 2017 Annual General Meeting on Friday 12th May in Rosetown starting at 7.30pm. All members are encouraged to attend remembering that only fully paid up adult members have voting rights. The meeting will include full operational and financial reviews of the past season, the voting in of the new Executive Committee, selection of Club Captain and the discussion/voting on any motions. At the AGM our Club President, Dave Ashe, will give a presentation on the planned clubhouse developments at Rosetown some details of which are currently on display in the clubhouse. All members are encouraged to attend this important club event. The Club's Rules and Constitution requires a quorum of 30.
Newbridge RFC Rules and Constitution >>> ClickHERE
Newbridge RFC held their 2017 Annual General Meeting on Friday 12th May in Rosetown. Whilst there was a disappointingly low turn out there were sufficient members present to meet the quorum requirement of 30.
Outgoing Club President Dave Ashe chaired the meeting. Club Chairman, Mick McCoy, standing in for Fiona Nugent, delivered the Hon. Secretary's report which highlighted a good year both on and off the pitch especially for Youth and Mini rugby. The 1st XV survived in Leinster's Division 2A despite a year of very variable and unpredictable performances. Off the pitch the fund raising initiative The Kube was a resounding success.
Hon. Treasurer Enda Bohan delivered the Financial Report. Enda was able to reported a surplus for the year ending 31st March 2017 which contrasts with a deficit for the previous year. Enda also advised that it is costing about €70,000 to run the club annually. He emphasised that the success of The Kube fund raiser clearly shows that we should focus on one large such event each year and execute it well. The other good news is, following the deal with the mast, the club has been able to clear all of its outstanding loans and debts which must make us one of the very few debt free rugby clubs in Ireland. A significant achievement.
Mick McCoy was confirmed as the incoming President and Ronan Mangan as the new Club Captain. Ollie Delaney is the new Junior Vice President with Dave Ashe now assuming the Senior Vice President role. Noel Liston joins the Executive. Congratulations to Mick, Ronan, Ollie and Noel. Thank you to the outgoing Club Captain Cormac Nugent whose season was affected by injury and to Fiona Nugent, Hon. secretary who is standing down. The club is continuing to look for a Chairman and a Hon. Secretary and are hopeful of filling these roles in the coming weeks.
The meeting approved the reduction of Club Trustees from 8 to 4.
After the conclusion of the AGM Dave Ashe gave a short presentation on the planned clubhouse developments at Rosetown including an insight into the detailed preparation work necessary for submitting an application for Lottery Funding. It will be September before we hear if we have been successful. Dave was praised for the quality of his work.
>>> Thank you to the members who attended this important club event <<<
Newbridge RFC Rules and Constitution >>> Click HERE to see the updated document
Good luck to Jordan Duggan, a product of the Newbridge RFC youth system, who is representing Ireland Under 19s vs France today, 11th April. Jordan, who is currently playing with Naas, has strong links to Newbridge RFC and is in the middle of the back row in the photograph below of the Newbridge Under 11s from 2009.
Thank you to all our club members and friends who supported us by placing their Blue Tokens in the Newbridge RFC Community Fund cylinder at Tescos over the Christmas period. This has proved a useful fund raising initiative for our club.
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Newbridge RFC is participating in the Tesco Newbridge Community Fund project
from Tuesday 20th December - ALL WEEK. Please SUPPORT by placing your
Blue Tokens into the Newbridge RFC cylinder at the exit door of Tescos. Also,
why not ask family and friends to place their token there as well.
This is a great fund raising opportunity for our club - it's the busiest shopping
week of the year. All funds raised will be going towards funding our major
Development Plan which will see significant upgrading and extension of our
facilities at Rosetown.
On Saturday 29th April in Rosetown Leinster Juniors got off to a
winning start in this season's IRFU Junior Inter-Provincial series.
Connacht had lead for much of the game and it took a very late
penalty by the Leinster scrum half to secure the narrowest of wins
by 15 pts to 14.
Rosetown looked very well on the day despite the weather conditions
and the organisation on the ground went very smoothly. All we lacked
on the day (apart from sun and warmth) was a crowd. However a great
occasion for our club. Well done to Mick McCoy, Newbridge RFC
Chairman, Dave Ashe, President, and their team of club helpers who
came from all areas of club activity including Senior and Youth players,
parents, Minis and Youth coaches and members of the Executive.
To read the official Leinster match report click http://www.leinsterrugby.ie/leinster-edge-out-connacht-in-junior-interpros/
Photographs courtesy of Michelle Sharkey (Game On Photos) and Niall Kidd.