Saturday 1st April, 2017 - Newbridge Girls Star at Aviva

4 Unanswered Tries at the Aviva from the mighty

girls of Newbridge   ........... Awesome !!!

On Saturday 1st April Newbridge Under 12 Girls

Minis team played against Kilkenny Girls at half time

during the Leinster v Wasps ERCCQuarter Final.

The Girls had a great time both on and off the pitch. 

WELL DONE to all players, coaches, parents and

supporters.


Wednesday 25th March, 2017 - Minis Update

Next Saturday 1st April Newbridge Minis Under 8s to Under 12s will play Athy RFC at home in Rosetown. Please be at the club for 10.00am. Matches start at 10.30am sharp. Don't forget your gumshields !!!


Last Saturday 25th March Newbridge Minis travelled to Clane RFC. For

Newbridge Under 7s it was their final game of the season: Pictured below,

after their final game, are the Newbridge Under 7 panel. At Clane all their

hard work paid off and, along with the home side, both groups of players

produced a feast of running rugby, coupled with passing and support play of

the highest standard. Well done to them all. The club look forward to seeing

all of the Newbridge players back in September following a fun filled summer

stuffed with sport, play and movement.

Wednesday 22nd February, 2017 - Mini Rugby Coaching Course - Update

The Minis Stage 1 Coaching Course organised in conjunction with Leinster Rugby is going ahead on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th February. It is being held at Newbridge RFC's Rosetown ground from 9.15am to 3.00pm (approx) on both days. The course will be finished in time on Saturday for participants to watch the Ireland v France internation match. There is also a requirement to complete an online concussion awareness module. A limited number of places are still available. Please confirm with Neil if attending Not Later Than Lunchtime Wednesday 22nd February by Facebook message, text, phone or in person. ​Details of the course can be accessed through the following link :-

http://www.irishrugby.ie/playingthegame/coaching/mini_rugby_course_stage_one_ltpd.php

Wednesday 15th February, 2017 - "TAG Feast" - Primary Schools Rugby

A feast of TAG Rugby took place on Wednesday 15th February

in Rosetown. 100s of 'Trys' were scored by 230 young players

from 10 Schools who fielded 17 teams. There was skill, speed,

space awareness, team camaraderie and FUN on display in

abundance. Newbridge RFC would like to thank all the schools

who took part, the teachers who supported the teams and most of

all the young players who committed fully to doing their best. They

played within the spirit of the game and 'learned by doing' improving

constantly game by game. Well done to all who were associated

with supporting this event, which allowed the children to explore the

game in a safe, supported and mentored environment. All the

schools, teachers, parents and pupils should be rightly proud

of today's effort.

Saturday 1st April, 2017 - Newbridge U9s Enjoy Trip to Aviva

Newbridge Under 9s, together with coaches,

parents and supporters, travelled up to the Aviva

Stadium in Dublin to attend the Leinster v Wasps

ERCC Quarter Final on 1st April as part of the

One Province initiative. With a party size of about

80 this was a great occasion made more so by

both victories for Leinster and for the mighty

Newbridge Girls, who won their half time match

against Kilkenny.



May 2017 - 2016/17 Season Review - Under 7s

Newbridge Under 7s commenced in September 2016 and played rugby up to late March 2017. The focus from September to December was fundamental movement skills, rugby specific skills such as passing and catching, and the development of basic game awareness. From January to late March the focus changed to game play, enhanced game awareness and team play. The general rugby competence of the Under 7s was on a par with the clubs we played against in the second half of the season. Importantly the group, whilst developing basic skills and game knowledge, had much enjoyment from their first experience of organised rugby. This will stand to them in future years.

We had about 25 players in the Under 7 group, mainly boys. However, there was significantly reduced attendance when the group had to travel to away matches. Coach Neil Taylor was assisted by a number of parents including Paul Archbold, Senan Clandillon, Alastair DeBeer and Graham Ross. Senan completed the Mini Coaching Course conducted in Newbridge RFC.

All players, with parental involvement, are encouraged to remain actively engaged in other sports during the Summer in readiness for the new rugby season in September.

The support and active involvement from parents and other family member and friends is much appreciated. There are many and varied tasks that are required to be done in your rugby club.


Submitted by Neil Taylor, CCRO (on behalf of Under 7 Coaches)

Saturday 19th March , 2017 - Minis Update

Newbridge Under 11s Minis played Mullingar RFC on Saturday 18th March in Rosetown - see photos below. Up next for Newbridge Minis is Clane RFC AWAY next Saturday 25th March.

Monday 13th February, 2017 - Primary Schools TAG Rugby

A feast of primary schools rugby will be available to be enjoy on Wednesday 15th February in Rosetown. 17 Teams from 10 Schools will take part in a 5th/6th Class Blitz between local schools. It is all part of the Newbridge Rugby Club's Community Rugby Programme. Over 200 young players are expected to participate during the day. The Schools playing are :- Gael Scoil Chill Dara, St Patricks NS, Scoil Nioclais Naofa - Dunlavin, Scoil Mhuire, Scoil Naomh Uilig, St Conleths & Marys NS, Newbridge Educate Together NS, Patrician Primary, Ballyshannon NS and Scoil Bhride - Kilcullen.

2016/17 Season Review - Under 7s

Newbridge Under 7s commenced in September 2016 and played rugby up to late March 2017. The focus from September to December was fundamental movement skills, rugby specific skills such as passing and catching, and the development of basic game awareness. From January to late March the focus changed to game play, enhanced game awareness and team play. The general rugby competence of the Under 7s was on a par with the clubs we played against in the second half of the season. Importantly the group, whilst developing basic skills and game knowledge, had much enjoyment from their first experience of organised rugby. This will stand to them in future years.

We had about 25 players in the Under 7 group, mainly boys. However, there was significantly reduced attendance when the group had to travel to away matches. Coach Neil Taylor was assisted by a number of parents including Paul Archbold, Senan Clandillon, Alastair DeBeer and Graham Ross. Senan completed the Mini Coaching Course conducted in Newbridge RFC.

All players, with parental involvement, are encouraged to remain actively engaged in other sports during the Summer in readiness for the new rugby season in September.

The support and active involvement from parents and other family member and friends is much appreciated. There are many and varied tasks that are required to be done in your rugby club.


Submitted by Neil Taylor, CCRO (on behalf of Under 7 Coaches)


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May, 2017 - 2016/17 Season Review - Under 10s

Newbridge Under 10s enjoyed a very full, active and enjoyable season playing matches against 9 different clubs, both home and away. In total, the squad of 33 players, competed in 118 matches. 

Through both the training sessions and matches all players demonstrated big improvements in their skill levels. In particular, there were huge all round improvements from Jack (Ryan), Christopher (Ayerst), James (Hayde), Daniel (Gaffney), Robbie (Callaghan), Saul (Brennan), Jack (Lawlor), Robbie (Kane), Brevin (Sourke), Cathal (Cooney), Alex (Stafford), Aidan (Cooke), Rafaels (Rubulis), JJ (Lacey) and Killian. First tries were recorded for William (Burke), Sam (Gaynor), Tommy (Finn), Sean (Brennan), Airidas and Dariyus. Also “Big Tackles” were noted from Geordan (Kennedy), Joshua (O’Keeffe) and Niall (Mulvey). 

Many players demonstrated “Great Attitude and Team Spirit” notably from Finn (Keogh), Thomas (Daly), Rory (Taylor), Ben (Connors), Jamie (Bohan), Rhys (Byrne), Jack (Fogarty), Brian (McCarthy) and Adam (Kennedy). Cathal (Cooney), Airidas and Dariyus (Peveraitis) had the most untied bootlaces, whilst Geordan and Rory topped the table for bloody noses!! 

The support from the parents and families, particularly towards the end of the season was greatly appreciated. The players really enjoy playing in front of a noisy touchline! A great season was finished off with a real fun day out to the Aviva! Well done to all the players!

Finally, thanks to all the coaches, parents and families who helped out over the course of the season with the many and varied tasks that were required.


Submitted by Stephen Kennedy (on behalf of Under 10 Coaches)

Monday 13th February, 2017 - Mini Rugby Coaching Course - Latest

The Minis Coaching Course organised in conjunction with Leinster Rugby is going ahead on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th February. The couse will run from 9.00am to 4.30pm (approx) both days. Note - the course on the Saturday will finish in time for all to see the Ireland v France 6 Nations match. There is a requirement for participants to complete an online concussion awareness module. Please confirm with Neil ASAP by Facebook message, text, phone or in person if you are attending. Details of the course can be accessed through the following link :-

http://www.irishrugby.ie/playingthegame/coaching/mini_rugby_course_stage_one_ltpd.php

Monday 27th February, 2017 - Mini Rugby Coaching Course - Update

A Minis Stage 1 Coaching Course organised in conjunction with Leinster Rugby was run in Rosetown Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th February. Thanks are due to Newbridge RFC's CCRO Neil Taylor for arranging the course. Thanks are also due to Ken, Jenny, John and John Joe from Leinster Rugby for providing top class tutoring during the two days. Finally a particular thank you and well done to Laura, Darragh, Liam, Tom, Stephen, Lance and Senan (the seven Newbridge RFC coaches) who completed the course for their effort, enthusiasm and commitment on a mid-term break weekend.

Friday 21st April, 2017 - Minis UpdatE

Newbridge Under 12s had their final training session in Rosetown on Wednesday evening, 19th April. The session concluded with the team's medal presentation by our Club President Dave Ashe. Many Parents were present as were the team's four coaches, Aidan Feighan, Noel Brannigan, Enda Bohan and Jason Popplewell. Well done to all involved with this season's Under 12s. Their final match ot the season is away to Tullamore this Saturday 22nd April.

Monday 13th FebRUARY, 2017 - Mini Girls Update 

Newbridge Mini Girls played a keenly contested match in bitter conditions against the Naas RFC Girls at Rosetown last Saturday 11th February. The game was played in great spirit and the virtues of rugby - skill, bravery, team work, fun and effort were on display in abundance. Well done to all the players and team mentors. It is great to see all your hard work paying off.

Minis News

May, 2017 - 2016/17 Season Review - Under 12s

 'Everybody Works, Nobody Rests'. This has been the mantra of the current Newbridge RFC Under 12s since they were Under 9s, and for the 2016/17 season this team mantra has never been truer. This is a squad that is greater than the sum of their considerable parts through a great combination of work ethic, team play, skill, intelligence and heart. Season on season the team's coaches have always remarked how skills and interplay, both individual and team, have progressed. This season is no different. From the smallest to the largest, all of our Under 12 players have demonstrated a huge appetite for the open and attacking style of rugby that they have a reputation for not only in Newbridge but also amongst a lot of the clubs we play against. More importantly from a coaching and development perspective this team is also notable for the hard, unseen (not unseen by coaches) work in attack and defence that is necessary to enable this more visible, open style of rugby. 

The changing of the pitch dimensions to a shorter but wider pitch did cause temporary consternation for a session or two, but the squad got on with it and soon found the extra space available was suited to our attacking style and quickly exploited this. Now there would be consternation if we had to switch back.

Like any team, we've had some blips along the way - most notably when Portlaoise ran up some scores against us earlier in the season at Rosetown. The reaction to a setback or disappointment tells you a lot about the character of a playing group. We had a talk with the players immediately after these matches and we all agreed and made ourselves a promise that we would never let this happen again or feel this badly again. In true fashion for this group that is exactly what the squad did and we went from strength to strength, including travelling down to Portlaoise later in the season and beating them. 

Regardless of whether we win or lose, the true spirit of rugby is alive and kicking in this squad. They give everything to the Newbridge cause. They are ferocious in attack and defence. They are loyal to each other and look out for each other. They win and lose together with grace and dignity. Newbridge, Leinster and indeed Irish rugby is in safe hands with teams like Newbridge Under 12s coming through. They are a credit to the club and to their families. We are very proud of them. 

 Next season as Under 13s, the 15 aside and full pitch format will test the squad in different ways. We already know there will much more running involved and running at pace for longer periods and distances. Fitness will be a much bigger factor than it is in Mini rugby. We encourage the players and their parents to maintain and improve their fitness levels through the summer. Playing other sports is a great way of doing that and developing other skills but regular exercise is the key - walk the dog, cycle or walk instead of getting a lift, head up to the green in the estate for pick-up games of football and soccer. Less Playstation and more Play! Enjoy the rugby off-season and we look forward to seeing you all back in Rosetown at the end of the summer. 


Submitted by Aidan Feighan (on behalf of Under 12 Coaches)

Saturday 11th February, 2017 - Minis Update - 

Great Effort by Minis in Edenderry

What a super effort and performance from the Newbridge Minis against Edenderry on Saturday morning (11th February). The conditions were bitterly cold and despite a significant size advantage to the hosts across all teams, rugby guile, guts and great skills were on display in 'bucket-loads' from the Black & Yellows. The Under 12s played 15 a side rugby, using the full pitch, for the first time this season. They produced a scintillating display, particularly in the 1st half, of running rugby matched with awareness of space.

Well done to all the players, coaches and parents involved with all teams today.​

Tuesday 11th April, 2017 - Minis Update

Newbridge Under 11s & Under 12s travelled to Limerick last Saturday, 8th April. First stop was Garryowen RFC were matches were played against the home sides. Both clubs played great rugby and had a very enjoyable time. Then it was off to Thomond Park for a tour of the ground. All in all a great experience for all involved. Thanks to the organisers, coaches and parents for a great day out.

Also on Saturday 8th April the Under 10s travelled to Dublin for an Aviva Stadium Tour. Another great experience for all attending. Thanks again to the organisers, coaches and parent.

On Sunday Newbridge's Under 12 Girls competed in a Rugby Blitz Festival at Terenure RFC. Another memorable occasion for these players which they all enjoying, whilst also playing some great rugby.

Below are photographs of the Under 11s & Under 12s trip and of the Under 12 Girls at Terenure.

May 2017 - 2016/17 Season Review - Under 11s

Newbridge Under 11s played both home and away matches from September to April against clubs in the North Midland Area. They also branched out to play teams representing Lansdowne, Garryowen, Edenderry and Roscrea. The season was a great success for the squad of about 25 and it is fair to say that the development of all our players was excellent. Regardless of ability, they all worked hard to improve themselves with the team dynamic, as it developed, helping the individual player improvement. Even implementing a policy of non-streaming the Under 11s won 80% of their games. The coaches are particularly proud of the success of non-streaming. It is also worth highlighting that not a single disciplinary incident happened all season which we think has much to do with our players being too busy playing good rugby !!
 
The Under 11's final game was in Garryowen where we won 3 from 4 game. Thanks to Colm Moran, a former player with Old Kilcullen RFC, we were allowed access to all areas on a tour of Thomond Park. Dressing rooms and pitch access were the highlight of a wonderful day or maybe it was Supermacs !!

Well done to all our players - Oran, Jack Morrin, Jack D, Jack Martin, Thomas, Robert, Daniel C, Daniel B, Adam, James, Gavin, Michael, Dermot, Ben, Eddie, Niall, Senan, Tom J, Tom S, Joe, Jamie, Eoghan, Mark, Odhran, Dermot C, Rowan and Conor

Thanks
to Ivan O'Connor, Paul Deegan, Jim Cox and Martin Connolly for giving of their time during the challenging winter months. Also the support and active involvement from parents and other family member and friends is much appreciated. IT WAS OUR PLEASURE TO COACH THE NEWBRIDGE UNDER 11s AND WE HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE SEASON AS MUCH AS WE DID !!  SEE YE ALL IN SEPTEMBER.


Submitted by Rossa O'Donnell (on behalf of Under 11 Coaches)

Saturday 12th March, 2017 - Minis Update

What a super effort today, in heavy conditions, by the Newbridge Under 9s, 10s, 11s and 12s in their games against Naas in Rosetown. There was determination in defence, skill in attack and great team work across all the squads and teams. Well done to all parents and families also who provided refreshments, car parking attendants and a real willingness to help out. A super club and community effort from all. Unfortunately we had to cancel the games for Under 7s and Under 8s due to the condition of the playing areas available to them. Fingers crossed both groups will be back to rugby soon

Thursday 23rd March, 2017 - Newbridge Minis to star at Aviva

Newbridge Under 12 Girls Mini team will be taking part in a match against Kilkenny on 1st April in the Aviva Stadium at half time during the Leinster v Wasps ERCCQuarter Final. This is a big honour for our Mini Girls which is well deserved after their hard work. We wish all the players and their coaches every success and enjoyment. WELL DONE 


Newbridge Under 9s together with coaches, parents and supporters are also attending the Leinster v Wasps ERCC Quarter Final on 1st April as part of the One Province initiative. There could be as many as 80 in the group. Look out for the Black & Yellow in the crowd! The Girls are sure of good "home town" support!


The photograph below shows some of the Newbridge Under 12 Girls who will be playing in the Aviva Stadium against Kilkenny on 1st April :-
Back Row L to R - Elaine Cox (coach), Zara Hurley, Orla Mc Donald, Susannah Hughes, Kate Millar, Lucy Millar, Lauren De Courcey,

                              Olivia Monaghan, Paul Treacey (coach)
Front Row L to R - Rebecca Mc Caffrey, Amelia Berney Treacey, Freya Healy, Alex Connors, Sara Kelly, Megan Jenkins
Not in Picture - Roisin O’ Grady, Erin Healy, Emma Redmond, Amy Rushton

Saturday 4th February, 2017 - Newbridge Under 9s v Cill Dara

​Some photographs of Newbridge Under 9s against Cill

Dara RFC from last Saturday's action in Rosetown. Again,

as with Portlaoise RFC recently, there was fantastic

movement, passing and teamwork on view from all teams

and clubs resulting in a feast of Rugby for the players and

supporters to enjoy.