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.

Saturday 16th September, 2017 - Mini Rugby Update

Newbridge Under 7s & 8s will train in the club on Saturday 16th September in Rosetown from 10.00am to 10.45am. Starting from next week the Under 8s will train as a separate stand alone group.

Newbridge Under 9s, 10s, 11s & 12s are currently scheduled to play away against North Kildare this Saturday 16th September with a 10.30am start.

Minis News

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. Below are photographs of the Under 11s & Under 12s trip.

Monday 21st August, 2017 - Minis Summer Rugby Camp - Rosetown

In Rosetown, starting next Monday 21st August, Newbridge RFC will be holding a Summer Rugby Camp for Girls and Boys aged between 6 and 12 years. RUGBYCAMPS.IE will run the camp again this year from Monday 21st to Friday 25th August. The link for info/registration and payment is https://www.eventbrite.com/e/newbridge-rfc-minis-summer-camp-tickets-34233583570?aff=eac2
This event always provides a fun week for the kids and feedback from last year has been very good.

Thursday 24th August, 2017 - Minis Rugby Update

Boys and Girls Mini Rugby will be starting up again on Saturday 2nd September in Rosetown at 10.00am. All players, boys and girls, experienced and new to the game, from Under 7 to Under 12 (Born: 2006) are encouraged to start the new season as soon as possible. Watch out for further updates on registration, a 'Try Rugby' day and upcoming mini rugby activities over the next week.


Newbridge RFC's 5 day Summer Rugby Camp for Girls and Boys aged between 6 and 12 years continues until Friday 25th August.

Wednesday 25th March, 2017

- Minis Update

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.

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)

Thursday 31st August, 2017 - Minis Rugby - Update

Boys and Girls Mini Rugby will be starting up again on Saturday 2nd September in Rosetown at 10.00am. All players, boys and girls, experienced and new to the game, from Under 7 to Under 12 (Born: 2006) are encouraged to start the new season as soon as possible. Watch out for further updates on registration, a 'Try Rugby' day and upcoming mini rugby activities over the next week.

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.

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 23rd September, 2017 - Mini Rugby Update

Newbridge Under 7s to 11s will train as normal at home in Rosetown at 10.00am this Saturday 23rd September. The Under 12s have a Blitz in Roscrea RFC. If you have not done so please make sure to pay your annual registration/membership fee by accessing the online payment system through the Club's website. Remember - new members are always welcome in every age group from Under 7 to Senior.

Saturday 2nd September, 2017 - Mini Rugby - Great Start to New Season

There was a super start to the new Mini Rugby Season at Rosetown on Saturday morning, 2nd September. The club was full of young, enthusiastic rugby players both Girls and Boys, having fun supported by lots of coaches, parents and families. Well done to all involved. Newbridge welcomes all players, boys and girls, experienced and new to the game, from Under 7 to Under 12 (Born - 2006). Keep tracking the Newbridge Rugby Facebook page for updates on next weeks 'Try Rugby' day, Club Open Day and other upcoming Mini Rugby activities.

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 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)

Friday 29th September, 2017 - Mini Rugby - Blitz Postponed

The Mini blitz against Cill Dara RFC scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday 30th September, has been rescheduled by 1 week. It will now be held on Saturday 7th October. Instead ALL Mini Rugby teams from Under 6/7s through to Under 12s will train tomorrow, Saturday 30th September, at home in Rosetown starting at 10.00am sharp.