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
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 we all look forward to surmounting.
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 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 lead by Barry McCann. ** Great Night Great Crac Well Done Thank You **
Newbridge Rugby Club held its Family Fun Day on Saturday 9th September in Rosetown. As a preamble to the day, the Mini's season kicked with their usual 10.00am session, with the Fun Day getting underway at 12 noon. Also during the morning was an enjoyable "Try Rugby" event for boys and girls wishing to give the game a go for the first time.
The rain held off for most of the day, making the Bouncing Castles a big hit. Newbridge Girls put on a great display against Naas, despite being hit by one of the day's nastier showers, while Newbridge's Under 17s also put on a great show against a strong Cill Dara side.
There was a brisk trade all day at the BBQ, where Sharon Commane was ably assisted by the lesser known but equally popular Commane brother Ciaran, who was inundated with requests for free hotdogs and burgers from his friends in the Patricians!
Special thanks to Tracy McMullen who was kept busy processing registrations from new and existing members. If you have paid your subscription already THANK YOU, but if you haven't please remember to pay your online - ClickHERE.
Andrew from G-Sports was also on-hand in the club house, with a full display of our official club gear. He was also kept busy with fittings, sales and pre-orders. If you missed him on the day just call to his shop at Langton Cross, Newbridge or you can order onlineHERE .
A word of thanks also to our Barista supreme Paul Treacy who obliged once again and kept us topped up with the finest coffees and Tea. Also well done to Kerry Browne and her friend Emma, TY Students from Thurles Presentation College, who manned a stand raising funds for the Hope Foundation. They are off shortly to India on voluntary work.
Hearty praise to all the organisers, coaches and players for their involvement, but especially those involved in the Hosie Cup Blitz, which was a thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining display of rugby. The spectators enjoyed it immensely and it augers very well for the forthcoming season
You can see more photographs on News page by clicking HERE. Thanks you to Michelle from Game On for the fabulous photographs.
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 /
early January period. This has proved a useful fund raising initiative for our club.
Thank You Thank You Thank You Thank You
The IRFU and Ulster Bank are delighted to announce that the ‘Your Club, Your Country’ Grand Prize Draw is back again this season – and this year the prizes are better than ever ! Last year the initiative raised over half a million euro for the club game throughout Ireland thanks to club supporters. All of the prizes are kindly provided by the IRFU and their family of partners. Prizes include a trip for two persons to Australia, a €5,000 holiday, VIP rugby packages, Aer Lingus flights and a state of the art home entertainment system.
Getting involved could not be easier. Your club will retain 100% of the monies raised from their draw ticket sales. There is no cost to your club. This draw has become one of your club's main fund raising activities. Tickets cost €10 each and are available through the coaches of the different teams. Please contact Club President Mick McCoy (086 8117877), Vice President Ollie Delaney (087 2381208), Treasurer Enda Bohan (086 2597214) or Youth Co-ordinator Tony Kavanagh (O87 3429099) for more information.
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.
The Finals of Newbridge RFC's2nd Annual Mixed Summer Tag Rugby competition, sponsored by THE BRU HOUSE in Newbridge, were played on Wednesday 2nd August in Rosetown. After 10 weeks, this year's competition delivered a final evening of suitably absorbing and entertaining Tag Rugby. Great to play in and great to watch. An enjoyable evening was had by all. The winners were presented with their awards by new Club President Mick McCoy. Thank you to all players, to our sponsors The Bru House Newbridge and to the event organiser Killian O'Hagan.
Winner - Make Tag Great Again
Runner Up - Miggo's Army
Winner - Al Try Eda
Runner Up - Leinster Warriors
Winner - Wu Tag Clan
Runner Up - Sheep Taggers
Winner - No Woman No Try
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
In the 2017 Sports Capital Grants announced today, 30th November, Newbridge RFC have been awarded €51,000. This award will be of great assistance to the club with the develop of their facilities at Rosetown. Newbridge RFC thank Martin Haydon for his support and advice with their application. Thanks are also due to Dave Ashe whose attention to detail was key in this success. Well done and thank you to all who contributed towards Newbridge gaining this grant. The Executive will now initiate the next phase of activity in the Rosetown Facilities Development Project.
In a project led by Junior Vice President Ollie Delaney a new pellet burning fire has been installed in the Rosetown Clubhouse.
>>> BIG THANK YOU to All our Supporters
Thank you to ALL who sold and bought Tickets for this years IRFU Your Club Your Country Draw. ALL returned Ticket Receipts have now been safely lodged with the IRFU in Dublin and we await the result of the draw which will be made by the IRFU on Monday 11th December. We will publish the draw results on this website as usual. They will also be available directly through the IRFU web site.
The club and its Executive are very grateful to everyone who sold and bought draw tickets particularly as 100% of every ticket sold goes to YOUR CLUB !! We will let you know how well be did in due course. Al of the great prizes have been kindly provided by the IRFU and their family of partners. Prizes include a trip for two persons to Australia, a €5,000 holiday, VIP rugby packages, Aer Lingus flights and a state of the art home entertainment system.
Our Clubhouse Development Project reached its first major milestone last week when we secured a sports grant for €51,000 from the Minister for Sport. When this is added to the proceeds of the successful Kube Fundraiser earlier this year and other club development funds, the combined funding raised now exceeds €100,000. The cost of building the new dressing rooms, showers and a gym for the players is going to be €250,000, so the executive committee has been working behind the scenes over the past 12 months to raise as much funds as possible before formally launching the project to the wider membership and setting out what will be needed in terms of fund-raising to complete the development over the next 18 months.
Thankfully, each year the membership continues to grow, particularly in the Minis and Youths areas and over the past year we have also seen rapid growth in the number of Girls playing rugby with us. We’re conscious of the urgent need to upgrade and expand the clubhouse facilities for all our players’ benefit.
There were over 1,700 successful applications for sports grants from sports organisations throughout Ireland, and our allocation of €51,000 places us in the top 20% of all applicants. It’s a great achievement and credit is due to all concerned, in particular to Dave Ashe who led the initiative.In January, we will hold a Clubhouse Development Launch Night for all members and friends of the club at which we’ll be announcing our building plans and fundraising initiatives and letting you know what you can do to help. We’ll let you know all about it closer to the time.
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 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
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.
On Saturday 8th July Newbridge RFC, in association with the BRU
House, ran a Man V Food fundraiser. Held in the BRU House
Newbridge ten contestants from the club's senior panel took part
in a food eating challenge against each other until just one remains.
Last man standing and winner was Keith Moran.
**Congratulations Keith **
All food was from the BRU House menu
prepared by the BRU House chef. Well done to all contestants.
A great night was had by all attending so a big thank you to the
BRU House and to everyone who supported the club's latest
CLICK HERE if you wish to read some of the older news items and stories from last season
There was a good attendance in Rosetown to watch the final test between the Lions and the All Blacks. Attracted by the offer of sausage sambos and a video for the kids the bar quickly filled up for the early 8,30am kick off. Thanks are due to organiser Barry McCann and "Head"chef Sean McCann ... plus the many who helped on the day. All who attended certainly had a great start to their day.
Your Club, Your Country' Breaks Four Million Mark As Winners Drawn - No Joy for Newbridge Supporters
There was no joy for supporters of Newbridge RFC when the 2017 IRFU / Ulster Bank 'Your Club, Your Country' Grand Prize Draw was carried out in the Aviva Stadium on Monday 11th December. However a member of near neighbours Portlaoise RFC was successful. winning the second prize This year's 'Your Club, Your Country' Draw raised over €580,000 for the 120 participating clubs, bringing the total raised by the initiative to over €4 Million.
There were 10 prizes on offer in this year's draw with winning tickets being sold by the following clubs :-
Ashbourne RFC Portlaoise RFC Wexford RFC Loughrea RFC Old Crescent RFC
Balbriggan RFC UL Bohemian RFC Ratoath RFC Roscrea RFC Young Munster RFC
The IRFU and Ulster Bank, in conjunction with the wider family of IRFU partners, supply the prizes for the 'Your Club, Your Country' Grand Prize Draw, ensuring clubs reap the maximum benefit and raise up to €10,000 from the fundraising scheme. Click http://www.irishrugby.ie/news/41050.php#.Wi-7skx2vIU for more information.
2017 IRFU/ULSTER BANK 'YOUR CLUB, YOUR COUNTRY' GRAND PRIZE DRAW WINNERS
1. Summer Tour in Australia, June 2018 - return flights, hotel accommodation, match tickets and spending allowance for two persons (compliments of Vodafone) >>> WINNER - Patrick Moran (sold by Ashbourne RFC)
2. Win a €5,000 Holiday - Holiday voucher worth up to €5,000 (compliments of Ulster Bank) >>> WINNER - Maria Redmond (sold by Portlaoise RFC)
3. France v Ireland 2018 Six Nations VIP trip to Paris - return flights, hotel accommodation, match tickets and spending allowance for two persons (compliments of Canterbury) >>> WINNER - John Fagan (sold by Wexford RFC)
4. 2018 Galway Races VIP package - Corporate hospitality and overnight accommodation for two persons (compliments of Guinness)
>>> WINNER - Tiernan McKeogh (sold by Loughrea RFC)
5. England v Ireland 2018 Six Nations VIP trip to London - return flights, hotel accommodation, match tickets and spending allowance for two persons (compliments of Volkswagen) >>> WINNER - Michael Murphy (sold by Old Crescent RFC)
6. Experience Business Class service with Aer Lingus - Transatlantic business class return flights for two persons (compliments of Aer Lingus)
>>> WINNER - Bernie Rooney (sold by Balbriggan RFC)
7. Aldi Shopping Voucher - Voucher to the value of €2,000 (compliments of Aldi) >>> WINNER - Sandra Griffin (sold by UL Bohemians RFC)
8. State-of-the-art Home Entertainment System - Flat screen TV and surround sound equipment to the value of €1500 (compliments of Aviva Home Insurance) >>> WINNER - Caroline Kenna (sold by Rathoath RFC)
9. Elverys Shopping Voucher - Voucher to the value of €1,000 (compliments of Elverys)
WINNER: Margaret McDermott (sold by Roscrea RFC)
10. VIP package for all three 2018 Six Nations games at the Aviva Stadium (compliments of The Hospitality Partnership)
WINNER: Gerard Hanrahan (sold by Young Munster RFC)
The Club is inviting fully paid up members to apply on a 1st come 1st served basis for 6 Nations 2018 tickets – emails to email@example.com
Congratulations to Noel Liston who was elected Honorary Secretary for Newbridge RFC at the August Executive Committee meeting. Noel is a relatively new member to our club and was elected to the Executive at last May's AGM.
Leinster Rugby recently circulated this poster advertising their 2017/18 coaching courses taking place in clubs around the province. Club CRO/CCRO will be receiving this information so look out for full A3 copies of posters in the clubhouse.
All coaches are encouraged to undergo appropriate training so speak with your fellow coaches, Minis Coordinator, Youth Coordinator and/or Director of Rugby.
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.