On Sunday 1st October Newbridge 1st and 2nd XVs travelled to Portarlington looking for their first wins in this season's Leinster League and they both came away with impressive victories. The 1st XV gaining the maximum of 5 league points.
Newbridge 1sts had an emphatic 48 pts to 13 victory, out scoring the home side by 8 tries to 1. Newbridge scored their first try within 2 minutes of the kick off and their fourth after only 30 minutes. Portarlington held Newbridge scoreless for much of the third quarter before the visitors re-found their scoring ability with four further tries. Portarlington did not give up and scored a late consolation converted try to add to their two first half penalties. Newbridge's pack had a good game, both in the set pieces and in the loose, and the backrow all made impressive runs. However the inter-passing, hard running and support play is what most caught the eye particularly by the back three of Robbie Browner, Neil Hogan and Conor Dolan. Key to much of Newbridge's good play was the service from scrumhalf Mark Delaney, who also scored two good tries. Special mention to Gary McGuire, normally a back, who had a great first game as openside flanker, and to Brendan Commane, from our Under 18s, who made his first senior appearance joining elder brother Paddy on the field of play.
Earlier Newbridge 2nds won their match by 46 pts to 36, outscoring Portarlington by 7 tries to 5. In this high scoring game Newbridge mostly had the upper hand and fully deserved their victory.
On Friday 15th September Newbridge 1st XV will play Athy in a Friendly at Rosetown with an 8.00pm kick off. This will be their final warm up match before the start of this season's Leinster League. On Sunday 24th September Newbridge 1st and 2nd XVs will start their league campaign at home in Rosetown against Railway Union. Kick offs are 3.00pm for 1st XV and 1.30pm for 2nd XV.
On Saturday 9th September, as part of the Family Fun Day, Newbridge hosted in Rosetown the North Midland Area Hosie Cup Blitz for Section B 1st XV teams. Athy, Cill Dara, Portarlington and Newbridge played a Round-Robin of matches lasting 30 minutes (15 minutes each half). The overall winner advancing to the Hosie Cup Semi-Final.
This year’s blitz proved to be very competitive with little to choose between the for teams. Newbridge won their opening match against Athy by 7 pts to 5. There was a lot of good running by Newbridge but the final pass let them down. Newbridge improved for their second game against Portarlington. A much more cohesive performance saw the Rosetown team led by 14 pts to 3 with tries from Ronan Mangan and Cein Dempsey. Portarlington rallied to score two tries to leave the score 15pts to 14 with minutes remaining. Then Newbridge’s Karl Darragh kicked a late penalty to secure the win for Newbridge 17pts to 15. Newbridge and Cill Dara, both unbeaten so far, went into their final match knowing the winner would secure the blitz and the Hosie Cup semi-final spot. This game went down to the wire. Newbridge lead 7pts to 5 going into the closing stages. They then conceded the crucial score with only a few minutes remaining losing out by 12pts to 7. Cill Dara now advance to play Naas J1 side in the semis. Overall the event was a great run out for the Newbridge Senior Squad with many players being given time on the field and continues the preparations for the start of the Leinster League.
ATTENTION - Newbridge RFC are looking for a manager for the Senior 1st XV. The Manager will work closely with Head Coach Derek Dowling in all things related to team administration. He/she will support the Coach in achieving the team's goals and support the club in promoting Club events. If interested please contact Director of Rugby Barry McCann on 087 2789901.
Senior training has been changed to Wednesday and Friday nights in Rosetown starting at 7.30pm . This will be the case for the remainder of the season. We're always on the lookout for new players, if you fancy it come out for a look.
On Thursday 31st August Newbridge Seniors played their first match of the 2017/18 season, a friendly with Division 1B side Clondalkin. Newbridge earned a hard-fought win over their Dublin opponents by 17 pts to 12. Tries for Newbridge came from Donal Cashman, Ronan Mangan and the all-important final score from Stuart Kehoe. It was a good run out for the Newbridge players and it was great to see the return of Cein Dempsey, Declan Callan and Karl Darragh. Focus now shifts to the Hosie Cup blitz.
Senior training continues next week on both Tuesday and Thursday
at 7.30pm in Rosetown. New and returning players are all very welcome!
On Saturday 9th September Newbridge RFC hosts the Hosie Cup Area
Blitz in Rosetown. Watch out for more details of this and other events.
On Friday 15th September Newbridge 1st XV will play Athy in a Friendly at Rosetown with an 8.00pm kick off. This will be their final warm up match before the start of this season's Leinster League during the weekend of 23rd/24th September. Newbridge 1st and 2nd XVs will start their league campaign at home in Rosetown against Railway Union. The fixture is now confirmed for Sunday 24th September with kick offs at 3.00pm (1st XV) and 1.30pm (2nd XV). Senior training continues on both Tuesday and Thursday at 7.30pm in Rosetown. New and returning players are all very welcome!
ATTENTION - Newbridge RFC are looking for a Senior 1st XV Manager. The Manager would work closely with Head coach Derek Dowling in all things related to team administration. He/she will support the Coach in achieving all of the team's goals and support the club in promoting Club events.
Newbridge RFC is very pleased to confirm Derek Dowling as its Head Coach
for the season ahead. Derek is a former coach of Newbridge RFC and we are
delighted to have him back involved. He has recently been Forwards/Scrum
Coach with the American Eagles Senior Men's XV and IRFU Elite Scrum
coach with the Irish Women's team helping them win the 2016 Six Nations.
He is also heavily involved with the Leinster Under 19s and Schools as a scrum
technician. He brings a wealth of experience and we look forward to a
successful season ahead. Welcome back Derek ! ! !
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Photographs below courtesy of Eltin Jones
Newbridge 16 Mullingar 14
On Saturday evening, 14th October, under lights in Rosetown, Newbridge 1st XV played Mullingar in the third round of matches in Division 2A of the Leinster League. Played in a very strong cross wind, the direction of which changed frequently throughout the game. It made the ball handling among the backs very difficult. Newbridge will be delighted to come out on top in this Leinster League match which threatened at times to go away from them. Newbridge were the better of the two teams on show but displayed a lot of indiscipline in the first half. Three penalties from winger Karl Darragh and a try from Paul McDonald, converted by Darragh, to Mullingar’s two converted tries separated the teams by the narrowest of margins in the end.
Newbridge were the more enterprising and committed side throughout with Mullingar dominating the scrums. In the 21th minute Karl Darragh kicked a magnificent penalty from near the half way line to put his side ahead. Great committed driving from the pack almost had them stopped close to the line but a series of penalties put them on the back foot throughout the half. Newbridge team captain Ronan Mangan was replaced by Niall O’Connor in the 35th minute following an injury. In the 39th minute wing forward Brendan Tierney was yellow carded and Mullingar utilised it fully drive the resulting scrum and score a converted try to leave it 3 points to 7 in favour of the visitors at half time.
Darragh was again on target in the 42nd minute with a penalty only for it to hit the upright. Prop Matt Duggan now replaced Paddy Commane. The move of the game came in the 48th minute as the ball was flung about among forwards and backs before centre Paul McDonald scored a fine try in the corner. Darragh then converted a massive kick into the cross wind. Darragh was again on hand in the 52nd minute to score a penalty from under the posts to leave it at 13 points to 7 in favour of Newbridge. Niall Hogan now replaced the injured McDonald. Newbridge nearly paid the ultimate price when a kick was blocked down in the 79th minute for Mullingar to go on and score a converted try. With the score now at 13 points to 14 Newbridge put a huge effort into the final minutes. They were awarded a penalty which Darragh converted near the posts. The final kick of the game came when Mullingar went for a penalty kick from their own half into the cross wind only to see it fall short.
Outstanding for Newbridge was Karl Darragh on the wing and Donal Cashman at outhalf, while Keith Moran and Lar Jones in the second row were strong throughout. Newbridge are away to Cill Dara next Saturday 21st October in the Leinster League with kick off at 7.30pm.
Newbridge 1st XV :- Dave Morgan, Niall Duggan, Pat Commane, Lar Jones, Keith Moran, Mark Doyle, Brendan Tiernan, Ronan Mangan (Capt), Mark Delaney, Donal Cashman, Karl Darragh, Billy Delaney, Paul McDonald, Robbie Browner, Conor Dolan. Subs: Matt Duggan, Declan Callan, Niall O’Connor, Gary McGuire, Niall Hogan.
Newbridge 71 Mullingar 17
Earlier in Rosetown Newbridge 2nd XV played Mullingar 2nds in a match full of commitment from the home players. Led by captain Alan O’Connor, Newbridge put up a phenomenal score. Leading by 40 points to nil at half time all the match panel was utilised. Winger David Hogan scored four tries and centre David Mullins had 3 tries. John McNamara had a try and 5 conversions. Newbridge are away to Cill Dara next Saturday 21st October in the Leinster League with kick off at 6.00pm.
Newbridge 2nd XV :- Brendan Commane, Denny Murphy, Stuart Kehoe, Kelvin Kelly, Alan O’Connor (Capt), Paul Passmore, Eoin Carey, Stephen Rigney, Fergal Doyle, John McNamara, David Hogan, Cein Dempsey, David Mullins, Zack Meehan, Liam McGovern. Subs: Paddy Kavanagh, Colm Dunning, Cian Scanlon, Shane McDonagh, Shane Deasy.
On Friday 15th September Newbridge 1st XV played Athy in a Friendly at Rosetown under lights. In a close match Newbridge finally emerged victors by 17 pts to 14.The match proved another beneficial run out for the team before the Leinster League kicks off next weekend. There were two good tries scored by David Mullins and another from Robbie Browner. The match marked the first games this season for stalwarts Matt Duggan and Keith Moran plus there were debuts from newcomers Denny Murphy and Kelyvn Kelly. Attention now turns to the Leinster League. On Sunday 24th September Newbridge 1st and 2nd XVs will start their Division 2A league campaign at home in Rosetown against Railway Union. Kick offs are 3.00pm for 1st XV and 1.30pm for 2nd XV.
Photographs below courtesy of Eltin Jones
On Sunday 24th September Newbridge 1st and 2nd XVs started this season's Leinster League Division 2A campaign at home in Rosetown against Railway Union. Whilst the home side registered two defeats there are many positives to be taken from the performances of both teams and the club should look forward with justified optimism.
Sunday was a perfect day for rugby in Rosetown with a good pitch surface, no wind and warm sunshine. However the opening half hour of the 1st XV match was a real arm wrestle with no quarter being yield by either side. Railway Union broke the dead lock with a penalty for the only score of the first half. Two successful penalty kickes from Newbridge outhalf Donal Cashman saw the home side ahead by 6 pts to 3 with less than 10 minutes remaining. However after a period of sustained pressure by the visitors Railway Union crossed for the winning unconverted try. Newbridge pressed hard in the closing minutes for the winning score but without success to leave the final score Newbridge 6 pts Railway Union 8 pts. Newbridge gained a loosing bonus point.
Newbridge conceded too many penalties, about 3 times the number by Railway Union, and will need to address this as it seriously impacted what otherwise was a promising display. Standout players for Newbridge were veteran tight head prop Matt Duggan, loose head prop Declan Callan, second row Lar Jones and returning centre Paul McDonnell.
Earlier Newbridge's 2nd XV lost an entertaining match with Railway Union by 26 pts to 14. Railway out scored Newbridge by 4 tries to 2. Newbridge had led early in the second half by 14 pts to 13 but fell away in the last quarter allowing the visitors to score two tries to secure the victory. Newbridge's outhalf Fergal Doyle had an impressive match. He scored his side's first try after an individual break on Railway's 22 and gliding past three defenders to touch down near the posts. For Newbridge's second try Fergal made a powerful break from inside hisown 10 metre line before linking with wing Gary McGuire who fixed the defence and popped a pass to new recruit Cian Scalon who scored under the posts. Niall O'Connor and substitute prop Dave Morgan made impreesive contributions.
Newbridge RFC are delighted to add Ken Moore to the NRFC coaching team. Ken will come in as backs coach for the Senior 1st XV. This completes a very strong coaching team for the Senior squad with Ken joining Head Coach Derek Dowling. He has spent the last couple of seasons coaching the Under 20's in both Barnhall RFC and Wanderers RFC. In previous seasons he was Head Coach at both Co. Cavan RFC and Tallaght RFC. Presently, Ken is part of the coaching staff with the Leinster Under 18 Girls who are in preparations for their upcoming Interprovincial series. Ken says is excited to be involved with Newbridge RFC and the club believes he will form a great partnership with Derek Dowling.
Newbridge 1st XV's season kicks off with a home friendly against Clondalkin on Thursday 31st August in Rosetown at 8.00pm. Then on the 9th September Newbridge RFC hosts the Hosie Cup Area Blitz in Rosetown. Watch out for more details of this and other events.
Senior Men’s Coaching Staff & Captains for Season 2017/18
>>> Head coach – Derek Dowling
>>> Assistant Head Coach – Ken Moore
>>> Manager - to be confirmed
>>> Captain – Ronan Mangan
>>> Head Coach – Dave O'Sullivan
>>> Assistant Coach – Fergal Doyle
>>> Manager – Killian O'Hagan
>>> Captain – Alan O'Connor
ATTENTION - Newbridge RFC are looking for a manager for the Senior 1st XV. The Manager would work closely with Head coach Derek Dowling in all things related to team administration. He/she will support the Coach in achieving the team's goals and support the club in promoting Club events.