New Ross 1st XV 24 Newbridge 1st XV 3
On Sunday 12th November Newbridge 1st XV travelled to New Ross for their latest Leinster League Division 2A match. A 3-minute period on either side of half time put paid to Newbridge’s ambition of winning these Leinster League points. Newbridge flattered to deceive with their first half performance only to be comprehensively beaten in the second half. The experience and guile of the New Ross pack was the key factor. New Ross won scoring four tries with two converted to a solitary Newbridge penalty.
Newbridge started well and ran the ball at every opportunity stretching the heavier New Ross forwards. A penalty after 7 minutes saw centre Karl Darragh kick a fine penalty from 46 metres. Another Darragh penalty effort in the 10th minute from 51 meters was wide. On 31 minutes hooker Niall Duggan was yellow carded and this proved crucial as the New Ross team began to exert pressure. Darragh was afforded another penalty effort wide on the touchline from 39 meters but it was short. In the final minute of the half a New Ross centre broke through Newbridge’s defence to score under the posts to leave the half time score at 7 points to 3.
Another well worked try in the 43rd minute put New Ross 9 points ahead. Further tries in the 55th and 66th one of which was converted left New Ross well ahead. The Newbridge team fought to the last, but their weak passing often left them down.
Best for Newbridge were Keith Moran in the 2nd row and Brendan Tiernan at wing forward while Robert Browner on the wing and Mark Delaney at scrum half did well. Newbridge are at home to Co Carlow on Sunday 26th November in Rosetown with a 2.30pm kick off.
Newbridge 1st XV :- Dave Morgan, Niall Duggan, Patrick Commane, Lar Jones, Keith Moran, Niall O’Connor, Brendan Tiernan, Ronan Mangan (Capt), Mark Delaney, Donal Cashman, Billy Delaney, Karl Darragh, Robert Browner, Niall Hogan, Conor Dolan.
Subs :- Mark Doyle, Brendan Commane, Matt Duggan, Denis O’Callaghan.
New Ross 2nd XV 8 Newbridge 2nd XV 25
Earlier on Sunday 12th November in New Ross Newbridge 2nd XV recorded an impressive victory. Four tries with one converted and a penalty for Newbridge to a try and a penalty for New Ross summed up the scoring. Newbridge were well worth their win as they spread the ball from wing to wing to outrun the hosts. Newbridge scorers were 2 tries from fullback Alan Smith with one each from centre Liam McGovern and scrum half Fergal Doyle with a conversion and a penalty from McGovern. Best for Newbridge were forwards Denny Murphy at hooker and Jack O’Connor at No. 8. Among the backs Ronan Skehan at outhalf and Alan Smith were best. Newbridge are at home to Co Carlow on Sunday 26th November in Rosetown with a 1.00pm kick off.
Newbridge 2nd XV :- Martin Morgan, Denny Murphy, Stuart Kehoe, Killian O’Hagan, Conor O’Brien, Jack O’Connor, Chris Carroll, Eoin Carey (Capt), Shane Deasy, Ronan Skehan, Alan Smith, Colm Dunning, Fergal Doyle, Zach Meehan, Liam McGovern.
Subs :- Paddy Corbett, Tom Proctor, Shane McDonagh, Mike Dunne.
Photographs below courtesy of Eltin Jones
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.
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.
Cill Dara 15 Newbridge 6
In the fourth round of the Leinster League Division 2A Newbridge travelled to play Cill Dara under lights on Saturday evening 21st October. Two yellow cards for Newbridge players were the key telling factor in this game as Cill Dara’s points came during this period. Two tries for the winners to two penalties for Newbridge was the difference. This match was played in the middle of storm ‘Brian’ where there were very severe cross winds and driving rain throughout. The underfoot condition of the Cill Dara pitch, however, was first class. The conditions made ball handling among both teams very difficult. Cill Dara were the better team on the night particularly through their dominance in the scrums and their determined driving in the rucks. The tackling of the Newbridge team was also a feature of this local derby.
Cill Dara dominated the early exchanges particularly in the scrum and rucks. Newbridge took nearly half an hour to come to terms with it. In the 32nd minute Newbridge winger Karl Darragh was wide with a long-range penalty following their first visit to the Cill Dara half. A yellow card for Newbridge’s second row Keith Moran became a key factor in the 42nd minute. D. J. Brannock at prop got over for a try after a lot of Cill Dara pressure in the 46th minute. Josh Nugent, playing on the right wing, converted.
In the 46th minute Jimmy O’Loughlin at centre got a try out wide in the best move of the game. Several changes were now made by both sides with Newbridge putting on Matt Duggan, Gary McGuire, Robbie Browner and Dave Hogan. Cill Dara substitutes included Tyson Doughty, Aaron Conway, Stephen Walsh, Jack Briody and Conor Malone. Karl Darragh slotted a well taken penalty in the 61st minute. Newbridge outhalf Donal Cashman was yellow carded for a high tackle in the 65th minute. Darragh hit the post with a penalty in the 72nd minute before slotting a further penalty in the 75th minute as Newbridge finished the game on top. However, in the 80th minute Cill Dara got the final score when Fionn Heffernan converted a penalty.
Outstanding for Cill Dara were Jack Hogan at wing forward, Jimmy O’Loughlin at centre, Gavin Lally at hooker and Fionn Heffernan in the centre. Newbridge were best served by Karl Darragh on the wing, Mark Delaney at scrum half, Keith Moran in the second row and Matt Duggan at prop.
Newbridge 1st XV :- Dave Morgan, Niall Duggan, Pat Commane, Lar Jones, Keith Moran, Wes Cuffe, Mark Doyle, Brendan Tiernan, Mark Delaney, Donal Cashman, Karl Darragh, Billy Delaney, Paul McDonald, David Mullins, Conor Dolan. Subs: Matt Duggan, Gary McGuire, Brendan Commane, Robbie Browner, David Hogan.
Cill Dara 1st XV :- Simon Cahill, Gavin Lally, D. J. Brannock, Billy Scully, Damien Broughall, Jack Hogan, Paudie Wall, Joe McIlwrath, Cathal Mahon, Ronan O’Neachtain, Tommy Cleary, Jimmy O’Loughlin, Fionn Heffernan, Josh Nugent, Ivan Brody, Subs: Aaron Conway, Stephen Walsh, Tyson Doughty, Jack Briody, Conor Malone.
Cill Dara 5 Newbridge 3
A match where the elements dominated every aspect of play, saw Newbridge ahead at half time by a single penalty from outhalf John McNamara. In the 62nd minute a Cill Dara try was scored by Jason Gleeson following a good running move. The conversion from close in was missed due to the ever-increasing cross wind.
Newbridge 2nd XV :- Brendan Commane, Denny Murphy, Stuart Kehoe, Kelvin Kelly, Killian O’Hagan, Eoin Carey, Stephen Rigney, Alan O’Connor (Capt), Fergal Doyle, John McNamara, Paddy Kavanagh, Cein Dempsey, Neil Hogan, Zack Meehan, Liam McGovern. Subs: Colm Dunning, Shane McDonagh, Shane Deasy, Adam Bingham, Paul Passmore, Alan Smith, Barry Campbell.
Cill Dara 15 Newbridge 13
On Sunday 19th November Newbridge 2nd XV travelled to near neighbours Cill Dara in the Quarter Finals of the North Midland Area Lalor Cup. The visitors will wonder how they lost this match when a penalty kick from in front of the posts, in the last minute of the game, was driven wide. Cill Dara won with 3 tries to Newbridge’s 2 tries and a penalty kick.
Newbridge started the better and were fully in control in the scrums and with their running back line. The game ebbed and flowed but in the 27th minute a great run from Newbridge centre Dave Mullins from his own half brought him right to the goal line only to have the touchdown disallowed for a 5-metre scrum. Newbridge maintained good pressure for the remainder of the half particularly through a solid performance from scrum half Shane Deasy and outhalf Ronan Skehan. They were rewarded in the 36th minute with a try in the corner from wing forward Eoin Carey.
It was a very quick move in the 44th minute from Newbridge that saw winger Zach Meehan gallop down the wing and execute a perfect chip to run onto for a fine try. Now 10 points behind it was Cill Dara who got the upper hand with a few key changes in the scrum. No 8 Paudie Wall got over for a try in the 52nd minute followed by another in the 61st minute to leave the match all square. Newbridge fullback Alan Smith converted a penalty after good Newbridge pressure in the 70th minute. However, it was Cill Dara who scored another try in the 76th minute. A touchline penalty from fullback Smith was narrowly wide for Newbridge and his final missed penalty kick from short range in the 80th minute left Cill Dara victorious.
Best for Newbridge were Dave Mullins in the centre and Zach Meehan on the wing while Alan O’Connor, Stephen Rigney and Brendan Commane were very committed in the forwards.
Newbridge 2nd XV :- Brendan Commane, Denny Murphy, Stuart Kehoe, Killian O’Hagan, Alan O’Connor (Capt), Stephen Rigney, Eoin Carey, Mark Doyle, Shane Deasy, Ronan Skehan, Jack O’Connor, Cein Dempsey, Dave Mullins, Zach Meehan, Alan Smith
Substitutes :- Martin Morgan, Kelvyn Kelly, Paddy Corbett, Shane McDonagh.
The Leinster League recommences next Sunday 26th November and Newbridge host in Rosetown high flying Co Carlow who currently lead both Division 2A leagues (J1 and J2). The 2nd XV match kicks off at 1.00pm and the 1st XV follows at 2.30pm.
Photographs below courtesy of Eltin Jones
Newbridge 6 Co Carlow 11
Newbridge welcomed league leaders Co Carlow to Rosetown on Sunday 26th November. A critical refereeing decision in the 30th minute of the game saw Carlow No 8 James Nolan come up a few feet short of the line only to be awarded the try. Carlow, the unbeaten Leinster League leaders, had the stronger pack but this Newbridge team resisted all pressure and were excellent in their tackling. The match was played in very wet and wintry conditions at Rosetown which made ball handling very difficult for both sides. Carlow won by a try and two penalties to Newbridge’s two penalties.
Full back Karl Darragh was called up for a penalty after only 3 minutes but was well wide. He got another chance after 6 minutes from in front of the posts and was successful for Newbridge. The Newbridge backs were full of running now and took the game to Carlow. Prop Paddy Commane was yellow carded in the 29th minute before Carlow were awarded this unusual try decision. In the 33rd minute Karl Darragh had a huge penalty miss from 25 meters in front of the posts. However, he converted another penalty from the same location in the 38th minute to leave Newbridge back in front by 6 pts to 5 at half time.
It was all Carlow forward pressure in the second half. However, they missed two penalties from close range before No 4 Wes Shirley converted two further kicks in the 52nd and 61st minutes to take the score to Newbridge 6 Carlow 11. Newbridge pushed hard to the end and gained a valuable Leinster League point. Best for Newbridge were forwards Dave Morgan at prop and Brendan Tiernan at wing forward. In the backs the centres Paul McDonald and Billy Delaney tackled all that came their way.
Newbridge 1st XV :- Dave Morgan, Niall Duggan, Paddy Commane, Lar Jones, Keith Moran, Mark Doyle, Brendan Tiernan, Ronan Mangan (Capt), Mark Delaney, Donal Cashman, Billy Delaney, Paul McDonald, Robert Browner, Dave Mullins, Karl Darragh.
Substitutes :- Brendan Commane, Niall O’Connor, Rory McCann, Conor Dolan, Niall Hogan.
Sunday 26th November, 2017 - Leinster Seconds League Division 2A
Newbridge 14 Co Carlow 30
Five tries and a penalty for Carlow to a try and three penalties for Newbridge in this match. Newbridge’s fullback Liam Mc Govern got 3 penalties in the first half to Carlow’s two tries to leave the half time score at 9 points to 10 for Carlow. In the second half Carlow opened the scoring in the 43rd minute with a penalty before Newbride’s Zach /Meehan got over for a Newbridge try in the 46th minute to leave Newbridge ahead by a point. However, it was Carlow who finished the stronger with 3 tries in the 47th, 66th and 70th minutes. est for Newbridge were Martin Morgan and Paul Passmore while Liam McGovern and Zach Meehan did well.
Newbridge 2nd XV :- Killian O’Hagan, Stuart Kehoe, Kelvyn Kelly, Paul Passmore, Paddy Corbett, Stephen Rigney, Alan O’Connor Capt), Fergal Doyle, Conor Dolan, Zach Meehan, Cein Dempsey, Denis O’Callaghan, Shane McDonagh, Subs: Colin Dunning, Kevin Miller.
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.
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.
Railway Union 35 Newbridge 32
On Sunday 3rd December Newbridge travelled to Dublin to play second placed Railway Union in the latest round of Leinster League Division 2A. This was a highly entertaining game which saw end to end scoring in what was a really dogged encounter. Newbridge, who had a number of players injured before the game, were forced to line out with 14 players and play unopposed scrums. However, they were full of running and tackled solidly throughout. In injury time the game was all set for a draw, but Railway Union won with a penalty with the last kick of the match. Railway Union scored 5 tries, 2 conversions and 2 penalties to Newbridge’s 5 tries, 2 conversions and a penalty.
Newbridge exerted pressure from the off with man of the match Brendan Tiernan at wing forward getting over for a try in the 8th minute. Team captain Ronan Mangan at No8 intercepted a Railway Union pass to score under the posts in the 16th minute which fullback Karl Darragh converted. Railway Union hit back with a penalty in the 19th minute and added a try in the 21st minute. Darragh added a further penalty in the 25th minute and was on hand to get the touchdown under the posts and the conversion in the 39th minute. Newbridge led by 22 points to 8 at the break.
It was all pressure from Railway Union early in the second half with a converted try in the 44th minute and then two further tries in the 66th and 71st minutes, one of which was converted. Railway Union now lead by 29 points to 22 but 14-man Newbridge rallied scoring two tries in quick succession. The first came from Rory McCann in the 74th minute and then, team captain, Ronan Mangan scored his second in the 77th minutes to leave Newbridge ahead again. Railway Union scored an unconverted try in the 79th minute to leave the match all square. The final twist came deep into injury time when Railway union were awarded a penalty which was converted at the final whistle and gave the Dublin team a 5 league point victory. Newbridge gained 2 bonus points and now move above Cill Dara into fifth in the league.
Best for Newbridge were wing forward Brendan Tiernan, second row Keith Moran and No8 Ronan Mangan. In the backs Robert Browner on the wing and Billy Delaney in the centre were fully committed. Newbridge are at home to Portarlington Sunday next 10th December in Rosetown at 2.00pm
Newbridge 1st XV :- Dave Morgan, Eoin Carey, Mark Doyle, Keith Moran, Dave Mullins, Niall O’Connor, Brendan Tiernan, Ronan Mangan (Capt), Mark Delaney, Donal Cashman, Billy Delaney, Paul McDonald, Robert Browner, Karl Darragh.
Substitutes :- Rory McCann, Denis O’Callaghan, Lar Jones, Stephen Brennan, Conor Dolan.
Railway Union 38 Newbridge 14
Earlier in the Seconds match there were 5 tries with 4 converted for Railway Union to 2 tries and 2 conversions for Newbridge. Because of the pre-match injuries Newbridge were forced to play with 14 men and have unopposed scrums. 2 tries each in the first half with both Newbridge’s tries converted left them the visitors two points ahead at half time. In the second period the 15-man home opposition took its toll on Newbridge. Best for Newbridge were prop Brendan Commane and wing forward Paddy Corbett. While in the backs Howard Beary, Fergal Doyle and Zach Meehan did well.
Newbridge 2nd XV :- Brendan Commane, Martin Morgan, Stuart Kehoe, Kelvyn Kelly, Paul Passmore, Paddy Corbett, Jack O’Connor, Stephen Rigney, Aaron Davis, Ronan Skehan, Zach Meehan, Shane Deasy, Howard Beary, Fergal Doyle (Capt), Liam McGovern.
Substitutes :- Chris Carroll, Kevin Miller, Colm Dunning, Eoin Clancy.
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 ! ! !
Railway Union 1st XV 35 Newbridge 1st XV 32
On Sunday 3rd December Newbridge 1st XV travelled to Dublin to play second placed Railway Union in the latest round of Leinster League Division 2A. This was a highly entertaining game which saw end to end scoring in what was a really dogged encounter. Newbridge, who had a number of players injured before the game, were forced to line out with 14 players and play unopposed scrums. However, they were full of running and tackled solidly throughout. In injury time the game was all set for a draw, but Railway Union won with a penalty with the last kick of the match. Railway Union scored 5 tries, 2 conversions and 2 penalties to Newbridge’s 5 tries, 2 conversions and a penalty.
Newbridge gained two valuable league bonus points and move up a position to fifth. On consecutive Sundays now Newbridge have so nearly defeated the two leading teams in the league.
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.
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Newbridge 34 Edenderry 5
Newbridge 1sts got their Leinster League campaign back on track with a bonus point win over Edenderry thanks to an impressive first half performance. The match was played under lights in Rosetown on Friday evening, 3rd November.
Edenderry opted for a tactical kicking game but were prone to errors that the Newbridge backs quickly exploited with a break from centre Paul McDonald leading to a penalty chance with Karl Darragh hitting the upright after ten minutes. Darragh got a second chance minutes later when Newbridge forced a penalty at the scrum and Darragh this time made no mistake. Flanker Niall O’Connor then touched down under the posts for the opening try. Newbridge had won possession from the kick off and fullback Conor Dolan combined with Darragh for the flanker to finish for a 10 point lead.
A second try came off a scrum on half way with No8 Ronan Mangan pealing off to feed Darragh, who side stepped through the cover defence with scrum half Mark Delaney touching down. Darragh added the conversion for a 17 - 0 lead. Newbridge piled on the pressure up front and from a penalty the forwards battered their way through the phases for prop Brendan Commane to get the reward. Newbridge got their fourth try, and a try bonus point, when Mangan again produced the crucial line break. He off loaded to centre Billy Delaney who fed the ball back to the No8 close to the line. As Mangan hit the deck the referee signalled for a penalty try and Newbridge were cruising at 31 - 0.
Edenderry, with their pride stung, struck back through their forwards for an early second half score taking their chance from a lineout close to the line. But the quick-fire Newbridge style saw the Rosetown side quickly adding a penalty from the 22 with Donal Cashman slotting it over for a 34 - 5 lead. The home side were forced to defend their line as Edenderry’s big men looked to bosh their way through only for handling errors to let Newbridge off the hook. In the final ten minutes both teams were reduced to 14 with separate yellow cards as Newbridge went looking for the coup de grace that didn’t come. (Match Report thanks to Eamon Dillon and Photographs below courtesy of Eltin Jones)
Newbridge are now away to New Ross on Sunday 12th November. The 2nd XV match will kick off in Allianz Park Southknock at 1.00pm and the 1st XV at 2.30pm.
Newbridge 1st XV :- Dave Morgan, Niall Duggan, Matt Duggan, Lar Jones, Keith Moran, Mark Doyle, Niall O'Connor, Ronan Mangan, Mark Delaney, Donal Cashman, Karl Darragh, Billy Delaney, Paul McDonald, Robbie Browner, Conor Dolan
Substitutes :- Brendan Commane, Denny Murphy, Gary McGuire, Neil Hogan, Shane Deasy
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.
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.
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.