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.
Skerries 2nd XV 24 Newbridge 1st XV 19
On Sunday 28th January Newbridge 1st XV travelled to Skerries for their postponedopening round match in Leinster's Provincial Towns Cup. Newbridge pushed last year's loosing finalists, leading on two occasions, but in the end came up short loosing by 5 point.
This very entertaining first round Leinster Provincial Towns Cup match had full commitment from both sides, typical of a valued knockout competition. Skerries went into the game as hot favourites but Newbridge were not overawed by the occasion and took the game to the opposition at every opportunity. Skerries have won this cup on 11 occasions while Newbridge, in its 21 years of existence, have not won it. A single semi-final appearance their best to date.
The difference between the teams was that while Newbridge dominated the scrums Skerries ran every available possession. This provided the key scores. Tackling was therefore the main key to the match. Newbridge were ahead by 12 points to 7 at the interval thanks to tries from Ronan Mangan and Robbie Browner. However, good strong pressure from the Skerries backs saw them run out winners by 4 tries (2 converted) to Newbridge’s 3 tries (2 converted). Substitute Denis O’Callaghan scored Newbridge's third try late in the second period. Winger Liam McGovern kicked the two successful conversions. Click HERE to see Newbridge's opening try.
The Leinster League recommenced on Sunday 7th January and both Newbridge Senior XVs were are away to Mullingar. In a thrilling match with much end to end rugby, Newbridge 1st XV lost by 7 points to 3rd placed Mullingar. The final score was Mullingar 1st XV 33 Newbridge 1st XV 26. However, Newbridge secured an important losing bonus point. Newbridge 2nd XV also lost to Mullingar being out scored by 2 tries to one with a final score of Mullingar 2nd XV 10 Newbridge 2nd XV 5. Next up for both teams is Cill Dara under lights at Rosetown on Saturday 13th January. The 2nd's league match kicks off at 6.00pm and the 1st's at 7. 30pm. Both teams will appreciate your support.
Co Carlow 30 Newbridge 3
Congratulations to Co Carlow who were are worthy champions of Division 2A of the Leinster League. Playing at Oak Park, Carlow on Sunday 11th March, they won by 4 tries, 2 converted, and 2 penalties to Newbridge’s solitary penalty.
In a pitch, which withstood the recent heavy snow, Carlow were fully tested as they played with the strong breeze in the opening half. Carlow had scored both first half penalties through fullback Robbie Brown with winger Karl Darragh slotting the Newbridge penalty. The half time score stood in favour of Carlow at 6 points to 3.
In the second half it was Carlow who dictated the flow of the match. They opened with a determined effort as their forwards took the match to the Newbridge pack. Newbridge were well handicapped from early in the half as both their second rows of Oisin Howell and Keith Moran as well as prop forward Paddy Commane all had to leave with injury. In the 41st minute Carlow got a well taken try through their right winger. Newbridge had a great opportunity to narrow the gap as they were awarded a penalty on 22 metres in front of the posts. Darragh drove it wide. Carlow got their second try on 51 minutes. Their third converted try came 10 minutes later. Newbridge substituted Rory McCann with Dave Morgan. Gary Maguire came on as did Brendan Commane and Alan O’Connor while Billy Delaney replaced Liam Donovan. The match was soon over when Carlow got their bonus point with their 4th try in the 67th minute.
Carlow looked like champions with their second half display. They were well served by John White at outhalf and Fionnan Burke in the centre while James Nolan at No8 and Captain Larry McGrath did great work. Newbridge’s best players were Ronan Mangan and Brendan Tierney in the forwards while Ronan Skehan and Paul McDonald in the backs did well. On Sunday 18th March Newbridge complete this season's league campaign with a home match against New Ross. The kick off in Rosetown is scheduled for 3.00pm. New Ross are fifth in the league 2 points ahead of Newbridge who are now sixth.
Newbridge 1st XV :- Rory McCann, Niall Duggan, Paddy Commane, Oisin Howell, Keith Moran, Niall O’Connor, Brendan Tierney, Ronan Mangan (Capt), Mark Delaney, Ronan Skehan, Karl Darragh, Denis O’Callaghan, Paul McDonald, Liam Donovan, Conor Dolan.
Substitutes :- Brendan Commane, Dave Morgan, Alan O’Connor, Billy Delaney, Gary Maguire.
Leinster's Provincial Towns Cup is one of the oldest and most prestigious club competitions in Ireland. The best performance Newbridge has achieved to date in the Cup is a semi-final appearance in 2012, where we lost after extra time to the eventual winners. However the Curragh, one of our former clubs, did win the Towns Cup on 2 occasions. Click HERE to read Leinster Rugby's Preview of the Bank of Ireland Provincial Towns Cup 1st Round.
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 ! ! !
Photographs courtesy of Eltin Jones
Newbridge 1sts 24 New Ross 1sts 10
Newbridge 1st's played their postponed final Leinster League Division 2A match against New Ross on Sunday 25th March atRosetown. Before this match Newbridge lay sixth in the league one place, and two points, behind New Ross. The match therefore saw both teams endeavouring to secure their safety in Division 2A.
Newbridge, due to an injury crisis with front row forwards, elected to play with unopposed scrums and therefore had to play the full match with no more than 14 players. However, Newbridge proved to be the better team throughout as they played with determination, drive with tremendous tackling and were much more dangerous in attack. Newbridge won with the four try bonus point as they scored four tries, with two of them converted, to New Ross’s two tries. In the final League countdown, Newbridge have jumped up a place above New Ross into fifth in the league, their best finishing position for a number of seasons. Match photos from Eltin Jones
Well done to Barry, Derek, Ken, Dave, Fergal, Ronan and all the Senior Players on a solid league performance.
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's Leinster Provincial Towns Cup 1st Round fixture away to Skerries has been rescheduled for Sunday 28th January. The match at Holmpatrick, Skerries will again kick off at 2.30pm. Newbridge's players, coaches and management will welcome your support on Sunday in North County Dublin.
In the 2nd Round draw made on Sunday 21st at Naas RFC the winner of the Skerries /Newbridge match will be against the winner of the postponed Portlaoise /Navan match also to be played on the 28th. To read more about Round 1 of the Provincial Towns Cup and the draw for Round 2 click HERE.
Newbridge 40 Portarlington 5
Newbridge welcomed Portarlington to Rosetown on Sunday 17th December for their rescheduled Leinster League Division 2A match. This was a game played without a few injured players on both sides, but it was Newbridge, who earlier in the season had had a good away league win over Portarlington, who were expected to get all the points. Newbridge were by far the better side throughout scoring six tries with four converted to a solitary unconverted try from Portarlington. Newbridge dominated the scrums and were much more dangerous in the loose play despite having two yellow cards.
Left Wing Liam McGovern got over in the corner for an early try after a good run in the 5th minute with centre Karl Darragh adding the difficult convertion. In the 8th minute Dave Mullins on the right wing got over in the other corner for a try. McGovern cross the try line again in the 19th minute but this time under the posts. Again Darragh was successful with the conversion. Newbridge were now in full flight but a yellow card for Rory McCann saw Portarlington come more into the game. A try from the Portarlington centre on 36 minutes saw the gap close. With the sin bin now over the half time score was 19 points to 5 in favour of the home side.
Newbridge brought on Ronan Skehan at outhalf for Donal Cashman and Denis O’Callaghan for Karl Darragh in the centre in the second half. They laboured long and hard to get the fourth try for the bonus point not helped by a second yellow card this time for scrum half Mark Delaney. In the same incident the Portarlington winger was sent off for violent conduct. However, it was Newbridge’s captain and No. 8 Ronan Mangan who carried the ball over the line in the 64th minute with a determined run from the 22 meter line for the fourth try. Liam McGovern added the conversion. Fergal Doyle and Stephen Brennan entered the match now and the flood gates began to open. Scrum half Mark Delaney ran from the half way line to go over in the corner. McGovern was again successful with the conversion. Second row Lar Jones got over in the 79th minute for the final score which McGovern converted.
Best for Newbridge were wing forwards Brendan Tiernan and Niall O’Connor. In the backs Liam Mc Govern on the wing and Robert Browner at full back gave a committed display. Newbridge are away to 3rd placed Mullingar on Sunday 7th January 2018. Kick off at 2.30pm
Newbridge 1st XV :- Rory McCann, Niall Duggan, Brendan Commane, Oisin Howell, Lar Jones, Niall O’Connor, Brendan Tiernan, Ronan Mangan (Capt), Mark Delaney, Donal Cashman, Liam Mc Govern, Billy Delaney, Karl Darragh, Dave Mullins, Robert Browner
Substitutes :- Stephen Brennan, Denis O’Callaghan, Ronan Skehan, Fergal Doyle.
Arklow 13 Newbridge 15
On Easter Saturday, 31st March, Newbridge travelled to Arklow to play the Second Round of Leinster’s Provincial Towns Plate. Played with a very cold northerly wind but on a dry pitch both sides put on a determined performance. Newbridge were again forced to play with 14 men as they were without their injured front row personnel. So, we saw unopposed scrums throughout as the match flowed from end to end. Newbridge scored 2 tries with one converted and a penalty to Arklow’s 2 tries and a penalty.
Arklow got off to a flyer as a Newbridge clearance kick was intercepted leading to the try after only 2 minutes. An early injury to winger Fergal Doyle saw Zach Meehan replace him. Arklow followed up with a penalty after 19 minutes to go 8 points to nil ahead. Newbridge decided that with a man down that they would run the ball to the wings. They had many efforts denied before wing forward Brendan Tiernan latched onto the ball to score near the posts in the 28th minute with hooker Karl Darragh converting. Following several more attacks Newbridge were eventually rewarded with a penalty under the posts which was converted by Darragh. The half time score was 8 points for Arklow to Newbridge’s 10 points.
Despite Newbridge playing with the wind in the second half it was Arklow who took the game to the opposition. Donal Cashman now replaced Zach Meehan at fullback. Newbridge tackled well and gave little opportunity to the opposition. Mark Doyle at wing forward was yellow carded in the 49th minute. On one of their rare second half attacks centre Billy Delaney blocked down a kick from the Arklow defender. Second row Oisin Howell was quickly onto it and charged over for the try. Arklow tried hard to get back into the match and got over to narrow the gap in the 76th minute. The final score finished at Arklow 13 pts to Newbridge 15 pts. Outstanding for Newbridge were wing forward Mark Doyle and Oisin Howell while brothers Billy Delaney and scrum half Mark Delaney did well in the backs.
Newbridge 1sts :- Dave Morgan, Karl Darragh, Brendan Commane, Oisin Howell, Brendan Tiernan, Mark Doyle, Ronan Mangan (Capt), Dan Hill, Ronan Skehan, Billy Delaney, Gary Maguire, Mark Delaney, Fergal Doyle, Conor Dolan
Substitutes :- Donal Cashman, Stuart Kehoe, Conor O’Brien, Zach Meehan.
The draw for the 2018 Bank of Ireland Provincial Towns Cup will take place on Saturday 16th December in the Bank of Ireland, Ballsbridge, at 12.30pm. Hosted by Leinster Rugby’s title sponsor Bank of Ireland. the draw will be attended by up to two representatives from each participating club. Supporters can watch live coverage of the draw on the Bank of Ireland Facebook page.
Tullow RFC claimed the famous Towns Cup trophy in April 2017 when they defeated Skerries RFC 2nd XV 20 pts to 3 at Athy RFC. Newbridge were defeated by Tullow in Round 1. Find out who Newbridge RFC will face in Round 1 of the 2018 competition by watching the draw live on the Bank of Ireland Facebook page from 12.30pm on 16th December.
The Provincial Towns Cup trophy is one of the oldest trophies in existence in Irish Rugby. It was purchased in 1892 for £25 from Wests in Grafton Street, Dublin. The cup bears the title of Leinster Junior Challenge Trophy but it is not as old as the competition itself, which was established in 1888. Well known Irish Internationals who have set out on the road to capture an elusive Town’s Cup winners medal include Mick Doyle, Jimmy Kelly, Willie Duggan, Ned Byrne, Tony Ensor, Ciaran Fitzgerald, Jim Glennon, Phil Lawlor, Geordan Murphy and Ian Dowling.
“The Provincial Towns Cup has been the spirit of Club rugby and epitomizes the “Holy Grail” – it’s a great journey that involves passion, courage, despair and elation – it’s one of the great Irish rugby tournaments” TONY WARD
To read more click HERE to read more about the history of the Leinster Provincial Towns Cup
Skerries 2nd XV 24 Newbridge 1st XV 19
Played on Sunday 28th January, 2018 this first round Leinster Provincial Towns Cup match had full commitment from both sides in this knockout competition. Skerries went into the game as hot favourites but Newbridge were not overawed by the occasion and took the game to the opposition at every opportunity. Skerries had won this cup on 11 occasions while Newbridge, in its 21 years of existence, have not won it. The difference between the teams was that while Newbridge dominated the scrums Skerries ran every available possession and this provided the key scores. Tackling was therefore the main key to the match. Newbridge were ahead by 12 points to 7 at the interval. However, good strong pressure from the Skerries backs saw them run out winners by 4 tries (2 converted) to Newbridge’s 3 tries (2 converted).
Newbridge got off to a rousing start. Winger Liam McGovern was just short with a penalty after 6 minutes. However, the driving of the Newbridge pack brought a scrum 10 metres out. Ronan Mangan played a team captains role as he lifted from the back of the scrum and drove over for a try in the 9th minute. McGovern converted. Skerries came back quickly with a try in the 14th minute from centre Dean Harford which was converted by Paul O’Loghlen. Newbridge were now dominating the scrums and winger Robert Browner got over in the corner in the 32nd minute to leave the half time score at 7 points to 12 in favour of Newbridge.
The supply of ball from the lineout was very mixed and Newbridge could not get a good flow of ball from it. Eoin Carey replaced Niall O’Connor in the 48th minute but now Skerries piled on the pressure. Barry McDonald scored in the corner on 49 minutes while Edward O’Mahoney got over in the 53rd minute. Two key penalties were awarded to Newbridge in the 56th and 60th minutes but McGovern was narrowly wide with both from 40 metres. O’Mahoney scored again in the 62nd minuted which O’Loghlen converted for Skerries. Never say die Newbridge threw everything at the opposition and when centre Denis O’Callaghan crossed near the posts in the 73rd minute, after selling a good dummy, it was all to play for. McGovern converted. The Newbridge scrum continued to dominate but despite all the pressure to the very end on Skerries they failed to get the vital score. Referee Andy Sheehan did a first class job on the game.
Outstanding for Newbridge were Ronan Mangan (Capt) at No8 and Niall O’Connor at wing forward, while the tackling of Paul McDonald in the centre was superb and flying runs of winger Robert Browner were top class.
Newbridge 1st XV :- Rory McCann, Niall Duggan, Pat Commane, Lar Jones, Oisin Howell, Mark Doyle, Niall O’Connor, Ronan Mangan (Capt), Mark Delaney, Ronan Skehan, Robbie Browner, Billy Delaney, Paul McDonald, Liam McGovern, Conor Dolan.
Substitutes :- Brendan Commane, Eoin Carey, Dave Morgan, Denis O’Callaghan, Donal Cashman.
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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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Four Newbridge Senior players attended the Leinster Junior trials held at Co Carlow RFC on Saturday 3rd February. The players are Brendan Tiernan (wing forward), Robbie Browner (wing), Mark Delaney (scrum half) and his brother Billy Delaney (centre). Pictured below.
In their latest Leinster League matches on Saturday 13th January Newbridge 1st & 2nd XVs welcomed near neighbours Cill Dara to Rosetown to play under lights. Despite putting up good performances both home sides lost, Newbridge 1st XV now drop to 6th place in their league, one point behind Cill Dara. Newbridge 1st XV are again "worthy" losers, bourne out by their 5 losing bonus points, but, with only 3 league matches remaining, they need to find that extra something to turn nearly wins into victories.
The league takes a break now until mid February with the start of the various Leinster Cup competitions. First up is the Provincial Towns Cup. Newbridge 1st XV are away to All Ireland League club Skerries RFC who field their 2nd XV in this competition. Skerries were last season's losing finalist, so this is a very tough opening match for Newbridge. The match at Holmpatrick, Skerries will kick off at 2.30pm .
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 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
Photographs courtesy of Eltin Jones
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.
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 impressive contributions.
Newbridge 1sts are unable to field a team against Boyne 1sts in their third round (Quarter Final) Leinster Provincial Towns Plate match in Rosetown on Saturday7th April. Boyne now advance to the semi-final. Newbridge Seniors have suffered many injuries over the last few months culminating in having to play with only 14 players and non contested scrums in their last two competitive matches. Player availability has deteriored since the Arklow game so the club was left with no alternative but to hand Boyne the Walk Over.
This season has seen much improvement with the club's Senior Squads, both 1sts and 2nds, although the results didn't always go Newbridge's way. We have been competitive which is reflected in the improved league positions. Work is planned to continue through the summer to continue these improvements into next season
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.
Newbridge RFC are putting together a Senior 3rds XV to play some games in the New Year. The squad will consist of beginners, veterans and players returning to the sport after an extended absence. Any player, whether new to the Club or having played previously, is most welcome. This is a great opportunity to get active and enjoy some social Rugby. During he last few days there has been an encouraging initial response. If anyone is interested in playing please contact dor@ newbridgerugby.com or the Newbridge Rugby Football Club Facebook page.
The plan now is for the Senior 3rds to have a first training session on Wednesday 17th January in Rosetown at 7.30pm. This will be a slow reintroduction and mainly involve Tip Rugby. Newbridge want to get an idea of player numbers and fitness levels. The aim is to play a first friendly match on Saturday 3rd February as a curtain raiser for the 6 Nations. If interested please come out to Rosetown on the Saturday 3rd February.
Leinster Rugby have announced the revised Domestic Adult Rugby Schedule following the cancellation of all fixtures over the weekend of 2nd to 5th of March following the recent wintry weather conditions and safety alerts. Full details can be read by clicking HERE.
Newbridge Senior teams (1sts and 2nds) will play away to Leinster League Division 2A leaders, Co Carlow on Sunday 11th March. Kick offs at Oak Park, Carlow will be 1.30pm for the 2nd's match and 3.00pm for the 1sts.
The postponed home Leinster League games with New Ross have been rescheduled to Sunday 18th March. Kick offs in Rosetown will be 1.30pm for the 2nds and 3.00pm for the 1sts. The 18th March now becomes the final day of these leagues.
Newbridge 1sts now play their second round Leinster Towns Plate match on Sunday 25th March. This match is away against Arklow with a 3.00pm kick off.
Arklow 13 Newbridge 15
On Easter Saturday, 31st March, Newbridge 1sts travelled to Arklow to play the Second Round of Leinster’s Provincial Towns Plate. Played with a very cold northerly wind but on a dry pitch both sides put on a determined performance. Newbridge were again forced to play with 14 men as they were without their injured front row personnel. So, we saw unopposed scrums throughout as the match flowed from end to end. At the final whistle Newbridge had won a very close match, having scored two tries with one converted and a penalty to Arklow’s two tries and a penalty. In the third round (Quarter Finals) Newbridge have a home tie against Division 1A side Boyne. Watch out for details of date and kick off time.
Congratulations to Co Carlow who were are worthy champions of Division 2A of the Leinster League. Playing at Oak Park, Carlow on Sunday 11th March, they defeated Newbridge 1sts by 4 tries, 2 converted, and 2 penalties to Newbridge’s solitary penalty. The final score was Co Carlow 30pts Newbridge 3pts,
After a good first half Newbridge only trailed by 6pts to 3. Howevr the loss of three key forwards through injury proved decisive in the second half as the Champion Elected up their tempo and were rewarded with a try bonus point victory. With one round of matches remaining next weekend Carlow can not be caught by second place Railway Union. Newbridge have slipped to sixth.
On Sunday 18th March Newbridge complete this season's league campaign with a home match against New Ross. The kick off in Rosetown is scheduled for 3.00pm. New Ross are fifth in the league 2 points ahead of Newbridge who are now sixth on 29pts.
Mullingar 1st XV 33 Newbridge 1st XV 26
On Sunday 7th January the Leinster League recommenced after the festive break with 5th placed Newbridge travelling to 3rd placed Mullingar. This match saw highly entertaining rugby with end to end scoring in what was an open fast match. Newbridge were 10 points to nil down after 15 minutes but came back to level it at half time and then go ahead after 55 minutes, only to lose the game with 5 minutes to go. However, a bonus point was gained for their efforts. Mullingar won by scoring three tries, with all of them converted and four penalties to Newbridge’s two tries both converted, three penalties and a drop goal.
Played on Mullingar's all weather pitch the home side started the brighter and scored a converted try after only 7 minutes. They added a penalty in the 16th minute to stretch the lead to 10 points. For the first 22 minutes the entire game was played in the Newbridge half with Mullingar dominating the scrums. During this period Rory McCann substituted for the injured second row Keith Moran. However, in the 23rd minute, following a series of good forward interplay Newbridge were rewarded with a try in the corner by hooker Niall Duggan. It was converted by winger Karl Darragh. Mullingar kicked a penalty in the 28th minute before Brendan Commane at prop was injured and replaced by Lar Jones. Newbridge full back Conor Dolan was on hand in the 36th minute to drop a goal before Karl Darragh converted a penalty to leave it at 13 points each at the break.
Mullingar went ahead again with a penalty in the 52nd minute. However, Newbridge were now very committed, and wing forward Niall O’Connor touched down for a try which Karl Darragh converted. Newbridge were now ahead for the first time. In the 61st minute Mullingar were successful with a penalty kick to leave the score at 19 points to 20 in favour of Newbridge. In the 64th minute Donal Cashman slotted a penalty following an injury to Darragh. However, it was Mullingar who finished the strongest with converted tries in the 70th and 76th minutes. Newbridge ensured the bonus point when Cashman slotted a penalty in the 79th minute ti leave the final score Mullingar 33 Newbridge 26.
Best for Newbridge were the backrow of Brendan Tiernan, Niall O’Connor and Ronan Mangan plus winger Robert Browner and Ronan Skehan at scrum half. Newbridge remain in 5th place and are at home in Rosetown to 6th place Cill Dara on Saturday 13th January at 7.30pm.
Newbridge 1st XV :- Paddy Commane, Niall Duggan, Brendan Commane, Keith Moran, Oisin Howell, Niall O’Connor, Brendan Tiernan, Ronan Mangan (Capt), Ronan Skehan, Donal Cashman, Billy Delaney, Denis O’Callaghan, Robert Browner, Karl Darragh, Conor Dolan. Subs: Rory McCann, Lar Jones, Paul McDonald, Eoin Carey, David Mullins.
Mullingar 2nd XV 10 Newbridge 2nd XV 5
Earlier in Mullingar on Sunday 7th January Newbridge 2nd XV also lost narrowly to Mullingar. Mullingar won by scoring two unconverted tries to Newbridge’s single unconverted try. A try in the early minutes of each half by the home side was too much for Newbridge who had most of the play and territorial domination. Alan Smith scored in the corner for Newbridge in the 65th minute to ensure Newbridge earned a bonus point for their efforts. Best for Newbridge were Mark Doyle at No8 and Paul Passmore in the lineout while John McNamara and Fergal Doyle were best of the backs. Newbridge are at home in Rosetown to Cill Dara on Saturday 13th January 2018 at 6.00pm
Newbridge 2nd XV :- Killian O’Hagan, Martin Morgan, Stuart Kehoe, Kelvyn Kelly, Paul Passmore, Colm Dunning, Chris Carroll, Mark Doyle, Zach Meehan, Dan Hill, John McNamara, Fergal Doyle (Capt), Shane Deasy, Shane McDonagh, Alan Smith. Subs: Kevin Miller.
Photographs below courtesy of Eltin Jones
Newbridge 1sts 24 New Ross 1sts 10
The final game in this season’s Leinster League Division 2A was played on Sunday 25th March in Rosetown between 6th placed Newbridge and 5th placed New Ross. This match therefore saw both teams endeavouring to secure their safety in Division 2A. Newbridge were the better team throughout as they played with determination, drive with tremendous tackling and were much more dangerous in attack. Newbridge won with the four try bonus point as they scored four tries, with two of them converted, to New Ross’s two tries. In the final League countdown, Newbridge have jumped up a place above New Ross into fifth, their best finishing position for a number of seasons.
Newbridge had suffered serious injuries to their front row in their previous game against Co Carlow and now had to go elect to play this match with unopposed scrums. However, in this situation, the rules dictate that the team without a full front row has to play with 14 players from the start. It was all New Ross pressure for the first 20 minutes as Newbridge tackled everything that came at them. Then in their first attack Newbridge swept upfield and wing forward Niall O’Connor got over for the try. Following a series of good forward attacking moves second row Lar Jones swung over for a good try. Jones suffered an injury in his effort and he was replaced by Keith Moran. Just before the break as Newbridge were awarded a penalty team captain Ronan Mangan playing at No8 saw a gap and, following a quick tap, he charged over for a try converted by winger Karl Darragh. The half time score was 17 points to nil in favour of 14 man Newbridge.
Newbridge were coping very well playing with 14 men and their tackling in particular was superb throughout the match. Shortly after the restart New Ross made a good break upfield but opposite winger Karl Darragh brought off a great tackle short of the line. On 54 minutes Niall O’Connor was on the end of Newbridge’s best attack as the ball was swung from wing to wing to score a good try which Darragh converted. Newbridge switched outhalf Ronan Skehan for Donal Cashman and front row Mark Doyle for Denis O’Callaghan. Later they switched fullback Conor Dolan for Zach Meehan and Stephen Brennan for Keith Moran. With 8 minutes to go Newbridge were reduced to 13 men when centre Paul McDonald got a yellow card. New Ross got over for a try on 72 minutes followed by another in injury time. Neither were converted.
Outstanding for Newbridge were second row Eoin Walsh, hooker Niall Duggan and wing forward Brendan Tiernan while in the backs outhalf Ronan Skehan, centre Paul McDonald and winger Karl Darragh did well.
Newbridge 1sts :- Mark Doyle, Niall Duggan, Lar Jones, Eoin Walsh, Brendan Tiernan Niall O’Connor, Ronan Mangan (Capt), Mark Delaney, Ronan Skehan, Karl Darragh, Billy Delaney, Paul McDonald, Liam O’Donovan, Conor Dolan.
Substitutes :- Keith Moran, Donal Cashman, Denis O’Callaghan, Zach Meehan, Stephen Brennan.
Newbridge 11 Cill Dara 15
On Saturday 13th January 5th placed Newbridge welcomed 6th place Cill Dara to Rosetown to play their latest Leinster League Division 2A match under lights. In a game full of cut and trust both sides were very evenly matched. Cill Dara came out on top through the boot of inside centre Josh Nugent who kicked all of his 5 penalties while Newbridge scored two penalties and a try. Newbridge had the opportunity to win this game but a missed conversion and two missed penalties were the difference in this tightly fought battle.
In the first half Newbridge were on top mainly from the lineout and the loose play. Donal Cashman, playing at outhalf, put the home side ahead with a penalty in the 6th minute. During the first half Cill Dara only got out of their half for two periods, but each time Newbridge concede penalties both of which Nugent converted in the 9th and 29th minutes. Newbridge's Cashman was narrowly wide from 38 metres in the 35th minute before he hit back with a long range penalty in the 38th minute. The half time score was 6 points each.
Cill Dara inproved their packs performance considerably in the second half and took the game to Newbridge. Nugent was on target with his kick in the 43rd minute as Newbridge began to make mistakes under pressure. He was again on target in the 61st and 64th minutes with two solid kicks. Cill Dara now lead by 15 points to 6. Cashman had a kick in the 66th minute which went narrowly wide. Newbridge now piled on the pressure as time was ebbing away. They were held up short of the line as they rucked several balls. From a penalty in the 75th minute team captain and No8 Ronan Mangan took a quick penalty and crashed over for the only try of the match. The final few minutes were helter skelter as Newbridge pushed for a winning score but Cil Dara held out. This win moves Cill Dara into 5th place, a point ahead of Newbridge, with three Leinster League matches remaining for each team.
Best for Cill Dara were Josh Nugent at inside centre, Ivan Briody at fullback while Jack Briody and Tyson Doughty in the forwards stood out. Best for Newbridge were forwards Rory McCann who played at prop, Brendan Tiernan at wing forward while Conor Dolan at fullback and Robbie Browner on the wing did well. The league now takes a break until mid-February with Leinster's Provincial Towns Cup commencing next Sunday 21st January. Newbridge are away to All Ireland League club Skerries RFC who field their 2nd XV in this competition.
Newbridge 1st XV :- Rory McCann, Niall Duggan, Brendan Commane, Lar Jones, Oisin Howell, Niall O’Connor, Brendan Tiernan, Ronan Mangan (Capt), Mark Delaney, Donal Cashman, Robert Browner, Billy Delaney, Denis O’Callaghan, Karl Darragh, Conor Dolan.
Substitutes :- Paddy Commane, Alan Smith, Mark Doyle, Ronan Skehan, Paul McDonald.
Newbridge 0 Cill Dara 15
In the Seconds League match played earlier in Rosetown on Saturday 13th January two tries, with one converted, and a penalty saw the Lawlor Cup holders Cill Dara get the edge over Newbridge. A penalty on 36 minutes from outhalf Conor Smith saw the half time score at 3 points to nil. In the second half Cill Dara scored tries from Shane Dempsey on 47 minutes and another from Larry Doran in the 56th minute which was converted by Smith.
Best for Newbridge were Martin Morgan and Paul Passmore while Liam McGovern and Shane Deasy also did well. Newbridge 2nd XV are away to Wicklow 2nd XV in the Leinster Towns Seconds Cup on Sunday 4th February.
Newbridge 2nd XV :- Killian O’Hagan, Martin Morgan, Stuart Kehoe, Kelvyn Kelly, Paul Passmore, Chris Carroll, Colm Dunning, Adam Bingham, Fergal Doyle (Capt), John McNamara, Kevin Miller, Shane Dempsey, Liam McGovern, Zach Meehan, Alan Smith.
Substitutes :- Paul Lawlor, Jack O’Connor, Stephen Rigney, Dan Hill, Conor O’Bien, Mike Dunne, Paddy Corbett.
Newbridge 2nds travelled to Division 1A side Wicklow in Round 1 of Leinster's Provincial Towns Seconds Cup on Sunday 4th February. However they came up against a very competent team and were well beaten by 62 pts to 10.Click
The draw for the first round of the 2018 Bank of Ireland Provincial Towns Cup took place on Saturday 16th December in the Bank of Ireland, Ballsbridge. The draw was hosted by Leinster Rugby’s title sponsor Bank of Ireland. Newbridge have been draw away to last years beaten finalists, Skerries 2nd XV. The match will be played on Sunday 21st January with a 2.30pm kick off. After facing eventual winners, Tullow away, in the opening round of the 2017 competition, this is again a very tough away first round match for Newbridge .... but in Cup Rugby many things are possible. Tullow claimed the Towns Cup trophy in April 2017 when they defeated Skerries RFC 2nd XV 20 pts to 3 at Athy RFC.
Click HERE to read about the history of the Leinster Provincial Towns Cup.
Edenderry 10 Newbridge 15
On Friday night 16th February Newbridge 1sts scored an important Leinster League win against Edenderry. Played in very wet conditions under lights this was a vital game for both sides. However Newbridge won by 2 tries (one converted) and a penalty to Edenderry’s converted try and a penalty. As a result Newbridge have consolidated their position in mid-table of Leinster League Division 2A and were well worth their win. Edenderry on the other hand are now deeply in the relegation zone. Newbridge were the fitter team and looked the stronger throughout the match. Edenderry were flattered by the score line as their try came in the last minute of the game when they intercepted and scored under the posts.
Newbridge 2nds were awarded a walk-over as Edenderry were unable to field.
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.
Edenderry 10 Newbridge 15
The Leinster League recommenced for Newbridge 1sts with an away trip to Edenderry, for a match under lights on Friday 16th February. Played in very wet conditions this was a vital game for both sides. However Newbridge won by 2 tries (one converted) and a penalty to Edenderry’s converted try and a penalty. As a result Newbridge have consolidated their position in mid-table of Leinster League Division 2A and were well worth their win. Edenderry on the other hand are now deeply in the relegation zone. Newbridge were the fitter team and looked the stronger throughout the match. Edenderry were flattered by the score line as their try came in the last minute of the game when they intercepted and scored under the posts.
Newbridge started very brightly as they ran all possession and had the monopoly of pressure, but they came up just short of the line on a few occasions. In the 14th minute winger Karl Darragh stepped up to kick a penalty from the 22-metre line. Edenderry had few upfield trusts and failed to score from a kick from 32 metres out in the 34th minute. They did even the match up in the 40th minute when they kicked a penalty from in front of the posts to leave it at 3 points each at half time.
Newbridge started the second half by piling on the pressure from the kick off. In the 42nd minute team captain Ronan Mangan at No8 got over in the corner for a well-executed try following a good lineout. Darragh’s conversion attempt came up just short. Newbridge substituted prop Paddy Commane with his brother Brendan after 46 minutes and Oisin Howell in the second row was substituted by Eoin Walsh. In the 56th minute the best move of the match saw plenty of open play from Newbridge leaving second row forward Keith Moran unopposed to run in under the posts. Darragh converted to leave Newbridge well in control now at 15 points to 3. After 62 minutes Denis O’Callaghan substituted for Robbie Browner, Donal Cashman for Conor Dolan and Oisin Howell for Keith Higgins. In the 74th minute Eoin Carey came on for wing forward Niall O’Connor. As injury time came calling and with Newbridge well in control Edenderry intercepted and scored under the posts at the other end of the field to leave the final result at 10 points to 15 in favour of Newbridge.
Outstanding for Newbridge was centre Billy Delaney and winger Karl Darragh while prop Dave Morgan, second row Oisin Howell and wing forward Brendan Tierney showed great determination in both attack and defence. Newbridge are at home in Rosetown to New Ross on Sunday 4th March in the penultimate Leinster League game with kick off at 3.00pm.
Newbridge 1st XV :- Dave Morgan, Niall Duggan, Paddy Commane, Oisin Howell, Keith Moran, Niall O’Connor, Brendan Tiernan, Ronan Mangan (Capt), Mark Delaney, Ronan Skehan, Karl Darragh, Billy Delaney, Paul McDonald, Robbie Browner, Conor Dolan.
Substitutes :- Brendan Commane, Eoin Carey, Eoin Walsh, Donal Cashman, Denis O’Callaghan.
Newbridge 2nds were awarded a walk-over as Edenderry failed to field in this fixture. Newbridge are at home in Rosetown to New Ross on Sunday 4th March in the Leinster League. Kick off at 1.30pm.
Newbridge 2nds played Clane 1sts in a friendly under lights in Rosetown last Friday night, 23rd February..... or they did until the lights failed at half time! Newbridge were leading by 22 points to 7 when the match was abandoned!.
Newbridge 3rds have their first match of the season on Saturday 3rd March. They have a home friendly against Clondalkin with a 1.00pm kick off in Rosetown. On Sunday 4th March Newbridge Seniors play their penultimate Leinster League matches when they host New Ross in Rosetown. Now that we will be in March the 2nd's match will kick off at 1.30pm and the 1st's at 3.00pm.
Note : All Leinster Domestic Rugby fixtures over the weekend of 2nd to 5th of March were cancelled following the recent wintry weather conditions and safety alerts.
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.