On Saturday 16th December Newbridge U18s lost by 7 points away to Cill Dara in the Semi-Final of the North Midland Area Osbourne Cup. The final score was Cill Dara 20 Newbridge 13.
Newbridge Youth teams played some GREAT rugby played last weekend. On Saturday 25th November, in Rosetown, Newbridge Under 13s recorded an impressive 17 pts to Nil win over Wexford. "1 Match, 2 Great Teams, Fantastic Rugby & 1 Super Game".Well done to all involved. Newbridge now lie second in their Leinster League with 3 wins from 3 matches. Also on Saturday Newbridge Under 18s hosted R&B Rebels in Rosetown. R&B Rebels represent Roscrea RFC and Birr RFC. Newbridge wonimpressively by 46 pts to 7. They too lie second in their Leinster League with 3 wins from 5 matches. Finally, on Sunday 26th November, Newbridge Under 17 School/Youths travelled to Dublin to play Westmanstown, Newbridge won by 62 pts to 15 after yet another impressive performance.
Newbridge Under 17 Schools Youth team had a narrow loss to St Marys on
Monday evening in the Leinster Sschool Youths Plate Sem-Ffinal played in
Dublin. The final score was 27pts to 21.The Newbridge players played a
cracking game scoring three tries. They were pushing hard at the finish and
just missed out while attacking St Marys line at the final whistle. It has been
a great year for this squad who represented Newbridge at the Premier League
of Schools Youths competition and always gave their everything. Well done
to players and coaches for flying the Newbridge Flag so high. As with
Newbridge's Under 17 League team, this age group has been a great success
for the club this year and bodes well for the future as these lads move on
towards Under 18 next season with strong youths and underage teams
As well as the success of our Under 17s we must also congratulate the
Under 13s who had a great win in Rosetown on Saturday 11th March in
their Leinster Premier League Playoffs against Enniscorthy by 46pts to 15.
They now advance to 5th/6th place match with either North Kildare or
Wexford. Hard luck to Newbridge Under 15s who lost away to Clane
Well Done to all our players and coaches this weekend.
Patrician SS Nenridge 42 Oatlands College Dublin 12
Congratulations to the Patricians SS JCT who are now into the Semi-Finals of Leinster's Pat Rossiter Schools Cup. Patrician SS Juniors defeated Oatlands College by 42pts to 12 on Thursday 7th December in Dublin at Stradbrook, the home of Blackrock RFC. This was a tough game full of effort, energy and determination. Both teams displayes guts, graft and great rugby.
There were standout performances across the whole PSS team with committed defence, sharp attacking rugby and smart tactical kicking on display. Well done to all involved. A special word of continuing thanks to Ms. Langton, Mr. McGrath and Mr. Burke for all their work in supporting this team. Pictured above right is the winning Patrician SS JCT panel.
There was a great win for Patrician Secondary School Newbridge JCT/Under 16s against Presentation De La Salle Bagnealstown in the Pat Rossiter Leinster Junior Development Cup. The match was played in Carlow RFC on Wednesday 15th November. The PSS team is filled with players from Newbridge and Cill Dara RFC's. PSS Newbridge won by 37 pts to -17. Their performance was built on a huge team effort, 'simple things done well', combined with incisive attacking play. Credit goes to Bagnealstown for an aggressive and committed challenge which asked loads of questions of the PSS players. All of the PSS team faced the challenge with purpose and collective determination. The PSS Newbridge squad is pictured below with Pres DLS (Red) after the game. Well done to all involved, Players, Coaches and Staff.
On Saturday 11th February there was a good win for Newbridge's Under 17 Leinster League squad. The team travelled to Gorey and played in messy, cold conditions but came away with a 17 pts to 5 victory. Newbridge Under 17s now have secured six wins on the trot, which is a great achievement for these lads, and they stay top of their league. Well done to players and coaches.
On Friday evening, 10th February, under lights in Rosetown., Newbridge Under 13s played Athy. Despite playing with great heart, commitment and no little skill, Newbridge went down by 10 pts to 15 in favour of Athy. Keep up the good work lads.
Newbridge Under 18s 24pts - Portarlington Under 18s 3pts
Played under lights in Rosetown Newbridge Under 18s got their first win in the Leinster league on Friday evening, 20th October, at home to Portarlington RFC. Playing against the beginning of Storm Brian, and the torrential rain it brought, the Newbridge pack played a conservative game that saw them make good yardage through their hard carrying forwards Patrick Corrigan, Callum Reynolds and Michael Ugochuku.
Midway through the first half Ugochuku finally got the breakthrough Newbridge deserved. After some great work at the break down from Scott McMullen, Kyle O'Brien and Peter O'Neill. Ugochuku going over for the opening try after breaking through several would be tacklers. Ryan Jenkins rattled the left upright which denied him what would have been an impressive conversion. Portarlington answered back with some very patient play of their own and kept possession of the football for the remainder of the half. With several minutes left in the half Portarlington created room outside the Newbridge defensive line and, if not for the determination of centre Brendan O' Driscoll in chasing down the ball carrier, Newbridge were in real trouble. Portarlington were rewarded shortly afterwards for their sustained pressure with a kickable penalty that was subsequently converted to leave Newbridge leading 5pts to 3 at half time.
Now playing with the wind Newbridge's back line started to make use of the conditions and found room in behind Portarlington’s on rushing defence with good work from Jenkins and full back Griffin Kennedy. Throughout the half Portarlington were unable to find room to trouble Newbridge. The tenacious tackling of centre Jamie Smith and Captain Kevin Commane in particular made sure Portarlington's metres gained were metres earned. It didn't take long for the Newbridge’s pressure to pay off when Corrigan bullied his way through Port’s creaking defence. Jenkins made sure of the extra points from the boot this time to increase the lead to 12pts to 3. Newbridge continued to apply pressure onto the visitors and soon after Corrigan again found the line. With the conversion suiting a left footed kicker, Kennedey now stepped up to convert increasing the lead to 19pts to 3. Although never dirty the game saw three yellow card leading to Newbridge playing the best part of the last 20 minutes with 14 men. Portarlington wrestled possession off Newbridge for a period of the remaining 20 minutes but the Newbridge team turned defence into attack by forcing turnovers and counter rucking with the ferocity of a well seasoned pack. Newbridge were rewarded for this intensity. Second row and man of the match Jack Moore created room to force his way over the Portarlington line from 15 metres thus securing Newbridge's bonus point. Unfortunately the wind knock the ball off the kicking tee and, with the allotted time for a kicker running out, Kennedy was forced to try a drop kick which sailed wide of the right post.
Newbridge's dominance in the pack was the difference between the sides but Portarlington can be very proud of their performance under such harsh weather conditions. In a very entertaining match played under lights in Rosetown both sides played an intelligent game that negated the conditions. However in the end the home side found a way to win convincingly by 24pts to 3.
Newbridge's Youths Rugby season is now up and running after all the hard preseason preparation work. At the club's Family Fun Day on 9th September in Rosetown, Newbridge's Under 17s put on a great show against a strong Cill Dara side. On the same day all of the other Youth Boys team were away competing in early season North Midland Area Blitzs.
If any parents of our Youth players are interested in helping out with the teams this year, please contact Tony Kavanagh on 087 3429099.
Newbridge RFC are happy to announce OSM Partners as our new Under 18 sponsors. OSM Partners are a progressive legal practice specializing in corporate & commercial litigation, insolvency and restructuring and debt collection and are dedicated to delivering an excellent standard of service through commitment, dedication, Integrity and determination. Richard O’Sullivan is a former Newbridge
RFC player and is delighted to be part of the future of Newbridge RFC. We look forward to a successful season ahead ! Richard was part of the resurgent Newbridge 1st XV in the early 2000s. Playing
outhalf, he kicked the winning points away to Gorey in a famous underdog Towns Cup victory!
The Under 18s kick off their season with a Blitz on Sunday the 10th September. Training every Monday and Wednesday from 7.30pm – 9.00pm. New and returning players are all very welcome.
Hard luck to the Newbridge U17s in their Leinster League Division 2 Final played at Mullingar RFC on Sunday 26th March 201. Their opponents, Ashbourne, were excellent on the day and well worth their win.
The Newbridge team were well supported by a vocal crowd who had
travelled to Mullingar and a big thanks to everyone who made the trip.
The players have had a great league season this year, winning 7
consecutive games, including Division 2A, and were unfortunate to fall
at the final hurdle today. There is still plenty to play for this season as
the team is still in the Leinster Plate and a Midlands League Final. While
it didn't happen today this group of lads and their coaches have a lot
to be proud of and show great promise for Newbridge RFC's future.
Below, courtesy of Michelle Sharkey and "Game On Photos", is a
photograph of the Under 17 Squad from the league final including
coaches. Missing is one of the coaches, Patrick Commane, who had to
leave to help the 1st XV win their playoff in Tullow. Well done Paddy.
More superb action photos from Michelle Sharkey and Game On Photos are available by following this link.http://bit.ly/2niNbkP . Thanks Michelle
Wednesday 22nd November - Following a period of prolonged heavy rain today's school cup marches have had to be postponed. Both matches were at home - see photo for conditions at Rosetown at 10.45am this morning. The playing surfaces were unsafe due to huge volumes of surface water. Updates on re-scheduled dates and times will be posted ASAP. Patrician Newbridge SCT / Under 18s were scheduled to play Colaiste Lorcain, Castledermot in the Leinster Development Cup. Also on Wednesday PSS's JCT / Under 16s had a home fixture against Scoil Aodhain, Whitehall in the Br. Bosco Cup.
Congratulations to Newbridge Under 17LL side who
defeated Clane by 24 pts to 22 in the North Midlands
Area Division B Final. The match was played on
Saturday 8th April at the Newbridge College grounds.
Well done to all our Under 17 players and to their
coaches Evan Kavanagh and Paddy Commane.
Also on Saturday 8th April Newbridge Under 13s
finished 6th in the Leinster Premier League after
losing 31 pts to 19 against Wexford in the Play Offs
at Portlaoise RFC. Well done to all Newbridge players
and their coaches. Playing and being competitive in the
Premier League is a great achievement.
Newbridge Under 18s played Athy RFC under lights on Friday29th Septemberin Rosetown and secured their second victory in the North Midlands Area Under 18 Premier Section A League. The final score was Newbridge 24 pts Athy 11.
On Saturday 8th AprilNewbridge Under 13s play Wexford in the Leinster Premier League Play Off iat Portlaoise RFC. This is the 5th to 8th place final. Also on Saturday our Under 17 League team play Clane in the North Midland Final. Kick Off in Newbridge College is at 12.00 noon.
Your support at either Newbridge College or Portlaoise will be greatly appreciated by players and coaches. Come on The Bridge!!!
On Saturday 4th November in Rosetown Newbridge Under 13s played Naas Green in the Semi Final of the North Midland Area Premier League and scored an impressive win by 29 pts to 5. They now will play Portlaoise in the final - date to be advised.
On Sunday 5th November Newbridge Under 17s played a friendly match against Malahide in Rosetown. Photographs below courtesy of Michelle Sharkey (Newbridge are in the white jerseys). More photographs available at NRFC U17'S V MALAHIDE FRIENDLY.
Congratulations to Cameron English of Newbridge RFC's Under 17 who played for Leinster Under 17s on Saturday 19th August against Vancouver.
*** Well done Cam ***
Congratulations and the best of luck
to Killian O'Brien who, this week, is
representing Newbridge RFC in camp
with the Leinster Under 17 Squad
Killian is a driving force in the Newbridge
Under 17 Squad. His commitment to
training and the game has been immense
as he progressed from the North Midlands
Area Squad through to Leinster.
On Saturday 23rd September there were wins for both Newbridge Under 13s Under 18s in their respective North Midlands Area League. The Under 15s and 17s encountered tough opposition in their area league matches and despite loosing both teams acquitted themselves well and had strong finishes to their matches. There are many positives to take out of all four matches. The North Midlands Area League continues for all teams next weekend.
Here are a few great photographs from Saturday's Under 17 match away to Naas. Photos are courtesy of Game On Photos. More photos of this match available at :- https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1867068423309912.1073742363.765673330116099&type=3
On Saturday 23rd September Newbridge Under 18s scored an emphatic away victory in their second match in the North Midlands Area Under 18 Premier Section A league. Newbridge travelled to Clondalkin and scored 58 unanswered points. The visitors put on a tremendous display of handling skills and teamwork. They also showed great discipline and ruthless determination to keep the opposition scoreless. Newbridge fielded a reduced squad due to absence and injury playing the match with one player less than the home side. The match saw a great debut from Peter O'Neill. Well done to all of the players and their hard working coaches Liam and Paddy.
Newbridge Under 13s took the road West on Saturday morning, 14th October, to play a friendly fixture in near perfect conditions against Galwegians RFC in Crowley Park, Glenina. They put in a huge effort in a very positive performance with daring attack and aggressive defence on show. Both sides tried to keep the ball in play with Newbridge coming out on top in a game which put all that is good about juvenile rugby on display. Thanks to Don and all in Galwegians RFC for their impeccable hospitality, the kicking competition and for hosting us for both the game and snacks and treats post match in the clubhouse.
Great rugby played last weekend by all of the Newbridge Youths teams. On Friday evening, 17th November, Newbridge Under 15s were unlucky at Rosetown against North Offaly in their Leinster League loosing by 17 pts to 15. Newbridge scored 3 unconverted tries. On Saturday 18th November there were two great wins for Newbridge's Under 13s and Under 18s. The Under 13s won in their Leinster League away to Co Carlow by 26 pts to 17. On Sunday 19th Newbridge Under 14s travelled to Wanderers in their league and scored an impressive 41pts to 21 victory. Not many Newbridge teams have won against Wanderers in Dublin!
On Saturday 16th September there was a solid performance from Newbridge Under 18s away to a strong North Kildare team The match was the opening encounter of the North Midlands Area Under 18 Premier Section A league. Newbridge, who the previous week had won the Area Under 18 Blitz, got off to a slow start conceding a number of early scores. The visitors then took the game to the opposition dominating possession and try count for remainder of match. Unfortunately this was not enough with North Kildare running out victors by 31 pts to 17. Never the less this was much for the Newbridge players to be proud of and the right potential is being display to hint of a good season to come. A number of Under 17 players had a run out and all gave a great display. Newbridge Under 18s are coached by former Newbridge 1st XV player Liam Heavey and current player Paddy Commane, Finally thank you to Michelle Sharkey of Game On Photos for the match pictures.
Well done to everyone who attended Newbridge's "End of Season Youths Awards" held in Rosetown on Saturday 20th May. It was great to see so many in Rosetown both playing and supporting the teams. Each age group put on a display of TIP/TAG rugby followed by awards. The ages represented were Under 13 Girls, Under 13 Boys, Under 15 Boys and Under 17 Boys. Well done to all the players.
A special thank you to all of our the coaches without whose dedicated support we wouldn't be developing such a strong Youth section. Looking at the rugby talent and skills on display last weekend and over the season shows that all your hard work, time and commitment is paying off.
A big thank you also to Sharon Commane who dished up over 150 burgers and hotdogs to all comers. Sharon and her family have made a fantastic contribution to our club over the season. Finally a message to all players and coaches - Enjoy the summer break, recharge the batteries and get yourself ready for an even better 2017/18 season.
Congratulations to the JCT and SCT teams from Patrician Secondary School Newbridge. Both teams have moved into the Quarter Finals of their respective Leinster Cup competitions after defeating teams from Colaiste Lorcain, Castledermot on Monday 27th November in Rosetown. The Juniors, pictured below left, had an impressive 42 pts to 12 win, out scoring the visitors by 7 tries to 2. Well done to all who have helped grow the game in the Patrician Secondary School.
On Monday 4th December in the Cup Quarter Finals PSS SCT will play St. Kevin's Dunlavin at Rosetown with a 2.00pm kick off.
Newbridge Under 13s enjoyed a great day at the St. Stephens Day 'TAG-tastic'. Well done to all the Under 13s, their families and coaches who had great FUN in Kilcullen. The TAG match included searing speed, silken skills and sublime support play from all the players and even the 'parents' team on occasion.... !!! Thanks to all for supporting this super event.
In Rosetown on Sunday 2md April Newbridge Under 15s
defeated Portarlington to win the North Midlands Area
League Final. Our Under 15s won emphatically by 36 pts
to 15. A brilliant win and a well earned reward for a team
that never give up. Come on The Bridge!!!
Good luck to Jordan Duggan, a product of the Newbridge RFC
youth system, who is representing Ireland Under 19s vs France
today, 11th April. Jordan, who is currently playing with Naas, has
strong links to Newbridge RFC and is in the middle of the back row
in the photograph below of the Newbridge Under 11s from 2009.
What a great day of youths rugby in Rosetown last Saturday, 18th February. Congratulations to Newbridge Under 13s who scored a strong win against Portarlington in Leinster's McGowan Cup by 55 pts to 14. They will now play Athy in the third round. Watch out for fixture details. Commiserations to the Newbridge Under 17LL side who lost a high scoring match to North Kildare. The final score in this Culliton Cup match was Newbridge 29 North Kildare 39. Both games were very competitive with great rugby being played by the Newbridge teams.
Whilst the Under 13s progress to next round the Under 17s go into a Plate competition. Both teams still have a lot of rugby to play this season as their Leinster League campaigns are still ongoing as well as more Cup / Plate matches to come. Well done to both teams players and coaches. A big thank you for all the supporters who came out to cheer the players on and, most especially, for the parents who provided food for the teams afterwards. !! Great Cub Team Work !!
Played at Kilkenny RFC on Saturday 11th March Newbridge Under 17s
defeated New Ross by 64 pts to 5 in Leinster League Division 2 Semi Final.
Next stop for this team is League Final in Donnybrook on 26th March
against Ashbourne - venue changed to Mullingar RFC with a 12.00 noon
Congratulations to all players and coaches.
On Monday 4th December in Rosetown Patrician Secondary School (PSS) Newbridge played St Kevins Community College, Dunlavin in the Quarter Final of the Anne McInerney Leinster Senior Development Cup.
Patrician SS Newbridge 27 St Kevins Dunlavin 15
A tough match between two good teams play who played some super rugby each side making a huge effort. In the end Patrician SCT defeated St Kevins Dunlavin by 27 pts to 15 after a bruising encounter. The commitment of both groups of players reflected very positively on both schools. Compliments to all who support all these young men through rugby. This is a great result for the Patrician Secondary School with the team being filled with players from Newbridge RFC and Cill Dara RFC. Next up for PSS SCT is the Cup Semi-Final which will be held in Rosetown. Date and kick off time to be advised. Pictured above right is the winning Patrician SS SCT panel.