BUSY WEEK AHEAD
Due to the poor weather last weekend, the Bray Emmets notes this week are quieter than normal - our Senior hurling match against Avondale was postponed as were U-14 and U-16 football matches. Bray people should read on, however, as we look forward to one of our busiest weeks ahead in the GAA calendar.
MBNA KICK FADA
On Saturday we host the annual MBNA Kick Fada in Old Conna. It’s all hands to the pump for GAA fans as support is required on many levels to host this major national event. The legendary Michael O Muircheartaigh will be your M.C. for the day and will certainly attract fans with his inimitable commentary style. The action starts at 10.30 a.m. as the Mini All-Ireland hurling competitions takes place with eight Leinster under-14 teams travelling to take part in what is an exciting side show to the main event.
At 12.45 it’s the turn of the ladies to test their long kicking skills. This is followed by the men’s competition at 2 p.m. where a host of county stars will compete for the All-Ireland MBNA Kick Fada crown. A top class team is currently being assembled for the competition now that the All-Ireland runners are down to Kerry and Tyrone. Fermanagh’s Liam Barron has been a consistent supporter of the Bray competition and is expected to be joined by fellow county man Marty McGrath this year. Among the former winners competing will be two time champ Padraig Kelly from Offaly and Mayo’s Fintan Ruddy with last year’s holder John Brennan from Carlow also in the mix.
As ever this promises to be an exciting event and all support is welcome to the Bray Emmets campus in Old Conna. Entrance is free.
SENIOR FOOTBALL SEMI
Calling all sport lovers! All roads lead to Aughrim on Sunday when our Senior footballers take on the mighty St. Pat’s of Wicklow in the semi-final of the Wicklow Senior football championship. This match will be a major challenge for our lads, but a large and vocal Bray support will hopefully spur the team on against an impressive St. Pat’s team. Manager Liam McGraynor and captain Oisin O hAnnaidh are asking all sports fans and club members to take the trip to the picturesque Aughrim venue for what promises to be an entertaining semi-final. This game takes place at 3.45 p.m. in Aughrim. Indeed championship fever has already hit the Bray Emmets Academy as I’m told a large group are traveling by bus to the game to lend their support.
On Friday, our Intermediate footballers will take on Annacurra in the IFC in Roundwood at 7.15 p.m. in a game which could guarantee a place in the semi-finals. This will be a tough test for this team of young and “older” players, however, Des Kelly, John Delaney and Jim McNicholas are relishing the opportunity. Indeed this could be Maurice Doyle’s last match as a “single man” as he soon heads to Donegal to get married.
We were washed out on Saturday last however it was good to welcome some of the new players to the club for the first time. There will be no Academy training this Saturday as we have the MBNA Kick Fada taking place. Our Year 2000 and 2001 children will be participating in an Academy Kick Fada from 11 a.m. to 12 noon. We will continue to register new children from 9.45 a.m. so come along on Saturday. We will resume the Academy proper from Saturday, 20th September. Registration will now also
Bray Emmets camogie is going from strength to strength and I was pleased to hear from Teresa Mulvaney that our numbers are rising with 50 girls playing. We are always trying to expand and grow and particularly to build up a strong camogie club catering for u 10, u12, u14, u16 girls. As always we are extremely grateful to the parents who help with umpiring, putting up nets and flags and those who bring children to matches and to the ladies who wash the kit. If anyone is interested becoming involved in coaching please contact any committee member or call Teresa with any queries at 086 - 3992224.
The Club Shop has reopened managed by Linda, Brenda and Gaye and is open every Saturday from 10am to 12.30pm. The range is impressive and I’m told the New Hooded Sweatshirt in stock, along with Club Tracksuit, Shorts, Socks and lots more. Come along and have a browse, a coffee and a chat any Saturday morning.
A large Bray representation travelled with Michael Neary’s U-14 Wicklow Hurlers to Waterford on Saturday 30 August, to compete in THE TONY FORRISTAL inter-county competition.
Playing all their matches in Walsh Park in division, having won this competition last year with a very strong squad, the lads were under pressure to achieve again this year, against Tyrone, Armagh and Mayo.
The squad really gelled well together and started very well in the first match against Tyrone winning it by 211 to 1-1. The second match against Mayo was very competitive against a very strong Mayo side. A good start saw the Wicklow lads leading at halftime 2-4 to 0-2. Mayo came out very strong in the second half but strong defending held them really well. Thanks to a clean sheet by Jamie Byrne in goal we one with a full time score of 2-5 to 0-3. The third game against Armagh we used the full panel the all performed really well winning the match 5-11 to 1-3.
All the finals were played in Walsh Park on Sunday 31st August, Wicklow played Mayo in division three final. Pierce Sweeney who played in the three matches on Saturday was not available to play on Sunday. The midfield was changed moving moving Peter Quigley to partner James Smullen. The half-back line of Aaron Nugent, Enda Molloy and Diarmuid Masterson gave a great display giving the Mayo half forwards very little ball. Anything that got through was cleaned up by a very good full-back line of Luke Maloney, Conon Linnane and Cathal O Dulachain. All the forwards played very well as a unit getting some great scores. The half-forward line of Emmet Byrne, Jim Doyle and Wayne Kinsella, full-forward line of Kevin Byrne, Daniel Nolan and Cian O’Byrne. Wicklow won the final by 3-7 to 2-2 despite conceeding a very late goal. The Bray Emmets representatives for the weekend were Pierce Sweeney, Cian O Byrne, Jim Doyle, Enda Molloy, Luke Maloney, Muris O Floinn, Diarmuid Masterson (capt.) Cathal O Dulachain All the lads preformed really well and represented their County with honour well done lads. with pride and optimism before 3.30 p.m. on Sunday and who have now cast aside their flags and bunting which emblazoned the routes from the Déise to Dublin on their journey to the capital, there is a little corner of Ireland where these favours engender joy, and flutter in the pride of achievement. You haven’t guessed? In Na Clocha Liatha, of course, where the ladies are endeavouring to awaken the consciousness of a largely unknowing population to their wonderful achievement on Sunday - their victory over Baltinglass in a stirring Junior Championship Final in Aughrim. Questioning, aye, even startled were the gazes of those who peopled the route of the girls’ post-match motorcade from the Orchard to Rathdown through the town to the barbeque in the clubhouse. Whence, they wondered, this rumbustious riot of cacophonous female shrieks, hooting horns and blue and white? Unhappily, for most, this interest and inquisitiveness were but fleeting, and they will never seek an answer. Ár ngraidhin sibh a chailíní, we do appreciate your great achievement.
Seeing the times that are in it viz. the All-Ireland Final week-end in hurling - disappointing as to contest but thrilling in its display of skills and athleticism - one is sure, knowing them to be an understanding bunch, that the ladies will not begrudge our focusing this week on the camán and its exponents, and postponing the account of their deeds to another day.
U-13 HURLING FÉILE
Next Saturday is a huge occasion for hurling in the club. In excess of 150 under-13 hurlers, their mentors and parents (estimated at 200 in all) will descend on our grounds. They are part of the county-wide Leinster Féile which involves 56 teams from all over the Cúige playing at 7 venues. We host St. Martins Meath, O’Tooles Dublin, Tara Rocks Wexford, Naomh Mhuire Louth, St Laurences Kildare and Avondale, Barndarrig and Éire Óg Wicklow. Proceedings begin at 10.30am and involve each team playing four games of 30 minutes duration.
As well as providing the pitches, Éire Óg is charged with providing refreshments for all involved. It goes without saying that the event presents not inconsiderable logistic problems in catering and traffic control. Offers of help, for any period during the day, from older players, parents and others will not be spurned. Don’t wait to be asked, lend a hand.
Contact Felicity 086-3448975, Ronan 087-2361545, Kieran 085- 1486769.
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Recently, two of our underage teams had outings against that bastion of hurling of former days, Arklow Rocks. Éire Óg were victorious in one of the encounters.
The u-16s were at the disadvantage of playing the Rocks in their own patch in Arklow in this special competition. However, this proved to be no handicap and they won, 10 pts - 5 pts. A tribute to mentors, Martin Nolan
It was a source of great satisfaction to mentors, Kieran O’Riordan and Ronan Delahunty to see 20 players assemble for this match against Arklow. A far cry from that distant day in April when they struggled to field 15 against Glenealy in their opening game. Arklow were the physically stronger and more robust team. Our lads showed great mental toughness in the face of this drawback and hurled with bravery, determination and pride in the jersey. There was general agreement that the score of 24 to 0-3 did not at all do justice to the Éire Óg lads’ wholehearted efforts. The opposition’s goals (21 yard frees) and a number of their points came from frees - disappointing in that it reflects indiscipline and naivety on the part of our players. These are faults which must be eliminated from their play. Luckily, they are amenable to ready correction.
As a result of a hand injury Ciara Patrick retired during the second-half. We wish her a speedy recovery. Seán Murray scored two points from frees and James Delahunty landed a spectacular point.