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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.


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.


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.


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.

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