Bray People - - Sport -

My bet­ter Third is from An­nacurra. So when I’m up that way, con­ver­sa­tion in­vari­ably turns to things foot­ball.

I re­mem­ber a re­cent ex­change when my brother–in-law asked me were there any farm­ers on our team. “God be with the days”, I said, “but they’re long gone”. And never to re­turn you might add. Not if you go and watch the un­der-12 foot­ballers! I cast a watch­ful eye on their most re­cent per­for­mance against New­cas­tle, and it was like watch­ing a protest head­ing to Le­in­ster House to whinge about REPS! Eoin O’ Brien (Rowdy Nolan) passes to James Toner, who flicks it on to Shane Evans! Mean­while, Barry Smith’s com­bined har­vesters along with Lee Dut­ton (whose fa­ther fan­cies him­self as the lo­cal agri­cul­tural con­sul­tant) can chew bar­ley with the best of them. Last but by no means least, there’s Luke Evans and Cor­mac Byrne (whose grand­fa­ther tried to con­vince me once that we were be­ing watched by satel­lites while pick­ing spuds on the Mass path). All this is not to say that the good de­cent tax­pay­ers in the vil­lage aren’t con­tribut­ing to this team. Young Gareth McDon­agh has the mak­ings of a fine foot­baller, while CJ Cor­co­ran is a very big lad with good hands and an eye for goal. New­cas­tle it has to be said, were a younger smaller team and their day will come, but that can’t take away from the gen­uine skill lev­els that this un­der-12 team are show­ing. Pick-ups, solo’s, point-tak­ing and the even the odd block are all facets that some­times are lost on Kil­coole ju­ve­nile teams who have loads of abil­ity, but very lit­tle coach­ing. That is cer­tainly one thing that can’t be said about this team, and I hope man­age­ment and squad con­tinue to­gether next year.


The In­ter­me­di­ate foot­ballers con­signed them­selves to a cham­pi­onship rel­e­ga­tion play-off last Satur­day when they lost by 1-11 to 0-11 to a Kil­bride team who just wanted it more. It is sad to have to say that, but un­for­tu­nately that’s the way it seemed. We would like to ex­tend our thanks to Brian Talty who came out dur­ing the week and gave us a good ses­sion. While I gen­uinely wish to thank Brian, it would be re­miss of me not to men-

In camogie news, Our U-16s got a walk-over from Kil­te­gan in the Shield and will now play Glenealy in the semi-fi­nal. The U-14s also got a walkover from An­nacurra in the League.

Our U-12s lost out to Glenealy in the semi-fi­nal of the U-12B Cham­pi­onship. We wish Glenealy the best in the fi­nal. Our In­ter­me­di­ate Shield Fi­nal did not ma­te­ri­alise ei­ther on Satur­day be­cause of a wa­ter-logged pitch.

Our U-14s and U-12s have re­turned from a mem­o­rable week­end in Mon­aghan as guests of the County Board there. It was a packed few days which saw us on the pitches of Mon­aghan GAA’s Cen­tre of Ex­cel­lence from 10 a.m. un­til 6 p.m. on Satur­day for in­ten­sive coach­ing ses­sions and blitz games with the Mon­aghan and Ca­van County U-14 squads. We spent the evening in the Leisure Cen­tre in Castle­blaney. It was back to the pitch on Sun­day morn­ing for a Match v. Mon­aghan where our play­ers ac­quit­ted them­selves more than ad­e­quately in the Mediter­ranean sun­shine! Hos­pi­tal­ity was pro­vided by the Mon­aghan par­ents who left noth­ing un­done to en­sure that we all had a most en­joy­able and ed­u­ca­tional ex­pe­ri­ence. No words could ex­press our ap­pre­ci­a­tion to ev­ery­body in Mon­aghan who played a part in or­gan­is­ing this trip. Thanks also to the peo­ple who worked so hard to put this to­gether at short no­tice at our end. Well done to all the play­ers who trav­elled. They rep­re­sented us very well and had a great time! We now look for­ward to host­ing the re­turn visit from our Mon­aghan col­leagues in a few weeks.

This week our U-14s are due to play Knockananna in the League, the U-16s play Glenealy in the Shield and the U12s may have a back match on Fri­day. We await news of the re-fixed In­ter­me­di­ate Shield Fi­nal.

On Sun­day next, Septem­ber 14th, we are off to Croke Park for our An­nual trip to the All-Ire­land Camogie Fi­nal. This year sees Gal­way take on Cork for the O’Duffy Cup and it will be pre­ceded by the All-Ire­land U-21 Hurl­ing Fi­nal when Kilkenny will aim for a clean sweep of four All-Ire­land Hurl­ing ti­tles and Tip­per­ary will try to stop them! Our bus leaves from the church at noon. Prices are Ju­ve­niles: mem­bers ¤20, non-mem­bers ¤25, Adults: mem­bers ¤40 and non-mem­bers ¤45, which in­cludes bus fare and ad­mis­sion to the games.

Con­tact Tracy 087-7518680 or Breda 087-6998536 - FAST- with your money to re­serve a place and re­mem­ber to wear your colours, what­ever they may be!! News of the In­door Win­ter sea­son will soon be on the way. If any­body is in­ter­ested in help­ing and/or do­ing a Coach­ing or Child Pro­tec­tion Course dur­ing the Win­ter months, please make con­tact.

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