Under-16 football - Bray Emmets 0-11, Eire Óg 1-7: The game was played in very wet and windy conditions on Saturday afternoon in Arklow. Bray had the advantage of the wind in the first-half and corner-forwards Chris Lyons and Mikey Lee giving the Eire Óg backs a torrid time. They were well supported by the excellent work of the half-forwards Luke O’Reilly, Ciarán O’Connor and Daire Maloney. The hard working midfielders Hugh Douglas and Arran Murphy made sure that the forwards got plenty of ball throughout the first-half. The backs were containing the Eire Og forwards with Adam O’Connor dominating at full-back. Bray went in at half-time leading by 0-9 to 0-1.
The second-half started in a downpour and Eire Og put the Bray backs under extreme pressure with high ball landing in and around the square. The cornerbacks Eoin O’Dea and Philip Haughton were keeping a tight rein on their opponents. Half-back line of Dave O’Sullivan, Finian Green and Killian Molloy were under pressure but stuck to their task very well. Eire Óg got back into the game with a controversial goal but this Bray team were not going to lie down and with goalkeeper Tadgh Dornan organising and urging on his defence they dug deep and went on the attack again led by the midfielders and the excellent Chris Lyons and John Henderson up front. With the sides level going into the last couple of minutes it was left to super sub Seán Plunkett to score what was the winning point. In the last ten minutes the switch of full-forward John Henderson to centre half forward was the winning of this final as it was his positional sense and delivery that kept the ball in the opponents half giving the backs a deserved break. The final whistle was very welcome relief and cup was presented to Bray captain Arran Murphy by Eddie Leonard. Man of the Match went to a very impressive Chris Lyons and he was presented with his award by Eddie Leonard.
Great credit must go to both teams for the excellent football played in awful conditions. A special thanks must go to the travelling Bray supporters who kept the players going in a very tough secondhalf. This team also had a very strong subs bench and their commitment and support throughout the year was excellent and without them we would not be champions. Four of the subs were used during the game Paddy.O’Toole, Daniel Mollo, Harry Stephenson and Seán Plunkett and played their part.
Scorers for Bray. C. Lyons 0-6, A. Murphy, 0-2 D, Maloney 0-1, J. Henderson 01, S. Plunkett 0-1.
Panel. T.Dornan E O’Dea A. O’Connor P. Haughton D.O’ Sullivan F. Green K. Molloy H.Douglas A. Murphy L. O’Reilly C.O’Connor D. Maloney C.Lyons J. Henderson M. Lee P.O’Toole D. Molloy H. Stephenson C.. Nolan S.Plunkett N. Sweeney A. Conway N. Carton P. Horgan
Senior Hurling - Billy Byrne Cup - Bray Senior hurlers plucked defeat from the jaws of victory as they lost the final of the Billy Byrne Cup against a well motivated Arklow Rocks team. In the process they ended their hurling year on a disappointing note.
It was a game played on a sunny day but boggy ground - but hey, it was the end of October! Despite missing several key players, Bray made a very good account of themselves in the first-half playing against the wind. The experience of Bill Maher and Liam Kenny was key as the Bray forwards managed to keep the scoreboard ticking over and Eoin Mason, fresh from international duty was showing his skills in the midfield area.
Arklow were putting the Bray backs under huge pressure, yet stout defending and disciplined tackling from the likes of Jordan Lee, Peter Kiely and Ed Keating kept the damage to the minimum and indeed, Bray managed to go into the halftime break in the ascendancy.
The second-half was a tighter affair as Arklow came out with all guns blazing. It was nip and tuck and the supporters felt a goal would swing it. Arklow scored their goal first following a defensive error, yet Eoin Mason scored shortly after to go a couple of points ahead.
Christy Moorehouse started to pick up a little more ball and kept the Arklow halfback line turning. With two minutes to go all present felt that Bray just needed to hold on to get their hands on the cup. They say a two-point lead is the most dangerous, and this proved to be true as Danny Curran lost his marker and man- aged to finish the ball to the back of the net to give the cup to Arklow Rocks. On behalf of his family Liam McGraynor presented the cup to the Arklow captain.
With the end of the Senior Hurling season, this game marked the end of Conor Johnson’s reign as Senior manager. The players would like to pass on their great appreciation for all Conor’s time, effort and patience over the last number of years.
Team: Paddy Milward, Danny Eglington, Peter Kiely, Ed Keating, Paul Barry, Ronan O Brien, Jordan Lee, Eoin Mason, Peter Walsh, Willie Nolan, Liam Kenny, Lorcan Pratt, John Ward, Bill Maher, Christy Moorehouse, Liam Óg McGraynor, Billy Brazil, Eoin Brazil.
Wicklow Tony Forrestal winning squad - The Wicklow Tony Forrestal winning squad, paraded the trophy at half-time at the Senior hurling final in Aughrim on Sunday last. The squad in attendance on the day were as follows, Diarmuid Masterson (captain) Cian O’Byrne Jim Doyle, Enda Molloy, Luke Maloney, Stephen Murphy, John Walsh, Daniel Nolan, Wayne Kinsella, Ciaran Mulhall, Jamie Byrne, Emmet Byrne, Aaron Nugent, Conor Linnane, James Manley, Daniel Staunton, Eoin Keddy, Peter Quigley.
Squad members not able to attend on the day were Pierce Sweeney, Cathal O Dulachain, Muiris O Floinn, Paul Murray, Eoin Coogan, Kevin Byrne, James Smullen.
Bray had eight players on this successful County squad, which augurs well for the future of Bray and Wicklow!
1983 Senior Hurling Championship Winner
Liam McGraynor, more known in the football world in Bray, was also honoured before the Senior Hurling final as he was player on the Avondale Senior Hurling team that won in 1983.
U-12 hurling county final - Having already beaten Glenealy twice during the year and drawn once with an average of 14 points for and 10 points against, this was our big test. The weather was atrocious with heavy ground conditions and a very strong diagonal gale force wind. Having won the toss, Bray Emmets decided to play against the wind. Needless to say we were under constant pressure right throughout the first half. All players put in great effort and both Padraig Doyle and Peter Conroy made some fine clearances. We brought Patrick Michel back from corner forward to strengthen up the defence and this he did superbly. Our man of the match must surely have been Conor McNally who made one magnificent save after another.
Glenealy opened the scoring with a well taken point followed shortly by a powerful shot from their full forward which ended up in the net. Glenealy added 2 further points to leave the halftime score of 1-3 to no score. This was a good result for us and all our players were in high spirits. They were fired up for the second half. Like Glenealy in the first half it was now our turn to pile on the pressure. This we did. The ball rarely left the Glenealy defence. Shortly into the second half Eoin McCormack whipped over a lovely point from the right wing. This was followed shortly by a second point from Michael Boland. In the space of 10 minutes we hit the upright three times. Under further pressure from the Bray Emmets forwards the Glenealy goalkeeper made some great saves. A further point from a free by Michael Boland and we were just one score away. Unfortunately it never came. Glenealy were dogged in determination to win possession. To their great credit they put constant pressure on our players, and did’nt give them the space which they had been used to. Even though Glenealy were held scoreless in the second half they deserved to win on a scoreline of 1-3 to 03 points.
Did we pass the test? I think definitely yes. We lost a game of hurling but our heads never dropped and we never gave up. What more can one ask . It has been a great year for our team having played 9 games, won 7, drawn 1 and lost 1. The U11’s form nearly half the team. They also have had a marvellous season in hurling in the Dublin Cup and League, having played 9, won 7, drawn1 and lost 1.
To all players, you did your best last Saturday. You did us all proud. Yes, we were bitterly disappointed on the day but that’s what sport teaches us, how to be good losers as well as good winners. We have great things to look forward to and our defeat on Saturday will only strengthen our resolve going forward. Enjoy your well deserved holidays.
Under-13 hurlers - Matt Thomson and a team of parents brought the under-13 squad to Craanford in Co. Wexford last Wednesday night to play under lights for the first time. In a free flowing game Craanford were the stronger team and eventually won the match by eight or nine points but it was a great experience to play outside the County and to give a good account of ourselves. The two McCormack boys Ben & Eoin played like men that were born to play hurling, Ryan Tynan was a power house at centre back, Matt Thomson and Mark Lennon hardly put a foot wrong, while up front Danny O’Toole and Paul Moran scored some creditable points. Eoin O’Reilly finished to the net after a fine save by the Craanford goalie. Next week its Ballyfad and with a few more players back we should hold our own in this league, “Well Done Lads”.
Under-10 Mini blitz - Bray played host to St Olafs and Ballinteer St Johns in a three-way hurling blitz recently. Both these teams had beaten us earlier in the year with BSJ in particular giving us a severe beating so we were using these games as a benchmark of our improvements over the summer. The reports are from the green team.
The first match against Olafs was an edgy affair as the Bray lads were determined not to be beaten on this occasion. Bray opened the scoring when Philip Redmond scored a nice 3pointer (over the bar worth 3, under the bar worth 1 in U10 Go games) from on the run. The match settled in to a midfield battle as the dominant defences quickly despatched any ball played into the forward positions back out again. Liam Carolan, Oisin Dougan and Mark Kenny were very strong for Bray in these positions. Olafs got a skill point for a bat down and added to this with a well-taken point from midfield. Going into the last few minutes Bray were pressing hard to try and at least draw and this persistence was awarded with a 65. Owen Duffy who had spent his summer holidays practising frees and sideline cuts stepped up and calmly dispatched the ball between the posts to give Bray a 6-4 lead. Olafs made a final push and were themselves awarded a 65 but their attempt just drifted to the right and was signalled wide to the relief of the Bray lads. A hard fought victory to the Bray lads.
The second game was against BSJ and Bray put in another hard battling game against a very skilled opposition. This game was tit for tat all the way as BSJ scored a 3 pointer, which was cancelled out, by scores from Stephen Finn and skill points from Owen Duffy and Philip Redmond. BSJ got their own skill point and again Bray responded with an absolute bullet of a ground shot from Ronan Browne from about 20 yards out which nearly tore the net off the posts. Into the last couple of minutes the match was level when our lads let their concentration slip and the BSJ forwards twice broke inside our back line to poach scores. The final score was 6-4 against us but this was a massive improvement on our early season form against this opposition.Many thanks to Richard Hourihan and Harry Stephenson for refereeing on the day.
Under-10 - Bray Emmets versus St Brigids - Our first match after the summer break was against St Brigids of Castleknock. Due to holiday absences in both teams we played a single 12-aside game instead of the normal 2 by 9 aside games. This was another good end-to-end match with both sides being equal until the last couple of minutes. Brigids opened the scoring with a 3 pointer and then each team scored skill points for bat downs with Owen Duffy getting Bray’s score. Philip Redmond scored for Bray after his shot that was heading for the roof of the net was deflected over the bar off a defenders helmet. Unfortunately our team went asleep in the final couple of minutes for Brigids to score twice and win by a narrow margin. The Brigids team mentors were very complimentary of our team as 3 times during the game they praised our players (Liam Carolan, Owen Duffy and Philip Redmond) for making clean catches under pressure. This part of our game has improved since we started doing a number of wall ball sessions over the summer.
The U-10 hurling panel is: Aaron Lyons, Adam Barry, Aonghus Muldoon, Ben Hoskin, Caolan Brady, Conan O’Duill, Conn Benville, Evan Sweeney, Fintan O’Shea, Jimmy Mason, Kevin Nolan, Kevin Spaine, Liam Carolan, Luke Steele, Mark Kenny, Oisin Dougan, Oscar DeBurca, Owen Duffy, Phillip Redmond, Ronan Browne, Ryan Hannon, Stephen Finn. Well done Dara. Dara O hAnnaidh, Captain of the Wicklow Senior football team, was honoured in being picked for the Leinster Football squad. Unfortunately Leinster went down to Connacht on Saturday.
Important Notice - All Adult Teams, both ladies and men’s
The management of all our adult, ladies and men’s football and hurling teams, are now open for renewal for 2009.. Interested parties are invited to contact the Club Secretary, Frances Stephenson, 087 2499362, before November 4th, for further details.