BRAY EM­METS

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CAMOGIE

On Satur­day last, a young Bray Em­mets Camogie se­lec­tion com­peted in a Cuala/Ballinteer/Bray blitz.

The girls did very well, winning most of their games de­spite stiff com­pe­ti­tion. The Bray girls showed great heart and brav­ery, play­ing on af­ter in­jury etc. One team con­sisted of Maeve Ni Mhidigh, Carla Len­non, Shauna Ryan and Olivia Duffy. The other team, Leah Car­roll, Eleanor Hayes-Car­roll, Sarah Lambe, Emily Devenny and Siofra Ni Mhidigh. A par­tic­u­lar word of thanks to the par­ents who sup­ported us, mak­ing the oc­ca­sion that bit more spe­cial. Comh­gaird­eas libh agus maith sibh, a Chailini!

UN­DER-10S FOOT­BALL

Green Team - Bray Em­met’s 24 Points, Kil­macud Crokes 32 points: We gath­ered at Old Conna for our first foot­ball match in what seems like an age against our old foes Kil­macud Crokes. Last time against them we lost, the time be­fore that Bray won. So we were all geared up for a tough game and hope­fully a win.

Kil­macud started well in the mid­dle and broke into our de­fence shoot­ing just wide. It was an early in­di­ca­tor of how fast their for­wards were in get­ting to the ball first. In the next play Jimmy’s goal kick to Fin­tan, who started the at­tack on to Ryan up the right whose shot was blocked wide. From the re­sult­ing 45, Fin­tan nar­rowly missed a point.

Kil­macud’s next at­tack was down the left putting pres­sure on Liam and Oisin, and a poor clear­ance gave Kil­macud their first score. Our next at­tack came through Fin­tan in the mid­dle who won an­other 45, and when the ball broke out of their de­fence Owen was first to it, had the vi­sion to look be­hind him and Phillip was there to put it over for a point.

Af­ter Kil­macud’s next at­tack, Jimmy cleared to Liam, who passed to Phillip, who found Ryan, who looked up and found Evan who made a lot of space for him­self, and put the ball over for a great point and a su­per move. Bray were winning at this stage but had to fight hard for ev­ery­thing.

Then the wind started play­ing a fac­tor. Kil­macud started clear­ing high balls into their mid­field and for­wards, who were get­ting to ev­ery­thing first. De­spite some great mark­ing and play by Oisin, Liam, Mark and Stephen, Kil­macud were get­ting that ex­tra yard up front and scored a suc­ces­sion of unan­swered points and goals in a five minute spell, when Bray let their con­cen­tra­tion go. And it was this five minute spell that cost us the game. Jimmy was kept very busy and did a great job in keep­ing the goal count down.

Mid­fields and for­wards con­tin­ued to work hard with Co­nan fight­ing hard for some pos­ses­sion and cre­at­ing some great scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties. Ryan was giv­ing it his all, and won Bray a well de­served skill point from a great block.

Half Time: Bray Em­met’s 9 points, Kil­macud Crokes 20 points

The sec­ond-half started with Bray play­ing with the hill and the wind. Oisin put in some great tack­les but the Kil­macud for­wards were all very fast and must have had glue on their gloves be­cause they were catch­ing ev­ery­thing, and de­spite our re­cent train­ing our catch­ing was not as good as it should be. Liam had a dif­fi­cult game against their fastest and best catcher of a ball, and did great to limit his scor­ing to three or four points.

Stephen con­tin­ued to pile the pres­sure on in the back line, and raced out of de­fence many times with the ball in hand mak­ing great clear­ances to the mid­field and for­wards.

Owen’s marker, though small seemed to be ev­ery­where and first to ev­ery­thing. Phillip scored an­other point from the mid­dle, along with great points from Evan, Ryan and Fin­tan, meant that Bray won the sec­ond-half 15 points to 12 points, but it was not enough to win the match. Fi­nal score Kil­macud 32, Bray 24.

It was a very tough game against very hard com­pe­ti­tion, but de­spite a dis­ap­point­ing half-time score Bray showed their fight and only went down by eight points in the end. Man of the Match: Ryan Hannon. Team Man­agers: Neil and Pat. Green Team: Jimmy Ma­son, Mark Kenny, Stephen Finn, Oisin Dougan, Liam Carolan, Fin­tan O’Shea, Phillip Red­mond, Evan Sweeney, Owen Duffy, Co­nan O’Duill, Ryan Hannon.

White Team - Bray Em­met’s 17 points, Kil­macud Crokes 19 points.

On a sunny, windy au­tumn morn­ing in Old Conna Bray’s un­der-10 white team played host to Kil­macud Crokes. The team was cap­tained by Luke Steele this week and per­formed rea­son­ably well up un­til the last five or six min­utes, when due to some very sloppy play at the back we af­forded Crokes to steal in and score an easy point from a free to clinch victory in what should have been a victory for Bray Em­mets.

The first-half was evenly di­vided with both sides get­ting into the action fairly quickly and moved from goal to goal with some quick move­ment and some ex­cel­lent scores. Crokes were first of the mark with a two good scores and one bonus point for block down, only to be hauled back by two scores from Ro­nan Browne (the writ­ers man of the match) and Con Benville putting Em­mets into the lead by two points go­ing into sec­ond half. (Bray Em­met’s 9 points, Kil­macud Crokes 7 points)

The sec­ond-half started well with the Bray mid­field and full-back line mak­ing some very strong tack­les on the Crokes play­ers, as they pushed for­ward to pull back the score. Em­mets were rea­son­ably comfortable at this stage in de­fence and mid- field where Os­car DeBurca and Ro­nan Browne were link­ing well to­gether and send­ing very good ball into the for­ward line of Aen­gus, Adam, Conn and Luke, but fine de­fence by the vis­i­tors de­nied Em­mets the scores they de­served. Ro­nan scored again from a long kick at goal from out the field, af­ter a fine break by Conn Benville and this was quickly fol­lowed up by an­other good point from Os­car DeBurca bring­ing the score now 15 points to 7 points for Em­mets. Un­for­tu­nately this lead didn’t last long as Crokes started to up the ante and were re­warded with two fine points in suc­ces­sion without any re­sponse from the Bray lads who seemed to have gone asleep at the back.

Again Ro­nan who tack­led and har­ried all around him was re­warded for a fine block as was Os­car leav­ing the scores Em­met’s 17 points to Crokes 13. Crokes en­tered the last six min­utes trail­ing and were awarded three bonus points for very good block downs in mid-field and in front of their own goal.

A long ball from Crokes caught the home team sleep­ing again and a free was given straight in front of the home teams goal, which was eas­ily dis­patched over the bar to put Crokes into a two-point lead. They held onto this lead as the fi­nal whis­tle blew much to the dis­ap­point­ment of the Bray Em­met team.

Team: Aaron Lyons, Caolan Brady, Ben Hoskin, Cor­ner backs - Kevin Nolan, Kevin Spain, Ro­nan Browne, Os­car DeBurca, Luke Steele (Capt), Con Ben­nville, Adam Barry, Aonghus Mul­doon.

DATE FOR YOUR DI­ARY

Bray Em­met’s Pre­sen­ta­tion and An­nual Din­ner Dance will be held on Fe­bru­ary 20th. Please keep this date free!!

WINNING CAP­TAINS: Bray Em­mets had great suc­cess in un­der-age com­pe­ti­tions this year, winning the Un­der-16 and Mi­nor Foot­ball and Hurl­ing County Fi­nals. The cap­tains of the winning teams were (from left): Ar­ran Mur­phy, U-16 foot­ball; Conor Power, Mi­nor foot­ball; Lorcan Pratt, Mi­nor hurl­ing; and Harry Stephen­son U16 hurl­ing. Ar­ran was a mem­ber of all four teams while Harry was on three.

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