Bray People - - Sport -


The An­nual Gen­eral meet­ing of Bray Em­mets, which was held on Fri­day last was a very well at­tended event with all the busi­ness car­ried out very ef­fi­ciently. Among the key points was the re­port of each team’s for the past year. Bray Em­mets has some 25 teams in mens and ladies hurl­ing, foot­ball and camogie. This is a very big op­er­a­tion with over 400 play­ers in­volved and the large num­ber of Team man­agers and men­tors - all vol­un­teers. As well as field­ing teams the club had a lot of suc­cess dur­ing the year, winning the Mi­nor and Un­der-16 Hurl­ing and Foot­ball County Cham­pi­onship and the Ladies Se­nior League. Con­grat­u­la­tions and a big thank-you to all the vol­un­teer man­agers, men­tors and all who helped to run the club dur­ing the year.

The new Man­age­ment Com­mit­tee for 2009 is Ger­ard Mur­phy (Chair), Liam McGraynor (Vice-Chair), Frances Stephen­son (Sec­re­tary), Der­mot O’Brien (Trea­surer), Anne Long­more (Com­mu­ni­ca­tions), De­nis McCague (De­vel­op­ment), Paul Cun­ning­ham (Coach­ing and Games De­vel­op­ment), Linda Wo­gan (Reg­is­trar), Vin­cent Duffy (Bord na nOg), Tom Walsh (Adult Games). Well done to all and best wishes for 2009.

Tom Walsh and Jackie Napier were nom­i­nated as Honorary Pres­i­dents in recog­ni­tion of their life-long con­tri­bu­tion to Bray Em­mets. Th­ese nom­i­na­tions were very well re­ceived at the meet­ing and all present felt that both Tom and Jackie had well earned the hon­our as they had worked tire­lessly for sev­eral decades, in­clud­ing through some very dif­fi­cult pe­ri­ods. It is thanks to peo­ple like Tom and Jackie that Bray Em­mets is so vi­brant to­day. A very big con­grat­u­la­tions to both and we look for­ward to their con­tin­u­ing work for the club in the fu­ture.


The Se­nior team had their first match of the year in a chal­lenge match against Sk­er­ries last Sun­day morn­ing. On a bit­terly cold morn­ing both teams played fast flow­ing foot­ball. Foul­ing was kept to a min­i­mum; there were some great scores and some very near misses on both sides.

Both teams took time to set­tle and it was ten min­utes be­fore Niall Gaffney opened the scor­ing for Bray with a well-taken free. Bray, with the wind to their backs raced into a six-point lead with points from Niall McGraynor, John O’Ke­effe and Gaffo 0-2. Sk­er­ries re­sponded with a well taken goal hav­ing stretched Bray’s de­fence but Stephen Fox replied, al­most im­me­di­ately from the kick-out, with a pile driver to the roof of the net. Sk­er­ries scored an­other point to leave the score-line at half-time Bray Em­mets 16 Sk­er­ries 1-1 .

In the sec­ond-half, play­ing against the breeze, Bray closed down the hatches and made life very dif­fi­cult for the Sk­er­ries’ play­ers. The work rate and sup­port play was ex­cel­lent and the tackling was hard and decisive. The de­fend­ers got the mea­sure of their op­po­nents and were first to any break­ing ball. The for­wards moved the ball eas­ily around the field al­ways looking for the sup­port run­ners dart­ing for­ward.

Again when the ball was moved at pace the Sk­er­ries’ de­fence was opened up and Ray Lambe and Mau­rice Doyle scored two won­der­ful goals .Fur­ther points from Niall Gaffney 0-2 Brian O Ke­effe and Niall McGraynor left the fi­nal score line Bray Em­mets 3-10, Sk­er­ries 2-3.

This was a good all -round team per­for­mance and a just re­ward for the hard slog be­ing put in by the play­ers at train­ing. Tús maith leath na hoibre! Academy news This week the weather got the bet­ter of our out­door ac­tivites. How­ever the in­door ac­tiv­i­ties con­tinue to grow from strength to strength. We are now start­ing to see the huge im­prove­ments the younger chil­dren are mak­ing. We will con­tinue to take new mem­bers for the next week and af­ter that we will have a clear run to the sum­mer with the older chil­dren beginning their se­ries of matches. Our thanks as al­ways to the coaches who give their time and without whom we would not suceed.


As I’m sure all are now aware, the An­nual Din­ner Dance and adult Pre­sen­ta­tions will be held in the Es­planade Ho­tel on Fe­bru­ary 20th at 7.30 pm. Tick­ets are €50 for adults, €30 for Mi­nors and €35 for Stu­dents. Mu­sic is by Bren­dan Kennedy. This prom­ises to be very good night so do put in your di­ary! Tick­ets are avail­able from Der­mot at 086-2560401, Ann at 0879839937, Tony at 086-1098550 or any Team men­tors. All Men­tors please spread the news!

Bray Em­met’s Honorary Pres­i­dents, Tom Walsh and Jackie Napier.

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