BRAY EM­METS

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SE­NIOR FOOT­BALL

The Se­nior foot­ballers had an­other fine work­out against a strong de­ter­mined Ra­heny team last Sun­day morn­ing down in Old Conna. The sun shone and we wit­nessed a game full of end-to-end stuff with some thrilling tus­sles, ex­cep­tional move­ment and some won­der­ful scores.

Oisín o hAn­naidh rel­ish­ing his role at wing-back opened the scor­ing with a well taken point. Play­ing with the breeze, Ra­heny took the game to Bray and raced into a four point lead. Conor Flan­nery hit back with a typ­i­cal Flanno score be­fore Stephen Fox hit the back of the net from the penalty spot. Three min­utes later we had the score of the match. Niall McGraynor winning the ball around mid­field popped the ball to Ray Lambe who hand­passed to Brian O’Ke­effe who popped it to Ross MacA­naspie who fi­nally trans­ferred it back to the in­com­ing Ray to fist to the net. Quick hands, great sup­port play, a joy to watch.!

At half-time Bray went in lead­ing 2-3 to 0-5 .The Em­mets upped their game in the sec­ond half and with the wind to their backs they con­trolled long pas­sages of play. We saw some great score tak­ing from John O’Ke­effe, Flanno, Niall McGraynor and Ross. The de­fence dealt more than com­pe­tently with ev­ery­thing that came their way and fin­ished very strongly. This was a tough phys­i­cal con­test and it was en­cour­ag­ing to see every­one weather the storm. Bray ran out even­tual win­ners on a score­line of 3-8 to 1-8.

If you would like to catch this team in action come along to Bally­bo­den next Sun­day at 12 o’clock.

UN­DER-11

The new U-11 team fi­nally com­menced their sea­son af­ter two washouts the pre­vi­ous week­ends. Op­po­si­tion this week was Bally­bo­den and the re­port is from the white team. With num­bers slightly down due to sickness and mid term break our team was sup­ple­mented by three U-10s – Noah, Shane and Lochlann.

We started a bit ring rusty and Bally­bo­den stormed into a 1-1 to 0-0 lead af­ter the open­ing few min­utes but we set­tled af­ter this and be­gan to turn the ta­bles on the op­po­si­tion. Start­ing from the back our goal­keeper Aaron Lyons was dom­i­nat­ing his area and pick­ing out our play­ers with pin­point kick­outs. Our full-back line of Kevin Nolan and Lochlann Dougan were their usual dogged and tire­less selves in cut­ting out at­tacks. Shane and Ryan Purdy were do­ing some fine field­ing in the half-back line and feed­ing off ball to our tire­lessly rov­ing mid­field of Ben Hoskin and Conn Benville. With this kind of play we be­gan to over­run the mid­dle third of the field and to set up the for­wards for op­por­tu­ni­ties. How­ever the Bally­bo­den de­fend­ers were not go­ing to let us in too eas­ily and we squan­dered some shots but we did pick off a fine point from dis­tance to leave the half-time score at 1-1 to 0-1 against us. The sec­ond half re­ally upped the tempo and Bray quickly turned their mid­field dom­i­nance into scores by quickly get­ting two goals from fine set-up play by Oisin Dougan. Play­ing full-for­ward were Kevin Spaine and Aen­gus Mul­doon and their abil­ity to take pos­ses­sion of the ball and hold up play caused panic in the op­po­si­tions back line. The on rush­ing half-for­ward line of Noah Cum­mins and Conn Benville were then able to pick up the passed out ball and steal a goal and a point for us. With only min­utes re­main­ing we held a slim 3-2 to 13 lead and Bally­bo­den were press­ing hard and even­tu­ally they poached a goal but we held out af­ter that to reg­is­ter a fine morale-boost­ing win of 3-2 to 2-3.

Un­for­tu­nately, the green team just lost out in a high scor­ing and fast mov­ing game on the sec­ond pitch to leave the ag­gre­gate score at Bray 6-13, Bally­bo­den 7-17. More on that match next week.

MEM­BER­SHIP FEES 2009

It’s that time of year again as the signs of win­ter are beginning to fade. This year a NO Pay No PLAY pol­icy will be im­ple­mented so do co-op­er­ate and at­tend the Regis­tra­tion dates set out be­low.

Boys U-10, 11 and 12 Foot­ball & Hurl­ing, Satur­day 28th Fe­bru­ary 10am – 12 noon; Satur­day 7th March; Girls U-10, 11 and 12 Foot­ball, Mon­day 23th Fe­bru­ary 7pm (Astro Turf), Mon­day 2nd March; U-14 Foot­ball and Hurl­ing - Ciara Kir­wan; Girls U14 Foot­ball - Gaye Hef­fer­nan; Camogie - Teresa Mul­van­ney; Adult Hurl­ing, Wed­nes­day 4th March 7.30 to 8.30pm; (U16, Mi­nor, Ju­nior & Se­nior); Adult Male and Fe­male Foot­ball, Thurs­day 5th March, 7.30 to 83.0 pm U16, Mi­nor, Ju­nior, In­ter­me­di­ate & Se­nior); Ju­ve­nile Mem­ber­ship (U18) €70, 2 or more ju­ve­niles €140; Adult Play­ing Mem­ber €100, Vot­ing rights; Non Play­ing Mem­ber / Men­tor, €70, Vot­ing rights; So­cial Mem­ber­ship €20, No vot­ing rights; Fam­ily: €70 per Non play­ing adult + €30 per child (U18) there­after – Max €200, eg: 2 par­ent non play­ing + 2 chil­dren (U18) is 70 + 70 + 30 + 30 = €200; (1 par­ent non play­ing + 2 chil­dren is €70 + 30 + 30 = €130)

AN­NUAL DIN­NER DANCE AND PRE­SEN­TA­TION

This is the last call for the An­nual Din­ner Dance and Pre­sen­ta­tion! To avoid be­ing dis­ap­pointed get your ticket straight­away.

This year’s event will be held in the Es­planade Ho­tel on next Fri­day, Fe­bru­ary 20th at 7.30 pm. Tick­ets are €50 for adults, €30 for Mi­nors and €35 for Stu­dents. Mu­sic is by Bren­dan Kennedy. Tick­ets are avail­able from Der­mot at 086-2560401, Anne at 087-9839937, Tony at 086-1098550 or any Team men­tors. All Men­tors please spread the news!

The sense of re­lief felt by Fergus O’Brien and Ray Barry early on Sun­day morn­ing must surely have added savour to the bev­er­ages they were mus­ingly im­bib­ing. Their ‘baby’, the an­nual Din­ner Dance, had just had a suc­cess­ful de­liv­ery. The con­sen­sus was that the night had been a great suc­cess - an oa­sis of joie de vivre in the noo­sphere of doom and gloom in which, at the mo­ment, we move and have our be­ing. No doubt, as their slowly sipped mea­sures gave rel­ish to their palates, they re­flected that the out­come had com­pen­sated for all those prepara­tory hours of ef­fort, worry and doubt. The thought­fully adorned sur­rounds, down to the love hearts at each set­ting (na mná for your life: Carmel Deeney, Ni­amh Sher­lock and Fe­lic­ity Keane) did much to cre­ate an at­mos­phere of wel­come for the par­ty­go­ers. Comhgáird­eachas agus míle buíochas to all in­volved.

The hi­er­ar­chy in the or­der of merit of the many achieve­ments, in­di­vid­ual and group, which were cel­e­brated dur­ing the Din­ner Dance, is a mat­ter of in­di­vid­ual judge­ment. How­ever, it would be hard to en­vis­age any list in which the names of Patsy Vick­ers and Fion­nu­ala Nolan were not in­cluded in the up­per ech­e­lons. In each of th­ese pre­sen­ta­tions we were recog­nis­ing ef­fort without re­ward save that of see­ing the club thrive. Both are ad­mirable ex­am­ples of that vol­un­teerism, a buz­zword of the age, which is now be­ing her­alded as the sine qua non in the de­vel­op­ment of com­mu­nity; seen in turn as be­ing vi­tal to the fu­ture health of so­ci­ety.

Patsy’s ac­co­lade ‘a life­time of ded­i­cated ser­vice’ was truly earned and aptly named. To the best of his rec­ol­lec­tion it was in 1948 (no blame for faulty re­call at this re­move) that Patsy won a County Mi­nor foot­ball medal with New­town. This was fol­lowed in the early’50s by a Ju­nior Hurl­ing Cham­pi­onship medal play­ing with his na­tive New­cas­tle. He has been in­volved with Gaelic games in Grey­stones since the for­ma­tion of the Éire Óg ju­ve­nile club and man­aged the u16 team which won the County Cham­pi­onship in 1986. He was also part of the man­age­ment of the Ju­nior B team which had the dis­tinc­tion of winning both the 1988 County Cham­pi­onship and the Swan Cup (v Ju­nior A cham­pi­ons). He also served 12 years as Chair­man of the NE Ju­ve­nile board.

Add to this the work he does and has done to en­sure that the grounds are well kept and that the pitches are in or­der and you have a pic­ture of an in­put fully de­serv­ing of the de­scrip­tion ‘A Life­time of Ded­i­ca­tion’.

Fion­nu­ala Nolan (Ken­drick) comes from a fam­ily with roots firmly im­planted in Éire Óg Grey­stones. Her fa­ther played for the club and her brother Michael was a doughty de­fender on the In­ter­me­di­ate Cham­pi­onship team. ‘Twas the hurl­ing that brought Fion­nu­ala into Éire Óg where she was in­vei­gled by Colm Gaskin into be­com­ing Ju­ve­nile Cis­teoir. She re­mained in this po­si­tion for 8 years be­fore re­tir­ing this year. How­ever she has not ended her in­volve­ment with the club where, be­sides help­ing with the train­ing in the hurl­ing academy, she is the Child Pro­tec­tion Of­fi­cer.

The ac­cep­tance speeches of both re­cip­i­ents were brief but their words were charged with sin­cer­ity and emo­tion. Such words have the abil­ity to stir the soul and this was re­flected in the stand­ing ova­tions they both re­ceived. rugby club. The In­ter­me­di­ates had their first chal­lenge match against Rath­new on Satur­day. It was a good run out but it showed we need to be more clin­i­cal in front of goal.

Ju­ve­nile hurl­ing con­tin­ues in Co­laiste Chraobh Ab­hainn on Fri­day nights be­tween 7 and 9 and all are wel­come.

For more in­for­ma­tion check out www.kil­coole­gaa.com. If any one has any in­for­ma­tion or pho­tos that they wish to put on the web­site please email me at eoin.obrien1@gmail.com

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