The under 8 were away to Kilbride last Friday as part of the Go Games. We travelled with a squad of 15 players so thank you to all the parents who drove to Kilbride. We got to play two matches and it is fantastic to see the young players coming into their own and playing two great games. The improvement in the players is a testament to the players and the work and effort they put in on the training pitch. There was great defensive play from Eoghan Corrigan, Danny Delaney, Sam Browne and Oscar Quinn, midfielding by Aidan Kavanagh, Steven and Brian Maguire, Scott MacDonald, attacking by the goal scorer Jack Corrigan, Jack Quinn and Oliver McIlroy.
Our under 10s were in action last Friday night, this time away to Kilbride GAA. As ourselves and Kilbride where the only teams in action only one game could be played and it was a very good game of skill and entertainment with both teams going end to end.
We had a panel of 15 players with us which was great to have considering these young children where only back to school so a big thank you to the parents for driving to Kilbride.
As we only had one game we could not pick player of the game so instead here is the panel - Brandon Scully, Troy Scully, James Kavanagh, Paul Maglone, Mark Mullan, Cormac Barry, Danial Curneen, William Coogan, James Mcllory, Noel Nolan, James Maguire, Adam O’Reilly, Eoin Riordan, Luke Dillion and Ryhs Cope. Well done all . Roisin Keegan, Megan Byrne, Jade Byrne and Kaitlin Daly Larkin.
Next weekend we play host to an Under 14 group from Blackrock Camogie Club in Cork. They will arrive on Saturday morning and spend the night with us as they make their way to Croke Park the following morning.
Sunday, September 13 sees the All-Ireland Camogie final in Croke Park with the experienced Cork facing the up and coming Kilkenny. The Junior All-Ireland will be between Offaly and Waterford. Both camogie Finals will be followed by the U21 All-Ireland Hurling final between Kilkenny and Clare - a great day’s entertainment is on the cards. Our bus will leave from the church at 12 o’clock. Remember to book your seat early! Contact Tracy 0877518680 for further information.
Best wishes to all our members who receive their Junior Certificate results this week.
This Saturday, September 12 Bray Emmets are hosting the MBNA Kick Fada. As always these events don’t just happen. It takes volunteers to make this a special day for Bray Emmets.
On Friday 11th September Pat Wogan and his crew will be preparing the grounds. This committee already have all the hard work done over the past number of months but they are now looking for helpers on Friday afternoon/evening to get the grounds ready. If you have a spare hour or two to give on Friday from 3pm to 7pm please come along to the club grounds (Old Conna) as many hands make light work.
As always we are a volunteer based club and it is everybody helping that makes us the club we are. Pat is contactable on 087-2486885.
Thanks as always for your continued support
It is an honour to be hosting An All Ireland Final in Bray and we are looking for support for the competition from the people of Bray and Wicklow. We are indebted to MBNA for their continued sponsorship over the ten years and their support of our club. The line up of players in this year competition includes last year’s winner, the Armagh goalkeeper, Paul Herathy, Bernard Brogan of Dublin, Ross Munnelly of Laois, John Doyle of Kildare, Marty McGrath of Fermanagh, Hugho Clerkin of Monaghan, James O’ Reilly of Cavan, Paddy O’Rourke and Joe Sheridan of Meath, Mark Vaughan and Darren Magee of Dublin, Tony Hannon, Billy Norman, Niall Gaffney, all Wicklow, and many more stars of Gaelic Football.
We are appealing to all sections of our club to be present to support this great occasion. We would also ask all past players, members and people of Bray and Wicklow to come along and see the stars of Gaelic football compete for the All-Ireland title. The Ladies competition starts at 1pm and the men are at 2pm. Admission to the final is FREE. Our men’s Senior football team is back in action in the Keating Cup against Stratford in Roundwood on Tuesday next 15th September 2009 at 7.30pm. After the game against Blessington our lads will have to pick themselves up for this game. The management team of Pat Burke and Dave Barry will be looking to win this game and also to have a good finish in their last four league games. The Keating Cup is contested by the eight losing teams in the group stages of the championship. Please give the team your support in Roundwood on Tuesday.
Our under 16 hurlers collected another two points in the group section of the ‘A’ Championship when they had a victory away to Eire Og, Greystones on Monday 31st August. The Eire Og pitch was in great condition considering the heavy rain that fell all day. Bray started well with a goal and points from Mikey Lee but Eire Og came more into the game and scored a goal. A second goal for Bray from Mikey Lee left the half time score 2-5 to 1-4 in favour of Bray. In the second half Bray added a third goal through Hugh Douglas but Eire Og were always in the game and the contest was close all through. Final score was Eire Og 1-7, Bray Emmets 3-10. Our team played well at different times in the game but a big improvement is required if we are to progress to the final. Best for Bray were, Daire Lohan, Jim Doyle, Cathal O Dualleacahin, Enda Molloy, Hugh Douglas, Mikey Lee, Luke Maloney. Team: Daire Lohan, Tadgh Dornan , Jim Doyle, Piaris Mac Suibhne, Muiris O Floinn, Hugh Douglas, (1-1), Luke Maloney, Nicky Sweeney, Ryan Fagan, (0-1), Michael Lee, ( 2-6), Cathal O Duailleachain, Enda Molloy, Cian O Byrne, (01) Dirmuid Masterson, Lee Brandon, (01) Ryan Tynan.
The last weekend in August saw a great end to the kids summer holidays. We won silver in our group in the U12 Leinster Hurling Tournament in Dublin and the following day had a most memorable trip to Newport in Tipperary. There, we played teams from Tipp, Limerick and Clare. Although we lost narrowly we had a great time. Most importantly we learnt lots and can now include those learning points into our plan for the next season. Planning trips like this is essential as it exposes our areas for improvements when we benchmark ourselves against the traditional hurling counties. In this way the kids can really achieve their true potential and can see first hand for themselves the standard we are at and what more has to be done. We already had a similar trip to Kilkenny in June which was a huge success.
The Tipp tournament set us up nicely for the Wicklow Hurling semi-final against St. Patrick's last week. Our team was not as sharp as in June prior to the holidays but this was to be expected after a long lay off. Nevertheless, there were some outstanding displays and most notably by Pádraig Doyle at centre back. He had a superb game and between himself and Thomas Foley, also on the half back line, they cleaned up everything that came their way. Pádraig was not only on defensive duties, he also added a goal and a point to his credit.
At half time we had a good lead of 3-6 to 1-2 but there were causes for concern. Some of our players were not attacking the ball and were getting there second to their opponents. A number of switches were made which improved performance somewhat in the second half. Bray Emmets kept up the pressure and when Michael Boland was switched to midfield began to move much more freely and ended up scoring a marvellous 3-4. Conor O’Doherty’s first touch hurling at full forward was beginning to cause hugh concern to the St. Pats defence and ended up with a hat trick of goals (it must have been the weeks summer camp in Kilkenny). Other scores came from Liam Benville with a goal and two points.
Despite the pressure exerted by St. Pats in the second half, our defence held tight with good solid performances from Dylan Terry at full back and from our corner backs Jack Fitzgerald and Dylan Brady.
The final score was Bray Emmets 8-9, St Pats 2-6. A good solid win which now puts us into the final.
However, there is much work to be done between now and then so regular attendance at training is essential. Also well done to Michael Boland and Pádraig Doyle who helped the U14 hurlers defeat Glenealy in the Wicklow Championship.
The low score at the final whistle does not reflect the intensity of the Under 12 Camogie Final B Championship or the pace of the play. Bray Emmets met with Donard at the GAA grounds in Kilcoole on Friday 4th September and the match was “full on” from throw in to the final whistle. The Bray girls dominated where possession was concerned but failed to convert the possession into scores. Despite the brave attempts by Sarah Hayed, Shauna Douglas, Sophie Mooney and Caoimhe Lohan, our final tally was a single point.
It was a nail biting game and was an enjoyable match to watch. The play was skilled and fast and both sides played great camogie. Well done girls on your skills and teamwork. The Bray girls were in the Donard half for much of the match but the cast iron back line and tight marking by the Donard girls thwarted the attempts of the Bray forwards.
Finals score was Donard 1-0, Bray Emmets 0-1.
Congratulations to Donard on their win and although the Bray girls will be a little disappointed we say well done on playing such a fine game and the best of luck in the quarter final of the Shield which will take place on Friday 11th September v. Donard @ 6.30 in Avondale.
Our thanks to the referee and to Kilcoole GAA club for the use of the grounds on the night.
The panel: Ciara Nolan, Shauna Douglas, Caoimhe Lohan (Capt) Catherine Hayes, Rachel Hand, Caitlinn Hand, Maria Daly, Maedbh Ni Mhidigh, Sadbh Eglinton, Sarah Kate Hayde, Aifric Murphy, Sophie Mooney, Emma Groves, Eimear Ivory, Orlaith Griffin, Shannon Scanlon, Aoife Connaughton, Alex Weir, Emer Curtin, Amy O Connor. Training as always on Mondays in Emmet Park @7pm - 8.15.
Trip to All Ireland camogie Final is on Sunday 13th September 2009. Those interested in attending please contact Paul or Teresa.
An Tóchar CLG in Roundwood hosted an U-8 football blitz on Saturday morning. Twenty Bray players proudly represented us on two different teams. Blessington, Newtown and An Tóchar all provided stern opposition but Bray Emmets teamwork paid dividends in the final analysis.
The Coaches were more than happy with the first outing of the new season. A promising start for a promising and eager young squad.
Beidh muid ag imirt arís Dé Sathairn seo chugainn ag an ‘ Kick-Fada’ in Emmet Bhré.
Emmet Bhré: Aaron Graham, Alex Russell, Brian Nesbitt, Carla Lennon, Conor Dowling, Conor Hardiman, Conrad Ruddy, David Nesbitt, Davy Maloney, Jamie Baguley, Joe Dillon, Leah Carroll, Michael Connolly, Michael Timmons, Mikey Donnelly, Oisín Drury, Sarah Lambe, Sam Kearney, Sammy Butler, Seán McDonagh.
’ Full many a gem of purest ray serene/The dark unfathomed caves of ocean bare/Full many a flower is born to blush unseen/And waste it’s sweetness in the desert air.’
These words learned in school have a tendency to come to mind when one is aesthetically moved in situations deserving of a wider witness. Saturday’s match in which the hurlers of Éire Óg and Feargal Óg did battle on the manicured sward of Aughrim in the final of the Wicklow junior championship was such an occasion.
As it was, both teams had generous levels of support, yet, one felt that the events which unfolded before us were of a quality, in the content of their skill, their commitment and their excitement, that they deserved a much larger viewing public.
What are you blathering on about you might justifiably ask! What could an insignificant event such as a junior hurling match in, of all places, Wicklow offer to the sophisticated sporting palate of today’s spectator honed as it is on the sporting channels and the contests of professional athletes?
Much, one contends, for, it is in such games that one encounters sport in the beauty of its untrammelled purity and that one tastes its very essence.
They also provide a benchmark against which the real worth of those many hugely-hyped sporting events may be measured. Be sure of it that Saturday’s game was one that it would have been a great disappointment to have missed.
Éire Óg won what was a hugely enjoyable game of hurling, a view which would remain even if we had lost. The victory was all the more satisfying for the fact that the team comprised, save for one or two, home-grown players. The contest had the air of the hare and the tortoise about it with a young, fast and eager Éire Óg team opposed by an experienced, very skilful and economi- cal Feargal Óg.
From the throw-in the intensity of the game had the blood coursing through spectators’ veins at speeds best measured in knots. It is to the credit to both sets of players that, given the huge level of commitment, the exchanges never strayed beyond the bounds of good sportsmanship; they were helped in this by the sensible refereeing of Kieran O’Shea who was quick to whistle up and infraction which had the potential to threaten good order.
How we thrilled at those long balls driven out of both defences which, in a thrice, turned backline pressure into forward threat, to the brave accuratelytimed block downs, to the wonderful fielding through forests of hurleys and to the beautiful stickwork. Then there was the excitement generated by the closeness of the scoring which became well-nigh unbearable when Feargal Óg equalised four minutes from time. All of sporting life was surely here.
Our win owed much to an excellent defence which time and time again pulled us back from the precipice of defeat. Mark Doran in goal brought off some wonderful saves which were as vital and spectacular as those of PJ Ryan in the All-Ireland. However, he could have spared us those heart-in-themouth excursions from his goalmouth area.
Paul Gaskin’s defending showed no illeffects from his 21st celebrations on Friday night and Cormac Greene gave nothing away in the other corner. Billy Cuddihy played a captain’s part at number 6 while Chester Kelly at full-back, by quickness of eye and sleight of hand, thwarted the many ambitions of forwards in goalmouth menace. Incidentally both players produced an inspirational and spectacular triplet of blocks in crucial circumstances.
Jack Tanner, Peter Keane and Gino Fuschiardi never relented in their allaction endeavours and bravely engaged where many would have flinched. Peter at the end of a labyrinthe run passed a number of Feargal Óg players tapped over the point which broke the deadlock and sent us on the road to victory. A trademark catch-and-strike goal from Paulie Sutton assured us of victory. An historical win which will have resonances deep into the future of Éire Óg. Míle buíochas for all concerned for a wonderful afternoon’s sport.
Comghairdeachas to our U-14 hurlers who have reached the semi-finals of the county championship. Best of luck to our Junior B footballers who play the first round of the championship in Roundwood on Tuesday night and to our minor footballers who play Blessington, also in the championship, in Blessington on Wednesday evening
Another year and another defeat in the final of the junior A championship. I don’t think this trophy wants to come to Ballywaltrim!
We played Eire Og on Saturday in Aughrim in the final and it is fair to say we were beaten by the better team on the day. We started well with a super goal from Andy O’Brien. Eire Og played with a strong wind and equalised soon after, the wind helped and we struggled to find a rhythm. Andy O’Brien suffered a nasty blow and had
to come of for a short time but returned and added a point.Our backs were playing well and we went in at half time a couple of points down only.We came out in the second half and began to put on pressure and got back level but still our forwards were not in the game and we allowed Eire Og to clear ball to easy. Eire Og took the lead but it was all still to play for when disaster struck and the ball was in our net.
The final whistle came and it was game over for another year. On reflection we under performed on the day but credit to Eire Og on their win. Best for Fergals on the day were the whole back line and Andy O’Brien in the forwards.
The official turning on of the lights at the pitches in Ballywaltrim will take place on Friday, September 11 There will be a number of games starting at 7.30pm. These lights will be of great benifit to the club so we hope to see many people turn up on Friday night.