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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.

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