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Our Ju­nior Bs had their first out­ing in the cham­pi­onship in An Tochar on Tues­day against Dunlavin and we are happy to re­port that Éire Óg won.

This com­pe­ti­tion is run on a knock­out ba­sis so each game is in­vested with that fris­son which de­rives from the fear of fail­ure. This fris­son had grad­u­ated to near trem­ble pro­por­tions 10 min­utes into the sec­ond half as Éire Óg strug­gled to ex­er­cise some form of mas­tery over their re­silient op­po­nents. About this time Éire Óg started to put to­gether some sweep­ing up­field move­ments which were quite spec­tac­u­lar in their ex­e­cu­tion and fe­cund in their out­come. Some neu­trals were highly im­pressed and, for our part, we were beginning to see the green shoots of victory. As the game wore on it be­came clear that, sav­ing some dis­as­ter, the day would be Éire Óg’s.

The qual­ity of the lighting in An Tochar is ex­cel­lent and one won­dered why one could not dis­tin­guish clearly the phys­iog­nomies of the play­ers. Then it dawned. One was in the sit­u­a­tion of the man in the quar­ter­mas­ter’s store ‘ my eyes are dim, I can­not see/ I have not brought my specs with me’.

This was no hin­drance, how­ever, in ob­serv­ing the per­for­mance of Wil­lie ‘Deci­bels’ O’Ha­gan which, for once, spoke more loudly than his words and which lit­er­ally sparkled through the dim­ness.

Play­ing in the half-for­wards he amassed a to­tal of seven points. A good day’s work one might have thought, yet he was on hand deep in the back line on a num­ber of oc­ca­sions to re­trieve the ball and ini­ti­ate Éire Óg at­tacks. In what was a very sat­is­fy­ing team per­for­mance, Peter Smith on the wing and Shane Do­herty in goal sup­plied that ex­tra bit. Billy Cud­dihy had a fine game at cen­tre­back. Johnny Groome con­trib­uted sig­nif­i­cantly on the score­board and in all­round play; his two points from 45s were very well de­liv­ered.

The mi­nor foot­ballers and their sup­port­ers were more than some­what ag­grieved at the out­come of their game against Bless­ing­ton in the cham­pi­onship on Wed­nes­day. They felt hard done by. There is al­most a re­signed­ness among our teams that, for them, pitches out­side the divi­sion are wont to lose their hor­i­zon­tal lie.

Bless­ing­ton had the ball in the Éire Óg net im­me­di­ately af­ter the throw-in and had 2-3 on the score­board be­fore the end of the 1st quar­ter. Our lads even­tu­ally gained some com­po­sure and were just 2-5 to 1-4 be­hind at half-time. They re­ally upped their game af­ter the break, played some out­stand­ing foot­ball and, shortly be­fore the end, had re­duced the deficit to a point. The game ended in semi-dark­ness and we lost by two points. Em­met Bol­lard, Seán Ry­der, John Deeney and Karl Mana­han were best for Éire Óg.

Last Wed­nes­day our u-14s eased past their coun­ter­parts from Kil­coole thereby gain­ing a po­si­tion in the play-off stages of the County cham­pi­onship. They join Ark­low Rocks, St Pat’s and West­ern Gaels. To have reached the penul­ti­mate stage in this com­pe­ti­tion is but just re­ward for this group of play­ers, which in­cludes a num­ber of u-12s, who have shown great com­mit­ment and en­thu­si­asm in their train­ing. The team’s am­bi­tions do not rest here, and why should they? ‘If you do not have a dream, how can you have a dream come true’.

Go­ing into the Kil­coole match the men­tors were in the happy cir­cum­stance of hav­ing 20 play­ers at their dis­posal - one might say an em­bar­rass­ment of riches. As it hap­pened Éire Óg had soon es­tab­lished a com­mand­ing lead and this al­lowed the whole panel to have a piece of the action - noth­ing bet­ter to cre­ate a sense of be­long­ing among pe­riph­eral play­ers and to cul­ti­vate team spirit.

A very sound back divi­sion was piv­oted on the ef­forts of John Fo­ley who com­manded his turf with some style. He was very ably as­sisted by the McLough­lin broth­ers Ja­son and Aaron. Half-for­wards Adam Price and Seán Minogue were full of run­ning and showed great po­si­tional sense. Dil­lon Har­ris topped off an eye-catch­ing dis­play with a goal which fit­ted its match-de­ter­min­ing out­come. Conor ‘Muf­fin’ Corn­wall, af­ter an ear­lier stint in the for­wards dur­ing which he bagged him­self a hat-trick, ex­celled at mid-field and Shaun Hughes also did Tro­jan work around the same area.

Comhgáird­eachas to Anto Byrne, James ‘Pooch’ Cran­ley and Danny Nolan on their se­lec­tion on the Wick­low Tony For­ristal Cup team. Wick­low reached the semi-fi­nals in the com­pe­ti­tion but were beaten by a very strong Laois se­lec­tion. Maith sibh, a bhuachaillí. Do thuill sibh onóir mór do Éire Óg.

Well done to the Un­der 14s and U12s this week. They both had good wins in their Shield com­pe­ti­tions. The U-12s de­feated Kil­te­gan to qual­ify for the semi- fi­nal which will be played on Fri­day, Septem­ber 18t This victory proved to Mar­guerite, Laura and Mairead that per­sis­tence pays off! The U-14s won their semi-fi­nal and play An­nacurra in the fi­nal. We wish them well.

The U-16s open their Shield cam­paign this week with a quar­ter fi­nal game against Bal­li­na­cor on Wed­nes­day. This will be played in Glenealy at 6.45pm.

The In­ter­me­di­ates will play in their Shield fi­nal on Satur­day, Septem­ber 19 against Avon­dale. The best of luck to them as well.

On the same day, the fi­nal Un­der 10 and U8 Wick­low Blitz will take place in Glen­malure.

We were de­lighted to wel­come a vis­it­ing group of U-14 camogie play­ers from the Black­rock Camogie Club in Cork at the week-end.

They ar­rived with their coaches on Satur­day morn­ing. Af­ter an af­ter­noon and evening of camogie and en­ter­tain­ment in many forms, with a few breaks for eat­ing, sleep came late to a few lo­cal house­holds.

The ’Rock­ies’ headed to Croke Park at 11am Sun­day where they rep­re­sented County Cork in the All-Ire­land camogie Fi­nal half-time mini-games and formed the guard of hon­our for the Se­nior teams of Cork and Kilkenny as they came on to the field.

This was a mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ence for all who took part in the on-pitch ac­tiv­i­ties as well of those off the field. We are very grate­ful to all the fam­i­lies who opened their homes to our vis­i­tors. By so do­ing they en­abled us pro­vide this op­por­tu­nity to our own play­ers.This was a mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ence for all in­volved and we look for­ward to mak­ing the re­turn trip to Cork in the fu­ture. Thanks to Aine, Doire­ann, Kate, Ni­amh and Laura who put the ac­tiv­i­ties to­gether and the many peo­ple work­ing be­hind the scenes to make sure the many strands of such an op­er­a­tion fall into place.

A group of 60 of our play­ers and sup­port­ers fol­lowed ’the Rock­ies’ to Croke Park on our an­nual trip to the camogie fi­nals where we met up with them af­ter a break of a few hours.

A great day out was had by all. In con­trast to last year’s rain soaked matches, we ex­pe­ri­enced one of the hottest days Croke Park has known and wit­nessed All Ire­land vic­to­ries for Of­faly in the Ju­nior fi­nal, their first, Cork in Se­nior - not their first-and Clare in the U21 hurl­ing fi­nal, also their first.

Thanks again to all the trav­el­ling par­ents who made the trip pos­si­ble.

Please note-a Coach­ing Clinic will be held on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 10 in Avon­dale GAA Club from 10am to 1pm. Ses­sions will be given by Paudie But­ler, Na­tional Di­rec­tor of Hurl­ing, Tommy Dunne from Tip­per­ary and Martin Fog­a­rty from Kilkenny. Please let the Club Sec­re­tary know if you would like to at­tend.

We are

cur­rently in­volved

in a fundraiser run by the County Board which will also al­low us raise much needed funds for our own club. Please sup­port this ven­ture and you may be lucky enough to cap­ture some of the €1,000 prize fund! Lines are €2 each and there is no limit to the num­ber of times you can get your name in!

The U-12 team played two matches re­cently and were beaten nar­rowly in both. The two games could have went ei­ther way. The first game against Naomh Padraig was played on Mon­day night away and both teams were fairly evenly matched. We played with the wind in the first half but did not take ad­van­tage. In the sec­ond half Naomh Padraig used the wind which had got­ten stronger and ran out win­ners. We played top of the ta­ble Kil­bride on Satur­day and al­though short a few play­ers we put up a great per­for­mance and had lots of chances to win the game but just missed out on a few oc­cas­sions. We were very proud of how the lads bat­tled and played some lovely foot­ball at times. Team on Satur­day was:

Ben Han­lon, Jor­dan Ma­her Glenn McGro­gan, Ger Cur­ran, Alex Byrne, An­drew Wood­cock, Bill Moore­house, Ian Ma­hony, Luke O’ Sul­li­van, Alan Acres, Dan Shaw, Brady Yeoh, Craig Melia and Sean Maloney.

The flood­lights were of­fi­cially turned on Fri­day night and we had a very busy night.

We would like to thank those who helped get the field looking so well for the night, our ef­fort is much ap­pre­ci­ated. The night started well with two un­der­age games on the pitch, one hurl­ing and the other foot­ball.

We then had a mens foot­ball match where Fer­gal Ogs ran out win­ners against An Tochar. Fi­nally we had a mens hurl­ing match against Kil­mac/En­niskerry. Un­for­tu­natly 10 mins into this match we had a tech­ni­cal fault and the lights went out. It was a while be­fore they came back on and in the mean­time the match was can­celled.

Hope­fully we will have the fault re­paired quickly. Other than this hic­cup the night was a great oc­cas­sion and we look for­ward to many good nights ahead.

We would like to thank all the kids who took part and also the par­ents who came along to sup­port the event. A big thanks to The An Tochar and Kil­mac/En­niskerry teams who took part es­pe­cially Kil­mac/En­niskerry hurlers who only got a short time play­ing. We hope to get you back in soon for a match. Thanks to ref Tony McLaugh­lin for for both games and also to Vic­tor O’Shaugh­anssy who at­tended on be­half of the County Board.

The 10th an­nual MBNA Kick Fada lived up to the hype last Satur­day Af­ter­noon Septem­ber 12th in Glo­ri­ous Sun­shine in Bray Em­mets GAA Club. The Com­pe­ti­tion was the most com­pet­i­tive and ex­cit­ing in years. We had the largest num­bers ever com­pet­ing with 15 Ladies and 23 Gents.

Suzanne Hughes from Bally­bo­den St Edna’s GAA Club Claimed the women’s MBNA kick fada 2009 with a huge 48 me­ter kick beat­ing our own Ais­ling Ni hAn­naidh from Bray Em­mets GAA Club into sec­ond place

Brian Sheri­dan from Seneschalstown GAA Club in Co Meath won the Gents MBNA Kick Fada, with the sec­ond long­est kick ever of 71 me­ters. Brian over­came a top class field of in­ter-county Gaelic foot­ballers with sec­ond place go­ing to, two time cham­pion and Of­faly Goal­keeper Padraic Kelly, and third go­ing to an­other for­mer Cham­pion Mayo’s Fin­tan Ruddy.

With such a beau­ti­ful day it drew a very large crowd, and nu­mer­ous events took place around the club.

Our Academy teams, over 200 chil­dren in all, U-5 to U-8 ran their own Mini Kick Fada, and hope­fully in years to come we will see them step up to the mark.

We had vis­it­ing teams from around Wick­low and Naas in Co Kil­dare who took part in the Hurl­ing Skills com­pe­ti­tion.

We also had our camogie Un­der 12’s Girls V The Hurl­ing Boys. Our Girls winning out in the end.

RTE’s Micheal O’Muireathar­taigh over­saw the Kick Fada Com­pe­ti­tion, and thrilled the large crowd with his com­men­tary.

Bray Em­mets Chair­man Ger­ard Mur­phy would like to thanks MBNA and Will Cur­ley for their con­tin­ued Sup­port of this event. Pa­trick Wo­gan, chair­per­son of the kick Fada Com­mit­tee, would like to thank O’Neill’s, who again spon­sored the foot­balls.

On be­half of the Com­mit­tee we would like to thank the nu­mer­ous Bray Em­mets Mem­bers for their time and com­mit­ment to en­sur­ing this huge event ran smoothly.

Pho­to­graphs of the com­pe­ti­tion can be found on the web­site www.brayemm e t s . c o m <http://www.brayem­mets.com/>

Jack Ebbs cool­ing down at the All Ire­land Kick Fada at Bray Em­mets.

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