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.
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.