Bride Rovers GAA Club

25 May, 2011

Bride Rovers GAA CLUB NOTES.

On the road to Thurles again. It's the motorway for thousands nowadays but the magic of the journey is just the same. A fine day with Cork and Tipp playing in the Munster championship in Thurles… that's what sport is all about!

Maybe there wont be any dust flying in the square and the days of 'Hells Kitchen' in the Tipperary backline may be just a faded memory but games like these dictate our summer.

Call it tradition, local rivalry, bragging rights or whatever you like, there's no greater Irish sporting occasion than Cork and Tipp. Both the Queen and the American President recently went home with hurleys but while they 'gazed and gazed and yet the wonder grew' about the importance of our ancient great game they can never really comprehend why it means so much to so many people all across the land.

Hurling is uniquely Irish and that's why 'form' counts for so little, especially between the two greatest Munster rivals. How often over the last sixty years have the favourites been beaten? Even in recent years it has happened. Indeed there is respect in both Counties for the other but once the sliotar is thrown it’s not about last year or the year before. Next Sunday Tipp as All Ireland champions will wear the cloak of warm favourites but uneasy lies the head that bears the crown.

No one gives Cork a chance but that never upset previous generations of Rebel hurlers. It's bit early to have the hay saved but it's never too early to 'bate Tipp' ! Best of luck to Brian, Denis Walsh and all the Cork contingent. Safe travelling to all who hit the road for old Thurles town.

East Cork Junior Hurling League (Div 3). On last Thursday night, May 19th we travelled to Castlemartyr to take on the home side in a JHL Div. 3 game. The Reds took an early two point lead but we levelled courtesy of two frees. The remainder of the first half was even but twice we hit the posts.

At the break we were just two points in arrears, 0 9 to 0 7. After the restart Castlemartyr got some good scores to go into a seven point lead but we fought back to reduce the margin to just three points leaving the final scoreline at Castlemartyr 0 18 Bride Rovers 1 10.

Team: Frank Hogan, William O'Leary, Joe Delaney, Barry Collins, Fergus Collins, Patrick O'Driscoll, Liam O'Leary, Ryan O'Connor, Sean O'Brien, Damien Buckley, Richard Cahill, Niall Hogan, Daniel Lane, Alan O'Keeffe and Stephen O'Leary.

Subs Used: Maurice Dooley and Cian Sewell. Our next game in the Div. 3 Campaign is onThursday May 26th, at home to St. Catherines at 7.30pm.

Senior Championship. Our first round game in the Cork Senior Hurling Championship For 2011 is just over a week away. We face Na Piarsaigh on Friday week June 3rd in Watergrasshill at 7.30. This will be an extremely tough assignment as we have been plagued with injuries in recent weeks.

WEEKLY CLUB LOTTO. Last week’s draw took place in Denis Barry’s Bar, Bartlemy on Tuesday May 17th for a jackpot of €3,000. The four numbers drawn were 3/8/12 and 13. There was no jackpot winner. The winners of the five €30 ''Luck Dips were; .Kevin Cronin, Fermoy .Denis Mulcahy, Bartlemy .Anthony Cahill, Rathcormac .Marie Arnold c/o LOCALLOTTO.IE .Bill Gubbins, Bartlemy.

Tickets for the weekly Lotto are just €2 each and can be purchased from Club Members and in Local Business outlets. Tickets can also be purchased online at This weeks draw took place in Barry’s Bar, Rathcormac on Tuesday May 24th for a jackpot of €3,200.