Bride Rovers GAA Club News

26 June, 2012

BrideRovers GAA Club Notes.


Juniorsdefeated by Carrignavar.

Our JuniorA Grade Hurling team met the 2008 Champions Carrignavar in the first round ofthe East Cork Oil JAHC at the Felix Sarsfield Memorial Park in Watergrasshillon Saturday night last. Carrig were fastest out of the blocks and hit over somegreat points from play and from frees. It took our lads a long time to get intothe pace of the game and we were five points down after ten minutes. Graduallywe moved up the gears but the scores we got were hard won. When we fell tenpoints to three behind things looked ominous. In fairness though we dominatedthe last ten minutes of the first half. A free from Terry Broderick wasfinished to the net by Alan O Keeffe and this score was a mighty boost approachingthe short whistle. At the break we were 0 12 to   1  3 behind. If Carrignavar dominated theopening period we took over big time in the second half. The defence weresuperb and our forward division got a more plentiful supply of the ball. Showingthat traditional Rovers flair and spirit the team as a unit tore into the game.An early attack was put out for a 65 which Terry pointed. Showing his footballskills Kieran Collins booted the sliotar to the net and now it was Carrignavarwho were on the defensive. We missed a few scoring chances but still came towithin a point of Carrig in the 51st minute. After missing a chance to get onlevel terms we suffered a hammer blow when Carrignavar broke away for a goalwhich restored their four point lead. At the end just three points separatedthe sides; Carrignavar 1  13 BrideRovers 2  7. After the heavy defeat inour last League game this was a heartening display from the team, showing greatcharacter and plenty top class hurling.

Team andScorers; Frank Hogan, Fergus Collins, Tomás Kearney, Kieran Manley, TrevorMoloney, Brendan O Driscoll, Jim O Connor, Pat Walsh, Terry Broderick, Sean OBrien, Kieran Collins, Alan O Keeffe, Damien Buckley, Richie Cahill (captain)Owen Murphy. Sub Stephen Pratt.

Terry  0  4,Kieran 1  0, Alan 0  2, Stephen 0  1.

Having usedso many players at Senior level in the first two games of the Co SeniorChampionship this was a very good display. We are not out of the East CorkJAHC  as there is a Losers Group, Round2. The draw for this section was made on Saturday night. We certainly got thetough end of the stick! We have been paired with Castlemartyr, winners of theEast Cork title in 2009 and 2010. They are one of the top teams in the Countyand will prove a major obstacle. But, as the man said, the bigger they come theharder they fall. We met them recently in the Avondhu/Imokilly JHL and theydefeated us by 3  22 to 4  10. The expectation is that the Round Twogames will be played before June the 8th and with Cork and Offaly on June the7th our game may be earlier. Training continues this week.  Fielding second and third hurling teams isnever easy but well done to all the lads who played last Saturday night and toDan Quill and his backroom team.


Senior ClubChampionship.


Ourprovisional Championship fixture v Blackrock next Sunday is gone. If Cork haddefeated Tipp on Sunday last we'd have been facing Blackrock in Pairc UiChaoimh at 3.30 on next Sunday July the 1st. With Cork now fixed to play Offalyon Saturday week July 7th our game will have to be rescheduled. If Cork defeatthe Faithful County on the 7th they will be in action once more on the 14th ofJuly so our game has no definite date at the moment. Training is continuing andit is hoped to play one or two games in The Co Senior Hurling League.

It's agreat time of the year for hurling -well it should be , hard ground, warmweather, long balmy evenings and dust flying in the square! Summer time and theliving is easy -yeah right! It is hard to imagine that we're gone beyondmidsummer and still the summer hasn't come. Despite all that it's marvellous tosee so many training for all grades of hurling at present with two fields busy.


The Minorshave been busy during June with games in the Non Exam Players League. We had nowin but games are great. Our first round Championship tie against Erins Own hasbeen chopped and  changed. At present weexpect it to go ahead either on July 7th or 9th. With the Cork game now on the7th it is unlikely that any games will be scheduled for that evening.


Cork vTipperary.

Cork showedgreat character and skill on Sunday last in the Munster semi final againstTipperary in Pairc Ui Chaoimh. Since 1972 I haven’t missed many Cork v Tippgames in Munster and last Sundays game was as enjoyable as any. Some fans feltit lacked 'cutting' but both teams gave their all. I felt near the end we'd beheading for a replay in Semple Stadium on Saturday next but no, Tipperary heldon to win by a single point despite having a man sent off. Credit to the Corkhurling team for a gutsy display. All Cork followers can look forward   to great days with this team in the future.The Munster final between Waterford and Tipperary will take place in Pairc UiChaoimh on Sunday July 22nd.

BrideRovers Weekly Club Lotto.

Last week’s draw took placein Barry’s Bar, Rathcormac on Tuesday June 19th for a jackpot of €3,400. Thefour numbers drawn were 7,22,24 & 26 and there was no jackpot winner.

The winners of the five €30 'Lucky Dips’ were;

. Vincent Cronin c/o
. Connie Barry, Rathcormac
. Donal Cahill, Rathcormac
. Denis Ahern, Rathcormac
. Peter O’Dwyer, Annacarthy.

This week’s draw took  place in The Central Bar, Rathcormac on Tuesday June 26th for ajackpot of €3,600.

The BrideRovers Club is putting a big effort  inover the next few weeks to boost the Lotto Ticket Sales. The Lotto is the mainsource of Club Funding. In recent years as well as the ordinary runningexpenses of the Club we have invested heavily in Development Projects. Theseare all very costly. As a Club we have great support in the Parish and faroutside the Parish as well. We are appealing to all our supporters and friendsto support the Weekly Lotto. If you are already buying a Ticket regularly a big'thank you'. If not please consider doing so from now on. Tickets are just €2each but every €2 is important.

You cansupport the Lotto as follows;

1 Purchasea ticket each week from Club Members or in local Business outlets.

2 BuyTickets online at

3 Purchasea yearly ticket, available at a reduced rate of €90

4 Sell abook or a half book of Lotto tickets every week. The club is always anxious toget new Lotto sellers- 'many hands make light work', if you are interested inhelping the Bride Rovers Club by buying or selling the weekly Lotto Ticketsplease contact any Club officer or member.

Car BootSale

Thanks tothose who helped out on Saturday and Sunday last with the Car Boot Sale and the'getting ready' for same.



Our revampedwebsite is proving very popular with those at home and abroad. We are stilllooking for old Club Team or action photos for the site, Therecently added Player Profile section is very popular.  We would urge allclub members and supporters to tell all their friends about the website.

PremierIntermediate Game.

On Sunday July8th Pairc na Bride will host the PIHC meeting of Castlelyons and Watergrasshillat 7pm. This should attract a fine crowd. The Club is producing a MatchProgramme for the game. For any firm or business wishing to advertise in thispublication please contact the Club PRO at 087 9538077.


Membership of the Clubfor 2012 is still open. The Fee for Adult Players is €100, Students €40, Minors€30, Ordinary Club Membership €50. There is a special reduced Membership Fee of€20 for OAP's. The Membership fees can be paid to any Club member.



Well it isChampionship time on the Club as well as Cork front and a timely reminder toall players and supporters that we have a huge range of Stock in the BrideRovers Club Shop. With the playing season now in full swing its great to seethe green. white and gold being proudly worn. Jerseys, togs, Socks, Hoodies,Training Shorts, Track Suits, Training Tops, Gear Bags, Polo Shirts, BottleGreen Wind-Sheeters, Green Half Zip Hoodies, Rain Jackets, Beanie Hats andMedal Boards  are all available. Be seen to support your club with theclub colours and club gear. Ring  086 3807784 or 086 1540902 to purchaseall the above items. Thanks to our huge band of loyal followers who were inPairc UI Rinn on Saturday night.

TheBride Rovers GAA Club main sponsor is The Rathcormac Inn/Conversation Piece.