Bride Rovers GAA Club News

04 July, 2012

BrideRovers GAA Club Notes.


BusyWeekend For Club.

With ourJunior and Minor Hurling teams in Championship action and Pairc Na Bridehosting a big game this coming weekend promises to be a hectic one. Add in theCork Senior Hurlers qualifier against Offaly, an Executive Meeting and a SeniorHurling League game -never a dull moment!

It may beearly July but it is certainly not summer like weather. Last weekend severalgames in Cork were called off because pitches were unplayable and many otherfixtures had to switched. Normally this time of the year one would expect todust rising in the square but it's water is mainly rising at present. With somany fixtures all across the various grades down for decision it's a realheadache at present.



Our JuniorHurlers have a very tough assignment in the second round of the East Cork Oil AGrade Hurling Championship. Having lost to Carrignavar by three points in RoundOne we got a difficult draw in the backdoor series. Our opponents Castlemartyrhave won two East Cork titles in the last three years. They were beaten by avery strong Sarsfields side by a margin of two points in their opener.

This yearwe competed in Division 1 of the Cavanaghs of Fermoy Inter Divisional HurlingLeague. We had a very variable campaign but overall we gave some very gooddisplays even in defeat. This is our second team so the personnel available arelargely determined by the fortunes of the senior team. We've used nineteenplayers to date in our two senior games against Erins Own and Na Piarsaigh. Inour first round game against Carrignavar we had a very slow start, dominatedthe second half and were defeated by a margin of three points 1 13 to 2 7. Wehad the deficit down to a single point with ten minutes to go but Carrig struckfor their goal. Castlemartyr will undoubtedly be hot favourites for the gamebut our lads will, as usual, give of their best for the jersey.

At the timeof writing no definite details of the venue and time are available. The EastCork Board have decided that all Round Two games have to be played beforeSunday so Saturday afternoon is a likely time. Go for it lads.


Our MinorHurling team are in championship action on Monday night next July the 9th. Wetake on Erins Own in the MAHC in Lisgoold at 7pm. Our Minor Hurlers have had alot of games this year. We participated in the County MAHL and also the Leaguefor Non Exam Players. Wins were scarce but the players did display some greathurling prowess. Our Minor Panel is small but they have put in a great amountof time in training this year. Best of luck to all concerned.


SeniorHurling Championship.

With theCork Hurlers in Qualifier action on Saturday nigh our Round 3 game againstBlackrock has again been postponed. Depending on the result of Corks clash with Offaly a date or at least aprovisional date for our game may be pencilled in at the weekend. Meanwhile weplay Bishopstown at the city side venue at 11 o clock on Sunday morning nextJuly 8th.

PremierIntermediate game.

On Sundaynight next, July the 8th Pairc na Bride will host the Round Three clash ofWatergrasshill and Castlelyons in the Cork Premier Intermediate HurlingChampionship. With a very light fixture list across the County on Sunday nightthere should be a fine crowd at this game- weather permitting! The sides mether on the last Sunday in June two years ago and the Hill won after a highscoring game, which went to extra time. On that occasion the Hill won by 0 26to 2 17. Kevin Murphy of Nemo Rangers will be in charge of the whistle onSunday night.

All ClubMembers who are available are asked to be at the pitch around 6 o clock to helpwith stewarding, car parking etc. The club is producing a Programme for thegame which will be on sale for €2 on the night.


Club Lotto.

Last week’s draw took placein The Central Bar, Rathcormac on Tuesday June the 26th for a jackpot of€3,600. The four numbers drawn were 1,8,26 & 27 there was no jackpotwinner.

The winners of the five €30 'Lucky Dips’ were;
. Shane O’Connor, Scartbarry
. Ronan Hoskins, Ballinagore
. Niall Hogan, Kildinan
. Finbarr Cunningham c/o M.O’Flynn
. Hannah O’Driscoll, Shanowen.

This week’s draw took place in The RathcormacInn on Tuesday July 3rd for a jackpot of €3,800.

The Club is putting abig effort in over the next few weeks to boost the Lotto Ticket Sales. TheLotto is the main source of Club Funding. In recent years as well as theordinary running expenses of the Club we have invested heavily in DevelopmentProjects. These are all very costly. As a Club we have great support in theParish and far outside the Parish as well. We are appealing to all oursupporters and friends to support the Weekly Lotto. If you are already buying aTicket regularly a big 'thank you'. If not please consider doing so from nowon. Tickets are just €2 each 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.


Well it is Championship time on the Club as well as Cork frontand a timely reminder to all players and supporters that we have a huge rangeof Stock in the Bride Rovers Club Shop. Teams from the Adult, Juvenile andLadies Clubs are all busy with championship games and it's great to see thegreen. white and gold being proudly worn. Jerseys, togs, Socks, Hoodies,Training Shorts, Track Suits, Training Tops, Gear Bags, Polo Shirts, Bottle GreenWind-Sheeters, Green Half Zip Hoodies, Rain Jackets, Beanie Hats and MedalBoards are all available. Be seen to support your club with the clubcolours and club gear. Ring 086 3807784 or 086 1540902 to purchase all theabove items. Thanks to our huge band of loyal followers who support all ourparish teams.

Club Website.

The Bride Rovers GAA Club is proving popular at home and abroad. If you have any ideasfor improving the website or suggestions for additions please contact us.

Corkv Offaly.

Corktake on the Faithful County in the Hurling Qualifiers on Saturday night at 7 pmin Pairc Uí Chaoimh. The Leesiders will go into this contest as raging hotfavourites. The favourites tag will rest on the Cork hurlers after theirspirited display against Tipperary and Offlaly's dismal form in the LeinsterChampionship. It would be foolish however to dismiss the Midlanders chances outof hand. Since Offaly came to hurling prominence in the eighties they havecaused some major upsets in big games. Best of luck to Brian Murphy and hisRebel colleagues. The curtain raiser on Saturday is the meeting of Cork andOffaly in the Senior Camogie Championship at five o clock.  All those under 16 are free into thesegames.

MunsterFootball Final.

Corkmet Clare in the Munster Senior Football Final in Limerick on Sunday. We wishCork all the best. Gerard Lane is the County Board Liason Officer with theSenior footballers and Daniel Lane is part of the backroom team.

30Years Ago -1981.

Thirtyyears ago this week our u21 hurlers faced St. Catherines in the Championship atCastlelyons. St. Catherines were ahead by 1 4 to  0 3 at half time. With tenminutes to go the sides were level but the Conna/Ballynoe side finishedstrongest to win by 1  12 to  2  6.We lined out as follows; Gerard Lane, Seamus Buckley, Liam Cahill, LarryKearney, Maurice Kearney, Denis Ahern, Michael O Flynn, Cyril Johnson, John A.Murphy, Jim Murphy, Tom Mulcahy, Paudie Collins, James Maye, Pat Mannix, NoelMurphy, Subs Francie Hogan  & SeamusCotter.

CarBoot Sale.

Thenext car Boot Sale for the Rathcormac parish Development Fund is on Sunday July22nd.

ClubExecutive Meeting.  The next meeting ofthe Club Executive is on Monday next July the 9th at 9 o cock in Arus de Barra.

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