Bride Rovers GAA Club News

07 August, 2012

Bride Rovers GAA Notes.


Championshipon Saturday week.

The Senior Hurling Round 3 game versusBlackrock is on in Pairc Ui Chaoimh at 4 o clock on Saturday August 18th. Ourgame will be followed by the Cloyne v Glen Rovers tie at 6pm. It's been a longtime since our two earlier championship game against Erins Own and Na Piarsaighand while we played very well in both of those contests we will really need tostep up a gear to remain in the 2012 County Senior Championship. Hopefully ourinjury worries will have cleared up for the game. Our most recent game againstBlackrock was on March 25th of this year. We played the Rockies at home in theRed FM Senior Hurling league and the game ended in a draw, 0  11 apiece.

We playedCloyne in the Red FM SHL at home on last Friday night and won by  1  16to 2  7. We've played 12 games to datein the League, losing six winning four and drawing two. We're on 10 points inthe SHL League table with three games to play. To make the top six for the playoffs a team would probably need 18 points though two clubs got to the quarterfinals last year on 16 points.


Bride RoversV Cloyne; Pairc na Bride, Friday August 3rd at 7.30pm.

Bride Rovers Senior Hurlers continued their preparation for championship with a1-16 to 2-07 win over Cloyne in the RED FM sponsored Cork County Senior HurlingLeague on Friday night last in Rathcormac.
The Rovers started well with three points from the stick of Daniel Dooleybefore Cloyne registered a score. Further points from Padraig Murphy, Barry Johnson(2) and Jerome O’Driscoll had the Rovers in front by 0-07 to 0-03 approachinghalf time but a well taken goal by Conor Cusack reduced the Rovers lead to theminimum. Denny Fitzgerald having earlier made a spectacular save to deny Cloynea certain goal. Half time 0-07 to 1-03.
The Rovers again started the second half brightly and points from Sean Ryan andJerome extended our lead before Daniel Dooley scored a goal to increase ourlead to 1-09 to 1-03. The Rovers were well on top now and points from BarryJohnson, Sean Ryan, Mike Kearney, Padraig Murphy put the result beyond doubtdespite Cloyne adding a goal and 3 points in the closing stages. Final scoreBride Rovers 1-16 Cloyne 2-07.
Team: D.Fitzgerald, A.Collins, B.Murphy, S.Kearney, J.Pratt, L.Forde, S.Boyce,M.Kearney, B.Johnson, D,Burke, J.O’Driscoll, P.Murphy, C.O’Keeffe, D.Dooley,S.Ryan. Sub Used J.Murphy.


After theChampionship quarter final win over Cloyne last week we will be waiting untilthe end of the month for our semi final fixture. The two semi finals BrideRovers v Ballinora and St. Catherines v Sliabh Rua are both down for decisionon the weekend of September 1st/2nd. We have an away game against Donoughmorein the Co League and hopefully this game will be played next week. In themeantime we have an away game against Aghabullogue in the Co Minor HurlingLeague on this Thursday night August the 9th. The game will be played inCoachford.


JuniorHurling League.

On thiscoming Saturday night August the 11th we have a game in the East Cork JuniorHurling League Division 3. We are away to Russell Rovers at 7.15 in Shanagarry.

Weekly ClubLotto.

Last  week’s draw tookplace in The Rathcormac Inn on Tuesday July 31st for a jackpot of €4,600. The numbers drawnwere 3,15,20 & 22 and there was no jackpotwinner.

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

.Mary Cahill, Moulane
.Mary Murphy, Mondaniel
.Billy Finnegan, Rathcormac
.Eoin Crowley, Hightown
.Garrett Ahern, Bartlemy.

This week’s draw took place in O’Coileán’s Bar,Rathcormac  on Tuesday August 7th.for ajackpot of €4,800.

Yourongoing support of the Lotto in theses tough financial times is greatlyappreciated. Every €2 sold is very valuable income for our Cub. The variousways  you  can support the Lotto are as follows;

1 Purchase a ticket each week from Club Members or in local Businessoutlets.

2 Buy Tickets online at

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

4 Sell a book or a half book of Lotto tickets every week. The club isalways anxious to get new Lotto sellers- 'many hands make light work', if youare interested in helping the Bride Rovers Club by buying or selling the weeklyLotto Tickets please contact any Club officer or member.

Best Wishes to Cork.

In betting terms it's a case of David v Goliath as Cork face Galway inthe All Ireland Hurling semi final in Croke Park on next Sunday. Galway are thehottest of favourites against the Rebels. Over the years Cork and Galway haveproduced some great games.

I can remember what happened in1975. The Rovers played St. Catherines in the quarter final of the Junior BGrade Hurling Championship in Castlelyons on a Saturday night in August. TheSaints had defeated us by 2 10 to 2  2at the same venue in the Junior A Grade championship earlier that summer.  Well we won the B Grade game by 3  9 to 1 4 so I was in great form as I took the train to Dublin early the followingmorning for the Cork V Galway All Ireland Semi Final. Cork were expected to winby a country mile against an unfancied Galway team. It was a miserable day inCroke Park, cold, drizzly and only a few hundred Cork fans travelled. Becausemost people still had black and white television sets at that time and the Corkand Galway jersies were similar the Leeside team wore black togs for the game.Sensationally Galway  captained by JohnConnolly, won by 4  15 to 2 19. In 1986Galway were so confident of winning the Final that the Galway Mayor offered to'bring the Cup to Cork, just to show what it looks like' ! Cork won by 4 13 to2  15. When Cork last won the LiamMcCarthy in 2005 Galway were defeated in the final by 1  21 to 1  16 with Brian Murphy playingat corner back capturing his second senior All Ireland medal. In 2008 in theQualifiers in Thurles Cork won by  0  23 to 2  15 but the following season the Westerners knocked Cork out of theChampionship on a scoreline of   1  19 to 0 15.  Galway have been theslumbering giants of hurling with the last decade. They have great hurlers butchanged managers like other teams might change jerseys. Their Leinster campaignthis year has been very good and they were awesome against Kilkenny in theLeinster Final. No doubt about it Galway deserve to be favourites after theirdemolition of the Cats but one swallow never made a summer. Cork have been teambuilding and Brian Murphy and his colleagues have progressed steadily sincelosing the League Final and the Munster Championship game to Tipperary. Onething is certain Cork will have bigger support on next Sunday than they did onSunday August 14th 1975. Best of luck to Brian and all the Cork team as theybid for an All Ireland Final place.

Car Boot Sale.

The next car Boot Sale in Rathcormac is on Sunday August the 19th. TheParish Development Council are always delighted to see new volunteers helpingout. If you can give an hour anytime on the Sunday or on Saturday morningAugust 18th please contact any Committee member.


Feast of Football.

I was lucky to be in Croke Park last weekend for a feast of GaelicFootball. On Saturday and Sunday I saw a total of six games in the Minor andSenior Qualifiers. Performance of the two days certainly was the Cork displayagainst Kildare. Well done to Conor Counihan and all the team and especially toGerard and Daniel Lane who are vital components of the Cork backroom team. Corkwill have their work cut out against the Donegal side who pipped Kerry.Heartbreak of the weekend was the defeat of the Roscommon minors by Kerry.After twenty minutes of this game Roscommon should have been 3 5 to 0 3 ahead.Instead they conceded a goal on the half time whistle to go in three pointsbehind. In the second half they fought back bravely, twice and lost by a singlepoint. This was their first defeat of the year - Kerry were beaten twice inMunster but are in the All Ireland semi final.

Club Website.

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