Bride Rovers GAA Club News

21 August, 2012

BrideRovers GAA Notes.


SeniorHurlers lose out.

At Pairc UíChaoimh last Saturday evening our senior hurling team bowed out of the 2012Cork SHC. It was a terrible defeat as we seemed to be well in control of thegame but faded out completely in the last twenty minutes. Blackrock scored justa single point from play in the first half as we led by five points at thebreak. We knew the Rockies would come out fighting in the second half. That’sjust what happened and within a few minutes the scores were level. Then westeadied down once more and reeled off four good points from play and seemed tohave weathered the storm. After that we scored no more. It wasn't thatBlackrock overwhelmed us. With eight minutes of normal time to go we were stillup by two and it wasn't until into additional time that we fell three pointsbehind.

Four yearsago we lost the County Final to Sars by a point and we were devastated but onthat day we played brilliantly against a very good team. On Saturday lasthowever we fell far short of what it takes to win a senior championship game.On the day Blackrock wanted it more and won on a scoreline of 2  11 to 0 14.

With fullback Brendan Walsh out injured our defence was rearranged but seemed to copewell in the early stages. The opening quarter was even enough with BarryJohnson getting two points from frees before Daniel Dooley had our first scorefrom play. As the game went on our half back line began to dominate and ourforwards were getting a good supply of ball up front. Two great scores fromMichael Collins edged us 0 5 to 0 4 in front after twenty minutes. From thenuntil half time we really took over. We were winning in all areas as Blackrockstruggled big time. Barry pointed a 65 and almost immediately Daniel Dooley hadhis second white flag. Further points from Michael Collins and Jason Mannix sawus lead by 0 9 to 0 4 at the break. We were full value for our five point lead,perhaps we could have been further ahead but then we hit just three wides inthe first half. There was no wind advantage for either team. As we had expectedthe city side attacked from the restart and had a point from the throw in. Agoal followed soon after and from being in complete control we had a seriouschallenge on our hands. Barry hit over a free but Blackrock drew level at1  7 to our ten points. We came rightback into the contest and hit over four points in quick sucession from Jerome ODriscoll  (2), Sean Ryan and Barry to lead by 0 14 to 1 7. This was in the 44thminute. A five minute stoppage followed an injury to Brian Murphy. After thiswe just completely lost our shape all over the field. We conceded a second goalin the 53rd minute and this score put Blackrock in the lead for the first time.There was a further twelve minutes to go but we failed to register any further scorewhile Blackrock go  two more points to win by 2  11 to  0  14. This was a galling defeat. We playedmuch better against Erins Own and Na Piarsaigh but now we have lost threechampionship games by margins of one, three and three points. If one is clearlybeaten by a far superior team there's no excuse but this was a game we had won- twice, and yet lost. It was heartbreaking for the players involved who haveput in a huge effort all year. Team& Scorers.

D. Fitzgerald, A. Collins, B. Murphy, S.Kearney, M. Kearney, B. Murphy, L.Forde, J.Pratt, B. Johnson Capt (0 5, 0  4 frees,0 1 65)  M. Collins (0 3), J 0 Driscoll(0 2), P. Murphy, J. Mannix (0 1), D. Dooley (0 2), S. Ryan (0 1).

Subs C. OKeeffe, D. Burke, S. Boyce, P. Walsh.

Well we areout of the 2012 County Championship now, the first year in 6 that we haven’treached the quarter finals. We must now face Cloyne in a Relegation  battle to decide which club will remain inthe Senior Grade in 2013 and who will go down to the Premier IntermediateGrade. No date is yet fixed for this game. Cloyne were due to play Fermoy inthe Intermediate F C. Ship this weekend but that game is gone off until Sept1st. If Cloyne progress in the IFC our game will go back but if Cloyne lose toFermoy or Cill na Martra the relegation game will be fixed within a few weeks.It will be a strange few weeks coming up as we have never been in thissituation before. A few years back we were lucky to beat Delaneys above inCaherlag and of course last year it took us two games to see off Bishopstown.We've had some great games and performances in the Senior Championship over thelast nine years. Now it's down to one game to decide our fate for the future.


        Weekly Club Lotto.

Last  week’s draw took place in Barry’s Bar,Rathcormac on Tuesday August 14th for a jackpot of €5,000. The four numbers drawn were 14,16,17 & 28 and there was no jackpot winner.

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

.Niall Hogan, Kildinan
.Finn O’Driscoll, Rathcormac
.Mary Cotter c/o
.Fachtna O’Driscoll, Rathcormac
.Tom Mulcahy, Bartlemy.

This weeks draw took place in The Central Bar,Rathcormac on Tuesday August 21st  for ajackpot of €5,200.

The Club wishes to thankall those who week in , week out support the Lotto. Your ongoing assistance in these toughfinancial times is greatly appreciated. Every €2 sold is very valuable incomefor our Cub. We have further ambitious  Development Plans but nowadays allspending is completely dependent on raising finance. The various ways you cansupport the Lotto are as follows;

1 Purchase a ticket each week from Club Membersor in local Business outlets and ask friends and family members to do the same.

2 Buy Tickets online at

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

4 Sell a book or a half book of Lotto ticketsevery week. The club is always anxious to get new Lotto sellers- 'many handsmake light work', if you are interested in helping the Bride Rovers Club bybuying or selling the weekly Lotto Tickets please contact any Club officer ormember.

  'Pride in your Place'.

RathcormacParish Community was entered in the national Pride in your  Place competition by Cork Co. Council. Thisis a competition to judge the actions being taken by communities around thecountry to help themselves. On Friday last a judging panel visited the parish.A video presentation was shown in the Hall followed by an exhibition by thevarious clubs and associations in the parish. The GAA Club were delighted to bepart of this initiative. The judging panel were very impressed by what they sawand heard during their visit.


Car BootSale.

Thanks toall Club members who helped out with the car Boot Sale last Sunday. The nextCar Boot sale is on Sunday September the 16th.



We are awayto Donoughmore in the Coo Minor Football League on this Saturday coming, August25th. The game is timed for 7 so we meet at the Rathcormac Inn at 5.45. TheChampionship Semi Final is fixed for Tuesday Sept the 4th.


Months MindMass.

The MonthsMind Mass for former player and Club Secretary Tony Walsh is on in BartlemyChurch on this Friday night August 24th at 8pm.

Best ofLuck to Cork.

We wish theCork Footballers all the best in their All Ireland semi final clash with Donegalon Sunday in Croke Park. The Ulster side are a much improved team over the lasttwo years and will not be easy to defeat. Gerard and Daniel Lane are bothinvolved with the Cork Backroom team and we hope the team will be successful.It is great to hear that a large crowd from the Club is going to Dublin for thegame. Safe travelling to one and  all.Best wishes also to our girls involved with the Cork Senior Ladies team onSaturday in their championship game.


Club Website.

The Bride RoversGAA Club website is proving popular at home andabroad. If you have any ideas for improving the website or suggestions foradditions please contact us.


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