Bride Rovers GAA

28 July, 2009

Bride Rovers GAA Notes

Junior ‘B’ Hurlers Out After Great Display
At Lisgoold on Tuesday night of last week, our Junior ‘B’ hurling team lost out to Erins Own in the first round of the Championship. This was our third adult hurling team in action this year and ‘twas marvellous to see twenty five players togged-out for this game. We were reduced to fourteen players after ten minutes and in the end the numerical advantage proved too much. It was a close tight game and we were in a one point lead at one stage. Vincent O’Keeffe at full forward bagged 2-4, three of the points coming from frees, while Daniel O’Brien added three further points. The game saw our lads display massive heart and effort throughout the contest. In the end we fell short by two points, 1-12 to 2-7. Well done and thanks to all the players who have put in a huge effort all year and to Shane O’Connor and his management team. Fielding three adult teams for championship hurling is no easy task so all involved deserve great credit.
Team & Scorers: Gavin Quill, Philip Butler, Alan Broderick, Mark O’Connell, Niall Hogan, Pat Barry, Dave Barry, Podge O’Brien, Jason Mannix, Kevin O’Keeffe, Pa O’Driscoll, Daniel O’Brien (0-3), Donal Arnold, Vincent O’Keeffe (2-4), James Hogan. Subs: Garry Murphy, Brian Lahive.

Senior Hurling League
At Pairc Na Bríde last Friday night there was a nice crowd in attendance when Glen Rovers were visitors in the Co. Senior Hurling League. This was probably our last game before the C.I.T. game and was a good tough contest. The Glen were well in control at several stages of the game but a great goal from Richie Cahill midway through the second half brought us right back into the game. The Glen finished the stronger though and won a good game by a four point margin 1-18 to 1-14.
Team & Scorers: T Broderick, A Collins, B Walsh, T Moloney, B Murphy, B Murphy, M Kearney, P Murphy, B Johnson (0-6), S Ryan (0-1), J O’Driscoll (0-2), D Ryan, D Dooley (0-2), C O’Keeffe (0-1), M Collins (0-2)
Subs: S Boyce, R Cahill (1-0), B O’Driscoll.

Senior Championship
The Senior Hurling Championship game against C.I.T. is on Sunday week August 9th at 6pm in Pairc Uí Chaoimh. From what we hear through the grapevine, C.I.T. are putting in a huge effort this season both in training and playing practice matches. They’ve also been very fortunate this year that none of their panel have gone abroad for summer employment. No doubt this game will be a very tough one and we will have to show a marked improvement over our performance against Blackrock in the last round. Our game v C.I.T. will be followed by another quarter final, Glen Rovers v Newtownshandrum. On Saturday 8th of August Erins Own v St Finbarrs (6pm) and Sarsfields v Na Piarsaigh (7.30pm) will play in the other two quarter finals.

Minors Pipped Again
In a near carbon copy of our game against Cobh two weeks ago, our minor hurlers were caught on the line against Sars ‘B’ on Monday night last. Playing at home it took our lads a long time to settle. Though we had the wind in the first half Sarsfields led for the entire half. We got stuck into the game in the second half and a five point lead was a good reflection of our dominance with ten minutes left. We could have been out of sight but three good goal chances were struck too far out and easily dealt with by the Sars keeper. With less than 3 minutes left we were up 4 points. Then Sars goaled from a free, levelled and then scored the winning point 2-11 to 1-13. It was a heartbreaking defeat and there now exists a degree of confusion over the competition. The thee clubs involved understood that they were to play each other twice – in other words each team would have a minimum of four games with the top two in the final. When we drew with Cobh in Cobh, the home side confirmed this. Our game with Sars was fixed for Carrignavar on Thursday 30th of July but with both clubs brought it forward to Monday by agreement. Sars agreed to come to Rathcormac for the game and we were to travel to Riverstown for the return game. ‘Twill now all have to be sorted out at Board level.
Team v Sars: M Dooley, M Howard, J Kearney, R O’Connor, W O’Leary, J Pratt, D Lane, F Collins, J Mannix, E Murphy, B Collins, G Healy.
Sub: J O’Sullivan.

Cork v Donegal
What a weekend of football action is coming up at National level with 3 quarter finals in the All Ireland Championship. Pride of place will go to Dublin v Kerry in Croke Park on Bank Holiday Monday. Memories of the great games of the 70’s and 80’s and of Maurice Fitzgerald’s classic point in Thurles will come flooding back. A crowd in excess of 70,000 will be expected for the clash. The previous day there should be a decent crowd for the double header. Cork will meet Donegal in the opener followed by Tyrone v Kildare. Cork beat Donegal in H.Q. two years ago but this is a much improved Donegal team. On the other hand I think Cork are a way better side also and a cracker should be on the card here. Stand tickets for Sunday’s game can be pre-bought.

Thurles on Sunday
Some say they weren’t the greatest of games but I thought Sunday in Thurles was special. I was in the New Stand and the number of Dubs hurling supporters was amazing. The young Dublin team put up a great show before losing to Limerick by 4 points. Full back Tomás Brady is a grandson of the late Patrick Fitzgerald of Fort Richard, Bartlemy and Garrycahera, Ballynoe. The Waterford win was unbelievable and is real proof that experience does count. The Decies were barely hanging in there but when it counted Shanahan, Shane Walsh and John Mullane came up trumps. The country expects a Tipperary v Kilkenny final but don’t write off either Limerick or Waterford.

Club Executive Meeting
Monday is a Bank Holiday so the next Club Executive Meeting is on Tuesday night August 4th at 8.15pm in the Clubrooms.

Last weeks draw took place in Barry’s Bar, Rathcormac for a jackpot of €6,600.
There was no jackpot winner.
The winners of this weeks five €30 'Luck Dips were;

·Aisling Clancy c/o Quinn Healthcare
·John-Joe Carey, Monanig
·Georgie Johnson, Bartlemy
·Paddy Mannix, Bartlemy
·Breda Healy, Bartlemy.

This weeks draw takes place in The Central Bar, Rathcormac for a jackpot of €6,800.

The Bride Rovers main sponsor is The Rathcormac Inn

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