Bride Rovers Notes

04 August, 2009

Bride Rover GAA Notes.

Senior Championship on Sunday.

Next Sunday August 9this D-Day for our Senior Hurling team. We face the Cork Institute of Technology in the quarter final of the Cork County Senior Hurling Championship. In 2006 we reached the quarter final of the County for the first time ever. The following season we got to the last four. Then last year we went all the way to the Co. final – only to heartbreakingly lose by a single point to Sarsfields. As in 2008 our championship campaign of this year commenced with a defeat. In 2006 and 2007 we’d defeated St Finbarrs in the Co. S.H.C. and last year we were going for a ‘three-in-a-row’ over the Barrs. Meeting in the first round however in Pairc Uí Chaoimh on the evening of Bartlemy Races, we came out on the losing side to the Barrs. We were glad to avail of the ‘second chance’ or ‘back door’ and by this route we reached the County Final. This season we found it very hard to recapture any kind of form early in the season. The draw pitted us against East Cork rivals Killeagh. On Sunday May 3rdin Ballynoe we conceded 3-10 against Killeagh and at times it seemed we were in for a really heavy defeat. We did manage to score 16 points but we still lost by a margin of 8 points. A month later on a wet and cold June Saturday night back in Ballynoe we faced Castlelyons in Round 2 – ‘the last chance saloon’. Castlelyons led early on but when we started scoring we got well on top. In the end we won by 3-10 to 0-3. This was a surprisingly easy victory – usually local derbies are very close affairs. This win put us into Round 3 where we were drawn against Blackrock, winners of so many County Titles and three Club All Ireland titles. Pairc Uí Chaoimh was the venue on Sunday 28thJune for the Rovers v Rockies clash. There was never much between the sides in this tight game. We got a perfect start when Frank Barry saved from Michael Collins but Daniel Dooley sent the sliotar to the net. Blackrock relied greatly on the free taking of Adrian Coughlan and his accuracy helped the Rockies to lead by 0-9 to 1-4 at the break. We quickly levelled and then went ahead on the resumption. The Rockies came back and got on equal terms with fifteen minutes left. We then struck 3 points from Barry Johnson, Michael Collins and Terry Broderick. The Rockies got 2 back and went looking for the equalizer. Our defence held out for a one point win1-11 to 0-13. That win put us into next Sunday’s quarter final. Our opponents C.I.T. have hurled away quietly clocking up huge scores in their 3 games to date, 3-18 v Muskerry, 1-20 v Duhallow and 2-23 v Carrigdhoun. Unlike recent years C.I.T. have been able to keep their team intact since the championship began in May. They’ve lost no players to foreign travel or summer jobs abroad. Being a student team their team members are all in the 18-22 age bracket. No less than 10 of their panel have inter-county experience not only with Cork but also with Kilkenny, Waterford and Tipperary.

2007 Meeting

We last met C.I.T. in the Cork Co. S.H.C. just 2 seasons ago. It was on Saturday August 18thin Riverstown when we won by 2-14 to 1-12. On that occasion we had an eighteen week gap since our first round win over St Finbarrs in early May. C.I.T. were forced to line out without several of their first choice players on the night yet we were lucky indeed to come away with a win. Our team in 2007 was D.Fitzgerald, B Walsh, B Murphy, J Murphy, T Moloney, B Murphy, P Walsh P Murphy (0-1), B Johnson (0-5), D Ryan (1-0), S Ryan (0-2), R Cahill, M Collins (1-1), J O’Driscoll, T Broderick (0-3).Sub: B Hazelwood (0-2)

From the very start of this year this C.I.T. team have made their intentions known. They want to get to the closing stages of the Cork Co. Senior Hurling Championship. So far they have put on top class high scoring displays. Make no mistake, we will be really up against it on next Sunday evening in Pairc Uí Chaoimh. We simply cant afford to foul their forwards and at the other end we must convert our scoring chances and eliminate our wides tally or at least keep it to the minimum. The game is fixed for 6 o’clock and despite the early start we hope that we will have plenty of vocal support. This team deserves the backing of all the parish so lets see a large green, white and gold clad crowd in the Park. Go for it lads. We are all behind ye. The game will be followed by Glen Rovers and Newtownshandrum in the fourth quarter final. On Saturday Sars v Na Piarsaigh and Erins Own v St Finbarrs play in another quarter final double header, again in Pairc Uí Chaoimh.

Major Minor Disappointment

Our minor hurlers have played two games in the 2009 League/Championship. We drew with Cobh and lost to Sars by a single point. We’d understood from the outset that this was a double league – that we’d be playing Cobh and Sars twice – a total of 4 games and then that the top two would meet in the East Cork Final. At last Wednesday’s East Cork Board meeting however, we were told that we had misinterpreted the way the competition was to be run and that the term ‘Round-Robin’ meant just 2 games in total. The Board ruled that Cobh and Sars are now in the championship final. As a ‘consolation prize’ it has been decreed that the Championship final losers will play us in the League Final. It’s a farce really if the idea is to give players at this level adequate games. Our total of minor hurling games for the entire year could be just three – hardly adequate for players of 17 and 18 years old.

Tickets for Cork v Tyrone

After the weekend’s quarter final action Cork will meet Tyrone in a glamorous All Ireland Senior Football semi final on August 23rdin Croke Park. This will be a very attractive game with huge demand for tickets. Any club member seeking tickets for this game should contact Club Runaí Nicola Barry immediately. The Cork team had a very easy win over Donegal on Sunday. Well done to all concerned – including Gerard Lane who is the Team Liaison Officer. I remember the last time these teams met in an All Ireland semi final back in 1973. Offaly had won the All Ireland in 1971 and 1972. A ‘Three-in-a-row was in their sights when they hammered Meath by 3-21 to 2-12 in the Leinster Final. Their hopes of the elusive hat-trick were dashed in Croke Park on the second Sunday of August when Galway beat them 0-16 to 2-8. The following Sunday Cork faced Tyrone. I recall watching the game from Hill 16. There was a blistering start for Cork when Ray Cummins had an early goal. After that there was an awful clash in which St Michaels Billy Field ended up with a broken leg. Billy had scored 1-8 against Clare in the Munster semi final and a further 1-6 in the Munster Final against Kerry. When the game resumed after Billy had been stretchered off Cork took over and won by 5-10 to 2-4. Frank McGuigan played with Tyrone that day and his sons Brian and Tommy are now on the Tyrone side. Cork went on to defeat Galway in the All Ireland Final winning the Sam Maguire Cup for the first time since 1945. Interestingly despite missing the Final, Cork’s Billy Field, with 2-14, was the top scorer in the 1973 All Ireland Football Championship campaign.

Congrats to Clare

Last May when the Bride Rovers club had its very successfulLá na gClub celebrations in Pairc na Bríde, one of our special guest entertainers on the day was Clare O’Leary. She had just been selected to play the lead Role in the musical ‘Annie’ – sharing the role with a girl from Limerick. Well having had a very successful run in Dublin, it opened in Cork’s Opera House earlier this week and continues next week. Well done to Clare and as they say in showbusiness “Break a leg”. The O’Leary family of Ballybrowney, Rathcormac are involved in all facets of community life in the parish. With Bride Rovers they are involved on the playing pitch and on the stage.

Thanks Liam

It is only right and fitting that all in the club say a big “Thank You” to Liam Gray who has just finished his stint with Bride Rovers as a participant in the FAS Community Employment Scheme. Liam was always a willing, helpful, friendly and obliging worker while he was with us. Well done Liam.

Minor Games on Sunday Week

On Sunday week August 16thPairc na Bríde will host a Double Header Premier Minor Championship Programme under the auspices of the Cork Minor Board.

Lotto

There was no winner of last weeks Lotto Jackpot of €6,800. The numbers were 3,5,19 and 21. The €30 Consolation Prizes went to Pat Walsh, Barlemy, Mairead Sharkey, Kildinan, Padraig Hoskins, Ballinagore, Gerry O’Flynn, Rathcormac and Eileen Gleeson, Castlelyons. This weeks Jackpot for August 3rdis €7,000. Tickets can be purchased from members, at local business outlets or on-line atwww.locallotto.ie

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Club Main Sponsor is The Rathcormac Inn.