28 April, 2015

Footballers Progress in Championship.

Our Junior A Football team progressed to the quarter final of the East Cork Championship last weekend. We defeated Lisgoold in the first round a month ago. Then when the draws for the 'backdoor' winners were made we were paired against Lisgoold once more after they defeated Cobh. So the repeat of the first round was fixed for Caherlag on Saturday afternoon last. We had just sixteen players on duty because of work commitments and injuries. It was shame that several players did not turn out on the day but credit to the team that took the field. Like the game in Ballynoe in Round One it was Lisgoold who got the better start with two early points. Our defence soon came to grips with the Lisgoold attack and overall our teamwork improved. After a quarter of an hour Jason Mannix scored a peach of a goal when his curling kick found the net. A point followed from Jason Pratt and we were up 1 1 to 0 2 .  Lisgoold scored two points but three frees in a row from William Finnegan  and one from Jason Pratt helped us to a 1 5 to 0 4 lead. It was obvious in the first half that the pace and fitness of our young side was causing problems for Lisgoold. The second half was a ding dong struggle for supremacy as we battled the odds. Reduced to thirteen men for double yellow cards our backs were certainly to the wall. Sensing victory Lisgoold scored two points, one from a free to narrow the gap to two points. Mike Kearney switched to defence for the last quarter and used all his experience to steady the team. Under savage pressure our lads fought for every ball in what was one our best ever football championship wins. Awarded a penalty Jason Pratt duly converted to give us a great boost. With the numerical advantage Lisgoold came forward in waves but we held firm.  After a great passing movement Cian O Connor made great headway and scored our third goal to seal a brilliant win. The final score was Bride Rovers 3 6 Lisgoold 0 7. Given all the circumstances surrounding this game it was great result. The team showed great character and spirit and football skills second to none. Well done to each and every player of the sixteen who took part in this great victory.

Team and scorers ; F. Hogan, J. Macak, B.O Driscoll Capt., T. O Sullivan, S.Pratt, S. Kearney, S. O Connor, R.Prendergast, W. Finnegan ( 0 3 frees), C. O Connor (1 0),

D. Buckley, DJ. Cahill, J. Pratt (1 3), J. Mannix (1 0), M. Kearney. Sub P. Noonan. This win puts us in the quarter final of the Junior A Football championship against Midleton next weekend.

Midleton scored 3  17 against Aghada at the weekend and are a very strong outfit. The game is fixed for Friday night but at the time of writing no venue has been confirmed, best of luck lads.

In another game in the East Cork JAFC on Saturday evening Erins Own defeated Carrignavar at Pairc na Bride

Weekly Lotto.

The Jackpot on Tuesday April 21st was €2600. The four numbers drawn were 5, 6,, 9 and 12 and there was no winner. The winners of €30 each were Brendan Cahill, Kilworth, Mary Browne c/o LAYA,  Pat N.O Connor Scartbarry, Sham Buckley Glenagowl, Kathy c/o SPAR. The Jackpot for last Tuesday April the 28tyh was €2800.  Tickets for the Lotto are just €2 each and are available to purchase from Club Members and are also on sale in local business outlets. A yearly ticket can be bought for €90. The Lotto  tickets can also be bought online at The first Lotto Draw was held on March 6th 1996 so the Lotto is going now for just over 20 years. It continues to provide vital finance for the day to day running of the Club as well as with continuing development of our facilities. We really appreciate the continuing support of so many people each week.



Memories of great games over the last decade will, be rekindled on Sunday next in Thurles when the Rebels and Decies meet. It might be only a League Final and a 'dress rehearsal' for the Munster Championship but Thurles on a big hurling day is always special. Best of luck to Cork and safe travelling to all.


We are still collecting scrap metal for ongoing fundraising for the Club. There are still plenty  bits and pieces out there waiting to be converted into cash. Nothing is too small and nothing is too large, just ring 087 9538077. 


FIXTURE; Friday May 1st JAFC V Midleton, time and venue to be fixed.



On Sunday week May the 10th Denis O Sullivan from Ballynoe will put a very special GAA Exhibition on show in Bartlemy hall. For years Denis has been collecting GAA memorabilia and he has accumulated photo albums containing GAA photos from all  over Ireland.  Included will be a fantastic collection on the great Christy Ring.  You can also listen to snippets of GAA commentaries from Michael O Hehir , Michael O Muirchearteaigh and many others. The Exhibition will be open from 10 until 4 and admission is free of charge.


Club Sponsors.

The Bride Rovers GAA Club are proud to have Rathcormac Tyres, O Coileáns Bar and Veolia Environmental Services as our valued Club Sponsors.