08 September, 2015

Junior C's Reach Semi Final.


Our Junior C Junior Hurling team were in championship action in Pairc Naomh Caitrionaigh, Ballynoe on Saturday evening last. The Dublin v Mayo replay on the telly and Imokilly and Sarsfields in the Co SHC in Cobh combined to yield less than capacity crowd at the spacious St. Catherines Club Headquarters. The last championship encounter between Youghal and the Rovers played at this venue was in the glorious summer of 2003. We played a drawn game against the seasiders in the quarter final of the Intermediate championship before winning the replay. That was a dozen years ago but on Saturday night last eight players from those epic duels lined out once more in Ballynoe. Youghal had three and we had Terry, Walshie, Ryano, Richie and Pat Cotter. Youghal were first on the scoreboard with two points, from a free and 65. Then in the twinkling of an eye Donal Ryan had a smashing goal to put us ahead.  A second goal came quickly, points from Gavin, Richie and Gavin Quill (frees) helped us to a 2 5 to 0 7 half time lead - five of the Youghal points came from placed balls. A four point lead was a poor enough reflection of our superiority in terms of possession. Walshie had controlled the centre very well and his distribution was akin to what we saw in Croke Park the following day. The silken skills of Terry who Captained us to County Minor League glory in 1992 were complimented by great hurling from Boycie and Richie Cahill.  Youghal started the second half with a point which left us just a goal ahead. In fairness to the lads they didn't panic like Galway. Pa was outstanding at full back with jack and Podge doing great defensive work in front of Daniel Lane. Brian Lahive and Sean Cotter worked tigerishly as wing backs. Owen Murphy was back from a sojourn out of the country and showed all his old skills. It took us ten minutes into the second half before we got to grips with the Youghal onslaught.  Our third goal- like a Joe Deane or DJ Carey special put us on our way and we finished with some nice points to win in the end on a scoreline of  

3-12 to 0-11.

Team panel & scorers; Dan Lane, Podge Noonan, Pa O'Driscoll, Jack Connors, Brian Lahive, Pat Walsh, Sean Cotter, Stephen Boyce(0-1), Gavin O'Flynn (0-2), Richie Cahill (0-3), Terry Broderick (1-1), Gavin Quill (0-3), Pat Cotter, Donal Ryan (2-1), Owen Murphy (0-1), Jessie O'Keeffe, Colm Howard, Mossie Dooley, Dylan Browne, Jamie Barry.

This was a good victory but certainly we will have to up the intensity a few degrees if we are to have any chance of reaching the final for the second year in a row.




On Saturday last we participated in the Annual Kilmacud Crokes & a side Hurling competition. This long established event is part and parcel of the All Ireland weekend and is promoted by the Kilmacud Crokes Club.

We were grouped in a very tough section, ourselves Borrisleigh from Tipperary -five time winners of the competition, Castlegar from Galway and another Tipp Club Burgess.  We were certainly thrown in at the deep end with a n opening game against the Noel McGrath  led Borrisleigh. It was good contest but the Tipp sides experience at this game told in the end and they won on a scoreline of  Borrisleigh 6-8 
Bride Rovers 3-3. Our second game was against Castlegar the club of the famous Connolly brothers. It was humdinger which ended in a high-scoring draw-  Castlegar 5-6
Bride rovers 5-6.

Our final game against Burgess was another close affair which could have gone either way but the Tipp side held on for a narrow win by three points,  Burgess 4 8 to Bride Rovers 4-5.

Our games were played at the Bray Emmets ground.

Borrisleigh won our group and went on to win out the Final of the Competition  - winners for the sixth time.

Frank Hogan, Fergus Collins, Brian Murphy, Shane Kearney, Shane Walsh, Jason Pratt, Brendan Walsh, Barry Johnson, Cian 0 Connor, Stephen Pratt, Michael Collins, Daniel Dooley.  Team Assistants: 
Steve Glasgow
Jason Mannix
Ryan Prendergast.

Thanks to our travelling supporters Paudie, Janie and Evelyn Collins

Overall it was probably our best performance ever in the Senior 7's with all the group games being well contested. Well done lads.




On Monday evening last we faced Kiltha Og in Rathcormac in a Minor Hurling League play off. The winners would go on to the County Rounds. In a tight game we lost by a single point 1 8 to 0  12. We had plenty chances but our scoring rate just wasn't good enough. Team; Dylan Browne, Jordan Mannix, Ryan Prendergast, Jack Connor, Leon O Flynn, Shane Walsh, Colm Howard, Shane O Connor, Jesse O Keeffe, Jake Tobin, Jordan Service, Conleith Ryan, Ciarain OGrady, DJ Cahill, Shane O Flynn,  Eoin Roche, Brian Roche, Christopher Coleman.



The Jackpot for the 1st day of September was €6400 and the four numbers drawn were 3, 6, 11 and 16 - there was no jackpot winner.

The winners of €30 each were Betty O Neill W.g.hill, Aidan Collins Mullentoura, Paddy Murphy Mondaniel, Caroline Broderick Monanig and Don Cashman c/o Pat Mannix. The Jackpot for last Tuesday night  September the 8th was €6600. Tickets are just €2 each and can be bought locally or on line at


Under 14 Final.

Hard luck to our under 14 hurlers who lost to Inniscarra  in the Rebel Og East Championship Final in Ballygarvan last Saturday evening. They are not out of the competition though because as runners up they will take on Ballygiblin this weekend -probably on Saturday. Our u 15's are also down to play combination side Slieverue in the championship. Best of luck to both teams.


All Ireland Final.

Once more Kilkenny claimed the Mc Carthy Cup on Sunday in Croke park. Down by three points  at the break the men in black and amber moved up the gears in the second half in typical fashion to win by four points. What a team and what a manager Brian Cody is -no doubt head and shoulders over anyone else, the best ever GAA team manager. 


Twitter and Tweet. And Website.

The Tweets and Twitters have been going well all year. So many people at home and abroad are now very hi-tech when it comes to keeping in touch with the activities of the Bride Rovers Club. The online editions of newspapers are growing in popularity. Meanwhile you can follow the Club on twitter at twitter@ Bride Rovers  GAA or on our own website at

Any news items or general items of interest are very welcome for inclusion and should be sent to Gerard Lane.


On Sunday next September the 13th a new 'sport' come to the banks of the Bride. The Coolnakilla harriers are holding a Mud Run for the Sinead Kearney Fighting Lyme Disease Fund.  The Mud Run consists of competing an  exhausting route on land and water. The big emphasis is on getting down and dirty with mud, glorious mud everywhere. It is a modern craze and promises to be a mighty day of fun. Stewards are still being sought s o if you can spare even an hour on Sunday please contact any committee member. 


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.