Bride Rovers GAA Club

22 September, 2017

Bride Rovers Notes Sept 19 2017

 UNDER 16's Win North Final, MINORS Pipped in East Final.

Last week was one of mixed fortunes for our underage teams with the Under 16 hurlers winning their championship and the Minor teams suffering double defeats in both hurling and football despite heroic displays. This coming weekend we have Hurling championship  games in Minor and Junior C.


.U-16A North Cork Hurling Championship 
Bride Rovers 1-12
Fermoy 0-11
Kilworth was the setting on Monday night last for our U-16 Championship Final. For the first time in well over a hundred years we were playing in a North Cork final. Due to changes made  by Rebel Óg we were placed in the North section of this championship for 2017. With victories over Shandrum, Charleville and Ballyhea we found ourselves up against near neighbours Fermoy in the decider. On a windy evening we lost  the toss and ended up playing against the wind which we had decided to do even if we won the toss. It's sometimes a gamble but we felt if we could contain Fermoy in the first half and prevent them from building up a big lead we might come out on top.
We asked the lads to give 100% work- rate and effort in the first half and they didn't let us down. Hooking, blocking and tackling in droves we gave Fermoy forwards very little time and space on the ball. Led by Patrick O Flynn the backs were outstanding. Our forwards were our first line of defence and they worked hard. Seamus Ahern and Cian Hogan  were our scorers in a low scoring first half. The tightness of the defensive play due to the intensity from our lads meant that Fermoy found it hard to score.. Jacob Powell,  Oisin  Roche and John Buckley were key to  cutting scoring chances for Fermoy to the very minimum. Ruairi O Sullivan was mighty  protecting the square just in front of Shaunie in goal who was very clever with his puck outs. Matthew Quinn  was keeping their danger man quiet with great discipline. The half time whistle blew and score stood at 4 points to 2 in favour of Fermoy.
The boys were happy with first half performance but knew the job was only half done and that the wind never won a game for anyone.
The second half started and we got some great points from Cian Hogan  and  Kieran Kearney. Our forwards were being fed great possesion and were been fouled a lot. Points  from placed balls from Cian Craig Patrick and Kieran had us leading but the most important score came from Edmond Cashman  who finished to the net after a pile driver from Adam Walsh was saved. Michael Quinlan and Tomas Macek were working hard to curb the Fermoy threat whenever they came forward. 
We opened a six point lead but we knew Fermoy would throw the kitchen sink at us in the last ten minutes -and they did.! Shaun brought off a few top class saves including a last minute penalty. Great credit to Darragh Ronan and  Eoin have played vital rolls during the campaign 
The final whistle went which led to joyous scenes at the end as we held out for a historic four point win, 1 12 to 0 11.
A proud and deserving Captain Patrick O Flynn  received the cup from Noel Barnes of Barnes Jewellers Fermoy the Sponsors after an introduction from Kilworth's Patsy O Mahony.  Patrick made a great speech, including three cheers for Fermoy. These boys have experienced losses in finals in the past so this win was well deserved. 
It was great to see the Rovers supporters out in force, indeed it was widely remarked that this team have had huge vocal support all along the way. Well done lads, everyone in the Parish is very proud of ye. 
The management team of Eddie, Mike, James, Martin and Bill and players really appreciated this championship win. They would also like to thank Jerome and Barry for first aid help and Don for physio.  and also Alan and Brendan for their help. I t was back them to East Cork for a bonfire in Bartlemy and then back to the pitch for refreshments.  
Panel; Shaunie Knox Oisin Roche Ruairi O Sullivan Jacob Powell John Buckley Patrick O Flynn Matthew Quinn Seamus Aherne Kieran Kearney Michael Quinlan Cian Hogan Craig O Callaghan Tomas Macek Adam Walsh Edmond Cashman Darragh O Sullivan Ronan O Connell and Eoin O Sullivan.

Sunday May the 26th 1889 was the last time when a team from our parish won what could be termed a North Cork Final. In the replay of the North East Cork Senior Football Final Rathcormac defeated Fermoy that day on a scoreline of 1 1 to 0 1. 


East Cork Minor A Hurling Championship Final v Cobh.

Most readers can recall the utter devastation that was visited on the mayo players last Sunday in the All Ireland Final. They were inconsolable at the final whistle having lost the final by a solitary, single point. Well that was the exact same  scene at the Aghada GAA Grounds in Rostellan on Saturday evening after the East Cork Minor A hurling Final. The Rovers team could so easily have won this title but Cobh were the victors by 2 11 to 1 13. It was a great game of hurling fought out by two gallant teams. An early Conleith Ryan goal put us in a great position but when Cobh went into a seven point lead in the second half it looked as though they were going to have an easy win.  The last twenty minutes of the game were played in a brilliant fashion as point by point we reduced the Cobh lead. As time ticked away and with just a single score between the sides it seemed we'd t least get a draw -though we had enough chances to have won comfortably. In the end we failed to get that equaliser in a most dramatic fashion. It must be said that Cobh were a fine team, on average older and stronger than our lads but when we got to grips with them we out- hurled them everywhere except on the scoreboard. Coming up to half time Cobh had a five point lead, 1 8 to 1 3 but two white flags from placed balls by Conor Barry left it 1 8 to 1 5 at the break. A goal and a point gave Cobh a seven point advantage but credit to our lads for the way they responded. We hit too many wides on a day when the sliotar went inches wide on a few occasions. It was so tough to lose such a great game by such a narrow margin but as we know - and Mayo also, sport can be glorious but very cruel at times. We are still in this competition however as we go forward with Cobh in the County.

Team and scorers B. Hogan, J O Sullivan, J. Mannix, T. Murray, M. Quinn, P O Flynn, P O Leary, E. Roche 0 2, K Kearney 0 1, C. Ryan 1 1, C. Hogan ) 1, G O Keeney 0 1, B. Roche- 0 1, S O Flynn, C. Barry 0 6 - 0 4  frees, 0 1 65. R O Sullivan.  On next Saturday Sept 23rd we face West Cork Champions Bandon in the County. Fair play to our lads to put the devastation of the loss between them to turn out in the County Minor Football Championship on Monday night. In actual fact because of the u 16 and minor hurling we had little or no football practise done. With injuries to Patrick O Flynn and Cian Hogan we were really up against it against South East side Slieverue. Jordan Mannix despite being very sick played in the game -these are a very special bunch of lads.


Minor Football Championship.

Slieverue 3 10 Bride Rovers 1 12.

On Monday night at the Delaneys grounds in Dublin Hill we met South East side Slieverue (Ballymartle/Belgooley) in the first round of the MFC. Our lack of competitive football told early on with the Carrigdhoun side getting off to a flier. They led by 2 4 to no score after 18 minutes. Our lads could have thrown in the towel but they are mighty warriors and only for three brilliant saves by the goalie we could have had a few goals. Points from Brian Roche and Conleith Ryan eventually opened our account. We brought it to 25  to  0 5 but then just before the break they added 1 1 to lead by ten at the break, 3 6 to 0 5. The second half was a rip roaring contest. With Conor Barry getting good points a goal from Brian Roche really got our lads going. We brought the margin down to just three points and a goal bound shot was put out for a fruitless 45. In the end we lost by a margin of four points. I know there is no such a thing as a 'moral victory'- the winner takes all, but on Monday night last at Dublin Hill our Minor team showed just why we are so lucky to have this group of great players. Well done lads on a brilliant comeback and though victory wasn't gained on the night it wasn't for lack of effort.

Ben Hogan, Rory O'Sullivan, Mathew Quinn, John O'Sullivan, Peter O'Leary, Eoin Roche, Griffin O'Keeney, Kieran Kearney, Brian Roche, Tom Murray, Conleith Ryan, Jordan Mannix, Conor Barry, Shane O'Flynn, Christopher Coleman, Shaun Knox, Séamus Ahern .

Remember lads; 'The strongest people aren't always the people who win, but the people who don't give up when they lose'.


Talk about Player Burnout!


There is a lot of lip service at every level about this issue. I'm involved in the GAA with nearly 50 years and I don't know which is the worst - too many or too few games for young lads? Look at this for the schedule for 7 of our lads who are on the under 16 and Minor panels.

11th September u 16 hurling North C. s/final v Ballyhea

14th September u 16 hurling North C final v Fermoy

16th September Minor Hurling East Final v Cobh

18th September Minor Football C.ship v Slieverue

23rd September Minor Hurling Co c.ship v Bandon.

25th September u 16 East Football s/f v Killara Og

27th September u 16 Hurling North League Final v Ballygiblin. There's a schedule for you!


2017 All Ireland Minor All stars Team.

This year 2017 as we know is the very last time that the Minor Championships at inter county level will be played at under 18 level. As we know Cork reached the Final but lost after a great Final to Galway. In a new development an All Stars Team was picked from the ranks of those who played in the Championship. Congratulations to our own Brian Roche who has been selected on the team. Well done Brian, a special event well be held for the team next month in Croke Park.



Junior C Hurling Championship.

On next Sunday we play Lisgoold in the first round of the Junior C Hurling Championship. We've won this championship with the last two years having lost the 2014 final to Russell Rovers. This years team is far different from last year with retirements and some of the 2016 players playing Senior and Junior this year. Our team have played several league and practise games in the last six weeks so preparation has gone fairly well. Lisgoold have won a Minor/u 21 double in the last week so they will be a strong side in this championship.

Last week we had a home game against Watergrasshill in the East Cork J HL eague Division 3 and we won on a scoreline of 2 13 to 1 10.

Team V Watergrasshill
Mossie Dooley, Brian Lahive, Jim O' Connor, Dylan Brown, Mark O' Connell, Gavin O' Flynn, Chris Colman, Stephen Boyce, Jamie Buckley, Richie Cahill, Alan O' Keeffe, Jerome O' Driscoll, Terry Broderick, James Barry, Donal Ryan, Donal Pyne, Ian O' Donoghue, James Murphy, Jack Kearney and Thomas Kearney.
There is no venue for the  match at the time of writing, but the time should be 12noon



The Jackpot for Tuesday September the 12th was €14,800 and the four numbers drawn were  2, 4, 26, 29 and there was No winner
The Jackpot for last Tuesday September the 19th was €15,000
€30 each went to Gavin Quill, Mondaniel, Greg Ahern, Hightown, Mgt. Duggan, Lisnagar, A.M. Knox, Rathcormac, Mary Murphy @F/Redz


U12 'A' Hurling League Cork East quarter final

Bride Rovers travelled to Ovens on Wednesday Se[pt 13th  to take on Eire Og  in the  Cork East U12 'A' league quarter final.

In a game that was played in wet, cold and blustery conditions, Eire Og got the perfect start by raising a green flag shortly after throw in.

Bride Rovers settled to the task at hand  and took the setback in their stride, defending well and moving the ball smartly they soon gained parity and moved ahead, with the score reading Eire Og 1-00 : Bride Rovers 3-04 at half time

They second half saw more resolute defending, hard work and good movement of the ball as the Rovers defended their lead against Eire Og pressure. It was a good win for a grand, committed bunch of hurlers who are proud to wear the Green, White and Gold

Final Score; Eire Og 1-02 : Bride Rovers 4-05

 Squad; Frank O'Flynn, Eldon O'Connor, Louie Roche, Darragh Kielty, Luke Harrington, Denis Cashman , Adam Hynes, Cillian Barry, Ben Knox, Gearoid Gubbins, Cormac O'Sullivan, Ryan O'Callaghan, Cillian O'Sullivan, Ronan O'Riordan, Ciaran O'Dowd, Kieran Ryan, Bobby Dalton


UNDER 8 Football.

Our U8 boys footballers participated in a blitz held in killeagh on Saturday last. A total of 18 boys togged playing against teams from Lisgoold, Erins Own, Midleton, Kiltha Og and Fr. O’Neills. Some great individual performances from our lads but more importantly some great teamwork on show. Hurling training will be focussed on this week with training continuing on Wednesday night at 6:30 and Saturday morning at 10am. Training will continue weather permitting until late October.




All bookings of the two Astro Turf playing areas are to be made by contacting the Club Runai Daniel Lane at 087 2070100



Twitter and Website. 

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