Bride Rovers

25 October, 2019

Bride Rovers GAA Notes.


Wins for U 11's, U 14's and U 21's and Junior C's.


In what has hectic period of October hurling action we had four teams on the field and all recorded great wins.

The results were

Jerard Kenny Tournament Final Bride Rovers 1 6 Castlelyons 1 3

Under 14 Premier H Challenge Cup Bride Rovers 2 11 Inniscarra 0 7

Co. Premier 2 U 21 HC. Bride Rovers 2 18 Cloughduv 0 8.

East Cork JCH Bride Rovers 3 15 Castlemartyr 2 11.


Jerard Kenny Under 11 Hurling Tournament.


Bride Rovers hosted the annual  Jerard Kenny U11 Memorial Shield competition in Pairc na Bride recently. This year the format was two semi finals and a final with 4 teams taking part: Castlelyons, Fermoy and Ballyduff Upper along with the home team.  Some very competitive games were played with the Rovers’ team and Castlelyons edging out Ballyduff and Fermoy in the semi-finals.  The final was an engaging contest with both teams battling hard and displaying considerable skill throughout. It proved to be a tight contest with Bride Rovers ultimately prevailing. This concluded the Under11 season for the Bride Rovers boys.  The score in the final was Bride Rovers   1-6 Castlelyons 1-3. Thanks to Mike and Margaret Kenny for their ongoing support for this event. Jerard was a great young hurler with Bride Rovers and starred on the Under 12 team that won the County Championship in 2000. Jerard died in a tragic accident in September 2001. Our winning panel wa Adam Murphy Fitzgibbon, Brian Murphy, Denis Fitzgerald, Darragh O’Farrell, David Dixon, Éanna Lyons, Eoghan Buckley, Gary Quirke, Jack Lynch, James Finn, James Larkin, Jamie Walsh, Matthew Kenny, Matthew O Sullivan, Michael Gubbins, Michael Cosgrove, Owen Ryan and Shane O’Dowd.  Thanks to everyone who helped out on the day.



We were to  play Midleton in the U15 Premier 2 A football challenge cup semi final on Saturday October 19th at 4pm in main pitch in Rathcormac but received a walkover. We await St Nicks or Ibane Rovers in the Final


Under 14 Premier 2 Challenge Cup Final.

"Veni, Vidi, Veci" ( I came, I saw, I conquered) declared Julius Caesar to the Roman senate in 47 BC, it seems that Bride Rovers U14's

are keen students of the Roman emperor for they displayed vision and courage when needed.

Bride Rovers travelled to Delaney's GAA grounds on Saturday evening October 12th to take on Inniscarra in the Premier 2 Challenge cup final with a 4 o clock start. This was our this meeting this year in this grade with Inniscarra. I early June we met in the Feile Plate Final in Bishopstown and the Mid Cork side beat us by 2 5 to 01. A few weeks later we reversed that result when we met in the League with our lads winning by  1 6 to 0 8. So no one was in doubt about the quality of the opposition that stood between Bride Rovers and victory.

 Bride Rovers won the toss and elected to take advantage of the elements for the first half.  Shortly after throw in Inniscarra changed formation to a two man full forward line with three midfielders, however our lads had the courage and belief in each other not to panic and to put faith in each other's hard work and honesty.  Soon enough that

belief was being reflected as the lads began to put daylight between the teams on the score board. With some fine points we edged further ahead due to the phenomenal work rate being shown by our half backs, midfielders and half forwards.

As the teams retreated to the dressing rooms for half time the score-board read, Bride Rovers 1-06 Inniscarra 0-01, a good lead but Inniscarra would have the elements with them for the second period. The second half began much as the first, with intense struggles for possession and every Rovers player not giving an inch. As Inniscarra pressed during the second half to try gain a foothold in the match searing questions were asked of our goalkeeper and full back line, all the questions were answered and all challenges refuted. Our full forward line was working equally as hard, mining scores from any type of ball supplied from outfield. It was gripping game and our bench was sprungto add fresh impetus and drive towards the finishing line. We ensured that no goal was conceded and as the referee sounded the long whistle and called  for the sliotar, the scoreboard declared Bride Rovers the winners, reading Bride Rovers 2-11 : Inniscarra 0-07. A great win for a super bunch of young hurlers who have given us fantastic enjoyment all year. Huge thanks to all the parents and supporters who cheered and encouraged the lads, to Delaneys GAA club

for the use of their well appointed grounds and commiserations to Inniscarra 

Mentors & backroom team : J Pratt, P Hynes, D Dooley, W O'Riordan  W O'Leary,  M Dooley, J Barry, S Walsh, N Butler

Match Squad :, L Roche, F O'Flynn, E O'Connor, R O'Riordan, D Kielty, K Cotter, D Cashman, A Hynes, L Harrington, C O'Sullivan, C Barry, C O'Sullivan, R O'Callaghan, J Collins, B Knox, C Hogan, K Ryan, C O'Dowd, O Kielty, G Gubbins

J Keating, C O'Sullivan, T O'Riordan .

On Sunday night then these young hurlers gathered again in Rathcormac. On this occasion it was to form a guard of honour at  the Church for the removal of Madge Keating, Jack's grandmother who died on last Friday. Sincere sympathy to the Keating and Gowen families.



Blarney was the venue  for our meeting with Cloughduv in the opening round of the 2019 Premier 2 Under 21 Hurling. The sides met in the 2018 u21 A final last autumn in Pairc Ui Rinn. On that occasion we won by four pints after a great game so there was huge interest in last Sunday's game with a fine crowd in attendance. Though Cloughduv had a slight breeze in their favour we started well when Seanie Knox struck a sideline over the bar. We quickly took control of the game and Cloughduv's cause wasn't helped when they had a player red-carded early on. With our defence playing superbly we started getting some great points from Conor, Brian, Kieran and Griffin and by half time we led by  0 12 to 0 2. Cloughduv started the second half in much more determined fashion. They hit three early points to narrow the gap. A great goal from Brian Roche really put daylight between the teams or so we hoped.  Then came a crucial moment of the game when the Mid Cork side were awarded a penalty. Ben Hogan made a great save to deflect the sliotar out for a 65. They pointed the 65 but preventing a goal so early was vital for us, well done Ben.  Conleith Ryan netted a superb goal after some great passing movements from our forwards. WE added a total of six points in the second half to win by 2 18 to 0 8. It was great start but we know their will be bigger challenges to come. Well done lads. All the first round losers will now have to play off so it could be two weeks before our next game. Team and subs;



Our Round Robin JCHC game v Castlemartyr had been fixed and refixed several times over the last three weeks. Eventually it went ahead Rathcormac on Sunday last at 11 o clock. We drew with Cobh on our first game in this competition as did Castlemartyr so Sunday's game was vital for both teams to progress to the semi final stage. You have to hand it to 'em, them Tipperary boys, first they win the all Ireland and then last Sunday two of them star for Bride Rovers. A total of 2 12 shared between Dave Burke and Paddy Croke is a mighty return for two players. To add to the Munster mix we had another Premier County man, Damien Healy at full-back. We started with a point from Dave followed quickly by a goal from Paddy. Three more white flags from Dave -2 from frees, were followed by a good point from Daniel Lane. Castlemartyr registered a point  followed by a goal to leave us ahead by 1 5 to 1 1 after ten minutes. Dave Burke pointed two 65's before his wife's sister's husband Tomes Kearney hit a super point. 1 8 to 1 3 ahead after twenty minutes, our defence was coping well at the other end. Dave it over a third 65 before Daniel  Lane goaled after great work from Tomas. Dave had the final score of the half to leave us 2 10 to 1 4 ahead at the break. With the breeze behind them the Reds tore into the game. They scored 1 6 in fifteen minutes during which our only score was a point from Daniel Lane. We were just hanging on by a the narrow margin of a single point, 2 11 to 2 10.

It's a great pity the game wasn't videod if only to see Brian Lahive execute the perfect, bone-crunching shoulder! Oisin Roche and Tom Murray made vital interceptions when it looked as if Castlemartyr might take over. Paddy Croke put two between the teams and from a free Dave made it three. Castlemartyr pointed a long range free to leave just two in it. Dave made it three and then four from a free. Great work by John O Sullivan, Jake Tobin and Dylan Browne resulted in a great goal from Paddy Croke to make sure of the victory on a 3 15 to 2 11 scoreline. Well done lads on a great win. With seven under 21 players involved and a good sprinkling of experienced campaigners on the side it is great to keep our interest alive in the championship.

Team; Ben Hogan, Mark O'Connell, Damien Healy, Brian Lahive, Oisin Roche, James Murphy, John O'Sullivan, Jake Tobin, Tom Murray, Daniel Lane, Dave Burke, Dylan Browne, Tomas Kearney, Paddy Croke, Seamus Ahern Sub: Matthew Quinn

After the game the u 21 's played Fermoy in a practise game. Some of the lads had two games back to back so well done to all concerned.



The dreaded computer gremlins got at last weeks notes so we have 2 weeks Lotto Results.

The Jackpot on Tuesday October 8th was €20,000. The four numbers drawn were 12, 22, 25 and 30 and there was no winner. The winners of €30 each were  Tom Mulcahy, Gina O Leary, Shane Moroney, , Yvonne Horne and Pa O Driscoll. The Jackpot for last Tuesday October 15th was €20,000.The €30 winners were Lesley & Richard c/o pat Mannix, Valerie O Leary, Liam Murphy, Julianne Barry and Fintan Lawlor



Well done to St Colmans on their Dean Ryan Cup semi final win over Midleton CBS last week. We had five Bride Rovers players on the starting XV, Conor Hazlewood, David Barry, Adam Walsh, Cillian Tobin and Edmond Cashman. Colmans meet Limerick's Ardscoil Ris in the final in Kilmallock on this coming Friday October 25th.


Fundraiser for Lesotho bound Niamh.


In February 2020 Niamh O Sullivan from Rathcormac is travelling to Lesotho in South Africa with a group from Action Ireland Trust.

With nearly 60% of it's population living below the poverty line many International and Inter Governmental agencies have development programmes in Lesotho.

Action Ireland Trust is one of these. Next February Niamh will be part of a group travelling to Lesotho. They will be taking computers for schools as part of their trip. During her stay Niamh will be teaching classes each morning. The afternoons then will be taken up with painting murals and setting up and commissioning the computers.

At present Niamh is undertaking fundraising for her trip. On this Friday night October 25th she is holding a Table Quiz in the Rathcormac Inn to help defray the costs. Tables of 4 cost  €40 with prizes galore. Starting time is 8pm so please come along and support a very worthy cause.



Te Cork GAA Members draw for 2019/20 will commence again shortly. The October and November Draws will be held together at the end of the month. All those already in the draw will be contacted by their seller. New members are always welcome as there are fantastic prizes on offer each month. Contact any Club member or Officer.



Well done Fr O Neills on their mighty PIHC County win last Saturday night week and hard luck to Kilworth.



Best wishes to our senior Ladies team who take on Brian Borus from Tipperary on next Monday.  The girls had a super 5 10 to 1 18 win over Rathmore from Kerry in Mallow on Saturday last .in the Munster C.ship quarter final..



Well done to Imokilly who won the three in a row of Co SHC Titles last Sunday. Congrats to the players from Castlelyons, St Catherines, Lisgoold and Watergrasshill on this historic achievement.


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