Bride Rovers GAA

19 December, 2019




Pipped By The Barrs.

 We lost the County Under 21 Final on Saturday night by a single point. In a pulsating and exciting finish we were pipped at the post by St. Finbarrs. With the game gone into the third minute of injury time the sides were level at 2 10 each and extra time looked a possibility. Then Jack Cahalane sent over a lead point for the Barrs. We had one more chance with a long free into the square. It could  have ended up in the net but the St. Finbarrs defence cleared it and the final whistle went. It was a heart-breaking defeat for a great team. In the first half we looked to be in serious trouble but battled back- just as we had done in the semi final against Ballinhassig. On this occasion when we drew level we never took the lead despite a few chances to do so. When we'll look back on this final in the future I suppose we'll think it was 'one that got away' but on the other hand this was a good St Finbarrs team. Though defeated our lads can be proud of their display, not alone in the Final but all through the campaign. Having won the County A Grade Title last year the Premier 2 Title would have been the icing on the cake this year but it was not to be. Cian Hogan opened our scoring with a great point before the Barrs had a goal in the fourth minute. Points from Conor Barry 2 frees and Cian and Brian Roche had us level 1 2 to 0 5 after 12 minutes. The Barrs then scored 1 3 without reply to lead by six points 2 5 to 0 5 with five minutes left in the first half. By now our defence had settled well and team captain Shane O Connor  was leading by example. Brian Roche shot a brilliant goal and we were right back in the game. In fact during the final few minutes of the half we had three wide in a row- we could easily have been level at the break. Instead we were 2 5 to 1 5 in arrears which was a great position to be in. In fairness to both teams they played great hurling despite a heavy rain and freezing conditions.  We tore into the game from the restart. Super scores from Conleith Ryan and Conor Barry -a shot that just flew over the bar, brought us to within a point of the Barrs and we seemed well on top. Unfortunately the Barrs got the next two points to restore their three point lead with nine minutes gone. They went four up in the tenth minute. A long ball from Ben Hogan was collected by Shane and he an through the Barrs defence before giving to Conleith who struck a great goal. Now there was only a single point in it and our supporters were in full voice. From a free Paddy O Flynn levelled the scoring at 28 each.  From a free the Barrs took the lead before Cian Hogan levelled again with six minutes left. Three minutes later the city side were ahead once more from a placed ball. Four minutes of added time were announced. One of these had elapsed when Conor Barry tied the game up at 2 10 each. Cahalane gave St Finbarrs the lead. We had the last attack of the game but the sliotar was cleared and our dreams shattered. It was a very, very tough defeat  after a great display. From Ben in goal right through the team all our lads gave of their very best on the night. Though we didn't play our first game in this championship til October the panel and management put in a massive effort all year. Sport is brilliant but can be cruel also. These lads have given us massive enjoyment at under 16, Minor and under 21 over the last three years and will do so again in the future. Thanks for the effort and to Alan, Pat, Fergus and all the squad we say a huge thanks for the displays. These young hurlers are a credit to the green, white and gold. Last Saturday night was hard for ye but keep it going lads.

Team/scorers; B. Hogan, M. Quinn, J. Mannix, J. Connor, G. O Keeney, P O Flynn 0 1, E. Roche, K. Kearney, S. O Connor Captain, B. Roche 1 1, C. Hogan 0 3, C. Ryan 1 1, C. Barry 0 4, 3frees, DJ Cahill, S. Knox, S Ahern, J. O Keeffe.

Thanks to our huge band of supporters who travelled to Pairc Ui Rinn on Saturday night.


The numbers drawn on Tuesday December the 10th were 1, 2, 5, 7  and there was no winner. The prizes €30 each went to Sinead Murphy, M.McManaman, Cotter Family, Castlelyons, Joe Beecher and David Ryan. The Jackpot for last Tuesday night December 17th was €20,000.

On last Tuesday night we had our Special Christmas Draw. The winners of €50 each were Michelle Lynch, Tom Mannix & Vinnie O Keeffe, Gillian Kenny, Daniel Lane and Jack Mohally.

The list of other prize winners was as follows Voucher from Ed's Café; Marie Gubbins, OD Tools voucher; Aisling Mc Grath, Mill Fuels Voucher; Ian Doherty, Hairdryer; Jane Collins, Flamengo Redz Voucher; Mark O Connell (Shanowen)

Sinead's Beauty Spot Voucher; Pat Barry Knockadrooleen, Flamengo Redz Voucher; L& G. Johnson,  Max Fitness Voucher; Brian Murphy, Angels Café Voucher; Tom, Will & Shiela c/o Barry's Bar, Cork GAA Wooly Hat; Irene Hogan. Bride Rovers Club Shop Vouchers; Julianne Barry. And Margaret Hurley, Finns Vets Voucher Caitriona Mohally, Fitzgerald Bros Butchers Voucher; Triona Lyons, McCarthy Mace Voucher; Sofie O Connell,  OD Tools Umbrella Bernard Kearney, Bottles of Whiskey; Martina Carey and Batt Dorgan, Bottles of Wine; Ger O Mahony and Noreen Hartnett, Bottle of Whiskey Cavanaghs Garage; Bridie Mannix, Ryalls Farm Machinery Voucher Eleanor Carey, Hurley from Denis Ahern; Craig O Callaghan, Cork GHAA Yearbooks; Sofie O Connell & Ann Lonregan,  Bottle of Whiskey Glanbia; Breda Campbell,  Wine & Chocolates Cliona Quinlan, Wine & Roses; Catherine Murphy. Box of Chocolates Willie Benskin, Suttons Oil Jacket; Margo O Leary, Wine & Perfume; Sunday Club, Bottle of Whiskey Barry's bar; Sylvia Walsh,  Ryall O Mahony Voucher; Paddy Cronin, Whiskey and Wine ;Teresa Lane, Sellers Prize Hamper; John Joe Carey. A reminder that next week the Lotto Draw will be held in the Rathcormac Inn on Monday night December 23rd.



On Tuesday night we also held the Club 100 Bonus Draw. We set up Club 100 in 2018 to help finance development in the Club as we head towards our Centenary in 2018. Club 100 Membership can be Gold, Silver and Bronze. Early in the New Year we will be recruiting new members for Club 100. Full details from any Club Member or Officer. We drew 12 winners from our existing membership of Club 100 as follows;

1st Prize - €1000 David Quirke , 2nd Prize - €500 Dick Kearney ,3rd Prize - €100 Barry Hazelwood  ,4th Prize - €100 Billy & Carmel Finnegan , 5th Prize - €100 Seamus & Ann Collins , 6th Prize - €100 Jerome O Driscoll , 7th Prize - €100 Alan Murphy , 8th Prize - €100 Ted O’Sullivan , 9th Prize - €100 Deirdre & Liam Buckley 10th Prize - €100 Margaret Hurley , 11th Prize - €100 Dermot & Michelle O’Brien  12th Prize €100 Michael Bermingham. Well done to all our winners.

St Colmans Win.

Congrats to the St Colmans under 16 hurlers on their great win last Friday. In Watergrasshill Colmans defeated CBC in the Cork Under 16 H Colleges Final. Bride Rovers had a strong representation on the team and panel. Well done lads. The same teams will meet again in January in the Harty cup Quarter Final.

St Stephens Day Run.

On St Stephen's Day December the 26th our Juvenile Club will hold their annual 5K run, walk or jog in Rathcormac. Starting at 11 am in the Pitch this event is a fun event for everyone. Whether you're a serious competitor ior someone who simply wants some exercise this 5K is for you. All funds raised go towards the cost of running the Juvenile Club.

Munster Council Grant.

On Monday night last in Pairc Ui Chaoimh the Club received a cheque from the Munster GAA Council. This was Development Grant for work done in 2018/19. Provincial Council Pearse Murphy presented the cheque to our Treasurer Liam Barry in the presence of Club and County Board Officers.

Sports Prediction Quiz.

During the week Brendan O Callaghan was presented with his winners cheque for the 2019 Sports Prediction Quiz. Club Runai and Draw Coordinator Daniel Lane presented Brendan with his cheque.


Cairde Chorcai.

Cairde Chorcai was set up in 2019 to help support Cork GAA. It's aims are to provide better facilities for players and clubs in County Cork. There are Corporate Gold and Corporate Silver memberships available as well as an individual membership. The individual membership costs just €50 for 2020. Full details from John O Flynn. Ballinla, Freemount, Charleville Co. Cork.



Club Lotto on Monday night December 23rd in the Rathcormac Inn

Juvenile Club 5K run on St Stephen's Day December 26th.



Happy Christmas.

This is the last 'edition' of the Bride Rovers Notes for 2019. On behalf of myself and all the Club Officers may I wish everyone a very Happy, Holy and peaceful Christmas and a great New Year of 2020. Gaelic games are such an important part of all our lives and we are so lucky in our parish to have a great Club, Bride Rovers. It never ceases to amaze me how the players, members, supporters, sponsors - indeed the entire community, support our Club. In recent years we've seen a huge increase in the number of teams fielded by the Club as so many new families and individuals have come to live here. We welcome them all and thank them for getting involved with Bride Rovers. May this Christmas Season be a time of joy and happiness for everyone, young and old.


Diary Dates; Monday Dec 23rd Lotto in the Rathcormac Inn

Thursday December 26th, St Stephen's Day, 5K Fun Run in at the Pitch at 11am.


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