Bride Rovers

18 June, 2021


By John Arnold, PRO Bride Rovers GAA.

Games, games, games.

 From a famine to a feast, truly it's been such a transformation since the 'white flag went off' and the 2021 season commenced. From Monday June 7th until last Monday night, June 14th I reckon that between Go Games, Rebel Og, East Cork and County we played around 19 games. Yes it's really hectic and with so many teams at Juvenile Level, adult level plus the ladies teams it's really all systems go but isn't it just brilliant? It's the same off the field with a very busy Executive meeting last Monday night. There was long Agenda but it went well. Our flagship team, the Senior Hurlers opened their RED FM SHL campaign with a heavy defeat away to St Finbarrs on Sunday while the Junior B team were pipped by Carrig in Pynes field on Monday night. The Minors had a great away win over Aghada. The Under 13's beat Killavullen, the under 15's lost to Fermoy while the under 16's beat Mallow. On Saturday the younger teams were home and away all over the County with Go Games at all age levels. A reminder to all patrons that just 100 people are permitted to attend games. The GAA and Govt . restrictions are still in place. Normally we'd be urging people to go to all our games but at this time we must still urge caution..

Under 13 Hurling.

Bríde Rovers 3-10 Killavullen 0-2 - The under13 lads got their 2021 season off to a fine start in a home hurling match against Killavullen last Thursday night.  The boys started the first half playing towards the clubhouse against a stiff breeze and although controlling possession struggled to convert their dominance into scores.  That first half contained a suffocating presence from the Bríde Rovers’ backs who were then able to feed their midfield and forwards.   Killavullen contributed strongly in that first half in making the Rovers’ lads work for any scores they could come by. The second half continued in a similar fashion to the first albeit with one crucial difference our forwards were now able to utilise the breeze and convert their possession to make an impact on the scoreboard. They managed to rack up a number of good scores with the players working hard and playing well as a team.  Most encouraging was the support they gave to each other both vocally and in their work off the ball.  Killavullen worked hard also but the breeze ultimately sucked the energy from them with the Rovers winning comfortably in the end. Bríde Rovers panel: Owen Ryan, Eoghan Buckley, Jack Lynch, James Larkin, Éanna Lyons, Jamie Walsh, David Dixon, Denis Fitzgerald, James Finn, Adam Kelleher, Shane O’Dowd, Darragh O’Farrell (Capt), Garry Quirke, Michael Cosgrove, Matthew Kenny, Matthew O’Sullivan, Adam Murphy & Con McCormack.  Training continued on Monday in the Astro with a match v Ballycastle scheduled for tonight Thursday 17th Jun in Castletownroche at 7.45pm. 

Under 11 's.

.The11 boys were away to Blackrock on Saturday morning.  We had 21 boys on the day, divided into 2 teams. After a slow start our boys found their feet and roared back into the games. The second round of matches were much closer. For their first day out there were really great performance by all the boys. Next fixture is away to St Finbarrs for football on Saturday morning.

Under 8's.

Our under 8’s also  travelled to Blackrock last Saturday morning for their first match of the year. A total of 8 matches were played with both sides winning 4 matches. 16 players in total represented us with pride with each player giving it their all. The panel was Dara Murphy, Tiarnan Lyons, Killian Donegan, Harry Fitzpatrick, Luke Hogan, Kayden Freeman, Hugh Clerkin, Theo Skillington, Daniel Fitzgerald, Elliot Fitzgerald, Eoin Burke, Joey Allen, Luke Buckley, Niamh Finn, Logan Ryan & Oisin Barry-Sheehan 

Under 10's 

Bride Rovers under 10 boys had their first hurling Go Games back at home to Blackrock on Saturday. The boys really enjoyed the games against the city side. Winning or losing is irrelevant in these games as it's all about playing, having fun and enjoying the experience while improving the skill levels. 

Thus Saturday they play football at home against 
St.Finbarrs in the Juvenile pitch .

We continue to train in the Juvenile pitch every Wednesday 6-7pm & Saturday 12pm-1pm .


For the four Saturday nights of May we ran online Bingo which was a great success. At Monday nights meeting Club Cisteoir Liam Barry reported a healthy profit on this new venture. It's hoped to repeat the Bingo again in the autumn. Thanks to all who supported it and to those businesses, firms and individuals who sponsored spop Prizes.


 Results from our Draw on Tues June 8th, the Jackpot was €20,000 and the 4 numbers drawn were 3, 17, 18 and 29 there was no winner. The winners of the €30were Dave Guthrie Coolagown,  Joanne Conway c/o LAYA, Evan, Zoe and Lilly Quaine, Brid O Connell and Anne Cahill Rathcormac.. You can join the Bride Rovers weekly lotto online at  or purchase tickets from any of the retail outlets locally that are open. Tickets can also be got locally from Bride Rovers GAA Club Members throughout the parish. Your support of the weekly Lotto Draw is deeply appreciated. If you're not in you can't win and each €2 is a help for our ongoing promotion of Gaelic games. A yearly ticket at €90can also be purchased. .


On next Monday night June 21st, the longest day of the year, the East Cork Board Draws will be made. It's planned t make all the Championship Draws except the Junior A Grade Hurling on Monday and they will be live streamed. 

Under 7s

On Saturday morning, Blackrock welcomed 26 Bride Rovers under 7 hurlers  boys into their Church Road grounds for the first blitz of hurling for the team as it started off the “Go games” for the season.

Each team played 4 games of 10 minutes each and were playing 5 aside.

We saw great clashes, determination, scores and plenty of fun.  Well done to all the boys who played with plenty of heart and great to start the season with a good game of hurling.

We are playing St. Finbarrs in Football next Saturday in St Finbarr grounds.

Any new players born in 2014 are always welcome, please contact Sean  at  086 8224823.

 Under 16 Hurling

Mallow 2-14 Bride Rovers 2-20

 On a glorious Saturday afternoon we travelled to Mallow where it was  Great to see young lads back on the pitch playing the game they love.  This year at U-16 level Clubs have to play only with boys born in 2005. The game started fairly well for us with a goal from Cormac inside the first five minutes.   The game was hard and physical with all the boys standing up and been counted.  At half time we were up 1-10 to 0-07.  
Second half Mallow started very well scoring 1-4 without reply.     Denis made a run up field and scored a great goal.   But Mallow responded immediately with a goal.   The score at the second water break was 2-13 to 2-14 in favour of Mallow.   We gathered the lads and told them to hurl like they can and go out and enjoy themselves. 
Well it worked, it must have been holy water in their bottles!. Seven unanswered points from. Cillian,. Cormac Ryan., Kieran, Ronan, Denis  and Ciaran all raising the white flag thanks to some pinpoint puck outs from Frank   Eldon, Adam and Darragh  performing superbly in the backline    A super result for the lads
Thanks to all our support again it really helps when the lads are struggling.
Team. Frank O Flynn., Eldon O Connor,. Adam Hynes.,  Kieran Cotter,  Denis Cashman,  Darragh Kielty , Cillian Barry,  Ronan O Riordan., Ryan O Callaghan Ciaran Dowd Cormac O Sullivan
Out injured were  Louie and Colin

Under 9's

The Under9s had their first taste of match action on Saturday morning as Go Games kicked off against the mighty Rockies from the city. 3 teams played 3 hurling games apiece against the city club with the matches played in glorious sunshine in front of many proud parents. Rovers dominated most games and showed that they will be a force to be reckoned with this year. 29 players took to the field and the panel was as follows: 

Cian Barry, Jack Barry, Eoghan Croke, Jack Fitzgerald, Luke Fitzgerald, Harry Fitzgerald, Conor Healy, Conor Dorgan, Oisín Dorgan, Theo Byrd, Callum Guinan, Adam Hackett, Jack O'Donovan, Sean O'Dowd, Noah Collins, Ryan Field, Ryan Hogan, James O'Leary, Jack Roddis, James McDonnell,  Jack Gubbins, Daniel Maher, Aidee Carr, Daniel Maher, Alex Mccarthy, Kyle Murnane, Liam Harrington,  Matthew Finn, Patrick O'Regan

We play the Barrs in football next Saturday at 11pm on the main pitch. Football Training on Wednesday night at 630pm in preparation for the weekend tie.

Under 15's.

The under 15 hurlers had their first preseason game last Saturday against Fermoy in Fermoy. On a glorious day  we were beaten by a strong  Fermoy sidebut  it was great to get out for our first game of the year and everybody is looking forward to the rest of the season..


Bride Rovers senior hurlers suffered a heavy defeat in the opening round of the Red FM sponsored Cork County Senior Hurling League. 

This division 1 B game took place in the glorious sunshine at Togher on Sunday last. 

The Rovers started well and captain for the day, William Finnegan had the first score of the game but this was as good as it got for the Rovers.

A Brian Cunningham pointed free followed by a quick goal had the Barr’s infant and they would go on to dominate proceedings. At the first water break we trailed 1-05 to0-3, Conor Barry pointing 2 frees. By the interval the Barr’s had added a second goal and led 2-11 to 0-7. Cian O Connor and Conor Barry been the Rovers scorers.

Into the second half and the Barr’s continued their scoring adding a further 2-07 to our 0-3. Final score: St. Finbarrs 4-18 Bride Rovers 0-10

Team: C.Hogan, J.Mannix, E.Roche, O.Roche, R.Prendergast, P.O Flynn, S. O Connor, K. Kearney, C.O Connor (0-2), B. Roche, C.Barry (0-7), DJ Cahill, E.Cashman, W.Finnegan (0-1), D.Dooley.

Subs: M.Collins, Jason Mannix, J.Powell, S.Walsh. 

 JHL v Carrigtwohill in Pynes Field Monday June 14th

We started the game very well and Craig O Callaghan got our opening point. Carrig responded with two points before Cian Howard scored a wonderful goal to the top corner from 30 yards.

We traded points then for the rest of the half and with Damien being very accurate from frees we had a 2 point lead at half time.

Carrig took control from the next 15 minutes and took the lead by 1 point at the water break. Both teams traded points and two late long range frees from Shaun Knox weren't enough as Carrig held on for a 1 point win Final Score 1-15 to 19.  

Team Shaun Knox (0-2f) Jacob Powell  Donnacha Carr Jack Conor

Jordan Mannix Liam Forde John O'Sullivan  Seamus Ahern Jason Pratt (0-3)

Damien Buckley (0-9, 7fs) Jason Mannix DJ Cahill  Craig O Callaghan (0-1) Edward Cashman Cian Howard (1-0) Subs Maurice Dooley , Shane O Flynn , Jesse O Keeffe , Oisin Roche.


Bride Rovers are one of the 97 Clubs hosting Cul Camps in Cork this year. Our Camp will run from July 26th to 30th.


Sunday June 20th.

Junior C hurling League v Cloyne at home

 Junior A Football League Group 2, Bride Rovers v Castlelyons at 7pm in Rathcormac.

Tuesday June 29th. RedFM Division 1B Hurling League. Bride Rovers v Midleton at 7.30pm in Midleton.

Thursday July 1st. Junior B Hurling League Group 4. Bride Rovers v St Catherine's at 7.30pm in Ballynoe.

 Jim Ryall RIP

When the GAA Club was reformed in the parish in January 1951 at a meeting in Bartlemy National School the 39 people present each gave 2/6 in membership to get the Club going. One of those present was Jim Ryall of the Rock, Bartlemy -Jim died last weekend. A good footballer Jim was captain of the Junior Football team and helped run the Carnivals in Bartlemy during the 1950's. In later life Jim established a very successful farm Machinery business in Midleton. Jim was also a great cattle breeder and exhibitor at Shows throughout the country. We extend our sympathy to his family. At Monday nights meeting Sympathy was also extended to the Barry family Mellifontstown Bartlemy, the Smith family, Rathcormac and the family of the late Tommy Lynch, long time grounds-man in Pairc Ui Chaoimh and Pairc Ui Rinn

Club Gear.

We still have a certain amount of Bride Rovers shorts and stockings available from our Club Shop. Please contact Betty on 086 1540902 or Kathleen on 086  3807784.

Also several new Product Lines in our Colours with the Club Crest are now available from O Neills at very reasonable prices. To look at the items go to the O Neills website 


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