Bride Rovers

07 July, 2021


By John Arnold PRO

Hurlers in Tipperary.

We travelled to Holycross, the Club of the famous John Doyle last Wednesday evening to take on their under17s in a challenge match. The Holycross/Ballycahill Club are a strong outfit with a great hurling tradition. 

This was the first time we've played Holycross with this group of players and it's always great to travel outside the county for a game. It was a good match for our lads before championship. Both teams performed well with some great Cork v Tipp hurling produced on the night .  As it turned out we ran out comfortable winners in the end with all the lads getting game time. Great credit to our hosts for  providing tea's sandwiches and buns after the game for all the hungry Rebels. Maybe later in the season Holycross might give us a return game in Rathcormac.

Our Panel of players was as follows; Ronan O Riordan, Darragh Kielty, Liam Collins, Cameron O Sullivan, Kieran Cotter, Conor Hazelwood, Ronan O Connell, Davy Barry, Josh Ahern, Cillian Barry, Frank O Flynn, Adam Hynes, Adam Hayes, Adam Walsh, Eldon O Connor, Oran Kielty, Ben Knox, Ciaran O Dowd, Denis Cashman


The Jackpot on last Tuesday June 22nd was €20,000, the numbers drawn were 2, 7,19  and 29 and there was no winner was. The winners of €30 each were Chris Hoare, Ita Madden,  Shirley Johnson, John Lynch and  Joe Finn..                                                       

The Jackpot for Tuesday night June 29th was €20,000. 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 Club. 


The under13s played against Fermoy in a Rebel Og  hurling league tie in Páirc na Bríde last Thursday in what proved to be a very competitive encounter.  Bride Rovers got off to a great start with two early goals but Fermoy settled and began to come back into it with the aid of the wind.  At half time the Rovers boys were ahead by two points with the slight breeze at their backs in the second half.  The second half was equally as competitive with the lead changing on several occasions with Fermoy leading by a point with a few minutes remaining.  In an exciting finish our lads dug in to put the pressure on in that last quarter and ran out two point victors.  Final Score Bride Rovers 6-6 Fermoy 3-13.  Panel: Adam Kelleher, David Dixon, Jack Lynch, Con McCormack , Éanna Lyons, Jamie Walsh, James Larkin,   Denis Fitzgerald, James Finn, Matthew O’Sullivan, Darragh O’Farrell, Shane O’Dowd, Gary Quirke, Matthew Kenny, Eoghan Buckley, Owen Ryan, Jamie Kennedy, Michael Gubbins, Adam Murphy Fitzgibbon, Michael Cosgrove.


On tonight Thursday July 1st our Junior Hurlers play their second League game in the East Cork JBHL Group 4. We are away to St Catherines in Pairc Naomh Caitrionaigh in Ballynoe. We played Carrigtwohill in our first game when we lost by a point. 

Rebel Og Under 16 Hurling League. 

On Saturday afternoon we welcomed Aghada to Pairc na Bride Rathcormac on a splendidly  prepared pitch.   We were delighted to welcome Chikamso Obi who was making his Bride Rovers debut.   We started the game very well.   Early on we had great scores from Ryan. Louie, Ronan  and  Kieran. We were playing some lovely hurling all through the pitch..  Frank O Flynn brilliantly saved a penalty which was a massive boost to us.  On top of the save  his puck outs were outstanding.   Darragh and  Eldon were super in the full back line. 

At half time we were 2-6 to 0-6 ahead.  The second half started well again with the lads in control.  Scores from Ryan Ronan Cormac and Louie had us in a strong  position.  Adam Denis and  Cillian were very strong in the half back line.    Ciaran was unlucky not get on score-sheet  as his performance won him  the 'man  of de match' award. For his first game of hurling Chikamso  (Lads have shortened it to Kamso) played very well indeed.  The final score was Bride Rovers 4 13 to Aghada's 3  8.. We now have  two wins from 2 and puts us in a strong position.

Team on the day. Frank, Darragh, Eldon,  Cillian,  Denis,  Adam,  Cormac, Kieran,  Ciaran, Ronan, Chikamso, Ryan and  Louie   Our next Match is in the Rebel Og Hurling League on Saturday week 10th July away to Kiltha Og. 


I forgot to mention last week that our referee Mark Murphy reffed the 2020 County Junior B Grade Football final recently. Lough Rovers from the City Division defeated Freemount in the Final. Well done Mark.

UNDER 12's

On Monday night last June 28th we had 28 lads playing football which was mighty. With  a few lads away on holidays it was super to field two teams- one in Caherlag and one at home. 

The 'Green' team travelled to Caherlag to play Erins Own in football this Monday. Both teams lined out with 14 a side. We settled early and led 6 points to 1 at half time. The second half continued along the lines of the first with the lads work-rate and running making it difficult for the hosts. We finished the game as winners by 11 points to 4 but in reality if we had taken our chances it would have been a greater win. Scorers: Finn 0-4. Michael 0-4, Tadhg 0-2, Darragh 0-1. Team: Bobby Sweeney, Calum Somers, Oliver Harris, Cian Cashman, Cathal Barry, Dylan Keating, Finn O'Driscoll, Darragh Costigan, Darren Kearney, Michael Walsh, Nathan Cahill, Conn Nagle, Tadhg Cronin, Rian Somers. A great team performance!

Meanwhile back at HQ in  Rathcormac our 'Gold' Team lost by a mere point against  very good Glanmire side. This was a super game of football with  23 scores. The final Score: Glanmire 6-5 to  Bride Rovers 5-7. In this game our lads showed great team work and great fight until the dying moments. Squad: Sebastian Byrd, Cody Scanlan, Bobby Harrington, Euan O'Grady, Jeff O'Connell, Ciaran Donovan, Daniel Gubbins, Evan Quaine, Conor Geaney, Philly Butler, Shane Drinan, Danny Walsh, Luke Murphy. Scorers; Bobby 3-4, Ciaran 1-2, Luke 1-0.

The next games are both at home on Monday week next July 12th. Green team v Castlelyons, Gold Team v Blackrock. Parents will get a text regarding training times..


Though it's only opened a few weeks the new Juvenile Pitch has already hosted a dozen games. It's a fantastic addition to the Club's infrastructure and has been widely praised by all visiting teams. The exterior netting will soon be completed which will enhance the facility even more.

JAFC Fixed.

Our first round game in this years East Cork Junior A Grade Football championship v Midleton. has been fixed for Monday July 12th


The fantastic news last week concerning the acquisition of land from the Pyne family in Ballybrowney has been very well received. Tradition they say is great and the Pyne family have long been connected with the Club. Even before Bride Rovers Club was formed in 1928 Dan Pyne was a player with the Rathcormac Club. Pynes field has a long association with gaelic games in the parish. In the 1940's, 50's and again in the 1960's this field was the main Club Pitch. We have rented the field in recent years with the increase in the number of teams fielded by the Club.

On Sunday March 31st 1957 the Hill and Castlelyons were fixed to play an East Cork JHL game in Pynes field at half 3 with Johnny Kearney as referee. After torrential rain the pitch was unplayable. It was seven months later -on October 20th , before the game was refixed. It was rough, tough game and Johnny Kearney was at his wits end trying to keep law and order. With five minutes left an all-out fight involving over twenty players broke out.  Johnny blew the whistle, abandoned the game and ran for a gap in the ditch! He jumped out onto the Ballybrowney/Rathcormac road, stopped a van, jumped in and instructed the owner to " drive on fast"!

UNDER 11's.

The under 11 boys had no game last  weekend.  Their next game is in the Football League away to Bandon on this coming Saturday July 3rd.


Well it will be a Cork against Dublin under 20 All Ireland Hurling Final. The teams met in the 2017 special Under 17 Final and now it's a repeat fixture in the long delayed 2020 Final. Brian and Eoin Roche captained Cork to victory in that Final in Croke Park in August 2017. Last week in the delayed Leinster Final Dublin outgunned a very fancied Galway team -Cork beat Galway in the 2017 semi final, and Dublin will be fancied now to beat Cork with the advantage of a recent game. Cork completed their provincial campaign last December with a great win over Tipperary. In the Leinster Final last week Dublin played ten of their under 17 side of three years ago while Galway had just four of their 2017 team on duty.  The Cork v Dublin Final will be played on Saturday week July 10th in Nowlan park, Kilkenny at 7.17. It will be the first meeting of Cork and Dublin in an under 20 or under 21 Final. Donal O Shea who scored  8 points in th Leinster Final for Galway is son of Eamonn O Shea the former Tipperary All Ireland winning manager. In the under 20  campaign O Shea scored a total of 2 27. Next week we'll look at Cork's campaign in detail. Good luck to {at Ryan and all the players as they train for this final. It would be a great boost for Cork to win it.


Congratulations to veteran Fermoy Gael Tommy O Brien on winning First Prize in the Cork GAA Rebels Bounty Monthly Draw for June. Tommy has given a lifetime of service to Fermoy GAA and this win is well deserved, well done Tommy from all in Bride Rovers.


Cork and Limerick in the Munster championship, ah yes great memories of great games back to the time of Mackey and Ring. Normally we'd be making the sandwiches on Friday for the trip to Thurles or the Gaelic Grounds or the 'Park' by the Lee. Unfortunately the covid pandemic has changed all that and just a tiny crowd will be lucky to see the game live on Saturday evening. For 99% of hurling fans in both counties we should be at least looking forward to seeing the contest on TV but no,this game featuring the League and All Ireland winners will not be 'free to air' for Hurling fans , what a terrible and shameful situation. John Kiely's team are unbackable favourites but the Rebels always relish a challenge so go for it Cork.

Clare will face Tipperary in the second Munster semi-final on Sunday.


Our deepest sympathy is extended to the O Leary family of Ballybrowney on the death of Noel Murphy, father of Valerie. The O Learys are so involved in all facets of community life in our parish so we sympathise with them at this sad and difficult time.


Thursday July JBHL v St Catherines, Pairc Naomh Caitrionaigh, Ballynoe7.30pm

Sat July 3rd under 11 football. Away to Bandon.

Sunday July 4th Minor Hurling v St Finbarrs in Togher, 12 noon.

Sat July 10th u16 HL v Kiltha Og, away,

Monday July 12th JAFC v Midleton

 under 12  Green v Castlelyons, under 12 Gold v Blackrock -both at home.

Late News; Minor Hurling League v Na Piarsaigh in Rathcormac last night Wednesday June 30th Bride Rovers 2 17 Na Piarsaigh 2  15. 


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Rathcormac Hurling Team 1926

Dan Pyne is in the Middle Row Fourth from left.