Bride Rovers

16 January, 2022


By John Arnold PRO Bride Rovers GAA Club.


County Champions at Junior A level for the first time and now Munster Champions -truly it’s The Fairytale of Ballygiblin but sometimes fairytales aren’t true there’s no denying that Ballygiblin are worthy Munster Junior Hurling Champions. At Mallow on Sunday last in a real local derby, next door neighbour type clash the North Cork champions captured the Provincial crown after a thriller of a game. Plaudits too to Skeheenarinky from Tipperary for contributing so much to a brilliant occasion. Well done to all the Ballygiblin players, management and Club Officers led by a proud Chairman Liam O Doherty.  Next up in two weeks time is a novel clash with All England Championa Fullen Gaels of Manchester. In Bermingham last Sunday Fullen Gaels and Armagh and Ulster champions Craobh Rua  finished level after extra time on a score-line of 2 17 each before the English side won on penalties. Their goalie is Darren Cusack from Killeagh, related to the Cloyne Cusack family. The Fullen Gaels captain also has local connections. He is Kevin Fennelly also of Killeagh son of JJ and the late Shelley (nee Spillane), a grandson of Shiela Spillane well known in camogie and greyhound circles. Kevin is a cousin of the Castlelyons Spillane brothers. The All Ireland Junior Semi finals are down for decision on the weekend of January 22nd/23rd. Knocknacarra/Salthill of Galway face Mooncoin of Kilkenny in the second semi final. This scribe is already looking forward to seeing Ballygiblin and perhaps Mooncoin in the Final in Croke Park of a Saturday evening in the next month or so. 

First Lotto Draw of the New Year.  

Our Lotto Draw for a jackpot of €16,600 took place on Tuesday night January 4th 2022. It was the first Lotto draw for 2022 and the four numbers drawn on the night were 9, 14, 22 and 27 and there was no winner. The Lucky Dip winners of €30 each were Mgt Fitzgerald, Fermoy, John O Connor, Bartlemy, Jack& Tadhg Johnson Bartlemy, Oisin Roche, Rathcormac and Nicola Barry Rathcormac. The second Draw for 2022 was on Tuesday last, Jan 11th for a jackpot of  €16,800. The New Year is a Time for New Year Resolutions- a good one might be to get an Annual Bride Rovers GAA Club Lotto ticket for yourself, a family member or a friend. The Annual ticket costs just €90, details from Club Members. 

Bride Rovers Club 100 for 2022.   

The Club 100 Scheme brings in much needed finance for ongoing Club Development work. We are at present seeking additional members for the Scheme. Basically those who join the Club 100 comit to making a Monthly Donation to the Bride Rovers Club on an ongoing basis. There are three distinct Packages Gold, Silver and Bronze and the monthly contributions are €40, €30 and €20. For this financial contribution Club 100 members can avail of Club Membership, Family Club Membership, Yearly Club Lotto Ticket(tickets) and Rebels Bounty Draw Ticket- the level of benefits varies with the type of Club 100 Membership.  If you would like to join the Bride Rovers Club 100 simply contact and Club Executive member.  


As mentioned in last weeks Notes the 2021 Hurling All Star team was dominated by two-in-a-row winners Limerick with Cork the All Ireland runners up having no All Star.  I forgot to mention that Waterford’s Conor Prunty who deservedly got an award has strong local connections. His grandparents were Tom Cotter of Kilworth and his wife Peggy Woods of Bartlemy. Peggy’s first cousin Con Murphy (later a Chemist in Tallow) was on the Cork Team that won the 1946 All Ireland Hurling Final v Kilkenny. Con scored two goals in the Rebels 7 5 to 3 8 win over Kilkenny.  


County U19 league and championship competitions will be organised by the Cork County Board in 2022 and 2023, based on the Rebel Óg structures and regions and matches will be played midweek to avoid Adult and Minor fixtures at the weekend. League Groups of four will start on Wed. March 30th and clubs will be asked to play these league games without County Minor and under20 players. All teams will play a Cup or a Plate semi-final giving a minimum of four leagues games in each code. A knockout championship will begin on July 13th and run on a weekly basis until the end of August, to finish before the return of players to Schools and Colleges. 

 Draft calendar as follows: 1 Wed, March 30th Club U19 U19 Football League Round 1 2 Wed, April 6th Club U19 U19 Hurling League Round 1 3 Wed, April 13th Club U19 U19 Football League Round 2 4 Wed, April 20th Club U19 U19 Hurling League Round 2 5 Wed, April 27th Club U19 U19 Football League Round 3 6 Wed, May 4th Club U19 U19 Hurling League Round 3 7 Wed, June 29th Club U19 U19 Football League Semi-finals 8 Wed, July 6th Club U19 U19 Hurling League Semi-finals 9 Wed, July 13th Club U19 U19 Football Cship Quarter-finals 10 Wed, July 20th Club U19 U19 Hurling Cship Quarter-finals 11 Wed, July 27th Club U19 U19 Football Cship Semi-finals 12 Wed, Aug 3rd Club U19 U19 Hurling Cship Semi-finals 13 Wed, Aug 10th Club U19 U19 Football Cship Finals 14 Wed, Aug 17th Club U19 U19 Hurling Cship Finals 15 Wed, Aug 24th Club U19 County play-offs from Regions 16 Wed, Aug 31st Club U19 County play-offs from Regions September U19 Football & Hurling League Finals.  


The 2022 Senior A Hurling Championship will have12 teams, 3 games each so 3 Groups of 4 teams, each with an A seed, a B seed and two C/D seeds included. The 2022 Seedings were finalised recently; The losing finalist from 2021, the team relegated from the grade above, along with the top ranked semi-finalist (based on the group stages) will be designated as A seeds. 

 The remaining three teams to emerge from the group stages (in 2021) will be designated as B seeds. All remaining teams will be designated as C/D seeds in no particular order. 

 Seeding for 2022 SAHC is as follows; 

 A Fr. O’Neill’s, Carrigtwohill, Newcestown  

B Bride Rovers, Blarney, Mallow  

C / D Ballyhea, Ballymartle, Cloyne, Courcey Rovers, Fermoy, Killeagh. So in each group will be an A Seed team, a B seed team and two from the C/D Seed group. Two teams will progress from each group of four to the play-off stages. This will result in six teams qualifying, with the two top group winners qualifying for the semi-finals and the remaining group winner and the three second -placed teams qualifying for the quarter-final.  Repeat pairings in semi-finals will be avoided, with pairings being adjusted where necessary. 

 Relegation in 2022; The relegation final will be a straight play-off between the two lowest ranked teams (in terms of points won and scoring difference) amongst the three bottom placed teams from the groups. The proposed Starting Dates for this Championship is Round 1 on the weekend of July 2th-31st with Round 2 the following week. The Third Round games are scheduled for August 26th to 28th. 


The Billy O Neill (Sarsfields) Cup, silver symbol of Senior Club Hurling in Munster is back in Ballygunner in Waterford City for the third time. At Pairc Ui Chaoimh last Sundy the Tony Considine trained Kilmallock had simply no answer to the Deise heroes. They played superb hurling on the day and were easy winners. Ian Kenny formerly of Castlelyons was corner back whilst wing forward Peter Hogan who scored two points  has strong Fermoy roots. Ballygunner face Derry’s Slaughtneil in the semi final. 


Well it’s time to be thinking of the Rebels Bounty Draw once more. Tickets for the Draw can now be purchased from Club members for the 2022/23 series of draws.  The Special ‘Early Bird’ offer of free entry into a draw for All Ireland Hurling and Football tickets for all tickets purchased online has been extended until Monday January 24th at 6pm. Please contact any Club Executive member for full details. 

‘GAA Grassroots’. 

A beautiful book entitled ‘GAA Grassroots, Stories From The Heart Of The GAA’ was launched in Croke Park in early December. Compiled by sports journalist PJ Cunningham the book is a collection of stories and anecdotes relating to the GAA. The President of the Association Larry McCarthy describes the publication as a ‘pure gem’ and goes on to declare “The GAA has always been about more than just games. This book captures that essence and I believe it will provide many hours of happy reading for those who engage with it. I have just finished reading the 400 page book and though I may be biased I also think it’s a magnificent volume. My probable bias comes from the fact that I contributed a few stories to PJ like  ‘losing’ the sliotar in Castlemartyr, the 1741 Cork v Tipperary game, Moving the Goalposts in the 1920’s and Dick Doocey refereeing a match with a stopped stopwatch!. Nevertheless I can say this book will be a delight for GAA fans young and old. Mike Monaghan from Kildorrery tells how hurling and politics mixed in the 1930’s while Eilis Ui Bhriain has a lovely sceal as Gaeilge about family rivalry before and after Cork hurlers met Waterford in 2004.  There are stories from former inter county players and managers about All Ireland finals and the like but it’s mainly about ‘the plain people of the GAA’- clubs struggling to field teams, local characters and points and goals and ‘wides’ that were given and disallowed! Already PJ has commenced collecting more material for ‘GAA Grassroots, Volume 2’. The book is now on sale in bookshops. 


2 Back in 1998 after we won the East Cork and County Junior Hurling Championship titles our Team Captain Donal Ryan departed for a sojourn in Australia. Before he went however Donal took the two Cups on a whistle stop tour of the parish. One stop was at the home of Nell Ryan in Gortroe. Nell and her late husband Bill were lifelong supporters of the Club.  Bill died in 1995 and is buried ‘across the road’ in Gortroe cemetery. Nell died in 2003 and is buried with her people the Corcorans of Gurteen, Clonmult, in Dangan cemetery between Dungourney and Mount Uniacke. 

1; Denis Cashman in his Cork Jersey when he played with the Cork National Schools team in the Primary Game pictured with John Arnold wearing his specially designed  Sun repellant headgear. 

3. The Fitzgibbon Cup for Inter Varsity Hurling was first played for in 1912. Until 1953 just three colleges UCC, UCD and UCG had captured the trophy. In 1953 Queens University Belfast won their only Fitzgibbon. In 1973 Maynooth made the breakthrough with Gus and Fachtna O Driscoll on the team. They defeated UCD and then UCG in the Final in Pearse Stadium. The following year Maynooth retained the cup with wins over UCG, Trinity and UCD – the Final was played in Ballycastle, Co. Antrim with Gus and Fachtna winning their second medal. 


The Bride Rovers Club extends sincere sympathy to the O Brien family of Terramount on the death last week of Eddies brother Michael, we also send condolences to the Fenton family of Deerpark, Castlelyons on the death of Alma, a native of Ballysaggart in West Waterford. 


Thanks to our three main Club Sponsors Rathcormac Tyres, Fermoy Print and Design and Veolia- wee deeply appreciate the financial contributions you have made to our Club. Also to the many other individuals, families, shops and firms that have helped during the year- your assistance is valued and we look forward to your continued assistance in 2022 . Those firms that have taken advertising space in our grounds are all businesses that support us in Bride Rovers so we urge our members to support them  


BRIDE ROVERS CLUB SPONSORS are;    Rathcormac Tyres          

                                                                      Fermoy Print & Design