Bride Rovers GAA Notes

  • Sep 10,2022

By John Arnold, PRO Bride Rovers GAA Club.



Last Friday we travelled to Pairc Ui Chinneide in Killeagh to play Aghada in the quarter  final of the Rebel Og Premier 2 Hurling championship. Our game was part of a ‘Double Header’, Erins Own played Carrigtwohill in the opening match. Our game was then played under lights. The matches were played on an excellently  prepared pitch. Pa Beausang was the man in charge of the whistle. A large crowd was in attendance to view both games. 
We  were slow into our stride and Aghada went into an early  two point lead.  Cillian registered our first point and then received a great pass from Cormac O Sullivan. With a great swerve Cillian finished into the top corner of the net.  Connor pointed a free to give us a three point lead.  Eldon was keeping their danger man in his eyesight at all times and marked him fairly and tightly. Louie won a great puck out from Ronan,  turned took his man on and scored a great point. Darragh and  Kieran were really tight in the full back line giving nothing away. Adam Hynes hurling with great determination was unlucky when he linked up superbly with Ryan in a move that deserved a score. Then, after great work by Frank, Louie hit a long ball in and it deceived the Aghad keeper and landed in the net for our second goal. Denis Cashman took a pass from Jack Collins who won a great ball in a tussle with his man. Denis took off on a run and hit over a brilliant point. Our lads were hurling very well now and at midfield of the ‘Two Cormacs’ were outstanding in blocking and hooking. Louie Roche added another point towards the end of the first half to leave the score at half time 2-4 to 0-3
At half time we told the lads to work their socks off and we had lads to come on and freshen things up.  It’s a 20-man game now as we are allowed 5 subs. By God they did what was asked them of them. The second half saw our backs just outstanding in defending. From  our full forward line out every man was a defender.  We knew Aghada would come strongly at us but the lads responded in typical fashion. Kamso at No.11 was doing Trojan work, keeping the sliotar moving.   Points from a free for Connor and from play by Louie and  Frank cancelled Aghada’s early scores. Ben came on for Conor and  Colin came on for Kamso and both contributed hugely. We went into a nine point lead when Ryan got the next two from placed balls. Darragh and  Jack were tiring after putting in huge shifts -when Luke and  Oran came in it was if they were playing all the game. Slotted straight in and defended brilliantly.  Dowdy came on and won a free and Cillian’s resultant white flag  made it a 10 point game 2-11 to 0-7. Aghada did get a late goal to leave the final score Bride Rovers 2  11 Aghada 1  7.  We must add that Pa Beausang had an excellent game which added to the occasion. This was a great performance against a very strong Aghada side. Well done lads and also well done to selectors and team trainers who’ve put in a huge effort with this team.
 Panel; Ronan O Riordan, Eldon O Connor, Kieran Cotter, Darragh Kielty, Adam Hynes,  Denis Cashman, Jack Collins,  Cormac Barry, Cormac O Sullivan, Cillian Barry,  Kamso Obi,  Louie Roche, Conor O Riordan, Frank O Flynn,  Ryan O Callaghan,  Gearoid Gubbins, Ben Knox, Colin Hogan, Oran Kielty,  Cameron O Sullivan, Ciaran O Dowd,  Cillian O Sullivan,  Gearoid O Connell, Luke Harrington, Thomas O Riordan. After the match Aghada team manager -and recently appointed Cork Senior Hurling Selector, Fergal Condon spoke to our lads and wished them well in the semi final. We play Killeagh in the Semi-final on Friday September 16th at 6.45 in the Mardyke with Erin’s Own playing Shandrum in the second semi at 8pm. 


Our Minor Football semi final against Kiltha Og is fixed for this coming Friday night at half 6 in Castlemartyr. Efforts were being made for an alternative date but at Monday night’s meeting the fixture was going ahead. 


On next Saturday afternoon our Senior Hurlers take on Cloyne in the Championship quarter Final. After two wins and a draw in our Round Robin series we qualified for the knock -out stage. Cloyne with a great win over Newcestown in their final game got through ahead of Mallow.  This will be a tough game but it’s great to be playing in the Cork GAA HQ of Pairc Ui Chaoimh with a 5 o clock throw in.  Our under 10 hurlers will play Cloyne in a mini game at half time. Best of luck to the Seniors and the Under 10’s. Remember that the game is Ticket only and tickets must be pre purchased. Ballyhea play Courcey Rovers in the second quarter final at 7 o clock in Pairc Ui Chaoimh. 


On Sunday next our Junior B team play their final Round Robin game at 12 noon when we meet Midleton in Dungourney. 


Our under12 boys had a mighty victory over Killeagh in football on last Monday evening in Killeagh.  It was our third meeting with them this year and our lads had come out the wrong side the first two times. With a big change in the weather it was a real autumn evening when both sides took to the field. After two defeats Monday was a new game  and in fairness to our lads they were outstanding.  Every line of the field was excellent from Matas in goals who got great protection from the two Cathals and Zach in his full back line . Half backs Nathan, Danny and Cormac were aware to every danger and helped in attack too. In the engine room of midfield Ciaran and Nathan covered every blade of grass on the field . Liam, Cody and Sean H drove forward at every chance and supplied great ball to the two Fionns and Sean F. David, Daniel Sean O'L and Jack rotated in and out and pushed the boys on.  After a great game of Gaelic Football the Final score Killeagh 3-6 Bride Rovers 3-7. We now go onto the Under 12 East Division 3 final against a very strong Cobh side.  As of now no date has been fixed for this Final.  

We have a Hurling match next Monday September 12th at home v's Erin’s Own at 6:30 in the main field. 


The Lotto Jackpot started off at a mighty €10,000 on last Tuesday night August the 30th. The four numbers drawn were 6,7, 16 and 26 and there was no winner. The €30 winners were Mossie Canning, Rathcormac, Felicity Hanrahan, c/o Online LottoDick Fitzgerald, Ladysbridge, James Murphy, RaheenMichael Hegarty, Bartlemy. The Jackpot for last Tuesday night September 6th was a nice €10,200. As always tickets, which cost just €2 each – or 3 for €5, can be bought from Club Members, in local business outlets or online. To purchase a weekly, monthly or yearly ticket online just go to

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The Bride Rovers Club are embarking on a huge Pitch development programme shortly so all support for the Weekly Lotto, Club 100 Scheme and the Rebels Bounty Draw is hugely appreciated. 


Well done to the Ladies Senior Football team. They have defeated Inch and St Vals in the County SFC and lost by just a point to Aghada. Next Sunday week they are away to Clonakilty. The County camogie semi Final v Buttevant may be played this coming Sunday and if so we wish the girls all the best. 

U10 Report

The U10s travelled to Celbridge GAA last Saturday for what is the biggest National football competition at this age group. The lads boarded the bus in Pairc Na Bride at 6.45am on what was a dull morning. We landed just before 10am, just in time for the National Anthem and to set up our Gazebo which would become very important in the conditions.

Games against Sarsfields Kildare, Castle knock, Ardclough (Kildare), Glen Emmets and Celbridge proved to be tough but our lads played well. We just finished just short in some games but finished with wins over Celbridge and Rathoath before the rain eventually proved too much for everyone and the day finished prematurely.

The day finished off with a stop on McDonalds which for some was the highlight of the day. A great day out and a well worthwhile trip.

Celbridge was just the start of an exciting week for the U10s. Hurling training in the astro continues on Monday evenings and this Wednesday, we welcome Will Twomey who is strength and conditioning coach with the senior team. Will is going to do a mobility and movement session with the boys and talk them through their paces about their bodies and how certain movements help with their mobility. This is one of three sessions Will has committed to and coaches of the U10 to U14 boys will be in attendance to upskill on their coach education which can then be brought back to each of the groups.

Then it's onto Saturday where we go to Pairc Ui Chaoimh to both support the Senior team and, where we take to the pitch at half time to emulate our senior heros and play Cloyne in hurling. This is something the lads are super excited about and are counting down the hours to 5pm on Saturday.


There was a lengthy agenda for last Monday nights Club Executive Meeting held before an attendance of 29 members. Chairman Ger Lane presided. Runai Mike Carey and Cisteoir Aiden Dorgan presented their detailed reports for consideration. Correspondence was dealt with. Reports from the Juvenile and Ladies Clubs were received with action on all fronts. The Child Protection Officer gave details of a new Sub Committee set up. Reports from the Field, Coaching and Cultural sub committees were dealt with. Results and Fixtures were noted. Good progress was reported on our new Pitch Development Plans with fundraising high on our priorities. Fr Seanie Barry then addressed the meeting. Club Chairman Gerard lane made a presentation to Fr Seanie to mark his 51 years of priestly ministry. Fr Seanie spoke of his pride in the Club saying ‘On a wet and windy Monday night it was just great to see five Club Coaches on the Astro Turf teaching the skills of hurling to s many young players, this is what a GAA Club is all about” He went on to speak of the difficulty of volunteerism in the future but was confident the Bride Rovers Club would continue to flourish. He mentioned the complexity of running a Club but spoke of the great payback in success on and off the field.  Since he was home last Mick Barry had died and Fr Seanie highlighted how Mick  and others had the courage and vision back in the 1970’s to purchase our first pitch. All present gave Fr Seanie a sustained round of applause. Votes of sympathy were passed to the O Connell family Killarney, Murphy family Cork, the Meade family Carrigtwohill and Carlow, the Barry family Bartlemy and Fethard and the Cahill, Dillon and O Doherty families Rathcormac and the family of Noel Hogan of Youghal. Fr Seanie then led a prayer and a minute’s silence for all those whom we remembered.   


On Saturday U11s travelled to Youghal GAA for The Parker Family Memorial hurling blitz. We played three  games against the St Finbarrs, Youghal and  Carrigtwohill.  Some outstanding hurling was displayed by all of the four teams who took part. We were proud winners of the plate final on the day . It was fantastic day organised by the Youghal Club and we were delighted to get the invitation to take part.  

LEAVING CERT. The Leaving Cert results came out recently and we wish all those who sat the Exams all the best in further education, apprenticeships or in employment. 

CAR BOOT SALE. Next Sunday September 11th is car Boot Sale Sunday in Rathcormac. Help is always needed on the day with stewarding, car parking etc. If you can give an hour or two please let Billy Finnegan or Mossy O Sullivan know. 


Normally the GAA talent competition  Scor takes place from November onwards but this year the East Cork Final is scheduled for Sunday week September 18th. We hope to have a team involved so anyone interested please contact our Cultural Officer Mossy O Sullivan.  


Friday September 9thh MFC v Kiltha Og in Castlemartyr at 6.30Saturday September 10th SHC Quarter Final Bride Rovers v Cloyne , Pairc Ui Chaoimh, 59m, under 10 hurling Bride Rovers v Cloyne at half time 

Sunday September 11th JBHC v Midleton in Dungourney , 12 noon 

Monday September 12th under 12 Hurling v Erin’s Own, 6.30, Main Pitch. 


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