6 June, 2009

Bray Emmets Senior hurling championship began in atrocious weather in Arklow on Saturday night against one of the top clubs in the county, Carnew. This first round of matches was brought forward to what would normally be the ideal time for hurling however conditions were more like November as the rain fell in floods. The pitch in Arklow however withstood the conditions extremely well and full marks to Willy the ever present grounds man for providing a field in impeccable condition.

The vast underdogs, Bray, were missing several players through exams and holiday, and fielded 4 debutants to Senior hurling. Carnew, with such seasoned campaigners as Don Hyland, Joe Murphy and Timmy Collins were too strong and ended as decisive winners. However Bray Emmets can take consolation from the way the team fought through to the final whistle. John Henderson who started his first championship game in goal grew in stature throughout the game.  The other debutantes Tom Cash, Owen Brazil and Jordan Lee also played their part and will benefit from the experience of playing at the top level.

Carnew's teamwork was excellent and showed all the hallmarks of a team that has played together for a long time with great backup play throughout the field. Don Hyland had a fine game at centre back and contributed some fine scores from frees.

While Bray have many hurlers with potential it is clear that they need more games at this level to compete. For Bray lots of very competitive training session similar to Kilkenny's legendary training sessions in Nowlan Park can only bring this team on. They need to really lift their performance as they take on Avondale on Friday night.

Bray Emmets: J. Henderson; O Brazil, C MacEoin, E Keating; Jordan Lee, E Mason, R OBrien; C Foley, P Kiely; C Moorehouse, W Keane, D Murphy; T Cash, L Kenny(1-1), G O Murchu(0-2). Substitutes: W Nolan for C Foley, M Walsh for D Murphy,