Review of the Year 2012

Monday, December 24, 2012

The Club enjoyed a successful year with a host of silverware being brought back to Bray. In May, our Senior Hurlers won the Division 3 Leinster League title by defeating fellow Wicklow side Carnew Emmets in Dr. Cullen Park, Carlow. However, the same opponents sent us crashing out of the County Championship at the semi-final stage but hopefully a County Final appearance isn't too far away for this group of players. The Junior Hurlers claimed the County Championship trophy in November by just edging out near neighbours Eire Og Greystones in a keenly contested Final with the usual blend of youth and experience providing the backbone of the team! A hat-trick of hurling titles was secured when our Minor Hurlers bounced back from a controversial drawn County Final to emerge victorious against old rivals Glenealy in the replay.

Under the guidance of former Kerry player, Stephen Stack, the Senior Footballers made huge progress after a disappointing 2011 and can count themselves unlucky not to have reached the County Final, losing to Baltinglass after a replay in the semi-final. Similarly, our Minor Footballers lost out at the same stage but the players can look back with pride on their achievements this year. However, there was no hard luck story for our Junior Footballers, who recovered from a poor league campaign, to end the season as County Champions after a faultless performance in the Final against Blessington played in Aughrim in October.

The Juvenile section of the Club also enjoyed a number of highlights throughout the year. The U-16 Girls won their Camogie Final and Football Shield Final while their counterparts in Hurling also claimed championship honours. The U-12 Hurling squad secured a County title and Division 3 honours in Dublin, the U-12 Girls won their Football Shield Final and the U-14 Camogie team performed superbly to reach the Division 4 Feile Final. While not all of our underage teams may have won a trophy this year, our players have shown plenty of promise and we look forward to their achievements in 2013.

Away from the action on the pitch, the Club once again hosted a very successful Kick Fada Competition in September and the event is now becoming an important date on the national GAA calendar. We also ran a number of innovative programmes like the 'Mum and Me' Camogie training sessions for our members and such activities will continue to be run in the New Year. Our renovated Clubhouse was also officially reopened this year and we now boast facilities that would be the envy of any Club in Ireland. 2012 has been a fantastic year for everyone involved with Bray Emmets and let's hope 2013 is as good!