Club Notes 09th September

Monday, September 9, 2013

Dublin Airport Authority Kick Fada – Saturday, 14th September, 2013
The big day is almost upon us! The annual All-Ireland Kick Fada competition, now in its 14th year, will take place at Páirc Emmet Bhré this Saturday, 14th September. As we all know, the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) are the main sponsors this year and the Club are very appreciative of their efforts in making this year’s event the biggest and best so far.
Naturally, the main action will take place on the pitch next Saturday and once again, a strong line-up is guaranteed. The competition begins at 3.00 p.m. when another large contingent of kickers from the Ladies Gaelic Football Association should ensure that Serena Hannon of Dublin will have to work hard to retain her title in the Ladies Competition. In the Mens Competition, some of the star names joining previous winners Mark Herbert (Kildare), former Offaly netminder Padraig Kelly and last year’s champion Damien Sheridan of Longford will include Kerry shotstopper Brendan Kealy, Laois’ ace attacker Ross Munnelly, London’s current No. 1 Declan Traynor, Shane Nallen of Mayo and former Dublin forward Mark Vaughan.  Wicklow stars Tony Hannon and Conor McGraynor will also be testing their long kick skills and are sure to be joined by a few local favourites from the Club also! Of course, to coincide with The Gathering, we will also have kickers from Britain, Europe, Canada and the United States who will fly into Bray having won Kick Fada Competitions in their home countries. Among them is New York representative Patrick Murray, who as well as playing Gaelic Football, has tried out as a kicker for the NFL and is on the replacements shortlist for a number of American Football franchises including the New York Jets, New York Giants, Chicago Bears and the Indianapolis Colts. A dark horse for the title perhaps?
Away from the events on the pitch, the Club will also host a number of other events. As well as the usual food stalls and juvenile activities, a barbecue will be held at 6.00 p.m., perfect after a day of watching the kickers compete. If you fancy something sweet, we will be having a cake sale and anyone looking to contribute their cakes, buns, scones or cookies should get in touch with the Club. Music and entertainment will begin at around 8.30 p.m. and as anyone who has attended our Christmas parties knows, this promises to be a great night! We will also be making special presentations to commemorate anniversaries of two victorious Bray Emmets teams of the past. In 1963, we were crowned Wicklow Junior Hurling Champions while ten years later, the 1973 Intermediate Football Championship was secured and we have been busy making sure that most of the players and their relatives will be there on Saturday to mark these two special occasions in the Club’s history.
With July’s official launch of the DAA Kick Fada with Dara Ó Briain and the induction of Willie Joe Padden into the Hall of Fame the Club has left no stone unturned in ensuring this weekend’s event is a success. Saturday is also about getting all of our wonderful members together and celebrate all that is good about Bray Emmets and the GAA. Admission is free and all members, both past and present, are invited to attend to ensure that our own Gathering event is one to remember! You can keep up to speed with all the latest news and updates by checking out the Kick Fada 2013 section of the Club website, If you cannot make it to Páirc Emmet Bhré on the day, we will be tweeting live updates from the event and you can follow the action using #kickfada2013. Find us on Twitter on @BrayEmmets. 
There was no Match 4 winner of the Club Lotto on Friday, 6th September when the numbers drawn were 7, 11, 19 and 25 so next week, the jackpot goes up to €4,300. Conrad Ruddy was the name drawn in the Lucky Dip and will receive €25. As always, we encourage members to register to play online or to promote the Lotto to others. Further details are available at
Senior Hurling Championship
Members are asked to note the following date. The Senior Hurlers will face St. Patricks Wicklow in the semi-final of the Senior Hurling Championship on Saturday, 21st September. We will have further details next week but for now, be sure to keep this date free so you can cheer the lads on.
Please note that to accommodate the Kick Fada competition, Saturday’s Academy will run from 2.00 p.m. until 3.00 p.m. Roll call is at 1.45 p.m. and parents are advised that assistance will be required to ensure all activities run smoothly so if anyone has a spare hour to come along and join in the fun, it would be greatly appreciated.
Facebook/Twitter Competitions
We are currently running two competitions on our Facebook and Twitter profiles this week where members can win a Club hoodie. If you’re not already doing so, make sure you’re following us or
Wicklow U-16 Hurlers
Well done to all the Bray Emmets players involved with the Wicklow U-16 Hurlers who won the National U-16 Hurling Shield Competition on Saturday, 31st August in Newry. On their way to the title, they beat Roscommon, Mayo and Meath and only tasted defeat at the hands of hosts Down, who actually went on to win the Cup competition. Those from the Club who lined out on the day were Liam Benville, Padraig Doyle, Daniel Kennedy, Conor McNally, Bill Moorehouse and Conor O’Doherty while Dylan Terry missed the tournament through injury.

Minor Hurlers ease past near neighbours
The Bray Emmets Minor Hurlers took on near neighbours Eire Óg Greystones at Páirc Emmet Bhré on Wednesday, 4th September in a match in which victory for the home side would secure a place in the County Championship Semi-Final. As in previous games, Emmets got off to a great start when Cathal McAodh finished a well worked move with a powerful shot to the corner of the net. Playing against a stiff breeze, Eire Óg showed that they were keen to make a contest of the game by responding with three points of their own. However, Bray weathered the storm with Shane Lohan raising the white flag with a fine long range effort and a second goal for Cathal McAodh. Another Greystones score was followed by points from Dara Henderson, Marc Lennon, Shane Lohan and Matt Thompson. Captain Marc Lennon was then rewarded for his explosive and direct running when he added two goals to the Bray tally which left the home side leading 4-11 to 0-5 at the break.
Seanie Maloney started off the second half by running at the Eire Óg defence and scoring a bullet point. A brace of Greystones’ points was followed by another Marc Lennon goal, his third of the night. By this stage, a number of substitutes had been introduced including Daniel Kennedy who seized the opportunity to score his first point at Minor level with a quick free. Before the game ended, there was time for Cathal McAodh to score another goal so he too finished with a hat-trick! Bray now qualify for the County Championship Semi-Final with a game in hand so well done to the management and players on a superb achievement. 
Final score: Bray Emmets 6-15 Eire Óg Greystones 0-9. 
Bray Emmets: Dylan Terry, Donnacha O Midheach, Ryan Tynan, Shane Anders, Shane Lohan, Ishmael Mnensa, Peter Conroy, Eoin McCormack,Sean Maloney, Cathal McAodh, Dara Henderson, Matt Thompson, Daniel Kennedy, Mark Lennon, Conor Doherty. Subs: Patrick Cunningham, Conor McNally, Ben McCormack, Mick Burton. 
Scorers: Cathal McAodh (3-3); Mark Lennon (3-2); Dara Henderson (0-5); Shane Lohan (0-2); Seanie Maloney (0-1); Matt Thompson (0-1); Daniel Kennedy (0-1).