Club Notes 13th May

Monday, May 13, 2013

The numbers drawn on Friday, 10th May were 1, 10, 14 and 20 so unfortunately, there was no Match 4 winner of the Club Lotto jackpot. Once again, Tony McLoughlin was the name pulled in the Lucky Dip draw so he wins another €25.  Next week, the jackpot goes up to €2,600, a nice tidy sum that would go nicely towards a summer holiday! As always, we encourage to register to play online or to promote the Lotto to others. Further details are available at

In order to raise funds for Bray Emmets, the Club will once again host a clothing recycling drive on Saturday, 25th May. Members are asked to donate all their clean unwanted clothes, bed linen, towels and textiles including shoes, bags, belts and soft toys. Clothes and textiles should be kept separate and old mobile phones will also be accepted. Items should be dropped off before 1.00 p.m. but if you cannot make it to the Clubhouse on the day, please contact Paul Sweeney (086 3934273) before 22nd May to make alternative arrangements.

Member Registration and Fees 2013
Club Membership fees and registration for 2013 are now overdue. There are a still a number of Minor and Adult players who haven’t registered or paid the membership fee for 2013. All outstanding membership fees should be paid in full as soon as possible and any player who hasn’t yet registered should do so without delay. Please see the Club website ( for details to renew your club membership registration online. Those who don’t have access to the online system should make contact with Club Registrar Hugh Connaughton or Phil Moynihan to arrange registration.

Wicklow V Longford
Ticket details have just been released for the Leinster Senior Football Championship tie between Wicklow and Longford. The game takes place at 3.30 p.m. on Sunday, 26th May in Aughrim. A limited number of tickets have now been made available to Club members for the great value price of €5. These will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Please contact Club Secretary, Anne Healy ( for further details before Thursday, 16th May.

Christy Ring Cup: Derry V Wicklow
There was no doubt who the star of the show was when the Senior County Hurlers returned to winning ways against Mayo in the Christy Ring Cup on Saturday, 11th May. Andy O’Brien scored a stunning 3-10 as Casey O’Brien’s men proceeded to a quarter-final with old foes Kildare. With defeat to the Lilywhites in the NHL Relegation Play-Off still fresh in the mind, it promises to be a mouth watering clash. Mikey Lee, John Henderson (0-1) and Christy Moorehouse (0-1) were the Club representatives on the field of play in Arklow while Eoin Mason was an unused substitute.

Senior Footballers take table toppers

On Friday night, 10th May, Bray Emmets hosted Baltinglass in Páirc Emmet Bhré in Division 1 of the Senior Football League. Baltinglass came into the game on top of the league with seven wins from seven games played so Bray knew that they had a tough night ahead. As it turned out, both sides were missing key players. Between injuries, work and college commitments, Bray had 16 players from the senior squad unavailable. Despite being short, Bray Bainisteoir Jack Sheedy was confident that the players available were up to the task. Bray got off to a great start when in the second minute Adam Conway, who caused the visitors problems all night with some hard running, took a great goal. It was another six minutes before Bray scored again with a point from Ross McAnespie and  Baltinglass replied with a point. Bray were working hard but unable to turn this into scores until Aaran Murphy finished off a brilliant run from the half-back line with a great point on 20 minutes. Oisin O’hAnnaidh added another fine point. Some quick thinking from Cathal O’Dúlacháin to work a quick free got him a point. Murphy finished off the half with point from a well taken 45 to leave the score at the break, Emmet Bhré 1-05 Baltinglass 0-01.
After the break Bray kept up the pressure and Aaran Murphy added another point from a free. With 10 minutes gone after the break, Bray were awarded a penalty and Muprhy didn’t hesitate, giving the Baltinglass keeper no chance. However, Baltinglass weren’t giving up and added two points to their tally. Bray’s Eoin O’Dea, who had been having a very good game at corner back, had to go off with an injury but he was ably replaced by 2012 Junior Player of the Year Geoff Morrissey. The result was put beyond doubt when Mark Linehan tore through the Baltinglass defence to blast the ball into the net for Bray’s third goal. Oisin O’hAnnaidh had the last say when he added a point to leave the final score Emmet 3-07 Baltinglass 1-05. There were some very fine performances for Bray but best were Brian O’Keeffe, who worked very hard to control midfield, and Aaran Murphy, who was very effective and took some great scores.
Emmet Bhré team: Paul O’Keeffe, Eoin O’Dea, Adam Benson, Mark Nolan, Cormac Martin, Aaran Mruphy (1-3), Ross McAnespie (0-1), Brian O’Keeffe, Rory Breslin, Cathal O’Dúlacháin (0-1), Ray Lambe, Fergal Devlin, Adam Conway (1-0), Oisin O’hAnnaidh (0-2), Mark Linehan (1-0). Subs: Stephen Carton, Geoff Morrissey.

Junior Hurlers take local derby

Éire Óg also provided the opposition when our Junior Hurlers travelled to Greystones for a competitive and lively game played on Wednesday, 8th May. In the first-half, there was some commanding goal-mouth work from Peter O’Reilly while Karl Lacey kept the scoreboard gently humming. At half-time, the sides were level but Bray had lost out on more of the one-to-one duels.
A rejuvenated outfit began the second-half with more purpose. Brian Duggan found the net, with points following from Liam Kenny, Tom Cash and Jim Doyle. Michael Walsh and Craig Brack-Synott also made considerable contributions. Beidh Carn an Bhua i bPáirc Emmet Bhré Dé Céadaoin beag seo. Final score: Emmet Bhré 2-17 Éire Óg 1-7.
Emmet Bhré – Peter O’Reilly, Billy Brazil, Danny Eglington (Captaen), Ryan Tynan, Enda Ó Maolmhuaidh, Michael Walsh, Jordan Lee, Craig Brack-Synott, Karl Lacey (0-3), Luke O’Reilly, Jim Doyle (0-1), David Ebbs, Tom Cash (0-12), Liam Kenny (0-1), Shane Anders. Brian Duggan (2-0) for D.Ebbs, Ed Keating for R.Tynan, John Ward for S.Anders, Brian Lambe for E Ó Maolmhuaidh. Tadhg Ó Broin. Mentors: John Anders, Tom Walsh.

U11 hurlers update

The Under-11 Hurlers recently played two matches in Dublin competitions. In sunny but windy conditions they travelled to play group leaders Croabh Chiarain in Donnycarney on Saturday, 27th April. Missing our Scoil Chualain contingent, Bray travelled with the bare minimium more in hope than expectation. Playing with the hill and the wind, Bray started well with great contributions from Sam, Sebastain and Jack in midfield ensuring good ball into the forward line where Ben and Art were a constant thorn in the side of the Croabh Chiarain defence. A good save by the Craobh Chiarain goalkeeper prevented Aodaoin scoring with Daniel improving as the half wore on. Bray’s defence of Hannah, Tadhg, Cathal and Rory ensured there was nothing easy for the Craobh Chiarain forward line with Zack also making a number of notible saves and providing long and accurate puck outs. The scoreline at half time did not reflect the level of effort and hard work put in by everyone in the first half.
Playing up a hill and against a stiff breeze one would have assumed Bray would have wilted under constant pressure but if anything Bray upped their performance with Rory and Hannah making brave blocks when goals looked certain to be conceded and Tadhg continued his good form from the first half to keep his man scoreless. Sebastain in a man marking role on the oppositions best player gave a master class in how to dominate a player who was twice his size with sheer determination. Cathal when moved to midfield ensured more ball going into the forward line where Aodain and Daniel were very unlucky not to get on the scoreboard. Art and Ben continued to harry and hassle their markers and the high standard of block and tackling was impressive. Sam when put into goal made two excellent saves and Zack now operating in the back line made a clearance off the line which is well worth a mention. Two excellently worked scores by Sam and Jack was all the team had to show for their efforts This was the best performance so far in the campaign against very strong opposition and it was very much a team effort.Special mention, however, must go to Jack Treacy (remember the name) who was outstanding all the way through and was complimented by the Croabh Chiarain coach afterwards for his standard of play. Special thanks to Craobh Chiarain for a good sporting game and to the referee, he wasn't noticed throughout the game (the best compliment that can be given to a referee!)
Team: Zack Collins capt, Hannah Surples, Rory Mulcahy, Tadhg McCarthy, Cathal Eddy, Sam Kearney, Sebastain Coleman, Jack Treacy, Daniel Munro, Ben Gorman, Art Whittle, Aodain Daly.
On Saturday, 11th May, this 2002 group played their first game in the Dublin League after the completion of the grading league. Their opponents were Crumlin who were keen to make their mark at the grade. From the off Crumlin were quick off the mark and Bray were lucky that the defence of Rory, Gavin, Tadhg and Aaron were on their game ensuring chances were kept to a premium. Excellent blocking and pucks outs from Sam allowed Bray to come more into the match with Jack, Hannah and Zack now getting on top in midfield. Brian was very dangerous up front and scored an excellent point and Bray were beginning to dominate with Eoin Holmes getting onto more ball. The use of goal-keepers to take frees is now common place with Sam coming out to score an excellent 65 and shortly after Riain scored an excellent goal after great work from Ben another pont from Brian and Jack before half time had Bray ahead but after playing with a strong breeze.
The second half started well for Crumlin with two well taken points, but Bray again responded with two well worked points for Gavin and Sam. Bray's defence now was under more pressure but excellent work from Tadhg Rory and Finn were keeping Crumlin's attacks at bay. Jack continued to work very hard at midfield winning ball and getting frees which led to an excellently taken goal by Brian.Hannah, Ben, Riain and Eoin continued to work tirelessly and Zack now in goal continued to clear his lines. Aaron though injured put in a huge effort and in the end despite Crumlin's best efforts Bray ran out winners.
This was an excellent result for Bray, but the manner in which it was achieved was praiseworthy as everyone played their best resulting in some well worked scores and some stout defending. Thanks to Michael Roddy and Gary Prunty for the use of some of their players. Thanks to Crumlin for a very even and sporting match and special mention to the ref who helped set up the pitch (that doesn't happen every day!!)
Team: Sam Kearney, Rory Mulcahy, Tadhg McCarthy, Gavin Rochford, Eoin Holmes, Aaron O'Rourke, Jack Treacy (capt) Zack Collins, Hannah Surples, Riain MacMaolin, Ben Gorman, Finn Treacy.

U12 Boys Footballers double header

The U-12 Boys Footballers played two games against Éire Óg Greystones on Thursday, 9th May. In the first game, despite atrocious weather conditions, Bray began brightly with goals from Daniel Falvin and Gavin Henderson giving Emmets the advantage. Josh Pyper did very well in midfield, ably supported by a mobile Mark Cullen. In the second-half, Michael Timmons and Philip Jakob provided a much-needed defensive wall. Seán McDonagh and Seán Cox were equally deserving of plaudits.  Beimid ag imirt i gcoinne An Tóchar sa chéad bhabhta eile. Final score: Emmet Bhré 5-12 Éire Óg 2-9.
Emmet Bhré: Daniel Flavin (1-0), David Maloney (0-1), David Martin, Gavin Henderson (1-3), Josh Pyper, Luke Brandon, Mark Cullen (1-1), Michael Timmons, Philip Jakob (1-0), Rory Lambe (0-5), Seán Cox (1-0), Seán McDonagh (1-1). Bainisteoir - Brian Lambe.
The other U-12 Football team, playing into a stiff breeze, were up against it from the start but great defensive work from Conor Hardiman, Sam Kearney, Rory Mulcahy and Cathal Eddy allied with good goal-keeping from Zack Collins ensured goal scoring opportunities were kept to a minimium. Unfortunately, Éire Óg were able to score from distance and in doing so, registered some excellent points. Hard work from Conrad Ruddy, Conor Dowling and Rory Whelan helped bring Bray into the game in the second half resulting in good ball going into the hard working forward line of Rian Mac Maoláin, Oisín Drury, Aaron Graham and Art Whittle Unfortunately, continued good play from Éire Óg ensured Bray were not able to overturn the half time deficit.
Team: Zack Collins, Conor Hardiman, Sam Kearney, Rory Mulcahy, Cathal Eddy, Conrad Ruddy (Capt), Conor Dowling, Rory Whelan, Rian Mac Maoláin, Oisín Drury, Aaron Graham and Art Whittle. Bainisteoir - Tom Kearney.

U12 Hurlers work hard for a draw against Ballyboden

On Saturday, 11th May the Under-12 Hurlers travelled around the M50 to Ballyboden St. Endas to play the first match in their new league. The recent heavy downpours left the pitch lumpy and difficult to control or lift the sliotar from the ground, but some of the ground strokes from Michael to clear impending danger were inspiring. Peter was given the daunting task of marking a forward who was literally head and shoulders taller, but constantly came out on top in their duels. In front of the back two Davy used his strength and determination to break up attacks and burst through attempted tackles, to link well with the midfield and forwards. Conor, operating alongside, read the attacks well and reacted quickly, making numerous intercepts and displayed skilful touches to clear the ball. The half-time score saw Bray trailing by 2-0 to 0-2 but the second half saw an increased determination from the Emmets. Rian took over from Jamie in goal with Jamie seamlessly taking over Rian’s midfield role. Gavin physically imposed himself in the middle of the pitch, ably assisted by Seán with his long punts ensuring that most of the second half was played in Ballyboden’s half. Fionn and Daragh used their strength well up front with Luke toiling busily away. David worked hard to seize the ball whenever it came near him, taking his scores well.  Rory as ever had his sights accurately fixed on the goals to provide vital scores. Despite the deficit at half time the lads were three points in the lead until the dying minutes when a well taken goal by Ballyboden levelled the scores. This a great match for the spectators and the lads showed great team spirit throughout. Final score: Ballyboden St. Endas 4-0 Bray Emmets 3-3.
Emmet Bhré Under-12 (2001): Conor Hardiman, Darragh McCormack, David Maloney (0-1), David Nesbitt (1-0), Fionn Dougan , Gavin Henderson,  Jamie Baguley, Luke Brandon, Michael Timmons,  Peter Aherne, Rian Knox, Rory Lambe (2-2), Seán McDonagh

U13 Hurling update

The Under-13 squad have had a busy time over the last few weeks with away games in the Dublin League against Cluain Tarabh, Naomh Barrog and Craobh Chiaran, respectively. The Bray team had already suffered a narrow defeat away to Fingallians in the previous round when they travelled to St. Anne’s Park, Raheny to play Cluain Tarbh on Friday, 19th April. Bray were slow to start, allowing Cluain Tarabh to lead by a goal which was cancelled out by a Davy Maloney strike before half-time. In the second half the Bray lads got motoring and outscored Cluain Tarabh by six points to one. Final score Bray Emmets 1-7, Cluain Tarabh 1-1.
Tuesday, 7th May 2013 saw the Emmets return to St. Anne’s Park to play a strong Naomh Barrog team on the first of two mid-week evening fixtures. Bray were again guilty of allowing the opposition to settle early with a score of 1-2 to 0-0 after 10 minutes. However, as is the case with this team Bray slowly began to grind the opposition down and finished the half strongly with a goal before the break from Joe Phelan. The second half was dominated by Bray with fine performances from the back six of Lochlann Doogan, Macdara O Mhidigh, Donnchadh Griffin, Ciaran Mc Kay, Tony Jackson and Sid Hunt. Darragh Rochford in the Bray goal brought off a number of great saves and exerted his dominance around the goal mouth on every attacked mount by the opposition. The midfield partnership of Andrew Conway and Ronan McMahon were the catalyst for the scoring prowess of the forwards lead on this occasion by Joe Phelan. The contribution of Cian Lohan, Jamie Baguley and Fiachra Bond were most telling and throughout the match they frustrated Naomh Barrog in their attempts to build their attack from deep. The sharp free taking of James Anders and the predatory instincts of Ben Kearney ensure a memorable victory on a score line of Bray Emmets 5-3 Naomh Barrog 2-4.
Saturday, 11th May 2013 saw Bray return to St. Anne’s Park for their third match in what is beginning to feel like a home venue for the players! On this occasion the opposition were a well fancied Craobh Chiaran side who had some impressive results in their previous league matches. Brays were somewhat under pressure in this match with the absence of a number of players. The match got off to a frantic pace with a handful of goals for both sides in what was proving to be a tit for tat encounter. The half time break saw Bray lead by a single point in a high scoring opening 30 minutes. The second half saw Bray take to the field with a determination and will to win that is becoming the hallmark of this team. The lads must be complemented from 1 to 16 (on this occasion) for their application, focus, determination and discipline, qualities which will stand to them in forthcoming matches. The final score was Bray Emmets 13-7 Craobh Chiaran 5-2. The next match is the top of the table decider with St. Sylvester on Saturday, 1st June at Páirc Emmet Bhré.
Squad: Darragh Rochford, Macdara O Mhidigh, Donnchadh Griffin, Tony Jackson, Lochlann Doogan, Ciaran Mc Kay, Sid Hunt, Ronan Mc Mahon, Jacob Stanley, Ben Kearney, Andrew Conway, James Anders, Joe Phelan, Cian Lohan, Davy Maloney, Fiachra Bond, Jamie Baguley, Andrew O Brien, Gavan Henderson,

U11 Camogie team face a strong Raheny

The U-11 Camogie team lined out in Raheny GAA Club on Sunday morning, 12th May to play against a very skillful side given their young years. This was certainly one of the most talented teams the girls would have faced. Nevertheless, players like Alice O'Doherty, Orla Jackson and Sarah Lambe led from the front. Caoimhe Purcell was very brave, while Una Smierciak provided ultra-solid defence. Rachel Messitt and Neasa Ryder also kept battling until the final whistle. In the second-half, our well-deserved goal came from Síofra Ní Mhidigh. Cé gur chailleamar, bhí Tomás agus Larry Smierciak an-sásta leis an gcluiche.  
Final score: Bray Emmets 1-0 Raheny 3-1.
Emmet Bhré Under-11: Alice O'Doherty, Caoimhe Purcell, Jordan O'Brien, Neasa Ryder, Orla Jackson, Rachel Messitt, Róisín Murphy, Saoirse Canavan, Sarah Lambe, Síofra Ní Mhidigh (1-0), Úna Smierciak. Bainisteoir - Tomás Ó Midheach.