Club Notes 16th September

Monday, September 16, 2013

There was no Match 4 winner of the Club Lotto on Friday, 13th September when the numbers drawn were 9, 19, 25 and 27 so next week, the jackpot goes up to €4,400. Mick O'Byrne 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
Dublin Airport Authority Kick Fada – Saturday, 14th September, 2013
What a day! Once again, the annual All-Ireland Kick Fada competition was a huge success and everyone associated with Bray Emmets GAA Club can be proud of the fantastic event which took place. 
In front of a large crowd, Damien Sheridan from Longford claimed the fourteenth title with the Dromard Clubman breaking the world record by three metres with a kick of 75 metres to overcome a top-class field of inter-county footballers including Kerry’s Brendan Kealy, Laois duo Ross Munnelly and MJ Tierney, Crossmaglen and Armagh stars Paul Hearty and Tony Kernan, Paddy O’Rourke of Meath, Wicklow’s Tony Hannon, Cavan’s Shane Duffy and Shane Nallen of Mayo. Louth's Sean Connolly finished second with Paul Durcan of Donegal in third place and Connolly can consider himself unlucky as he also broke the previous record of 72 metres. The international event was won by New York's Patrick Murray, who edged out Declan Traynor of London into second place. They were joined by the winners of our international competitions Stephen Feeney of London, Mark McKee from Spain and Brian Murphy representing the Canadian GAA. 2012 winner Serena Hannon from the Clan na Gael Fontenoy Club retained the Ladies title with a huge 51 metre kick beating Hannah Tyrrell from Round Towers GAA Club to second place and third place going to Geraldine Norton from Wicklow. A special mention too to Kate McKay who travelled from Canada to compete and did her home county of Down proud with a great performance. Vincent Wall, of sponsors the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA), was on hand to present the various winners with their awards and also took time to officially present a set of jerseys to our Senior Hurlers. 
On the day, a number of juvenile games took place which added to the atmosphere for the main event and our thanks to the players and mentors for helping to make the day an even bigger success. The Senior Footballers also treated the crowd and watching kickers to an entertaining win over Hollywood while the barbecue in the Clubhouse was in full swing. Later, the Club made special presentations to commemorate the anniversaries of two victorious Bray Emmets teams of the past: the 1963 Junior Hurlers and the 1973 Intermediate Footballers. The former players present were very well received and it was very fitting to mark these two special occasions in the Club’s history. Prior to the music and entertainment, we were treated to selected readings detailing the famous Polo Grounds All-Ireland Final of 1947, very appropriate on the day we had international kickers attend the Kick Fada event for the first time.
The Club would like to thank the many members and volunteers who manned stalls, prepared food, directed traffic, provided lifts, assisted in the Club Shop, served drinks, etc. as without your efforts, the day would not be the top class event we host. We look forward to doing it all again in 2014!
Senior Hurling Championship
And now on to another important event! Members are asked to note that the Senior Hurlers will face St. Patricks Wicklow in the semi-final of the Senior Hurling Championship at 3.30 p.m. on Saturday, 21st September in Aughrim. This is a huge day for the Club as we look to secure a place in the County Final for the first time in over 50 years. We ask all members to make the effort to be there on Saturday so that we can roar the lads on to a historic win!
Registration for the next BE FIT (Bray Emmets Fun In Training) programme will take place next Saturday, 21st September from 11.00 a.m. until 12.00 noon in the Clubhouse. BE FIT has been an extremely successful undertaking for the Club and is open to all members. This next programme is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, 24th September.
Facebook/Twitter Competitions
Congratulations to Dylan Terry and John McMahon who were the names drawn in our Facebook and Twitter competitions. Both received a Bray Emmets GAA Club hoodie and were presented with their prizes prior to the Kick Fada competition on Saturday.

Senior Footballers edge out Hollywood
On Saturday evening, the Senior Footballers rounded off a fabulous Kick Fada event when they hosted Hollywood in the Senior Football League at Páirc Emmet Bhré. Hollywood has been a bit of a bogie team for Bray for the last number of years so it was great to get a victory even if it was by the narrowest of margins. Despite having the support of a big home crowd, probably the biggest crowd to watch a league match in Bray for many years, the home side didn’t really get going until halfway through the first half. After 10 minutes Hollywood had 1-3 on the scoreboard to Bray’s single point (by Paul Cunningham) but from then until halftime on it was all Bray. Adam Conway scored 1-2, Niall McGraynor added 2 points and Des Kelly and Paul Cunningham got a point each just before the break all without reply from the visitors.
The second half started well for Bray with another point from Paul Cunningham but Hollywood replied immediately with a point. Mark Lenihan and John O’Keeffe added a point each for Bray but Hollywood kept well in the game with 4 points without reply before John O’Keeffe steadied things with a point for Bray but the last 10 minutes were very tense with both teams exchanging points. Paul Cunningham scored the last point for Bray with a well taken free. At the final whistle Bray were ahead by a single point. Final score: Emmet Bhré 1-12 Hollywood 1-11.
Emmet Bhré: Paul O’Keeffe, Cormac Martin, Conor Power, Mark Lenihan, Daire Lohan, Shane Waldron, Ross McAnespie, Rory Breslin, John Breslin, Des Kelly (0-1), John O’Keeffe (0-2), Niall McGraynor (0-2), Brian O’Keeffe, Adam Conway (1-2), Paul Cunningham (0-4). Subs: Eoin O‘Dea, Aaran Murphy, Ronan Cunningham, Cathal Feely.   

kick fada double header for U12 footballers
In the Under-12 Wicklow Football Finals, Bray Emmets played two games against Blessington at in Páirc Emmet Bhré, as part of the Kick Fada event. The first game was a very tight affair finishing 4-10 to 4-4 in favour of the visitors. Michael Timmons and Phillip Jacob robustly defended very well against some very good footballers. Sam Kearney, Jack Treacy and Gavin Henderson worked very hard in midfield while up front there were great scores from David Martin and Davy Maloney who picked up a late injury just before the throw in but still made a huge contribution despite his limited mobility.
Team: Rian Knox, Michael Timmons, Luke Dunne, Phillip Jacob, Gavin Henderson, Sam Kearney, Jack Treacy, David Martin, Davy Maloney, Darragh McCormack, Arran O’Rourke, Oisin Drury.   
The second game saw the Bray lads get off to a solid start with David Nesbitt, Mark Cullen and Rory Lambe all getting good scores. Rory Whelan, Conor Hardiman and Conrad Ruddy were all very strong defensively and were a huge reason we dominated the game. Great credit going to the whole team on their gritty victory. Bhíomar go léir an-bhródúil astu.  
Team:  Aaron Graham, Charlie Dunne, Conor Hardiman, Conrad Ruddy, Fionn Dougan, David Nesbitt, Mark Cullen, Rory Lambe, Rory Whelan, Seán McDonagh, Stephen Reynolds, Tadhg McCarthy.  Bainisteoir - Brian Lambe.  
When the scores from both games were aggregated, Bray Emmets emerged victorious so congratulations to the players and management.