Club Notes 17th June

Monday, June 17, 2013

There was no Match 4 winner of the Club Lotto on Friday, 14th June when the numbers drawn were 7, 9, 17 and 21 so next week, the jackpot goes up to €3,100. Gaye Finn 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

Wicklow V Meath
If anyone needed an illustration as to how cruel sport can be, then Aughrim was the perfect place to be on Saturday evening. Wicklow, despite their endeavour and effort, lost to Meath in the Leinster Championship by five points but could look to two minutes of the first half that ultimately decided this encounter. Having seen their penalty saved at one end, Wicklow supporters watched in disbelief as Meath went down the other end and scored what could only be described as a fortuitous goal, as a long pass bounced, skidded and deceived Flynn in the home goal to end up in the net. This six point swing was the difference between the sides and Wicklow can count themselves somewhat unlucky not to be preparing for a Leinster Semi-Final against Wexford at Croke Park later in the month. Instead, Luke Benson and the Wicklow squad face a tough tie away to Armagh in the Qualifiers. Let’s hope Lady Luck doesn’t abandon us again in two weeks time!

Cumann na mBunscol
Congratulations to St. Cronans National School who recently won the Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Boys Football Division 1 in great style, winning all their games played in the County grounds in Aughrim. St. Cronans, Crossbridge, Baltinglass, Aughrim and Blessington National Schools all took part on the day with the standard of  a very high quality. All matches were very close with some excellent play shown by all teams. The Blitz was played on a league basis and after all games played St. Cronans topped the table from Crossbridge N.S. Many of the players who lined out for St. Cronans are part of the Bray Emmets U-13 squad so well done to all involved.

Senior Hurlers grab late draw

The Senior Hurlers faced Avondale in Round 2 of the 2013 Coogan Steel Tinahely Senior Hurling Championship in Arklow on Sunday afternoon, 16th June. Coming just a week after the impressive win against Arklow Rock Parnells, expectations were high.  Avondale opened their account first but Eoin Mason pointed from a free soon after.  It was a close first 30 minutes with some fine free taking from Mason and one point from play from Tom Cash but at half time the Emmets men trailed by one point, nine points to eight.  The game ebbed and flowed with little separating the teams in the second half. Mason was accurate again on frees with points from play from Cash, Paddy Lee and Christy Moorehouse. Peter Kiely dominated in the full backline and Peter Reilly pulled off an impressive save in the second half. In the dying minutes, two points down, Mikey Lee stuck over a crucial point from the 65 followed by a score from Christy Moorehouse to secure a draw. Final score: Bray Emmets 0-16 Avondale 0-16. 
Team: P. O’Reilly, E. Keating, P. Kiely, R. O’Brien, L. O’Reilly, J. Doyle, L. Maloney, E. Mason, K. Lacey, G. Ó Murchú, B. Duggan, P. Lee, C. Moorehouse, M. Lee, T. Cash. Substitutes: D. Lohan for Ó Murchú, N. Sweeney for E. Keating, E. Molloy for L. O’Reilly. Scorers: E. Mason 0-9 (eight frees, one 65) T. Cash 0-2, P. Lee 0-1, M. Lee 0-2 (one 65), C. Moorehouse 0-2.

U11 loose out to St Marks

St. Marks were also the opposition when Bray Emmets Under-11 Hurlers' winning streak came to an end in sun baked Tallaght last Saturday, 8th June. The match was scheduled to be played at 12.00 but was delayed due to the Bray convey getting lost! Arriving late resulted in little or no preparation for the Emmets players and St. Marks settled a bit quicker. However, excellent work from Philip and Jack brought Bray back into the game. Sebastain, Rory, Aaron and particularly Tadhg were very strong in the backline. Sam had some good moments in goal while Cathal, Daniel Flavin, Ben and Hannah worked very hard up front. Riain and Daniel Munro got into the game with Riain gaining a number of frees.  St. Marks were two scores ahead at half-time with the goal being cruel blow for all the work put in by the team.
A few changes, made at the break to give players a well deserved breather, resulted in Bray starting the stronger but St. Marks scored two more points, despite the best efforts of Cathal in goal and it looked like St Marks would run out easy winners.  However, continued hard work in the back line of Aaron, Tadhg Rory and Sebastain who never took a step backwards all day stopped the rot. Jack and Philip took over in midfield and slowly the forward line of Hannah, Daniel Munro, Ben, Riain and Daniel Flavin were creating space and scoring opportunities. Sam scored a number of points, one of which Joe Canning would have been proud of, which left only a goal in it coming into the last few minutes.  However, the strong defending of St. Marks towards the end ensured it was not to be Bray's day. This was an excellent game between two evenly matched teams. Everyone had to be impressed with the efforts of both sets of players in a very hard hitting (but fair) game. Special credit must go to the team for continuing to battle back into the game when all seemed lost. In very much a team effort, one player stood out and that was Philip Jakob who literally ran himself to a standstill! Thanks and well done to St. Marks and special mention to the referee who talked players through the match and kept the match going without being fussy.

U10 Girls win low scoring encounter

On a sunny Páirc Emmet Bhré last weekend, our Under-10 Girls competed against St Marks in a very tight contest. St. Marks came out of the blocks to dominate the early stages but the girls from Bray, with great endeavour and composure, eventually settled into game. Amy Butler and Sarah Lambe began to dominate in midfield and chances were created. Our defence held firm with tigerish performances from Aoife Gorman, Eirinn Doyle and Eva Hanley. Meadbh Wogan-Murphy’s great goalkeeping also kept St. Marks at bay. Ellen Docherty and Eimear Timmons combined well together to create scores for Sarah Maguire (0-2) and Amy Butler (0-2). Many thanks to Paul McSweeney for his help and the parents for their great vocal support. Overall it was a very entertaining game and the girls performed with great skill and competitiveness to win 0-4 to 0-3. Many thanks to referee Connor Docherty who contributed by letting the game flow