Club Notes 23rd September

Monday, September 23, 2013

There was no Match 4 winner of the Club Lotto on Friday, 20th September when the numbers drawn were 2, 14, 22 and 29 so next week, the jackpot goes up to €4,500. Seán O'Neill 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

Match Report: Senior Hurling Championship
On a historic day for the Club, our Senior Hurlers reached the County Final for the first time since 1952 after they defeated St. Patricks Wicklow in the semi-final of the Senior Hurling Championship on Saturday, 21st September in Aughrim. From the moment Christy Moorehouse set up Mikey Lee for a goal early in the first half, Emmets never looked back and in truth, ran out comfortable winners in the end. Aided by the breeze, that goal was followed by a flurry of Bray points and St. Patricks simply had no answer for the tigerish displays of the men in green and navy. A superb first half performance was capped by a Brian Duggan goal and at the break, Bray had a commanding lead 2-10 to 0-4. Not surprisingly, the second half was a more even affair as St. Patrick’s tried to find a way back into the match. However, thanks to Mikey Lee’s unerring free-taking, they were never able to gain a stranglehold in the game as Bray matched them for each score. In the end, there was a huge thirteen points between the sides. Final score: Bray Emmets 2-17 St. Patricks Wicklow 1-7.
Team: Peter O’Reilly, Ronan O’Brien, Peter Kelly, Patrick Lee, Marc Lennon, John Henderson, Karl Lacey, Luke Maloney, Gearoid O Murchu, Eoin Mason, Paul Cunningham, William Keane, Mikey Lee, Brian Duggan, Christy Moorehouse.
Substitutes: Darragh Maloney, Tom Cash, Ed Keating, Craig Brack-Sinnott, Nicky Sweeney, Enda Molloy, Cillian Molloy, Jim Doyle, Ryan Tynan, Luke O’Reilly, Mikey Brown, Michale Walsh, Daire Lohan, Cian O’Byrne, Alan Sweeney.
Management:  Shane O’Brien, Chris Masterson, John Tracey, Martin Kennedy
Scorers: Mikey Lee 1-9; Brian Duggan 1-0; Luke Maloney 0-2; Eoin Mason 0-2; Gearoid O'Murchu 0-2; Paul Cunnigham 0-1; Tom Cash 0-1.

Bray do not yet know who their opponents in the County Final will be as the other semi-final between Glenealy and Carnew Emmets ended in a draw but regardless, everyone in the Club can look forward to the build-up over the next few weeks!

Minor Football Championship
Undefeated Bray Emmets will play their County Minor Football Championship Semi-Final at 7.45 p.m. on Tuesday, 24th September at Newtown’s GAA Grounds. The opposition will be a strong Blessington side who will be still smarting from a defeat at the hands of this Emmets side in the Group stages. In that game, Blessington ran into an early lead and at half-time, it looked like it would be a facile win for the home side as they led by eight points. But Bray Emmets had other ideas and after a superb second half display, Paddy Moynihan’s young guns emerged victorious on a scoreline of Blessington 1-14 Bray Emmets 3-10. A similar result would be very welcome on Tuesday and we ask that all members, who can make the short journey, do so and roar the lads on to victory!

Club Shop Sale
The clearance sale of Bray Emmets merchandise will continue in the Club Shop on Saturday, 28th September. The Shop will be open from 10.00 a.m. until 12.30 p.m. so make sure you drop by to snap up some bargains!

Cumann na mBunscol Skills Competition
All in Bray Emmets wish Dave Maloney the best when he walks out in front of 82,000 people at next Sunday’s All-Ireland Hurling Final in Croke Park. Earlier in the year, Dave qualified in a Cumann na mBunscol Skills Competition to represent Wicklow during the half-time break and we are all very proud of him. Best of luck Dave!

Senior Ladies loose out in B Championship Final
Well done to our Ladies Senior Footballers who put in a fantastic display in the B Championship Final in Roundwood last Sunday evening, 15th September. The scoreline did not reflect the work rate and enthusiasm that the girls played with. A few things went against us and in the end, it just wasn't meant to be our night! With a combination of younger and older girls, the future of Ladies Football in Bray now looks bright but as always, commitment and hard work will be required. Here’s hoping we can build on the progress made this year in 2014. Final score: Valleymount 5-8 1-9 Bray Emmets. 
Panel: Pam McDermott (Captain), Aoife Heffernan, Siofra Heffernan, Aoife O’Donovan,  Claire Frawley, Sarah Longmore, Lauren Barry, Niamh Coleman, Danika Goulding, Mikaely Shelley, Rachel Cunningham, Jessica Conway, Clarice Meeney, Seona Michelle, Jenny Ryan, Anna Ryan, Lauren Rowe, Caoimhe Lohan, Juliette Fortune, Grace O’Donovan, Aoife Keddy, Aoife Sherlock, Amy Barry, Alannah Conroy.

Junior footballers defeat Laragh
The Junior Footballers played their final home game of their Division 3 campaign when they played Laragh in perfect conditions at Páirc Emmet Bhré on Friday evening, 20th September. Despite missing a few regulars, Emmets got off to a fine start and were dominating the game when Eoin McMahon goaled midway through the first half. However, Laragh got themselves back into contention as the home side began to struggle to take their scores and at the break, Emmets led by 1-7 to 0-6. The second half began with the visitors applying more pressure on the Bray defence but a goal by Enda Molloy steadied the ship and Emmets held on for a fine win. Final score: Bray Emmets 2-9 Laragh 0-12. On the night, Bray were best served by the evergreen Conor Spillane at corner back, Enda and Dan Molloy who combined well down the left throughout the game, Oisin O hAnnaidh and Ray Lambe at midfield, Eoin McMahon who kicked some fine long range scores and linked up well with Gar Crowley, who himself was a constant threat to the Laragh defence.
Team: Keith Hillick, Dan Molloy (0-1), Rob McNamee, Conor Spillane, Enda Molloy (1-0), Geoff Morrissey (0-1), James Talbot (0-1), Oisin O hAnnaidh (0-1), Ray Lambe, Eoin McMahon (1-2), Sean Liddy (0-1), Declan Snow (0-1), Gar Crowley (0-1), John Walsh, Tadhg Dornan. Substitutes: Gavin Cahill, Fionn Crowley, Jamie Quiney

U12 hurlers crowned county champions after extra time
On Saturday, 21st September, the coaches and spectators were treated to an epic hurling final in Arklow, contested between the Under-12’s from Bray Emmets and Avondale. The match started at a ferocious pace with all players from both sides fully committed. There was never more than a couple of scores between the teams and half-time saw the scores tied at 3-6 to 4-3. The tension was building throughout the second half and as the final whistle was about to be blown Avondale led by a point. Undaunted, Rory Lambe lined up a free from out wide and with unnerving accuracy put the ball between the posts as the whistle sounded (5-9 to 6-6). A further 10 minutes (2x5) was required so out the lads went and to a man they battled and contested every ball. Only two points were scored in extra time, both to Bray to leave the final score 5-11 to 6-6 and the cup with a journey to the north of the county. 
All of the players were immense, from Rian Knox in nets, Davy Maloney, Michael Timmons, Philip Jakob and Sean McDonagh battling and breaking down the Avondale attacks, Gavin Henderson, Brian Nesbitt and Jamie Baguley skilfully intercepting and moving the play from defence to attack, David Nesbitt and David Martin, Peter Aherne, Fionn Dougan, Conor Hardiman contesting for the ball up front. Rory Lambe operated in both midfield and up front with his sights so finely tuned that he hardly missed a shot ending with an amazing 2-6. A special mention must also go to Brian Nesbitt who along with Philip, Peter and Fionn from the 2002s ensured that next year the under 12s will be a force to be reckoned with. 
Final score: Bray Emmets 5-11, Avondale 6-6.
Emmet Bhré  - Under 12:  Brian Nesbitt (0-1) Conor Hardiman, Davy Maloney (0-1), David Nesbitt, David Martin (1-0), Fionn Dougan , Gavin Henderson (0-2), Jamie Baguley (0-1), Michael Timmons,  Peter Aherne, Philip Jakob, Rian Knox, Rory Lambe (2-6), Seán McDonagh. Bainisteoir - Brian Lambe.

Championship hopes alive for U16 footballers

The Bray Emmets U-16 Footballers kept alive their A Championship hopes with a great victory on Monday, 9thSeptember over Carnew Emmets down in Arklow.  Despite Adam Barry, Daragh Ruddy, Jack Fitzgerald, Annand Greene, Stephen Finn and county player Gavin Dowling all being unavailable due to injury, Bray produced their best performance of the season to come from behind twice in last five minutes to win by five points.  At the end of a very tense first half, Carnew Emmets led by only four points at the break (0-8 to 0-4) despite dominating the first twenty minutes. In the second half, Bray got a goal almost from the throw-in to reduce the margin to a single point.  Bray and Carnew then traded points before another Bray point and a goal put us three points up.  Carnew came right back into it with goal to level and then a point to go into the lead again.  Bray levelled again but with two minutes to go, Carnew took the lead again.  To our great credit, the team didn't panic and kept taking the game to Carnew.  Their courage was rewarded with a goal from a penalty to give us a two point lead going into the last minute of normal time.  As Carnew poured forward looking for scores, Bray counter-attacked with great fluency to score a fourth and decisive goal in injury time. Final score:  Bray Emmets 4-8, Carnew Emmets 1-12.   It was a fantastic team effort on a night when everyone was a star. Special mention, however, must go to Liam Benville, who scored 3-4 from play.  Well done to the entire squad on the night:  Jack Doyle-Rennicks, Kevin Spaine, Andy Reynolds, Gareth Byrne, Conn Greene, Dylan Terry (Captain) Evan Sweeney, Sean O'Connor, Philip Redmond, Adam Doyle, Padraig Doyle, Dan Carroll, Liam Benville, Conor O'Doherty, Ryan Hannon, Conor McNally, Kevin Nolan, Jonathon Tymlin, Adam Dixon-Delahunty, Cian Rowe, Eoghan Barnes, Brandon McGreevy.

U11 Camogie away to commercials

The U-11 Camogie team went to Rathcoole to play Commercials on Sunday morning, 22nd September. This fixture saw Bray pitted against a very strong juvenile outfit with many advanced skills for their age. Nevertheless, heart and graft made Emmet Bhré very competitive. Sarah Lambe opened the Bray account, while Amy Healy finished a well-worked move to the Commercials’ net.  In the second-half, Laura McGarry, Neasa Ryder and Síofra Ní Mhidigh stood out, with Caoimhe Purcell scoring a thoroughly deserved goal. Bhí bainisteoir Emmet Bhré an-sásta. Final score: Commercials 3-0, Emmet Bhré 2-1.  

Emmet Bhré U11: Amy Butler, Amy Healy (1-0), Caoimhe Purcell (1-0), Elena Ó Ceidigh, Emma Doyle, Jordan O’Brien, Laura McGarry, Neasa Ryder, Orla Jackson, Rachel Messitt, Sarah Lambe (0-1), Síofra Ní Mhidigh. Bainisteoir - Tomás Ó Midheach.