Club Notes 30th September

Monday, September 30, 2013

There was no Match 4 winner of the Club Lotto on Friday, 27th September when the numbers drawn were 18, 21, 28 and 30 so next week, the jackpot goes up to €4,600. Gary Prunty 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
Meet & Greet / Table Quiz
As part of the build-up to the Senior Hurling County Final, the players will be having a meet and greet morning at 10.30 a.m. on Saturday, 5th October where the Senior Hurlers will be available to meet all juvenile members of the Club.
Bray Emmets will also host a table quiz in the Clubhouse at 8.00 p.m. that same night to raise funds for the team. The cost per table is €25 and all Members are asked to spread the word.

Match Report: U-11 Hurling
The Under-11 Hurlers continued their winning run in the Dublin League with a hard fought win over Crumlin on Saturday, 28th September. Cork and Clare rivalries were put aside for the game and Bray, who played into a stiff breeze in the first half, settled well with the midfield of Philip, Mark and Sebastain providing good first time ball into the forward line where Daniel Flavin, Art and Ben caused all sorts of problems for the Crumlin defence. Two well taken scores from Cathal settled the team who were on top in a number of areas. However, as the first half progressed, Crumlin came more into the game but the defence of Zack, Tadhg, Eoin and in particular Aaron kept the Crumlin forward line at bay. Daniel Munro and Riain and Brian when introduced also made valuable contributions. One of the pleasing aspects of the first half was the long and accurate puck outs by Sam where invariably Bray were able to gain possession from.
At half-time, Bray Emmets were ahead by four points and were confident that they would kick on in the second half for a comfortable win. However, Crumlin powered by their excellent full back came back right into the game which led to a number of scores. The back line of Aaron, Daniel Flavin, Riain, Zack and Ben were under increasing pressure and Crumlin took the lead for the first time in the match late in the game despite the heroics of Cathal in goal. Hawkeye was required a few times during the match but in the end these things evened themselves out. To be fair to the Bray lads Philip, Mark, Sam, Art and Sebastain roared back into the game and great work by Eoin, Tadhg, Daniel Munro and Brian upfront ensured Bray finished strongly with two late goals to win by four points.  This was an excellent game with a very high standard of catching by both sides throughout the game. The match was played in an excellent spirit and there was very little to separate the teams. Special credit must go to the Bray team for continuing to play until the very end, especially when they went behind late in the game. Training as normal on Saturdays for Hurling and Football on Tuesdays. New members are always welcome.
Team: Aaron O'Rourke, Daniel Flavin, Daniel Munro, Eoin Holmes. Tadhg McCarthy, Zack Collins, Art Whittle, Ben O'Gorman, Philip Jakob, Mark Cullen, Brian Nesbitt, Sam Kearney, Cathal Eddy, Riain MacMaolin and Sebastain Coleman.

Match Report: U-12 Hurling
The U-12 Hurlers hosted Lucan Sarsfields in Páirc Emmet Bhré on Saturday, 28th September. Injuries to two of our more seasoned defenders, Conor Hardiman and Michael Timmons, meant that extra large efforts were demanded of Sean McDonagh and Peter Aherne. Both played very well with McDonagh being particularly tidy. Jamie Baguley and Gavin Henderson scooped anything that broke in midfield, while upfront Luke Brandon and Darragh Domican-Boylan fought keenly. In the second-half, David Maloney moved into the centre-forward position and the Bray scoreboard started to hum. The game concluded on a high as David got the second of his well-taken goals. This was a great team effort over the hour. Bhí na traenálaithe an-sásta le chuile dhuine. Final score: Emmet Bhré 3-3 Lucan Sarsfields 0-3. 
Emmet Bhré – Under 12:  Aaron Graham, Darragh Domican-Boylan, Darragh McCormack, David Maloney (2-1), Fionn Dougan, Gavin Henderson (0-1), Jamie Baguley (1-1), Luke Brandon, Peter Aherne, Rian Knox, Seán McDonagh. Bainisteoir - Brian Lambe. 

Minor Football Championship
In front of a vociferous and enthusiastic support, Bray Emmets progressed to the Minor Football Championship County Final after a superb win over Blessington on Tuesday, 24th September at Newtown’s GAA Grounds. These two sides had already locked horns in an entertaining encounter in the Group stages when Emmets had emerged victorious and from the throw-in, it was obvious that Blessington were determined to avenge that defeat. They raced into an early three point lead as Bray struggled to cope with the greasy conditions. After surviving this opening blitz, Bray eventually settled into the game and the direct running of our forwards began to cause the Blessington defence lots of problems. Ben Mac Cormaic’s and Marc Lennon’s speed down the left flank meant that often, the boys in blue and white hoops had no other option than to drag them to the ground, resulting in Bray opening their account with two frees. Points were exchanged and both sides hit the crossbar before Blessington were reduced to fourteen men for a second yellow card. Bray took full advantage of the dismissal with Gavin Dowling finding the net and Daire Henderson scoring a fine long range point and at the break, Emmets led by 1-4 to 0-5.
With Seanie Maloney deployed as the extra man and hoovering up any ball that went into the Blessington full-forward line, Bray hit a purple patch at the beginning of the second half. They dominated the exchanges and points from Cathal McGee, Gavin Dowling and Marc Lennon stretched their lead before Lennon bravely finished to the net. Six points and one man to the good, it looked like Emmets had one foot in the Final but Blessington, to their credit, never gave up and laid siege to the Bray goal as the game drew to a close. The final whistle sparked great scenes of celebration as Bray held on to the win on a scoreline of Bray Emmets 2-9 Blessington 0-11. 
Emmet Bhré: Padraig Doyle, Sean O’Connor, Shane Lohan, Seanie Maloney, Dylan Terry, Ishe Mnensa, Peter Conroy, Matt Thompson, Eoin Mac Cormaic, Daire Henderson (0-1), Dunni O’Mideach, Ben Mac Cormaic (0-1), Cathal McGee (0-2) (1 free), Gavin Dowling (1-3) (3 frees), Marc Lennon (1-2).
Substitutes: Patrick Cunningham, Dan Cody, Paul Moran, Hugh Armstrong, Shane Anders, Ryan Ashworth, Conor O’Doherty, Ciaran Browne, Jack Doyle Rennix.
Management: Paddy Moynihan, Paul Barry, Matt Thompson Snr.
Bray Emmets will now face St. Patrick’s Wicklow in the County Final and we hope that all Club members will be in Aughrim to support the boys.

Match Report: Under-8 Camogie
On Saturday, 21st September an excited bunch of 2005 girls travelled with hurls and helmets in hand to Cuala for a Camogie match. The positive large number of girls, including some recent recruits meant that we were able to field two teams of nine, which bodes well for the future. Two games of Camogie, followed by a game of Football were played .The K team played on the middle pitch and were soon chasing the sliotár around, the girls changed positions so everyone had a chance “up front” or in “midfield” with each of them enthusiastically contributing. Caoimhe had some great puck outs from goal, April was a steady presence in the middle, with some powerful shots sending the sliotár from our defence up to attack in one strike. Sarah kept busy and Julia fought for every ball as if she would get homework passes for each one she won! Eimear, scored several goals in both Camogie and Football. One of Martha’s scores brought a huge smile to her face as well as to spectator Mum on the touchline.  Jessica happily got stuck into the action be it tackling or striking the ball.  A special mention must go to Cara and Erica, playing their first match as if they had been playing for years.
Our other Bray Emmets team gave an equally impressive performance with some great skill displayed and it was a very entertaining morning of football and hurling. There was great goalkeeping by Jasmine and some fine defending by Alva and Rachel, great leadership was shown by Emma N, Laura and Aoibhe in midfield and Emma B and Tara took some nice scores.