Club Notes 3rd June

Monday, June 3, 2013

The numbers drawn on Friday, 31st May were 9, 12, 26 and 27 so unfortunately, there was no Match 4 winner of the Club Lotto jackpot. Patrick Treacy was the name pulled out of the hat in the Lucky Dip draw and receives €25.  Next week, the jackpot goes up to €2,900 and as always, we encourage members to register to play online or to promote the Lotto to others. Further details are available

Wicklow V Meath
The Wicklow County Senior Footballers take on Meath in the Leinster Championship at 7.30 p.m. on Saturday 15th June in Aughrim. This game is likely to be a sell out and Wicklow GAA are advising Clubs to order tickets early. This is a great opportunity for members of Bray Emmets to support Wicklow, and our Club mate Luke Benson, at a home venue so please contact Club Secretary, Anne Healy ( for more information on how to purchase tickets.

The Club wishes all our players sitting the Junior and Leaving Certificate the best of luck in their examinations over the coming weeks. We all know that this can be a stressful time for students (and parents!) so please remember that it won’t be long until you’re back playing on the pitches at Páirc Emmet Bhré, enjoying the summer sunshine!

County Senior Hurling Championship
The Senior Hurlers get their 2013 Coogan Steel Tinahely Senior Hurling Championship campaign underway this weekend. At 5.30 p.m. on Saturday, 8th June Bray Emmets will face Arklow Rock Parnells at the County Grounds in Aughrim. Everyone in the Club wishes Shane O’Brien and his squad every success in this year’s competition. The game is followed by the Glenealy V Avondale tie and we ask all supporters to make their way to Aughrim to cheer on the players.

End of School Year Blitz
This week we saw over a hundred girls from 2nd to 5th Class turn up to take part in the end of year school football blitz. All four schools St. Patricks, Scoil Chualann, St. Philomenas Ravenswell and Gaelscoil Uí Chéadaigh were well represented.The girls represented their classes proudly and we witnessed some great skills from all the girls. A special word of thanks to Tommy Carroll, Brian Lambe, referees Sophie and Jessica and all parents who helped out on the night. On Wednesday, 5th June it's the turn of the 2nd and 5th Class boys and on the Thursday, 6th June, we will have the 3rd and 4th Class boys.
Also, congratulations to St. Cronans and Scoil Chualann who have qualified and achieved the 10 target areas in promoting Gaelic games in their respective schools.They will be presented with the Garden County Flag next Monday evening in Lynham's Hotel in Laragh. Bray Emmets are delighted with the strong links they have with both schools and wish them the best of luck for the future.

Junior Hurlers loose out to Avondale

The Junior Hurlers travelled to Avondale on Wednesday night, 29th May for their eagerly awaited league tie. Avondale were well organised and powerful giving Bray a headache from the start. Peter O'Reilly was tidy in goal and Enda Ó Maolmhuaidh worked hard along his flank. The score of the half was a long range effort from Shane Anders. In the second-half, another minor player Seán Maloney made an accomplished Junior début. Seán is the fourth Maloney to play for this adult team. Paul Barry tried hard, while Willy Nolan's efforts culminated in a fine score. Ultimately however, Avondale were worthy winners.  Beidh lá eile ag iománaithe Emmet Bhré. Final score was Avondale 0-18 Emmet Bhré 0-13.
Emmet Bhré – Peter O’Reilly, Billy Brazil, Ryan Tynan, Owen Brazil, Danny Eglington (Captaen), Michael Walsh, Enda Ó Maolmhuaidh, Luke O’Reilly, Ben McCormack, Paul Barry, Willy Nolan (0-1), Nicky Sweeney, Tom Cash (0-11), John Ward, Shane Anders (0-1). Seán Maloney for O.Brazil, Brian Lambe for N.Sweeney. Mentors: John Anders, Tom Walsh, Jackie Napier.

U11 hurlers travel to St Patricks in Palmerstown

On a very sunny Saturday morning Bray Emmets Under-11’s played their counterparts from St Patricks in Palmerstown in the second round of matches in the Dublin League. St Pats started very well scoring an excellent point literally from the throw in and it looked like it was going to be a tough day at the office for the Bray team. However, Bray got quickly into their stride with Philip and Sebastain taking control in midfield ensuring good quick ball into the forward line of Ben, Brian and Zack. A number of scores followed and although the back line was rarely troubled Rory, Aaron and Tadhg ensured the St Pats forwards were kept quiet. Sam in goal saw little action but the accuracy of his pucks ensured Brian was able to raise a number of green flags. Cathal, Hannah, Daniel Flavin and Daniel Munro kept the pressure up on the St Pats leaving Bray well ahead at half time.
The second half was very similar to the first with Bray's appetite for ball certainly overwhelmed St Pats who had no answer to the sheer determination of Philip, Cathal, Sam, Sebastain and in particular Aaron who was a constant thorn on the side of many of the St Pats players. Rory enjoyed his role in new position upfront and Brian kept a clean sheet in goal. Zack and Tadhg were inspirational in the back line with Hannah the two Daniels and Ben playing very well up front resulting in Bray running out comfortable winners. This was a good performance albeit against limited opponents who are just getting hurling going at this level. Special praise must go to Daniel Flavin for his first outing with the hurling team who played well throughout and got on a lot of ball and very unlucky not to score. Team: Sam Kearney, Rory Mulcahy, Zack Collins, Aaron O'Rourke, Sebastain Coleman, Philip Jakob, Ben Gorman, Tadhg McCarthy, Hannah Surples, Daniel Flavin, Daniel Munro, Cathal Eddy and Brian Nesbitt

U11 Boys Footballers in Kilmacud Crokes tournament

The Bray U-11 Boys Footballers were kindly invited to the annual Kilmacud Crokes tournament two weeks ago. Despite communions, birthday parties, foreign trips to England and France, Bray brought a strong panel of players from the 2002/2003 group for the day. In excellent weather conditions when one particular coach would have been better advised wearing a hat, Bray started the group stages against Clann na Gael Fonteroy. Bray did not get into the game at all and only for the excellent defense of Rory and Philip allied by the goalkeeping skills of Nathan we would have been severely beaten. Well down at half time it was decided to give everyone plenty of game time and try players in different positions, some worked, some didn't but good performances from Tim, Oscar and Fionn gave the team renewed confidence for the remaining matches in the group.
They say that teams learn more from their defeats than their wins and this was very evident in the second game against Kilmacud where from the start Bray totally dominated with Mark and Enda taking control in midfield and Art running the show working tirelessly up and and down the wing (Paul Galvin without the tattoos!!!). Great forward play from Evan, Gavin, Brian and Oscar had Bray well in front with continued good work in the back line where Aaron and Tadhg and Sam excelled ensured Kilmacud never really got into the game. Sebastain playing in man marking role cut out a lot of potential Kilmacud attacks and Bray were comfortable winners in the end. Our final match in the group was against another Kilmacud team, despite the break of an hour in fairly hot conditions Bray again started well with the game as good as done by half time. Knowing that Bray now had qualified there were a lot of changes made but again the younger players such as Nathan, Tim, Oscar, Gavin and in particular Evan played to the huge potential that we all know they have to run out easy winners in the end.
By finishing second Bray qualified for the quarter finals against near neighbours St Olafs who had won their group. I don't know what they feed the boys in Dublin but all the teams were bigger than us in this tournament with many of our players giving height advantage to their opponents. In what was an excellent game of football by both teams, where the excellent fielding of Mark was a sight to behold allied bythe sheer physicality of Sam, Art, Aaron and Enda around the middle it was nip and tuck all the way through. Fionn continued his good form throughout the match with the back line of Tadhg, Sebastain Philip and Rory (who did not concede a score to his immediate opponent all day) on top. In a game of inches St Olafs got a lucky goal against the run of play to be just ahead at half time. The intensity of the second half was excellent keeping everyone entralled and when Brian scored a point it looked like Bray would take over. Continued running by our forward line of Evan, Gavin, Oscar and Tim was creating space but good goalkeeping from the Olafs keeper and some bad luck kept Olafs just ahead. As what normally happens when a team is pressing for a win, Bray got caught by another fortuitious goal  and the game was out of reach. This was an excellent game and performance by the team and maybe a bit of luck could have swung it our way but such is life. A special mention must go to Nathan who was outstanding all the way through the tournament with some great saves and excellent kick outs.
Overall it a great day out and we would like to thank Kilmacud for organising the weather and the tournament. Special mention must go to the referees and all the helpers at the event who made us feel very welcome and in particular Maurice Roche whois a good friend to Bray Emmets and has been very supportive in inviting us every year but also arranging matches throughout the winter months.
We would like to thank the parents and families for coming out to support the team, the kids got real drive from the positive support from their number 1 fans on the day. We appreciate it is difficult to juggle games and family on a Sunday and particularly when the weather was good so thank you very much.
Finally we would like to thank the players, this is a great group of kids to work with, there was no messing and everyone played their part on the day which we think everyone enjoyed.