Club Notes 7th August

Monday, August 5, 2013

There was no Match 4 winner of the Club Lotto on Friday, 2nd August when the numbers drawn were 8, 14, 22 and 25 so next week, the jackpot goes up to €3,800. Fergus Cardiff 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
There has been a great reaction to our recent launch of the annual All-Ireland Kick Fada competition which featured Dara Ó Briain displaying his football skills last Saturday in Croke Park. The competition, now in its 14th year, will take on an international flavour in 2013 to coincide with The Gathering and appropriately, the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) will act as main sponsors. Competitors from Britain, Europe, Australia, Canada, and the United States will be among those flying into Bray for the 14th September event while in the National All-Ireland Kick Fada competition, kickers from all over Ireland will take part in the hope of succeeding last year’s winners Damien Sheridan (Longford) and Serena Hannon (Dublin). Registration for participants is free while there is also no admission charge for people attending on the day. In addition, the Club will also be announcing shortly the next inductee to our Kick Fada Hall of Fame. Members are asked to keep this date free as we are hoping to attract a large crowd this year.

Games Development Officer
Bray Emmets GAA Club wishes to appoint a Games Development Officer who will play a pivotal role in helping the Club reach its full potential in recruiting new members and supporting Club mentors to implement consistent and professional coaching methods.
This position requires a person with:
·       Proven Leadership skills and a charismatic personality
·       Excellent interpersonal and communications skills
·       Sound judgement and initiative
·       A level 1 coaching qualification in hurling/football and at least three years working with juveniles ranging from 5-16 years.
·       Full clean driving license
The Games Development Officer post is a part time position of 20 hours per week. Applications by e-mail only to Club Secretary at attaching CV. Shortlisted candidates will be called for interview week commencing 21st August, 2013. Closing date for applications: 12 noon on Wednesday, 14th August, 2013. 

Senior Ladies Football V Tinahely

On Monday evening, 29th July, the Ladies Senior Football Team concluded the group phase of their championship when they hosted Tinahely at Páirc Emmet Bhré. Despite defeats in the two previous rounds confirming their exit from the competition, a squad of sixteen players was available to line out against a very strong Tinahely side that had already progressed to the semi-finals. The Bray girls acquitted themselves very well and showed that they are more than capable of putting in a good performance, even against a side as talented as the current County champions. The players displayed great commitment in this match and worked together well as a team. Encouragingly, Emmets managed to put eleven scores on the board and this was testament to the effort shown by every girl that played. The Ladies Senior Football Team will now play in the B Championship in September so training will continue as usual on Monday nights.

Junior Footballers return to action

The Junior Footballers returned to competitive action for the first time since the end of May when they travelled to Ashford on Thursday evening, 1st August. The game was played with real intensity but the greasy conditions made it difficult for players on both sides. The lead was exchanged throughout the first half and this pattern continued after half-time when there was rarely more than a point between the teams. The decisive score came late in the second half when a high ball into the Bray square, one of many on the night, was punched to the net. Emmets probably had the opportunities to seal victory before that goal but despite the result, the game was ideal preparation for the upcoming Junior B Championship which begins on Thursday 15th August.
Best for Bray on the night were Keith Hillick, Mark Mulvaney, Oisin Ó hAinnidh and Gar Crowley.
Emmet Bhré: Keith Hillick, James Talbot, Rob McNamee, Mark Mulvaney, Dan Molloy, Geoff Morrissey, Matt Thompson, Oisin Ó hAinnidh, Sean Liddy, Ben McCormack, Gar Crowley, Ross Masterson, Daire Henderson, Declan Snow, Marc Lennon
Substitutes: Dave Sullivan, Brendan Snow, Conor Spillane, Tadhg Doran, John Mahony

U12 footballers host St Pats

Bray Emmets under 12 footballers welcomed St Pats to a sultry Old Conna on Monday evening, this was a fixture the lads had been looking forward to having lost narrowly to them earlier this year in Wicklow town. The home side were focused from the throw in and gave a very satisfying performance winning in the end by 3:10 to 3:03. The entire team worked really hard and never gave the visitor’s any time to use the ball, there were notable scores from Davy Maloney, Phillip Jacob Aaron O'Rourke and both the Dunne twins. Sound defending from Michael Timmons, Rory Whelan, Sean McDonagh and Donal Spaine kept the St Pats scoring opportunities to a minimum despite conceding a late penalty which was scored by St Pats in the dying minutes. Josh Pyper playing his first season of Gaelic Football was tremendous in midfield neutralising his 6ft + opponent and setting up a number of scores for the forwards. Aaron O’Rourke, Darragh McCormack and Todd Donavon all worked tirelessly giving a real team performance which was enjoyed by all involved.
Team : Luke Dunne, Michael Timmons, Rory Whelan, Donal Spaine, Sean McDonagh, Davy Maloney, Josh Pyper, Phillip Jacob, Charlie Dunne, Aaron O’Rourke, Darragh McCormack and Todd Donavon.
In the other game despite being short a number of players due to illness Bray started the match well. Gavin and Sam were winning a lot of ball against much bigger opponents. Excellent ball was being played into the forward line where Enda, James, Aodainn and Jamie were causing all sorts of problems for the St Pats defence. Some of the scores taken wouldn’t look out of place in Croke Park.As the half went on St Pats came more into the game. Despite some outstanding defending from Stephen, Ben, Riain and Zack St Pats took some lovely scores to edge ahead in the match.As the second half commenced Bray found themselves under more pressure due to more injuries. Garry was kept on his toes in goal but stepped up to the plate with some great saves and super kick outs. With no subs to call on Bray started to wilt and St Pats edged further ahead. However Bray refused to lie down and some excellent scores from Jamie, Gavin and Enda kept them in the game. Despite some near misses Bray could not get the required scores to even the game and finished up narrow losers. However the Bray mentors could not fault the players for their effort and were proud of each one of them. Final Score: Bray Emmets 5-7 St Patricks 4-16
Team: Jamie Baguely, Stephen Reynolds, Riain Knox, Gavin Henderson, Garry Reynolds, Zack Collins, Ben Gorman, Sam Kearney, Enda Douglas, Aodainn Daly, James Coffey.
With the scores aggregated Bray won by the narrowest of margins!

u10s,11s and 12s in kilmacud blitz

Bray Emmets were kindly invited to Kilmacud to part-take in a mini blitz where the host team also invited St Olafs and a team from Hong Kong. The Bray team were made up of under 10s,11s and 12s and played St Olafs in the first game. In the first half, excellent work by Nathan in goal, Philip and Eoin, with great work in the half back line by Daniel and David ensured very little space was given to St Olafs, hard work by Sam and Jamie in midfield ensured that the forward line of Enda, Oscar, Charlie Tim and Luke got good ball and were level at half. In the second the introduction of Todd and Aaron ensured Bray were well in the game and everyone can be happy with their performance.
In the second game against Kilmacud there were a few positional changes, however Nathan continued in goal and made an excellent save of almost certain goal. Philip and Aaron were very tenacious in defence with Daniel until injured and David playing good football. Todd, Sam and Enda as a unit were very strong in midfield, with Tim (both as a back and forward), Charlie, Luke, Oscar, Eoin and Jamie gave the Kilmacud defence a torrid time.
In our last game we played Hong Kong and given their shortage of numbers a number of Bray players got to play for Hong Kong (not many Irish players will be able to say that in their careers). In an excellent open match Nathan continued his excellent form with excellent saves and kick outs, Aaron, David, Eoin and Oscar were very solid in the back line with Enda, Sam and Philip excellent around the midfield area, Luke, Tim and Jamie were a constant threat up front. Special word for Todd, Daniel and Charlie who "guested" for Hong Kong who all played excellently for Hong Kong.
This was an enjoyable day out which was worth while. The three teams we played for the most part were one or two years older than us and in a number of cases a lot bigger than Bray but that did not daunt the team in the slightest and bodes well for the future, all we need now is for the group to grow.
Special thanks to all the parents who came along, and to Kilmacud Crokes and especially Richard O'Donghue for organising the event and the food afterwards.
Squad: Nathan Prunty, Philip Jakob, Aaron O'Rourke, David Martin, Daniel Murphy, Oscar Maloney, Tim Harrington, Sam Kearney, Jamie Bagauely, Luke Dunne, Charlie Dunne, Enda Douglas, Eoin Holmes and Todd O'Donovan.