Club Notes 7th October

Monday, October 7, 2013

There was no Match 4 winner of the Club Lotto on Friday, 5th October when the numbers drawn were 2, 10, 20 and 21 so next week, the jackpot goes up to €4,700. Conor Johnson 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

Minor Football Championship County Final
All roads lead to Aughrim this weekend when the Bray Emmets Minor Footballers take on St. Patrick’s Wicklow in the County Final at 1.00 p.m. on Sunday, 13th October. The game will be played as a curtain raiser to the second replay of the Senior Championship Semi-Final between Rathnew and St. Mary’s and nobody would be surprised if the Minor Final adds to the drama of that ongoing saga!
Under the guidance of Manager Paddy Moynihan and Selectors Paul Barry and Matt Thompson, this side has progressed and developed with each game in the competition. Their path to the final began with a tough away trip to a highly fancied Blessington team. Eight points down at half-time, it looked like a damage limitation exercise was the best Emmets could hope for in the second half but not for the first time this year, the Bray boys showed unbelievable character to score three goals and emerge victorious on a scoreline of Blessington 1-14 Bray Emmets 3-10. In the next game, Carnew Emmets were easily dispatched thanks to an early scoring blitz and Emmets eventually ran out comfortable winners 8-15 to 0-5. Two walkovers from An Tochar and Rathnew were not ideal preparation for the final Group game against Baltinglass and probably explained why Bray conceded so many goals on the night. However, the team held their nerve and picked off their points to win 2-15 to 4-5. The semi-final was a rematch with Blessington and in a hugely entertaining encounter, the ability of the Bray forwards to take goals at important times proved to be the difference as they won on a scoreline of 2-9 to 0-11. There is no doubt that on that night the boys were given great confidence from the large travelling Bray Emmets support and more of the same is required this weekend. This team play a great brand of football and deserve to have a huge support present next Sunday. Everyone in the Club wishes the players and management the best and here’s hoping that the Cup is back on the banks of the Dargle next Sunday night!

Meet & Greet / Table Quiz
The build up to the Senior Hurling County Final got underway in earnest when the players held a meet and greet session with the Juvenile members of the Club last Saturday. The sun shone brightly as the underage players got to pose for pictures and puck sliotars with the Bray Emmets squad that will take to field against Glenealy on Sunday, 20th October. This was a hugely successful event and a photo album will be added to our Facebook page shortly.
Later that night, a fundraising table quiz was held in the Clubhouse and again, there was a huge turnout. Over forty tables took part as quizmaster Gabriel Plower fired out the questions. In the end, first place was secured by the a team made up of the Kiely family of which Peter, the Senior Hurlers captain, is a member. We hope it’s not the only success he’s celebrating over the coming weeks!

The Bray Emmets Fun In Training group were treated to a visit from former Irish international runner and European Cross Country Champion Catherina McKiernan last Tuesday, 1st October. Catherina dispensed plenty of advice to our budding athletes and those words of wisdom are sure to inspire the group over the next few weeks! Sessions continue on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.

Mermaid Arts Centre - Special Offers
The Mermaid Arts Centre located just off Main Street has made two special offers available to members of Bray Emmets GAA Club. Firstly, Alone It Stands, the now legendary comedic story set in 1978 when
Munster faced the mighty All Blacks in Thomond Park, will run from 24th – 26th October and tickets are priced at €15 (normally €18) for our members. Secondly, Census/GAA Stories (as part of the Yarn Festival) sees social and cultural
 historian Mark Duncan 
trace the early development of the GAA in Bray and
 Co. Wicklow and set it against the wider Irish sporting, cultural
 and political experience of the pre-World War I period. This talk will take place on Saturday, 16th November and admission fee for Bray Emmets members is €8 (normally €10). Bookers can avail of these offers by telephone (01 272 4030) or by dropping into the Mermaid Arts Centre but please note that these concessions are not available online.

Match Report: U-10 Camogie

The U-10 Camogie team took to the green fields of Erin’s Isle on Sunday morning, 6th October. This blitz was very worthwhile and the girls played three good teams. First up was Naomh Mearnóg, a contest that saw Bray lead all the way. Méadhbh Wogan-Murphy and Áine Farrell stood out. In the next game, we faced St Brigid's Castleknock. Fionnuala Crowley and the energetic Róisín Benville worked hard for us, while Éabha Ó Céidigh is improving with every outing. In the third game, we encountered the strongest Naomh Mearnóg side. This was a real nailbiter which finished in a draw. Catherine McGarry, Pearl O'Connor and Saoirse Canavan were best for Bray Emmets. Bhain an lucht féachana an-sult as na cluichí ar fad.   
Emmet Bhré U-10: Áine Farrell, Amy Butler, Catherine McGarry, Clodagh Costello, Éabha Ó Céidigh, Ellen O'Doherty, Fionnuala Crowley, Madge Redmond, Méadhbh Wogan-Murphy, Pearl O'Connor, Róisín Benville, Saoirse Canavan, Sarah Lambe. Bainisteoir - Tony Doyle.