Club Notes 10th March

Monday, March 10, 2014

There was no Match 4 winner of the Club Lotto on Friday, 7th March when the numbers drawn were 1, 15, 16 and 16 so next week, the jackpot goes up to €6,900. If you're not already signed up please do so as not only are you in with a chance to win a serious Jackpot but you are also helping support your local club. It is €2 per week but goes a long way towards running all the facilities that we have. Mary Kennedy was the name drawn in the Lucky Dip and will receive €25. Further details are available at

St Patrick's Day
Bray Emmets will once again march in this year's St Patrick's Day Parade in Bray. We have won best sports club for a number of years and would like this year to be no different. We are looking for anyone with any new ideas for our march? We would like to see our biggest ever turn out this year to showcase our club and its members. We will meet at 2.40 on St. Patrick's Day just outside St Cronans School. Please wear club jerseys and colours. We will have our face painters there from 2.30. If anyone has wigs, green hats or inflatable shamrocks etc to brighten things up a bit, it would be great to see them.

Bray Emmets are running a "Talk on Nutrition for young players". This is a chat for parents on suitable nutrition for young players aged 10-14 . The talk, which will be roughly an hour, is on in the club house starting at 8.30 on the 25th March, all are welcome.

Bray Emmets Gym
All members are reminded that anyone using the Gym must be a gym member. The cost for the year for the gym is as follows: Players €20 and non playing members €50. Please contact Pat Wogan for Gym Membership.

Club Physio
The Club Physio is available to treat injuries that occurred during Bray Emmets Club involvement. The Physio is only available to paid up members. Anyone attending must sign in and pay a fee of €5 per session.

Schools football
Congratulations to Dan Cody and Ben and Eoin McCormack who were on the Colaiste Eoin team that defeated Marist Athlone in the Leinster A Schools Football Final in Croke Park on Saturday.

Leaving Cert Oral Irish
Bray Emmets, Oifigeach na Gaeilge, Brian Lambe, will be giving an Oral Irish class in the Clubhouse on a date yet to be finalised in March. This class is for any members of Bray Emmets who are sitting their Leaving Certificate Oral Irish examination in the coming weeks. If you are interested in enrolling, please text your name to 087-6970589. Go raibh maith agaibh.

Your Club Needs You
Have you one or two hours spare per week and not involved in training/managing a team or other club activity in the club. We are looking for people to give a small bit of time in other roles within the club. If you can give any help at all please contact Gabriel Plower or reply to this email

Wicklow Kellogg's GAA Cúl Camp Coaches
Are you interested in becoming a Coach for the camps? If so Coaches Application Form for WICKLOW Kellogg's GAA Cúl Camps 2014 are available from Club Officials. Coaches must be over 18 Years no exceptions. Positions only offered to Suitable qualified candidates. Closing Date Friday 4th April 2014

Bray Emmets 1-19 Oliver Plunkett's 0-14

On Saturday afternoon Bray Emmets Senior hurlers travelled to the Phoenix Park to play St Oliver Plunketts, for their first taste of competitive action this season. Bray have tasted success in the Leinster League winning their division in 2012 and it always provides teams with high quality games early in the year. Brays were first out of the blocks with Jackie Moorehouse to the fore and Bray raced into a 3 point lead. However Plunketts settled and began to tack on scores of their own. Bray had the advantage of the win and were supplying good quick ball into their full forward line that were themselves enjoying success on the score board. Plunketts began to take charge in the midfield and were putting the Bray defence under pressure yielding a number of frees which the Plunketts free taker took advantage of. Bray's full back line however got to grips with their counter parts with Ronan O'Brien clearing important ball and Lukey Maloney cleaning up a lot of loose ball. Jackie continued to knock over the frees and Dara Lohan and Jim Doyle chipped in points from play. At half time Bray led 11 points to 8 and would have to face the wind in the 2nd half. After the throw in this time it was Plunketts turn to take over and they put up 3 quick points on the board to Bray's 1 leaving the Bray men only a point ahead. The turning point came with 15mins to go when lack of discipline from the Plunketts full forward. An easy free was instead thrown in by the ref, Eoin Mason won the contest and the ball flew up the field leading to a Bray score. This score swing put Bray on the front foot and they began to take control. Jim Doyle and Dirmuid Masterson were moved to the half back line to shore things up with Mason moving back to the edge of the square. The Bray men looked the fitter side with their forwards moving constantly and taking on their men at every chance. Jackie kept the frees ticking over and with 5 minutes to go an opportunistic Tom Cash goal put the final nail in Plunkett's coffin. The most pleasing aspect of this win was the character Bray showed under pressure and the contribution of their forward division all of whom scored from play.

Scorers: Jackie Moorehouse(0-8) Tom Cash(1-2) Cian O'Byrne(0-3) Dara Lohan(0-2) Karl Lacey, Jim Doyle, Luke Maloney, Liam Kenny(0-1) each

Bray Emmets 5-14 St. Judes 1-11

On a wet and windy Sunday morning the Bray Emmets adult hurlers took their maiden bow in the Dublin League. Having played only the day before in the Leinster League it was a chance for Bray to use their panel and fielded 10 players who hadn't featured in their Leinster League victory. With the wind at their backs Bray raced into a lead with young Padraig Doyle shining on his Senior debut. Before the Judes full back line had a chance to settle Doyle had won 3 early balls which yielded 3 cracking goals. This early goal fest set Bray well on their way to victory. Bray's half forward line were moving the ball extremely well in the tough conditions with Nicky Sweeney covering every blade of grass to keep the full forward with a good supply of ball. Tom Cash was chipping in with points from frees and it took 20 minutes before Judes could register a score. The score of the game came in the first half from big Willy Nolan. Mick Walsh clipped in a line ball and Will moved off the forty, he caught the ball and with his back to goal swung a point over his shoulder to the delight of the Bray fans. Going into the 2nd half Bray had a commanding lead but would face a stiff breeze and deteriorating elements. Bray took their foot off the gas and allowed Judes a spell of domination. Bray's backs had been well on top but the stiffening breeze put the under huge pressure. A mix up in the Bray square led to a goal for Judes but that was quickly cancelled out by a goal from Bray full forward Bull Keane. The teams exchanged scores as the time wound down and Bray never looked in trouble. Being able to play in the Dublin leagues is a great opportunity for the club and will provide the lads with regular quality games and keep all members of the squad match sharp. Having fielded the day before in the Leinster League it was a testament to the strength in depth of adult hurling in Bray that they were able to field such a high a quality team on Sunday also.

Goals win it for Juniors

Bray overturned a seven point deficit at half time to run out winners 5-08 to 2-11 against St.Pats in Wicklow on Sunday morning. Brays lined out with a mixture of youth and experience. Some excellent football was played and this laid the platform for each of Brays goals any of which wouldn't be out of place in Croke Park. Team Keith Hillick, James Duggan, Mark Nolan, Mark Mulvaney, Finn Greene, Jeff Morrissey, Ross Masterson, Ray Lambe, Peter Walsh,  Declan Snow, Sean Liddy, Lee Brandon, Marc Lennon, Donnacha O Midheach, Garreth Crowley Subs; Tadgh Doran, Brendan Snow, Jamie Queeney, Shane Sullivan Training continues on Tuesday at 8pm.


Under 11 hurlers

Dublin Hurling League Sat. 8th March 2014. Bray Under 11's Vs St Monica's Under 11's.  Bray Emmets Under 11 hurlers enjoyed another fine win this past Saturday. In their second Dublin League match of the current season they welcomed St Monica's of Raheny to Old Conna and beat them 2-6 to 1-2. The team played with a strong breeze in the first half and scored 1-4 whilst holding St Monica's scoreless. Cian pointed a number of times playing in midfield off both sides.

He was backed up in midfield by Art who made a number of a strong runs to set up scores, by Jamie who tackled and blocked opposing players and by Tim whose judicious use of passing by hand, hurl and foot opened play up. Up front Evan, Conor and Oscar Harty caused a lot of concern for St Monica's defenders by contributing to the scoreboard, by forcing defenders into rushed clearances. Oscar Maloney, Michael and Nathan were rock solid in defence and were capably backed up by Luan who made a number of saves as goalkeeper. They all frustrated the St Monica's attackers whenever they came forward and all played long accurate balls out of defence to further pressurise their opponents.The starting eleven were more than backed up by the other players on the line. The coaches added these players every five minutes to give and rotated others in and out in an effort to give everybody equal playing time. Players who came on included Louie, John, Cian Walshe and Quintin. These played as defenders, midfielders or attackers and they more than assisted their team they re-energised it.In the second half Bray scored first and seemed set to carry on as they had in the first. St Monica's had however other ideas and they set about eating into Bray's lead. They scored a couple of good points and an unstoppable goal. Bray however grabbed a hold of the game again and started to play clever hurling. The defence played the ball out low and to their own team. They midfield played quick ball into the forwards who added to the scoreboard. Oscar Harty sent a number of rasping shots in on goal one of which, despite the best efforts of the St Monica's goalkeeper, found the net. Cian then tacked on one last point from wide on the right and soon after the final whistle sounded.

Team: Luan Roddy, Nathan Prunty, Oscar Maloney, Michael Healy, Cian Walshe, Louie Fitzgerald, Art Whittle, Cian, Tim Harrington, Jamie Ryan, Quintin Lawlor, Evan Barry, Oscar Harty, John Butler and Conor Duff.

Under 12 Hurlers

Bray Emmets U12 Hurlers had their second game in their Dublin grading league in a windswept O'Tooles ground. Missing a number of players through injury and illness Bray travelled more in hope than expectation to one of the aristocrats of Dublin hurling. Playing with a gale in the first half Bray settled well with Cathal and Zack really impressing at midfield ensuring good quick ball was going into a forward line where Fionn impressed with his first touch and physical power. Brian, Riain and Daniel Munro had the O'Toole's defence at sixes and sevens with Philip on fire with his speed and skill.

The Bray Emmets defence had a quiet first half because of the elements but Aaron, Sebastain, Daniel Flavin and Tadhg were on top against their opponents ensuring Sam in goal has an armchair ride in the first half.Uncertain in how the second half would go playing into a strong wind, changes were kept to a minimium and indeed O'Tooles came more into the game with a well taken goal. Bray settled down and kept the ball low and ran with the ball ensuring they kept O'Tooles at bay. Key to this was storming performances in the back line by Sebastain and Aaron with Tadhg's and Daniel Flavin's tight marking ensured Cathal now in goal was not busy. Philip now back helping in the defence continued his dynamic all action game. Zack literally ran himself to a standstill and was ably assisted in midfield by Sam. Brian's skill levels came to the fore with some excellently taken scores with Fionn, Daniel Munro and Riain continued on from their strong first half's performance with Bray running out deserving winners.

This was a satisfactory performance particularly in the second half when Bray came under more pressure against the wind, the team are now playing with style and a strong work ethic allied by good support play and teamwork. Again it has to be remembered that this is a grading group and we will be playing much stronger teams in the future but so far the team have played well ahead of expectations and are a credit to the club and their families.

Team: Sam Kearney, Aaron O'Rourke, Sebastain Coleman, Daniel Flavin, Tadhg McCarthy, Zack Collins, Cathal Eddy (capt) Philip Jakob, Brian Nesbitt, Riain MacMaolin, Daniel Munro and Fionn Dougan

Girls under 12 football

Sunday 6th March, the U12 Girls Football team played O'Tooles. This team was very strong and mobile. While our girls did very well, with commendable contributions from Emma Doyle, Saoirse Canavan and Amy Healy, the final score line favoured O'Tooles.

Beidh laethanta níos fearr againn amach anseo.

Team: Amy Butler (0-2), Amy Healy, Aoife Canavan, Caoimhe Byrne, Caoimhe Purcell, Eimear Timmons, Emma Doyle, Jordan O'Brien, Méadhbh Wogan-Murphy, Orla Jackson, Orla O'Keeffe, Rachel Messitt, Róisín Murphy, Saoirse Canavan, Sarah Lambe, Sarah Maguire, Sinéad Quigley, Síofra Ní Mhidigh (0-1). Bainisteoir - Tomás Ó Midheach.

Girls under 14 football

The second Dublin League game for the U14s was played today In St Annes Park.A squad of 21 girls went out to play Clontarf this afternoon, all the girls contributed to a result of 4:2 to 2:2 in Bray's favour. The game was very tight right up the end and all the girls worked very hard to gain the result. The scorers for Bray were Eve Murphy 2:00, Shauna Ryan 1:1 & Lauren Healy 1:1.
Well done girls!!