Club Notes 28th April

Monday, April 28, 2014

There was no Match 4 winner of the Club Lotto on Friday, 25th April when the numbers drawn were 6, 10, 18 and 20 so next week, the jackpot goes up to €7,600. 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. Tom Walsh wins the Lucky Dip and will receive €25. Further details are available

The Caroline Foundation
Anybody not involved in the Darkness into Light walk/run who would like to support the Guinness World Record attempt for the longest Awareness Ribbon Chain on Sunday 11th May would they please contact Dave Barry 086 1208083 so that Bray Emmets can put a team together to support this worthy cause 


U8&10 Go Games

Bray Emmets hosted the under 8 & 10 Go Games Hurling where over 150 kids turned up. It was an excellent evening of entertainment where some of the skill shown by all teams would not be out place in similar events in Kilkenny or Clare. There were teams from St. Pats, Kilmacanogue, St Feargals and Kilcoole along with teams from the host club taking part in closely contested and sporting games. Thanks to all who helped set up and to the young whistlers who officiated the matches. Thanks to the parents who helped provide food and teas on what was a cold night and finally special praise to the players and their coaches in making the event such a memorable one. 

U12 Football

Over the last three weeks the under 12 footballers have had three teams playing in Wicklow. The first night the one team group had a good win over Barndarrig. Against much bigger opponents Bray settled quickly and in a very even first half a few late goals just before half time had Bray ahead. The second half was tight for long periods with Bray's ability to score points resulted in a good win first night out.

The two team group played near neighbours Eire Og and despite some good performances played second fiddle to a well drilled Eire Og team. It must be remembered that a lot of these players are new to under 12 and the length of the pitches and longer games took its toll in the second half of the game.

The second night saw the two team group play St Pats of Wicklow town. Both teams were ahead at half time by playing some excellent flowing football. However in both matches some tactical changes made by the wily Pats management resulted in Bray losing one game, winning the other but losing overall on the night on scoring difference. While this was an improvement on the first night it was disappointing to lose half time leads particularly after playing some good football.

The One Group played Kilcoole in Kilcoole where the hosts ran out winners in a very even and sporting game. The whole idea of having three teams playing is to ensure all kids get plenty of game time which will improve their skills and game awareness.

The most recent game was against Donard the Glen. In both games everyone contributed in the game in a team effort. By having players playing in front of their men/women resulted in more ball being won. Good goalkeeping and strong midfield performances led to good ball going into the forward line which resulted in a number of scores in the first half but a strong finish to the half by Donard the Glen ensured there was very little between the teams at half time. With both teams putting in huge efforts in the first half the pace of the game dropped but both teams fought to the end with Bray eventually running out winners.

As you can appreciate it is great to be in a position to enter two separate teams equating to up to 40 boys playing football at under 12 in Wicklow and can only happen with the continued goodwill of the players and parents in going to games, long may it continue

U14 Hurling Feile

The U14 Wicklow hurling Féile took place on Saturday 26th April in Ballinakill. Bray Emmets were looking forward and preparing eagerly for these games. Michael Dwyers were first up. James Anders and Cian Lohan got deft first-half goals which helped greatly to settle the team. The second-half saw more great touches from David Maloney, Seán McDonagh and Gavin Henderson. In the second game, Bray was again the better side against a spirited Arklow Rocks. Team Captain Ciarán McKay led from the front, posting 4-4 by the interval with the help of Andrew Conway and Joe Phelan. Ben Kearney's brace, along with Sid Hunt and Rory Lambe were the pick of the second-half contributions. Game three involved the tenacious Avondale, a tussle which saw Ronan McMahon, Lochlann Dougan and Macdara Ó Midheach shine brightest, clearing their lines and applying vital tidy touches. A 20 man panel lined out across the 3 victorious games, and the efforts of all 20 were what pleased the Mentors most. The final will be played against Carnew this Wed 30th. Mílebuíochasarís do nadaoinear fad óngclub a tháinigchunféachaintorainn. 

Foireann: Macdara Ó Midheach, LochlannDougan, Donnchadh Griffin-Carroll, Ciarán McKay (Captaen, 4-3), Gavin Henderson, Sid Hunt, Ronan McMahon (2-0), Ben Kearney (0-2), James Anders (2-1), David Kennedy, Tony Jackson, David Maloney (0-1), Joe Phelan (0-1), Rory Lambe (3-7), CianLohan (1-1), Andrew O'Brien, Andrew Conway (3-2), Michael Timmons, Rian Knox, SeánMcDonagh (0-2), Stephen Flynn. Bainisteoir - Séamus Phelan.  

Boy's Under 16 Football

Our U 16 boy's football team lost away to Rathnew in their first game in section B of the League on Monday 14th April on a score line of 3.09 to 1.05.  The first half was fairly even, with both sides missing good scoring chances.  The half time score was 1.03 to 1.01 in favour of Rathnew.  In the second half Rathnew got some good early scores which set them up for victory.  The Bray boys continued to battle right up to the final whistle with some good individual performances.  The return of some players that were not available on the night will further strengthen the panel. Thanks to the parents for providing transport and support to the players.  Team: Stephen Finn, Eoin Barnes, Noah Cummins, Cian Rowe, Kevin Spaine, Evan Sweeney, William Hennessy, Owen Duffy, Arron Walsh, John Ahearne, Andrew Reynolds, Con Green, Brandon McCreevy, David Munro, Simon Reynolds, Daniel Jakob , Ben Kearney. The next game is at home to Baltinglass on Monday 5th May. 

Under 16 Hurling

Bray played their first game last Monday away v Glenealy. It was their first time together as a group and there were very encouraging signs of the potential of the group. Glenealy, having the wind and playing down the slope on the pitch, made the better start getting a goal and a couple of points without reply. Bray's touch wasn't great at first but improved as the game went on. Bray's defence got to grips with the Glenealy attack after about 20 minutes and more than matched them from then until the final whistle only conceding 2 points in the second half. Lochlann was very dependable in goals. Kevin Nolan, Fiachra, Joe and Owen worked hard in defence; Kevin Spaine in particular did very well in the half back line. William put in a man of the match performance in the full back line and never once did his opponent win a ball against him and drove the ball out of defence on numerous occasions. Evan and Philip worked hard around the middle of the field as did Donncha, Stephen, David and Cian. Daniel, Donnchadh, Shane and Andrew provoked panic in the Glenealy defence when they got the ball. Andrew was top scorer for Bray with 1-3 to his credit. Glenealy won the game but were made to work for it particularly in the second half of the match.
Team: Lochlann Dougan, Donncha Morgan, William Hennessy, Kevin Nolan, Joe Phelan, Owen Duffy (0-1), Kevin Spaine, Evan Sweeney, Philip Redmond (0-1), David Munro, Cian Rowe, Andrew Conway (1-3), Daniel Jakob, Stephen Finn, Shane Slattery, Fiachra Murphy, Donnchadh Griffin.