Club Notes 2nd November

Monday, November 2, 2015

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Leinster Club Hurling Championship
Bray Emmets take on Bennettsbridge from Killenny this Sunday at 12.30 in Aughrim. All support would be greatly welcomed for this crucial semi-final fixture.

Karl Lacey Capt 2015 Div 5 Dublin

Well done to the hurlers for achieving promotion to Division 4 of the Dublin Adult Hurling League.  Picture shows captain Karl Lacey wit the cup. 

See below for match report.

The Scór na n-Óg County Finals 
The Scór na n-Óg County Finals are being held at a slightly earlier time this year. Our performance final will be held on Friday 6th November at 7.30pm in the Ballinakill Centre of Excellence. Competitions on the night include: solo singing, ballad group singing, recitation, instrumental groups, novelty acts and group dancing. Competitors should be 16 or under on January 1st 2016.

The Scór na n-Óg Quiz County Final will be held in Ballinakill at 7.30pm on the following Friday 13th November. The winning team will go on to represent Co. Wicklow at the All-Ireland Quiz Final in Killarney on January 30th 2016. Each team should be made up of 4 members all of whom will be 16 or under on January 1st 2016. 

If you have any questions regarding the Scór competitions please contact Kathryn at 086 8664931 or Ray at 085 1642221.

Entries for both the Performance and Quiz Finals should be emailed to before Wednesday 4th November 2015

Club AGM
The Club AGM takes place on Friday,  20th November at 7.30pm. Please find nominations and motion forms attached. The positions available to be filled are detailed on the nomination form. You can nominate people for as many postions as you wish and are encouraged to do so. The club executive is the body within the Club responsible for the strategic direction and the day to day activities of the club. Please note under no circumstances can Nominations or Motions be accepted from the floor at the AGM.

Nominations for positions for 2016 and/or proposed motions should be returned by Friday, 30th October to the Club Secretary either by e-mail ( ) or be dropped into the Club Shop on Saturday morning between 10.30 a.m. and midday.

Strictly St Cronan's
Following on from the successful Strictly Bray Emmets, St Cronan’s National School are hosting their own event in Fitzpatrick’s Hotel on Saturday 14th November. There are still a number of tickets available, please contact  01 2860440 for details. More importantly there are a number of dancers taking part who have strong Bray Emmets connections and would welcome your support. Ado Byrne, Amy Robinson, Keith Pyper and Yvonne Longmore have family members playing in the club while John McCarthy is a coach at academy level. Voting can be done online, visit the Strictly St Cronans Facebook page for details. 

Regular reminders
Peil Abu /Tag Gaelic Football is seeking new players
Peil Abu , every Thursday at 7. Cost €5. Open to all over 18. All you need is runners and plenty of water. Contact Gary on 086 8545 100 if you are interested or turn up on the night. This is a great non-contact way to get fit and have fun.

Club jerseys, unused hurleys and helmets
Would all players, parents and mentors to check if they have any Bray Emmets team jerseys.  There are a number of jerseys missing from juvenile and adult team sets .  

The jerseys can be returned any night of the week to the clubhouse or on Saturday morning between 10.30 and 12.30pm. We are also looking for any hurleys and hurling helmets that are not being used at present to be dropped into the clubhouse where we will find good use for them.

Ciaran Barnes  is the Bray Emmets Referee Coordinator . He can be contacted at 0876693206. Requests for home-game referees should be made to Ciaran  on a Tuesday so he can plan for the week.

Dates for your Diary
Scór na n-Óg: November 6th, Ballinakill, 7.30
Leinster Club Hurling Championship semi-final: November 8th, Bray Vs Bennetsbridge, Aughrim, 12.30.
Club AGM: November 20th, 7.30pm

Match Reports

Senior hurling Dublin League Division 5 final.

The final match of the Div 5 adult hurling Dublin League, and in two consecutive years we have managed promotion from div 6 to div 4 .We travelled over to Silver Park, Kilmacud, to try and ensure the next step on the ladder to become one of Dublin’s recognised senior hurling teams and put Bray Emmets on a level that we have wished for for many years.

We have waited for success of this kind, with five cups in the cabinet in Old Conna already this year and still in the hunt for a sixth, the Leinster. The game started at a hectic pace, Sean Garvey in the Kilmacud goal making a great save and Dara Maloney(1) firing the rebound just wide, Diarmuid Masterson opened the scoring with a point from a free and indeed it was the Diarmuid Masterson show for Bray as he added 1.3 leaving us 1.4 to 2 points with 15 minutes gone, Donal McGovern was keeping Crokes in the game from placed balls and looked like a real threat at times. Aron Murphy scored a point from play and Liam Kenny(1.) fired home one his trade mark goals to put us 2.7 to 4 ahead and playing well.

Kilmacud, the team that they are, came back at us with 1.2, a penalty that McGovern buried and two frees. Eoin McCormack(1) caught a great ball and drove it over the bar to calm the tide and then his brother Ben fired over to restore our dominance at the break, the half time score 2.9 to 1.6. It was up to Kilmacud now to come back at Bray but they just couldn’t string a few scores together to get them back into this game. It was “tit for tat” for most of the second half with both teams sharing points Masterson(1.9) and McGovern that mainly featured from placed balls. Then a life line for Crokes, with 7 or 8 minutes to go Terry McAllister blasted the ball past Peter O’Reilly in the Bray goal after a little over elaborate passing in the Bray defence. This was short lived because almost immediately Ben McCormack(1.1) flicked the ball one handed past Garvey in the Kilmacud goal, this was quickly followed by a point from Aron Murphy (2) after a well worked move from the Bray defence. Peter O’Reilly saved a penalty and two 21 yard frees late on and deserved the man of the man award after the game.

Peter Kiely, Daire Lohan and Ronan O’Brien had stood up under immense pressure towards the end of this match, and young Cathal O’Dulachain was superb after coming on as a sub before half time. Our boys rallied again Lorcan Pratt and Brian Duggan finished very strong before Pat Murphy blew the final whistle, final score 3.15 to 2.11. Karl Lacey picked up our fifth cup from Dublin CCC, to close a remarkable season.

The senior hurling management will have a big headache after today’s game with Liam Kenny breaking the door down for a start next Sunday against his native Kilkenny opponents Bennetts Bridge, in Aughrim .

Many thanks to all our supporters who once again travelled over to cheer us over the line, greatly appreciated, to Cameron who worked his socks off, Colm on the bag, Mick O’B, Willie Cash, Bill Maher for their assistance on the line, all the hurley carriers and water boys, Olan for the warm up, and don’t forget next Sunday in Aughrim, first of a double header, we face Bennetts Bridge of Kilkenny, in the curtain raiser to Rathnew and St Lomans of Westmeath in the Leinster club football championships.

Pat Lee

U12 Hurling

Bray Emmets vs Liffey Gaels

On an unseasonably warm Saturday 31st October Brays under 12 hurlers lost their ultimate game in their Dublin League and as a result of scores elsewhere gave up their position at the head of the table to finish third on points difference.

Bray started slowly and were 10 points down after 10 minutes against a physically larger opposition. This team are however nothing but determined and as result of huge effort underpinned by skill they fought their way back into the game to lead as the half time whistle blew. In this time they scored all manner of points and goals, from frees to sideline cuts to rasping shots and balls doubled on in the air.

Liffey Gaels, though came out in the second half full of determination. They began to use their extra height and strength to good effect once more and edged into the lead. Again Bray fought back and started to gain ascendency as they unleashed ball after ball towards their opponents goal. Unfortunately they fell just short to lose by the minimum. As the referee called time the scoreboard read Bray 3-9 to Liffey Gaels 4-7.

The journey is only beginning for the team and without doubt they will taste victory in the near future. They have grown as hurlers throughout the year and are a fantastic bunch who always represent their club with pride and passion.

Team: Tim, Evan, Conor D, Oscar M, Cian, Art, Gavin, John, Nathan, Louie, Jamie, Conor M and Luan. Other team members not available on the day: Quintin, Michael, Felim, Simon, Fionn, Oscar M and Eoin.

U12 Camogie

Camogie Blitz in Cuala

The U12 Camogie team played in a 4 team Dublin blitz in Cuala CLG, Sat 31 Oct. This was a great opportunity for us to play a variety of good camogie teams. First up, was Ballinteer St Johns, a skillful group of girls who pipped us by one goal despite the perseverance and energy of Pearl O’Connor and Kaleigh Broderick.         

In the second game, we managed a more comprehensive win against a tenacious Roundtowers. Bray Emmets had found a better rhythm by that point, with Áine Farrell, Mary-Anne Aherne and Sarah Lambe rolling up their sleeves. 

In the third game, defending against an unbeaten Cuala was our collective task. We were eager to prove we were the best team of the four, despite our shaky start.  Róisín Benville, Amy Butler, Saoirse Canavan made huge efforts for the cause, while a vital save by Erica Brierton facilitated a richly deserved, but narrow Bray Emmets victory. A very audible outpouring of joy from players and loyal followers rang through the Deansgrange air!  Bhain chuile dhuine an-sult is taitneamh as an gcomórtas seo.     

Foireann: Áine Farrell, Amy Butler, Aoife Canavan, Eimear Timmons, Ellen O’Doherty, Erica Brierton, Kaleigh Broderick, Madge Redmond, Mary-Anne Aherne, Olivia Kissane, Pearl O’Connor, Róisín Benville, Saoirse Canavan, Sarah Lambe. Bainisteoir -  Brian Lambe.