Club Notes 30th March

Monday, March 30, 2015

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Hurling Féile
The Hurling Féile was postponed on Sunday due to bad weather. Well done to the lads who  meet Carnew in the rescheduled semi-final. The new dates have yet to be announced.
Leaving Certificate Irish Oral Class
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 April. 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
Trath na gCeist/Quiz Night
Coiste Chairde Raithin are holding a quiz night on 16 April at 8 in The Martello, Bray. €10 per person/€40 per table. All welcome
Club Dinner Dance
The annual club dinner dance takes place on the 24th of April in the Royal Hotel, Bray. Put it in your diary. A great night to celebrate a fantastic 2014 for the club.
Peil Abu /Tag Gaelic Football
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.
Men's Junior Football
The men's Junior football team are back training on Wednesday evenings at 7.15 pm and Sunday mornings at 10.00 am, in Old Conna. Anyone interested in playing is welcome. come to training or  contact Ian Smith 086-85157232 for further details.  
Adult Camogie
This year Bray Emmets are entering a team in the Wicklow Adult Camogie League. it will be the first time in 35 years that the club has fielded an adult camogie team. This is a great opportunity to capitalise on the fantastic progress that has been achieved in the past 7 years. If you would like to take part in this great adventure please Training is every Wednesday 7.45-9pm on 3G.
Evening with the  Bray Emmet  Ladies Camogie Teams who won Two Senior Championship 1972 & 1974  
Living history talk by the members of the Bray Emmets ladies camogie team who won two senior championships in 1972 and 1974 will take place on 1st April 2015 in Delgany. This year Bray Emmets are entering a team in the Wicklow Adult Camogie League, it will be the first time in over 35 years that the club has fielded an adult camogie team. The 1972/74 camogie championship winners  will speak to the present squad about the long history and tradition of camogie in Bray. All past camogie players are invited to come along. For more information contact:
Dates for your Diary
1st April: Living history talk on Bray Emmets camogie county champions 1972, 1974, Delgany. Contact
16th April: Coiste Chairde Raithin Quiz Night, Martello, Bray, 8pm
24th April: Club Dinner Dance, Royal Hotel, Bray
26th-28th June: Football Feile
Upcoming fixtures
Date 2015 Bray Team              V Home/Away Time
Mon 30th Mar
Boy’s U 12 Football
Boy’s U 16Football
Eire Og
Pitch 2
Pitch 4
Tues 31st Mar U 16 Girls Football Tinahely Tinahely 7pm
Wed 1st April Boy’s U 14 Football St. Patrick’s Wicklow Wicklow 6.45pm
Thurs 2nd April U 14 Girls Football Carnew Pitch 2 7pm
Sun 5th April
U 18 Camogie
Senior Ladies Football
Na Fianna
P. 4
P. 4

Match Reports

Dublin Adult Hurling league
The second match in the Dublin league turned out to be a much more one sided affair, with Bray winning on a score line of 4.16 to 6 points. St Marks from Tallaght came to Bray on Sunday morning and came up against a pretty determined bunch of players. 
Padraig Doyle started in goal as he is looking to get back to full fitness after injury and kept his second clean sheet in a week, but it was our new kid on the block Eoin McCormack that got the ball rolling with a superb goal, lobbing the out coming goalie after beating two defenders, this was quickly followed by another from Liam Kenny and yet another by Cian O’Byrne, Bray were in total control of this game at half time leading 4.6 to 2 points, Liam Kenny having buried his second goal just before the whistle. 
Daire Moloney was in great form at corner forward and scored six points from play, Daire Henderson and Ryan Tynan showed well at mid field, Enda McHugh played at full back with Harry Stephenson and Paul Barry (1) rock solid beside him, Lacey, Kiely (1) and Mick Walsh made up the half back line, and Nikki Sweeney, Eoin McCormack (1.3) Luke O’Reilly the half forwards, and then that leathal full forward line Cian O’Byrne (1.5) Liam Kenny (2.0) and Daire (Nasher) Moloney( 6).There were a number of changes made during the game with Lorcan Pratt, Craig Brack, Ronan O’Brien and Barry Cunningham all coming on to play there part. 
Next match is in two weeks time.

Leinster Senior Hurling League
Our senor hurlers had their first game in Division 2 of the Leinster League on Saturday 28th February in Old Connaught against Glenmore of Kilkenny. After a closely fought contest Bray emerged winners on a score line of 2.11 to 1.11. The second game was away to Erin’s Own of Bagenalstown, Carlow on Monday 23rd March. 
The travel time to Bagenelstown was made much longer as a result of an accident on the motorway. Despite the delay, the game started on time and the Erin’s Own pitch was in excellent condition which suited both teams as they tried to play fast open hurling. Bray made a very good start to the game and held a lead of 7 points to 3 at half time. The second half was a much tighter affair with Erin’s Own drawing level in the 58th minute. 
Bray responded with three points in the remaining five minutes that were played with Erin’s Own finishing the scoring with a point. Final score Bray 13pts - Erins Own 11pts. The team panel played very well on the night and the management team were very pleased with the commitment of all the players. 
Team: Padraig Doyle, Paul Barry, Peter Kiely, Harry Stephenson, Luke Maloney, Jim Doyle, Karl Lacey, Diarmuid Masterson, (5pts) Daire Henderson, Ben Mc Cormack, Eoin Mc Cormack (2pts), Barry Cunningham, Cian O’ Byrne (3pts), Liam Kenny, Darragh Maloney (3pts). Subs used, Luke O Reilly, Mark Lennon, Ryan Tynan. 
The last game in the league against Portlaoise will not now take place because Bray have now qualified for the semi-finals of the league and will be hoping for a home draw. Bray will play the winners of Kilmacow(Kilkenny) or Ballinamere (Offaly) in the semi-final.

U11 Hurling - Sunday 22nd
U-11 Dublin League Hurling; Westmanstown Gaels 6-5; Bray Emmets 5-3
The under 11 hurling team lost for the first time this season in this keenly contested match with Westmanstown. However, all of the coaches agreed that this was the best performance that this group of players has ever shown in a match. The quality of the hurling from both sides was exceptional, and Bray led with 5 minutes remaining, but were undone by a couple of late scores following an injury to goalkeeper Dara Byrne, who had been in outstanding form up to that point - making some fine saves and delivering accurate and long puck-outs. Performances were very strong throughout the team, with a tight defence of Alex Colgan, Cathal MacMaolain and Finn Tracey, a highly energetic midfield of Adam Prunty, Fiachra O'Dunai and James Byrne, and a very competitive and eager forward line of Shane Baguley, Jamie Mooney and Nathan Hunter. A great performance all round, but coming up just short in the end. 

U13 Hurling
Bray Emmets Under 13s had their third match in the Dublin Hurling League against Castleknock on Friday.  Played in perfect conditions Bray settled well with Sam and Philip getting on top early on at midfield ensuring quick accurate ball going into the forward line of Brian, Riain, Rory, Cathal, Daniel and Michael . However Castleknock came more into the game as the half wore on with the backline of Adam, Tadhg, Sebastain, Aaron, Andrew  and Zack defending stoutly, however all their efforts could not keep the Castleknock boys at bay as they swept into a well deserved lead. 
So after 10 minutes Bray were down by 5 points and it looked like it was going to be a long night. What happened from that point until the end was some of the most entertaining and skilful hurling performances by an underage Bray team ever seen by this writer and it was a privilege to be there. 
Spurred on by the calming influence in goal by Ben, the Bray backline now hunting in packs , blocking and hooking and tackling to ensure the tide turned in Bray’s favour, the introduction of Jamie, Jack, Gavin, the ever excellent Eoin and Luan who despite being unwell ensured Bray were on top at half time.
As a light rain fell in the second half Bray started the second half as they ended the first with the backline of Adam, Jamie, Aaron, Tadhg, Zack, Eoin and Sebastain keeping their direct opponents at bay. Ben made two excellent saves and his accurate puck outs were the launching pads for many an enterprising attack by Jack and Philip in midfield. The young but brilliant wing forwards in Michael and Gavin ensured that hat-trick hero Riain, Andrew, Brian, Rory Daniel and Cathal were given plenty of scoring opportunities, the re-introduction of Sam halfway through the second half saw Castleknock heads go down and Bray ran out deserved winners
This was the best performance so far by this group of players. They have been training hard and the dynamic drills and warm ups prepared and devised by Terry are ensuring that the players are trying things in games.
 The passing, while not always perfect, is being done at pace and there is a greater appreciation of space within the group. The under 13s are well conditioned and prepared by Terry and as the saying goes Níl gá a eagla na gaoithe tinn nuair a bhfuil do stoic féar a ceangailte síos.
Special mention must go to Riain who scored a hat-trick on the night, Riain may not be the biggest player on the team but he has the heart of a lion and when he wasn’t scoring goals he was blocking and hooking ensuring his marker did not have a minutes peace. Another player that deserves huge credit on the night is Ben our goal-keeper. It would have been easy for Ben’s head to drop after Castleknock scoring two quick goals but Ben made a number of critical saves in both halves and was calmness personified.
A special thank you to Castleknock for rescheduling the game and coming out on a Friday night and a special thanks to the referee who had to come by Bus from Lucan leaving his house at five to be out in Bray on time, now that’s commitment!
Team: Ben, Jamie, Aaron, Adam, Tadhg, Eoin, Zack, Andrew, Sam, Philip, Jack, Daniel, Brian, Luan, Michael, Riain, Gavin, Rory and Cathal

U14 boys Football
On an awful night Bray Emmets played their first Wicklow Under 14 Football League Division 3 against Kilcoole. Playing with a gale in the first half Bray were quickly into their stride with scores from Gavin, Daniel and Cathal. Tadhg and Philip were having  great games in midfield getting on a lot of ball distributing well into the forwards of Cian and Eoin who created a number of scores. With the elements Kilcoole found it hard to get going but settled more into the game as the half wore on, however the backline of Donal,  Jamie, Eoin and Rory were very sharp in the tackle and ensured Aaron in goal had a quiet first half.
In the second half Kilcoole started to use the elements in their favour and had a few well worked scores which Aaron could do nothing about, however the backline settled with Rory, Donal Eoin and Jamie working the ball up well to the ever industrious Philip and Tadhg ensuring the sharp Daniel, Eoin , Gavin captain Cian and Cathal kept the scoreboard ticking over for a well deserved win.
This was a good win and reflects the work the lads are putting in. Special mention must go to both sets of players, referee,  coaches and parents who braved the elements in what must have one of the worst nights up in Old Conna for an under age game.
Team: Aaron, Eoin, Jamie, Rory, Donal, Tadhg, Philip, Gavin, Eoin, Daniel, Cian and Cathal.

Hurling Féile
The U14 boys hurling team were competing for Féile qualification on Saturday 28th March down in Ballinakill. They played 2 games, enjoying a victory over Arklow Rocks and sustaining a 2 point defeat to Luke O’Tooles, an amalgamated west Wicklow team. The boys are now through to a semi-final against Carnew. Thank you to the many people who came down to support us. Tá na buachaillí ag tnúth go mór le Carn an Bhua. 
Foireann : Aaron O'Rourke, Adam Bushe, Brian Nesbitt, Cathal Eddy, Conor Hardiman, David Maloney (Captaen), David Nesbitt, Eoin Holmes, Jack Treacy, Gavin Henderson, Michael Timmons, Oisín Drury, Peter Aherne, Philip Jakob, Rory Lambe, Rory Mulcahy, Sam Kearney, Seán McDonagh, Sebastian Coleman, Tadhg McCarthy, Zack Collins. Bainisteoir - Larry Timmons.

U9 Girls football - Sunday 22nd
We had two teams playing against Cuala, their first away match with a couple of girls playing their first ever match. All girls played fantastically. With one very good win and one close loss. Great support from the many parents there to support their daughters and the club. The girls were: Cara Mahony, Lorna Dunne, Ella Cummins, Erica Sammon, Niamh Clancy, Rachael O’Brien. Niamh Mahony, Ella Carroll, Saibh Smierciak, Clodagh O’Keeffe, Tara Maher, Emily Ryan and Lucy Gibson. Mentor Lisa Mahony.