Intermediate Hurling Champions

Friday, November 6, 2015

Intermediate Hurling Champions 2015


Intermediate Hurling Champions 2015

Intermediate Hurling Final
Well it was all roads to Arklow on Saturday evening for intermediate hurling final against Arklow rocks. Could we emulate the seniors and bring home the Sean O'Farrell cup to Bray, making it a clean sweep of the top two hurling league and championships for 2015. Indeed we did just that, running out winners on a score line of 3.14 to 3.7. We started this game with a great point only seconds after the throw in from Liam Kenny, quickly followed by a free from Tom Cash, Paddy Mellon then added a point from a free for Arklow, Willie Keane, Barry Cunningham got off the mark with points from play, and were starting to run riot through the Arklow back line, Tom Cash was deadly on the frees and from play as we eased into a commanding lead of 8 points to 4, our backs were completely dominant and only for a few handy frees, it could have been a lot worse for Rocks who just couldn't make any head-way through the Bray half back line of Matt Thompson, Peter Conroy and Cathal Reddin, then just before half time Liam Kenny gathered the ball, ripped through the Arklow defence and blasted past Keith Barns in the Rocks goal, Lorcan Pratt finished the half with a lovely long range point to leave the half time score 1.9 to 5 and looking comfortable having played into the wind. 

We began the second half with a fine goal from Tom Cash, straight from the restart, before the Arklow mentors had even made it to the dug-out, Nikki Sweeney came on for Luke O'Reilly and before long it was 2.12 to 5 points, Shane Lohan came on for Ryan Tynan, however there was to be one last twist to this game and with ten minutes to go Ti Byrne Arklow's ace forward flicked the ball to the Bray net for a very good opportunist goal, this was quickly followed by another goal from the same player and the Rocks were ending with a great rally, meanwhile Seanie Maloney had to come off with a bad injury to his ankle and Matt. Thompson received a somewhat harsh red card. Ed Keating came on for Sean, Craig Brack Synnott for Peter Conroy, the game had suddenly become exciting, Dara Maloney "captain supreme" delivered a long puck out which Liam Kenny plucked for the air, handed it to Lorcan who handed it to Tom who blasted past Keith Barns yet again and this was surely game over but no! back came Arklow and that man again TJ Byrne caught another ball on the edge of the square and fired in another goal past Dara, Tom Cash added few points but it was too little too-late for Arklow, the final whistle blow and Bray were champions. Many thanks to all the supporters who travelled down, as we ended the year on a very good note, also many thanks to Brenda Maloney (nutritionist), Colm McDonagh (kit), Olan Savage (trainer), Cameron(Physio), Harry Stevenson(stats) Willie Cash(sel), Mick O'Byrne(sel), Jackie Napier (admin), all the hurley & water carriers, John and the senior management, our sponsors Matt Britton.

Team: Dara Maloney, Sean Maloney, Enda McHugh, Jordan Lee, Matt Thompson, Peter Conroy, Cathal Reddin, Lorcan Pratt, Ryan Tynan, Ben McCormack, Willie Keane, Barry Cunningham, Luke O'Reilly, Liam Kenny, Tom Cash, Subs: Nicholas Sweeney, Ed Keating, Shane Lohan, Craig brack Synnott, David Ebbs, Willie Robinson, Brian Duggan, Mick Walsh, Paul Barry, Harry Stevenson.
Best rgds Pat Lee manager.

Intermediate Hurling Championship Semi-Final
The intermediate hurlers have followed the seniors into another county final for the club. We travelled to Ballinakill last night to face Glenealy under lights in the semi- final of the intermediate hurling championship and what a match it was, tough, hard and noncompromising stuff, point for point and end to end. Tom Cash opened his account with a point from a free and this was quickly followed by a great point from Willie Keane. John Keenan was kept busy for while at this stage and managed to keep order flashing a few yellow cards in the process, the Glenealy robust approach was not working and our lads matched them point for point, concentrating on the hurling and the ball, Darragh Maloney added a point and Tom again with two more, one from play and one from a free, while David Conyard and James Manley kept Glenealy in touch with some well taken scores from frees and play. Half time saw us level at 5 a piece and with us playing towards the clubhouse and a big Emmets support behind us, things looked good. The whole of the senior team, who had a gym session up there before the match started to become vocal and encouraging the lads on. Shortly after the break a few changes were made, Willie Keane suffered a bad thumb injury, so Matt Thompson was introduced along with Luke O’Reilly and Nikki Sweeney, the game was still very even and no quarter given. Glenealy started to take a small grip on things and went ahead by a point but then came the purple patch from our lads lead by Enda McHugh who was immense at the back, midway through the second half Tom landed a monster from play, quickly followed by another from Nikki Sweeney, we then missed a few chances to pull away and drive on but back came Glenealy putting pressure on our goal time after time. Cathal Reddin, Jordan Lee, and Luke O’Reilly cleared the world of ball in the last quarter and Mick Walsh even stopping one from going over the bar with Seanie Maloney getting her out of the danger zone, Liam Kenny with all his experience came out from full forward to get in a great hook and win possession flicking the ball to Ben McCormack who was fouled and Tom once again, for his tenth point of the game slotted her over the bar, Willie Keane had come back on at this stage after Cameron had worked a miracle on him, and was to be denied by the post with rocket of a shot in the dying minute, the ball was cleared out for a 65, which we failed to convert but Keenan sounded the final whisle after four minutes of injury time causing euphoria on the Bray touch line. The result was a fair one, both teams gave there all, both teams had misses but overall we were the best team and deserved the win, final score 13 to 11. Seniors play St Bridgets Friday night in the field 8 o cl throw in, and Sunday morning we travel to Crumlim for Dublin League game at 11, many thanks for all the support , the history pages just might have another double written in this year.

Team, Michael Walsh, Sean Maloney, Enda McHugh, Jordan Lee, Barry Cunningham, Peter Conroy, Cathal Reddin, Lorcan Pratt, Ryan Tynan, Darragh Maloney(1), Willie Keane(1), Ben McCormack, Tom Cash(10) Liam Kenny and Brian Duggan, Matt Thompson, Nicholas Sweeney(1) Luke O’Reilly, Ed Keating, Shane Lohan, William Robinson.