Club Notes 11th April

Monday, April 11, 2016

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Bray Hurling

Hurling presentation night
A very enjoyable evening was held in the clubhouse with over 100 people in attendance and we were delighted to have Kilkenny superstar JJ Delaney present the senior and intermediate hurlers with their 2015 county championship medals. 

Martin Coleman, chairman of the Wicklow County Board and Mick Hagan of the Wicklow CCC were also on hand to present the player of the year awards and to make a presentation to the Bray Emmets players that were part of the U21 team that won the All Ireland 'B' championship last September. 

We would like to thank Martin and Mick for coming to Bray Emmets to help us celebrate our wins in 2015. We would also like to say thank you to  Fr Enda from Holy Redeemer church, who also joined us for the evening.

The player of the year awards were as follows:

Minor Pádraig Doyle

Junior Conor McNally

Intermediate Tom Cash

Senior Diarmuid Masterson

A raffle was held on the evening and the winners were Larry Timmons, Debbie McDonagh and Gerard Murphy. We would like to thank all of those who came along and supported the event.

1916 Game 3

1916-2016 Commemoration Game
Our own senior football captain Des Kelly took part in the 1916-2016 commemoration game at O'Tooles GAA Club at the weekend. A Dublin selection, comprising one player from each of the clubs that played in the 1916 Dublin championship and managed by current Dublin manager Jim Gavin played O' a special anniversary strip. Each player also received a medal. Well done to all who participated in this unique event. For more photographs see our Facebook page.

Oral Irish classes
Bray Emmets Oifigeach na Gaeilge, Brian Lambe, will be giving an Oral Irish class in the  Clubhouse, on a date in April yet-to-be finalised. This class is for any Bray Emmets members who are sitting their Leaving Cert Oral Irish exam in the coming weeks. If you are interested  in enrolling, Please text your name to Brian 087-69 705 89.

Match Reports

Leinster Senior Club Div 2 semi-final

Bray Emmets 2-16 Ballinkillen 2-12

We are getting to the business end of this competition now, and we welcomed Ballinkillen of Carlow to Bray last Saturday for the semi-final. We started well with Eoin McCormack and Diarmuid Masterson getting two early scores, the Carlow boys replied with a point from David English, from the very start of this game you could tell this was going to be a very close encounter. Michael Ryan the Ballinkillen full back was very busy in the opening minutes, as was Sean Minchin in the Carlow goal, but it was a great passage of play from the Bray lads that finally ended in the back of the net, the chance falling to Eoin McCormack after some heroic defensive work from the Carlow men. Mikey Lee added a couple of points, and we looked to be getting a small bit of control around the middle, Eoin crack one off the crossbar and had that have gone in it would have gave us daylight, at this stage Luke Maloney was having a stormer at centre back, along with Darragh Henderson, Kieley and Lacey all looked to be getting on top, back but it wasn’t to be, it was the Carlow boys that struck, Peter O’Reilly failed to deal with high ball in and Marty O’Neill flicked it to the Bray net, back to a point in it, Diarmuid was keeping us going with some great long range frees, and just before half time we introduced John Henderson for Seanie Maloney, this was to settle us and we kicked on from here, going in to the break 1.10 to 1.09 up. 

Ben McCormack came on for Padge Doyle and showed some lovely touches getting vital possession for us around the middle half of the pitch. We had the wind in the second half and Christy Moorehouse fired over a quick point, giving us a two point lead, back came Carlow and the O’Neill brothers soon had them level again. Conor Doherty came on for a tired Liam Kenny. Philip Collins and Mikey added points to put us back in front and with twelve minutes to go things were looking good, with the large Bray crowd getting very vocal along the rail, however David English set up another attack for Craig Wall to fire a bullet past Peter O’Reilly in the Bray goal, a point down and all of a sudden real pressure from wondering how many we were going to win by to trying to stay alive in the competition, Philip Collins won possession at midfield and tigerishly made his way up along towards the Ballinkillen goal, the ball ended up out over the line, up stepped Mikey Lee and cut it straight over the bar, (Joe Canning style) level again, almost straight from the puck out, Lee again caught a great ball and fired it back over Minchin’s crossbar, point up and the whole place was going crazy. 

Sean Minchin couldn’t puck the ball out quick enough as time was running out for the Carlow men, who tried desperately to get the equaliser, but to their disappointment, English fired wide. It was now on a knife edge but it was the old reliable, young John, known to us as Hendo, won a great ball in the middle and picked out Christy Moorehouse all alone inside the defence, he didn’t need a second thought to rattle the Carlow net. Darragh Maloney replaced Christy who suffered cramp immediately after getting the goal, a minute or two later Declan Peppard blew the final whistle Bray victory 2.16 to 2.12 in a most exciting game. We now face the winners of Glenealy and Naomh Eoin (Myshall) who play next weekend in the other semi-final.

Many thanks to Brenda, Frances and Debbie for the lovely food after the match, much appreciated, to Colm McDonagh for having everything ready for the game, Olan for the warm up and Cameron doing physio, Harry on stats.

Upstairs later for a great night with JJ Delaney presenting medals all night, super music by Lukie, John Treanor and his friends, joined by Fr Enda from Holy Redeemer, who is getting very fond of Bray Emmets, Mick Hagan and Martin Coleman from the county board.

Team: Peter O’Reilly, Sean Maloney, Peter Kiely, Daire Lohan, Karl Lacey, Luke Maloney, Darragh Henderson, Philip Collins(1) Mikey Lee(5) Diarmuid Masterson(7), Eoin McCormack(1.1), Christy Moorehouse(1.2), Cathal O’Dulachain, Liam Kenny, Padge Doyle, John Henderson, Ben McCormack, Conor Doherty, Darragh Maloney, Willie Keane, Mick Walsh, Liam Benville and Dan Kennedy. Peter Walsh and Mark Lennon injured.

Dublin Senior Hurling League Division 4

Bray Emmets 1-8 vs Kilmacud 2-10

We had Kilmacud Crokes down to Bray last Wednesday for the latest round of the Div 4 league. This was a very good contest which was played in conditions only known to resembled Syberia, rather  than a spring evening in Ireland. The rain was relentless but we got through it, Kilmacud, with players like Conor Clinton and Tony Walsh, who have withstood the test of time showed great resolve and kept the score board ticking for the Crokes boys, scoring two good goals against the run of play and a very strong breeze. Gearoid Murphy, Padge Doyle, were adding the points for the Emmets and despite the conditions a good entertaining half was played out. Kilmacud who owed us one , having beaten them in last year’s Div 5 final, were in no mood to lay down and roll over and lead 2.4 to 5 points at half time. Conor Doherty who had ran himself into the ground in the first half, was straight out of the blocks in the second half and scored 1.1 in the opening minutes, Gearoid knocked over another point from a free and was unlucky with a couple more, with fifteen minutes gone in the second half the sides were level. Then Clinton, with the bit of class edged Crokes ahead with two frees and one from play, and he really was a hand full for Karl Lacey on the night, gave them the momentum and despite a fantastic point from our Philip Collins and another from Daire Lohan, we just couldn’t get ahead, and with the wind and rain against us, it was the Kilmacud lads that finished it off with another well worked score to break Enda McHugh’s heart having defended brilliantly for most of the half. Our young fellows like Liam Benville, Dan Kennedy and Conor Doherty gave their all to the cause, and indeed the whole 17 or 18 that played on the night left it all out there and couldn’t have given any more. The final score 2.10 to 1.8 which puts Kilmacud on top of the league.

Special mention and get well for Peter Walsh who missed the match, after having to have his appendix removed hours before the game.

Team: Peter O’Reilly, Jordan Lee, Enda McHugh, Paul Barry, Liam Benville, Peter Kieley, Karl Lacey, Phil Collins, Daire Lohan, Gearoid Murphy, Darragh Maloney, Conor Doherty, Dan Kennedy, Padge Doyle, Mick Walsh, Danny Eglington, Martin Ryan and John Ward.

U10 Girls Camogie

Bray Emmets vs Ballinteer

We played three matches in a blitz. First match against St Marks and despite many chance on goal we scored just one which was enough for the win. Second match against Ballinteer #2 which was a close match and low scoring again not helped by the small pitch. A draw was a fair result. Last match against Ballinteer #1 we actually played our best across the team but they had one super player that scored some great points for the win. But our mids did a good job stopping her scoring more.

Foireann: Annie McLoughlin, Cara Mahony, Ciara Lambe, Ella Cummins, Emily Ryan, Niamh Clancy, Niamh Mahony, Kimberly Kennedy, Katie Curran, Kate Slattery, Siamh Smierciak

Bainisteoiri: Alan Kennedy, Marie Curran

U14 Girls Football Feile

The Under 14 Girls Football team played in the first part of the Wicklow Féile Qualifiers, Sat 9th April. Victories against Baltinglass, Carnew and St Nicholas meant they qualified for the semi-final stages. The game Bray lost against Arklow will be the one that will allow them to learn most for the tougher games ahead. Agus go n-éireoidh leo.

Foireann : Rachel Messitt, Alice O’Doherty, Amy Butler, Amy Healy, Caoimhe Byrne, Caoimhe Purcell, Carla Lennon, Catherine McGarry, Ellen O'Doherty, Emily Cahill, Emily Riddell, Emily Sheridan-O’Shea, Emma Doyle, Hannah Surpless, Jordan O’Brien (Captaen), Laura McGarry, Madge Redmond, Orla Jackson, Orla O’Keeffe, Rachel Horan, Rebecca Mahon, Róisín Murphy, Saoirse Canavan, Sarah Lambe, Sinéad Quigley, Síofra Ní Mhidigh, Úna Smierciak. Bainisteoir - Brian O'Keeffe.