Club Notes 4th April

Monday, April 4, 2016

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Bray Hurling

Hurling presentation
The medal presentation for the senior hurlers, with special guests JJ Delaney and Liam McCarthy, takes place on Saturday 9th of April at 8pm. Please contact  John Henderson on 087 9130268  email, Pat Lee   on   086 8486496 or Anne Healy   on  087 2556193 for tickets at €20. Music provided by our own Luke Maloney and the meal will be served at 9. Numbers are limited to 120.

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Club photo
Congratulations to all who made the club photograph and coffee morning such a great success, despite the weather.

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.

Dates for your Diary
Hurling Awards Night: Saturday, April 9th, 8pm, clubhouse

Match reports

Leinster senior club hurling Div2 Quarter final.

Bray Emmets 1-12  Craanford 2-7

Last Saturday 26th March, we welcomed Craanford from Wexford to Bray for the quarter final stage of the Leinster club. The weather wasn’t great with wind and rain for most of this game, however a good game of hurling was served up. Bray started with the wind and dominated for much of this half, Diarmuid Masterson was deadly on the frees finishing with 11 points in total (three 65’s & 7 frees), pointing from all angles, Mikey scored a good goal after having shifted a heavy knock, and we looked to be in control, when an error at the back let Craanford in for a goal, this could have been a costly score to give away playing with such a gale, but in fairness to our lads we dug deep to add on a few more points before half time, Padge Doyle was replaced by Ben McCormack early on with an injury, John Henderson was getting through an enormous amount of work around the half back line and the three Peter’s, O’Reilly, Walsh and Kieley had  more than a good share of posession for us, as the break sounded, we lead 1.9 to 1.2 and one could  be forgiving for thinking is this enough of a lead or are Craanford going to overrun us in the second half.

A few inspirational words from big John in the dressing room at half time certainly  seem to do the trick, our lads got right to it from the throw in and never gave up, chasing down everything, forcing the Wexford men to shoot from way out the field, this lead to their wide count multiplying in the second half. Cathal O’Dualachain added point from play and Diarmuid two 65’s, Liam Kenny came on for Mikey and Conor Doherty for Darragh Maloney. Young John was man of the match by a country mile. Craanford did get a badly needed goal in injury time but it was too late, the final whistle sounded immediately after the puck out, and Bray got over the line on a score line of 1.12 to 2.7.

Semi-final is now fixed for 9th April at home again 3 o cl against Ballinakillen of Carlow. Many thanks for the lovely spread put on for our visitors by Frances and Brenda, badly needed on the day that was in it to warm us all up.

Let us hope we can go one better than last year when Kilmacow knocked us out at this state, in the semi, we are getting very fond of winning now and they say there is nothing like winning. Presentation night is the same night as our next match so we can make a good day and night of it, 9th April in the clubhouse, tickets €20.

Team: Peter O’Reilly, Sean Maloney, Peter Kieley, Daire Lohan, Peter Walsh, Darragh Henderson, Karl Lacey, John Henderson, Philip Collins, Michael Lee(1.), Diarmuid Masterson(11), Eoin McCormack, Cathal O’Dualachain (1), Padge Doyle, Darragh Maloney, Ben McCormack, Conor Doherty, Liam Kenny, Brick Walsh, Paul Barry and Wardy. Mark Lennon was on score board duty, would much rather him playing but playing with county next day.


U13 Hurling

Bray Emmets 6-12. Lucan Sarsfields 1-1

On a day of persistent heavy rain Bray Emmets under 13 hurlers played their latest Dublin Hurling League match. Despite the weather the team put in scintillating performance running out winners by a score of 6-12 to 1-1.

Playing initially against the elements the team blasted a couple of early goals with Shane and Adam getting on the end of moves that originated in the backs. These set the tone for the game as the team tried constantly to move the ball around the pitch constructively. At half time the team led 3-3 to 1 goal.

Quintin in nets launched many attacks with his accurate puck outs and was in the main protected by the pacy duo of Simon and Louie. Luan played in between these and used his power to break out of defence. Nathan, Michael and the ever though Conor ran and ran to both provide cover to the full back line and also launch attacks. Gavin and Art in midfield pressed forward when needed and tracked back too with both adding to the score line. The half forward line of Oscar, Tim and Cian sought to run at their opponents at times and move the ball in to the full forward line and they too kept the scoreboard ticking over. Evan inside these players always ran to provide options for all and also added to the score line.

A quick word of thanks must be given to Lucan who travelled in great numbers on a horrible day, they always fought hard and their efforts were not fully reflected by the final score.

Team: Quintin, Louie, Luan, Simon, Michael, Nathan, Conor, Art, Gavin, Tim, Oscar, Cian, Evan, Shane and Adam.

U14 Hurling

Bray Emmets 9-13.  Clontarf 0-0

The U-14 hurlers continued their Dublin League campaign on Saturday April 2 with a committed and skilful display to beat a very sporting Clontarf B side in Old Conna. Both sides were forced to play with the minimum. Despite this Bray established an early dominance that they maintained throughout. Sam and Peter took charge of the midfield from the start and kept a continuous supply of ball into the forwards Riain and Daniel. Brian and Cian in the half forward line worked tirelessly intercepting puck-outs and adding to the scoreline. The defence consisting of Eoin, Zack, Aaron and Adam dealt comfortably with any attacking play from the visitors giving keeper Luan a quiet game. With no substitute to bring in, some of the players were rotated at half-time. However they all managed to keep up the intensity and went on to win comfortably. Final score Bray Emmets 9-13 Clontarf B 0-0.

Wicklow U16 Football League Div 1

The U16 footballers made it two wins out of two in the county league. They had beaten Newtown/Kilcoole  by eleven points ( 5-9 0-13) in their first match and continued on their winning ways with a seven point victory over the west wicklow opposition.

Blessington opened the scoring with a point almost straight from the throw in. However, Bray settled down to play some exciting attacking football. MacDara O'Midheach opened the scoring with a well taken point and shortly afterwards was on the end of a fine passing movement to drive the ball to the back of the net. This signalled a period of  Bray Emmets dominance and further goals were added by Andrew Conway and Cian Lohan. By half time all six forwards had put their names on the scoresheet. However the intensity dropped before half time and Blessington scored two soft goals to leave a gap of six points at the break.

The problems continued in the second half and with ten minutes to go the gap was down to two points. But the Bray Emmets lads finished strongly - a goal from Cian Lohan after a great run by Mick O'Gara helped settle them down and they were seven points ahead at the final whistle.

In defence corner backs Andrew O'Brien and Rory Whelan marshalled their men well with Sid Hunt doing well in the unfamiliar position of full back. The half back line of Joe Phelan, Ben Kearney and Darragh Rochford were excellent on the counter attack which meant they were involved in many of the moves that led to scores. Sam Kearney also slotted into the defence very well when introduced. All six forwards were outstanding as was Mick O'Gara when introduced. Nathan Murphy played some great football on his debut and MacDara's excellent free taking stood out on the night.

Next match will be a tougher encounter away to St Pats in Wicklow.

Team: Tony Jackson, Rory Whelan, Sid Hunt, Andrew O'Brien, Joe Phelan (Capt), Ben Kearney, Darragh Rochford, Ronan McMahon, Ciaran McKay(0-1), Conor Dowling(0-1), Andrew Conway(1-3), Nathan Murphy(0-2), Davy Maloney(0-1), Cian Lohan(2-1), MacDara O'Midheach(1-5), Mick O'Gara, Sam Kearney, Michael Timmons, Stephen Reynolds.

U10 Girls Football

Bray Emmets v St. Marys Saggart

A rotten day but the girls were full of sugar from the photo session in the club earlier. We travelled to Saggart and despite the conditions it was well worth the trip for a great match. Our girls initially couldn't get used to the fact that the ball would not bounce on the mud (I blame the 3G) but then got their kick timing in and we scored some great points. We played better again in the second half but despite a lot of attacking their goal they were mostly wides. The overs in the first half meant we held on for the win.

Foireann: Annie McLoughlin, Cara Mahony, Ella Carroll, Ella Cummins, Emily Ryan, Erica Sammon, Grace Redmond, Niamh Mahony, Kimberly Kennedy, Katie Curran

Bainisteoiri: Alan Kennedy, Lisa Mahony