Jul 302008

I went out earlier today to have what could be one of the final looks at the stadium during the construction stage at the rate that building is ploughing ahead. Having read the piece in the Sunday World last week about how construction is going ahead on time and on budget compared to Landsdowne Road I had to have a look. As an aside, while reading the piece I had to do a double take, I could not believe my eyes, but there it was, stuck in the middle of a piece about a rugby stadium we had the stereotypical Dublin Journalist lazy reporting job that seems to appear in absolutely anything that may in some way be related to Limerick ” A city dogged by gangland killings trying to improve it’s image”. FOR Gods sake lads, can ye not just stop trying to deflect the fact that it’s bloody downright dangerous from all points of view to be living in Dublin compared to almost anywhere else in the country? How on gods earth has a rugby stadium got absolutely anything to do with Gangs?

Shane, you’re a tosspot. And you’ve just managed to lose a reader that had returned (Albeit briefly) after not bothering with your rag for many years,  I’m glad to say I will return to another read on a Sunday Morning.

Anyways after that rant about lazy Reporting by the gutter press:


Jul 292008

Well, What a weekend.

I can honestly say that it was the best Bull N Booze tag festival to date. It kicked off on Friday with the Heineken Cup and John Hayes for the Presentation of some crystal ware and a plaque to George Clancy by his Uncle Jack in honour of his gaining IRB Elite International referee status . George then presented the club with his first Full IRB jersey as an elite referee gained in the game between South Africa and England a month ago. There were campers from Clonmel, Clare, Dublin, Limerick and Rochdale Swarm (Who have sworn to make this a yearly pilgrimage after the good time they had.) A fantastic night in Jack Clancy’s coupled with brilliant food, good music and flowing drink meant that some of the players had to be out early in the morning to blow off the cobwebs before the kickoff on Saturday.

The good weather coupled with very lively and sporting teams conspired to give us one of the best competitions to date. Even though team numbers were a little down with a few people crying off, twenty teams from all over the country and beyond played off for cups and medals in four different categories. Lucozade Sport Roadshow was on site for anyone who wanted to be tested and compare their fitness against the Professionals, The Bucking Bronco went down a treat for those willing to test their balance and bull handling after the ball handling.

The Sumo Suits caused a little bit of uproar (Well done to 3rds team Captain, Shamy Sheehan, who just couldn’t handle 1st XV Coach Eoin in the finish ? ). After that and a little break due to the only shower of the day, the competitions finished off with the following teams grabbing the silverware on offer:

B Cup – Mud Stuffins
B Plate – Running Wild

C Cup – Chariots of Fire!!
C Plate – The Lyrics Board Champions 1999

Many thanks to John Hayes and his good lady Fiona for their time over the weekend between posing for photos and taking the time out on Friday for the presentations then to come back to present the prizes again on Saturday night. In the midst of all that, John Presented Bruff with his very first international Jersey which will take pride of place on the clubhouse wall. After the prize-giving Willie Conway handed over the traditional first visit plaque to Rochdale who then returned the favour with a Rochdale Hornets Jersey and Pennant, Rosie Foley brought her “Beal Boru” Team from Killaloe, we had the Band “Intrigue” who were absolutely fantastic (Watch these guys folks, they’re really going places, and you saw them here first) and kept the crowd going well into the night. This was followed by the disco, the obligatory singsong (with Ray O’ Brien on the guitar) outside in the torchlight until god knows what hour of the morning, and camping with over sixty tents in the grounds. After finally surfacing and having breakfast the following day they eventually made their way home after some chill out time in the clubhouse in the afternoon.

Again well done to the “Burger Babes” and the bar staff who managed to keep everyone fed and “Watered” , Gráinne and Dave for a great event, and to the referees especially our own who kept the competition going in military fashion. I’m still knackered, but we’re already getting some great feedback and we’re thinking about next season’s event, we want to make it even bigger and better. If you couldn’t make it, it’s a pity, you missed one hell of a weekend’s party, well there’s always next year. That’s the end of the Tag for this season until next spring’s “Twilight Tag” league so well done to all involved. It’s time now to prepare for the return of the Full on Stuff…

Next Committee meeting on Monday 11th August, We all need a bit of a break after this.

Now to the photos:

CLICK HERE for the Friday night photos and some game shots

CLICK HERE for more Photos by Declan Hehir on Saturday.


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Jul 282008

We’re still recovering from a fantastic weekend of tag rugby and apres tag partying…..

Thanks to everybody who took part in the tournament and volunteered on the day!

We’ll have a full report on the festival as well as photo gallery and vidoe clips up here soon.

Please check back again in a day or so…….

Jul 232008

These are the fixtures that we have to date, the Junior Cup and Webb Cup draws have been made but as of yet no date for beginning.


Comp Time Home Score Away
Sat 24/08/2008
Sun 25/08/2008
Sat 31/08/2008
Mon 01/09/2008 LCC Bruff 1st XV v UL Bohemians
Sat 6th Sep 08 LCC Semi-Final
Sun 7th Sep 08 TFC Bruff J1 v Presentation
Sat 13/09/2008
Sun 14th Sep 08 TFC 2nd Round
19/20th Sep 08 LCC Final
Sat 20th Sep 08 MSC Crosshaven v Bruff 1st XV
Sun 21st Sep 08 TFC Semi-Final
Sat 27th Sep 08 U20 Lge Bruff U20 v Old Crescent
Sun 28th Sep 08 GL Bruff J2 v Ennis
Sun 28th Sep 08 TFC Final
Sat 4th Oct 08 U20 Lge Garryowen v Bruff U20
Sat 4th Oct 08 AIL 02:30 Instonians v Bruff 1st XV
Sun 5th Oct 08 GL Cashel v Bruff J2
Sat 11th Oct 08 U20 Lge Bruff U20 v UL Bohemians
Sat 11th Oct 08 AIL 02:30 Bruff 1st XV v Thomond
Sat 18th Oct 08 AIL 02:30 Bruff 1st XV v Belfast Harlequins
Sat 25th Oct 08 AIL 02:30 Malone v Bruff 1st XV
Sun 26th Oct 08 GL Kilfeacle v Bruff J2
Sun 2nd Nov 08 GL Bruff J2 v Clonmel
Sat 8th Nov 08 MSC 1/4 Final
Sun 9th Nov 08 GL Newcastle West v Bruff J2
Sat 29th Nov 08 AIL 02:30 Bruff 1st XV v Dublin University
Sun 30th Nov 08 GL Bruff J2 v Scariff
Sat 6th Dec 08 AIL 02:30 D.L.S.P. v Bruff 1st XV
Sun 7th Dec 08 GL Thurles v Bruff J2
Sun 14th Dec 08 AIL 02:30 Bruff 1st XV v Highfield
Sat 20th Dec 08 MSC Semi-Final
Sat 3rd Jan 08 MSC Final
Sat 10th Jan 08 McI Cup Bruff J2 v Old Crescent
Sat 17th Jan 09 McI Cup 2nd Round
Sat 17th Jan 09 AIL 02:30 Lansdowne v Bruff 1st XV
Sat 24th Jan 09 McI Cup Semi-Final
Sat 24th Jan 09 AIL 02:30 Bruff 1st XV v Old Crescent
Sat 31st Jan 09 AIL 02:30 Wanderers v Bruff 1st XV
Sat 21st Feb 09 AIL 02:30 Bruff 1st XV v U.C.C.
Sat 7th Mar 09 AIL 02:30 Bective Rangers v Bruff 1st XV
Sat 28th Mar 09 AIL 02:30 Bruff 1st XV v Ballynahinch
Sat 4th Apr 09 AIL 02:30 Bruff 1st XV v Clonakilty
Sat 18th Apr 09 AIL 02:30 Greystones v Bruff 1st XV