The first XV take on Midleton this Saturday in Kilballyowen in the latest round of the Ulster Bank League. The game kicks off at at the slightly earlier than usual time of 2pm to allow spectators to take in the Rugby World Cup Final in the clubhouse afterwards. The seniors have had their best start to a league campaign in years so as big crowd would be most welcome in Bruff to help keep the momentum going.
The team lines out as follows: 1.Davy Horan 2.Johnny Hogan 3.Brendan Keogh 4.Barry Laffan 5.Mikey Cooke 6.Cillian Rea 7.Mikey Carroll 8.Paddy Clery 9.Tony Cahill 10.Davy O’Grady 11.Paudi Kilcoyne 12.Sean D’Arcy 13.Brian Cahill 14.Mark Cosgrove 15.Graham Whelan. Subs: Keith Laffan, Ger O’Connell, Kevin Madigan, Barry Enright, Darragh Mulcahy.
The 1st xv resume action this weekend with a home game vs Midleton in round 6 of the UBL. Bruff had a bonus point victory last day out away to Boyne but will be looking to make up for a disappointing defeat to Kanturk in their last home game in Round 4. Midleton come into the game following a 25-16 home defeat to league leaders Old Crescent and like Bruff need a win to keep pace with the top teams in the league.
It was Midleton who took the spoils when the teams last met coming away from Kilballyowen with a 12-15 win in last season’s UBL.
The games ko’s at 2pm in Bruff and will be followed by a screening of the Rugby World cup final in the club house which has a 4pm ko.
The 2nds are in action on Sunday when they travel to Rosbrien to take on Old Crescent in the 2nds league, ko time tbc.
The James Keating Mini Rugby memorial festival occurred on Bank Holiday Monday, 26th October. A total of 19 teams participated in what turned out to be a great day’s rugby. A good crowd was present throughout the day and provided good support to all the teams that played through the inclement weather.
The teams that participated included three teams from Bruff, two Under 12 teams and the Under 11 team. The other teams that participated included the following, Abbeyfeale, Ballina/Killaloe, Cashel, Charleville, Clanwilliam, Clonmel, Newcastlewest, Old Crescent, Portumna, Richmond, Shannon, St. Senans, Tralee and Young Munster. Our thanks go to all of the teams that participated on the day and that played the games in a competitive and sporting environment.
The Bruff Stags team got through to the final of the Keating Cup where their opponents were Abbeyfeale. The game itself was sporting and competitive with good support provided by the crowd attending the festival. In the end the Bruff Stags proved to be too strong for Abbeyfeale winning on a score line of 3 – 0 with approval from the home support. The result of the game meant that Bruff would retain the Keating Cup for a second year running.
The Keating Cup was presented to the winning captain by Marian Keating and the medals were presented to the Bruff Stags by Nicholas Cooke, Bruff RFC, Club President.
A big Thank You goes to those who provided hot food, drinks, soup and sandwiches on the day. Thanks also to those who marked out the pitches and to those who helped co-ordinate the group stage games through to the final.
Thanks also goes to the lads from the Under 14 team who acted as pitch coordinators on the day, it was very much appreciated and the games would not have run smoothly without them.
Thanks also go to the MAR for providing the referees for the day who ensured player safety first and foremost and also that the players enjoyed the games in a sporting environment.
Finally, thanks to the Keating family who provided an excellent meal at the end of the evening to conclude the day.
The following are the upcoming Youth fixtures and starting times this weekend for the Under 13, Under 15 and Under 18 teams for week ending 25th October 2015.
The Under 13 team are away to Old Crescent RFC while the Under 18’ welcome Sundays Well RFC. On Sunday morning the Under 15 team play Abbeyfeale at 12:00 pm in Kilballyowen.
The James Keating Memorial Rugby Festival is also occurring on Monday 26th October, Rugby will kick off at 11:00 am and continue through to approximately 15:30 – 16:00 pm.
Please come along and support the Bruff Under 12 and Under 11 teams participating in the event.