The Hairless Wonder Joins Monty’s Mission

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Mar 312016

Screen Shot 2016-03-31 at 22.12.53For several years now, Bruff has had a follicly-challenged wonder on the wing in the form of Mark ‘Cossie’ Cosgrove, a player that has become so much a part of the furniture at the club that you would almost forget on occasion that he is a reformed townie.

With his enviable strength and total absence of hair, Cossie has been something of an anti-Samson since he joined the club in his early 20s. At least he tells us he was in his early 20s, his perpetually shaved dome makes it almost impossible to put an age on him. He could literally have been drawing the old-age pension when he joined Bruff and we wouldn’t know.

However, in recent weeks we’ve been seeing a newer, hairier side to Cossie. It all started on the bus home from our victory against Midleton in February, when the point was raised that not one of us had ever seen Cossie with anything less than an impeccably shaved head. We had all wondered for years about the colour of his hair, where exactly his hairline started or whether indeed he had a hairline.

After a rapid fire round of berating from the rest of the bus, Cossie eventually agreed to refrain from cutting the hair on his scalp and face until such a time as our season ends, which hopefully won’t be for another few weeks yet. He did so, however, on the condition that his re-entry into the world of hair growth would be used to raise funds for a worthwhile cause.

Thankfully we didn’t have to look far for our cause, as our friend Monty Tierney – who normally drives the Bruff team bus to games – will shortly be undergoing treatment that will require him to stay in Dublin for some time.

Screen Shot 2016-03-31 at 22.02.04For several years Monty has delivered us, safely and on time, to games at each corner of the country. He has somehow managed to always keep a smile on his face on the way home also, as we perform murderous renditions of songs, request frequent toilet breaks and act like oversized and undisciplined schoolboys.

Monty is as keen a Bruff supporter as you’d find and has continued to attend our games, even though his illness has prevented him from driving us to away fixtures in recent months. We’d like to repay the support and patience he has shown us over the years with a little support in return.

With that in mind, at this weekend’s game against Dundalk in Kilballyowen, we’re going to have buckets out in the clubhouse into which you can throw whatever size donation you wish to help Monty meet the costs of his stay in Dublin. You’ll have the thrill of seeing a newly hairy Cossie kitting out on the field and you can help us give a little support to one of our own in return after the game.

In addition to our efforts, Clancy’s Bar is also running a fundraiser on April 24th, the details of which can be found by looking up the event ‘Monty’s Mission’ on Facebook. Our game this weekend against Dundalk takes place at 2.30pm in Kilballyowen. Your support on and off the field is very much appreciated.

John ‘Scutchy’ Hogan

Weekend Rugby round up, 28.03.2016

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Mar 282016

Seniors Vs Tullamore

The seniors travelled to Tullamore at the weekend knowing they needed a huge performance if they were going to remain in the playoff places. Tullamore occupied second place in the league going into the game and were the only team that could knock league leaders Old Crescent off top spot. Tullamore have the best defence in the league and have racked up six try bonus wins on the way to a title chasing position. However Bruff had already proven that they can beat the Offaly outfit having won 22-15 when the sides met in the reverse fixture earlier this season.

Saturday’s contest was a tight affair with very few chances presenting themselves in the opening 40. Both sides managed to convert a penalty each in the first half which meant the sides went into the half time break level on 3 points each. Bruff’s score came after fifteen minutes from the boot of Declan Bannon after Tullamore had infringed illegally at a Bruff lineout.

Tullamore were quick out of the blocks in the second half and scored the only try of the game after just seven minutes of the second period to make it 8-3 to the home side. Little did they know at the time but the missed conversion was to prove costly. Try scoring opportunities were few and far between and the game was to be decided by the boot of Deccie Bannon. Bannon nailed a penalty in the 56th minute to make it 8-6 and again stepped up in the 72nd minute to nail a monster kick from 45 metres for what would be the game winning kick. The result means that Tullamore are now out of the title race but more importantly for Bruff it means that Bruff have now qualified for a promotion playoff spot.


Declan Bannon on Kicking Duty

Dundalk are the visitors to Bruff on Saturday for what is set-up to be a very interesting afternoon. Dundalk are one of four teams still fighting relegation going into the last day of the season and they will be travelling to Bruff with a lot at stake. Likewise Bruff have something to play for. If results were to go Bruff’s way, starting with a home win, we could still potentially qualify for a home semi-final.

Saturdays game has a 2.30pm K.O. and a large crowd is anticipated for what could be the seniors last game of the season.  Please come along and support.

Bruff Team : 1.Dave Horan 2.Johnny Hogan 3. Keith Laffan 4.Barry Laffan 5.Brian Morissey 6.Cillian Rea 7.Mikey Carroll 8.Paddy Clery 9.Davy O Grady 10.Tony Cahill 11. Mark Cosgrove 12. Sean Darcy 13.Declan Bannon 14.Barry Enright 15. Brendan Deady 16. Keith Laffan 17. Danny Keogh 18. Neilus Keogh 19 Graham Whelan 20 Darragh Mulcahy


U20’s Play-off

The under 20’s travelled to Coonagh on Saturday to take on Shannon in a winner takes all playoff game. The reward for the winners was an all-Ireland quarter final spot but unfortunately things didn’t go Bruff’s way losing by the tightest of margins 16-15. Bruff had tries on 5 and 65 minutes from Jack O Grady as well as a 70th minute try from Liam Tracey. Bruff left too much to do and only really got going after O’Grady’s 65th minute try. Shannon now progress to play UCD while Bruff’s attention turns the upcoming cup.

Congratulations to the u10’s

The u10’s were in action on Good Friday travelling to Coonagh to play in their annual mini rugby festival. It was a great day for Bruff who went on the win the u10’s section beating UL Bohs 3 tries to nil in the very competitive final. Bruff had wins over Ennis, Shannon & St Senans on the way to the final conceding 1 try and scoring 11 en-route to the decider. Bruff’s second team also played some great rugby taking on Loughrea, Shannon & UL Bohs in the pool games and St Senans in the 5th/6th place play off. Well done to all involved, the future of underage rugby in Bruff looks bright.

Thanks to Seamus McElligot and Carmel Ryan for the fantastic Photos..

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U11’s play in Thomand Park

Well done to the u11’s who played at half time of the Munster vs Zebra game on Friday night. They had a great evening and would like to thank Munster rugby for the opportunity

u11' getting ready to play in Thomand park

u11′ s getting ready to play in Thomand park


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Club notes W/E 20th March

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Mar 232016

U18’s Munster Final

Bruff u18’s were beaten in a Munster Clubs final for the second year in a row following a 35.28 defeat to Waterpark in last Thursday’s final in Thomand Park. Bruff started well and early dominance was rewarded with a penalty after five minutes to go into a 3.0 lead. Waterpark brought it back to 3.3 after quarter of an hour before Tom Quigley got Bruff’s first try with twenty minutes on the clock. Mikey O Grady made a clean line break but the ball was turned over in the Waterpark 22 and cleared to touch. Bruff caught the lineout and mauled over from close range for the first try of the game. Bruff got in for another try on thirty minutes, after the Bruff forwards stole a Waterpark Lineout in the opposition 22 with centre Liam Barrett making a clean break to touch down under the Waterpark posts. This was the end of the scoring for the opening half and Bruff went into the break 13.3 to the good.

It didn’t take Waterpark long to reel in the Bruff lead making it 13.10 after four minutes of the second half scoring a converted try. Waterpark went in again ten minute later scoring a second converted try to take a 13.17 lead, a lead which they would not relinquish. They also got a penalty shortly after.

Bruff got in for a third try with seventeen minutes remaining thanks to a short range pick and drive effort from substitute Joe O Connell to make it 18.20, but Waterparks response was quick hitting a drop kick almost immediately to make it 18.23.

Unbelievably the last ten minutes produced four more tries. Tadgh O Dwyer & Cian Clifford had tries for Bruff but unfortunately Waterpark also scored two further tries to win out on a score-line of 35.28

Squad: Dave Barrett, Thomas Quigley, Jack Fitzgerald, Daniel O Shea, Tadgh O Dwyer, Ferghal Cooke, Paul Tracey, Daniel Gleeson, Simon Divilly, Cormac Daly, Joseph O Connell, James Hanly, Liam Cunningham, Stephen Dunworth, Cian Clifford, John Bateman, Dean O Shea, Liam Barrett, Mikey O Grady, John Bulfin, Mattew Lockhart O Dea, Richard Bateman, Jason Fitzgibbon, Callum Winship, Gearoid Moynihan, Jerry O Dea, Jack O Malley

Upcoming Fixtures

Seniors travel to Tullamore

The seniors travel to Tullamore this weekend knowing they need a huge performance if they are going to remain in the playoff places. Tullamore currently occupy second place in the league and are the only team that can knock league leaders Old Crescent off top spot. Tullamore have the best defence in the league and have racked up six try bonus wins on the way to a title chasing position. However Bruff have already proven that they can beat the Co. Offaly outfit having won 22-15 when the sides met in the reverse fixture earlier this season. Saturday’s game has a 2.30pm ko in the Spollenstown venue in Tullamore

U20’s into Play-off

The under 20’s play their biggest game of the season when they travel to play Shannon in Coonagh on Saturday in a Play-off. The winners qualify for the next round of the u20’s league so only a victory will do in this weekend’s encounter. Shannon will be favorites going into the game having already beaten Bruff this year, however this Bruff team has yet to peak and Saturdays game would be a good time to find top form. The game has a 2.30pm ko in Coonagh.

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