Senior and underage fixtures

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Oct 272017

The seniors return to UBL action on the 28th of October with a home game vs 7th placed Seapoint. Bruff suffered 2 defeats to the Dubliners last season and will need to be on top form to come out of the game with a win.

2.30pm KO in Kilballyowen.

The u18s are at home to Mallow tonight Fri 27th at 8pm

Sun 29th u16 home to Newcastle West @ 12pm

Sun 29th u13’s home to Newport @ 11.30am /

Sun 29th  U15’s away to Old Cresent @11.30am

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Oct 262017

The James Keating Memorial Mini Rugby festival is scheduled for the 30th October Bank Holiday Monday.

This year we have a total of 18 teams participating in the highly regarded Mini Rugby festival. The following teams will be participating, Ballina/Killaloe RFC, Cashel RFC, Clanwilliam RFC, Clonmel RFC, Ennis RFC, Kanturk RFC, Mallow RFC, Old Crescent RFC, Richmond/St. Marys, Shannon RFC, Thomond RFC, Young Munster RFC and three Bruff RFC teams will also be competing this year to try to win the coveted James Keating trophy.

Again this year also we will have the Impact Rugby Perpetual Shield kindly sponsored by our partners in Underage Rugby “Impact Rugby” at Bruff RFC for the team that wins the second place section.
We also have the Kilballyowen Perpetual Plate that will be presented to the team that wins the third place section.
Rugby on the day is due to commence at 11:00 am with group stage games followed by the quarter finals, semi-finals and finals.
Come along for a great day out where you get a chance to meet up with old friends. There will be plenty of refreshments available on the day to go along with the rugby.

If you have any questions in relation to the festival call Bernard on 086 – 8030037 for details.


Club Notes UBL Round 4

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Oct 122017

UBL Round 4


The Bruff first xv put in their best performance of the season on Saturday to beat Tullamore 39.10 in Round 4 of the Ulster Bank League. Bruff’s opening 3 games were a mixed bag with a loss, a win and a draw to show from their previous outings. Tullamore on the other hand have been less fortunate and Saturdays defeat leaves them occupying the last spot on the league table. Bruff have jumped to 3rd on the table but won’t be getting carried away as 1 loss in this league could see them drop 4 places with very little between the teams. On the other side 1 win could propel any of 4 teams including Bruff to top spot.

Bruff led 15.5 at half time thanks to two tries and a penalty from a very impressive young Bruff backline. Brian Fanning scored the first of the tries after 10 minutes after taking a lovely pass from Graham Whelan with the initial break coming from Jack O Grady. Fanning and Whelan combined again on the stroke of half time to run the length of the pitch for Fannings 2nd score of the half. Davie O Grady kicked a conversion and a penalty in another impressive performance from the Knockainey man. Tullamore’s try came after 5 minutes.

The Bruff metal was tested early in the 2nd half with Tullamore closing the gap to 15-10 through a 2nd try with 46 minutes gone in the game. O Grady kicked a penalty after 50 minutes to help settle the Bruff nerves and put 2 scores between the teams again. Bruff started to dominated possession and were rewarded in the 60th minute when Tony Cahill went over for a try which O Grady again converted to make it 25.10. Bruff were now chasing a try bonus and that was secured in the 69th Minute when backrower Maghnus Collins linked with Tony Cahil for the BP score. Bruff added a 5th try with the last play of the game with Cian Ryan showing some nice skills to put Eric Finn in for the score.


The league takes a break now for a few weeks with the seniors returning to UBL action on the 28th of October with a home game vs 7th placed Seapoint. Bruff suffered 2 defeats to the Dubliners last season and will need to be on top form to come out of the game with a win.

Bruff Team: 15 Brian Fanning 14 Eric Finn 13 Conor Fitzpatrick 12 Jack O Grady 11 Mark Cosgrove 10 David O Grady 9 Tony Cahill 8 Ordhan Ring 7 John Clery 6 Maghnus Collins 5 Sean Hartigan 4 Brian Morrissey 3 Keith Laffan 2 John Hogan 1 David Horan 16 Paddy Clery 17 Neilus Keogh 18 Danny Keogh 19 Graham Whelan 20 Cian Ryan


Other results


Bruff 2nd lost 26-10 to Young Munsters in the second league.

Bruff u20’s lost 34-17 to Garryowen in the Donal Walsh Trophy

U14’s won 15-0 vr UL Bohemians in the league


Bruff travelled to Annacotty for round 2 of the North Munster section1 u-14 rugby league Sunday morning against UL Bohemians.
Slippery conditions underfoot contributed to an error-strewn opening period. With both defences on top, scoring opportunities were limited and it was no surprise for it to remain nil all at half time.
The bench was emptied at half time and an increase in intensity saw Bruff break the deadlock with a well taken try by Paul O’Brien May following a series of Bruff attacks culminating in a quick tap penalty and a sweeping back line move. The opening score was followed shortly after by an intercept try by Shane O’Brien as UL-Bohs were pressing through midfield.
Mid-way through the second half, Bruff, were getting on top and repelling the opposition with some hard tackling and defensive discipline. The scoring was rounded off by Adam Murphy Casey who got in in the corner after a number of phases which stretched the UL-Bohs defence across both sides of the field, to leave it 0-15 to Bruff at the long whistle after a keenly contested affair.
Squad on the day as follows: 1. Daire O’Brien 2. Michael Clifford 2. Ryan O’Neill 4. James O’Sullivan 5. Alex Finn 6. Oisin Feely 7. Josh McMahon 8. Sean O’Dwyer (capt) 9. Jake O’Riordan 10. Cian Scully 11. Tadhg Corkery 12. Sean Carroll 13. Patrick O’Dea 14. Paul O’Brien May 15.Jack McNamara 16. Adam Murphy Casey 17. Shane O’Brien 18. Mikey Fitzgibbon 19. Iestyn Winn 20. Shane Lynch 21.Arthur Maher.
Shannon are next up at home in Killballyowen on October 22nd.


Club Memberships

Membership letters have now been posted and all returning members are asked to note that this year’s membership includes entry to the Your Club Your Country draw for those you have paid before the end of November. The draw take’s place on Monday the 11th of December.

Members are also asked to note that there is now a link available to pay memberships online. The link is available through the website at .  Memberships can also be paid to any committee members. New members are also welcome and eligible to entry the draw as part of the membership package.


Your Club Your Country top Prizes (entry €10 per ticket)

Summer tour 2018 in Australia

€5000 holiday

France V Ireland 2018 6 nations VIP trip

2018 Galway Races VIP trip

England V Ireland 2018 6 nations VIP trip

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Weekend Reports

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Oct 052017

UBL Round 3

Table toppers Sligo were the visitors to Kilballyowen last Saturday for round 3 of the Ulster Bank League. Sligo sat top of the league thanks to wins over Thomand and Malahide on their previous 2 games while Bruff had a loss’s to Omagh and a win over Bective on the scorecard.

Saturdays match was a game that could have gone either way and on reflection a 20.20 draw was probably a fair result. Both sides squandered good opportunities in the 2ndhalf especially to win the game with Bruff finishing strongest in an open entertaining game of rugby.

First blood went to Bruff with a penalty under the posts after 22 minutes which Davie O Grady kicked. Bruff were unlucky not to score a try in the same move with Maghnus Collins stopped short after a great line break from young centre Jack O Grady. Sligo equalised after 30 minutes earning a kickable penalty with the Bruff forwards infringing at the breakdown.

Bruff enjoyed a good period of pressure inside the Sligo 22 for the next 5 minutes and were rewarded for some enterprising play with a converted try from a maul on 35 minutes courtesy of team captain John Hogan. Bruff now led 10.3 and would have been hoping to see out the clock to half time without conceding a score. But Sligo had other plans and got a converted try just before half time. It was a soft score for Bruff to concede coughing up a lineout on their own ball just inside the 22. Sligo were quick to pounce on a scrappy ball and cruised in for the score to make it 10.10 at the break.

Sligo dominated the opening exchanges in the 2nd half and scored 10 points in a five minute period with a try and a penalty to race into a 20.10 lead. Sligo could have been further ahead after 60 minutes but for a double movement while in the process of touching down for a try. This gave Bruff back the momentum and allowed Bruff to work their way into the Sligo 22. Bruff’s set piece went well all day and on 65 minutes another well worked maul allowed Johnie Hogan in for his 2nd try of the day with Davie O Grady adding the extras to make it 17.20.

The equalising score came with 10 minutes remaining with another penalty from the boot of O Grady after the Sligo Scrum was penalised for illegally standing up when Bruff had a good drive on. Bruff’s winger Mark Cosgrove was very unlucky with only a few minutes remaining when he was tackled into touch just inches from the Sligo Line in what was a very close call. It finished 20 points apiece and Bruff now look forward to an away trip to Tullamore this weekend with a 2.30pm ko in the Co Offaly venue.

Bruff Team: 15 Brian Fanning 14 Eric Finn 13 Conor Fitzpatrick 12 Jack O Grady 11 Mark Cosgrove 10 David O Grady 9 Tony Cahill 8 Ordhan Ring 7 John Clery 6 Maghnus Collins 5 Sean Hartigan 4 Brian Morrissey 3 Keith Laffan 2 John Hogan 1 David Horan 16 Mike Cooke 17 Brendan Keogh 18 Danny Keogh 19 Cian Clifford 20 Cian Ryan

Senior Seconds League

Despite only starting with three recognised backs, or seconds put up a very good performance against Garryowen in Dooradoyle on Sunday. Despite the concession of an early try we bounced back through Michael Cooke to score 2 first-half tries and lead 12-5 at the break. The elements played into Garryowen’s hands in the second half and they scored three tries to lead 22 to 15 with 10 mins left.  Bruff tried hard to score an equaliser but Garryowen had the last say when scoring in the corner for the last play of the game match finished Bruff 15 Garryowen 27.

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UBL Round 4 v Tullamore

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Oct 032017

Next up for our Seniors is the nearly annual tough trip to Tullamore this coming Saturday 7th. Tullamore have endured a hard start to the league this year but are always formidable opponents. Once again all support is welcome. If you cant make the match please keep an eye out on twitter for updates throughout.