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
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.
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 www.Bruffrfc.com . 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
France V Ireland 2018 6 nations VIP trip
2018 Galway Races VIP trip
England V Ireland 2018 6 nations VIP trip