James Keating Mini Rugby Festival – 2018

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Oct 312018

The James Keating Memorial Mini Rugby festival was held on the 29th October Bank Holiday Monday at Kilballyowen Park.

This year we had a total of 15 teams who participated in the highly regarded Under 12 Mini Rugby festival. The Keating Cup Final was between Kanturk RFC and Newcastlewest RFC where a strong Kanturk team won out in the end on a score line of 6 – 2. The Keating Cup Final was refereed by John Lacey who did an excellent job on the day. The result meant that the Keating Cup headed away from Kilballyowen for the first time in five years.

The Kilballyowen Perpetual Shield was contested by Bruff Bears and Mallow RFC. The Shield final was a very entertaining game refereed by Andy Brace who gave both teams good advice and instruction though out the match. When the final whistle blew the Bruff Bears were victorious on a score line of 4 – 2 to the delight of the Bruff supporters.

The Impact Rugby Perpetual Shield was won on the day by Cashel RFC where the game was refereed by George Clancy.

A special word of thanks to all the helpers on the day, the Keating family & friends who looked after and provided hot food for each of the teams that participated. The Ladies Committee who as usual did an excellent job in running the tuck shop and the bar staff who kept everyone refreshed. Thanks also to the pitch co-ordinators and to those who looked after the car park and made it safe for all the festival patrons. Thanks also to the Civil Defence who provided medical assistance on the day when required.

A massive thanks to the Munster Association Referees (MAR) with their assistance, through the provision of five MAR referees being made available on the day. Additionally, we had three Elite International Referees present to referees the matches and the three finals, Andy Brace, John Lacey and Bruff’s very own George Clancy.

Without the referees the day wouldn’t have been the success that it was and the players wouldn’t have enjoyed the festival as much as they did. The coaches and players from all the teams that attended on the day couldn’t give enough praise to all the referees that officiated on the day.

All of the above contributed to a very successful 33rd James Keating Mini Ruby Memorial festival where memories are made.

Bruff Bears – Kilballyowen Shield Winners – 2018


Senior 1st

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Oct 302018

On sat last we welcomed Ballina rfc in the 4th round of the ail, we were expecting a difficult afternoon from a team that were unbeaten in the league so far and they didn’t disappoint on that front, Bruff started the game with some excellent running rugby and with some fabulous display of handling and offloading Liam Treacy touched down in the corner to go 5-0 up. We continued to dominate and from a terrific maul from the line out saw Tom o Dwyer get the grounding, Kevin McManus add the convert and we were 12-0 in front Ballina pulled back a 3 pointer with a penalty in front of the post, they then got in for a try on the stroke of half time to make it 12-8.  The second half saw both teams giving it their all, with Ballina getting there nose in front with a try to go 13-12 in front, this semmed to ignite the Bruff boys and Liam Treacy added another try and with Kevin’s convert put us ahead 19-13 Ballina to there credit kept plugging away and were awarded with their 3rd try to make the score 19-18, with the clock going in to the last 10 Bruff finished the game with an excellent score from centre Jack o Grady, Kevin added the extras to give us a 5 pointer and deny Ballina a bonus point.

In what was an excellent team performance credit must also go to Ballina for adding to a hugley entertaing game.

Next up on Sat next in Kilballyowen is the vist of Seapoint who have proven to be very difficult opponents in the past, kick off 2.30 so come out and support the lads last Sat it was great to see such a good crowd it makes a huge difference to the players.

Tom o Dwyer

one of our try scorers last week

1 fionn Flanaghan
2 Johnny Cleary (capt)
3 Paddy Cleary
4 Neilus Keogh
5 Tom o Dwyer
6 Taylor Jones
7 Cillian Rea
8 Sean Hartigan
9 Daniel Jackson
10 Tony Cahill
11 Liam Treacy
12 Sean Darcy
13 jack o Grady
14 Cian Clifford
15 Kevin McManus

16 Eamonn Costelloe
17 brian Bulfin
18 Kieth Laffen
19 mike Cooke
20 Liam Barrett












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Social Dancing

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Oct 302018

This Friday November 2nd the club hosting a social dance evening in the clubhouse, music provided by Eddy Keogh dancing commences at 9.30 pm till 12 ish admission is 8€ and there will be complementary light refreshments served, so pass the word on if you please, and support the club in there efforts of providing an outlet for the locals

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James Keating Mini Rugby Memorial Festival – Monday 29th October 2018

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Oct 252018

The James Keating Memorial Mini Rugby festival is scheduled for the 29th October Bank Holiday Monday at Kilballyowen Park.

This year we have a total of 16 teams participating in the highly regarded Under 12 Mini Rugby festival. The following teams will be participating, Cashel RFC, Clonmel RFC, Crosshaven RFC, Ennis RFC, Kanturk RFC, Mallow RFC, Shannon RFC, Thomond RFC, UL Bohemians, Young Munster RFC and three Bruff RFC teams will also be competing this year for the coveted James Keating Memorial trophy.

This year we will also 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 and the Kilballyowen Perpetual Plate will be presented to the team that wins the third place section.

Rugby on the day will commence at 11:00 am with initial group stage games followed by the quarter finals, semi-finals and finals. Presentation of the trophies to the respective teams will take place at the completion of rugby.
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.




Senior 1st

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Oct 232018

Bruff rfc entertain high flying Ballina rfc this Saturday in kilballyowen 2.30 kick off, after being promoted to senior ranks this season they have obviously recruited well and have won all 3 of their games so far. So let’s get out and show your support for the lads who had a great away win 2 weeks ago in Tullamore.

Pictured below

Our outside centre Jack o Grady

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