Alan Enright

Apr 072011

All roads from Bruff and surrounding areas lead to Templeville Road,home of St. Marys RFC  in Dublin on Saturday 9th April as Bruff RFC  contest the Bateman Cup for the first time in our short history against one of the giants of Irish Rugby, Dungannon RFC.

The game  will kick off at 2pm  and an epic contest will begin. During the season  Bruff and Dungannon have played each other twice in the league and each team won their home game. Bruff RFC defeated UCD in the semi final of the All Ireland Cup and Dungannon defeated Corinthians in the other semi final.

There is no doubt that this final is evenly balanced and it will be decided on a lucky bounce of the ball or a special bit of skill from a player to win the game.

One guarantee from both teams  is that commitment,passion and skill will be in abundance on the day.

We wish our captain Cathal and his team plus our coaches Eoin and Peter, manager Michael all the best as they attempt to make history on Saturday.

We are organising buses for our supporters and details are on this site elsewhere, no doubt as usual our loyal and committed supporters will travel in vast numbers to cheer on the lads.


See ye there!!

Jan 032011

What a day!!!!!! Yesterday Sunday January 2nd 2011 will never be forgotten in Bruff RFC. Against all the odds Bruff defeated the Senior Cup specialist Garryowen in a pulsating match by 23pts to 19pts.

At approximately 13.55pm yesterday the Bruff XV took to the field at Thomond Park and received a tumultuous reception from nearly 2000 Bruff supporters who were corralled up in the East Stand

What followed for the next 90 odd minutes will never be surpassed in my opinion in the future.

Garryowen attacked Bruff at the earliest opportunity and executed a well rehearsed move which cut the Bruff defence to shreds and they scored the first try of the afternoon. Garryowen missed the easy conversion which followed.

Bruff XV gathered themselves and set about gaining ground and field position. Bruff were awarded a penalty which Brian Cahill nonchalantly knocked over. Shortly afterwards Cahill kicked another marvellous penalty to put Bruff ahead by 1pt.

Garryowen were awarded a penalty which was converted. What followed next will never be forgotten, Bruff opted to kick to touch when awarded a penalty and from the line out Peter Malone scored a brilliantly worked try which Brian Cahill converted from the touchline.

Five minutes later Bruff’s number 6 Alan Bourke blew away the Garryowen defence to scored a brilliant try under the post which was easily converted by Cahill. Score now was amazingly 20-8 to Bruff.

Garryowen converted one penalty and a drop goal before the break to leave only six points between the teams. 20-14.

Directly after the 2nd half started Bruff forced a penalty which Brian Cahill kicked.

This was to be Bruff’s last score off the game. Garryowen were forced to chase the game and pressurise Bruff for the remainder of the game. The famed Bruff defence, guile, rugby intelligence and most important heart came to the fore. Garryowen scored a try with 10 minutes remaining to crank up the pressure but Bruff were now playing superb rugby and their commitment to the cause was exemplary. Time after time big crunching tackles were made, turnovers were secured, and the ball was driven down the field. To chants of BRUFF,BRUFF,BRUFF which cascaded down from the East stand, all the guys played with utter determination and skill.

Garryowen launched one last enormous attack on Bruff and what seemed like an eternity they were only inches from the line when the Bruff pack,led by big Alan Bourke drove back the Garryowen forwards and were awarded a scrum. Final whistle. Bruff RFC 23pts Garryowen 19pts.

What followed was  scenes of celebrations of unheralded magnitude.!!!!

Bruff RFC victorious Captain Cathal O Reagan received the much sought Munster Senior Cup to great acclaim from the unbelievable supporters of our little club.


Team, Davy Horan,Cathal O’ Regan (Capt),Gearoid Ryan, Alfie Laffan,Maurice O’ Connell,Alan Bourke,John Stephen Shine,Peter Malone, Eoghan Maher, Tony Cahill,Paul O Brien,Eoin Cahill,Brian Cahill, Andrew Cashman, Brendan Deady. Subs, Ger Collins, Mossy O’ Donnell, Garry Leonard,Mike Carroll,Brian Morrissey,John Moore, Tom O’ Callaghan, Paddy Cleary.

Bruff Seniors win the Meteor Sevens Plate Final 2010

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Aug 222010

Bruff Seniors traveled to Dooradoyle on Saturday to compete in the Meteor Munster  Sevens Tournament. They were drawn in Group A with Garryowen, Thomond,Midleton, Sundays Well. Bruff defeated Garryowen, Midleton and lost to Thomond. In the last game of the Group stage they needed to beat Sundays Well and score eight tries to win the Group on tries scored.

Bruff beat Sundays Well but could only score 4 tries and this meant that Garryowen won the Group by virtue of having scored 3 more tries than Bruff. Garryowen contested the Senior Cup Final against UL Bohs.

Bruff qualified for the Senior Plate Final against Old Crescent. An exciting game took place and the rugby played was top class. Bruff were down by 5 pts, and  in the last-minute  Mike Carroll scored a brilliant try and Brian Cahill converted to seal the win by 24 pts to  22 pts.

So another trophy wings it way to Killballyowen, well done to all the players and management.

UL Bohs defeated Garryowen in the Senior Cup final.

Fixtures weekend 10th,11th,12th April

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Apr 082010

Bruff 1st XV versus Clonakilty in Clonakilty. Saturday 9th @13.45pm AIL.(Early Kick-off due to Heineken Cup.)
Bruff 2nd XV versus Young Munster in Annacotty,Sunday 10th. Munster Junior Cup Semi-Final @2.30pm.
Bruff 3rd XV versus UL Bohs in Kilballyowen. Monday 11th @19.30pm. Webb Cup.