Relegation playoff awaits seniors

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Apr 162018

UBL final round

It’s a bitter pill to swallow but the seniors are in a relegation playoff after leaving Omagh with a 19.14 loss on Saturday. The losing bonus point would have been enough to keep them out of a play-off but for Tullamores 42-12 win over Bangor. The 30 point victory meant that Tullamore leap frogged Bruff on points difference.

The Bruff players were visibly disappointed after the game but every one of them can hold their heads high after a massive effort and showing of courage, spirit and a never say die attitude.

Bruff got off to a flying start going up 7-0 with a converted try. The move was started when winger Liam Tracey blocked an attempted clearance kick from the Omagh scrum half. The bouncing ball led to confusion and resulted in Bruff being awarded a scrum near the home sides 22. The Bruff front row of Dave Horan, John Clery and Keith Laffan had already asserted their dominance and the stable platform helped to put the wheels in motion for a Jack O Grady try under the posts. The young centre took a good line off his veteran out-half Tony Cahill who added the extra’s to make it 7-0.

Omagh went on the attack and enjoyed a long period of dominance which saw them go in 8-7 ahead at half time. It was a ferocious half of rugby with big hits coming from both sides. Unfortunately it saw Bruff ship 2 big injuries with both Danny Keogh and Tony Cahill leaving the pitch early due to hard knocks. There was able replacements at hand with David O Grady coming in for Tony and Maghnus Collins replacing Keogh.

Omagh added another penalty after half time but Bruff hit back with one of the tries of the season. A loose kick to the Bruff back 3 was returned with interest when picked up by the Bruff winger who made a 50 yard run before linking with Conor Fitzpatrick to score to the right of the posts. David O Grady hit a lovely conversion to make it 14.11 and move Bruff into the lead. But it was Omagh who enjoyed the best of the remainder of the game scoring a Penalty and a try to close out the game 19.14.

It was a disappointed dressing room after the game but the performance given by every player at the weekend gives us the supporter’s great hope that the squad can circle the wagons, regroup and come out fighting.

The playoff is scheduled for May 5th in Kilballyowen so we ask that all supporters, members, underage players, parents, past players and friends of Bruff RFC mark your diary and make the effort to come out and support the team against whatever opposition makes it through from the promotion play-offs.


Bruff Team: Davy Horan, Johnny Clery, Keith Laffan, Neilus Keogh, Tadgh O Dwyer, Seanie Hartigan, Cillian Rea, Danny Keogh, Cian Clifford, Tony Cahill, Liam Tracey , Conor Fitzpatrick, Jack O Grady, Davy O grady, Graham Whelan, Paddy Clery, Colm O Sullivan, Mike Cooke, Magnus Collins

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Social Dancing with Eddie Keogh

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Mar 272018

Social Dancing with Eddie Keogh

Bruff Rugby club will host a night of social dancing this Friday night March 30th

Dancing 9.30pm to 12

Admission e8 with complimentary light refreshments

All welcome


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Seniors Dig deep to defeat Thomond UBL Rnd 11

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Jan 192018

UBL Round 11


Liam Fitzgerald Park was the venue on Friday night for the meeting of Bruff and Thomond in Round 11 of the Ulster bank league. It was a historic night for Thomond who were playing their first ever home game under newly constructed lights and great credit goes to all involved for getting the project completed. The lights are a great addition to the recently refurbished club house and dressing rooms and we wish Thomond the best for the future, no doubt the additional facilities will be a great attraction for generations to come.

It was a testing night for rugby with Bruff playing into a stiff breeze in the opening half. It was also a very wet night making it difficult for either team to get any sort of a running game going. It was Bruff who were first off the mark kicking a penalty from the boot of Seanie Herlihy after 10 minutes. Herlihy added a second after 23 minutes to make it 6-0 to Bruff. Thomond responded with a try from David O Halloran after 26 minutes which was converted by Evan Cusack to make it 7-6 to the home side.

But it was Bruff who went into the half time break in the lead thanks to a great individual try for winger Mark Cosgrove just a few minutes after Thomond had taken the lead. The conversion just fell short and it remained 11-7 to Bruff until 46th minute

Bruff now had the advantage of the wind and in fairness played the conditions well, keeping Thomond pinned inside their own half for most of the second period. Thomond picked up a penalty early into the half but this was to be the only score of the half. Bruff were made to defend for the closing stages of the game but they were equal to the task and kept the Thomond attack at bay to close out the game for the 11-10 victory.

The win moves Bruff into 4th on the table with Thomond still in 2nd.

Next up for Bruff is 3rd placed Malahide on the 27th of January at home in Kilballyowen.


Bruff Team: 15 David O Grady 14 Graham Whelan 13 Mike O Grady 12 Jack O Grady 11 Mark Cosgrove 10 Tony Cahill 9 Sean Herlihy 8 Liam O Dwyer 7 John Clery 6 Cillian Rea 5 Tadgh O Dwyer 4 Sean Hartigan 3 Brendan Keogh 2 John Hogan 1 David Horan 16 Eamon Cooke 17 Tom O Dwyer 18 Ordhan Ring 19 Sean Darcy 20 Cian Clifford


Other Results,

U14’s won 29-15 away to Garryowen

U13’s lost 5-3 away to Shannon

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Bank of Ireland Munster Senior Cup Semi Final

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Dec 152017

The Seniors are in action tomorrow Sat Dec 16th with a home game in the Bank of Ireland Munster Senior Cup Vr UL Bohemian.

The game has a 2pm ko and all support is welcome ..



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Seniors lose out away to Malahide

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Nov 292017

A spate of injuries over the last number of weeks, combined with a dominant performance by Malahide RFC, proved too much for Bruff on Saturday afternoon, as the County Limerick side lost 21-0 to their hosts in Dublin.

Bruff started brightly enough, spending the first 10 minutes of the game inside the Malahide 22 metre line but the Limerick men failed to turn the pressure into points on the scoreboard. At the end of the first quarter, Malahide exerted some pressure of their own and after a series of pick and drives towards the Bruff line, managed to squeeze over from short range, right next to the posts, making for an easy conversion.

Much of the rest of the half was spent in the Bruff half, with the visitors putting in a strong defensive performance to keep out the Malahide attack. Unfortunately, the pressure proved too much in the second half, with the Dublin side getting across the Bruff line in the third and fourth quarter.

Bruff Team: 15 Graham Whelan 14 Brian Fanning 13 Sean Darcy 12 Jack O Grady 11 Mark Cosgrove 10 David O Grady 9 Tony Cahill 8 Sean Hartigan 7 Conor Fitzpatrick 6 John Clery 5 Brian Morrissey 4 Tom O Dwyer 3 Brendan Keogh 2 Tomas Quigley 1 David Horan 16 Jack Fitzgerald 17 Tadgh O Dwyer 18 Maghus Collins 19 Danny Keogh 20 Cian Ryan

The Seniors are at home this weekend in the league when they welcome Midleton to Kilballyowen. The game has a 2.30pm KO.

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