May 032018

Promotion Relegation playoff

A big crowd is expected in Kilballyowen on this Saturday 5th of May as the Clubs senior status is put on the line in a Promotion / Relegation play off Versus Bandon RFC. Bandon are on the back of a Munster Junior League title winning run and a 2nd place finish in the Round robin series.
Bruff on the other hand are after a very mixed season which saw them win 7 of their 18 games with 2 draws also in the mix. Bruff have showed signs of improvement in their last two outing, beating Bective Rangers and narrowly losing to Omagh away in the North last day out.
All supporters are urged to arrive early and be careful when approaching the grounds as a large support is expected from both sides.
Munster Junior Bowl Title for the seconds.
The 2nd Xv won the Munster junior Bowl on Sunday by beating Bantry in the final played in Musgrave Park.
Cian Clifford opened the scoring with an early penalty which was followed shortly after by an Ordhan Ring try. The young no8 powered over from short range after taking a quick tap penalty close to the Bantry try line. Bantry made it 8-7 midway through the half with a converted try before Paddy Thompson went over for a second Bruff try to make it 13-7 to Bruff.
Bantry took a 14-13 lead early in the second half but it was Richie McAuliffe who yet again showed the value of having a good place kicker landing 3 penalties from the tee to push Bruff into a 22-14 lead. Bantry hit a late long range place kick to make it 22.17 but it was too little too late for the West Cork side.
Eamon Cooke who was Bruff captain on the day collected the cup from fellow Bruff man Ger Malone and lifted the trophy for the first time in the clubs history.
Well done to Eamon & Neilus Keogh who have looked after the 2nds this season and also to Pauline McAuliffe who has been on hand to help out with the first aid duties.
Team, E Cooke, J Fitzgerald, B Bulfin, T O’Dwyer, T O’Dwyer, O Ring, C Rea, M McCarthy, C Clifford, R McAulliffe, C Ryan, S Darcy, B Cahill, L Tracey, B Deady Subs N Keogh, M Carroll, M Cooke, T Carroll, P Thompson
Please note the following dates for the Pre AGM & AGM –
Pre AGM Tuesday 15th
AGM Wednesday 30th May – All members are urged to attend.
We have 3 CE positions in Bruff RFC for Caretaker/groundsman responsible for maintenance of clubhouse and grounds. 19.5 hrs per week. Applicants must be in receipt of DSP payment for over 12 months and apply through local employment services. Please contact Harriet Cunningham on 0860598312 for further info


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