Mar 122015
 
the u16's have a home 1/4 Final
U18s take on Highfield this weekend

U18s take on Highfield this weekend

The 18’s and 20’s are away this weekend looking to progress in their respective competitions. While the u16’s have a home 1/4 Final in Bruff on Sunday

Day Team Competition Opposition Venue Time
Sat 14th U18’s Pan Munster Qtr Final Highfield Highfield 12.00pm
Sat 14th u20’s AIL Qualifier Buccaneers Athlone 5.00pm
Sun 15th u16’s Pan Munster Qtr Final Clonakilty Kilballyowen 12.30pm
 Posted by at 2:21 pm
Mar 112015
 
Bruff in Control in the scrum

Bruff in Control in the scrum V Kanturk

Heartbreak for the u15’s 

There was heartbreak for the u15’s on Sunday who despite drawing 5-5 with Ennis in their league final lost the game as Ennis scored the 1st try in the match. A long standing rule at underage rugby which Bruff have been fortunate with in the past states that if a game ends up a draw the team who score the first try/score are awarded the game. Joseph Johnstone got the only Bruff score and was unfortunate to miss the resulting conversion. The 15’s now have the cup to look forward to and will be hoping for a good run to see out the season.

Vital win for the Senior’s

Bruff and Kanturk met for the first time at Senior level on Saturday when the ‘Turks’ were the visitors to Killballyowen. A Bruff win was a must to keep promotion chances alive with only 3 games left going into this clash. Bruff would have hoped for a win but a bonus point victory it would be fair to say surpassed expectations. To say Bruff had the advantage of a stiff breeze in the opening half would be putting it lightly. It was more like a hurricane blowing from the road end down to the visitors 22.

With the gale at your backs you would expect that most of the game would be played in 1 half of the field and indeed it was. Kanturk did make a few visits to the Bruff 22 in the opening period but some clever box kicking from Tony Cahill kept ‘Turk’ on the back foot for most of the 1st half. Bruff clocked up 26 points in the first half securing the bonus point after 39 minutes of play.

The first Bruff score came courtesy of Brian Cahill. Out half Dave O Grady made a clean line break on the Kanturk 22, drew the last defender and released to Cahill for the easy touchdown. Tony Cahill who nailed 3 first half conversions stepped up to add the extra’s. O Grady was involved again in the second try this time picking up the 5 points for himself after a defence splitting pass from Player coach Mikey Carroll.

Not content with looking on from the fullback position it was Brendan Deadys turn to get in on the act with another 5 pointer. Deady made a lovely break down the right wing with some lovely interplay between himself and rookie winger Brain Fanning. The play made its way to the Kanturk line with a series of rucks developing. Deady again got involved and finished off the score receiving a nice pop pass from scrum half Tony Cahill.

Bruff showed solid 2nd Half defence

Bruff showed solid 2nd Half defence

The forth try was far less subtle then the previous efforts. No 8 Jake Considine took a short pass from Tony Cahill 5 metres out and crashed over to secure the bonus.

With the half time break upon us it was time to get the mobiles out and take to twitter to see how the other games were shaping up. To us supporters surprise every game was going our way with most of the teams just above us loosing at the mid-way point. But it was a short lived joy as all the teams turned the sores around putting in winning performances.

It was now Kanturks turn to play with the gale and try and manage the elements. They did in patches and scored 2 trys from Matt Handy and Sean Cremin either side of another Jake Considine try for Bruff.  A hard man to take down in full flight Considine’s second try was similar to his first half effort barging over from a few metres out.

31-12 the final score to Bruff and hopes still alive of reaching the promotion spots.

Team was: 1.Davie Horan 2. John Clery 3.Stephen Foster 22.Tom O Dwyer 5.Mike Cooke 6.Danny Keogh 7.Andrew White 8. Mike Carroll 9.Tony Cahill 10. Dave O Grady 11.Cian Tierney 12. Brian Cahill 13.Sean Darcy 14.Brian Fanning 15.Brendan Deady 16.Colm O Sullivan 17.Paddy Clery 18.Jake Considine 19. Mark Cosgrove 20 D Mulcahy

U16s too strong for Muskerry.

Bruff———36

Muskerry—0

 

In their last group game the U16s had a comfortable win against Muskerry and earned a home quarter final of the Pan Munster League against Clonakilty next Sunday with a 12.30pm kick off.

Bruff started well and applied early pressure but Muskerry defended well.The first came after good work from the pack and when the backs moved the ball winger Sean Mc Carthy ran 30 metres to touch down.

Left wing Jack Houlihan then took matters into his own hands and scored 2 tries before half time.The first of his tries was a great individual score beating a number of would be tacklers on a great run along the touch line. Outhalf Bateman converted 2 of the tries to leave Bruff leading 19–0 at half time.

Bruff totally dominated the second half adding 3 more tries,one from Jack Houlihan to complete his hat-trick and 2 from Jamie Carey. John Bateman converted one.

This was a competent display from Bruff but bigger and tougher challenges lie ahead,and they dont come much bigger or tougher than Clon who are one of the favourites for the title.

Squad, U16s Callum Winship, Jamie Carey, Michael O’Grady, John Bateman, Jason Fitzgibbon, David Carroll, Martin Carew, Liam Cunningham, Jack O’Malley, Donnacha McCarthy, Jerry O’Dea, Daniel Gleeson, Bradley Riordan, Michael O’Donovan, Joseph O’Connell, Niall Breen, James Hanly, Seamas Bulaeir, Gearoid Moynihan, Declan Kenny, Mark Hanly, Shea Dunworth , Jamie McCarthy , Jack Houlihan, Jack O Connell, Sean McCarthy & Jonathon Fitzpatrick.

Ladies Rugby

Girls and women’s rugby in Bruff Rfc: every Friday evening girls u12 u15 and u18 (= from approximately 10 and older) train from 19hr till 20hr. There are still a couple of blitzes and matches for all age grades left to train for! The women’s team is training from 20hr to 21:30hr under Mike Cahill. So spread the word and ask your sisters, cousins,  neighbours,  best girly friends, mums, aunts and wives to come along and train with Bruff! Contact Heidi @ 087 667 9783 or Claire 089 4272 402.

 

 Posted by at 1:53 pm
Mar 062015
 
u15's in action
J1 team play Ennis on Sunday

J1 team play Ennis on Sunday

Theres plenty of action this weekend including a league final on Sunday for the u15’s team.

Please come out and support in numbers this weekend

Day Team Competition Opposition Venue Time
Sat March 7th Seniors UBL Kanturk Kilballyowen 2.30pm
March 8th U16’s Pan Munster Muskerry Kilballyowen 12.30pm
March 8th u13’s League UL Boh’s Annocthy 11.30am
March 8th u15’s League Final Ennis Grove Island 11am
March 8th Women Cup Abbeyfeale Grove Island 2pm
March 8th J1 team Junior Plate Ennis Kilballyowen 2.30pm
 Posted by at 6:04 pm
Mar 032015
 
Kevin McManus was on kickng duty for the u18's
Player coach Brendan Deady in action for the Seniors

Player coach Brendan Deady in action for the Seniors

Away win for the Senior’s

The seniors were on the road last Saturday with an away trip to Armagh.  Bruff travelled knowing that 4 wins from the last 4 games is a must to have any hope of finishing in the promotion spots.

Bruff went into the game as underdogs with Armagh 7 points ahead on the table. Bruff started brightly scoring a try early on. Sean Darcy made a clean line break and found himself in acres of space. To his credit he pinned back his ears and made the 40 metre run to the line beating a number of defenders on his way to touching down for the 5 points. Tony Cahill stepped up and nailed a monster conversion from the touch line to make it 7-0 to Bruff.

The game was played in tough conditions which didn’t allow for flowing rugby with numerous knock –on’s from both sides leading to a series of scrums. Armagh kicked a penalty not long before half time making it 7-3 to Bruff going into the break.

In fact 7-3 was to be the final score with neither side managing a score in the second half. Bruff had a penalty chance drop just wide mid-way through the half but it was a tough kick given the conditions. The Bruff defence has been resilient when tested and again Bruff showed their metal in the closing 15 minutes. With Armagh battering the Bruff line players again put their bodies on the line to hold the home side out and come away with the 4 points.

A quick mention for Brian Fanning who made his UBL debut in Saturday’s game. He’s the 4th player to be blooded by the seniors this year giving a good account of himself on the wing.

Kanturk are the visitors to Bruff this weekend and will travel with confidence after a 30-10 demolition of Old Cresent last weekend. Bruff will need to pull out all the stops if they are to get the much needed victory to keep promotion chances alive.

Team was: 1.Davie Horan 2. John Clery 3.Stephen Foster 22.Tom O Dwyer 5.Mike Cooke 6.Danny Keogh 7.Andrew White 8. Mike Carroll 9.Tony Cahill 10. Dave O Grady 11.Cian Tierney 12. Brian Cahill 13.Sean Darcy 14.Brian Fanning 15.Dave O Grady 16.Colm O Sullivan 17.Paddy Clery 18.Kevin Madigan 19. Mark Cosgrove 20 G Leonard

Under 16s Qualify For Last 8

Bruff RFC—————- 34

Kilorglin RFC—————0

Bruff U16 team booked their place in the last eight of the Munster U16 League following their victory over a gallant Kilorglin side last Sunday. This was their third win in this group of 5 and ensures their quarter final place but will have to wait until after next weekend’s games to find out if they have a home draw. They play Muskery in Kilballyowen in a top of the table clash and whoever wins will at home in the quarter final.

Last Sunday’s game was moved to Tralee due to a water-logged pitch in Kilorglin. Bruff played with the aid of a very strong wind in the first and though they were well on top the sides were scoreless after 20 minutes. The game changed in the 10 minutes leading to half time .Winger Jack Houlihan was first to cross the line as he was at the end of a good back movement and beat a number of tacklers to touch down in the corner.

Centre Jason Fitzgibbon caught the kick off and raced from his own half to score in the corner .Confidence was now high and with a good supply of ball from the pack Bruff backs were always dangerous and ran in 2 more tries before half time, one each again from Houlihan and Fitzgibbon. Out-half John Bateman converted one to leave the score at half time 22-0 to Bruff.

Kilorglin, with the wind behind them piled on the pressure in the early stages of the second half but the Bruff defence was gallant. Midway through the half Bruff lifted the siege and were well in control for the remainder of the game. Winger Sean McCarthy touched down under the posts following another flowing back movement and Bateman converted it.

Shea Donworth got the fifth try when he was at the end of another good back movement and took his try well.

This was a competent performance but the players know they have to up the ante for next Sundays top of the table clash. The game is fixed for Kilballyowen Park next Sunday with a 12.30pm kick off.

Squad, U16s Callum Winship, Jamie Carey, Michael O’Grady, John Bateman, Jason Fitzgibbon, David Carroll, Martin Carew, Liam Cunningham, Jack O’Malley, Donnacha McCarthy, Jerry O’Dea, Daniel Gleeson, Bradley Riordan, Michael O’Donovan, Joseph O’Connell, Niall Breen, James Hanly, Seamas Bulaeir, Gearoid Moynihan, Declan Kenny, Mark Hanly, Shea Dunworth , Jamie McCarthy , Jack Houlihan, Jack O Connell, Sean McCarthy & Jonathon Fitzpatrick.

Under 18’s book quarter final spot.

The under 18’s had to fight hard to earn a 16-0 away win over Shannon in Coonagh on Sunday. Bruff knew they needed a win to guarantee qualification for the quarter final of the Pan Munster.

Bruff played with a stiff breeze in the opening half and struggled to control the game with the wind at their backs. A number of kicks went dead which handed easy possession back to the home side. Bruff’s opening score was a penalty from the boot of Kevin McManus with Jack Fitz adding a try just minutes before the half-time break. The try came at a crucial time as Shannon were looking confident playing against the wind.

The half-time team talk seemed to spark Bruff into life and they played much better in the second period. Dylan Reeves- Wasik added a second Bruff try off the back of a good Bruff maul, before McManus added a second penalty to make it 16-0.

Bruff now go on to meet Highfield who topped group 2 in the ¼ finals date TBC

Squad- Kevin McManus, Dean O’Shea, Odhran Ring, Thomas Breen, Darren Kennedy, Matthew Lockhart O’Dea, Tadgh Leddin, Brady Day, Thomas Quigley, Darragh Moore, Cian Mulqueen, Fearghal Cooke, Gareth Cooke, Conor Fitzpatrick, Simon Divilly, Jack Fitzgerald, Brian Bulfin, David Crofton Young, David Moloney, Cian Clifford, John Bulfin, Jack O’Grady, Dylan Reeves- Wasik, Niall Byrne , Sean Hartigan ,Adam Sheehy ,Cormac Daly ,Aaron Daly ,Lorcan Hayes

Ladies Rugby

Bruff women took on St Mary’s on a murky Friday evening. After the win over Richmond all player were keen to keep de momentum going, none more than Fiona Neenan returning after a lengthy recovery. Playing 12-a-side Bruff again had to settle down a bit before organisation shone through. Towards the end of the first half after several phases of play the ball had moved from left to right and back again to winger Eileen O’Gorman who got past the last defenders to score: 0-5 to Bruff. Straight after de kick off by St Mary’s de ball got caught and played out to full back Audrey Dempsey who ran half the pitch along the side line and managed to scrambled over the try line: 0-10 to Bruff. And then it was half time. Early on in the second half winger Aoife O’Sullivan for de 2nd week in a row was able to finish off with a try after the ball had been gone through all the Bruff hands. This was also the last Score: 0-15 to Bruff. Next week de girls will enjoy a break and then on to de final couple hurdles before the end of the season. With rugby fitness on Tuesday at 20hr and rugby training on Friday evening at 20hr, we always welcome new players.

 

 Posted by at 3:42 pm