Apr 212015

Cossie who scored Bruffs 2nd try

Match report from the Senior game played on April 11th

The Seniors finished off their UBL campaign with a 12-27 home defeat to Boyne. Bruff got off to an ideal starting scoring a try after just 6 minutes. Captain Dave Horan crossed the line for the 5 pointer after a good spell of Bruff play which started in the Bruff 22 with Jonnie Clery winning a penalty at the break down. Bruff kicked to touch and moved the ball wide from the resulting lineout. The ball was moved through the hands again and Horan was on hand to receive and try scoring pass from Andy White.

Boyne who were still not safe from relegation picked up the pace and kicked a penalty on 15 minutes to make it 5-3. Bruff were forced into a number of substitutions which seemed to upset the flow of the Bruff game. Then a 10 minute blitz saw Boyne race into a 5-22 lead scoring tries on 33, 40 & 43 minutes.

Bruff got a 2nd try on 65 minutes from winger Mark Cosgrove which was converted by out-half Paul Downes but that was to be it as Boyne added another try on 67 minutes to claim the bonus point win.

We ended the season in 7th place having won 7 games 2 draws and 6 loses. 3 of the 6 loses produced losing bonus points and we also picked up 3 try scoring bonus points.

The game was followed by an end of season breakup the highlight of which was the presentation of a cheque for over €6500 to Milford hospice in the memory of our late friend and past club member Alfie Laffan. Alfie who was a member of Bruff’s Bateman cup team of 2011 passed away in September aged 33 years of age after a battle with cancer.  A large number of past players and members attended the presentation which was done by Alfie’s family and club delegates.

Club president Pat Dunne acknowledged the work of Mike O Connor and Ger Malone for organising the fundraiser. He also thanked Milford hospice for the care they gave to Alfie in his short stay there and said a few word to Alfies family about Alfie a young man who’ll always be remembered fondly by everyone at Bruff RFC.

Please keep an eye on this weeks Leader (W/E 25th April) where the fundraiser will be featured

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 Posted by at 10:48 am
Apr 082015
the gentle giant

the gentle giant

The Seniors are in action on Saturday in the last round of the UBL when Boyne are the visitors to Kilballyowen. Bruff are currently in 7th position and will be looking to finish the season on a high follows from defeat away to Greystones last time out. Boyne travel to Limerick for their 2nd fixture in a row after recording a big win over Old Crescent in their last outing.

The game will be followed by an end of season breakup the highlight of which will be the presentation of a cheque for over e6000 to Milford hospice in the memory of our late friend and past club member Alfie Laffan. Alfie who was a member of Bruff’s Bateman cup team of 2011 passed away in September aged 33 years of age after a battle with cancer.  All past players and member are invited to attend as we remember Alfie by making this donation to Milford Hospice who made Alfie comfortable in his last hours.

The game ko’s at 2.30pm in Kilballyowen

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 Posted by at 9:05 pm
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.




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.


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