Nov 282014

Our first team play Cork Constitution tomorrow, Saturday, in Cork at the quarter final stage of the Munster Senior Cup. The team lines out as follows:



1-Stephen Foster

2-Johnny Clery
3-Keith Laffan
4- Barry Laffan
5-Tom O’Dwyer
6-Michael Cooke
7-Mikey Carroll
9-Tony Cahill
10-Paul Downes
11-Declan Bannon
12-Garry Leonard
13-Sean Darcy
14-Robbie Finn
15-Dave O’Grady
16-T Quirke
17- Brendan Keogh
18-Ger O’Connell
19-Jake Considine
20-Andrew White
21- Daragh Mulcahy
22- Tommy Carroll

Nov 262014
Bruff 11, Cork Constitution 5
Day Team Competition Opposition Venue Time
Saturday 29th Senior MSC Cork Con Temple Hill 7.30 pm
Sunday 30th U16’s League NCW Cullinagh 11.30am
Sunday 30th U18’s League Young Munsters Derryknockane 12.15pm
Sunday 30th u15’s League Thomond LIT 12pm
Sunday 30th u14’s League Old Crescent Kilballyowen 12pm
Sunday 30th u13’s League Ul Bohs Kilballyowen 12pm
Wed 3rd Dec u20’s Donal Walsh Trophy Garryowen TBC 7.30 pm
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Nov 162014
John O Connell left and Ger Foster who were part of a large travelling Bruff support on Saturday

John O Connell left and Ger Foster who were part of a large travelling Bruff support on Saturday

Ulster Bank League Division 2B

Bruff Vrs Tullamore

It was a case of what could have been for the senior team who were away to Tullamore in the UBL league on Saturday. Bruff lead for most of the game but only had a losing bonus point to show for their efforts at the end of the 80 minutes. It was a fantastic game of flowing rugby played in ideal conditions in the Spollanstown venue in Co Offaly.

Cheered on by a large travelling support Bruff were quick to start and had a try after 6 minutes. A Tullamore scrum in the middle of the field was sent retreating causing an untidy pick for the home sides no. 9. Bruff openside Andy White was quick to pounce which caused the ball to squirt out. Scrumhalf Tony Cahill kicked the ball into the Tullamore 22 and good chase by the Bruff backs forced Tullamore into a rash clearance kick. The ever alert Bruff winger Declan Bannon picked up the ball and broke a number of tackles before releasing centre Darragh Mulcahy to score in the corner.

Tullamore didn’t waste much time and replied with a try of their own with 11 minutes on the clock to make the score 5-5. Bruff dominated territory and possession for the next 25 minutes and the pressure was rewarded on the 36 minute mark. Bruff were awarded a scrum on the Tullamore 5 metre line setting up a solid platform for No 8 Jake Considine to pick and drive. Bruff held on to the ball well and after a number of phases Captain Davie Horan borrowed under the Tullmore defence for the 5 pointer. That was the end of the scoring for the opening 40 making it 10-5 to Bruff at half time.

Action from the opening half

Action from the opening half

Tullamore pressed hard for the opening period of the second half but it was Bruff who were first to score. Bruff forced the home team into a knock on and from the resulting scrum out half Davie O Grady put in a huge relieving kick from the Bruff 10 metre line. Again the chase was excellent and Tullamore were forced into giving away a penalty in front of their own posts. Bruff winger Declan Bannon converted the chance to make it 13-5 Bruff.

Again Tullamore were quick to respond and added a converted try on 50 minutes to make it 13-12. On 55 minutes Bruff won a lineout on the Tullamore 10 Metre line. Blind side wing forward Danny Keogh made the hard yards before scrum half Tony Cahill made a cheeky dart around the Tullamore fringes. He released Davie O Grady who set up Paudie Kilcoyne to touch down under the posts. Deccie Bannon added the extras, 20-12 to Bruff. Tullamore again showed their grit and added and converted try on 58 minutes to make it 20-19.

Bruff’s last score of the game came on 72 minutes when a dominant Bruff maul was hauled down 30 metres from goal. Again Bannon stepped up and slotted the kick to make it 23-19 to Bruff.

But it was Tullamore who had the last say. With just 3 minutes left on the clock Tullamore were awarded a penalty which they kicked to touch. Bruff defended the maul well but were unable to stop the Tullamore forwards from crossing the white wash. The conversion was missed and the game finished 23-24 to the home team.

Team was: 1. Davy Horan 2. Johnny Clery 3. Timmy Quirke 22. Ger O’Connell 5. Kevin Madigan 6. Danny Keogh 7. Andy White 8. Jake Considine 9. Tony Cahill 10. Davy O’Grady 11. Declan Bannon 12. Darragh Mulcahy 13. Sean D’arcy 14. Paudie Kilcoyne 15. Brendan Deady 16. Keith Laffan 17. Mike Carroll 18. Mike Cooke 19. Olly White 20. Shane Doona

U20 Donal Walsh Trophy Section B

The u20’s were beaten 19-12 by Old Crescent in Bruff on Saturday. Paul Downes was the only Bruff scorer on the day kicking 4 penalties in a game which never got going for the home team.

Bruff are now on 10 points after 4 games, with 2 wins and 2 loses.

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Nov 142014

The first team take on Tullamore tomorrow in Offaly, going for four wins in a row. The team lines out as follows:

1.Davy Horan 2.Johnny Clery 3.Colm O’Sullivan 22.Ger O’Connell 5.Kevin Madigan 6.Danny Keogh 7.Andy White 8.Jake Considine 9.Tony Cahill 10.Davy O’Grady 11.Declan Bannon 12.Darraagh Mulcahy 13.Sean Darcy 14.Paidi Kilcoyne 15.Brendan Deady 16.Brendan Keogh 17.Ray Roche 18.Mike Cooke 19.Mike Carroll 20.Paul Downes 21.Tommy Carroll 23.Tom O’Dwyer 24.Eamon O’Dea

Nov 092014

Ulster Bank League Division 2B

The 1st XV met Richmond at home in Kilballyowen in the UBL on Friday night. The last competitive league meeting between these 2 sides was back on 2004 in what would be Bruffs last game in the Munster Junior league. Bruff made 1 change for the game with Paidi Kilcoyne reclaiming his place after a spell out due to injury.

The first score of the game came with just 3 minutes on the clock. Bruff had a scrum inside the visitors 22. No.8 Jake Considine picked and broke from the back , the ball went to deck and after a couple of quick plays the ball was moved to the backs. Dave O Grady made a telling brake and touched down just to the right of the Richmond post. Declan Bannon stood up and added the extras. Less than 10 minutes later Bannon was on the mark again knocking over a penalty to make it 10-0 to Bruff.

Bruff were to add 1 more try before Half time. With 25 minutes gone Tony Cahill took a quick tap penalty just outside the Richmond 22, the ball was moved quickly out to the right wing and O Grady was on hand to touch down for his 2nd try of the evening which Bannon Converted.

The 3rd try came shortly after the break. Richmond had the ball just inside the Bruff half of the field but some hard Bruff tackling forced a knock on which Bruff quickly turned into attack. The ball was kicked forward into the Richmond 22 and some good chase work from centre Sean Darcy was rewarded when Declan Bannon touched down to make it 22-0 to Bruff.

Things were looking very good for Bruff at this point but it was Richmond who were to take control of the game for the next 30 minutes. Brian Collins scored the first of 2 trys after 60 minutes after a Richmond lineout on the Bruff 5 metre line. Winger Stephen Collins added a 2nd 5 pointer with 15 minutes left on the clock. Bruff were beginning to look nervous and had to battle hard to stop the Richmond momentum. Bruff got a lucky break on 37 minutes when Richmond were awarded a penalty 30 metres out from the Bruff line. The touch judge on the stand side of the field spotted foul play by a Richmond forward at the breakdown and the penalty was reversed. The kick to touch was missed and Richmond moved the ball into the middle of the field to set up another attack. Again the Bruff tackling was firm and the ball was  eventually recovered by Bruff. Substitute out half Paul Downes put a long kick deep into the Richmond half and similarly to the 3rd try the Bruff chase was excellent. Like in previous games Declan Bannon showed his soccer skills to put the ball over the Richmond try line for Mike Cooke who was in support to touch down for the bonus point try. The conversion was missed and the game ended 27-12 to Bruff.

Bruff are on the road to Tullamore next weekend in round 6 of the UBL. A supporters bus is being organised, please contact Mike on 0871386244 if you are interested in travelling.   

Team was: 1.Davy Horan 2.Johnny Clery 3.Colm O’Sullivan 22.Ger O’Connell 5.Kevin Madigan 6.Danny Keogh 7.Andy White 8.Jake Considine 9.Tony Cahill 10.Davy O’Grady 11.Declan Bannon 12.Darraagh Mulcahy 13.Sean Darcy 14.Paidi Kilcoyne 15.Brendan Deady 16.Brendan Keogh(75 min for C O Sullivan) 17.Ray Roche(51 min for D Horan) 18.Mike Cooke (43 min for G O Connell) 19.Mike Carroll(35 min for J Considine) 20.Paul Downes(51 min for D O Grady)  21.Tommy Carroll 23.Tom O’Dwyer 24.Eamon O’Dea

Bruff Out half Dave O Grady Who scored 2 trys

Bruff Out half Dave O Grady Who scored 2 trys

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