Feb 252019

On Saturday last we welcomed Bangor to Kilballyowen anxious to put the heartbreak of lasts weeks Omagh defeat behind us, we were dealt the triple whammy starting minus Liam Treacy Keith Laffen and Mike Cooke but probably the reason this season has been better is the fact that we are able to introduce players who step up when asked.
We started well and went ahead when after a number of phases Davy o Grady pick out Cian Clifford with a beauty of a cross field kick and we were 5-0 we continued to dominate possession and were rewarded with a pen which Kevin McManus made no mistake. We lost Daniel Jackson to the bin and Bangor started to get themselves back in the game. We conceded 3 from a penalty and now it was 8-3.
We increased our lead with a carbon copy try like our first, once again after lots of phases and with penalty advantage Davy once again pick out Kevin McManus in the corner to dot down, Davy himself landed a raker of a convert and we were 15-3 in front. Bangor however got themselves a lifeline after winning a couple of penalties in our 22, they quick tapped and went in for a try to make it 15-8 at h/t.
The 2nd half saw us continue with a good start and Davy put us 18-8 ahead with a penalty.
Bangor replied with a penalty of their own to keep themselves in the game at 18-11 with 20 mins left on the clock. We then lost Cillian Rea with an knee injury and after a lengthy break play resumed with a Bruff scrum and after Sean Hartigan carry was halted Neilus Keogh surged to line and scored a fine try Davy added the extras to make it 25-11. Bangor tried hard to rescue a bonus point but devfensely we were good and maybe we were disappointed we weren’t able to get a bp of our own. This group has been has been massively consistent throughout the season and but it is really the effort from the panel that is getting them over the line in games. Next up next Saturday we’re away to Seapoint in what is going to be an extremely difficult game. Injuries are part and parcel of our game and it’s never nice to see players with injury we wish Cillian a speedy recovery Cillian has been in superb form this season so we hope it won’t to be too long before his back.


Paddy Cleary Johnny Cleary Brian Bulfin Tadgh o Dwyer Tommy o Dwyer Taylor Jones Cillian Rea Sean Hartigan Daniel Jackson Davy o Grady Graham Whelan Cian Tierney Jack o Grady Cian Clifford Kieran McManus Robert Coates Brendan Keogh Neilus Keogh Shane Biggins Sean Darcy


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Feb 182019

Our seniors made the long trip to Omagh and after putting in a great 80+ minutes of rugby had to settle with 2 bonus points after enjoying the better of this game for long periods. And though we went behind to a to an Omagh try after 15 mins we replied with a brace from Taylor Jones Kevin McManus kicked both conversions and we were 14-5 to the good, but we were to concede just on half time to make 14-10. We started the second half well and after Kevin was unlucky with 2 pens 1 coming back of the post we went further ahead with a try from Jack o Grady Davy was just wide with the convert and we were 19-10 in front. We were causing lots of problems for the home side with our retention but with respect to Omagh they have some quality players and they got back into game with a try to make it 19-15 they then went ahead with a 7 pointer to leave it 22-19 but the lads showed great character and once again after great continuity we went ahead with a try from Johnny Cleary Kevin kicked the extras and we were 26-22 in front. And what was a theme throughout the game Omagh scored with a try from broken play to make it 27-26 and it was heartbreak for the lads who had showed great heart and plenty of skill throughout. Our retention was excellent but just a few errors cost us, I’m sure management will be looking to elemenate these for the visit of Bangor next sat in Kilballyowen.a big thanks to all who traveled and to Omagh for their hospitality. TeamPaddy Cleary Johnny Cleary Kieth Laffen Tadgh Dwyer Tommy Dwyer Taylor Jones Cillian Rea Sean Hartigan Daniel Jackson Davy o Grady Liam Treacy Cian Tierney Jack o Grady Cian Clifford Kieran McManus Robert Coates Brian Bulfin Mike Cooke Shane Biggins Graham Whelan

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Feb 112019

Our seniors make the long journey to Omagh this weekend in a 3rd v 4th clash Bruff came out on top in the first Rd game but will need to be at their best to get a result, we lost this fixture last season to put us into a playoff so it would be great to come away with a win this time and keep us in contention in the right part of the table.

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Jan 272019


Davy crossing for the first try





0n Saturday we entertained Malahide anxious to put last weeks dissapointing result behind us, and with Kevin McManus pulling out in the morning with sickness adding to our injury list Graham Whelan filled the void , we were going to need a big effort to get a result. Malahide were 4pts behind us and were looking to overtake us with a win, we managed to get off the blocks early and put pressure on Malahides defence but some handling errors cost us, we continued to have the better of possession and territory and finally made the breakthrough with 25 gone after hammering the Malahide line Davy o Grady found a gap left of the posts and dotted down he added the extras and we were 7 up,  we doubled our lead 3 minutes later when the Malahide flanker with an attempted clearance hit his own player and Paddy Cleary was on hand to gather and head towards the line they managed to reel him in but with an excellent offload to Cian Clifford to score an opportunist try Davy kicked a superb 2 pointer and we were 14-0 up. Malahide to their credit got themselves back in the game and after we failed to clear our lines them pulled back a 7 pointer and with a penalty in front of the posts they were back to within 4 at halftime.  Malahide continued where they left off and went 17-14 ahead with a converted try in the corner, pressure was on and the lads responded superbly Davy landed a magnificent penalty from the 10 mtr line to level things up and with 20 to go Sean Darcy got over in the corner Davy added the extras and we were 24-17 ahead Davy put us 10 ahead with 10 to go.  We then had a bonus point to go after and secured same with 5 to go after some great continuity and a superb line break from Graham Whelan shifted a raker of a pass to Jack o Grady (who’s having a cracking season) scored in the corner to make it 32-17. Davy did the crossbar challenge with the convert and we were able to relax for the final 5 mins, this was a magnificent team performance and credit to all involved, Malahide to their credit also played a huge part in what was a very enjoyable game before a big crowd in kilballyowen. Next up in 2 weeks time is a trip to Omagh.



Paddy  Cleary Johnny Cleary Keith Laffen Tadgh o Dwyer Tom o Dwyer Taylor Jones Cillian Rea Sean Hartigan Daniel Jackson Davy o Grady Liam Treacy jack o Grady Cian Tierney Cian Clifford Graham Whelan Robert Coates Brian Bulfin Brendan Keogh Sean Darcy Eric Finn.


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Jan 252019







Bruff rfc play Malahide in Rd 11 of the Ail kick off 2.30 in kilballyowen please come out and show your support for the lads




Our junior cup team play Rd 2 on Sunday versus Cashel in Kilballyowen kick off 2.00 pm

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