May 142013

The executive committee of Bruff RFC are delighted to announce the creation of our first ever skill specific development programme, mentored by John Hayes, former Bruff RFC, Munster, Ireland & The British and Irish Lions, Managed by Bruff YDO Eoin Cahill, and facilitated by Johnny O’ Connor (Shannon, Munster, Bruff) & the senior Bruff squad members.

Continuing the fantastic underage tradition in Bruff RFC since its foundation, This new development programme will be greatly helped by the revamped facilities of the club including the newly fitted electronic video analysis systems, electronic whiteboard system and with Brendan Bourke and Gráinne Hayes taking over Diet and Nutrition programming and fitness coaching/testing and Club Physio Derry Bowman taking charge of recovery when necessary. It will deal with player specific programmes including speed, agility, skills, diet and weight training, individually tailored to measure and target each players specific needs. Catering for underage players from U15 to U20, the programme will aim to enhance the training, fitness, rugby skillset and dietary standards of each of our underage players with the aim of streamlining the process of graduation from the fantastic underage system that has always existed in Bruff RFC right through to the Bruff Senior XV.

Coupled with this new system we also wish to announce the new senior XV management team for the coming season of Head Coach Ben Martin (UL Bohs, Munster, US Colomiers) , Forwards Coach Stephen Keogh (Bruff, Shannon, Munster, Leinster, Irish U21’s), and Management team of John Broderick (St. Munchins, Old Crescent, Young Munster & TG4) and Alfie Laffan (Bruff, UCC, Shannon, Bruff) as we head into the new season in Division 2a. Outgoing forwards coach Cathal O’ Regan is handing over the reins to concentrate on playing with the Bruff Senior squad for the coming year. We would like to take this opportunity to thank outgoing head coach Mike Lynch for his work during what was a particularly tough hard season for the Bruff RFC Senior XV and wish him well in all of his future endeavours. He has been a fantastic servant to this club over the years.

Quote: (Richard Leonard, President)

“We are delighted with this exciting appointment and with the experience at the highest levels of rugby that this new management team bring with them. As a club we are noted for being more progressive than most and we look forward to a fantastic future as we create a strong fresh structure throughout the club from Mini rugby, Youths, Adult and Ladies teams that will continue the fantastic work that has been done to date. Having scaled the heights that we have reached in our short nine year career as a Senior Club, staying “upwardly mobile” was always going to be a tough ask, and we have had three great years in division 1, during which time we managed our first Munster Senior Cup win and our first All-Ireland Cup win. We will regroup in Division 2a next season and with this calibre of management coming into the Bruff system, coupled with the new Underage development programme under the mentorship of John Hayes, we are confident that the future is going to be very bright indeed at Kilballyowen Park.”

Sep 242012

The 3rds were in action against Shannon on Saturday in the Quarter final of the McInerney Cup. Bruff ran out comfortable winners on a scoreline of 41-14.


Bruff had trys from Mike Cooke (2), Johnnie McCarthy(2),  John Mitchell & TJ Coffey. Eoin Quinn added the extras with the boot.


Team, 1 Tony Clancy 2 TJ Coffey 3 Steve O Shea 4 Kevin O Sullivan 5 Paudie O Hara 6 Kevin Madigan 7 Ger O Connell 8 Mike Cooke 9 Tommy Carroll 10 Derek Dowling 11 John Mitchell 12 Eoin Quinn 13 Noel Forde 14 Brendan Burke 15 Johnnie McCarthy 16 Declan o Shea 17 Sean Donegan 18 John O Sullivan 19 Shane Burke


The 2nds Played away to Thomand on Sunday in the Senior Seconds league.


Thomond lead 7-0 at the break scoring a try just before half time. Bruff had the better of the second half scoring 10 unanswered points.


The first score was a well worked try through the forwards. Hooker Timmy Quirke threw a lovely ball to the back of a lineout which was taken down and driven all the way to the Thomond line. Quirke was on hand to touch it down himself.Brian Carroll added the conversion. The winning score was a penalty again from Brian Carroll with 15 min remaining

Sep 242012
Bruff played Highfield in Kilballyowen on Saturday in the ODM Cyril Fitzgerald plate.

There was a penalty after 10 mins which Darragh  Barry put over. Highfield 3-0
Yellow card for Maurice o Connell after 12 mins.
A Try in the 24th min by Dave o Hea and conversion by Barry put Highfield well ahead. 10-0
A Penalty for crossing led to Darragh  Barry putting another 3 points over at 38 mins. 13-0.
A Penalty for not releasing allowed Barry Enright to put points on the board and made sure Bruff had something to work off in the second half. 13-3. Half time
A quick break by Eoghan Maher& Garry Leonard resulted in a try for Mark Cosgrave.
Converted by Barry Enright. 13-10 at 53Mins.
Another error in 58 mins for not releasing allowed Barry Enright to level the game. 13-13.
Bruff  sealed the game at 65 mins.A try for Robbie Finn after his break from Eoghan Maher’s pass resulted in him chasing down his own box kick which was then Converted by Barry Enright. 20-13 to Bruff.Final score
Sep 122012
It’s that time of the year again folks, the summer (if you could call it that) is gasping it’s last breath as the days are getting shorter, and we’re back in full swing at Kilballyowen with training under lights having commenced for yet another year.

At this stage all age groups from Under 8’s to under 38’s J are all back training and we’re kicking off this weekend with all adult teams out.

Saturday we have the first round of the Munster Senior cup where we have had great success for the last two years with a win against Garryowen in the final two years ago leading on to that fabulous success at Bateman Cup All Ireland level. Last year we fell at the final hurdle to the same Garryowen and they repeated the feat bringing the cup back to Limerick for the second successive year.

First round this year takes us against a Cashel side that has become one of the success stories of the last few seasons. Like ourselves four years ago, they ran for the last season unbeaten and gained promotion on the back of a fantastic run in the UBL gaining division 2A status after only 12 months at 2B level. Another club that has reaped the rewards of a good underage system they have travelled up the Junior ranks over the last few years knocking at the door of the Senior ranks for a year or two prior to making that final leap.

From our point of view, our run in the league finished very strongly as we came out on top of games against three of the top four teams in our division in the second half of the season after a rough starting half, to finish up maintaining our status in Division 1B. It’s going to be a tight game with no quarter asked or given, it’ll be very interesting to see which side comes out on top, of course I’m rooting for Bruff. Kick off at 2:30pm on Saturday in Kilballyowen Park.


First round of the Munster Senior Seconds league takes place either Sunday or Monday night (Not fixed at the time of publication) and we have the J2 squad lining out in the McInerny cup against St. Senans on Saturday, again time TBC.


Just another note, we are accepting players at all levels from total beginners to experienced, from anyone who wants to play socially or who wants to get a little more serious, all squads from U20, J2 & J1 level are starting out afresh with anew season so if you fancy getting involved then why not just show up on a Tuesday or Thursday night from 7:00pm onwards.

Ladies are still taking in beginners and/or more experienced players, they are training on Monday and Friday evenings at 8:00pm after the fitness classes.

Friday evening there are two U14 squads with game against Glenstal, check the website for details.

As usual, underage training etc. at the usual times, contact the coaches at the various grades.

Keep an eye out on the website, facebook or twitter on for updates and fixture changes as the week progresses.