As the season draws to a close and we enter the final weeks we have a number of club fixtures this week. The U18′s will host garryowen on Friday night at 7, while on Wednesday night 16th the U20′s will be in Dooradoyle to play Garryowen in the cup semi final. Lastly this week, we play Richmond on Friday night at 7pm in the O Carroll plate in Richmond. Best of luck to all involved.
From everybody in the club we would like to extend our best wishes to the U19s who play Navan in Naas tomorrow at 2.30pm in the All Ireland Final. In a repeat of the U17 final from 2 years ago, it is sure to be a tight and tense affair. Support on the day will be very welcome and we hope to have a major celebration in Kilballyowen tomorrow night.
It was a tough weekend on the field for Bruff teams as both our U16 and U20 suffered defeat.On saturday, Our 20′s travelled to Terenure knowing they faced an uphill battle and so it proved , despite 2 yellow cards in the 1st half we went in only trailing 8-0 at half time. However the 1st half efforts caught up with us in the second half and we fell to a 32-7 defeat, the scoreline not reflecting the effort put in by the team. Sunday saw the 16′s make the 130 mile round trip to Kilrush for the semi final of the 16′s cup, with only 1 defeat this season we were confident and this proved our undoing. A flat performance saw us trail 6-0 at half time. A brilliant try by Mike O Grady running 60 yards, evading 4 tackles to run under the posts saw us lead 7-6 early in the second half. However back came Kilrush with their scrum half scurrying over for a try to make it 11-7. Once again we came back down the pitch and after several mauls, prop Jack Fitz touched down in the corner to make it 12-11. This wasnt to be the last action, a questionable penalty against us at scrum time on our own 22, a quick tap penalty and once again Kilrush scrum half broke the tackles to score and make it 16-12, with 2 minutes to play. A fantastic run on the wing by Dean O’Shea saw him nearly get in at the corner and when the resulting lineout was won by Tadgh O’Dwyer we sensed a late score however Kilrush held their line to record a deserved 16-12 victory. We now wait for the Open Cup against Old Crescent.
UBL Bruff play at home on this Saturday v Queens KO at 2.30pm. Come along and support and watch Irleland v France on the big screen at 5pm and enjoy a drink and finger food. All support appreciated.
The u20 team won the Div 2 league title on Saturday with a convincing 52-3 win away to Midelton . Bruff were level on points with Nenagh going into the last round of games but Nenagh were ahead with a better try’s scored difference. With the last round of games kicking off at the same time Bruff knew that they had to put in a big performance to have any chance of taking the title.
Bruff started strongly and touched down twice within the first 20 minutes with trys from Cian Tierney and Gavin Reidy. Both converted By David O Grady. Bruff didn’t ease up and added 2 further try’s before half time, Cian Tierney adding a second and Sean Darcy scoring the score of the game making a break from the Bruff 22 and running the length of the field to touch down under the Midelton posts.
News was coming through from the Nenagh game who were away to Dolphin that they had also secured the bonus point so it was all down to trys scored.
This news looked like it made Bruff more determined and they added 4 more trys after the break. Gavin Reidy added a second. James Guinea came off the bench to score, Niall Mallon and Mike Cooke also touched down to bring the try total to eight on the day, Dave O grady Kicking 6 from 8.
This proved enough to take the title due to a superior try scored difference
1 Chris Casey 2 Ken Browne 3 Eamon Cooke 4 Mike Cooke 5 Mark McKenna 6 Alex McAuliffe 7 Niall Mallon 8 Mike O Riordan 9 John Carew 10 Dave O Grady 11 Gavin Reiday 12 Sean Darcy 13 Cian Tierney 14 Eric Finn 15 Brian O Connell 16 Andy O Connell 17 Jack Kirkby 17 Graham Whelan 19 James Guinea 20 Killian O Riordan