Feb 262017

This pan Munster playoff match was not for the faint hearted. Bruff opened the scoring on 25 min. Penalty by Jack Barrett. The half time score was  3 – 0 to Bruff. With 45 mins gone Bruff scored the first try through Brendan Gleeson,  good work by the forwards for Gleeson to crash over to make the score 8 -0 to Bruff .

Young Munster got into the game on the 50 minute with a converted try  to make the score 8-7. Young. Munster reaped rewards from Bruff errors to score their second try on 55 minutes which was converted to make it 14-8 to the cookies. With Baltic conditions and the wind blowing into their faces and time running out it looked as if it wasn’t going to be our day. Through a great break by Robbie Holmes from his own 22 m to the cookies 22 m set up the final few minutes of drama. The Bruff forwards rucked and mauled their way to the cookies try line for Sean Cregan to crash over  to make the score 14 -13 to Young Munster. The drama was to continue with Ross O’ Brien May stepping up to take the convert. To every one on the side line this kick looked an easy kick. Not the normal place kicker Ross stepped up with great composure to slot the kick 15-14 to Bruff.

The last four minutes seemed to last forever but Bruff showed great character to see out the game and win. Well done to team and coaches on reaching the last 8 in the pan Munster. For the parents looking for something to do next Sunday it’s a trip to Waterford to take on Waterpark in the Pan Munster Quarter Final.

Feb 122017

Following the fantastic win against Kanturk on Friday evening, we had a gathering of players from the earliest to the current to come together along with some of the travelling Kanturk horde to honour one of Bruff RFC’S longest serving players and members.

Mike “Barlow” O’Donnell played as a second row in the very first ever scratch game played by Bruff in late 69, played around the province at Junior Level through the 70’s and 80’s, made tour appearances during the 90’s in Glasgow and Nottingham and finished his 5 decade spanning career with his final appearance in the Yellow and Maroon in  Bruff’s first ever competitive game as a Senior Rugby club in the Veterans World Cup against the US Navy in August 2004.

Following a night of memories and apocryphal stories from many of the current and former players present, Bruff President Nicholas Cooke presented Mike with the Life Presidents blazer to tumultuous applause followed by some great words about the current squad and a lovely thank you from the man himself.

From one and all of us Mike, thank you for the great memories, you and your equals are the lifeblood of our club and we hope to see as more of you in your new role.

Thanks again from all of us!

Feb 122017

The following are the results for the Underage teams that were in action over the weekend.

Pan Munster U16 

Bruff RFC 19 – Dungarvan RFC 5

Bruff U16 travelled to Dungarvan RFC in Round 4 of the Pan Munster. Dungarvan scored the first try on 10 mins and Bruff replied on 12 min with a try from Jack Barrett. The Half time score was  5-5, Bruff went to score their 2nd try by Brendan Gleeson to make it 12-5 with time nearly up. A third try by Ross O’ Brien May under the posts made it 19-5. A great result and well done to the lads. The Under 16′ are out again next week in Kilballyowen for their last game where the opposition is Killorglin RFC.

Pan Munster U18

Bruff RFC  19 – Sundayswell RFC 14

 Under 14 League 

Bruff RFC 10 – Garryowen RFC 8

Feb 052017

There was only one youth rugby fixture this weekend in the Under 15 league where the Bruff U15′ took on a combination of Richmond/UL Boh’s which was played in Annacotty. A very good team performance by the U15’s who came from behind and played some very good rugby and led 5-10 at half time, the try was scored by Tom Riordan and converted by Conor Hanley. A penalty was also converted by Hanley just before half time for a penalty infringement at the breakdown.

In the second half good pressure from Bruff had them in control for long periods of the game which frustrated the opposition who made numerous changes but got no change out of the Bruff lads. Through the pressure being applied by Bruff the second try eventually came from John O’ Reilly and again was converted by Conor Hanley Bruff led 17-5 with quarter of an hour to go. Some great tackling by Conor Twomey and Ciaran Tangney in the midfield area contually frustrated the opposition and tempers spilled over but brought under control by the ref. As the game entered the final 5 minutes more great tackling by Darragh O Keeffe on the Bruff wing kept the opposition at bay. With two minutes left on the clock Richmond/Bohs got a consolation try which went unconverted. Well done to all the lads who were led from the front to victory by their captain Frank Maher.

Jan 312017

Bruff U18’s faced a tough challenge on Sunday against an unbeaten Skibbereen in the pan Munster competition and the playing conditions were poor. Once again Bruff got off to a slow start and they were under pressure.  Skibbereen won an early penalty, but kicked it wide. Great defending from the Bruff  lads kept Skibbereen at bay. As the half progressed Bruff got into the game more, the game was scoreless at half time.

In the second half Bruff were more aggressive and kept Skibbereen in their own half, with Bruff eventually winning a penalty. Bruff kicked for the corner . The Bruff’ pack won the line out and drove over the line to score the first try. A missed conversion had the score at 5:0 to Bruff.

From the kick off Bruff began to apply more pressure. Skibbereen won a scrum on their own 5 metre line for a knock on. The ball squirted back out of the scrum Pa Lloyd was quick to react with a good tackle on the Skibbereen scrum half which allowed Pa Maher to collect the ball and score a second try.  The  conversion was missed and the score was 10:0 to Bruff.

Poor defending from the kick off by Bruff allowed Skibbereen to put pressure back on Bruff, Skibbereen managed to put a few phases together to score a try in the corner. A missed conversion had the score 10:5 to Bruff.  Bruff continued to play and defend well, Fionn Flanagan intercepted a pass on the half way line, great hands between Fionn Flanagan, Jamie Carey and Adam O’Dwyer resulted in Adam O’Dwyer scoring the third try and securing victory against any late comeback from Skibbereen. The games ended Bruff 15 Skibbereen 5. Well done lads and best of luck against Dungarvan at home in Kilballyowen next Sunday 5th February.