Mar 042019

We travelled to Seapoint on Saturday last to take the home side in rd 14 of the ail, we we’re forced into a late change when Brian Bulfin cried off and we added Kevin Treacy to the bench. Conditions were testing with a near gale blowing across the pitch slightly in our favor. Seapoint who were enjoying some good results of late made a good start and enjoyed the greater possession. With 10 mins in we managed to get some territory and were rewarded with a pen which Davy slotted over to go 3-0 up Seapoint who are fighting for survival got themselves back into the game with a 7 pointer after we lost Johnny for 10. The elements were playing havoc with the handling but we got ourselves back in to their 22, and after being rewarded with a penalty, a quick tap and go led to a knock on, and an opportunity missed. Seapoint then on the stroke of h/t scored in the corner to take a 12-3 lead. The wind brought the rain and it became very difficult to play any decent rugby but both sides really gave their all, Davy landed a fantastic 3 pointer and we semmed to be getting back into the game. But we were then rocked when Seapoint went over for a 5 pointer to make it 17-6. As I have mentioned in previous reports the one and not only attribute this team has is loads of character and they showed it once again in hen they got themselves back in the Seapoint half and after numerous carry’s Taylor Jones found a gap and powered over, Davy added the extras and it was back to 17-13. With over 20 mins left patience was key and the lads continued to take the game to Seapoint and were rewarded when Neilus’s Keogh scored close to the posts for us to take a 1 point lead Davy made that 3 with less than 10 on the clock. Seapoint to their credit never gave up and had possession for most of the remainder of the game around our 22 but our defense was disciplined managed to win a penalty with a great steal allowing us to clear our lines. We saw out the game with some good retention and after winning a penalty on their 22 Davy said enough is enough and we finished 20-17 to the good.

Paddy Cleary Rob Coates Brendan Keogh Tadgh Dwyer Tommy Dwyer Taylor Jones Johnny Cleary Sean Hartigan Daniel Jackson Davy o Grady Graham Whelan Cian Tierney Jack o Grady Cian Clifford Shane Biggins  Neilus Keogh Kieth Laffan Kevin Treacy Sean Darcy Kevin McManus

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Feb 282019

Our seniors travel to the open spaces of Seapoint this Saturday in rd 14 of the league with just 5 games left were facing a team who are seeing themselves at the wrong end of the table, but we would not want to be fooled by that,over the past couple of weeks, they have beaten Omagh and Bangor and very unlucky against league leaders Ballina last week. We will need to be at our best to get something out of this, hopefully we will start to get back some of long list of injuries over the next few weeks, kick off 2.30 so for anyone living in the big smoke or surrounds please get out and give the lads a shout.

Brian Bulfin who’s turning in some impressive performances this season

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Feb 252019

This coming weekend 3rd March is an important date for the Bruff RFC Under 18 team as they take on Cork Constitution in the ¼ of the Pan Munster Competition. The two team have previously played where Bruff came out on the right side of a 20 – 0 victory. This coming Sunday 3rd March at 1:30 pm we are looking to get home support behind the lads to see them over the line. Come along to Kilballyowen Park this weekend and support the lads. The remaining matches and fixtures are listed below also.

Munster Club U18 Cup Quarter-Final – Weekend of Saturday 2 March

Match 1: Newcastle West RFC – Estuary RFC v Kinsale RFC

Match 2: Skibbereen RFC v Winner: Ennis RFC v Ballincollig RFC

Match 3: Cobh Pirates RFC v Nenagh Ormond RFC

Sunday 3rd March

Match 4: Bruff RFC v Cork Constitution RFC

Munster Club U18 Cup Semi-Final Draw – Weekend of Saturday 9 March

Winner: Match 4 v Winner: Match 3

Winner: Match 1 v Winner: Match 2

Irish Independent Park will host two festivals of youth rugby consisting of the Bank of Ireland Munster U16 and U18 Club competition finals.

Sean Cregan: Captain of Bruff RFC Under 18

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 202019

This Saturday we entertain Bangor Rfc in a crucial league game, the club have chosen this game as the ‘Bring a friend’ game in which the club encourage supporters to bring a friend or friends with them to the game, our team have been given some excellent performances this season and deserve our support, afterwards you can visit the clubhouse and experience our friendly staff under the supervision of Mary Paul, we will have extra prizes for the raffle and also be able to watch the rugby internationals on tv. Bangor are one of the big Ulster clubs and we had a right battle when we played them earlier in the season, so we look forward to seeing everyone in kilballyowen next sat kick off 2.30.

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