Good old rugby poem

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Jul 202017
 

Found this one online today.

It rings too true:

When the battle scars have faded

And the truth becomes a lie

And the weekend smell of liniment
Could almost make you cry.

When the last rucks well behind you
And the man that ran now walks
It doesn’t matter who you are
The mirror sometimes talks

Have a good hard look old son!
The melons not that great
The snoz that takes a sharp turn sideways
Used to be dead straight

You’re an advert for arthritis
You’re a thoroughbred gone lame
Then you ask yourself the question
Why the hell you played the game?

Was there logic in the head knocks?
In the corks and in the cuts?
Did common sense get pushed aside?
By manliness and guts?

Do you sometimes sit and wonder
Why your time would often pass
In a tangled mess of bodies
With your head up someone’s……?

With a thumb hooked up your nostril
Scratching gently on your brain
And an overgrown Neanderthal
Rejoicing in your pain!

Mate – you must recall the jersey
That was shredded into rags
Then the soothing sting of Dettol
On a back engraved with tags!

It’s almost worth admitting
Though with some degree of shame
That your wife was right in asking
Why the hell you played the game?

Why you’d always rock home legless
Like a cow on roller skates
After drinking at the clubhouse
With your low down drunken mates

Then you’d wake up – check your wallet
Not a solitary coin
Drink Berocca by the bucket
Throw an ice pack on your groin

Copping Sunday morning sermons
About boozers being losers
While you limped like Quasimodo
With a half a thousand bruises!

Yes – an urge to hug the porcelain
And curse Sambuca’s name
Would always pose the question
Why the hell you played the game!

And yet with every wound re-opened
As you grimly reminisce it
Comes the most compelling feeling yet
God, you bloody miss it!

From the first time that you laced a boot
And tightened every stud
That virus known as rugby
Has been living in your blood

When you dreamt it when you played it
All the rest took second fiddle
Now you’re standing on the sideline
But your hearts still in the middle

And no matter where you travel
You can take it as expected
There will always be a breed of people
Hopelessly infected

If there’s a teammate, then you’ll find him
Like a gravitating force
With a common understanding
And a beer or three, of course

And as you stand there telling lies
Like it was yesterday old friend
You’ll know that if you had the chance
You’d do it all again

You see – that’s the thing with rugby
It will always be the same
And that, I guarantee
Is why the hell you played the game!

The older we get, the better we were....

The older we get, the better we were….

Munster Rugby Vesus Maori All Black Tickets

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Jun 142016
 

Hi All,
Just to let you know that we currently have an early purchase discount available on the Munster Rugby Versus Maori All Blacks For 11th November 2016. Be sure to avail of the early purchase to secure your tickets as they wont be available for too long when they go on general sale.

Details as Follows:

 Munster Versus Maori All Blacks  

Friday November 11th 2016, Thomond Park Stadium

Early Purchase Discount Available

Parent and Child Packages Available for €50, €38 & €33

Please Apply before Friday 17th June

Contact: 087 1386244 for details.

John O’ Callaghan – Turku Eagles

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May 052016
 

The following is a snippet from the Turku Eagles Rugby football club based in Finland where former Bruff RFC player John O’Callaghan is now plying his trade.

Turku Eagles

Primary Position: Blindside Flanker
John was an answer to Jussi’s prayers from the rugby gods. They had asked for an experienced loose forward and that’s what the Eagles got in the spring of 2015. As a player John is a threat to any Finnish pack. His wit and eye for the game teach the most experienced Eagles something in every game. A force to be reckoned with.

Secondary Positions: Number 8

John O Callaghan

Awards: Forward of the Year 2015

We wish John continued success with his playing career in Finland and who knows he might possibly bring a touring team from the Turku Eagles to Kilballyowen sometime in the near future.

Senior XV vs. Midleton

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Jan 292016
 

The firsts take on Midleton tomorrow in Cork in the Ulster Bank league. Kick off is at 2.30pm. The team lines out as follows: 1.Davy Horan 2.Johnny Hogan 3.Brendan Keogh 4.Barry Laffan 5.Mikey Cooke 6.Cillian Rea 7.Mikey Carroll 8.Paddy Clery 9.Davy O’Grady 10.Tony Cahill 11.Paidi Kilcoyne 12.Darragh Mulcahy 13.Tom Callaghan 14.Graham Whelan 15.Declan Bannon Subs – Keith Laffan, Brian Morrissey, Neilus Keogh, Kevin Madigan, Sean Darcy.

Sep 222015
 
Migrating

In the finish it turned out to be less of a complete house move and more like shifting some stuff from one apartment to another within the same building.

Thanks to the guys at Blacknight it looks like everything ran smoothly enough (I can’t recommend them enough, I use no-one else).

There was an issue with emails earlier today but overall the site seems to have walked around, kicked the tyres, rolled its eyes, pursed it’s lips, grunted a bit, agreed to sort itself out and got up and running again.

If anyone spots anything weird over the next few days you might drop me a line at webmaster@bruffrfc.com and let me know.

I’m particularly interested on how things are working on mobile units, (phones, tablets etc. )

Many thanks for your forbearance during this not quite so trying time 🙂