The Senior team will attempt to make it four victories from four in this year’s Ulster Bank League at 2.30 on Saturday in Kilballyowen against Kanturk. Please come out and support the team as they hopefully extend their unbeaten run. The team lines out as follows: 1.Davy Horan 2.Johnny Hogan 3.Brendan Keogh 4.Neilus Noonan 5.Ger O’Connell 6.Mikey Cooke 7.Mikey Carroll. 8.Paddy Clery 9.Tony Cahill 10.Brian Cahill 11.Mark Cosgrove 12.Tom O’Callaghan 13.Sean D’Arcy 14.Paudi Kilcoyne 15.Brendan Deady. Subs:Keith Laffan, Tom O’Dwyer, Jake Considine, Liam Treacy, Graham Whelan.
UBL Game 3
With two wins in the opening two games of the UBL the first xv travelled to Navan on Saturday hoping to maintain momentum. For the second week in a row Bruff were forced into a number of changes with Danny Keogh and Cillian Rea both picking up injuries in the previous weeks outing Versus Tullamore. Neilus Keogh took his brother Danny’s place in the pack with Tom O Dwyer coming onto the bench for Cillian Rea. Mark Cosgrove returned from a hamstring injury reclaiming his place on the wing with Sean Hartigan also being drafted into the match day squad.
Navan were quickest to settle and were 5-0 up after 20 min. The resulting conversion came back off the upright, a miss which would prove costly for Navan in the end. Bruff fullback Brendan Deady has been on a good run of scoring form lately and on 30 minutes he again left his mark scoring his forth try in three games. Tony Cahill provided the scoring pass for Deady to touch down and also kicked the extra 2 points on offer to make it 5-7 to Bruff. Navan scored a second try on 40 mins which they converted taking them into a 12-7 halftime lead.
Bruff reduced the Navan lead on 45 minutes with a penalty from the boot of Tony Cahill to make it 12-10 before Navan struck back with a drop goal and again stretch their lead to 5 points. With only 8 minutes remaining Bruff were awarded a scrum in a promising position. The pack set a solid platform for the backs to execute a well worked strike play which saw Brian Cahill power over from short distance for Bruff’s second try. Tony Cahill again stepped up and kicked the winning conversion. Bruff had to work hard to hold out for the remaining 5 minutes as the powerful Navan pack battered the line in the closing stages. Thankfully Bruff had enough left in the tank and walked off the field knowing that they were lucky to come away with the win.
Team 1 Dave Horan 2 John Hogan 3 Brendan Keogh 4 Neilus Keogh 5 Ger O Connell 6 Mike Cooke 7 Mike Carroll 8 Paddy Clery 9 Tony Cahill 10 Dave O Grady 11 Paudie Kilcoyne 12 Sean Darcy 13 Tom O Callaghan 14 Mark Cosgrove 15 Brendan Deady 16 Keith Laffan 17 Tom O Dwyer 18 Sean Hartigan 19 Brian Cahill 20 Liam Treacy
Kanturk are next up on Saturday. The game has a 2.30pm KO in Kilballyowen and all support would be appreciated.
The u18’s travelled to Ennis on Sunday and came away with full points thanks to a 35-7 win. Bruff had trys from Liam Barrett, John & Richard Bateman, Mikey O Grady & Darren Kennedy
U16’s won 34-17 vs Shannnon/Richmond/St Marys
U15’s lost 35-7 to Garryowen
U14’s won 24-19 away to Nenagh
Fixture’s: please keep an eye on the website for the latest fixtures which will be updated by Wednesday Each week. www.bruffrfc.com
Club Memberships, annual club memberships are now due for renewal. Please return membership fees to any committee members, or directly to Matt O Callaghan.
Underage Rugby, Reminder that underage rugby is now back Mini Rugby (Age Grade 6 – 12) will Start at 10:30 am Youth Rugby (Age Grade 13 – 18) will Start at 11:30 am every Sunday morning. Please also ensure that all players turn up with Gum Shields or they may not be permitted to play.
UBL Game 2
Tullamore were the visitors to Killballyowen on Saturday for round 2 of the UBL. Tullamore came into the game on the back of a narrow 13-12 home defeat to Old Crescent with Bruff coming off the back of a bonus point victory over Dundalk. Last season’s meeting in the mid-lands was probably the game of the season with Tullamore coming out on top 24-23 thanks to a late try from their tight head prop Ger Molloy.
Bruff made one change for this game with Graham Whelan coming onto the wing for the injured Mark Cosgrove. Brian Cahill took Whelan’s place on the bench and Keith Laffan also came onto the bench to replace Stephen Foster who picked up an injury at training during the week.
Bruff started brightly and looked like scoring 5 minutes into the game but were penalised inside the Tullamore 22 for an infringement at the ruck which allowed the visitors to clear their lines. On 9 minutes Bruff were awarded a kickable penalty after a great kick chase from the Bruff back three but were unlucky to see the Tony Cahill’s effort come back off the left upright. On 15 minutes Tullamore made a telling visit to the Bruff 22 and were awarded a penalty which was converted to make it 0-3 to the Co. Offaly men. Bruff levelled on 27 minutes with a penalty from Tony Cahill to make it 3-3.
It was obvious at this stage that the result was going to be tight as it was last season and who ever scored next was going to have the advantage. Tullamore very nearly took that advantage on 33 minutes. The Tullamore backs moved the ball wide and there winger showed a clean pair of heals and was heading to the corner flag until Bruff fullback Brendan Deady made a last gasp try saving tackle to keep the visitors out. Bruff cleared their lines and on 40 minutes converted a second penalty to make it 6-3 at half time.
Tullamore started well in the second half and their pressure was rewarded on 43 minutes when they got in for a converted try to make it 6-10. Bruff didn’t panic and on 50 minutes scored a try under the Tullamore posts. A solid Bruff scrum set the platform for the backs to move the ball from left to right with Full back Brendan Deady hitting the line at speed to touch down for the 5 pointer which Tony Cahill converted. Cahill kicked two more penalties on 55 & 65 minutes to make it 19-10 to Bruff with just 15 minutes remaining. But Tullamore struck again on 70 minutes with an unconverted try which made for a nail biting finish. With just four points between the teams Bruff pushed hard and won a penalty straight in front of the visitor’s posts. Player coach Mikey Carrol executed a perfectly timed counter ruck which forced Tullamore to concede the penalty. Cahill made no mistake and took Bruff’s advantage to 7 points (22-15) with only a few minutes remaining. Tullamore have proven in the past that they are a team that play to the death and nearly sneaked in with the last play of the game only for some great scramble defence from the Bruff backs.
Team 1 Dave Horan 2 John Hogan 3 Brendan Keogh 4 Mike Cooke 5 Ger O Connell 6 Danny Keogh 7 Mike Carroll 8 Paddy Clery 9 Tony Cahill 10 Dave O Grady 11 Paudie Kilcoyne 12 Sean Darcy 13 Tom O Callaghan 14 Graham Whelan 15 Brenan Deady 16 Cillian Rea 17 Keith Laffan 18 Neilus Keogh 19 Brian Cahill 20 Liam Treacy
The seniors travel to Navan this weekend for round 3 of the League. Navan had a big opening day victory over Sligo followed by defeat last weekend to Old Crescent. KO is 2.30pm in the Balreask Old Grounds
2nds Defeat Shannon in Cracker.
The 2nds gave an impressive performance on Sunday to overcome Shannon on a score-line of 39-34. Bruff had try’s from Brian Cahill, James McCarthy, Liam Treacy & Eamon O Dea. Try of the game came from prop forward Shane Breen who showed some great skills before dotting down for the score. Brian Cahill & Richie McAuliffe shared kicking duties on the day converting 14 points between them.
UBL Opening Day victory for Seniors
The UBL kicked off on Saturday with the 1st XV making the trip to Dundalk for their opening game. Bruff travelled knowing a good performance was a must if they were to come away with the points. Dundalk had been impressive last season getting promoted from the junior ranks in Leinster and giving a number of impressive displays in last season’s round robin to gain promotion.
Bruff started well and put 3 points on the board after 12 minutes when Dundalk were penalised for a No Arms tackle which resulted in a sin binning for the Co Louth side. Bruff took full advantage and scored the game’s opening try with Dundalk down to 14 men. Full back Brendan Deady was on hand to touch down at the end of a good move which started in the Bruff half. Tony Cahill converted to make it 10-0. Dundalk brought it back to 10-6 before Deady’s second try for Bruff made it 15-6 to the visitors with just 7 minutes remaining in the opening half. With the half nearly up Bruff looked comfortable until 2 Bruff yellow cards turned the game on its head. Dundalk capitalised of Bruff ill-discipline scoring 10 points before the break to make is 16-15 at half time.
Bruff circled the wagons at half time and came out fighting in the 2nd half. With the 2 men still in the bin Bruff Hooker John Hogan burst over the line from short range to add Bruffs 3rd try after 5 minutes which was converted by Tony Cahill. Bruff were now chasing the bonus point and with the game opening up Tom O Callaghan struck for the 4th try which was a combination of solid work for the forwards and good handling by the backs. Cahill again converted and also added 2 more penalties before the end of the 80 mins to make it 35-16 to Bruff at the final whistle
Team 1 Dave Horan 2 John Hogan 3 Brendan Keogh 4 Mike Cooke 5 Ger O Connell 6 Danny Keogh 7 Mike Carroll 8 Paddy Clery 9 Tony Cahill 10 Dave O Grady 11 Paudie Kilcoyne 12 Sean Darcy 13 Tom O Callaghan 14 Mark Cosgrove 15 Brenan Deady 16 Cillian Rea 17 Stephen Foster 18 Neilus Keogh 19 Graham Whelan 20 Liam Treacy
Next up for the seniors is a home game with Tullamore on Saturday evening. KO is 7.30pm and a large crowd is expected so please arrive early .