Bruff U18 took on Ennis in the North Munster Final on the cold damp night of December 27th. Ennis got off to a flying start, putting Bruff under pressure. Bruff put up a good defence for a 15 minute onslaught from Ennis by only conceding 3 points from a penalty. An early injury to Dave Barrett forced him off the field, he was replaced by Dylan O’ Leary who slotted in well. Slowly Bruff began to get to grips with the game, ending the first half 3:3.
In the second half Bruff started strongly applying good pressure, winning an early penalty, John Bateman converting the penalty 6:3 to Bruff. Ennis were attacking inside Bruff”s 22 when John Bateman intercepted an Ennis pass, to run the full length of the field scoring under the post he converted the kick 13:3 to Bruff. Bruff continued to work hard and had scored another try which was disallowed and a penalty awarded to Ennis inside Bruff”s half.
The decision gave Ennis great encouragement and allowed them to kick for the corner. Ennis won the line out, Bruff showed great character in their defence which paid off by winning a scrum on their own 5m line. Unfortunately the ball came out of the side of the scrum which allowed the Ennis scrum half to pick up the ball and score over the line. Ennis missed the conversion, Bruff now led 13:8. Bruff defended well in the later stages of the game and deserved to win .
Congratulations to Bruff for retaining the North Munster League title four years in a row. Well done to all players and coaches for a great achievement.
Best wishes to Dave Barrett and Fionn Flanagan we hope they make a speedy recovery from their injuries.
Here is a date for your diary for this coming Friday night 23rd December.
The Under 18 team play Ennis RFC in the North Munster League Final in UL, Friday 23rd December at 7:15 pm.
All Support is very welcome to cheer on the lads and get Christmas off to a good start.
Many thanks to all who purchased and indeed sold tickets for the Your Club Your Country. It is a hassle but very valuable to the club funds. We introduced this year a local draw for 3 prizes. The draw was held on Monday night and the President Nicholas Cooke drew the winning tickets. The winners are as follows
1st Prize 2 tickets to Munster v Racing 92 John White Ballygran
2nd Prize Club Membership Jim Wallace Limerick
3rd Prize Club Jersey Lillian Daly Listowel
Many congrats to all 3. Lastly Please note due to several local events being held next sunday and the Junior playing in Killarney the proposed Turkey trot is now cancelled.
Happy Christmas to all and we will hopefully see you all in Kilballyowen Saturday 28th Jan when we play Bangor in the UBL.
The following are the upcoming Youth fixtures and starting time this weekend for Youth Rugby week ending 27th November 2016.
There are two home fixtures this weekend for Youth Rugby as the Under 15 take on Nenagh RFC at 12:00pm Sunday.
The Under 14 team are scheduled to play Cashel RFC in Kilballyowen Sunday morning in a friendly which has a starting time of 11:45 am.
The Under 13 team are away to Garryowen RFC Sunday morning where the game has a starting time of 11:30 pm.
We also want to bring your attention to a Family Fun Day on the 11th December where we are having a Christmas Turkey Trot, 10 k Run & 5 k Walk, Sunday 11th December at 2:00 pm.
Santa will also be making an appearance for the little ones and we will also have a BBQ and Disco in the Clubhouse afterwards.
Showers will be available for those that after running or walking.
Come along and Support the Club.
As Usual Please Take Care when entering and leaving the car park on Sunday morning as Mini Rugby is also on.