Feb 082015
 

There was a lot of rugby played over the weekend with the u16’s, u18’s & u20’s all in action in Munster based competitions.

The u20’s were in action on Saturday in the S/W conference of the u20’s league losing 7-nil to UCC at home in Bruff.

The u18’s made the long trip to Waterford to play Waterpark in the Pan Munster League on Sunday morning. They were disappointed to come away on the wrong side of a 14-10 lose.

The U16’s were also in Pan Munster action and had a big win over Waterford City and home in Bruff.

Perhaps the result of the weekend was the 15-10 win of the u15’s who beat Shannon in the semi final of the North Munster league. They had been well beaten by Shannon in the earlier league meeting but have made great progress since the game played back in November.

The u13s were also in action in Coonagh winning 19-5

Full reports to follow..

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Fixtures w/e 30th/31st Jan

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Jan 282015
 
the u18's KO their Pan Munster Campaign this weekend
Day Team Competition Opposition Venue Time
Friday 30th Seniors UBL Old Cresent Kilballyowen 7.30pm
Saturday 31st U18’s Pan Munster Clonmel Kilballyowen 1.00pm
Sunday Feb 1st Ladies League Richmond Canal Bank 1.00pm
Sunday Feb 1st J1 Junior Cup Garryowen Kilballyowen 2.00pm
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Jan 232015
 

DSC_0112The first fifteen play their first Ulster Bank League game of 2015 tomorrow, Saturday, in Navan. The game is at 2.30pm and the team lines out as follows; 1.Davy Horan 2.Johnny Clery 3.Keith Laffan 4.Tom O’Dwyer 5.Barry Laffan 6.Mike Cooke 7.Andrew White 8.Jake Considine 9.Tony Cahill 10.Paul Downes 11.Paidi Kilcoyne 12.Darragh Mulcahy 13.Sean Darcy 14.Brendan Deady 15.Davy O’Grady. Subs; 16.Ger O’Connell 17.Ciaran Downey 18.Stephen Foster 19.Mark Cosgrove 20.Brian Cahill

Jan 192015
 
Bruff Captain Conor Fitzpatrick

The U18’s are North Munster league champions after beating Newcastle West/Estuary in Sundays final. In a nail biting finish Bruff ran out winners by the narrowest of margins winning on a scoreline of 18-17. It was a game played with a high tempo by the two best teams in this year’s North Munster league.

Bruff who played into a stiff breeze in the first half got off to an ideal start scoring a converted try with just 6 minutes on the clock. The key to Bruffs success this year has been getting the basics right and this very evident leading up to the opening score. In a move which started around the half way line Bruffs big ball carriers worked the ball into the NCW 22 down the right hand side of the pitch. With the Bruff backs now on the front foot No 9 Niall Byrnes moved the ball quickly out to the left of the attack. Jack O Grady drew 2 defenders before releasing the ball for winger Dean O Shea to go over to the left of the posts. Kevin McManus stepped up to add the extra.

Jack Fitz & Darragh Moore who had massives games for Bruff support captain Con Fitz

Jack Fitz & Darragh Moore who had massives games for Bruff support captain Con Fitz

Bruff scored again on 27 minutes but not before NCW enjoyed a long period in the Bruff half. Bruff coughed up a couple of penalties during this time and were lucky to hold West scoreless.

The 2nd try was again a combination of back and forwards working well together. The build up to this score started inside the Bruff half with a huge maul which brought play into the NCW half of the field. Bruff again made a number of big carries with back and forwards combining to get the ball inside the 22.

Bruff forced a scrum from which No 8 Dylan Reeves-Wasik made the telling break. When he was eventually brought down the Bruff forwards recycled and had a couple of attempts at picking and driving over the line. But it was No 9 Byrnes who made the space before giving a lovely inside pass to the big no. 8 to crash over to put 12 points between the teams.

NCW had their first real try scoring opportunity after 32 minutes but were stopped just short of the line thanks to a massive try saving tackle from Bruffs industrious first centre Conor Fitzpatrick.

But NCW were to get the next 2 scores of the game with trys either side of halftime. The first try came from a 5 metre lineout which was well mauled over by the NCW pack to make it 12-5

NCW’s second try came just minutes into the second half when there openside wing forward made an intercept to run in under the Bruff posts. It was now all square again at 12 apiece as both teams went at it hard to try and get the upper hand. It was Bruff who were to take the lead again just minutes after the NCW try thanks to a Kevin McManus penalty, 15-12 to Bruff.

Mid-way through the second period NCW took to lead for the first time in the game with a try to the right of the Bruff posts, the conversion was missed and this was to prove costly for West.

With the score now 17-15 to NCW it was a case of sticking to the game plan for Bruff. The forwards continued to carry well with the backs moving the ball well through the hands. Bruff managed to win a penalty within kicking distance of the opposition posts.  McManus stepped up and landed what would be the winning kick and bringing his tally to 8 points for the day.

Dean O Shea goes in for Bruffs first Try

Dean O Shea goes in for Bruffs first Try

Sean Hartigan who had a fantastic game for Bruff makes 1 of several Breaks for Bruff

Sean Hartigan who had a fantastic game for Bruff makes 1 of several Breaks for Bruff

Captain Conor Fitzpatrick picked up the cup for Bruff and rightly thanked the management team of Eoin Cahill, Martin O Rourke, Johnnie O Connor, Tony Clifford and Timmy Quirke for all their hard work and support for the season to date. He also thanked all of the parents who put in endless hours of taxi’ing and give a huge amount of time making it possible for these young men to get out and play a game they all enjoy and are invested in.

The u18’s now go on to take part in the Pan Munster league which will see them meet the best of the rest from around Munster.

Team-15. Kevin McManus, 14. Dean O’Shea, 13. Jack O’Grady 12. Conor Fitzpatrick 11. Darren Kennedy, 10. John Bulfin, 9.Niall Byrne,8.Dylan Reeves- Wasik,7. Odhran Ring 6.Sean Hartigan , 5.Tadgh O Dwyer, 4. Cian Mulqueen, 3. Jack Fitzgerald,2.Thomas Quigley,1. Darragh Moore, Subs, Fearghal Cooke, Gareth Cooke, Simon Divilly,Cian Clifford,Brian Bulfin, David Crofton Young, David Moloney, Adam Sheehy ,Cormac Daly ,Aaron Daly ,Lorcan Hayes , Matthew Lockhart O’Dea,Tadgh Leddin, Brady Day

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Jan 152015
 
U18's League meeting with Ballina/Killaloe

Bruff U18’s go in search of silverware this weekend when they take on NCW/Estuary in the final of the North Munster league. The game is fixed for a 12.30pm KO in Annocothy on Sunday and Bruff RFC supporters are asked to come out in numbers to shout on this great bunch of young guys. NCW/Estuary are the only team to beat Bruff this year so a competitive final is guaranteed as only 2 points separated the the teams when they last met.

The 20’s are in action on Saturday in Bruff at 2.30 as they try and consolidate their place in the top 5 of the league.

The u13;s are at home on Sunday with the J1 team rounding off the weekends rugby with a Monday night fixture V Old Crescent in the Senior 2nds league

Day Team Competition Opposition Venue Time
Saturday 17th U20 League Buccaneers Kilballyowen 2.30pm
Sunday 18th U18’s NML Final NCW-Estuary Annocothy 12.30pm
Sunday 18th u13’s NML Old Cresent Kilballyowen 12pm
Monday 19th J1 NML Old Cresent Kilballyowen 7.30pm
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