It was a tough weekend on the field for Bruff teams as both our U16 and U20 suffered defeat.On saturday, Our 20′s travelled to Terenure knowing they faced an uphill battle and so it proved , despite 2 yellow cards in the 1st half we went in only trailing 8-0 at half time. However the 1st half efforts caught up with us in the second half and we fell to a 32-7 defeat, the scoreline not reflecting the effort put in by the team. Sunday saw the 16′s make the 130 mile round trip to Kilrush for the semi final of the 16′s cup, with only 1 defeat this season we were confident and this proved our undoing. A flat performance saw us trail 6-0 at half time. A brilliant try by Mike O Grady running 60 yards, evading 4 tackles to run under the posts saw us lead 7-6 early in the second half. However back came Kilrush with their scrum half scurrying over for a try to make it 11-7. Once again we came back down the pitch and after several mauls, prop Jack Fitz touched down in the corner to make it 12-11. This wasnt to be the last action, a questionable penalty against us at scrum time on our own 22, a quick tap penalty and once again Kilrush scrum half broke the tackles to score and make it 16-12, with 2 minutes to play. A fantastic run on the wing by Dean O’Shea saw him nearly get in at the corner and when the resulting lineout was won by Tadgh O’Dwyer we sensed a late score however Kilrush held their line to record a deserved 16-12 victory. We now wait for the Open Cup against Old Crescent.
The u18′s pan Munster final took place on Saturday in the back pitch of Thomand Park .Old rivals Bruff & Young Munsters went head to head to claim the title.The two teams meet last January on a miserable sunday morning in the league final which Bruff claimed with a 2 point victory. Saturdays weather was glorious & there was a fantastic buzz in the grounds with huge support for both teams .Before the game got underway Bruff got their first hurdle to get over when one of the squad Darragh Moore got a bad knock in the warm up which deemed him unable to play . Bruff got of to a steady start & had most of the play in opening half however Young Munster got on the score board 1st with a penalty .Bruff soon levelled the score 3-3 .with 15mins to the half way mark Brian Fanning took full advantage of a break up the wing to get Bruffs first try of the game & giving Bruff 8-3 lead, 5mins to half time,Centre Jack o Grady got a break a nailed a 2nd try , penalties were exchanged ,outhalf Paul Downes having to manage constant wind change Bruff went ahead 16-6 at the whistle .
The 2nd half got under way with fierce intensity & just 3 mins in the clock was stopped for almost ten mins as a Young Munster player took a bad knock in a collision .The break in play changed the mood of the game and momentum was with Young Munster & they got in with a try narrowing the gap to 16-11 within mins of the restart.A penalty for Bruff soon followed & the lads settled back to business and were excellent in defence denying munsters on several occasions of scoring .Bruff never taking the foot off the gas drove munsters back time after time and a final penalty to bruff in what seemed like a never ending half with over 15 mins injury time played gave Bruff a 22 -11 victory & the title of Munster champions which they have worked so hard for since last sept .
Well Done to Timmy , Eoin ,Johnny & All the squad on a fantastic achievement and a massive thanks to Grainne Hayes for all her work with the lads .
U18′s secured a place in the Pan Munster final after a fiercely fought battle v Water park at home this Sunday.Despite Bruff getting off to a much steadier start this week & taking the 1st score of the game with a penalty from P.Downes the visitors got ahead 7-6 H.T. The intensity of the 2nd half was nail biting , big hits & great pace. Bruffs endurance work in the gym paying dividends as Wateprark struggled in the final 10 mins of the game Bruff punished them with a try from B.Fanning & a drop goal from Downes F.T. score 14-7 .Well deserved win for the lads.
The U18pan Munster finally got back on track this Sunday .Bruff hosted Clonakilty who won out the competition last year. Bruff who had not played for over 3 weeks got off to a slow start .The lads worked well in defending the line & denied Clonakilty, on several occasions, scoring a try .Bruff went in at h.t. 5-3 up after a try from no.8 Dylan Reeves .A hard fought battle by both teams with the lead exchanged with 8 mins remaining to 6-5 to the visitors .Bruff were awarded a penalty as the game headed into injury time & out half Paul Downes sent Bruff back into a 2 point lead . Bruff held on to take the win 8 -6 .Well done to all .The lads play Galbally in the last group game on weds night in kilballyowen .
The U18 pan muster got under-way this weekend with a home game v Highfield . Bruff commanded the 1st half and had a lead of 23-3 at h.t.Bruff died away in the 2nd half & let Highfield back into the game which after 25 mins had the score narrowed to 23 -15 .The last mins of the game saw Bruff take a late try & pen & also conseed a converted try to leave f.t. score 31-22 . Scorers for Bruff B. Fanning, R. Lonergan & K.McManus a try ech .P.Downes 2cons ,4 pen