Adult Rugby Round up w/e 16th Nov

 Posted by on 16 November, 2014  1st XV, Results, U20
Nov 162014
 
John O Connell left and Ger Foster who were part of a large travelling Bruff support on Saturday

John O Connell left and Ger Foster who were part of a large travelling Bruff support on Saturday

Ulster Bank League Division 2B

Bruff Vrs Tullamore

It was a case of what could have been for the senior team who were away to Tullamore in the UBL league on Saturday. Bruff lead for most of the game but only had a losing bonus point to show for their efforts at the end of the 80 minutes. It was a fantastic game of flowing rugby played in ideal conditions in the Spollanstown venue in Co Offaly.

Cheered on by a large travelling support Bruff were quick to start and had a try after 6 minutes. A Tullamore scrum in the middle of the field was sent retreating causing an untidy pick for the home sides no. 9. Bruff openside Andy White was quick to pounce which caused the ball to squirt out. Scrumhalf Tony Cahill kicked the ball into the Tullamore 22 and good chase by the Bruff backs forced Tullamore into a rash clearance kick. The ever alert Bruff winger Declan Bannon picked up the ball and broke a number of tackles before releasing centre Darragh Mulcahy to score in the corner.

Tullamore didn’t waste much time and replied with a try of their own with 11 minutes on the clock to make the score 5-5. Bruff dominated territory and possession for the next 25 minutes and the pressure was rewarded on the 36 minute mark. Bruff were awarded a scrum on the Tullamore 5 metre line setting up a solid platform for No 8 Jake Considine to pick and drive. Bruff held on to the ball well and after a number of phases Captain Davie Horan borrowed under the Tullmore defence for the 5 pointer. That was the end of the scoring for the opening 40 making it 10-5 to Bruff at half time.

Action from the opening half

Action from the opening half

Tullamore pressed hard for the opening period of the second half but it was Bruff who were first to score. Bruff forced the home team into a knock on and from the resulting scrum out half Davie O Grady put in a huge relieving kick from the Bruff 10 metre line. Again the chase was excellent and Tullamore were forced into giving away a penalty in front of their own posts. Bruff winger Declan Bannon converted the chance to make it 13-5 Bruff.

Again Tullamore were quick to respond and added a converted try on 50 minutes to make it 13-12. On 55 minutes Bruff won a lineout on the Tullamore 10 Metre line. Blind side wing forward Danny Keogh made the hard yards before scrum half Tony Cahill made a cheeky dart around the Tullamore fringes. He released Davie O Grady who set up Paudie Kilcoyne to touch down under the posts. Deccie Bannon added the extras, 20-12 to Bruff. Tullamore again showed their grit and added and converted try on 58 minutes to make it 20-19.

Bruff’s last score of the game came on 72 minutes when a dominant Bruff maul was hauled down 30 metres from goal. Again Bannon stepped up and slotted the kick to make it 23-19 to Bruff.

But it was Tullamore who had the last say. With just 3 minutes left on the clock Tullamore were awarded a penalty which they kicked to touch. Bruff defended the maul well but were unable to stop the Tullamore forwards from crossing the white wash. The conversion was missed and the game finished 23-24 to the home team.

Team was: 1. Davy Horan 2. Johnny Clery 3. Timmy Quirke 22. Ger O’Connell 5. Kevin Madigan 6. Danny Keogh 7. Andy White 8. Jake Considine 9. Tony Cahill 10. Davy O’Grady 11. Declan Bannon 12. Darragh Mulcahy 13. Sean D’arcy 14. Paudie Kilcoyne 15. Brendan Deady 16. Keith Laffan 17. Mike Carroll 18. Mike Cooke 19. Olly White 20. Shane Doona

U20 Donal Walsh Trophy Section B

The u20’s were beaten 19-12 by Old Crescent in Bruff on Saturday. Paul Downes was the only Bruff scorer on the day kicking 4 penalties in a game which never got going for the home team.

Bruff are now on 10 points after 4 games, with 2 wins and 2 loses.

Womens and underage results w/e 9th nov

 Posted by on 10 November, 2014  Results, Underage, Womens
Nov 102014
 
The Bruff Womens team that were narrowly beaten by Richmond at the weeknd

The Bruff Womens team that were narrowly beaten by Richmond at the weeknd

Womens Rugby

In a Bruising game played on Sunday, the ladies team were beaten 12-7 by Richmond in the second round of the league. The Bruff scores coming for an Eileen O Gorman try which was converted by Catherine Quinn. This was the women’s team’s first outing in a 15 a side game and great credit should go to all involved with this squad. The team has been a few years in the making and the tireless work of all involved is beginning to pay off as player numbers increase season after season.

The women’s team are still looking to recruit players. If you are interest in playing you can contact the ladies on FB @ https://www.facebook.com/BruffWomensRugby or check Bruffrfc.com for contact details.

Squad Audrey Dempsey, Aoife O’Sullivan, Eileen O’Gorman, Grainne Hayes, Leah Ryan, Catherine Quinn, Katie Lynch, Holly West, Breda Cahill, Ineke Spratt, Niamh Gleeson, Niamh Raleigh, Eilis O’Sullivan, Emma Bowler, Heidi Van Schayk, Danielle Nash, Noreen Sheedy, Tracy Hayes, Fiona Cahill, Elaine Taylor

Underage Results

The U18’s had a 26-16 win on Sunday in a friendly away to Cashel. Bruff try scorers were Dylan Reeves-Wasik, & Jack O Grady. Kevin McManus was on kicking duties landing a number of conversions.

Squad- Kevin McManus, Dean O’Shea, Odhran Ring, Thomas Breen, Darren Kennedy, Matthew Lockhart O’Dea, Tadgh Leddin, Brady Day, Thomas Quigley, Darragh Moore, Cian Mulqueen, Fearghal Cooke, Gareth Cooke, Conor Fitzpatrick, Simon Divilly, Jack Fitzgerald, Brian Bulfin, David Crofton Young, David Moloney, Cian Clifford, John Bulfin, Jack O’Grady, Dylan Reeves- Wasik, Niall Byrne , Sean Hartigan ,Adam Sheehy ,Cormac Daly ,Aaron Daly ,Lorcan Hayes

The U16’s were off last weekend. They will have training Thursday night with a game away to Garryowen on Sunday time TBC

Also Played on Sunday the u14’s had a convincing 36-7 win over UL/Bohs in Annocothy.  Bruff scored 6 try’s on day and also kicked 3 conversions, with the try’s coming from Frank McNamara, Michael O Halloran, Paudie Mulcahy & Darragh McNamara. Sam Cronolly kicked 2 conversions & Killian O Shea chipped in with the final kick. There was a man of the match display from captain & hooker Dara Browne. Other notable displays from Mark Fitz and Niall Kelly in Defence and up front Shane Dwane, Brendan Gleeson and Tim Lyons provided the platform for the rest of the team to work from. Bruff are now joint leaders in the league on maximum points after 4 game scoring over 160 points and conceding just 17. There is a top of the table clash in two weeks when joint leaders Presentation/Richmond are the visitors to Kilballyowen.

This is bound to be a cracker of a game so please come out and support this fantastic group of young guys.

UBL Bruff Vrs Richmond

 Posted by on 9 November, 2014  1st XV, Results
Nov 092014
 

Ulster Bank League Division 2B

The 1st XV met Richmond at home in Kilballyowen in the UBL on Friday night. The last competitive league meeting between these 2 sides was back on 2004 in what would be Bruffs last game in the Munster Junior league. Bruff made 1 change for the game with Paidi Kilcoyne reclaiming his place after a spell out due to injury.

The first score of the game came with just 3 minutes on the clock. Bruff had a scrum inside the visitors 22. No.8 Jake Considine picked and broke from the back , the ball went to deck and after a couple of quick plays the ball was moved to the backs. Dave O Grady made a telling brake and touched down just to the right of the Richmond post. Declan Bannon stood up and added the extras. Less than 10 minutes later Bannon was on the mark again knocking over a penalty to make it 10-0 to Bruff.

Bruff were to add 1 more try before Half time. With 25 minutes gone Tony Cahill took a quick tap penalty just outside the Richmond 22, the ball was moved quickly out to the right wing and O Grady was on hand to touch down for his 2nd try of the evening which Bannon Converted.

The 3rd try came shortly after the break. Richmond had the ball just inside the Bruff half of the field but some hard Bruff tackling forced a knock on which Bruff quickly turned into attack. The ball was kicked forward into the Richmond 22 and some good chase work from centre Sean Darcy was rewarded when Declan Bannon touched down to make it 22-0 to Bruff.

Things were looking very good for Bruff at this point but it was Richmond who were to take control of the game for the next 30 minutes. Brian Collins scored the first of 2 trys after 60 minutes after a Richmond lineout on the Bruff 5 metre line. Winger Stephen Collins added a 2nd 5 pointer with 15 minutes left on the clock. Bruff were beginning to look nervous and had to battle hard to stop the Richmond momentum. Bruff got a lucky break on 37 minutes when Richmond were awarded a penalty 30 metres out from the Bruff line. The touch judge on the stand side of the field spotted foul play by a Richmond forward at the breakdown and the penalty was reversed. The kick to touch was missed and Richmond moved the ball into the middle of the field to set up another attack. Again the Bruff tackling was firm and the ball was  eventually recovered by Bruff. Substitute out half Paul Downes put a long kick deep into the Richmond half and similarly to the 3rd try the Bruff chase was excellent. Like in previous games Declan Bannon showed his soccer skills to put the ball over the Richmond try line for Mike Cooke who was in support to touch down for the bonus point try. The conversion was missed and the game ended 27-12 to Bruff.

Bruff are on the road to Tullamore next weekend in round 6 of the UBL. A supporters bus is being organised, please contact Mike on 0871386244 if you are interested in travelling.   

Team was: 1.Davy Horan 2.Johnny Clery 3.Colm O’Sullivan 22.Ger O’Connell 5.Kevin Madigan 6.Danny Keogh 7.Andy White 8.Jake Considine 9.Tony Cahill 10.Davy O’Grady 11.Declan Bannon 12.Darraagh Mulcahy 13.Sean Darcy 14.Paidi Kilcoyne 15.Brendan Deady 16.Brendan Keogh(75 min for C O Sullivan) 17.Ray Roche(51 min for D Horan) 18.Mike Cooke (43 min for G O Connell) 19.Mike Carroll(35 min for J Considine) 20.Paul Downes(51 min for D O Grady)  21.Tommy Carroll 23.Tom O’Dwyer 24.Eamon O’Dea

Bruff Out half Dave O Grady Who scored 2 trys

Bruff Out half Dave O Grady Who scored 2 trys

Win for the u20’s

 Posted by on 8 November, 2014  Results, U20
Nov 082014
 

U20 Donal Walsh Trophy Section B

 

The under 20’s had to dig deep to grind out a 23-22 victory away to Young Munsters on Saturday. The Cookies were quick out of the blocks scoring 4 trys in the opening 30 minutes but only converting 1 which would prove costly in the end. Trailing 22-6 just minutes before half time Bruff rolled up the sleeves and worked the ball into the Yng Munsters 22. The ball was recycled and moved out the backline before out half Paul Downes slipped inside the on rushing defence to touch down. He added the conversion to his earlier 2 penalties to make the score 22-13 at H/T. The half time team talk looked pretty animated from the sidelines but whatever was said seemed to have the desired effect. The Bruff defence tightened up considerably and the aggression levels at the breakdown intensified. The Bruff front row seemed to be gaining the upper hand and the backrow of Laffan, O Dwyer and Mallon where getting their hands on the ball more often than in the opening 40.

The score remained the same until 20 minutes into the 2nd half when after sustained Bruff pressure Tom O Dwyer picked from the base of a ruck to crash over for Bruff’s 2nd try. Downes added the extras and it was now a 1 score game. With 10 minutes remaining Bruff were awarded a penalty just inside the half way line but the kick at goal dropped just short. Minutes later Bruff were awarded another penalty for not releasing the ball on the ground. This was an easier kick for Downes and he made no mistakes adding what would turn out to be the winning score. The Cookies did have 2 penalties in the last 5 minutes to win the game but both efforts drifted wide of the posts.

Bruff Team: Bruff 1-8, Shane Breen, Eamon O Dea, Brendan Keogh, James Keogh , Conor O’Dwyer, Robert Laffan, Niall Mallon, Thomas O’Dwyer 9-15 John Carew, Paul Downes, Gavin Reidy, Cian Tierney, Shane Doona, Liam Treacy, David O Grady Subs, Mikie Walsh, Anthony Neylon, Killian O Riordan, Killian Sheehan, David Dooley

Paul Downes who scored 18 points for the u20's

Paul Downes who scored 18 points for the u20’s

Underage Results W/E 1st/2nd Nov

 Posted by on 2 November, 2014  Results, Underage, Youth
Nov 022014
 

Underage Results

The U18’s had a 57-10 win on Sunday against a combined UL Bohs/ Old Crescent team. Bruff try scorer’s, Dylan Reeves-Wasik, Conor Fitzpatrick, Jack Fitzgerald, Jack O Grady & Mattew O Dea. Kevin McManus was on kicking duties landing a number of conversions. There were also big performances from MOTM Sean Hartigan and Prop forward Brady Day.

Squad- Kevin McManus, Dean O’Shea, Odhran Ring, Thomas Breen, Darren Kennedy, Matthew Lockhart O’Dea, Tadgh Leddin, Brady Day, Thomas Quigley, Darragh Moore, Cian Mulqueen, Fearghal Cooke, Gareth Cooke, Conor Fitzpatrick, Simon Divilly, Jack Fitzgerald, Brian Bulfin, David Crofton Young, David Moloney, Cian Clifford, John Bulfin, Jack O’Grady, Dylan Reeves- Wasik, Niall Byrne , Sean Hartigan ,Adam Sheehy ,Cormac Daly ,Aaron Daly ,Lorcan Hayes

The U16’s had a comprehensive victory over an under-strength Thomond Side. Bruff try’s coming from Jamie Carey, Mike O Grady, John Bateman, Bradley Riordan, Gearoid Moynihan & Declan Kenny. John Bateman also landed a number of conversions.

Squad, U16s Callum Winship, Jamie Carey, Michael O’Grady, John Bateman, Jason Fitzgibbon, David Carroll, Martin Carew, Liam Cunningham, Jack O’Malley, Donnacha McCarthy, Jerry O’Dea, Daniel Gleeson, Bradley Riordan, Michael O’Donovan, Joseph O’Connell, Niall Breen, James Hanly, Seamas Bulaeir, Gearoid Moynihan, Declan Kenny, Mark Hanly, Shea Dunworth , Jamie McCarthy , Jack Houlihan, Jack O Connell, Sean McCarthy & Jonathon Fitzpatrick.

Also Played on Sunday in Bruff the u14’s beat Shannon 32-7, while the u15’s were beaten away by 31-10 also against Shannon.