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 122015
 
Kevin McManus in shot scored 11pts for the u18s
Kevin McManus in shot scored 11pts for the u18s

Kevin McManus in shot scored 11pts for the u18s

The U18’s are through to the final of the North Munster league thanks to a 36-0 win over Young Munsters. Played in perfect conditions on Sunday Bruff didn’t have it all their own way as the scoreline may suggest. Young Munsters dominated territory and possession for long periods of the game but Bruff’s hard tackling and well organised defence saw them keeping the visitors scoreless for the 80 minutes.

Bruff lead 17-0 at half time thanks to 3 first half trys and a conversion. Kevin McManus scored the first try of the game thanks to some good hands from Jack O Grady on the left wing after 5 minutes. Sean Hartigan was next to score from a well worked maul from a 5 metre line out. Jack O Grady who set up the first try got a try of his own 5 minutes later after a good spell of Bruff pressure, number 8 Dylan Reeves-Wasik popped up in the centre of the field and again some crisp handling from the big back rower set O Grady away to touch down to the right of the posts which was converted by McManus.

Bruff showed the strength of their bench in the second half with 3 further trys coming from Substitutes. Again Munsters dominated the early play but never managed to threaten the Bruff line. Mattew O Dea added the 4th try for Bruff mid-way through the second half before Aaron Daly helped himself to a brace before the full time whistle. All 3 second half trys were similar in that Bruff retained possession well and went through the phases before spreading the ball through the hands. Kevin McManus converted 2 of the trys to make it 36-0 in the end

Bruff can now look forward to a final meeting with Newcastle West next weekend. Details TBC during the week.

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

 

U16s beat Richmond 25-0 in their last game of league and wait other results to find out who they will play in semi final. It was score less at half time but tries from Jack Houlihan 2, Bradly Riordan, Jason Fitzgibbon and Jack O Malley settled the game giving Bruff a well deserved victory.

 

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.

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Dec 172014
 

U20’s Donal Walsh Trophy

The U20’s travelled to Nenagh on Sunday morning and were made to work hard for a 30-25 win over the Tipperary team. Darragh Fanning, Gavin Reidy & Paul Downes scored tries for Bruff. Downes also kicked 3 Conversions and 3 Penalties

1.Chris Casey 2. Mikie Walsh 3. Brendan Keogh 4. James Keogh 5. Robert Laffan 6. Eamon O’Dea 7. Niall Mallon 8. Thomas O’Dwyer 9. David O’Grady 10. Paul Downes 11. Gavin Riedy 12. Darragh Fanning  13. Shane Doona 14. Liam Treacy 15. Brian Fanning 16. Jack Kirkby 17. Brian O Connell 18. James Guina 19. Killian Sheehan 20. Ciaran Ryan 21. David O Grady

 

Underage Results

The U18’s suffered defeated for the first time this season away to a fancied Newcastle West. In what was always going to be a tight affair Bruff came out on the wrong side of a 14-12 scoreline. Dylan Reeves Wasik scored 2 trys for Bruff with Kevin McManus kicking a conversion. The 18’s will be hoping to bounce back to winning ways this weekend when they face Richmond away on Sunday

 

The u16s travelled to Abbeyfeale on Sunday and had a big win over the home side. Bruff had tries from Martin Carew, John Bateman, Danny Gleeson,Jack O Malley, Jason Fitzgibbon and David Carroll with John Bateman kicking a number of conversions.They are at home on Sunday to Ballina Killaloe

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.

The u15s Drew 12-12 away to Old Crescent

Fixture for this weekend

Day Team Competition Opposition Venue Time
Sunday 21st U18’s League Richmond Richmond park 12.00pm
Sunday 21st U14’s League Garryowen Dooradoyle 12.00pm
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Weekend results

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Dec 152014
 

Weekend results as follows.

I will have reports up tomorrow sometime. The 2nds are in action tonight so Please come along and support

Team Sc Sc Opposition
Seniors 9 9 Sligo
U18’s 12 15 NCW
U20’s 30 25 Nenagh
U16’s won vr Abbyfeale
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Dec 072014
 
UBL débutante Tom O Dwyer

UBL débutante Tom O Dwyer

Ninth placed Wanderers were the visitors to Kilballyowen on Saturday for round 7 of the UBL. Only 3 points separated the teams going into the game with Bruff lying in 6th place

Things didn’t start well for Bruff and we were down by a try from winger Kelvin Leahy after 6 mins. Wanderers dominated possession and territory from the restart and the pressure told as Bruff picked up 2 yellow cards during the first half. Wanderers took full advantage and scored 2 more trys before the H/T whistle from Eoin O Donnell and Robert Clune which they converted to make the score 0-19 at the break.

With Wanderers now in the hunt for a try bonus Bruff had to regroup and refocus at half time.

Bruff came out fighting from the restart and got on the score board after 54 mins with a penalty from Declan Bannon. Bruff attacked in wave after wave but found it hard to break down the Wanderers defence. It wasn’t until the final play of the game that Bruff scored again, a try in the corner for winger Paidi Kilcoyne which was converted by Bannon. The game finished on a scoreline of 10-19 to the visitors.

Bruff had the better of the second half in terms of field position and possession and had it not been for a few uncharacteristic knock-on’s and dropped balls Bruff could have got more from the game.

Up until Saturday Bruff have had consistency in team selection but selection was badly hampered going into the game due to a number of injury’s and work commitments.

The new guys that came in gave good accounts of themselves and can feel confident going into next weekend’s game away to Sligo.

 

Team was: 1.Davie Horan 2. Timmy Quirke 3. Stephen Foster 22.Barry Laffan 5.Tom O Dwyer 6.Mike Carroll 7.Andrew White 8. Danny Keogh 9.Tony Cahill 10. David O Grady 11.Declan Bannon 12. Darragh Mulcahy 13.Sean Darcy 14.Paidi Kilcoyne 15.Brendan Deady 16.Keith Laffan 17.Garry Leonard 18.Ger O Connell 19. Mike Cooke 20 Paul Downes

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