Our 18s made the journey to the back pitch of Thomond park on Sunday where Newcastle West in the 18 cup final this time has provided us with some excellent rugby all season but were up against a very good Newcastle West outfit, we got of to a good start and after winning a penalty we went to the corner after winning our line out we mauled over to take a 5-0 lead. We took a 10-3 lead in at half time and even though we had the greater possession we hadn’t shown it on the scoreboard. We scored again after half time to go 15-3 ahead but N/West replied with a drop goal to keep in touch at 15-6. Credit to Newcastle they continued to press but we managed to get the upper hand with a penalty try to go 22-6 ahead. Newcastle made it 22-11 with an excellent try of their own but we had the final score of the game to finish 29-11. Try scorers Darragh Browne Adam o Dwyer Patrick Lloyd Mark Fitzpatrick
Team Gerard Donworth Eoin Delaney Mark Fitzpatrick Jamie Ahearn Padraig Mulcahy Adam Dwyer Patrick Lloyd Patrick Maher Sean Creagan Shane Dwane Brendan Gleeson John o Reilly Kieran o Dwyer Darragh Browne (capt) Tony o Connell Ronan Kelly Rory Butler Dylan Scanlon Fitzgerald Sean Frawley James Gleeson Frank Maher Rhys Costello Scott Bevan Luke Ryan
Coaches Barry Heffernan Richie McCaulife Shane Doona Tom o Dwyer Taylor Jones Pauline McCaulife (Medical Aid)
Our seniors played their last game of the league on Saturday last and needing a win to guarantee a playoff place and to keep an unbeaten home record in place Midleton were the visitors who were guaranteed a playoff place. We started the game well and were rewarded with a try from our captain Johnny Cleary Kevin McManus kicked the convert but we were quickly pegged back when Midleton scored with a try and went ahead through a penalty to make it 8-7 after 20 mins played. We continued to dominate possession but it was not until the 35th minute that we took the lead once again through Johnny the convert was missed and although we looked like we had scored on h/t we knocked on, on the line so we went in 12-8 ahead. The second half saw us again see a lot of posession and went further ahead with a penalty try on the 65 min we added the bonus try with 5 to go. Davy o Grady converted and it finished 26-8. So once again we play Midleton next Saturday in the playoff semi final in Midleton, ko 2.30 and while management will be pleased with result, they will also feel more will be needed on Saturday next.
Bruff Paddy cleary Johnny Cleary (capt.) Kieth Laffan Tom o DwyerNeilus Keogh Sean hartigan Mike Cooke Taylor Jones Danny Jackson Davy o Grady Liam Treacy Cian tierney Jack o Grady Cian Clifford Kevin McManus Rob Coates Brendan Keogh Tadgh o Dwyer Shane Biggins Sean Darcy
As this was our last home league game of the season it’s important to acknowledge the effort the players and management have put in all season when one travels through the league and see what resources our opposition have at their disposal it’s really a credit to everyone in the club to be fighting promotion.
We also wish our players the best who are recovering from injuries It’s something we seem to have got more than our fair share this season.
The club would also like to acknowledge our fantastic supporters on Saturday last and all year long, and not least our fantastic ladies who continue to feed the masses all season and to our ladies inside the counter who provide us with refreshments a big thank you.
0n Saturday we entertained Malahide anxious to put last weeks dissapointing result behind us, and with Kevin McManus pulling out in the morning with sickness adding to our injury list Graham Whelan filled the void , we were going to need a big effort to get a result. Malahide were 4pts behind us and were looking to overtake us with a win, we managed to get off the blocks early and put pressure on Malahides defence but some handling errors cost us, we continued to have the better of possession and territory and finally made the breakthrough with 25 gone after hammering the Malahide line Davy o Grady found a gap left of the posts and dotted down he added the extras and we were 7 up, we doubled our lead 3 minutes later when the Malahide flanker with an attempted clearance hit his own player and Paddy Cleary was on hand to gather and head towards the line they managed to reel him in but with an excellent offload to Cian Clifford to score an opportunist try Davy kicked a superb 2 pointer and we were 14-0 up. Malahide to their credit got themselves back in the game and after we failed to clear our lines them pulled back a 7 pointer and with a penalty in front of the posts they were back to within 4 at halftime. Malahide continued where they left off and went 17-14 ahead with a converted try in the corner, pressure was on and the lads responded superbly Davy landed a magnificent penalty from the 10 mtr line to level things up and with 20 to go Sean Darcy got over in the corner Davy added the extras and we were 24-17 ahead Davy put us 10 ahead with 10 to go. We then had a bonus point to go after and secured same with 5 to go after some great continuity and a superb line break from Graham Whelan shifted a raker of a pass to Jack o Grady (who’s having a cracking season) scored in the corner to make it 32-17. Davy did the crossbar challenge with the convert and we were able to relax for the final 5 mins, this was a magnificent team performance and credit to all involved, Malahide to their credit also played a huge part in what was a very enjoyable game before a big crowd in kilballyowen. Next up in 2 weeks time is a trip to Omagh.
Paddy Cleary Johnny Cleary Keith Laffen Tadgh o Dwyer Tom o Dwyer Taylor Jones Cillian Rea Sean Hartigan Daniel Jackson Davy o Grady Liam Treacy jack o Grady Cian Tierney Cian Clifford Graham Whelan Robert Coates Brian Bulfin Brendan Keogh Sean Darcy Eric Finn.
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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
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
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