Jan 272015
Bruff u17's retro styling

Bruff u17's retro styling

Pic: Bruff U17’s wearing the original jerseys from the convent in Bruff

UBL Div 2b

Navan Vrs Bruff

The seniors played their first competitive game of 2015 when they travelled away to Navan on Saturday in round 9 of the UBL. Only 1 point and 1 place separated the teams going into the game so it was always going to be a tight affair.

Bruff were first to score and went into a 7-nil lead thanks to a Johnnie Clery try from the back of a well worked maul.  Declan Bannon has now emigrated to NZL so Paul Downes who has taken over the kicking duties stepped up to add the conversion.

Navan hit back with 10 points of their own before half-time and went into the break 10-7 ahead scoring a converted try and a penalty,

Paul Downes kicked a penalty for Bruff shortly after the restart to make it all square, before Navan scored a second converted try to make it 17-10 to the home side.

But it was Bruff who finished stronger scoring two more converted tries before the end of a 49 minute second half. Scrum half Tony Cahill provided the first of the 2 second half try’s breaking from the back of a maul to go over for the 5 pointer. The final Bruff try came after player/coach Brendan Deady made a clean line break from the Bruff half of the field before linking with Bruff’s openside flanker Andrew White who finished off the move in style.

Both tries were converted by Downes and Bruff made the 255km trip home happy with the 4 points on the table.

The win moved Bruff up to 7th position on 24pts with 4 wins 2 draws and 3 loses.

Next up for Bruff is a home game in Kilballyowen Vrs Old Crescent. The game has a 7.30 ko on Friday night. Supporters are asked to arrive early as a big crowd is expected for this Limerick derby game.


Team was: 1.Davie Horan 2. John Clery 3.Keith Laffan 22.Tom O Dwyer 5.Barry Laffan 6.Mike Cooke7.Andrew White 8. Jake Considine 9.Tony Cahill 10. Paul Downes 11.Brendan Deady 12. Darragh Mulcahy 13.Sean Darcy 14.Paidi Kilcoyne 15.Dave O Grady 16.Stephen Foster 17.Ger O Connell 18.Kieran Downey 19. Brian Cahill 20 Mark Cosgrove

The 2nds played Old Crescent under lights on Monday night in the last round of the Senior 2nd League. With the Junior cup just around the corner it proved a good workout with a number of returning players getting a run out before the cup begins. Bruff had trys from Eric Finn, Mark Cosgrove, Marcus Mulvihill & Mike Carroll. Owen Quinn kicked 8 points to make the score 28-16 to Bruff.

Underage Rugby

With no competitive fixtures last weekend the u16’s and 17’s played each other in a training game on Sunday morning. In a very competitive game the u17’s eventually ran out winner by 6 try’s to 5.

The u18’s played St Munchins in a friendly on Friday night losing by 2 points 14-12.

The draw for the pan Munster league was made last weekend with the u16’s and 18’s getting very tough draws.

The u16’s are grouped with Waterford City, Dolphin, Muskerry & Killorglin, While the u18 drew Clonmel, Waterpark, Bantry Bay & Shannon. The u18’s get their campaign underway on Saturday with a home game against the Denis Leamy coached Clonmel. The games ko’s at 1pm in Bruff and all support would be welcomed

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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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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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