Crescent come out on top in local Derby
The seniors made the short journey to Rosbrien on Friday night to take on league leaders Old Crescent in Round 9 of the UBL. The game which marked the mid-way point in the season was played in horrendous conditions as Storm Desmond started to get into full flow. The pitch in fairness to the home club was in great condition and the game itself turned out to be a very entertaining arm wrestle between two very committed teams.
Old Crescent went into the game with the favourite’s tag having suffered defeat only once this season when they went down to Wanderers in round five. Bruff aided by the strong breeze in the opening half made light of the underdogs tag going into the break 12-3 to the good. Bruff’s first try came early in the game when second centre Sean Darcy turned up at the back of a ruck to dive over for the easy finish from short range. It came on the back of some very good Bruff recycling from the pack with row players Jake Considine and Cillian Rea unlucky not to get over the line in the same move. But it was Darcy who popped up out wide after the Crescent defence had been spread thin to finish off with the five pointer.
The Bruff scrum was asserting some dominance early on and the pack were rewarded on 20 minutes when they were awarded a penalty try. Tony Cahill slotted the conversion over to make it 12-0 to Bruff. Old Crescent converted a penalty before the half was over to make it 12-3 to Bruff at the short whistle.
As expected the wind was having a big influence on the game and Crescent took advantage camping themselves inside the Bruff half for most of the second period. Crescent narrowed the gap to a single point with a Penalty from Larry Hanly and an unconverted try from Padraig Monaghan making it 11-12. With only a few minutes remaining Crescent set up a good attacking move inside the Bruff 22 before their Out-half Shane O Brien sat back in the pocket and knocked over a drop goal which proved to be the winning score, 14-12 to Crescent.
The teams get to do it all again this Friday night when the sides meet in Round 10 of the League. The game takes place in Kilballyowen and has a 7.45pm ko.
Bruff Team : 1.Dave Horan 2.Johnny Hogan 3.Keith Laffan 4.Barry Laffan 5.Mike Cooke 6.Cillian Rea 7.Mikey Carroll 8.Jake Considine 9.Davy O Grady 10.Tony Cahill 11.Paudi Kilcoyne 12.Sean Darcy 13.Brian Cahill 14.Mark Cosgrove 15.Graham Whelan 16. Shane Breen 17. Danny Keogh 18. Kevin Madigan 19 Barry Enright 20 Darra Mulcatie
U18’s qualify for Pan Munster
The under 18’s qualified for the Pan Munster competition with a win over Young Munsters on Sunday at home in Bruff. Sunday’s game was a winner takes all clash with the victors guaranteed to make it through to the next phase of Pan Munster competition. Bruff ran out 17-0 winners thanks to tries from Tom Quigley, Ordhan Ring and Tadgh O Dwyer. John Bateman also kicked a conversion.
Bruff now go through in a group where they will meet Cork teams, Highfield, Sundays Well & Mallow, Waterpark from Waterford and Ennis from Co Clare.