Feb 122017

Following the fantastic win against Kanturk on Friday evening, we had a gathering of players from the earliest to the current to come together along with some of the travelling Kanturk horde to honour one of Bruff RFC’S longest serving players and members.

Mike “Barlow” O’Donnell played as a second row in the very first ever scratch game played by Bruff in late 69, played around the province at Junior Level through the 70’s and 80’s, made tour appearances during the 90’s in Glasgow and Nottingham and finished his 5 decade spanning career with his final appearance in the Yellow and Maroon in  Bruff’s first ever competitive game as a Senior Rugby club in the Veterans World Cup against the US Navy in August 2004.

Following a night of memories and apocryphal stories from many of the current and former players present, Bruff President Nicholas Cooke presented Mike with the Life Presidents blazer to tumultuous applause followed by some great words about the current squad and a lovely thank you from the man himself.

From one and all of us Mike, thank you for the great memories, you and your equals are the lifeblood of our club and we hope to see as more of you in your new role.

Thanks again from all of us!

Feb 122017

The following are the results for the Underage teams that were in action over the weekend.

Pan Munster U16 

Bruff RFC 19 – Dungarvan RFC 5

Bruff U16 travelled to Dungarvan RFC in Round 4 of the Pan Munster. Dungarvan scored the first try on 10 mins and Bruff replied on 12 min with a try from Jack Barrett. The Half time score was  5-5, Bruff went to score their 2nd try by Brendan Gleeson to make it 12-5 with time nearly up. A third try by Ross O’ Brien May under the posts made it 19-5. A great result and well done to the lads. The Under 16′ are out again next week in Kilballyowen for their last game where the opposition is Killorglin RFC.

Pan Munster U18

Bruff RFC  19 – Sundayswell RFC 14

 Under 14 League 

Bruff RFC 10 – Garryowen RFC 8

Feb 092017

the seniors are at home this Friday night in the UBL when they entertain Kanturk in Kilballyowen.. Bruff had the upper hand when the sides meet in November but Kanturk have shown some good form since that game winning 2 of their last 3 games with the loose coming against league leader Rainey.  The game has a 7.30pm ko and all support would be welcomed. A large crowd is expected so please arrive early.

Fri 10th Feb  — 19:30—Div2CBruff  v  Kanturk– Kilballyowen Park– Referee Karol Collins

The club will also be celebrating the inauguration of our first ever life president Michael (Barlo) O’Donnell .

Mr. Nicholas Cooke, President of Bruff RFC has proposed that the Club appoint a Life President in his last term as President. At a recent committee meeting Nichols proposed Michael (Barlo) O’Donnell as our first recipient of this award. It was unanimously agreed by all attended…

Nicholas invites all our supporters and friends of Mike to this once off event as Mike will be our only Life President.

The ceremony to invest Mike will take place after our senior team’s home fixture (game time 7.30pm) with Kanturk on February 10th at the club pavilion

Nicholas stated that it was in recognition of Mike’s lifelong association as a supporter and player.

In fact Mike played in some of our earliest games in the early 70’s and continued playing until the 90’s.

Mike is a great all round sportsman and played hurling with Bruff and Emmet’s divisional teams but is was rugby that gave Mike the opportunity to meet players and supporters alike from all over.

Mike enjoyed nothing more than travelling away to other teams in the company of people younger than himself and related many a good tale along the way.

His rendition of “A poor farmer” in the sing song was enjoyed by all.

Bruff RFC is particularly pleased that Mike is our first Life President and hope that he will enjoy this special position long into the future

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Feb 052017

There was only one youth rugby fixture this weekend in the Under 15 league where the Bruff U15′ took on a combination of Richmond/UL Boh’s which was played in Annacotty. A very good team performance by the U15’s who came from behind and played some very good rugby and led 5-10 at half time, the try was scored by Tom Riordan and converted by Conor Hanley. A penalty was also converted by Hanley just before half time for a penalty infringement at the breakdown.

In the second half good pressure from Bruff had them in control for long periods of the game which frustrated the opposition who made numerous changes but got no change out of the Bruff lads. Through the pressure being applied by Bruff the second try eventually came from John O’ Reilly and again was converted by Conor Hanley Bruff led 17-5 with quarter of an hour to go. Some great tackling by Conor Twomey and Ciaran Tangney in the midfield area contually frustrated the opposition and tempers spilled over but brought under control by the ref. As the game entered the final 5 minutes more great tackling by Darragh O Keeffe on the Bruff wing kept the opposition at bay. With two minutes left on the clock Richmond/Bohs got a consolation try which went unconverted. Well done to all the lads who were led from the front to victory by their captain Frank Maher.