Oct 122017

UBL Round 4


The Bruff first xv put in their best performance of the season on Saturday to beat Tullamore 39.10 in Round 4 of the Ulster Bank League. Bruff’s opening 3 games were a mixed bag with a loss, a win and a draw to show from their previous outings. Tullamore on the other hand have been less fortunate and Saturdays defeat leaves them occupying the last spot on the league table. Bruff have jumped to 3rd on the table but won’t be getting carried away as 1 loss in this league could see them drop 4 places with very little between the teams. On the other side 1 win could propel any of 4 teams including Bruff to top spot.

Bruff led 15.5 at half time thanks to two tries and a penalty from a very impressive young Bruff backline. Brian Fanning scored the first of the tries after 10 minutes after taking a lovely pass from Graham Whelan with the initial break coming from Jack O Grady. Fanning and Whelan combined again on the stroke of half time to run the length of the pitch for Fannings 2nd score of the half. Davie O Grady kicked a conversion and a penalty in another impressive performance from the Knockainey man. Tullamore’s try came after 5 minutes.

The Bruff metal was tested early in the 2nd half with Tullamore closing the gap to 15-10 through a 2nd try with 46 minutes gone in the game. O Grady kicked a penalty after 50 minutes to help settle the Bruff nerves and put 2 scores between the teams again. Bruff started to dominated possession and were rewarded in the 60th minute when Tony Cahill went over for a try which O Grady again converted to make it 25.10. Bruff were now chasing a try bonus and that was secured in the 69th Minute when backrower Maghnus Collins linked with Tony Cahil for the BP score. Bruff added a 5th try with the last play of the game with Cian Ryan showing some nice skills to put Eric Finn in for the score.


The league takes a break now for a few weeks with the seniors returning to UBL action on the 28th of October with a home game vs 7th placed Seapoint. Bruff suffered 2 defeats to the Dubliners last season and will need to be on top form to come out of the game with a win.

Bruff Team: 15 Brian Fanning 14 Eric Finn 13 Conor Fitzpatrick 12 Jack O Grady 11 Mark Cosgrove 10 David O Grady 9 Tony Cahill 8 Ordhan Ring 7 John Clery 6 Maghnus Collins 5 Sean Hartigan 4 Brian Morrissey 3 Keith Laffan 2 John Hogan 1 David Horan 16 Paddy Clery 17 Neilus Keogh 18 Danny Keogh 19 Graham Whelan 20 Cian Ryan


Other results


Bruff 2nd lost 26-10 to Young Munsters in the second league.

Bruff u20’s lost 34-17 to Garryowen in the Donal Walsh Trophy

U14’s won 15-0 vr UL Bohemians in the league


Bruff travelled to Annacotty for round 2 of the North Munster section1 u-14 rugby league Sunday morning against UL Bohemians.
Slippery conditions underfoot contributed to an error-strewn opening period. With both defences on top, scoring opportunities were limited and it was no surprise for it to remain nil all at half time.
The bench was emptied at half time and an increase in intensity saw Bruff break the deadlock with a well taken try by Paul O’Brien May following a series of Bruff attacks culminating in a quick tap penalty and a sweeping back line move. The opening score was followed shortly after by an intercept try by Shane O’Brien as UL-Bohs were pressing through midfield.
Mid-way through the second half, Bruff, were getting on top and repelling the opposition with some hard tackling and defensive discipline. The scoring was rounded off by Adam Murphy Casey who got in in the corner after a number of phases which stretched the UL-Bohs defence across both sides of the field, to leave it 0-15 to Bruff at the long whistle after a keenly contested affair.
Squad on the day as follows: 1. Daire O’Brien 2. Michael Clifford 2. Ryan O’Neill 4. James O’Sullivan 5. Alex Finn 6. Oisin Feely 7. Josh McMahon 8. Sean O’Dwyer (capt) 9. Jake O’Riordan 10. Cian Scully 11. Tadhg Corkery 12. Sean Carroll 13. Patrick O’Dea 14. Paul O’Brien May 15.Jack McNamara 16. Adam Murphy Casey 17. Shane O’Brien 18. Mikey Fitzgibbon 19. Iestyn Winn 20. Shane Lynch 21.Arthur Maher.
Shannon are next up at home in Killballyowen on October 22nd.


Club Memberships

Membership letters have now been posted and all returning members are asked to note that this year’s membership includes entry to the Your Club Your Country draw for those you have paid before the end of November. The draw take’s place on Monday the 11th of December.

Members are also asked to note that there is now a link available to pay memberships online. The link is available through the website at www.Bruffrfc.com .  Memberships can also be paid to any committee members. New members are also welcome and eligible to entry the draw as part of the membership package.


Your Club Your Country top Prizes (entry €10 per ticket)

Summer tour 2018 in Australia

€5000 holiday

France V Ireland 2018 6 nations VIP trip

2018 Galway Races VIP trip

England V Ireland 2018 6 nations VIP trip

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Oct 052017

UBL Round 3

Table toppers Sligo were the visitors to Kilballyowen last Saturday for round 3 of the Ulster Bank League. Sligo sat top of the league thanks to wins over Thomand and Malahide on their previous 2 games while Bruff had a loss’s to Omagh and a win over Bective on the scorecard.

Saturdays match was a game that could have gone either way and on reflection a 20.20 draw was probably a fair result. Both sides squandered good opportunities in the 2ndhalf especially to win the game with Bruff finishing strongest in an open entertaining game of rugby.

First blood went to Bruff with a penalty under the posts after 22 minutes which Davie O Grady kicked. Bruff were unlucky not to score a try in the same move with Maghnus Collins stopped short after a great line break from young centre Jack O Grady. Sligo equalised after 30 minutes earning a kickable penalty with the Bruff forwards infringing at the breakdown.

Bruff enjoyed a good period of pressure inside the Sligo 22 for the next 5 minutes and were rewarded for some enterprising play with a converted try from a maul on 35 minutes courtesy of team captain John Hogan. Bruff now led 10.3 and would have been hoping to see out the clock to half time without conceding a score. But Sligo had other plans and got a converted try just before half time. It was a soft score for Bruff to concede coughing up a lineout on their own ball just inside the 22. Sligo were quick to pounce on a scrappy ball and cruised in for the score to make it 10.10 at the break.

Sligo dominated the opening exchanges in the 2nd half and scored 10 points in a five minute period with a try and a penalty to race into a 20.10 lead. Sligo could have been further ahead after 60 minutes but for a double movement while in the process of touching down for a try. This gave Bruff back the momentum and allowed Bruff to work their way into the Sligo 22. Bruff’s set piece went well all day and on 65 minutes another well worked maul allowed Johnie Hogan in for his 2nd try of the day with Davie O Grady adding the extras to make it 17.20.

The equalising score came with 10 minutes remaining with another penalty from the boot of O Grady after the Sligo Scrum was penalised for illegally standing up when Bruff had a good drive on. Bruff’s winger Mark Cosgrove was very unlucky with only a few minutes remaining when he was tackled into touch just inches from the Sligo Line in what was a very close call. It finished 20 points apiece and Bruff now look forward to an away trip to Tullamore this weekend with a 2.30pm ko in the Co Offaly venue.

Bruff Team: 15 Brian Fanning 14 Eric Finn 13 Conor Fitzpatrick 12 Jack O Grady 11 Mark Cosgrove 10 David O Grady 9 Tony Cahill 8 Ordhan Ring 7 John Clery 6 Maghnus Collins 5 Sean Hartigan 4 Brian Morrissey 3 Keith Laffan 2 John Hogan 1 David Horan 16 Mike Cooke 17 Brendan Keogh 18 Danny Keogh 19 Cian Clifford 20 Cian Ryan

Senior Seconds League

Despite only starting with three recognised backs, or seconds put up a very good performance against Garryowen in Dooradoyle on Sunday. Despite the concession of an early try we bounced back through Michael Cooke to score 2 first-half tries and lead 12-5 at the break. The elements played into Garryowen’s hands in the second half and they scored three tries to lead 22 to 15 with 10 mins left.  Bruff tried hard to score an equaliser but Garryowen had the last say when scoring in the corner for the last play of the game match finished Bruff 15 Garryowen 27.

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Oct 032017

Next up for our Seniors is the nearly annual tough trip to Tullamore this coming Saturday 7th. Tullamore have endured a hard start to the league this year but are always formidable opponents. Once again all support is welcome. If you cant make the match please keep an eye out on twitter for updates throughout.

Oct 032017

Match Reports for Rnds 1 & 2 of the UBL

Sorry for the delay with these, I was having some technical difficulties. Round 3 report to follow later this week ..

Disappointing start to UBL

Omagh were the visitors to Bruff last weekend for the opening game of the Ulster Bank League. It was Omaghs first outing in the senior ranks for 17 years after securing promotion from the Junior leagues last season.

The early signs were good for Bruff leading 10-3 after seventeen minutes. Paidi Kilcoyne was on hand to score the opening try of the game after just five minutes with Eric Finn picking up a second five pointer after seventeen minutes. Omagh scored a penalty after eleven minutes and again on the thirty minute mark from the boot of Scott Elliot. However it was Omagh that went in leading at half time scoring a try just before the whistle scored by Adam Pollock.

The second half only yielded two scores, a penalty each for each side. Davie O Grady put Bruff into the lead 13-11 on the 65 minute mark but it was Omaghs Scott Elliot who was to deliver the winning kick for Omagh in the 67th minute for a 13-14 win.

Bruff Team: 15 Graham Whelan 14 Eric Finn 13 Conor Fitzpatrick 12 Tony Cahill 11 Padraig Kilcoyne 10 David O Grady 9 Cian Ryan 8 Danny Keogh 7 John Clery 6 Sean Hartigan 5 Mike Cooke 4 Brian Morrissey 3 Keith Laffan 2 John Hogan 1 David Horan 16 Paddy Clery 17 Brendan Keogh 18 Cillian Rea 19 Maghnus Collins 20 Jack O Grady

Omagh Team

Team : Lee Murphy, Neil Brown, Scott Barr, Luke Hanson, Ryan Mitchell, Scott Elliott, Stewart McCain ©, Matthew Sproule, Adam Pollock, Richard Smyth, Jamie Sproule, Mervyn Edgar, Matthew Clyde, Adam Longwell, James Catterson
Subs : Peter Todd, Philip Ewing, Richard Harpur, Deane Kane, Lee Warnock

UBL Round 2

The seniors made the trip to Dublin on Saturday to take on Bective Rangers in Round 2 of the Ulster Bank League. The game was played at the later time of 6.30pm in the evening on the all-weather pitch in Donnybrook to accommodate an event which was taking place earlier in the day. This meant the journey started and finished a lot later than usual for a trip to Dublin. Luckily the bus trip home was a happy journey thanks to a 33-21 bonus point win.

It was a terrible start for Bruff who were down 8-0 after ten minutes conceding a penalty and a try early on. Discipline was a big issue for Bruff on the day who conceded numerous kickable penalties and picked up two yellow cards.

Bruff reduced the deficit after fifteen minutes scoring a converted try under the Bective post thanks a Johnny Clery touch down. Bruff added a second try from Davy Horan after half an hour and went in leading 11-12 at the break with Bective kicking a penalty shortly before half time.

The second half started brightly for Bruff with Conor Fitzpatrick going in for Bruff’s third try which Davie O Grady Converted for his second two pointer of the game. Bective added another penalty after forty six minutes to make it 11-19 to Bruff. Tony Cahil went in for the Bonus point try which O Grady Converted on fifty five minutes which made Bruff look comfortable with a 26-14 lead on the score board.

But Bective weren’t finished yet and went in for another converted try with ten minutes remaining and two Bruff players in the bin. But it was Bruff who sealed the win with just five minutes remaining on the clock thanks to a try from Back rower Maghnus Collins. The game finished 21.33 to Bruff who picked up their first win of the season after an opening day defeat to Omagh.


There was UBL debuts for Ordhan Ring and Cian Clifford who gave good accounts of themselves on the quick surface in Donnybrook.


Bruff Team: 15 Graham Whelan 14 Eric Finn 13 Conor Fitzpatrick 12 Jack O Grady 11 Mark Cosgrove 10 David O Grady 9 Tony Cahill 8 Ordhan Ring 7 John Clery 6 Cillian Rea 5 Sean Hartigan 4 Brian Morrissey 3 Keith Laffan 2 John Hogan 1 David Horan 16 Mike Cooke 17 Brendan Keogh 18 Cian Clifford 19 Maghnus Collins 20 Cian Ryan

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Sep 292017

Bruff Seniors play the latest Round of UBL tomorrow 30th Sept v Sligo at 2.30pm in Kilballyowen.
Sligo are top of the table so a tough game is promised. All support very welcome.