George Clancy gets the European Challenge Cup Final

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May 122009

Bruffman George Clancy will get the big European weekend underway when he referees the European Challenge Cup final between Northampton Saints and Bourgoin at the Twickenham Stoop on Friday, May 22 (kick-off 7.45 pm).

George, who won the Munster Referee of the Year award in 2007, refereed the Churchill Cup final two years ago at Twickenham and joined Irish colleagues Alain Rolland and Alan Lewis on the IRB’s International Referee Panel last season. In a notable double for Limerick Peter Fitzgibbon, who was recently added to the International Referee Panel, will be the fourth official on duty for the Northampton Saints v Bourgoin tie. The Thomond clubman refereed Bourgoin’s semi-final win over Worcester Warriors earlier this month.

Clanwilliam and Shannon man John Lacey is a touch judge for the game along with the Limerick Lads.

George Clancy gets his first 6 nations game: France V Scotland

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Dec 112008

We seem to be going from strength to strength in all walks of rugby life at the moment. Not only on the pitch with our first XV but also with our referees.

Congrats to George as he gets his first Six nations start. It was announced earlier today that he officiates between France and Scotland in Stade de France on Valentines day following his appointment to the World elite panel earlier this year. Well done George.

Our other referees are of course well on track in their own careers, this weekend sees Padraig Keogh in charge of the Junior Cup game between Nenagh Ormond and Old Crescent in New Ormond Park this coming Sunday at 2:00pm (ET) and Derrick Noonan adjudicates at Richmond park Between Richmond and Cobh Pirates in the Munster Junior league Division one game with a 2:30pm kickoff.

News and Fixtures for the weekend

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Sep 102008

Adult Rugby: The senior squad travelled up to Galwegians for another runout, they head to Dolphin this weekend for their last friendly before more competitive rugby kicks in. The J1 Squad started their Transfield Cup campaign last Sunday with a 19-5 win over Presentation. They play the winners of Old Crescent V St. Senans next Sunday with a provisional kickoff of 2:30p.m. Old Crescent Play Senans Tuesday night. The J2 squad have a friendly against Portumna with a 1:00 kickoff next Sunday also after their 13-0 win over St. Senans last weekend.

Underage: Last week we saw the U15’s kicking off their league campaign with a 12 nil loss to Old crescent. Their second game on Sunday last was abandoned due to a back injury to Jack Ryan after only three minutes. Jack was transported to hospital from the pitch but thankfully was discharged later on that night and will make a full recovery. They play Young Munster in Derryknockane next Sunday at 11:30 am Robert Finn, Mike Lynch, Andrew White, Brian Morrissey & John Cleary get the opportunity to show how they are getting on with Munster U20’s in Kilballyowen Park on Saturday 20th September 2008 @ The lads have put in a huge effort to get to and stay at this level and this is a unique chance for us to see Munster’s finest youths go against Leinster. There is also an opportunity to see a warm up training session/game in Bruff this coming weekend at around 11:30 am next Sunday morning in Kilballyowen. The U18’s have a provisional game away to Garryowen in Dooradoyle with an 11:30 kickoff next Sunday morning.

Referees: George Clancy refereed the Dragons V Glasgow game in Rodney parade at the weekend, Glasgow winning by 12 points to 6. We’ll have a fuller interview with George over the next few weeks to get his views of the ELV’s in action. Keep an eye out for this.

That’s about it for this week, next meeting of the executive committee is Monday night at 8:00p.m.

Jul 292008

Well, What a weekend.

I can honestly say that it was the best Bull N Booze tag festival to date. It kicked off on Friday with the Heineken Cup and John Hayes for the Presentation of some crystal ware and a plaque to George Clancy by his Uncle Jack in honour of his gaining IRB Elite International referee status . George then presented the club with his first Full IRB jersey as an elite referee gained in the game between South Africa and England a month ago. There were campers from Clonmel, Clare, Dublin, Limerick and Rochdale Swarm (Who have sworn to make this a yearly pilgrimage after the good time they had.) A fantastic night in Jack Clancy’s coupled with brilliant food, good music and flowing drink meant that some of the players had to be out early in the morning to blow off the cobwebs before the kickoff on Saturday.

The good weather coupled with very lively and sporting teams conspired to give us one of the best competitions to date. Even though team numbers were a little down with a few people crying off, twenty teams from all over the country and beyond played off for cups and medals in four different categories. Lucozade Sport Roadshow was on site for anyone who wanted to be tested and compare their fitness against the Professionals, The Bucking Bronco went down a treat for those willing to test their balance and bull handling after the ball handling.

The Sumo Suits caused a little bit of uproar (Well done to 3rds team Captain, Shamy Sheehan, who just couldn’t handle 1st XV Coach Eoin in the finish ? ). After that and a little break due to the only shower of the day, the competitions finished off with the following teams grabbing the silverware on offer:

B Cup – Mud Stuffins
B Plate – Running Wild

C Cup – Chariots of Fire!!
C Plate – The Lyrics Board Champions 1999

Many thanks to John Hayes and his good lady Fiona for their time over the weekend between posing for photos and taking the time out on Friday for the presentations then to come back to present the prizes again on Saturday night. In the midst of all that, John Presented Bruff with his very first international Jersey which will take pride of place on the clubhouse wall. After the prize-giving Willie Conway handed over the traditional first visit plaque to Rochdale who then returned the favour with a Rochdale Hornets Jersey and Pennant, Rosie Foley brought her “Beal Boru” Team from Killaloe, we had the Band “Intrigue” who were absolutely fantastic (Watch these guys folks, they’re really going places, and you saw them here first) and kept the crowd going well into the night. This was followed by the disco, the obligatory singsong (with Ray O’ Brien on the guitar) outside in the torchlight until god knows what hour of the morning, and camping with over sixty tents in the grounds. After finally surfacing and having breakfast the following day they eventually made their way home after some chill out time in the clubhouse in the afternoon.

Again well done to the “Burger Babes” and the bar staff who managed to keep everyone fed and “Watered” , Gráinne and Dave for a great event, and to the referees especially our own who kept the competition going in military fashion. I’m still knackered, but we’re already getting some great feedback and we’re thinking about next season’s event, we want to make it even bigger and better. If you couldn’t make it, it’s a pity, you missed one hell of a weekend’s party, well there’s always next year. That’s the end of the Tag for this season until next spring’s “Twilight Tag” league so well done to all involved. It’s time now to prepare for the return of the Full on Stuff…

Next Committee meeting on Monday 11th August, We all need a bit of a break after this.

Now to the photos:

CLICK HERE for the Friday night photos and some game shots

CLICK HERE for more Photos by Declan Hehir on Saturday.