Ouch, that hurt.. Munster Outmunstered.

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May 042009

That was rough, I’m just about getting my head around it now. Munster were, for want of an easy way to put it into words, “Defended off the park”.

It had all the potential hallmarks of a great game, The “Lion King Vs. The “Renaissance Man”  but it just didn’t live up to expectations. That Leinster defence was just awesome. Even though Brian O’ Driscoll’s renaissance started earlier in the year during the six nations, I still wouldn’t have given him Man of the match. The Leinster Back Row deserved it en masse in my opinion. Jennings and Elsom were just unbelievable on the deck. Even with the onslaught I was reasonably confident at half time that we were going to come out and turn the screw in the second half but it was just not to be. That intercept from O’ Gara’s pass was like a dagger in the middle of the Munster Chest.

Well done Leinster, you deserved every single bit of it for that performance on the day.

Keep your nerve now lads, you’re as close as you have ever been to making history.

When My soul recovers I’ll get some photos up.

Rugby Photos: U13 North Munster Cup Final Photos

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Apr 282009

As promised, here are some of the photos from last nights U13 cup Final between Bruff and Garryowen.

On the rugby front last evening saw the U13 squad complete a triple with their winning of the U13 North Munster Cup. After taking care of Young Munster courtesy of a 16 – 0 scoreline on Friday night last, Monday saw them pitted against Garryowen again in Kilballyowen. After a fabulously tight game with no scoring until the last fifteen minutes, we all felt that whoever scored first would probably come away with the cup. Garryowen kicked a penalty with less than eighteen minutes left on the clock but Fair play to Bruff they dug in their heels and displaying a courage that belied their tender years Ground away at the Garryowen defence until finally with less than two minutes left on the clock Graham Whelan broke away from a ruck with a lovely looping break to the outside left and ran in from thirty meters. Defence then became the order of the day and Bruff had to stiffen their ranks to grind out the last five minutes before erupting with joy on the final whistle from referee Noel Sexton. Final score: Bruff 5 – Garryowen 3. Well done to Captain Kevin Hosford and his squad and to all concerned including mentors and parents and especially to coaches Tommy O’ Dwyer, Liam Doherty , Sean McKenna & Ger Mac who have put in some tremendous work with this great squad of lads. This completed a triple of League, Cup and last week’s Tralee international competition for the season for this team.

Also on Monday, four Bruff lads helped Charleville CBS take home the Munster U15 Cup again in Kilballyowen. Three of the four Bruff players scored all of Charleville’s 26 points in their 26 – 12 win over De Villiers. Two tries from No. 7 Gary Boyce, another from Darren Sheehy in the centre and the Charleville No. 10 David Reidy kicked three penalties and a conversion to bring it home for their school. The fourth Bruffian, Conor Barry, son of famed former Bruff player Dónal from Kilmallock was also instrumental in this victory although the four lads must have been having flashbacks to earlier in the season when due to a clash of jersey colours, the Charleville squad had to line out in a set of Bruff jerseys quickly scrounged before the kickoff. With three U16 Munster selectors present watching proceedings, this game may well have helped these young lads cause no end.

Click Here for the Photos.

Apr 222009

The following members have been successful in the draw for tickets for the above game.
Tickets to be collected next Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th between 7:30 and 8:30 pm.
Please Note: Any ticket handed back will be reallocated to a member of the club who will be contacted directly by Pat Gennery.
There is no use contacting the ticket phone number at this stage.

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End of the season as regards the AIL, well done lads.

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Apr 222009

Well how’s about that for a first season in Division two? We managed to lead it for quite a while and even with the depletion of the squad due to injury towards the end of the season we still held out until the very last game with a chance of making it to the playoffs. A few results went against us, it could be said that missed penalties cost us valuable league points along the way but in general it must be said that it was a fabulous first season at this level for Bruff.

Saturdays game failed to live up to the expectations that we have had of this great squad all year. Greystones fought like tigers to defend their line for vast periods of this game and great credit is due to them for their defensive performance. Time after time the Bruff attack was basically camped between their twenty-two and the try-line but they just could not seem to get across the whitewash. Down by seven points after just as many minutes courtesy of a try by Greystones winger Dan Kenny duly converted by out-half James Power the remainder of the game seemed to be Bruff’s as but to be honest you felt from word go that this was just not going to be their day. Bruff’s only score coming courtesy of a Brian Cahill penalty directly in front of the posts giving a half time score of seven points to three. Errors at the breakdown pinged incessantly by the referee disrupted the Bruff attack at critical moments during the match and even though they rallied to attack the red zone again and again and again another breakdown error would give the beleaguered Greystones defence relief from the onslaught and an onslaught is about the only description for it. The second half was reminiscent of the Munster/All blacks game with Greystones bodies littering the pitch from one side to the other every couple of minutes, at one stage there was five Greystones players on the turf, but to their credit they held out and just basically seemed to want the game more than the finally tired looking Bruff squad. A penalty by Power with three minutes or so left on the clock put a gloss on the score for ‘Stones and the game finished out ten points to three. With Old Crescent winning their final game away to Malone a win wouldn’t have mattered in any case although it does mean that Bruff slip to sixth in the table. Playoffs take place next weekend and not being involved has one minor plus if it could be called that, this fabulous group of players can finally take their first decent break in almost three years of non-stop work to get them to where they are.

On behalf of the club, I wish to thank this brilliant group of lads for a fabulous season and for the great work that they have put in over the last twelve months. Great credit is due to Eoin, Peter, Michéal ,Cathal, John and all of the lads involved in the team from first to last. Have a good night on Thursday night and take your well deserved break.