Rightyo, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year To everyone.

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Dec 242008

Just in case I Don’t get to see ye all in the club on St. Stephens Day for the Reindeer tag rugby Blitz.

From what I can gather there is no exiles around to play against the presidents XV so The first XV lads are training at 1:00 ish and then the tag rugby will take over the dregs of the Exiles and party will kick off after that.

Tag Kicks off around 3:00 pm.

Party kicks off at around 5:00 or or half past depending on tag blitz finish.

Come along and join us, but in case you don’t, from all of us involved here with the website I hope that you all have a good one and let 2009 be even better than 2008 for you and of course for Bruff RFC.

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.


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Jul 282008

We’re still recovering from a fantastic weekend of tag rugby and apres tag partying…..

Thanks to everybody who took part in the tournament and volunteered on the day!

We’ll have a full report on the festival as well as photo gallery and vidoe clips up here soon.

Please check back again in a day or so…….

Party On At Bruff R.F.C.

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Jul 212008

Party On at Bruff R.F.C.

The Heat, the sweat, girls with their hands around the waist of some guy they’ve met for the first time ten minutes before, tearing off a piece of cloth barely held together with Velcro. The lovely smell of barbecued beef, chips , the long cold drinks, the tanned legs, the glistening bodies, the panting, the heavy breathing, followed by the late night, the live band, the pounding music at the disco and finally tumbling into the bed or the tent in the small hours……

No, we’re not talking some hot sweaty party night in Ibiza, this is a lot closer to home, It’s the Third Bull N’ Booze tag rugby festival and it’s almost upon us again. We kick off on the evening of Friday 25th of July with the welcome party and continue with the main event on Saturday 26th of July.

This year we’ve taken it a bit further with the attack of the raging “Bucking Bronco” Bull and the addition of the oldest martial art form in the world (albeit with a bit of padding for protection), you’ve guessed it, it’s the “Sumo Wrestling suits”, where you can try to give someone the “Attack of a thousand slaps” if you could only get your hands on them.

To be sure that you’re in with a chance to be involved, drop in on the www.bruffrfc.com homepage and download the entry form (To make it even easier there’s a link directly from the top of the web page). Print off the form and either email or post it back to the address on it. You can also email  tagrugby@bruffrfc.com or else just ring Gráinne on 087-9312817. It really is as easy as that. Be quick though, we’re closing fast on our target, but if you don’t get your team entered in time, be sure to drop in for the entertainment, we’ll be going until the really early (Or late) hours.

Full list of activities as follows:

Friday, July 25:

* 6pm campsite opens

* Teams arrive and check into accommodation

* 9.30pm welcome party at local pub in Bruff main street

* Advance team registration available.

* Live music venue at ‘Clancy’s Yard’

Saturday, July 26

* 1pm team registration and captains’ briefing

* 2-6pm Tag rugby blitz (Each teams plays min. 4 games and max. 6 games)

* 7-9pm Live music on the pitch

* Big big barbeque

* The Bucking Bronco Bull – Try your skills on the rodeo bull

* If the Bull don’t get ya then the ‘Sumo Suits’ will finish the job.

* Heineken Cup trophy shows up and poses for photos

* 9pm prizegiving by special guest

* If you’re still standing at this stage (Tough aren’t ya?) then we’ll try to finish you off with the famous “AfterShock, Aftertag” celebration party with live band “Intrigue”

* For the really, truly fit, there is a disco and karaoke afterwards till late…

* Shuttle bus serving nominated local guest accommodation (list available)

* Bar and barbeque available all day

If you have the guts, we have the balls, come and join us…