There was no Match 4 winner of the Club Lotto on Friday, 21st February when the numbers drawn were 1, 14, 19 and 21 so next week, the jackpot goes up to €6,700. If you’re not already signed up please do so as not only are you in with a chance to win a serious Jackpot but you are also helping support your local club. It is €2 per week but goes a long way towards running all the facilities that we have. Hugh Connaughton was the name drawn in the Lucky Dip and will receive €25. Further details are available at www.brayemmets.com.
Bray Emmets’s membership year runs from Jan 1st to Dec 31st. Subscriptions fall due on Jan 1st. All players, coaches, mentors and committee members must pay their membership to ensure they are insured whilst carrying out their roles within the club. There will be a registration day in the clubhouse on Saturday 7th March between 10am and 1.00pm for anybody wishing to register manually. Any problems please contact club registrar Phil Moynihan.
The club gathered on Friday night in the Martello for its Annual Awards Night. In his opening address, our Cathaoirleach Dermot O Brien acknowledged the hard work of the many volunteers that keep our club functioning week in week out and the record numbers now playing. Dermot paid tribute to the minor team who reached both finals in 2013, losing out marginally in the football but winning the hurling once again. He also spoke of the great buzz in the club and town during the summer created by the fantastic run of the senior hurlers contesting the senior final for the first time in over fifty years. The club was honoured to welcome the Leas Cathaoirleach of the County Board Martin Fitzgerald who made the presentation of the awards to winners. Award winners: Minor Football: Daire Henderson; Minor hurling: Ben McCormack; Junior Footballer: Dan Molloy; Ladies Football: Mikaela Shelley: Senior football: Conor Power; Junior hurling: Ryan Tynan; Senior hurling: Peter Kiely. Club person of the year: Gary Prunty. Dermot O Brien paid tribute to the hard work of Gary Prunty who was awarded the Club Person of the Year award. Unfortunately Gary was unable to be there on the night and the award will be presented a later late. Finally, Teresa Mulvaney was awarded a special award in recognition of her outstanding work in developing camogie in the club. Many thanks to all at the Martello and PJ Cunningham for doing a great job as MC once again.
Wicklow Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camp Coaches
Are you interested in becoming a Coach for the camps? If so Coaches Application Form for WICKLOW Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps 2014 are available from Club Officials. Coaches must be over 18 Years no exceptions. Positions only offered to Suitable qualified candidates. Closing Date Friday 4th April 2014
Bray Emmets (Under 11’s) vs Good Counsel Feb 22nd 2014
Bray Emmets welcomed Good Counsel to Old Conna last Saturday on a blustery February morning for the first match of the new Dublin Hurling League season. Both teams showed good skill and determination with the home team running out winners after a competitive game, with a final score of Bray Emmets 6-5 points to 4-0 points. In the first half Bray played with the strong breeze and steadily built up a significant lead. Scores came from Gavin, Conor, Jamie and Cian, a spread of players that pleased the coaches as it showed that the team had many attacking options. In defence Michael, Tim, Cian Walsh and Louie kept their opponents at bay when they managed to attack. A midfield of Oscar and Evan drove the play on and helped to pressure the Good Counsel goal. For Bray Emmets first Jamie and then John played well in nets and using quick long puck outs helped the cause no end. Owen played a roving role and used his fitness and speed to good effect supporting the backs and forwards equally. The second half saw the Bray defence having to come to terms with the wind. Puck outs now landed well into their half and Good Counsel had a strong period midway through the half which saw them score a number of goals. The team though soon turned the tide and finished the half in ascendency. They increased their pace of play and worked a number of fantastic scores that saw the ball passed by hand and hurl the full lenght of the pitch. This resiliance and skill will stand the team in good stead in the new season and allied with increasing fitness and strenght as a result of ongoing training should see them have a sucessful and enjoyable one.
Under 12 Hurling
In a windswept Pairc Emmet Bhre, the under 12 hurlers got their grading blitz off to a good start against a game Ballinteer St Johns.Playing with a gale Bray got off to a great start with Philip and Cathal dominating in midfield who ensured there was good first time ball going into the full forward line of Rory, Peter and Daniel Flavin, with the tireless half forward line of Brian, Fionn and Jack kept the scoreboard was ticking over. Bray did not have it all their own way however but the tight marking back line of Sebastain, Tadhg, Eoin, Aaron and Ben ensured that Sam in goal was not unduly worried. The introduction of Daniel Munro, Riain ensured that Bray were on top coming up to the half time break. A few positional changes a half time did not diminish the team now playing against the wind, playing the ball low into the forward line ensured that Fionn, Brian and Jack quickly got on the score board. Ballinteer came more into the game but excellent defending by Sebastain, Aaron, Daniel Flavin and Tadhg in particular kept a number of dangerous attacks at bay. The midfield of Philip and Sam made some strong runs which led to scores with Rory and Daniel Munro continuing their good work from the first half. Continued good work at the back from Riain and Ben as well as some very accurate puck outs from Cathal ensured that Peter and Oscar Harty (just back from a trip to Good Counsel) piled on further pressure on Ballinteer who scored a well worked goal at the death. This was a good performance on a very windy day, special credit must go to the players for playing the game at a high tempo and trying to use space. This is a grading league with teams of varying standards so it wouuld be foolish to get carried away with the result. However there was no denying the players effort and application on the day.