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The senior football team take on Blessington in the championship at 5.30 in Aughrim this Saturday. All support welcome.
Bray Emmets Easter Camp was one of the most successful camps we ever had, with over 200 boys and girls from 5 to 13 taking part. The aim of the camp was for all players to have FUNfilled and enjoyable time while learning FUNdamentals GAA skills as well as age specific Athletic Development through ABC (Agility, Balance & Coordination) and RGT’s (Running, Jumping, Throwing/striking), all leading into conditions games.
We also had dance, picture drawing, and a full wet weather plan swung into action with all the players having fun indoors until the weather dispersed. Each day we had our age specific Mini All Ireland, while the coaches kept an eye out for Players of the Week – the winners showed they “Shared their Skills, Tried their Best and were Kind to their Teammates”. All the younger players received a Bray Emmets Superstars Award Certificate.
The success of the camp was down to the very enthusiastic and skilled Bray Emmets coaches. After running an induction day of training we had over 30 coaches make sure the boys and girls had a great time, made friends and learned skills with the Super Bray Emmets Coaches.
Coaching position selection was given to those applicants who meet the criteria set down by the Coaching Dept. This includes coaching qualification, coaching ability, attending the camp induction day and due consideration will be shown to those applicants who have partaken in the ‘Give an hour back’, where players from 14 up help younger teams with their coaching needs.
We would like to thanks all the coaching staff and helpers, whether it was the grounds, facilities, registration or the super ladies in the shop. We deliberately kept the price of the camp at €25 euro and reducing for families for a couple of reasons: to reward Bray Emmets players for their support, to encourage new members to join Bray Emmets, to show our facilities and standard of coaching and to provide the equivalent of 16 training sessions for our players to improve in the skills of GAA.
Keep an eye out for the upcoming Bray Emmets Mini All Ireland and Summer Camps.
Club Dinner Dance
The annual club dinner dance takes place on the 24th of April in the Royal Hotel, Bray. Put it in your diary. A great night to celebrate a fantastic 2014 for the club.
Leaving Certificate Irish Oral Class
Bray Emmets Oifigeach na Gaeilge, Brian Lambe, will be giving an Oral Irish class in the Clubhouse, on a date yet to be finalised in April. This class is for any members of Bray Emmets who are sitting their Leaving Certificate Oral Irish examination in the coming weeks. If you are interested in enrolling, please text your name to 087-6970589
Trath na gCeist/Quiz Night
Coiste Chairde Raithin are holding a quiz night on 16 April at 8 in The Martello, Bray. €10 per person/€40 per table. All welcome
Peil Abu /Tag Gaelic Football
Peil Abu , every thursday at 7. Cost €5. Open to all over 18. All you need is runners and plenty of water. Contact Gary on 086 8545 100 if you are interested or turn up on the night. This is a great non-contact way to get fit and have fun.
Historic meeting between the Bray Emmets Camogie County Champions of 1972 and the current Camogie squad
A great evening was had by all. See attached for full report on the night or go to www.facebook.com/BrayEmmets/
Men’s Junior Football
The men’s Junior football team are back training on Wednesday evenings at 7.15 pm and Sunday mornings at 10.00 am, in Old Conna. Anyone interested in playing is welcome. come to training or contact Ian Smith 086-85157232 for further details.
This year Bray Emmets are entering a team in the Wicklow Adult Camogie League. it will be the first time in 35 years that the club has fielded an adult camogie team.
This is a great opportunity to capitalise on the fantastic progress that has been achieved in the past 7 years. If you would like to take part in this great adventure please contact [email protected]. Training is every Wednesday 7.45-9pm on 3G.
Dates for your Diary
16th April: Coiste Chairde Raithin Quiz Night, Martello, Bray, 8pm
24th April: Club Dinner Dance, Royal Hotel, Bray
26th-28th June: Football Feile
Team Opposition Venue
Sat 4th April
Senior Football Blessington Aughrim, 5.30 pm
Sun 5th April
U 18 Camogie
Senior Ladies Football
The U11 Emmets’ boys’ team were invited to play in the St Kevin’s Hurling club Easter festival tournament in Dolphin Park, Crumlin Road on Good Friday. St Kevin’s are one of the teams Bray regularly plays in the Dublin Area underage hurling leagues.
The U11s met very strong and skilled opposition in Castleknock, St. Judes (Tempelogue), Setanta (Ballymun) and St Kevin’s themselves. Despite a strong wind sapping energy levels, the boys came away with two good wins against Setanta and St. Kevin’s. An enjoyable day’s hurling for all.
Bray had their second under 14 Division 3 game last Wednesday against Kilbride Lacken. Missing players due to injury, sickness and holidays a number of 2003s were drafted in to ensure the game went ahead. Playing with the wind in the first half, Bray started well with Cathal and Gavin scoring a number of well worked points, Kilbride found it difficult to get into the game due to the hard working midfield of Eoin and Tadhg with the half back line of
Philip and Daniel breaking up a number of attacks. Bray continued to dominate with Eoin and Gordon working hard upfront with Evan scoring an excellent goal to give Bray a good lead. However Kilbride came more into the match but the full back line of Donal and Jamie allied with the good work in goal by Art ensured Bray were 11 points ahead at half time.
Now playing into the breeze and up the hill Bray immediately came under pressure with Daniel and Philip really upping their game to stop Kilbride getting the scores they needed. Jamie and Donal were very solid in the full back line ensuring the Cathal now in goal was well protected.
As the game wore on Bray gained the upper hand in midfield with Tadhg and Eoin working really hard to break up attacks and set up the extremely dangerous Evan (remember the name) and Gavin (already well known!!) for attempts on goal, Eoin Art and Gordon continued to work so hard to ensure Kilbride never got into any rhythm and finishing in almost total darkness Bray ran out winners.
This was another good performance with everyone contributing to the win.
Thanks to all the parents who made the journey hopefully we will get to play a game in calm and dry conditions as the season goes on.
U14 vs St Pats
The Under 14 boys Football team played against St Pats in their first competitive game of the year, Wed 1st April. The platform of assault came from the steely spine of the team. Conor Dowling and David Maloney were excellent for the hour, while Conrad Ruddy and Sam Kearney were courageous, leading their team-mates by example. All four got vital scores. At the very back, Rory Whelan, Sebastian Coleman and goal-keeper Zack Collins stood out for their endeavours.
In the second-half, the scores were more free-flowing. Rory Lambe, Oisín Drury, Jack Treacy and a tenacious Gavin Henderson all combined to maximum effect. Bhí na traenálaithe ar fad an-sásta leis an iarracht a rinneadh.
Emmet Bhré 5-9,
St Pats, Wicklow Town 2-3.
Foireann: Zack Collins, Sebastian Coleman, Josh Pyper, Oisín Hayde, Jack Treacy, Conor Dowling (0-3), Conrad Ruddy (1-1), David Martin, Gavin Henderson (0-1), David Maloney, Rory Whelan, Seán McDonagh, Stephen Reynolds, Conor Hardiman, Charlie Dunne, Luke Dunne, Rory Lambe (2-1), David Nesbitt, Oisín Drury (0-1), Sam Kearney (2-1), Sam Whelan. Bainisteoir – Niall McGraynor.
U11 hurling report from Weekend of 29th March
The under 11 hurling team lost for the first time this season in this keenly contested match with Westmanstown. However, all of the coaches agreed that this was the best performance that this group of players has ever shown in a match. The quality of the hurling from both sides was exceptional, and Bray led with 5 minutes remaining, but were undone by a couple of late scores following an injury to goalkeeper Dara Byrne, who had been in outstanding form up to that point – making some fine saves and delivering accurate and long puck-outs. Performances were very strong throughout the team, with a tight defence of Alex Colgan, Cathal MacMaolain and Finn Tracey, a highly energetic midfield of Adam Prunty, Fiachra O’Dunai and James Byrne, and a very competitive and eager forward line of Shane Baguley, Jamie Mooney and Nathan Hunter. A great performance all round, but coming up just short in the end.
Historic Meeting between the Bray Emmetsbray champions of ’72 and the current camogie squad
A few weeks ago, the Emmet Bhré camogie section received an invitation from Paul Sweeney to join him on an adventure whereby we would visit with some of the ladies who had enjoyed senior County success in 1972 and 1974. The location for this meeting would be the Carmelite Monastery in Delgany where one of the key players in 1972 and 1974- Gwen Collins now Sister Gwen- is a nun in an enclosed order.
27 girls from all age groups ( junior/minor right down to Emily Ryan from the u10 squad) and a smattering of parents , mentors and club officers joined Paul for this journey. A historic, unique and moving event followed where the camogie players of today met with those of yesteryear.
Paul opened the proceedings by thanking Sr Gwen for inviting us to the convent. Paul had been aware of Sr Gwen’s involvement along with her sisters – Nora and Audrey- and parents – Lily and Bernie.
The point of the evening was to link the present with the past. Nora Collins then spoke to the audience about the team of ’72. Nora was then 10 years old. Lily and Bernie brought the team together in 1970 and they won the senior championship in 1972!
There were no minor or junior leagues in 1972 so it was straight in at senior level. They first met Dunlavin ( then senior champions) and Bray won. Carol Carr spoke about how exciting the experience was for them. Bernie had kept a scrap book of articles and photos which Nora read from and showed to the girls – you could feel the passion for the game from the way all the women spoke about their experience in the early 70’s!
Lily and Bernie Collins were the main drivers behind the team and by the sounds of things they were an amazing couple. They started from scratch recruiting players and getting sponsorship between them, kitting out the girls and persuading girls to join up – some of them may not have been from Bray but they worked there and were willing to play for the team. In that first year, 7 Bray girls were selected for the County team.
The Bray team was made up of raw talent and determination and women and girls who just went out and gave it their all! Great credit to Lily and Bernie for their training and making it so much fun!
Nora read out a brilliant article from a local paper of the time which recounted Bray’s historic victory over Hollywood in the County final. The match could have been played yesterday given the enthusiasm of the women and how they relived it. I hope and trust that our 2015 girls were inspired by the stories.
Sr Gwen spoke about her community – there are 8 nuns and 5 of them are ‘Dubs’. Sr Monica joined proceedings and Sr Gwen mentioned that she is a cousin of Paul Flynn who plays for Dublin. Gwen spoke about playing in old Emmet Park and about how fit the girls were – most played other sports as well. Lily went around collecting players from the shops and businesses in Bray – she must have been a very persuasive and very determined lady!
The girls drove all over County Wicklow to their matches and found places they didn’t even know existed – they saw places they never would have were it not for their involvement in camogie!
Sometimes they had to drive the cows off the pitch ( and pick up the cow pats) before the match started. With no changing rooms, they got changed in the backs of cars and in ditches. After a match they would often be soaking wet so they would stop in Lawlesses Hotel in Aughrim and get changed and dried out. Sr Gwen made the point that an important aspect was giving everyone a game. She recalled that though there was great competition, camaraderie was uppermost and respect for the opposition was also the order of the day.
Commitment to the team , leadership and decision making were important skills learned from their camogie playing days.
The start of the current camogie section was then recounted by Teresa Mulvanney. Marie Mc Naughton was Games Development Officer and Teresa would go down to the school with her and would help coach the girls. Then Marie got a new job and Teresa carried on alone. She described this mysterious gent showing up who would help her put out the tyres – a strawberry blond…. who else but Paul Sweeney!! At the start – a mere 8 years ago- they had 16 girls ranging in age from 16 to 8. We now have teams at Junior, Minor, U16 , U14 , U12 and U10 and very healthy numbers at Academy Level – overall camogie numbers run to 140
Teresa reminisced about the first games and how lovely it was to see the girls progress and develop under her and Paul’s tutelage.
It cannot be emphasised enough how much the involvement of parents, people giving time, getting out of their comfort zone, etc that all this contributes to the sporting excellence and if not always silverware then well being and sense of community for young persons.
Next up was Captain Róisin Quigley! Róisín thanked the sisters for inviting us and spoke about how hearing the history of the women of ‘72 was inspiring and motivating for the current group .
She also spoke about the great buzz the girls get from training and playing together.
She said that knowing about the women of ‘72 and what they had achieved would act as an inspiration for her and her team and would embolden them.
Paul wrapped up by talking about plans for developing camogie in to the future and creating what he called a camogie community and how great it will be if all the girls retain the friendships of today into the future.
He then persuaded Sr Gwen to tell us how she ended up as a Carmelite nun in a monastery in Delgany.
Gwen went on to describe a very busy life indeed from a child in St Patricks and on to Loreto and then studying to be a PE teacher in Limerick.
She taught for a few years in Pres but had always wanted to go to Australia since she was about 4 years old. So off she went and backpacked around the world winding up in Perth in Australia. A chance visit to a Carmelite monastery in Perth one rainy Sunday after Mass revealed to Gwen that there was a Carmelite monastery in Delgany. Some time after her return to Bray she visited with the nuns there and she is still there today!!
Back to the present
The first match for the current Junior Team will be in Aughrim in April and sounds like we may have some additional supporters after last nights event.