Bray Emmets club notes – October 14th

There was no Match 4 winner of the Club Lotto on Friday, 11th October when the numbers drawn were 2, 6, 12 and 24 so next week, the jackpot goes up to €4,800. Gemma Byrne was the name drawn in the Lucky Dip and will receive €25. As always, we encourage members to register to play online or to promote the Lotto to others. Further details are available at www.brayemmets.com.
Senior Hurling Championship County Final
It’s another huge weekend for the Club as our Senior Hurlers bid to capture a Championship title that has eluded them since 1952. Our history making squad of 2013 will take to the field against current champions Glenealy at 3.00 p.m. on Sunday, 20th October in Aughrim and afternoon of high drama is bound to unfold!

Under the guidance of Manager Shane O’Brien, Bray Emmets got their championship campaign underway on 8th June with a comfortable win over Arklow Rock Parnells on a scoreline of 2-15 to 1-10. This positive start was followed by a somewhat disappointing draw with Avondale (0-16 apiece) before a 1-12 to 0-9 defeat at the hands of Glenealy threatened to prematurely end Bray’s interest in the competition.

However, the players displayed great determination and character to get their campaign back on track and after edging out Kiltegan in a keenly contested game (2-17 to 2-14), they also battled to a hugely encouraging draw with the traditionally strong Carnew Emmets, both sides scoring 1-12. And so, as things transpired, nothing other than a victory against St. Patrick’s Wicklow in the final Group game, would secure a semi-final berth for Emmets. The players duly delivered and despite only leading by two points at half-time, Emmets put in a solid second half performance to win by 3-14 to 1-14 at the finish.

A hugely anticipated semi-final draw saw the two teams paired together again. However, this second game was an entirely different affair and Bray ran out easy winners by a margin of thirteen points on a final score of Bray Emmets 2-17 St. Patricks Wicklow 1-7. On a historic day for the Club, it was notable that, when it was needed most, the players responded with another fantastic performance and gave their best display of hurling so far this year.

Chairman, Dermot O’Brien, reflects the opinion of many members in the Club when he says: “We in Bray Emmets are extremely proud of our Senior Hurlers who have reached the County Final after some 60 years. This is particularly satisfying as the vast majority of this mainly young team have come through our juvenile section and have won many underage championships on the way.

This brings to reality another aim of the ambitious Club’s Hurling Development Plan, which was compiled by a small group of far-seeing members of our Club and which has formed the blueprint for the development of hurling in Bray. On behalf of the club I wish our players the very best on 20th October.”

With supporters buses being arranged for the occasion, another large travelling support is guaranteed this weekend and let’s hope that all those in attendance are celebrating at the final whistle and that the O’Donoghue Cup spends the next year in Bray!

Match Report: Minor Football Championship County Final
The Bray Emmets Minor Footballers took on St. Patrick’s Wicklow in the County Final on Sunday, 13th October in Aughrim and as predicted, the game was a closely fought encounter between two excellent sides with nothing to separate them at the final whistle.

Playing with the breeze, Daire Henderson opened the Bray account with a fine point before Marc Lennon danced his way through the Pats defence only to see his beautifully placed shot whistle past the post.

St. Pat’s responded with an equalising point and then struck for a goal but Cathal McGee steadied the ship with his first point of the afternoon. Emmets were creating chances but frustratingly, weren’t getting the break of the ball in front of goal. Despite this, a late surge saw Marc Lennon, Dylan Terry and Daire Henderson add to the tally and at half-time, Emmets led 0-5 to 1-1.

The second half began with St. Pats dominating the game and unsurprisingly, this was reflected on the scoreboard as they added three unanswered points to lead by two.

Ben Mac Cormaic and Marc Lennon linked up well on the left flank to reduce the arrears before the sides exchanged frees, Bray’s courtesy of the boot of Cathal McGee.

The tit-for-tat continued when Gavin Dowling blasted over after St. Pat’s had worked a good score at the other end.

Looking for the equaliser, Emmets began to exert real pressure on the Wicklow defence and cometh the hour, cometh the man as Dunni O’Midheach, who covered every blade of grass in Aughrim, kicked the levelling score.

In a breathless and frantic finish, Bray desperately sought the winner and laid siege to the St. Pats goal but they just could not find an opening.

And in a truly dramatic finale, a wonder save by Padraig Doyle right at the death kept Bray in the tie before the resulting 45 sailed wide much to the relief of Paddy Moynihan and the rest of the Emmets sideline.

The final whistle blew with the game ending in a draw: Bray Emmets 0-9 St. Patrick’s Wicklow 1-6.

Best for Bray were Shane Lohan and Seanie Maloney in defence, Ishe Mnensa, Matt Thompson and Eoin Mac Cormaic dominated the middle while Daire Henderson, Dunni O Midheach and Marc Lennon were the standout performers up front.

In a game as close as this, it is often small things that decide the outcome. And for me, watching a phase of play in the first half says so much about this panel of players. Dylan Terry bravely blocked a St. Pats shot at goal and in the process, received a cut to his head. Dan Cody replaced him as a blood substitute, won a ball and set up a badly needed point. He then rejoined the substitutes as Dylan returned to the field of play. His selfless cameo was small but vital and shows that from 1 to 28, this group play as a team.

So, the two sides get to do it all over again, not that anyone watching such exciting football will complain! It is expected that the replay will be played before the Senior Football Final on Saturday, 26th October but that is yet to be confirmed.

Emmet Bhré: Padraig Doyle, Sean O’Connor, Shane Lohan, Seanie Maloney, Dylan Terry, Ishe Mnensa, Peter Conroy, Matt Thompson, Eoin Mac Cormaic, Daire Henderson, Dunni O’Mideach, Ben Mac Cormaic, Cathal McGee, Gavin Dowling, Marc Lennon. Substitutes: Patrick Cunningham, Dan Cody, Ciaran Barnes, Paul Moran, Hugh Armstrong, Shane Anders, Ryan Ashworth, Conor O’Doherty, Ciaran Browne, Jack Doyle Rennix.

Management: Paddy Moynihan, Paul Barry, Matt Thompson Snr.

Coaching Workshop
Niamh Buffini from the National Athlete Development Academy (NADA) will be running a workshop on movement skills which all coaches should all be integrating into warm up drills. The workshop takes place from 7.15 p.m. – 9.00 p.m. on Friday, 18th October in the hurling wall area near the Clubhouse. All coaches in the Club are invited to attend.

Parents of children who take part in the Academy are reminded that both hurls and helmets are available to buy from the Club Shop. Helmets are sold at a special discounted price while the Academy coaches can provide expert advice on the most appropriate hurl size for our up and coming GAA stars! Roll call will take place at the usual time of 10.15 a.m. on Saturdays and as always, parental assistance is required and much appreciated.

Match Report: U-12 Hurling
On Saturday, 11th October, the 2001 Under-12 Hurlers travelled to Finglas to play Erin’s Isle.

Once the lads lined up before the throw in it was clear that they would be in for a physical battle, each of the lads giving noticeable height and weight advantage to the opposition but the Bray lads don’t let things like that bother them.

From the whistle the Bray defence was called into action early on, their commitment and tenacity were commendable. Sean received two early heavy physical knocks for his troubles, despite being in some discomfort, he waved away Nurse Colm so he could continue setting the standard for the defence.

With the back line doing their job, Rory riffled in two quick goals to put Bray in front, but the physicality of the match took its toll, with first Gavin, then Davy, then Peter all suffering from collisions and bangs. The lads fought bravely to the end, and were unlucky to lose by a single point.

Final score: Erin’s Isle 6-6 Bray Emmets 7-2
Emmet Bhré – Under 12 (2001). Aaron Graham, Conor H
ardiman, Darragh McCormack, Davy Maloney, Fionn Dougan , Gavin Henderson, Jamie Baguley (1-0), Michael Timmons (0-1), Peter Aherne, Rian Knox, Rory Lambe (6-1), Seán McDonagh.

Match Report: U-8 Camogie
An early Sunday morning start on 13th October in Ballyboden saw the 2005 Under-8 Camogie girls take to the pitch against the Under-9’s of Ballyboden in a Dublin League match.

The girls were not overawed by the opposition and despite being a year younger, hurls, feet and bodies were bravely put into positions where lesser mortals (coaches and parents) would not dare! Roisin in goal ensured territory was gained with her long puck outs, Jessica, Sarah, Eimear, Caoimhe, Emma B defended in front of the goal with determination and great pride. Emma N, April, Julia, Aibhe contested the midfield battle with great energy and skill. Up front Alannah, Erica, Jasmine, Laura chased and fought for every ball that came their way.

Emmet Bhré – Aibhe Whittle, Alannah Harrington, April Harty, Caoimhe Moylan, Eimear Hardiman, Emma Brandon, Emma Nesbitt, Erica Brierton, Jasmine Kennedy, Jessica Woods, Julia Jakob, Laura Doyle, Roisin Dubh, Sarah Staunton

Mermaid Arts Centre – Special Offers
The Mermaid Arts Centre located just off Main Street has made two special offers available to members of Bray Emmets GAA Club.

Firstly, Alone It Stands, the now legendary comedic story set in 1978 when
Munster faced the mighty All Blacks in Thomond Park, will run from 24th – 26th October and tickets are priced at €15 (normally €18) for our members.

Secondly, Census/GAA Stories (as part of the Yarn Festival) sees social and cultural
historian Mark Duncan
trace the early development of the GAA in Bray and
Co. Wicklow and set it against the wider Irish sporting, cultural
and political experience of the pre-World War I period.

This talk will take place on Saturday, 16th November and admission fee for Bray Emmets members is €8 (normally €10). Bookers can avail of these offers by telephone (01 272 4030) or by dropping into the Mermaid Arts Centre but these concessions are not available online.

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