BRAY EMMETS - Senior Hurlers - On Saturday our Senior hurlers beat St. Patrick's (Wicklow Town) and will play Carnew next Saturday at 1.30pm in Aughrim. All support would be appreciated.
Juvenile Roundup - Well done to the U-12 hurlers who beat Carnew Emmets on Saturday evening to become county champions. (Report below)
Academy - The Academy continues on Saturdays from 10-12 for children born in 2005, 2006 and 2007.
New players are always welcome. Please can all parents who have not already done so register their child's details on the membership section of the website www.brayemmets.com. Please note that no payment is due until January but we still require their personal details.
Mum and Me Camogie - Mum and Me Camogie is back again on Monday evenings 7.30pm. All newcomers are also welcome.
Lotto - Our jackpot next week is €4,300 to be in with a chance to win you can sign up to the lotto on the Bray Emmets website. There was no winner this week and the numbers drawn were 5 10 15 and 30
Senior Hurlers - Bray sends Corbett Gaels out - The last day in September, in Arklow and a must win match, we are now at the knock out stage and no second chances, what more would we need to motivate us but the sight of blue and white of Eire Og, who have joined with Kilcoole to form Corbett Gaels in the Senior championship.
Having already beaten them in the league, this game was always going to be a tight affair, and for the first half was exactly that.
Shane (Chunky) Nolan pointed from a free and we replied with a well taken point from play by Liam Kenny.
Mikey Lee pointed a lovely long range free to settle us down nicely, however, it was the Gaels that forged ahead with Nolan punishing us for giving away silly frees, six in all and two from play.
Christy Moorehouse had added a point in between and Liam another both from play, Daire Lohan came out to the 40 and Arran moved in to the corner, with five minutes before half time.
Arran Murphy with one of his trade mark runs opened the Corbett Gael defence, hand passed the ball in to Kenny, who blasted to the net.
Two minutes later, it was Murphy, Kenny again, a carbon copy of the first goal almost finished for a second goal only for a great block by the corner back.
We did get a point from the same attack which left us one point to the good at half time, 1-07 to009 points.
The return of Ronan O'Brien to full back, Kieley the centre back and John Henderson to midfield was working, Mikey Browne was introduced at wing back for Harry and was given the roll of marking Ronan Keddy, the Gaels' best player by a mile on the day and performed the task admirably, with some great fielding and attacking play.
The second half was completely dominated by us, one change at half time Darragh Maloney on for Luke O'Reilly.
Our forwards were getting good quality ball from out the field and from Peter O'Reilly in the goal. They forced Corbett Gaels to give away frees and possession, mid way through the second half Lukie Maloney scored the point of the match from well out the field, and Mikey Lee added one more from play and four frees.
Liam Kenny, the man of the moment, fired in a second goal, Paulie Cunningham completely out played Billy Cuddihy at centre forward and showed some excellent do or die never give up attitude.
Eoin Mason caught some great ball around the middle and put great ball in to the forwards, and with five minutes to go Christy Moorehouse pulled on the ball to the back of the net after the corner back was blocked down and dispossessed, a case of right man, right place.
A total of seven and a half minutes extra time was played in which Ronan Keddy scored a goal from a free, at the death, the ball finding its way passed a mass of bodies in the Bray goal, the final whistle went, the final score 3-14 to 1-13.
U-12 Hurlers - The U-12 hurlers beat Carnew Emmets to become county champions on a sunny Saturday evening in Avondale.
Bray took the lead early on in the game and maintained this until the final whistle. The boys put in a huge effort and we are very proud of their performance on the field and of all the players throughout the year who have participated in the Wicklow games. Thank you to parents and those that travelled to support us on Saturday.
Team: Darragh Rochford, Ronan McMahon, Tony Jackson, Davy Maloney, Joe Phelan, Sid Hunt, Andrew O'Brien, Ben Kearney, Andrew Conway, Cian Lohan, Ciarán McKay, Lochlann Dougan, Macdara Ó Midheach , Michael Timmons, Rory Lambe, James Anders Gavin Henderson, Donncha Griffin Carroll, Fiachra Bond, David Kennedy, and Seán McDonagh
U-10 camogie - The U-10 camogie team played Olafs Sunday morning in a number of blitz games. Laura McGarry tormented the opposing defence, while Emma Doyle's strikes concluded a happy ending on the other pitch.
Very good performances worthy of acknowledgement came from Caitlin Doyle, Caoimhe Byrne and Úna Smierciak. Maith sibh, A Chailíní uilig! Emmet Bhré U10: Amy Butler, Aoife Canavan, Caitlin Doyle, Caoimhe Byrne, Catherine McGarry, Eimear Timmons, Emma Doyle (2-0), Katie Ward, Laura McGarry (4-0), Orla Jackson (10), Róisín Murphy, Saoirse Canavan, Sarah Lambe (0-1), Sinéad Quigley, Síofra Ní Mhidigh (20), Úna Smierciak. Bainisteoir - Tomás Ó Midheach.
U-11 hurlers - The U-11 boys hurling team played Naomh Maur in the Dublin league Saturday morning.
This was a tough game against an opposition who were a step ahead of us in quality and determination.
Nevertheless, we did give it our best shot. Outstanding performances were given by David Nesbitt and Conor Hardiman in the defence. Without their timely interceptions, the margin would have been wider.
David Maloney also got some good individual scores. Beimid ag imirt arís go luath sa chomórtas seo. Emmet Bhré - U-11: Aaron Graham, Conor Hardiman, Darragh McCormack, David Maloney (1-3), David Nesbitt, Gavin Henderson, Jamie Baguley, Michael Timmons, Nick Hederman, Seán McDonagh.
U-11 hurlers - The U-11 hurlers played in the annual Kilmacud Crokes Hurling Tournament Sunday afternoon. This is always a fantastic competition, a family day, and one in which we have always done ourselves very proud. This year was no different.
We began with a humdinger against Ballyboden. Despite an opportunist goal from Aaron Graham, and great defence from Michael Timmons - this game was beyond us.
From there on, our afternoon went into top gear. Next up, was Kilmacud Crokes. Conor Hardiman was excellent, Jamie Baguley and Sean McDonagh chased and harried, while the Nesbitt brothers got vital scores. We won 2-4 to 2-2.
The third game versus James Stephen's, Kilkenny was the icing on the cake. They had beaten us in last year's final. David Maloney had other plans.
From the half-back line, he gave a huge display scoring (1-2). The tipping point in this thriller were the two second-half goals scored by Rory Lambe. Jack Treacy and Darragh McCormack also worked really hard for their team.
End result, a very sweet 5-5 to 2-2 victory. Bhíomar an-bhuíoch do na Crócaigh as an lá taitneamhach seo. Emmet Bhré - U- 11: Aaron Graham (1-0), Brian Nesbitt (2-0), Conor Hardiman, David Martin, Darragh McCormack, David Maloney (1-2), David Nesbitt (1-2), Gavin Henderson (0-1), Jack Treacy, Jamie Baguley, Michael Timmons, Nick Hederman, Oisín Drury, Philip Jakob, Rian Knox, Rory Lambe (4-3), Seán McDonagh (0-1).
Lotto - Winning numbers 5, 12, 19, and 22. Bonus 33. No winner, match three numbers each receive €32. Jackpot October 8 is $13,200. Thanks to all buyers and sellers of tickets. Adult hurling - All roads lead to the county grounds in Aughrim this Saturday October 13 for our Junior championship final against Arklow Rock Parnells.
The team have prepared well for this encounter and will have to produce a big performance against one of Wicklow's hurling strongholds. Throw in is 4.30pm and all support is welcome.
Football: The team are training away in advance of Shield final against Tinahely, date and venue still to be confirmed.
Congratulations to clubman, hurler and footballer, Ben Doran and Paula Molloy on their recent marriage from all in the club.
EIRE OG GREYSTONES
Football - In the B championship our U-16 footballers have been moving along nicely and unassumingly (much the same can be said of the U-14 footballers) almost to the point where their existence was passing unnoticed.
However their profile received a huge boost on Monday last when they defeated St. Kevins 1-16 to 1-7 to reach the final.
Errant shooting in the first half resulted in their having a mere two-point lead at the interval. There was a great improvement in the Éire Óg lads' play in the second half and it soon became evident that victory was going to be theirs.
Pierce Kelly and Seán Hughes who held sway around the centre received excellent support from Seán Lawless at centre-back.
Liam Maguire, Darragh Shiels and Gavin Healy formed the backbone of the Éire Óg attack. Gavin who made the impressive contribution of six points was the leading scorer.
The U-14s who are managed by Conor Lucey and Ray McTague will also contest a B final. The game is set for this Wednesday, 10th October, at 7pm in An Tochar's grounds in Roundwood. This is your last chance this year to see these lads in action.
They play a very attractive brand of football and should provide a footballing treat well worth the journey. Bhéadh fáilte is fiche romhat ag an gcluiche
Hurlking - Our Junior hurlers travelled to Arklow on Sunday morning to face Kiltegan in a play-off game to decide which of the clubs would play in the A championship and which in the B.
In the event, Éire Óg lost and are relegated to the B championship. The managers are not too disappointed with this state of affairs as they feel that it is probably an accurate assessment of the strength of our resources at the Junior level.
Éire Óg's opponents in the semi-final are Western Gaels while Bray Emmets and Avondale constitute the other semi-final.
The play-off provided surprisingly good entertainment considering its status: it was close and exciting and skill levels exceeded considerably those which would have been anticipated.
The Éire Óg cause was, however, not helped by the dismissal on 20 minutes on a second yellow of our corner back.
One wonders what gets into players' heads! Youth and folly?! As a result one of our more dangerous forwards, Ciarán Goff, who was just after scoring a goal, had to be moved to fill the gap and our forward division thereby lost much of its edge.
Kristian 'Buster' Flynn and Kevin Byrne had excellent games at centre-field and James 'Pooch' Cranley was prominent among the forwards. Mark Doran showed great bravery in goals and brought off some spectacular saves.
Girls football - Our U-12 girls finished out their competitive year last Sunday in Dunlavin where they lost to St. Nicks in the county B final.
A defeat which did not at all dampen their spirits as was evidenced in the fact that there were approximately 30 at the following training session. As should be the case with young people of this age, enjoyment of their football takes precedence for these girls over winning or losing.
St. Nicks was a much bigger and stronger team and was fully deserving of its victory. Éire Óg, however, fought gallantly from the throw-in and really put it up to St. Nicks in the first half.
Four minutes before the half-time whistle our girls enjoyed a two-point lead and were looking comfortable to carry it into the break. In the interim, however, St. Nicks got two goals which turned the tide of the game and which proved to be in essence the match-winning scores.
Training for these girls continues on Thursday evenings at 6.30pm.
Snippets - These times it's 'all go' in the Barry family and its connections. Friday next, son Simon and his fiancée Thea Power celebrate their wedding in Powerscourt House.
Guímid rath Dé orthu agus go raibh saol fada faoi shéan acu le chéile. May they have a long and happy life together!
Last week Ray and Ann's son-in-law Ian McGrath was the first Irishman across the line in the Berlin Marathon. Ian completed the course in the highly commendable time of 2hrs 38mins. Ár ngreidhn thú, Ian.
As the evenings shorten, Kilcoole's camogie players are moving indoors! The Sports Hall in Colaiste Chraobh Abhann is the venue and we welcome all girls aged 4 to 16 for the next 8 weeks. Dates are: October 16, 23, November 6, 13, 20, and 27, December 4, 11.
Join us on Tuesdays and enjoy the thrills and spills of camogie! Please come along on the first night, bring your runners and we will provide equipment. Cost for eight weeks is €25.
Times are as follows: Group 1/ 5-5.45: Grasshoppers - Girls born in 2009/8/7/6, Group 2/ 5.30-6.30: Girls born in 2005 and 2004, Group 3/ 6.15-7.15 Girls born in 2003/2/1, Group 4/ 7-8: Girls born in 2000 and 1999, Group 5/ 7.45-8.45: Girls born in 1998/1997/1996. Come along and have a go!
For further information: firstname.lastname@example.org/Tracy 0877518680/Breda 0876998536/Kilcoole Camogie Club page on Facebook/www.kilcoolecamogie.com
U12 Hurling - Last Saturday in Avondale, our superb U12 hurling team secured the first silverware for the club this year.
It was a fine day down in Avondale for the mini league finals and we knew we would face a tough challenge from Barndarrig. This U-12 team had been here before and last year we lost out to Eire Og in the final.
If anything, the memory of that day spurred us on this season, and we went from strength to strength, taking on and beating teams that had been out of reach for us until now.
We started the game slowly, and took a few minutes to get to grips with the challenge, not once though did heads drop, and all players stayed committed to the task at hand.
In fact we were two points down before Leo Hanney got us off the mark with a free from 60 yards, straight over and we never looked back from there.
When the team was under pressure most midway through the first half, our goalkeeper, and a brilliant goalkeeper he is, stopped a ball on the line, twice in succession, when you see stuff like this, it just spurs on the rest of the team. The pressure the backs came under from their Barndarrig counterparts was immense.
However with backs of the calibre of Brian Short, Harry Noonan, Cian Morrissey and Ross Stephenson you can be sure they will not give an inch and time and time again they worked the ball up to the midfield to build the platform for attack.
With midfield of Luke Thompson and Leo Hanney, you know that they will either take their own scores or provide some excellent ball to the forward lines to feed off.
And then some superb scores came from the forward line, I can't not mention the block down of the keepers puck out by the onrushing Thomas Moorehouse, outstanding.
The goals by Glen Dunne who had injured his hand before the game, the goal by Marwan preceded by the score of the game, a point from 50 yards over the shoulder that lobbed just over the bar, the booted goal by Luke after a storming run from Midfield, three points from Leo Hanney from midfield, who along with Glen Dunne have captained the team so well during the year.
Then the substitutes had an equal part to play to keep the momentum going, Max O'Faoilain was unlucky not to finish the ball to the net, and Kalon Murdiff, a new player on the team this year, but one with a bright future on the hurling field also played his part.
We would like to thank the Barndarrig team for a fine game of hurling, and to all the match officials.
We would like to thank the parents who travelled in support as this is so important. To finish up, the managers, Andy Hanney, Gerry Curry and Michael O'Murachu are so proud of the team, not forgetting the ones who missed out with injury, you're all a credit to the club and have set the standard for others to follow and we urge them to keep it up and enjoy hurling for Kilcoole for many years to come.
We are delighted that all the hard work has paid off for these lads, and now they have the memories of a historic win for Kilcoole GAA club under their belts. The future of hurling is strong for Kilcoole.
U-16 Football - Our U-16 footballers played out their B championship semi final against Michael Dwyer's in Hollywood last week.
We found it tough going early on and we were slow to settle. Michael Dwyer's hit us with two first half goals and they went in at half time with a comfortable lead.
Although we played a lot better in the second half, most of our scores came from frees. We badly needed a goal but it never materialised and in the end we were beaten by a good Michael Dwyer's team and therefore bowed out of the championship.
Our scorers were Lee Dutton 0-6, Bradley Delaney Byrne 0-1 and Cormac Byrne 0-1.
Looking back it was a reasonably successful year for our lads by reaching the B semi final and winning the C league without dropping a point.
Thanks to our entire panel for their efforts throughout the year. Thanks to Roy Byrne, Shay Hatton, Noeleen Evans, John Toner and to all the parents and supporters who helped out during the season.
U-6/U-8 hurling and football - The hurlers and footballers aged U-6 and U-8 received their certificates last week over in the club house.
It is great to see so many of these kids participating in our games. If any players' names from the following list are missing, I apologise.
To the best of my knowledge here is a list of the U-6 and U-8 hurlers and footballers: Ben Campbell, Jack Collier, Dylan Eager, Diego Riordan, Sam Butler, Alex Dutton, Jack Vickers, Emer Taggart, Matthew Dowd, Tobias Brereton, Shannon Kennedy, Ryan Curran, Oisin Taggart, Sean Byrne, Ethan Whelan, Evan Cooke, Pierce Joyce, Luke Frawley, Charlie Frawley, Ryan Harrison, Marie Joyce, Oliver Shannon, Harry O Brien, Gavin Minto, Ronan OBoyle, Sean Kruger Gahan,Joe Collins, Ethan Poland,Dean Galvin, Billy Delaney Byrne, Dale Vandalen and Christopher Horan. Well done to all the boys and girls for your efforts throughout the year and a big thanks to coaches Karl Cooke and Pappy Frawley (Hurling) and Bernard Collier and John Byrne (Football).
Thanks to Siobhan Hatton and Noeleen Evans and all the parents who have being a great help and support.
Thanks to county hurler Ronan Keddy who presented the hurlers with their certificates. Because of the inclement weather and dark evenings, we will be continuing both codes in Coláiste Chraobh Abhann in October. Parents will be notified of times, dates and costs for the indoor training programme.
Sports Persons Dream Fundraiser - Please visit our website www.kilcoolegaa.ie to see details on our exciting fundraising initiative. This initiative is to support Kilcoole GAA club and the local Gemma appeal charity. There are only a few weeks to go before the draw, so don't miss the chance to get your ticket. All tickets should be returned to by sellers at this point.