|AIB Leinster Club Intermediate Hurling Semi-Final|
19 November, 2016
Bray - 13 v Celbridge - 15
A lovely day in Bray Emmet park with quite a large crowd supporting the home team so we were in for a very entertaining afternoon.
It wasn’t long before news filtered around the ground that Mikey Lee was after coming down with the vomiting bug and was unable to play, this was a huge blow before the game started but some better news was that Paul Cunningham was fit to play having broken a bone in his hand against Carnew in the county final and missed the Castletown match last day.
Luke Maloney was given the task of marking Gerry Keegan the Celbridge talisman and John Henderson picked up Leo Quinn another sharp shooter for the Kildare men.
Celbridge started well and showed they going to be tough opposition, Fergal Conway was popping up everywhere in the early few minutes, but it was full forward Mark Maloney that opened the scoring with a well taken point from play. The first ten minutes were intense and physical with a few yellow cards issued to two Kildare boys Fitzgerald and Quinn.
Celbridge led 4 points to 1 but Paulie and Diarmuid sent over two points to make it 4 to 3, Gerry Keegan pointed from a free and Quinn pointed from play and the lead is back to three points, Christy struck two frees over and Ronan Cunningham landed a long-range point to send us in level 6 points each at half time.
Keegan had been guilty of missing four frees in the first half so we could feel rather fortunate to be level at the break although we also butchered two good goal chances of our own, one by Ronan who fired wide and another by Christy who was hooked just as he was about to pull the trigger.
John Henderson was keeping us in this game with some heroic defending, that and the wides from Celbridge so the second half was there for us if we could get going and get the big home support behind us.
It was Celbridge that got out of the blocks early again firing over three points on the trott and piling on the pressure with only minutes on the clock. It was at this point Fergal Conway was shown a red card for an off the ball incident by Michael O’Sullivan.
Cian O’Byrne had replaced Padge Doyle after half time and Arran Murphy had started to push forward at every opportunity, Mark Lennon fired over two great points for Bray and the Bray boys were really coming into the game.
Enda Forde came on for Ben McCormack and it was now or never for our lads to push on for the win with only one point between the teams and a fourteen man Celbridge, but it was Gerry Keegan that showed his class and fired over two more lovely points from play and was causing the Bray defence untold problems coming down the home straight.
Christy pointed a 65 and Masterson a point from play, Lennon fired over his third but Keegan and Maloney pushed the lead back to three going into injury time, Peter Walsh had come on for Ronan, we needed a goal at this stage to save the day and when Forde fired narrowly over the chance was gone, the final whistle sounded and Celbridge were winners by 15 points to 13 and one would have to say we could have no complaints, the better team on the day just pipped us.
Remember we have the final of the play off on Tuesday night at 8.30 over in St Bridgets.
Many thanks to all panel for their commitment and dedication, you have made the club & county so proud, to all the supporters and families, to the back room staff, we couldn’t have done it without you all, our Physio Cameron, Olan Savage our strength and conditioning coach, John Henderson and his selectors Liam Kenny and Bill Maher, Colm McDonagh the best kit man ever.
God Bless you all and hopefully four in a row next year.
|AIB Leinster Club Intermediate Hurling Quarter Final|
5 November, 2016
Bray Emmets Vs Castletown
1-15 - 1-12.
We welcomed Castletown of Laois to Emmet Park Bray last Saturday. We started with the wind in our backs and set about building a lead of sizeable amounts to take us through the second half. Ben McCormack who came in for the injured Paul Cunningham opened the scoring with a point and Mikey Lee added another to settled the team and game on. Dylan Conroy pointed from a free, Christy put two points from frees and at this point the scoreboard came on 4 points to 1, Diarmuid Masterson fired over, Mikey two more and another two frees from Christy, and the gap was 9 to 2, we looked to be in a good position going in to the half time break but then came a big set- back, we conceded a penalty which Gearoid Gaughan blasted past Peter O’Reilly in the Bray goal, Conor Phelan added another point from the puck out and all of a sudden the lead was down to three, 9 points to 1.3 at half time.
John Henderson at centre back had personified Bray Emmets in the first half with his best performance of the year. Cian O’Byrne was introduced for Padge Doyle after the break and Bray extended their lead with two points again from dead balls. Aran Murphy, who was another contender for Man of the Match on the day, covered every inch of the field, picked up a well-directed ball and tore through the Castletown defence, forcing a great save from John Paul Bennett in the Laois goal, Mark Lennon was onto the rebound and fired a rocket to the bottom corner, we were back in control of this game again and the Bray crowd were getting behind the team.
Peter O’Reilly made a fantastic save from Ryan Mullaney, and Luke Maloney our recently crowned Christy ring star, cleared the rebound, to relieve the pressure. Diarmuid fired over a huge point from the middle and Castletown needed goals at this stage as we were well into the last ten minutes. The Laois boys did put some effort into the final seven or eight minutes, but the lead was too great, Enda Forde came on for Darragh Henderson, and did well, John Hendo who was outstanding, “Man of the Match” continued to deny the Laois attack of any goal chance, Mullaney , Phelan, and Conroy all shooting points, at the other end Christy kept the scoreboard ticking for Bray with two more frees and a point from play, a good finish from Castletown pushed us all the way but we held on for a three point win 1.15 to 1.12 and now face Celbridge on the 19th at home in the semi-final.
A very special effort will be required from the whole panel for the next day, so any fellows “milking outside the bucket” will need to get focused and increase the effort. Many thanks to all the stewards, water boys, hurly carriers, cooks and all the backroom staff who made it a very memorable day for the club and presented the whole place in remarkable condition a real team effort.
Team: Peter O’Reilly, Daire Lohan, Peter Kiely, Luke Maloney, Daire Henderson, John Henderson, Sean Maloney, Arran Murphy, Diarmuid Masterson(2), Ronan Cunningham, Christy Moorehouse(9), Padraig doyle, Ben McCormack(1), Mikey Lee(3), Mark Lennon, Cian O’Byrne, Enda Forde, Willie Keane, Darragh Maloney, Karl Lacey, Conor McNally, Philip Collins, Peter Walsh, Liam Kenny, and Paul Barry. Paulie Cunningham & Eoin McCormack injured....
|Senior Hurling County Final 2016 - First Game|
16 October, 2016
Bray Emmets v Carnew.
All roads to Aughrim at last, to face Carnew in this year’s county final and hopefully complete the three in-a-row, and write another page in the history book for the club. We started into the town end and aided by the breeze, we would need to build a good lead facing into the second half. It was Carnew’s Enda Donaghue that opened the scoring with a point from play, Mikey Lee responded for Bray firing over a point and few minutes later Cian O’Byrne was put in for a great goal chance but fired inches over the bar.
Paulie Cunningham from play and Diarmuid Masterson from a long range free added two more points and we lead 4 points to 1. Carnew came back with three points on the trot to level. Mark Lennon was then set up with a great move but he was blocked and Carnew cleared. Mikey put us back in front in the 23rd minute, Wayne Kinsella added a point for Carnew from play and in the 29th minute Christy popped over a free to leave us only one point up at the break 6 to 5. DarragH and John Henderson with Luke Maloney were holding their own in the halfback line but we were finding it hard at centre field, Paulie Cunningham was well on top at centre forward.
The second half saw Carnew score two points to put them ahead, Christy pointed with 13 minutes gone but Enda Donaghue who was going well on the frees pointed once more, Eoin McCormack replaced Cian O’Byrne and immediately began to make an impact, with 17 minutes gone he broke through, drew the back man and passed into Mikey who controlled it well and slotted past Andrew Fitzgerald in the Carnew goal, Mikey fired over a point two minutes later and we were back in control , with 21 minutes gone, Christy pointed a close free and we lead 1.9 to 9.
Timmy Collins collected a pass from Don Hyland to reduce the lead to two, in the mean time we had a point cancelled out for line ball that appeared to be very harsh, with the linesman putting up the flag after the point had been awarded on the scoreboard. Another attack by the Carnew men in the dying moments lead to the ball being thrown in yet again by referee and one of the Carnew men apparently was fouled, Donaghue again popped it over and with the two minutes of additional time well up Don Hyland scored a huge point to level and the final whistle went.
Team: Peter O’Reilly, Daire Lohan, Peter Kiely, Luke Maloney, Aran Murphy, John Henderson, Darragh Henderson, Enda Forde, Diarmuid Masterson(1), Mikey Lee(1.3), Paulie Cunningham(1), Christy Moorehouse(3) Cian O’Byrne(1), Padraic Doyle, Mark Lennon, Eoin McCormack, Philip Collins, Ben McCormack, Ronan Cunningham, Sean Maloney, Conor McNally, Willie Keane, Paddy Lee, Karl Lacey, Darragh Maloney and Liam Kenny....
|Dublin Hurling League Div 4|
5 October, 2016
Bray Emmets v Na Fianna
We welcomed Na Fianna to Bray last Wednesday night in the final game of this league. We hopefully have just done enough to make the play-off stage having drawn the match 11 points each. This would be a great achievement going for promotion three years running and facing the thoughts of playing Div 3 hurling in Dublin next year, which would have been one of our aims when we first entered, but there is a bit to do before that happens. Anyway back to the match, Cian O’Byrne was given the free taken duties for this one as Christy Moorehouse was being rested as where John Henderson, Mikey Lee, Masterson and Lukie Maloney, and indeed he showed no signs of nerves in this dept scoring 10 points of the 11, nine from placed balls and one from play on the night. A very close match from start to finish with never more than two or three points between the teams. With only 15 minutes of the game gone Peter Walsh pulled up with a hamstring and was replaced by Paddy Lee who dropped into corner back , Padge Doyle, Ben McCormack and Aran Murphy were playing well and causing the Na Fianna defence to foul. At half time we lead 6 to 5 and we introduced Willie Keane and Paulie Cuiningham for Ben and Karl. The two boys immediately made an impact and Bray started to get a slight grip putting a small bit of daylight between the sides for the first time. We moved 10 points to 7 a head with 10 minutes to go, Cathal O’Dualachain then pulled up and John Henderson replaced him, and he also made a big impact, none the less Na Fianna came back at us and fired over three points one after another, Ciano put us back in front but the boys from Mobhi road fought hard for the equaliser and got it with injury time looming. We did have chances to win it, Willie, Paulie and Aran all missing the target and the miss of the night, Ronan Cuiningham with a moment of brilliance took the ball down with his hurley from a long range free and rounded the two defenders but just as he was about to pull the trigger he was struck on the legs causing him to lose his balance and fire just wide of the post and this would surely have won the game for us, but it wasn’t to be, and unfortunately he had to go off as a result, then Gerry Gough blew the final whistle and it was a job well done. The draw enough to see us through.
Team: Peter O’Reilly, Daire Lohan, Peter Kiely, Phil Collins, Karl Lacey, Eoin McCormack, Peter Walsh, Enda Forde, Aran Murphy, Ben McCormack, Ronan Cuiningham, Mark Lennon, Cian O’Byrne(10), Padraic Doyle, Cathal O’Dualachain(1), Paddy Lee, Willie Keane, Paulie Cuiningham, John Hendo, Christy Moorehouse, Sean Maloney and Conor McNally....
|Senior Hurling Semi-Final|
1 October, 2016
Bray Emmets v St Pats
We stepped into our forth county final in four years after beating St Pats of Wicklow last Sunday in Aughrim.
There was very little between the teams in the first half with Pats going into the break with a one- point lead, 1.8 to 10. Diarmuid Masterson opened the scoring for us with a point after Wicklow had put two quick points on the board, Christy levelled with a free, Andy O’Brien put Pats back in front with a great score from the side line, Christy replied with four points, three frees and one from play to give us a three- point cushion 6 to 3.
Our half backs began to get a grip, and Enda Forde, Cian O’Byrne and Mikey were working hard. A long ball in to the Bray goal wasn’t dealt with and after a scramble Stephen Morris tapped in the easiest of goals to the Bray net, Georgie O’Brien fired over a quick point and Pats were back in front, Christy converted three more frees and Mikey a point from play. Andy O’Brien also converted three free’s , Hendo, Peter Walsh and Enda all guilty of giving away handy frees. St Pats scored the first point of the second half and certainly were not going to roll over for Bray to achieve their three in a row.
Paudge Doyle was introduced for Mark Lennon and Bray moved into a small purple patch scoring 1.4 without reply, Christy Moorehouse who was outstanding on the day scored three more free’s a fantastic goal and another point from play. Wicklow now five points down needed to step up and almost immediately Andy O’Brien fired in a great goal, followed by a twenty- one yard free which he tapped over and we are back to a one point game.
It was from this point on that Bray took over, Paulie Cuiningham had come on for Eoin McCormack and immediately scored a point and set up Aran Murphy for another. Diarmuid Masterson scored his second and Mikey Lee who had being moved to mid-field was winning all the puck outs and clearing up a lot of loose ball. Paudge Doyle got on the score board then with a point and pretty soon after, he fired home his trade mark goal giving Eoghan Mahony no chance in the Pats goal. Bray were in control now and John Hendo, Luke Maloney and Daire Lohan all of whom had younger brothers on the under 16 winning team in the match beforehand were in cruise control, no way back for Pats this time, Ben McCormack made his championship debut and straight away was fouled, for Christy to tap over.
We ran out winners 2.20 to 2.12 and into our fourth final in four years and the three in a row still on track. Christy finished with 1.14, a truly remarkable performance, Peter O’Reilly made up for an error in the first half and made some fine saves and Peter Walsh was having one of his better games.
Serious work needed now for the final with Carnew, we need everyone training for the next two weeks, start this Wednesday at home v Na Fianna, thanks for the huge support in Aughrim, and hope you will all make it to Wicklow next Saturday 3.30 for the intermediate semi-final.
Team: Peter O’Reilly, Daire Lohan, Peter Kieley, Luke Maloney, Aran Murphy(1), John Henderson, Peter Walsh, Enda Forde, Mark Lennon, Cian O’Byrne, Eoin McCormack, Diarmuid Masterson(2), Christy Moorehouse(1.14), Mikey Lee(1), Cathal O’Dualachain, Padraig Doyle(1.1), Paul Cuiningham(1), Ben McCormack, Ronan Ciningham, Conor McNally, Karl Lacey, Philip Collins, Sean Maloney, Darragh Henderson(injured)and Liam Kenny....
27 August, 2016
Bray Emmets v Glenealy . 1-19 - 11
With most of the positions now filled on this team, this would be one of the last chances to make your claim to a spot, however with Peter Kiely away and the Cunningham brothers and Daire Lohan still injured, the opportunity is still there for some lads to grasp the nettle. With the business end of the league/championship looming a good win over our rivals Glenealy would secure a semi-final spot for us and maybe retain the Kavanagh Cup at the same time.
A lovely evening in Aughrim and this game was set up to be a cracker, Danny Staunton opened the scoring for the Glenealy boys and after a ropey first 6 minutes, having missed a couple of great chances, it was Padge Doyle who struck with brilliant individual goal, Nugent and Staunton added another point each, to leave the score 1 goal to three points, this was to be the closest Glenealy would get to us because after that our boys virtually took over, Mikey Lee back in great form, firing over frees and scoring freely with his comrade in arms Christy Mooorehouse showing all the skills and movement he possesses adding two points from play and new comer Enda Forde chipping in with a point, at this point we lead 1.8 to 5 but Staunton fired over three frees one after another to leave to score 1.8 to 8 at the break.
Our back line were really hurling well at this stage and had the upper hand, were it not for some needless frees the score board would have told a different story. The half time break gave John Henderson a chance to right to ship and reorganise things, we exchanged three points each, Christy with two frees and Cathal O’Dualachain a point from play, bringing the score, 1.11 to 11, it was at this point Cian O’Byrne was introduced for Eoin McCormack and Ben McCormack for Peter Walsh, this brought a new approach to the attack with some lovely link-up play and things began to flow, Darragh Henderson who was giving the full back spot, was completely on top, his brother John also back to good form and dominating, as were Lukie Maloney and Aran Murphy clearing ball after ball, Enda Forde playing his best game to-date, Mark Lennon and Diarmuid Masterson running at the Glenealy defence and causing all sorts of problems.
The points were notching up as we added 8 points on the trot, with no reply from the village despite introducing Wayne O’Gorman and Enna Glynn to the attack early in the second half. A good win for the boys and puts the three in a row back on track, none the less nice to see a big change in attitude and determination is great, more work to be done and nothing won yet. The final score 1.19 to 11, many thanks for all the support and the dream lives on.
Team: Peter O’Reilly, Phil Collins, Darragh Henderson, Luke Maloney, Aran Murphy, John Henderson, Peter Walsh, Enda Forde(1), Diarmuid Masterson, Mark Lennon, Eoin McCormack, Padraig Doyle(1.), Cathal O’Dualachain(1), Mikey Lee(8), Christy Moorehouse(7) Cian O’Byrne, Ben McCormack(2) Gearoid Murphy, Darragh Maloney, Eoin Mason, Conor McNally, Conor Doherty, Ronan O’Brien, Karl Lacey and Seanie Maloney....
|Senior Hurling championship match 4|
22 July, 2016
Bray Emmets: 1-15 - St Pat’s: 0-15
A handy journey over the road to Greystones to play St Pat’s and hopefully take up where we left off against Avondale the previous week. This was a game that we could easily take for granted so it was important to knuckle down from the start and get the job done. We started well, Mark Lennon firing over two points with two minutes on the clock, Christy Moorehouse was moving well and causing, Gerry Connors a lot of problems early on. However Pat’s settled things down, Andy O’Brien converted a few frees to get them up and running, we were cruising along for periods of this half but we were guilty of letting the opposition back into the game once again, were it not for a fantastic double save by Peter O’Reilly from an AO’B penalty, our advantage at the break would have been far less, going in 9 points to 5 up which flattered us really. Points from Eoin McCormack, Arran Murphy and five from Christy, two from play and three frees all helped to keep us in control. The second half would need a big improvement to see this one out, with Mikey Lee coming on for Ben McCormack and immediately firing over two points we looked good for the win, unfortunately we seem flat on the night and although we did get what we came for, the two points, we were made look very ordinary and will need serious work before we take on Glenealy in the decider, St Pat’s pushed us all the way and kept fighting back just when you thought we had them bet, Christy scored a great goal which did give us some breathing space but back came Pat’s with Georgie O’Brien firing over three points to cancel out the goal. Masterson pointed a long range free, added to by Eoin and Christy finished it off with a few frees. The final score 1.15 to 15 and while I don’t think we looked like losing this one, were grateful to come away with the win and not very convincing. One would have to say there is a small number of things that need to be put right, number one being the free taking which has been very suspect in the last few matches, our team work and link-up play has slipped a little, this may be just part of the journey but none the less, three in a row is not an easy thing to achieve , so you can’t take any teams lightly. The footballers are out this Saturday and need our support, and then I think the Glenealy game is the 5th Aug, look forward to seeing ye all there.
Peter O’Reilly, Cathal O’Dualachain, Peter Kiely, Daire Lohan, Enda Forde, Luke Maloney, Peter Walsh, John Henderson, Diarmuid Masterson(1), Mark Lennon(2) Eoin McCormack(2) Christy Moorehse(1.7)Arran Murphy(1) Padge Doyle, Ben McCormack, Phil Collins, Mikey Lee, Cian O’Byrne, Karl Lacey, Willie Keane, Liam Benville and Conor McNally....
|Hurling Dublin League Div 4|
18 July, 2016
Bray Emmets: 1-15 - St Judes: 0-15
Bray v St Judes at home on Monday 18th July 2016. We needed a win in this one if we were to keep our hopes of promotion alive from this Division. It was Judes that started well despite a great point from Karl Lacey from the throw in. Colm Manning the St Judes centre forward, was on fire with three long range points, one after another and Colm O’Callaghan at corner forward banging over two more, one from play and the other from a free, we found ourselves 7 points to 2 down with 20 minutes gone on the clock, points from Padge Doyle, Enda Forde and Cian O’Byrne gave us a fighting chance. Leo Sexton at centre back for the Templeogue boys was having a stormier, along with Mark Hannon at number 10 who kept the score board ticking for them. John Henderson and Cathal O’Dualachain were sprung from the bench with five to go before half time and straight away Hendo carved out a goal chance, with the goalie saving for a 65, which Christy pointed, The Judes boys were guilty of a large number of wides in this half and we could have been facing a bigger deficit at the break but instead we were only three points down after playing against the wind, 10 to 7. The second half saw a big improvement in our boys and seemed to get their composure after the break, and with the breeze in our backs, went about reducing the deficit, and so it was, points from Christy, Ciano and a great goal from Hendo, followed by point from centre of the field, left us with our tails up and leading by 4 points. Judes hit back with three points on the trot, making it a one point game, Liam Benville replaced Jim Doyle and Conor Doherty for Karl, we now had a cracking game of hurling with the excitement building, who could keep their nerve and take the points, up stepped Mark Lennon and landed an absolute monster from well inside his own half, two points up and a small bit of day light again, next up Liam Benville after butchering two chances previous, redeemed himself with a cracker, three up, moments later Liam Kenny after doing all the hard work, rounding the entire Judes defence blasted against the keeper and cleared, back came the Judes boys, another point from Mark Hannon reduced it to two before Christy finished and ended with a free in front of the goal, a big turn out from our lads which is always great but hard to give everyone a game, Judes battled hard right to the end and were it not for a fine save from Peter O’Reilly in the Bray goal right at the end, could have snatched a draw. The final score 1.15 to 15, two big games coming up Senior hurling this Friday night in Greystones 8 pm and Monday night in Arklow for the intermediates at 7.30, see you all there and thanks for all the support last night.
Peter O’Reilly, Sean Maloney, Peter Kiely, Ronan O’Brien, Enda Forde(1), Luke Maloney, Peter Walsh, Karl Lacey(1), Darragh Maloney, Christy Moorehouse(6), Jim Doyle, Mark Lennon(1), Cian O’Byrne(2), Liam Kenny, Padraig Doyle(2), Cathal O’Dualachain, John Henderson(1.1), Liam Benville(1), Conor Doherty, Mick Walsh, Conor McNally, Matt Thompson, Brian Duggan and Diarmuid Masterson.
|Senior Hurling Championship|
9 July, 2016
Bray Emmets v Eire Og Greystones
After winning the toss last week to win home venue against our neighbours and the fact that Eire og were missing a lot of first team players was the result in us strolling to a fairly comprehensive victory, on a score line of 4.18 to 1.7.
None the less we struck back after the defeat to Carnew in the opening game last week. We welcomed back Arran Murphy after a well- earned rest and he looked very sharp and mobile around the centre of the field area, delivering some lovely ball to the corners and adding to long range points for good measure.
Cian O’Byrne was also back and contributed 1.4 at corner forward, showing some great awareness, Paddy Lee another man back having not played last year looked eager to make an impression, scoring the first goal when the opportunity presented itself. Christy Moorehouse got the better of Billy Cuddihy and picked off some lovely points, Diarmuid Masterson the same at centre field looked lively, Lukie Maloney is worth a mention, his dominance at centre back and delivery to the forwards was first class.
At half time we lead 1.10 to 1.4 and still had work to do. Ben McCormack was introduced at the break for Philip Collins. We completely took over the second half, putting the Eire Og defence under severe pressure and goals from Ciano, Mikey Lee and Eoin McCormack put this one to bed. With two Hendersons, Mark Lennon, Paulie Cunningham and Padge Doyle all rested we look to be back on track.
Team: Peter O’Reilly, Daire Lohan, Peter Kieley, Cathal O’Dualachain, Enda Forde, Lukie Maloney, Peter Walsh, Arran Murphy(2) Diarmuid Masterson(1), Eoin McCormack(1.2), Jackie Moorehouse(8), Philip Collins, Cian O’Byrne(1.4), Mikey Lee(1.1), Paddy Lee(1.) Ben McCormack, Karl Lacey, Sean Maloney, Ronan O’Brien, Liam Benvillle....
28 May, 2016
Leinster League Division 2 Final.
All roads led to the Aquatic centre in Abbotstown. Last Saturday, 28th May, saw us make our way in big numbers to the National Sports Campus on a beautiful sunny evening to face Erins Own hurling Club from Bagenalstown ijn Carlow, in the final of the Leinster League Div 2.
It was the Erins Own boys who got off to a flier with two great points from centre forward Craig Dolye, Christy Moorehouse pointed a free to get us on the board, but back came Carlow scoring a great goal from centre forward Doyle yet again, with our defence in chaos.
Moments later we were dealt another blow when Luke Maloney had to leave the field after a pull by one of the Carlow forwards which was not deemed actionable by referee Anton Keating.
Willie Keane was introduced causing a shuffle with Daire Henderson (who was our most committed player on the day) moving back into the corner and Diarmuid Masterson dropping to half back.
Carlow continued to pile on the scores and raced into a 1.7 to 3 points lead, as the half went on, bit by bit we clawed our way back, with points from Eoin McCormack, Diarmuid, Christy and Mikey leaving a four point deficit at the break 1.8 to 7, with us having missed several scoring chances including a great goal chance, that been said, were it not for a terrific interception by Daire Henderson, that butchered a certain goal chance, the Carlow boys may have been further ahead at half time.
John Henderson & co couldn’t wait to get our lads into the dressing at half time, where he unleashed a huge amount of passion and clearly pointed out that anyone who thought we had the right to win this game was very clearly mistaken, and it was time to die with your boots on.
The second half started with certainly more intensity from our lads and we pressed forward for a point from Christy after two wides, again Carlow responded with three points from Craig Doyle(capt), and man of the match by a country mile, finishing the game with a total of 1.12, we did have point in between but it was from this point on that Erins own hit another purple patch, adding another 1.2 from play, Minchin the full forward firing the goal past Peter O’Reilly after our defence lost possession and a ball that should have been cleared ended in our net.
Our lads tried hard to get back the deficit but opted for goals when maybe a few more points would have brought us to a better position, none the less a lot cynical fouling towards to end by the Carlow backs ment we just couldn’t get through for the badly needed goals.
Paddy Lee and Sean Maloney came on for Paudge Doyle and Gearoid Murphy, John Henderson was pushed up and tried very hard to get us a bit more possession but to no avail, Christy and Mikey were lively inside but just couldn’t get that all important goal and the Carlow men, who were the better team on the day eased to a 2.18 to 13 point victory.
A great day out and well done to all the boys, they gave it their all and maybe if we could get few practice matches against teams like this one, we will improve no end, the pace and level of hurling improving all the time. For now it is back to the Wicklow championship, best of luck to all involved, and thanks for all the support.
Team: Peter O’Reilly, Cathal O’Dualachain, Peter Kiely, Luke Maloney, Daire Henderson, John Henderson, Karl Lacey, Mikey Lee, Eoin McCormack, Diarmuid Masterson, Padraic Doyle, Christy Moorehouse, Gearoid Murphy, Liam Kenny, Mark Lennon, Paddy Lee, Willie Keane, Seanie Maloney, Peter Walsh, Michael Walsh, Liam Benville, Conor Doherty, Ronan O’Brien, Paul Barry, and Shane Lohan. Injured were Philip Collins, Daire Lohan, Enda Forde, Ben McCormack, Eoin Mason, Darragh Maloney....
|Dublin League Div 4|
22 May, 2016
Bray vs Clann na Gael Fontenoy
We travelled over to Ringsend last Sunday morning to Clann na Gael Fontenoy to complete busy schedule having played Lucan Sarsfield on Wednesday night. We started well, Liam Kenny must have put the “fear of God” in the full back as he had 2.1 on the board in the blink of an eye, Paddy Lee added two points and Padge Doyle one more and we were looking very good to collect the two points on offer. Clanna Gaol eventually got scores on the board with a couple of good points and in fairness to them they settled into the game as the half went on. Our lads were in excellent form with Willie Keane, Eoin McCormack and Philip Collins dominating around the mid-field and half forward line pilling on the scores. Willie Keane had to leave the field with a head injury and was replaced by Michael Walsh. We lead at half time 2.10 to 1.5 and playing some lovely hurling throwing the ball around very nicely, Mikey fired over a couple of points and a long range free from Lukie ended in the back of the net and we looked home and hosed at this stage. Peter Walsh was back after his appendix operation and came on for Padge midway through the second half. A short time later Paddy rattled the net and Kenny another and super sub Peter Kieley fired 1.1 in the last ten minutes after replacing Paddy. There will be tougher days ahead but non the less 6.21 to 3.9 was some tally in any game, Conor Doherty and Liam Benville can’t get enough hurling at the moment, and Seanie Maloney back to his best at corner back, Conor McNally came in for Peter O’Reilly in the goal and did well. Next Saturday is the big day, the final of the Leinster league v Naomh Eoin of Carlow in Abbottstown centre of excellence at 5 o clock, don’t miss that one.
Team: Conor MacNally, Seanie Maloney, Ronan O’Brein, Paul Barry, Liam Benville, Luke Maloney(1.), Karl Lacey, Philip Collins(3), Eoin Mc Cormack(2), Willie Keane(1), Padge Doyle(3), Conor Doherty, Paddy Lee(1.2), Liam Kenny(3.1), Michael Lee(6), Michael Walsh(1) Peter Walsh(1) Peter Kiely(1.1) Cathal O’Dualachain and Danny Eglington....
18 May, 2016
Dublin League Div 4
Bray vs Lucan Sarsfields
A home match against Lucan Sarsfield this week and a win was badly needed to get us moving up the league table. Gearoid Murphy was to be our outstanding player in this one finishing with 1.8 in total on the night. We opened the scoring with a great point from Michael Brick Walsh, and Gearoid added a couple more along with a well taken goal, Lucan responded with some lovely scores of their own. Mikey and Christy added points and Mark Lennon blazed one over from close range, we lead 1.9 to 7 at the break. The second half saw a huge improvement in our performance and Padge Doyle and Willie Keane stepped up work rate, winning some great ball around the half forward line, Mikey and Philip Collins were winning the midfield battle, Enda Forde was replaced by Ronan O’Brien who made some great clearances, catching ball from all angles, Paddy Lee was introduced for Brick and also played well. A great goal from Willie Keane sealed the victory, the final score line, 2.21 to 1.13.
Team: Peter O’Reilly, Daire Lohan, Peter Kieley, Seanie Maloney, Enda Forde, Daire Henderson, Karl Lacey, Philip Collins, Mikey Lee (4) Christy Moorehouse (5) Willie Keane(1.) Mark Lennon (2) Gearoid Murphy (1.8) Padge Doyle (2) Michael Walsh (1) Ronan O’Brien and Paddy Lee...
|Leinster Senior Club Div 2 semi-final|
9 April, 2016
Bray Emmets 2-16 Ballinkillen 2-12
We are getting to the business end of this competition now, and we welcomed Ballinkillen of Carlow to Bray last Saturday for the semi-final. We started well with Eoin McCormack and Diarmuid Masterson getting two early scores, the Carlow boys replied with a point from David English, from the very start of this game you could tell this was going to be a very close encounter. Michael Ryan the Ballinkillen full back was very busy in the opening minutes, as was Sean Minchin in the Carlow goal, but it was a great passage of play from the Bray lads that finally ended in the back of the net, the chance falling to Eoin McCormack after some heroic defensive work from the Carlow men. Mikey Lee added a couple of points, and we looked to be getting a small bit of control around the middle, Eoin crack one off the crossbar and had that have gone in it would have gave us daylight, at this stage Luke Maloney was having a stormer at centre back, along with Darragh Henderson, Kieley and Lacey all looked to be getting on top, back but it wasn’t to be, it was the Carlow boys that struck, Peter O’Reilly failed to deal with high ball in and Marty O’Neill flicked it to the Bray net, back to a point in it, Diarmuid was keeping us going with some great long range frees, and just before half time we introduced John Henderson for Seanie Maloney, this was to settle us and we kicked on from here, going in to the break 1.10 to 1.09 up.
Ben McCormack came on for Padge Doyle and showed some lovely touches getting vital possession for us around the middle half of the pitch. We had the wind in the second half and Christy Moorehouse fired over a quick point, giving us a two point lead, back came Carlow and the O’Neill brothers soon had them level again. Conor Doherty came on for a tired Liam Kenny. Philip Collins and Mikey added points to put us back in front and with twelve minutes to go things were looking good, with the large Bray crowd getting very vocal along the rail, however David English set up another attack for Craig Wall to fire a bullet past Peter O’Reilly in the Bray goal, a point down and all of a sudden real pressure from wondering how many we were going to win by to trying to stay alive in the competition, Philip Collins won possession at midfield and tigerishly made his way up along towards the Ballinkillen goal, the ball ended up out over the line, up stepped Mikey Lee and cut it straight over the bar, (Joe Canning style) level again, almost straight from the puck out, Lee again caught a great ball and fired it back over Minchin’s crossbar, point up and the whole place was going crazy.
Sean Minchin couldn’t puck the ball out quick enough as time was running out for the Carlow men, who tried desperately to get the equaliser, but to their disappointment, English fired wide. It was now on a knife edge but it was the old reliable, young John, known to us as Hendo, won a great ball in the middle and picked out Christy Moorehouse all alone inside the defence, he didn’t need a second thought to rattle the Carlow net. Darragh Maloney replaced Christy who suffered cramp immediately after getting the goal, a minute or two later Declan Peppard blew the final whistle Bray victory 2.16 to 2.12 in a most exciting game. We now face the winners of Glenealy and Naomh Eoin (Myshall) who play next weekend in the other semi-final.
Many thanks to Brenda, Frances and Debbie for the lovely food after the match, much appreciated, to Colm McDonagh for having everything ready for the game, Olan for the warm up and Cameron doing physio, Harry on stats.
Upstairs later for a great night with JJ Delaney presenting medals all night, super music by Lukie, John Treanor and his friends, joined by Fr Enda from Holy Redeemer, who is getting very fond of Bray Emmets, Mick Hagan and Martin Coleman from the county board.
Team: Peter O’Reilly, Sean Maloney, Peter Kiely, Daire Lohan, Karl Lacey, Luke Maloney, Darragh Henderson, Philip Collins(1) Mikey Lee(5) Diarmuid Masterson(7), Eoin McCormack(1.1), Christy Moorehouse(1.2), Cathal O’Dulachain, Liam Kenny, Padge Doyle, John Henderson, Ben McCormack, Conor Doherty, Darragh Maloney, Willie Keane, Mick Walsh, Liam Benville and Dan Kennedy. Peter Walsh and Mark Lennon injured....
|Dublin Senior Hurling League Division 4|
6 April, 2016
Bray Emmets 1-8 vs Kilmacud 2-10
We had Kilmacud Crokes down to Bray last Wednesday for the latest round of the Div 4 league. This was a very good contest which was played in conditions only known to resembled Syberia, rather than a spring evening in Ireland. The rain was relentless but we got through it, Kilmacud, with players like Conor Clinton and Tony Walsh, who have withstood the test of time showed great resolve and kept the score board ticking for the Crokes boys, scoring two good goals against the run of play and a very strong breeze. Gearoid Murphy, Padge Doyle, were adding the points for the Emmets and despite the conditions a good entertaining half was played out. Kilmacud who owed us one , having beaten them in last year’s Div 5 final, were in no mood to lay down and roll over and lead 2.4 to 5 points at half time. Conor Doherty who had ran himself into the ground in the first half, was straight out of the blocks in the second half and scored 1.1 in the opening minutes, Gearoid knocked over another point from a free and was unlucky with a couple more, with fifteen minutes gone in the second half the sides were level. Then Clinton, with the bit of class edged Crokes ahead with two frees and one from play, and he really was a hand full for Karl Lacey on the night, gave them the momentum and despite a fantastic point from our Philip Collins and another from Daire Lohan, we just couldn’t get ahead, and with the wind and rain against us, it was the Kilmacud lads that finished it off with another well worked score to break Enda McHugh’s heart having defended brilliantly for most of the half. Our young fellows like Liam Benville, Dan Kennedy and Conor Doherty gave their all to the cause, and indeed the whole 17 or 18 that played on the night left it all out there and couldn’t have given any more. The final score 2.10 to 1.8 which puts Kilmacud on top of the league.
Special mention and get well for Peter Walsh who missed the match, after having to have his appendix removed hours before the game.
Team: Peter O’Reilly, Jordan Lee, Enda McHugh, Paul Barry, Liam Benville, Peter Kieley, Karl Lacey, Phil Collins, Daire Lohan, Gearoid Murphy, Darragh Maloney, Conor Doherty, Dan Kennedy, Padge Doyle, Mick Walsh, Danny Eglington, Martin Ryan and John Ward....
|Dublin League Div 4 |
27 March, 2016
St Brigids 2-15, Bray Emmets 1-9
Last Sunday morning at home, with conditions ideal for hurling, we faced a strong St Bridgets team, the men from Blanchardstown started well, with two good scores from full forward David Smith, we responded with two great points from young Conor Doherty, Peter Kieley pointed two long range frees, and Liam Kenny grabbed a goal.
However JP Costigan the Bridgets corner forward replied almost immediately with a goal and was giving Paul Barry a tough time of it for the first twenty minutes. Gearoid Murphy showing some good form added two more for Bray before the half time whistle. The teams level at 1.6 each at the break. The second half with everything to play for was “nip and took” for the first quarter, points from Gearoid and Liam Kenny kept us in a game that was slowly slipping away from us, as the boys from Bridgets introduced a few fresh players and began to turn the screw, another goal followed from full forward Smith, which gave them day light and the same player who was tapping over frees all day added another couple of points to see them move six points ahead with very little time left, we introduced young Con Benville and although we tried hard for goals in the last few minutes we just couldn’t breach the gap, with St Bridget’s winning comfortably in the end 2.15 to 1.9
We are finding it difficult to get players available for these early matches in the adult hurling league and hopefully for the next match v Kilmacud in two weeks, we will have the full squad back and rearing to go. Ishy made it back in this one, and along with Liam & Con Benville and Conor Doherty.
We have unearthed some great talent who showed they could do a job when some of the regulars are missing. Cathal Reddin also back in action after the birth of his new baby girl Aimee. Ronan O’Brien, Danny Eglington and Sean Maloney all tried hard in defence and deserve a well- earned rest after a hectic schedule.
Next match in the Leinster league is next Saturday at home to Craanford at 3 o clock.
Looking forward to the medal presentation on the 9th April with JJ Delaney and Lukie on the vocals, be sure to get your tickets as there are limited numbers available, €20, remember we are intermediate and senior champions so there will lots of crack….
Team: Conor McNally, Sean Maloney, Ronan O’Brien, Paul Barry, Danny Eglington, Peter Kieley(2) Cathal Reddin, Karl Lacey, Darragh Maloney, Liam Benville, Conor Doherty,(2) Ishy Mnemsa, Brick Walsh, Liam Kenny,(1.1) Gearoid Murphy,(4) Con Benville, John Ward, and Padge Doyle....
|Leinster senior club hurling Div2 Quarter final.|
26 March, 2016
Bray Emmets 1-12 Craanford 2-7
Last Saturday 26th March, we welcomed Craanford from Wexford to Bray for the quarter final stage of the Leinster club. The weather wasn’t great with wind and rain for most of this game, however a good game of hurling was served up. Bray started with the wind and dominated for much of this half, Diarmuid Masterson was deadly on the frees finishing with 11 points in total (three 65’s & 7 frees), pointing from all angles, Mikey scored a good goal after having shifted a heavy knock, and we looked to be in control, when an error at the back let Craanford in for a goal, this could have been a costly score to give away playing with such a gale, but in fairness to our lads we dug deep to add on a few more points before half time, Padge Doyle was replaced by Ben McCormack early on with an injury, John Henderson was getting through an enormous amount of work around the half back line and the three Peter’s, O’Reilly, Walsh and Kieley had more than a good share of posession for us, as the break sounded, we lead 1.9 to 1.2 and one could be forgiving for thinking is this enough of a lead or are Craanford going to overrun us in the second half.
A few inspirational words from big John in the dressing room at half time certainly seem to do the trick, our lads got right to it from the throw in and never gave up, chasing down everything, forcing the Wexford men to shoot from way out the field, this lead to their wide count multiplying in the second half. Cathal O’Dualachain added point from play and Diarmuid two 65’s, Liam Kenny came on for Mikey and Conor Doherty for Darragh Maloney. Young John was man of the match by a country mile. Craanford did get a badly needed goal in injury time but it was too late, the final whistle sounded immediately after the puck out, and Bray got over the line on a score line of 1.12 to 2.7.
Semi-final is now fixed for 9th April at home again 3 o cl against Ballinakillen of Carlow. Many thanks for the lovely spread put on for our visitors by Frances and Brenda, badly needed on the day that was in it to warm us all up.
Let us hope we can go one better than last year when Kilmacow knocked us out at this state, in the semi, we are getting very fond of winning now and they say there is nothing like winning. Presentation night is the same night as our next match so we can make a good day and night of it, 9th April in the clubhouse, tickets €20.
Team: Peter O’Reilly, Sean Maloney, Peter Kieley, Daire Lohan, Peter Walsh, Darragh Henderson, Karl Lacey, John Henderson, Philip Collins, Michael Lee(1.), Diarmuid Masterson(11), Eoin McCormack, Cathal O’Dualachain (1), Padge Doyle, Darragh Maloney, Ben McCormack, Conor Doherty, Liam Kenny, Brick Walsh, Paul Barry and Wardy. Mark Lennon was on score board duty, would much rather him playing but playing with county next day.
|Leinster senior club hurling 2016 Div 2|
19 March, 2016
Bray Emmets 2-19 Vs Harps 1-9
Harps of Laois travelled up to Bray last Saturday (19th March), to play the third and final match of the group. Having won their opening two matches our boys knew they were in for a tough match. However this wasn’t to be the case, our lads completely over ran the Laois boys in the first half scoring 2.13 in the process to only 2 points by the Harps.
It started from the back line right through to the forward line, complete domination, Darragh Henderson, Lukie Maloney and Peter Walsh hardly let a ball into Lohan and Darragh Maloney who was in the goal instead of Peter O’Reilly. Christy(4) and Mikey(2.6) were running the show up front, and Philip Collins and John Henderson(1) in control at mid field, Padge Doyle(2) also adding to the tally . The second half did prove to be more competitive and the Laois boys with only 2 points on the board surely needed a huge improvement and in fairness to them, they won the second half 1.7 to 6, but it was Bray that ran out emphatic winners on a score line of 2.19 to 1.9 at the final whistle, on a day that saw three Maloney brothers, two Lohan’s, two Henderson’s, two McCormack’s and two Walsh’s line out, the band rolls on. Karl Lacey and Gearoid Murphy came on in the second half and did well, this win should see us through to the next stage of the competition but not sure as all is not finalised yet. Once again great support for the lads, many thanks to all who got over to cheer us on, greatly appreciated.
Team: Darragh Maloney, Sean Maloney, Peter Kiely, Daire Lohan, Peter Walsh, Darragh Henderson, Luke Maloney, John Henderson,(1) Philip Collins, Christy Moorehouse,(4) Diarmuid Masterson(2)Eoin McCormack(1) Michael Lee (2.8) Padge Doyle (3) Shane Lohan, Karl Lacey, Michael Walsh, Paul Barry, Gearoid Murphy, Liam Kenny and Ben McCormack....
|Leinster Hurling league v Ballynmere|
8 March, 2016
We made the long journey down to Tullamore last Tuesday night for the second match in this Leinster league. For long periods of this game we looked as if we were going to run away with it but Ballynmere had other ideas. Christy fired over straight from the throw in, and this set the tone for the first half, points followed from Padge Doyle, Daire Lohan, Karl Lacey and another two from Christy, and Liam Kenny rattled the net with a well taken goal, Mikey Lee added another 1.1 before the half time whistle blew, we lead 2.7 to 6 at the break with Darragh Weir and his brother Steven accounting for the Ballynmere scores, but were very wasteful with some of the chances we created and were guilty of over doing the passing instead of being more direct on such a bad night. This was to come back and bite us, Ballynmere who appeared to be asleep in the first half, began the second half with much more in your face attitude, and intensity. Joe Maher wing back, Cormac Spollen at full forward and Michael Murphy at 11 were taking control and chipping away at the lead. They went on to win the second half 2.10 to 6 points. Our lads did everything bar score throughout this half missing several goal chances and having very little luck around the Offaly men’s goal mouth, one effort hit the goalie, C McLoughlin right into the chest after Liam Kenny had got a flick on the ball, thinking it was a certain goal, Mikey put two bullets past the wrong side of the post, our frees too were under par notching up six or seven bad wides. However it is early days yet and plenty of time to put things right. The final score 2.17 to 2.13. The final game is against Harps of Laois 19th March at home.
Peter O’Reilly, Sean Maloney, Peter Kiely, Peter Walsh, Darragh Henderson, John Herderson, Luke Maloney, Karl Lacey, Daire Lohan, Diarmuid Masterson, Padraic Doyle, Christy Moorehouse, Mikey Lee, Liam Kenny, Eoin McCormack. Ronan O’Brien for Kiely, Lorcan Pratt for Karl Lacey, Michael Walsh, Darragh Maloney and Dillon Terry....
|Leinster senior club hurling 2016 Div 2|
1 March, 2016
Bray Emmets vs CrumlinThe 2016 senior hurling season got under way last Tuesday night v Crumlin. This was a very entertaining game with big scoring and high quality hurling from both sides. Cathal O’ Dualachain was in fine form on the night and got us up and running with a fine individual goal, Christy Moorehouse and Diarmuid Masterson kept the score board ticking with some lovely points, John Henderson was picking up a lot of ball around the half back line and delivering good ball into the forwards. Cathal added a second goal, along with two points to crown an outstanding half for him.
Michael (Brick) Walsh replaced Darragh Maloney who went off injured and he netted from a very acute angle almost on the end line, drilled the ball low and hard to the corner of an empty net giving us a timely lead at half time 3.6 to 1.7 after playing with a strong enough breeze. Crumlin started the second half with purpose and landed a couple of nice long range points from out the field, cutting our lead to three points. Padge Doyle began to come to life having been moved inside to full forward and crashed a well worked goal to restore our lead, five minutes later Mick Walsh fired his second after another good passage of play, the lead now nine points.
At this stage the Henderson brothers were on top, with Karl Lacey putting himself about the field, clearing the world of ball, the Crumlin lads just couldn’t make in- roads through our defence, they had to resort to shooting from distance. Peter O’Reilly made a fantastic save heading into the last ten minutes, to keep score well in our favour, Sean Maloney making his debut for the seniors at corner back was playing like a veteran, with Peter Kiely and Ronan O’Brien watching over him, moving into the last five minutes you could see the maturity of our boys coming to fold, keeping possession and using the ball intelligently forcing the opposition to foul.
Despite missing a number of first team regulars the real desire to win was there and showed to the end. Christy finished two long range frees, after Daire Lohan and Philip Collins were fouled to leave the final score 5.10 to 1.16. Good win, as they say goals win matches and it is off to Ballinmere, near Tullamore for the next game, next Tuesday night the 8th March at 8pm. Bring your hat, scarf and gloves.
Peter O’Reilly, Sean Maloney, Peter Kiely, Ronan O’Brien, Darragh & John Henderson, Karl Lacey, Peter Walsh, Daire Lohan, Christy Mooorehse, Paudge Doyle, Philip Collins, Darragh Maloney, Diarmuid Masterson, Cathal O’Dualachain, Michael Walsh, Daniel Kennedy, Ed Keating and Paul Barry....
|Leinster club semi-final|
8 November, 2015
Bray Emmets Vs Bennettsbridge
It was all roads to Arklow for the Leinster semi-final instead of Aughrim as a last minute change due to the weather had to be put in place. The referee inspected the pitch in shocking conditions at around 11 o clock before throw in at 12.30 and decided to go ahead with the game.
There was one change from the previous day out with Lorcan Pratt coming in for Mark Lennon. The Kilkenny side started well with two points before Christy Moorehouse pointed a free for Bray, the stand in Arklow was full with both sets of supporters and one could feel the atmosphere building right from the throw in.
The first half was very intense, with our back line coming under huge pressure, and Eoin Mason in the Bray goal having to clear his lines several times, Bennetts Bridge were 4 to 3 ahead with 15 minutes played and 6 to 3 after 20 minutes, our boys were well in the game and played with some great support play and team work, not a minute to get your breath, nearly every block and clash, even side line ball was greeted with a roar from the stand as the fight to survive and remain competitive in this match grew, another point for the Kilkenny champions and just before half time Christy pointed another free to it 7 points to 4 at the break, with the crowd certainly getting behind both teams as they left the field.
The second half started with Mikey moved to centre forward and Paulie to full , with the first attack, we were awarded a free and Christy pointed, the Bray boys smelled an upset, however the Bridge were in no mood to lie down and replied with three points on the spin, 10 to 5 and our lads badly in need of a score, we set up another attack and who is on the end of it only Christy our go to man for a score and he didn’t disappoint, blasting the ball past Enda Cleere in the Bridge goal, 1.5 to 10 and game again, it was at this point with 18 minutes gone in the second half that Aaron Murphy was penalised for over carrying, after ripping through the Kilkenny mid-field and about to pull the trigger, was bundled over, the crowd were not happy to say the least and the resulting free was pointed by Nickey Cleere the ace free taker for Bennettsbridge, instead of one point down it was three, a two point turn around.
Moments later a quick puck out caught us by surprise and another point was slotted over and with 28 minutes gone 16 to 1.6, these are the little things that can be difference between winning and loosen, the Kilkenny boys introduced Brian Lannon who taped over another two points and the journey ended for a very gallant Bray side, who certainly gave a good account of themselves on the day.
Roll on next year!
Many Thanks to all the lads involved: John Henderson, Liam Kenny and Bill Maher for a fantastic year, the back room staff, Olan, Cameron, Colm McDonagh, Harry Stephenson, Pat Lee, Brian Duggan, Paul Barry, Padraig Lohan, Brenda Maloney, Liam McGraynor, our supporters, Matt Britton our sponsors and all involved, have a nice rest over the Christmas, until next year, good bye.
|Senior hurling Dublin League Division 5 final.|
1 November, 2015
The final match of the Div 5 adult hurling Dublin League, and in two consecutive years we have managed promotion from div 6 to div 4 .We travelled over to Silver Park, Kilmacud, to try and ensure the next step on the ladder to become one of Dublin’s recognised senior hurling teams and put Bray Emmets on a level that we have wished for for many years.
We have waited for success of this kind, with five cups in the cabinet in Old Conna already this year and still in the hunt for a sixth, the Leinster. The game started at a hectic pace, Sean Garvey in the Kilmacud goal making a great save and Dara Maloney(1) firing the rebound just wide, Diarmuid Masterson opened the scoring with a point from a free and indeed it was the Diarmuid Masterson show for Bray as he added 1.3 leaving us 1.4 to 2 points with 15 minutes gone, Donal McGovern was keeping Crokes in the game from placed balls and looked like a real threat at times. Aron Murphy scored a point from play and Liam Kenny(1.) fired home one his trade mark goals to put us 2.7 to 4 ahead and playing well.
Kilmacud, the team that they are, came back at us with 1.2, a penalty that McGovern buried and two frees. Eoin McCormack(1) caught a great ball and drove it over the bar to calm the tide and then his brother Ben fired over to restore our dominance at the break, the half time score 2.9 to 1.6. It was up to Kilmacud now to come back at Bray but they just couldn’t string a few scores together to get them back into this game. It was “tit for tat” for most of the second half with both teams sharing points Masterson(1.9) and McGovern that mainly featured from placed balls. Then a life line for Crokes, with 7 or 8 minutes to go Terry McAllister blasted the ball past Peter O’Reilly in the Bray goal after a little over elaborate passing in the Bray defence. This was short lived because almost immediately Ben McCormack(1.1) flicked the ball one handed past Garvey in the Kilmacud goal, this was quickly followed by a point from Aron Murphy (2) after a well worked move from the Bray defence. Peter O’Reilly saved a penalty and two 21 yard frees late on and deserved the man of the man award after the game.
Peter Kiely, Daire Lohan and Ronan O’Brien had stood up under immense pressure towards the end of this match, and young Cathal O’Dulachain was superb after coming on as a sub before half time. Our boys rallied again Lorcan Pratt and Brian Duggan finished very strong before Pat Murphy blew the final whistle, final score 3.15 to 2.11. Karl Lacey picked up our fifth cup from Dublin CCC, to close a remarkable season.
The senior hurling management will have a big headache after today’s game with Liam Kenny breaking the door down for a start next Sunday against his native Kilkenny opponents Bennetts Bridge, in Aughrim .
Many thanks to all our supporters who once again travelled over to cheer us over the line, greatly appreciated, to Cameron who worked his socks off, Colm on the bag, Mick O’B, Willie Cash, Bill Maher for their assistance on the line, all the hurley carriers and water boys, Olan for the warm up, and don’t forget next Sunday in Aughrim, first of a double header, we face Bennetts Bridge of Kilkenny, in the curtain raiser to Rathnew and St Lomans of Westmeath in the Leinster club football championships.
|Leinster Club Intermediate Championship|
25 October, 2015
The senior hurlers were back in Aughrim on Sunday for the first round of the Leinster Club Intermediate Championship, blessed with the weather again, this team would be facing there toughest test so far this year, when they faced St Oliver Plunketts of Dublin. The Bray boys had an explosive start to this game and lead 6 points to no score with 8 mins on the clock, Padraig Doyle, Mikey Lee (2) Diarmuid Masterson and Christy Mooorehouse (2) getting off the mark, Plunketts settled a bit with two frees from Liam Corbett, but back came the Emmets, Paulie Cunningham, Mark Lennon, Aron Murphy with points for Bray and really we were in complete control of this game. Cian Boland the Dublin hurler and Plunketts go to man for scores, was been well marshalled by Luke Maloney, Mark Lennon and Diarmuid Masterson were running the show at midfield, and there was no way past the Henderson brothers, Daire and John, in the Half back line. Boland did manage a point coming up to half time but Mikey Lee sent over a bomb from the far side line to leave Bray 12 points to 5 ahead at the break.
The second half did see a big improvement in the Dublin side and they managed to score a goal and 2 points in the first ten minutes, the goal coming after a slight mix-up in the full back line and maybe we thought a free out had been awarded but instead Ronan O’Broin managed to stick the ball over Eoin Mason in the Bray goal, 1.7 to 12 and game on. Cathal O’Dulachain came on for Peter Walsh and Bray needed to settle and take a few scores having been guilty of a few bad misses. However a long ball into Christy Moorehouse, who gathered the ball, beat the corner back, squared it to Padraig Doyle and that man that just doesn’t score bad goals blasted it past Joseph McDonnell into the top of the Plunketts nett, 1.14 to 1.7 and seventeen minutes gone, Diarmuod Masterson had two long range frees over and Mikey Lee finished with three in a row from play giving Bray a very satisfying victory 1.18 to 1.9 and will face the Kilkenny champions Bennetts bridge, in Aughrim again in two weeks. Thanks to all the supporters who travelled down, the dream of a Leinster title is still alive and who Knows! with this bunch of lads improving with every game, we could be training over the Christmas!
Team: Eoin Mason, Peter Walsh, Peter Kiely, Daire Lohan, Luke Maloney, John Henderson, Daire Henderson, Mark Lennon(1), Diarmuid Masterson(3), Eoin McCormack, Paul Cunningham(1), Christy Moorehouse(5), Aron Murphy, Padraig Doyle(1.2), Mikey Lee(6) (capt) Cathal O’Dulachain, Peter O’Reilly, Ronan Cunningham, Liam Kenny, Dara Maloney, Ben McCormack, Ronan O’Brien,Willie Keane, Lorcan Pratt, Tom Cash, Barry Cunningham, Karl Lacey, Paddy Lee, Cian O’Byrne and Jim Doyle....
|Senior hurling/ Dublin League|
18 October, 2015
Bray vs Cuala
Coming to the end of the Dublin League now with the last couple of matches, we welcomed our near neighbours Cuala to Bray in a crunch match to decide this Div 5 league. Cuala would be no strangers to our grounds and it was a bit like a home game for both teams.
The match itself turned out to be a cracker with Bray just edging it by the bare minimum, on a score line of 2.21 to 3.17. With Cuala making an explosive start and racing into a 2.3 to no score lead with only 10 minutes on the clock, however we settled in to the pace of the game and Tom Cash and seventeen year old Padraig Doyle knocking over some lovely scores, a cracking goal included to bring us right back into the game, the two McCormack brothers also chipped in with some fantastic scores,
Mark Lennon kicked a point from 30 yards straight over the bar and at half time the teams were level at 2.10 each. The second half again saw Cuala take the lead with a goal from Andrew Murphy and a point in quick succession but back we came point after point, Lorcan Pratt, Aron Murphy making a fine contributions from mid field, with the teams being level on several occasions it made for a cracking finish, and so it was Tom Cash put Bray ahead with two minutes to go, but great pressure by the Cuala boys Cillian Sheanan and Waldron forced Lorcan Pratt to over-carry and Waldron as he did for the whole game fired over the equaliser. Peter O’Reilly pucked out the ball with only seconds left to Peter Walsh who drilled it to Padraig Doyle and the youngster struck a monster point from right out on the sideline, this was the last play and the curtain came down on cracker. This game was played with full commitment and passion of a local derby, both teams left everything on the park, and roll on next year where both teams will meet again in Div 4.
With most of our senior team rested for Sunday when we play Castleknock or Plunketts in the Leinster club championship in Aughrim at 2.15 all your support would be greatly appreciated, best rgds Pat....
|Senior Hurling Final|
4 October, 2015
Bray Vs Carnew
Bray Emmets are senior hurling champions for the second year in a row, it has been said if you can do back to back titles you are a great team, and they will take some stopping for the foreseeable future. A well prepared team, with Olan Savage a great strength and conditioning coach, John Henderson, Bill Maher and Liam Kenny at the helm.
With only hurling on their minds and the fitness levels very high, not to mention hurling ability, they began the defence of their title in Aughrim last Sunday against Carnew. Christy Moorehouse got off to a flier with two points in the first two minutes, one from a free and one from play, Padraig Doran replied with a free for Carnew before Moorehouse and Paul Cunningham added two more points for Bray to leave the 4 to 1, with barely five minutes on the clock.
The real hurling analyst could see when the first ball dropped between Paul Cunningham and Liam Kennedy with the Bray man plucking it from the air, it was going to be a tough day ahead for the men from Carnew.
Inconsistency on the frees was not helping the Carnew cause with Doran missing a 65 and a close in free, however Don Hyland added a good point from play and also briefly took over the free taking duties, adding two more points, Moorehouse, Lee, Murphy and Cunningham all added points which set the huge Bray support on the bank in Aughrim wild.
John Henderson back at number 6 was in total control and delivered great ball to the full forward line , the rest of the half backline was made up of Daire Henderson and Luke Maloney, two fine hurlers who were full of confidence after winning an al- Ireland under 21 Medal a couple of weeks earlier and literally let nothing pass.
Peter Kiely held firm at full back as normal, giving great leadership to the two young men beside him, Cathal O’Dualachain and Daire Lohan, Half time saw Bray lead 10 to 6 but Carnew could have been closer had they converted some very score able frees.
The second half saw Carnew ring in the changes, Myers for Donohue and Carter for TJ Hennessy coming on, but the Bray boys continue to dominate with Mikey Lee firing over a point from play after some great work by the youngster Eoin McCormack, Moorehouse and Lee again, Moorehouse with another two, one from a free and one from play, Masterson and Lee from play, left the men from the Wexford boarder with a mountain to climb.
Timmy Collins added a point and after 51 minutes followed up with a well taken goal, this gave Carnew a slight bit of hope but after Christy Moorehouse miss hit a free, only for Mikey Lee to flick it past the helpless Bob Fitzgerald in the Carnew goal, it was game over, Cian O’Byrne was introduced for Mark Lennon, Ronan Cunningham for Padraig Doyle and Peter Walsh for Christy Moorehouse who was awarded his second man of the match award in two years, Doran added two frees for Carnew but Aran Murphy got the final score of the game from play .
John Keenan sounded the final whistle and Bray had won their second senior hurling title in two years.
Bray Emmets: Eoin Mason, Cathal O’Dualachain, Peter Kiely, Daire Lohan, Luke Maloney, John Henderson, Daire Henderson,Diarmuid Masterson, Mark Lennon, Eoin McCormack, Paul Cunningham, Christy Moorehouse, Mikey Lee, Padraig Doyle, Aran Murphy, subs Cian O’Byrne, Ronan Cunningham, Peter Walsh.
Carnew Emmets: Bob Fitzgerald, Willie Collins, Mark Collins, Andrew Hughes, Graham Keogh, Liam Kennedy, Enda Donohue, Conal McCrea, Martin O’Brien, Thomas Kennedy, TJ Hennessy, Don Hyland, Timmy Collins, Padraig Doran, Robert Lambert, subs Adrian Myers, John Doyle and Stephen Carter.
Referee: John Keenan Aughrim....
|Senior hurling/Dublin league|
28 June, 2015
Ballinteer 0-15, Bray Emmets 0-13.
Bray played Ballinteer away on Sunday in Marlay Park We were missing a few regulars for various reasons and had to start with 14. Bray started well with a point from Eoin Mc Cormack but Ballinteer used their man advantage to lead at the break by 10 points to 7. We started the 2nd half with 15 as the injured Michael Walsh arrived as a spectator and he went in goal to release Peter O’Reilly for forward duties.
Both did well with O’Reilly contributing 3 points from play and Walsh rock steady in the goal. Bray pinned Ballinteer back in the second half despite playing against the wind with Henderson and Cunningham playing well at the back. Gearoid O’Murchu and Tom Cash did the scoring and Luke O’Reilly scored a great point from the sideline and the brother chipped in with3 points.
At the Final whistle Bray had 2 goal-bound efforts saved for 65’s both of which were lobbed in and came to nothing. Ben Mc Cormack played really well throughout the game and won a lot of ball around the midfield and haff back areas.
Bray Peter O’Reilly (0-3), Cathal O’Dualachan, Daire Henderson, Jordan Lee, Luke O’Reilly (0-1) Barry Cunningham, Gearoid O’Murchu (0-3) Eoin Mc Cormack(0-1) Dara Maloney, Ben Mc Cormack (0-1), David Ebbs, Tom Cash (0-4),Brian Duggan, Michael Walsh....
18 April, 2015
Another great win in the Dublin League by the senior hurlers, who travelled all the way over to Rush Co Dublin, home of the market gardening in Ireland, to keep the unbeaten run going, with a score line of 2.19 to 1.10. A tight first half saw score for score, with points from Eoin and Ben McCormack, Nikki Sweeney, a monster from Jim Doyle and Cian O’Byrne converting frees, we kept our noses in front managing a nice lead at the break 11 points to 1.4. Facing into the wind in the second half our lads really turned on the style, throwing the ball around and picking off scores from all angles, Nine different Bray players got on the score board, Gearoid Murphy struck the first goal, followed by another from Brian Duggan. With our backs playing really solid, lead by Paul Barry ,Harry Stephenson and Ben McCormack, St Maurs were finding scores hard to come by, Loran Pratt was introduced midway through the second half and certainly made his presence felt, Paddy Lee also made his first appearance this year back after injury. Scorers on the day Ciano (11, 6f & 2 65s), Lennon (3) Padraig, Jim, Nicky, Eoin, Ben (1 each) Duggs (1.) Gearoid (1.)Itappears there is a break now in this league our next match not until 23rd June at home to GoodCouncil, many thanks to all our supporters who travelled over, you certainly were notdisappointed. Junior hurling league starts Wednesday evening in Enniskerry 7.30 throw in....
|Dublin Adult Hurling league|
29 March, 2015
The second match in the Dublin league turned out to be a much more one sided affair, with Bray winning on a score line of 4.16 to 6 points. St Marks from Tallaght came to Bray on Sunday morning and came up against a pretty determined bunch of players.
Padraig Doyle started in goal as he is looking to get back to full fitness after injury and kept his second clean sheet in a week, but it was our new kid on the block Eoin McCormack that got the ball rolling with a superb goal, lobbing the out coming goalie after beating two defenders, this was quickly followed by another from Liam Kenny and yet another by Cian O’Byrne, Bray were in total control of this game at half time leading 4.6 to 2 points, Liam Kenny having buried his second goal just before the whistle.
Daire Moloney was in great form at corner forward and scored six points from play, Daire Henderson and Ryan Tynan showed well at mid field, Enda McHugh played at full back with Harry Stephenson and Paul Barry (1) rock solid beside him, Lacey, Kiely (1) and Mick Walsh made up the half back line, and Nikki Sweeney, Eoin McCormack (1.3) Luke O’Reilly the half forwards, and then that leathal full forward line Cian O’Byrne (1.5) Liam Kenny (2.0) and Daire (Nasher) Moloney( 6).There were a number of changes made during the game with Lorcan Pratt, Craig Brack, Ronan O’Brien and Barry Cunningham all coming on to play there part.
Next match is in two weeks time....
|Leinster Senior Hurling League|
28 March, 2015
Our senor hurlers had their first game in Division 2 of the Leinster League on Saturday 28th February in Old Connaught against Glenmore of Kilkenny. After a closely fought contest Bray emerged winners on a score line of 2.11 to 1.11. The second game was away to Erin’s Own of Bagenalstown, Carlow on Monday 23rd March.
The travel time to Bagenelstown was made much longer as a result of an accident on the motorway. Despite the delay, the game started on time and the Erin’s Own pitch was in excellent condition which suited both teams as they tried to play fast open hurling. Bray made a very good start to the game and held a lead of 7 points to 3 at half time. The second half was a much tighter affair with Erin’s Own drawing level in the 58th minute.
Bray responded with three points in the remaining five minutes that were played with Erin’s Own finishing the scoring with a point. Final score Bray 13pts - Erins Own 11pts. The team panel played very well on the night and the management team were very pleased with the commitment of all the players.
Team: Padraig Doyle, Paul Barry, Peter Kiely, Harry Stephenson, Luke Maloney, Jim Doyle, Karl Lacey, Diarmuid Masterson, (5pts) Daire Henderson, Ben Mc Cormack, Eoin Mc Cormack (2pts), Barry Cunningham, Cian O’ Byrne (3pts), Liam Kenny, Darragh Maloney (3pts). Subs used, Luke O Reilly, Mark Lennon, Ryan Tynan.
The last game in the league against Portlaoise will not now take place because Bray have now qualified for the semi-finals of the league and will be hoping for a home draw. Bray will play the winners of Kilmacow(Kilkenny) or Ballinamere (Offaly) in the semi-final....
14 March, 2015
Our first match in the Dublin league for the 2015 season was away to St Finbar's in Cabra. Newly promoted to Division 5 we were short a huge number of players, for one reason or another, but managed an excellent win on a score line of 3.15 to 12 points.
Slow to start, we eventually got going with a great goal from Brian Duggan (Duggs), soon followed by another from Luke O’Reilly who also scored a great point from a side line, Cian O’Byrne kept the score ticking with frees and was proving to be a hand full for the Finbar's defence, before half time Nicky Sweeney scored a monster point to leave us well in control at the break 2.8 to 3 points.
The second half was a much tighter affair with the home team coming into the game with some fine scores, however we responded well, the McCormack brothers Eoin & Ben engineering some lovely scores, Eoin following his great goal against Glenmore last week in the Leinster league with another. Darragh Henderson, Harry and Lacey were under immense pressure at times in the half back line but dealt with it really well, Darragh Moloney was outstanding in the goal, and kept a clean sheet. Lorcan Pratt is back and looking fit, Mick Walsh and Paul Barry put in a good shift. One would say it was an overall team performance against a very powerful and physical side. Two subs were introduced, Jordan and Sean Moloney back after injury.
Next match is at home 29th March and your support would be greatly appreciated, in the meantime if you fancy a trip to Bagenalstown, Carlow, on the Monday 23rd, we play Erin’s Own at 7.30pm in the Leinster league....
|Leinster Hurling Championship|
26 October, 2014
Our Senior Hurling team had another first on Sunday in playing Ballinakill from Laois in the Leinster club championship in O'Moore Park, Portlaoise. There was a very large number of supporters from Bray who helped create a good atmosphere for the occasion.
Bray played against a strong wind in the first half and in spite of the great advantage to Ballinakill the score was 0-13 to 0-6 for Ballinakill at half-time. When Ballinakill were reduced to 14 men after a sending-off it looked like it could be Bray Emmet's day. However in spite of a great effort it was not to be, with Ballinakill getting through with a score-line of Ballinakill 0-18, Bray Emmets 0-13.
This team has given the club some great days this year having won the County Championship for the first time in 62 years and also winning the League. A very big thank you all the players and the management team of John Henderson, Bill Maher, Liam Kenny, Joe Barnes, Liam McGraynor and Olan Savage who put so much work all year. There is no doubt that this young team has a good future and we look forward to many successes in the future....
5 October, 2014
Bray Emmets 2-09, Glenealy 1-11. Yes we are County Champions. What a day and what a game. This was a game that had everything in it. It’s hard to single anyone out as this has been a campaign of more than 15 players however Christy ‘Jackie’ Moorehouse deservedly got man of the match. It has been a long time coming and this management team and squad of players have got themselves in to the history books and brought great joy to so many as well. It was great to have the support that we had on Sunday and the club have received plaudits from officials who felt it was one of the best county finals in years. We hope you join us on the road as we now enter the Club All Ireland Campaign. We take on Ballinakill from Laois on the 26th October at a venue and time yet to be decided...
20 September, 2014
Bray Emmets 2-10, Carnew Emmets 0-10. The Senior hurlers earned a place in the County Final which will be played on Sunday 5th October 2014 in Aughrim. This was definitely a game of two halves with the first have finishing Bray 0-2 Carnew 0-3. In the second half the lads upped their game and some well taken goals from Mikey Lee and points from Christopher Moorehouse, Mikey Browne and Tom Cash sealed the deal. We hope to see everybody in Aughrim for the final so make it a date in your diary today.Team : Eoin Mason, Cathal Ó Dúlacháin, Peter Kiely, Paddy Lee, Luke Maloney, John Henderson, Jim Doyle, Aaron Murphy, Mikey Browne, Diarmuid Masterson, Christy Moorehouse, Ronan Cunningham, Mikey Lee, Liam Kenny, Padraig Doyle. Subs: Marc Lennon, Daire Lohan, Tom Cash. Bainisteoir - John Henderson agus Bill Maher ag obair leis. ...
9 September, 2014
Emmet Bhré 1-11, Glenealy 0-12. The Senior hurlers captured the Senior hurling league in a tightly contested encounter against a skillful Glenealy side on Tuesday night, 9 September. A good crowd assembled to see team Captain, Ronan O'Brien, express his respect for the opposition and receive the presentation. Comhgairdeas leo uilig. Foireann : Eoin Mason, Cathal Ó Dúlacháin, Ronan O'Brien (Captaen), Paddy Lee, Karl Lacey, Peter Walsh, Daire Henderson, Daire Lohan, Diarmuid Masterson, Ronan Cunningham, Willy Keane, Cian O'Byrne, Arran Murphy, Liam Kenny, Tom Cash. Nicky Sweeney, Gearóid Ó Murchú, Christy Moorehouse. Bainisteoir - John Henderson agus Bill Maher ag obair leis. ...
| Senior Hurling|
24 August, 2014
Bray Emmets 3-10, Carnew Emmets 0-7.The Senior hurlers played Carnew in Aughrim on Sunday and had a good win. We will have to wait and see who we get drawn against in the Semi Final. At the moment ourselves, Carnew and Glenealy are through to the Semi Final and the final spot is to be decided between Avondale and St. Pats...
15 August, 2014
Emmet Bhré 2-26, Éire Óg 1-14.The Senior hurlers played Éire Óg Friday night, Aug 15th in Greystones. There were some very solid scores from play from a spread of players, coupled with a keen work-rate from a squad hungry for match day places. Serious challenges ahead however. Táimid go léir ag tnúth leis an gcéad lá eile. Foireann : Peter O'Reilly, Peter Walsh, Peter Kiely, Cathal Ó Dúlacháin, Karl Lacey, John Henderson, Jim Doyle, Dara Lohan, Diarmuid Masterson, Pádraig Doyle, Christy Moorehouse, Marc Lennon, Mikey Lee, Mikey Browne, Tom Cash. Dara Maloney, Ronan Cunningham, Luke Maloney, Cian O'Byrne. Bainisteoir - John Henderson Snr.
Next Match in the Championship is Sunday 24th August in Aughrim at 1pm as we take on Carnew. Let's keep behind them....
|Senior Hurling Championship|
13 July, 2014
Bray Emmets 2-18 St. Patricks 1-8Our Senior Hurlers continued their championship campaign with a good win on Sunday in Arklow. ...
22 June, 2014
Emmet Bhré 6-25, Arklow Rocks Parnell 0-3. The senior hurlers had a good win in Aughrim on Sunday evening. The Bray lads were too strong for the Arklow opposition and ran out worthy winners. Team: D. Maloney, D. Henderson, P.Kiely, P. Walsh, K. Lacey, J. Henderson, J. Doyle, M. Browne, D. Masterson, C. Moorehouse, P.Doyle, M. Lennon, M. Lee, E. Mason, T. Cash. Subs: R. O'Brien, C.O'Byrne, H. Stephenson, P. O'Reilly. Thanks to the Ardmore for the food after the game....
1 June, 2014
Emmet Bhré 0-16 Kiltegan 0-7The Senior Hurlers got their Championship campaign off to a great start with a win in Aughrim against a very experienced Kiltegan team. The half time score was Bray 0-9 Kiltegan 0-5. The team had to work hard in the second half as they were playing in to a strong wind. Jackie Moorehouse pointed some great frees which kept the Emmets in front. While a great start to the championship there is a long way to go and the fight for places on the team has started. ...
17 May, 2014
Senior Hurlers capture Leinster League,Our senior hurlers were crowned Kings of Leinster at a rain swept Dr. Cullen Park on Sunday by a score of 1-16 to 2-11 against Eire Og Chorachoill from Kildare. Bray were slow to start and it took a Mark Lennon goal midway through the first half and inspired hurling from Daire Henderson in defence to force a well-earned half time lead of 1-9 to 0-8. Mikey Lee's unerring accuracy proved vital as he scored 7 pts, 6 from Frees, with Diarmuid Masterson chipping in two quality scores from play.Eire Og Came out fighting in the second half and took the game to Bray, and started to run at the Bray defence. Bray's full back line was under huge pressure and repelled everything that came at them marshaled by Peter Kiely and Ronan O'Brien. Bray were dealt two hammer blows with the loss of Eoin Mason and Diarmuid Masterson with shoulder injuries. Karl Lacey and Jim Doyle were holding their own in the half back line. Our opponents would not give in and clawed their way back into the game with two spectacular goals from close in frees by their county keeper Peter Williams. Then came two great individual scores for bray, one a solo effort by John Henderson who wove his way from midfield to shoot a powerful drive just over the bar. Mikey Lee gathered a long delivery to skin his man again and score another point to bring his tally to 0-11 for the day. Mark Lennon added another and victory was in sight. Bray were now fighting a rear guard action and their loyal supporters were praying for the final whistle which came 3 minutes into injury time. Special mention to our county players -Jackie Moorehouse, Luke Maloney, John Henderson and Mikey Lee who showed their dedication to their club by playing two games in 24 hours. Daire Lohan and Padraig Doyle showed that age is no barrier and Peter O'Reilly's great save will live long in the memory.Team P. O'Reilly D .Henderson P Kiely R O' Brien J Doyle J Henderson K Lacey Eoin Mason L Maloney C Moorehouse P Doyle D Masterson M Lennon D Lohan M Lee Subs: N Sweeney William Keane...
|Dublin Adult Hurling League Div 6- Round 3|
6 April, 2014
Bray Emmets welcomed St. Sylversters to a blustery Emmet Park on Sunday morning. Emmets went into the fixture unbeaten in the league and eager to maintain their winning form. Helped by a strong wind Sylvesters were off the mark quick and were in control for long periods of the first half with the Bray midfiled and half back line feeling the pressure. With 20 mins gone Sylverters were in a strong position with a 8 point lead however through strong work from the Doyles, Tom Cash and Cian O'Bynre Bray began to cut their lead. Karl Lacey and Dara Henderson got to grips in the half back line and after a shakey first half Bray went in trailing by 5 points. Almost straight from the throw in Jim Doyle made a move for goal and raised the green flag and Bray began to take control. The Dublin side were not finished yet though and kept scores tacking on. A fine goal from Gearoid O'Muirchu gave Bray a cushion but again Sylvesters pushed on. In the nervey closing minutes a seige was lain on the Bray goal however the backs held strong and kept their 100% record in this competition with a 2 point victory 2-11 to 15 points.
Bray team: P'O'Reilly, C Brack, H Stephenson, S Maloney, K Lacey, D Henderson, L O'Reilly, D Masterson, G O'Muirchu, B Cunningham, P Doyle, M Lennon, T Cash, J Doyle, C O'Byrne...
|Senior Hurlers - Round 2 Dublin League|
30 March, 2014
Bray Emmets 0-21 St. Kevins 2-07
On Sunday morning Bray travelled to Dolphin Park in Synge Street in their 2nd game in the Dublin League. Bray were under pressure early as the home side settled quickly. Once Bray got to grips with the tight pitch they began to exert some influence on the game. The scores were level at half time Bray 0-9 to Kevin's 1-6. Bray were quick off the mark in the 2nd half with Tom Cash accurate on frees and the full back line coping well with their big opponents. Brays superior skill won out against their hard working opponents with the Bray men running out victors. That makes 2 wins from 2 in the Dublin league with these additional fixtures adding huge competition to the Bray adult hurling teams. Next up are St. Sylvestors in Emmet Park on Sunday.
Bray Team- D.Maloney, C Brack, H Stephenson, S Anders, C O'Dualachain,P Lee, D Henderson, G O'Muirchu, E.McCormack ,K Lacey,W Keane,B.Cunningham ,T Cash,D Lohan, C O'Byrne...
|Senior Hurlers - Leinster League Round 3|
24 March, 2014
Bray Emmets 3-12 Confey (Kildare) 0-10
With two wins from 2 Bray Emmets welcomed Confey of Kildare to Emmet Park last Monday. It was a winner takes all game as the victors would progress to the knock out stages so the contest was keen from the start. It was a close games with teams trading points in the opening 20 mins, but a fortunate long range free dropped under the bar for the Bray men and another good goal from Mikey Lee gave Bray a healthy cushion at half time 2-7 to 6 points. Bray were quick out of the blocks again in the 2nd half winning the early exchanges and a goal from Tom Cash effectively put the tie beyond Confey. The Kildare side never gave up and kept tacking on scrores but in this case, it was goals that win games with Bray running out winners 3-12 to 10pts. Bray now meet Wicklow rivals Carnew in the semi final of the competition set for April 9th in Bray.
We hope for a good crowd to roar Bray on and thank those than have done so thus far.
Bray Team- P' O'Reilly, L.Maloney, E Mason, J Doyle, L O'Reilly, J Henderson, D Masterson, D Lohan, K Lacey, M Lee, P Doyle, M.Lennon, T Cash, C Moorehouse, C O'Byrne...
|Bray Emmets 5-14 St. Judes 1-11|
9 March, 2014
On a wet and windy Sunday morning the Bray Emmets adult hurlers took their maiden bow in the Dublin League. Having played only the day before in the Leinster League it was a chance for Bray to use their panel and fielded 10 players who hadn't featured in their Leinster League victory. With the wind at their backs Bray raced into a lead with young Padraig Doyle shining on his Senior debut. Before the Judes full back line had a chance to settle Doyle had won 3 early balls which yielded 3 cracking goals. This early goal fest set Bray well on their way to victory. Bray's half forward line were moving the ball extremely well in the tough conditions with Nicky Sweeney covering every blade of grass to keep the full forward with a good supply of ball. Tom Cash was chipping in with points from frees and it took 20 minutes before Judes could register a score. The score of the game came in the first half from big Willy Nolan. Mick Walsh clipped in a line ball and Will moved off the forty, he caught the ball and with his back to goal swung a point over his shoulder to the delight of the Bray fans. Going into the 2nd half Bray had a commanding lead but would face a stiff breeze and deteriorating elements. Bray took their foot off the gas and allowed Judes a spell of domination. Bray's backs had been well on top but the stiffening breeze put the under huge pressure. A mix up in the Bray square led to a goal for Judes but that was quickly cancelled out by a goal from Bray full forward Bull Keane. The teams exchanged scores as the time wound down and Bray never looked in trouble. Being able to play in the Dublin leagues is a great opportunity for the club and will provide the lads with regular quality games and keep all members of the squad match sharp. Having fielded the day before in the Leinster League it was a testament to the strength in depth of adult hurling in Bray that they were able to field such a high a quality team on Sunday also....
|Bray Emmets 1-19 Oliver Plunkett's 0-14|
8 March, 2014
On Saturday afternoon Bray Emmets Senior hurlers travelled to the Phoenix Park to play St Oliver Plunketts, for their first taste of competitive action this season. Bray have tasted success in the Leinster League winning their division in 2012 and it always provides teams with high quality games early in the year. Brays were first out of the blocks with Jackie Moorehouse to the fore and Bray raced into a 3 point lead. However Plunketts settled and began to tack on scores of their own. Bray had the advantage of the win and were supplying good quick ball into their full forward line that were themselves enjoying success on the score board. Plunketts began to take charge in the midfield and were putting the Bray defence under pressure yielding a number of frees which the Plunketts free taker took advantage of. Bray's full back line however got to grips with their counter parts with Ronan O'Brien clearing important ball and Lukey Maloney cleaning up a lot of loose ball. Jackie continued to knock over the frees and Dara Lohan and Jim Doyle chipped in points from play. At half time Bray led 11 points to 8 and would have to face the wind in the 2nd half. After the throw in this time it was Plunketts turn to take over and they put up 3 quick points on the board to Bray's 1 leaving the Bray men only a point ahead. The turning point came with 15mins to go when lack of discipline from the Plunketts full forward. An easy free was instead thrown in by the ref, Eoin Mason won the contest and the ball flew up the field leading to a Bray score. This score swing put Bray on the front foot and they began to take control. Jim Doyle and Dirmuid Masterson were moved to the half back line to shore things up with Mason moving back to the edge of the square. The Bray men looked the fitter side with their forwards moving constantly and taking on their men at every chance. Jackie kept the frees ticking over and with 5 minutes to go an opportunistic Tom Cash goal put the final nail in Plunkett's coffin. The most pleasing aspect of this win was the character Bray showed under pressure and the contribution of their forward division all of whom scored from play.
Scorers: Jackie Moorehouse(0-8) Tom Cash(1-2) Cian O'Byrne(0-3) Dara Lohan(0-2) Karl Lacey, Jim Doyle, Luke Maloney, Liam Kenny(0-1) each...
|Match Report: Senior Hurling Championship County Final|
20 October, 2013
Despite a brave effort from our Senior Hurlers, the wait for a County title goes on after they suffered defeat at the hands of Glenealy on Sunday, 20th October in Aughrim. However, our young team can take plenty of encouragement from a performance that suggests that the Club will not be waiting for too much longer to bring the O’Donoghue Cup back to Bray.
A heavy downpour just before throw in meant that conditions were far from ideal and not surprisingly, the opening minutes of the game were scrappy as both teams tried to settle. Two frees for Glenealy gave them an early lead but Emmets were unlucky after Mikey Lee’s free ended up in the back of the net, only for the goal to be disallowed. Christy Moorehouse, eventually opened Bray’s account with Mikey Lee and Luke Maloney also pointing but Glenealy were always able to respond and eventually stretched their lead to four points midway through the first half. It was during this period of the game that a number of goalmouth scrambles at the Glenealy end somehow managed to stay out and a goal at this stage might have seen a different outcome at the end. Peter O’Reilly saved acrobatically in goal for Emmets before a Mikey Lee double and one of the scores of the game from Eoin Mason added to the Emmets tally to leave the Bray side trailing 0-9 to 0-7 at the break.
At the start of the second half, the sides exchanged scores twice, Moorehouse and Mikey Lee for Emmets, before the introduction of Mikey Browne had an instant effect as he split the posts with a great effort. However, Glenealy responded as only champions can and added two more points, one of which was an inspiring long distance score, to leave four between them 0-14 to 0-10. Substitute Jim Doyle fired over a super point before the same player, in a case of mistaken identity, was inexplicably shown a second yellow card. Reduced to fourteen men, Emmets now had a near impossible task but to their credit, the players battled on with Mikey Lee and Christy Moorehouse finishing off great moves to add to the Bray account. A final free from Glenealy sealed the result and in the end there were three points between the sides; Bray Emmets 0-14 Glenealy 0-17.
Any words written here will be of little consolation to the players and management. However, they can be very proud of their efforts and the excitement they created around the town in the lead up to the Final. They can also take huge encouragement from the performances of the likes of Ronan O’Brien, Paddy Lee, John Henderson, Luke Maloney, Mikey Lee and Christy Moorehouse. The fact that there was only a goal between them and a Glenealy side who have completed a four-in-a-row speaks volumes and certainly the overriding feeling in the Club is that the much coveted championship title is not too far away. Sunday’s experience will stand to this group of players and as Chairman, Dermot O’Brien, stated at the reception in the Clubhouse afterwards: “This is not the end, only the beginning”.
Emmet Bhré: Peter O’Reilly, Ronan O’Brien, Peter Kiely, Patrick Lee, Marc Lennon, John Henderson, Karl Lacey, Luke Maloney, Gearoid O Murchu, Eoin Mason, Paul Cunningham, William Keane, Mikey Lee, Brian Duggan, Christy Moorehouse.
Substitutes: Darragh Maloney, Tom Cash, Nicky Sweeney, Jim Doyle, Daire Lohan, Mikey Browne, Luke O’Reilly, Cian O’Byrne, Cillian Molloy, Aaron Murphy, Liam Kenny, Ryan Tynan, Ed Keating, Enda Molloy, Michael Walsh.
Management: Shane O’Brien, Chris Masterson, John Tracey, Martin Kennedy, Gussie Cash, David Reale...
|Historic day for our Hurlers|
21 September, 2013
Match Report: Senior Hurling ChampionshipOn a historic day for the Club, our Senior Hurlers reached the County Final for the first time since 1952 after they defeated St. Patricks Wicklow in the semi-final of the Senior Hurling Championship on Saturday, 21st September in Aughrim. From the moment Christy Moorehouse set up Mikey Lee for a goal early in the first half, Emmets never looked back and in truth, ran out comfortable winners in the end. Aided by the breeze, that goal was followed by a flurry of Bray points and St. Patricks simply had no answer for the tigerish displays of the men in green and navy. A superb first half performance was capped by a Brian Duggan goal and at the break, Bray had a commanding lead 2-10 to 0-4. Not surprisingly, the second half was a more even affair as St. Patrick’s tried to find a way back into the match. However, thanks to Mikey Lee’s unerring free-taking, they were never able to gain a stranglehold in the game as Bray matched them for each score. In the end, there was a huge thirteen points between the sides. Final score: Bray Emmets 2-17 St. Patricks Wicklow 1-7.Team: Peter O’Reilly, Ronan O’Brien, Peter Kelly, Patrick Lee, Marc Lennon, John Henderson, Karl Lacey, Luke Maloney, Gearoid O Murchu, Eoin Mason, Paul Cunningham, William Keane, Mikey Lee, Brian Duggan, Christy Moorehouse.Substitutes: Darragh Maloney, Tom Cash, Ed Keating, Craig Brack-Sinnott, Nicky Sweeney, Enda Molloy, Cillian Molloy, Jim Doyle, Ryan Tynan, Luke O’Reilly, Mikey Brown, Michale Walsh, Daire Lohan, Cian O’Byrne, Alan Sweeney.Management: Shane O’Brien, Chris Masterson, John Tracey, Martin KennedyScorers: Mikey Lee 1-9; Brian Duggan 1-0; Luke Maloney 0-2; Eoin Mason 0-2; Gearoid O'Murchu 0-2; Paul Cunnigham 0-1; Tom Cash 0-1.
Bray do not yet know who their opponents in the County Final will be as the other semi-final between Glenealy and Carnew Emmets ended in a draw but regardless, everyone in the Club can look forward to the build-up over the next few weeks...
|Good win for Senior Hurler V St. Pats|
31 August, 2013
The Senior Hurlers faced St. Patrick’s Wicklow in the last group game in the Championship in Pearse Park, Arklow on Saturday, 31st August. A win was needed to secure a place in the top four. St. Pats drew first blood with a score from play but Emmets responded with an accurate free from Mickey Lee. When Jackie Moorehouse won a 21 yard free Lee had no hesitation in blasting a shot to the back of the net to give Emmets an early goal. Shortly after Moorehouse sent over a brilliant point to give Emmets the early lead. Just before half time St. Pats goaled bringing the gap back to two points with Emmets leading at half time 1-8 to 1-6. Eoin Mason got the second half off on the right note with a shot fired over the bar leaving a three point gap. St. Pats came back as determined as ever and came within two points but some more superb free taking from Mickey Lee put Emmets ahead again with frees and a 65. The backs continued to hurl with a dogged determination and never let up with Peter Kiely leading at no. 3. Substitute Willy Keane made a huge impact when at 17mins he burst through and raised a green flag with a neatly taken goal to open up a gap. Daire Lohan then picked out Eoin Mason with a bullet of a pass across the 21 with Mason scoring and a third green flag for Bray. Lohan then chipped in a fine score from the middle of the park to leave six points in it at the end. Well done to the management team and the huge panel who have been working solidly since early February. After the game amid the celebrations there was a cake on hand for Chris Masterson form the backroom team who celebrated a big birthday on Saturday. The cake was nice but was all the sweeter with a semi-final to look forward to! Final score: Bray Emmets 3-14 St Patricks 1-14.
Team: D. Maloney, M. Lennon, P. Kiely, P. Lee, K. Lacey, R. O Brien, H. Stephenson, L. Maloney, G. O Murchu, J. Doyle, E. Mason, J. Henderson, M. Lee, B. Duggan, C. Moorehouse. Subs used: W. Keane for O Brien, N. Sweeney for Doyle, D. Lohan for Duggan. Scorers: M. Lee (1-11), C. Moorehouse (0-1), W. Keane (1-0), E. Mason (1-1), D. Lohan (0-1)...
|Senior Hurlers secure draw against Carnew|
25 August, 2013
The Senior Hurlers faced Carnew in the Championship in Arklow on Sunday, 25th August in the second last group stage game. Eoin Mason opened the Emmets account with an early free however not much separated the teams in the first half. A new look full back line worked hard and defended well. Frees from Mason and two scores from play from full forward Brian Duggan made it five points apiece at the break.
Emmets started the second half with a score from Christy Moorehouse settling the team down. However, Carnew soon goaled and added on a few scores to create a worrying lead. Emmets remained calm and heads never dropped. Substitute Jim Doyle brought them right back into the game with a bullet of a shot to the Carnew goal. Mororehouse converted a fee and a score from play from Daire Lohan brought Emmets to within a point. As the time quickly ran out and with Carnew still ahead by a point Emmets sought a final score. With only a few seconds left centre back John Henderson gained possession. Fresh from his travels in the US, he blasted a high ball straight over the bar securing a draw. The last game in the group stages of the championship is next weekend against St Patrick’s Wicklow Town. All support is appreciated.
Final score Bray Emmets 1-12 Carnew Emmets 1-12. Team: D. Maloney, M. Lennon, R. O Brien, P. Lee, K. Lacey, J. Henderson, H. Stephenson, K. Lacey, L. Maloney, G. O Murchu, T. Cash, E. Mason, N. Sweeney, C. O Byrne, B. Duggan, C. Moorehouse. Subs: J. Doyle for T. Cash, D. Lohan for C O Byrne, W. Keane for N. Sweeney, T. Cash for Duggan.
Scorers: E. Mason (0-4, all frees), B. Duggan 0-3, C Moorehouse 0-2 (one free), D. Lohan 0-1, J. Henderson 0-1, L Maloney 0-1....
|Senior Hurlers edge out Kiltegan|
27 July, 2013
The Senior Hurlers were in action in the championship against Kiltegan last Saturday evening, 27th July, at Aughrim. This was a must win game to keep championship hopes alive. Kiltegan drew first blood with an early free. The sides remained close for the opening stages with some accurate free taking from Mickey Lee and points from play from Brian Duggan and Gearoid O Murchú keeping Bray level. Duggan then raised the green flag with a well taken goal from a high dropping ball. With another similar goal for Duggan and a 65 from Lee Emmets looked like they were taking control with a 2-9 to 0-8 score line at the half time break. Christy Moorehouse produced a well taken scored from play early in first half but Kiltegan then responded with a goal and were now well back in the game. Frees from Lee and another score from Duggan widened the gap but Kiltegan once again goaled at a vital stage and then took two points from placed balls to reduce the gap to two points. In the closing stages the Bray men raised the game with some hard work around the middle of the field and in the backline. The forwards produced what was needed and got four crucial scores from play from Lee, Nicky Sweeney and substitutes Ryan Tynan and Cian O’Byrne. Despite a strong response from Kiltegan, the gap remained three at the final whistle.
Final score: Bray Emmets 2-17 Kiltegan 2-14.
Team: P. O’Reilly, L O Reilly, P. Kiely, C O Mollmhuaidh, H Stephenson, K. Lacey, L. Maloney, G O Murchu, C Brack Sinnot, D Maloney, E. Mason, C. Moorehouse, N Sweeney, M Lee, B Duggan, T Cash. Subs: R Tynan for Maloney (15mins), M Lennon for Cash, E Mason for Brack-Sinnot (all HT), E Keating for L O Reilly, C O Byrne for O Murchú (42mins).
Scorers: M Lee (0-9 two 65s, six frees), Brian Duggan 2-3, G O Murchu 0-1, C Moorehouse 0-1, C O Byrne 0-1, N Sweeney 0-1, R Tynan 0-1.
|Senior hurlers loose out to Glenealy|
13 July, 2013
The senior hurlers travelled to Arklow on Saturday evening to face county champions Glenealy in the next round of the Senior Hurling Championship. This was a tight affair from the start played with passion throughout. Glenealy opened their account with a 65 but two frees from Mickey Lee put the Bray men ahead. It was a tight affair throughout the first half with another free converted from Lee and a well taken score from Christy Moorehouse. Before the break Emmets also suffered a huge loss loosing Eoin Mason to injury. However, heads did not drop and they emerged defiant after the half time break. Some vital scores from frees from Lee early in the second half brought Bray back into it and drew level once again. Glenealy pulled away in the last ten minutes taking some vital scores from frees. Bray never let up with Karl Lacey finding his range with a huge score from the middle of the field. This was not enough and Glenealy continued to edge ahead. Final score Glenealy 1-12 Bray Emmets 0-9. Team: P. O’Reilly, H Stephenson, P. Kiely, L O Reilly, K Lacey, R. O Brien, L. Maloney, N Sweeney, G O Murchu, P. Lee, E. Mason, C. Moorehouse, C. Brack-Sinnott, M Lee, T Cash. ubs: J. Doyle for Mason; B. Duggan for P. Lee, C O Byrne for Cash. Scores: M Lee 0-7 (6 frees), C Moorehouse 0-1, K Lacey 0-1.
A minutes silence was held before the game in respect of Oliver O’Farrell....
|Senior Hurlers grab late draw|
16 June, 2013
The Senior Hurlers faced Avondale in Round 2 of the 2013 Coogan Steel Tinahely Senior Hurling Championship in Arklow on Sunday afternoon, 16th June. Coming just a week after the impressive win against Arklow Rock Parnells, expectations were high. Avondale opened their account first but Eoin Mason pointed from a free soon after. It was a close first 30 minutes with some fine free taking from Mason and one point from play from Tom Cash but at half time the Emmets men trailed by one point, nine points to eight. The game ebbed and flowed with little separating the teams in the second half. Mason was accurate again on frees with points from play from Cash, Paddy Lee and Christy Moorehouse. Peter Kiely dominated in the full backline and Peter Reilly pulled off an impressive save in the second half. In the dying minutes, two points down, Mikey Lee stuck over a crucial point from the 65 followed by a score from Christy Moorehouse to secure a draw. Final score: Bray Emmets 0-16 Avondale 0-16. Team: P. O’Reilly, E. Keating, P. Kiely, R. O’Brien, L. O’Reilly, J. Doyle, L. Maloney, E. Mason, K. Lacey, G. Ó Murchú, B. Duggan, P. Lee, C. Moorehouse, M. Lee, T. Cash. Substitutes: D. Lohan for Ó Murchú, N. Sweeney for E. Keating, E. Molloy for L. O’Reilly. Scorers: E. Mason 0-9 (eight frees, one 65) T. Cash 0-2, P. Lee 0-1, M. Lee 0-2 (one 65), C. Moorehouse 0-2....
|Winning start in Senior Hurling Championship|
8 June, 2013
The Senior Hurlers got their summer campaign off to a winning start on Saturday night when they faced Arklow Rock Parnells in the first round of the Coogan Steel Tinahely Senior Hurling Championship. A strong first-half performance capped by two goals from John Henderson laid the foundations for victory with Emmets leading 2-9 to 0-5 at the break. The second half was a more even affair but Bray’s comfortable lead was never in doubt. Final score: Bray Emmets 2-15 Arklow Rock Parnells 1-10.Team: P. O’Reilly, E. Keating, P. Kiely, R. O’Brien, L. O’Reilly, J. Doyle, H. Stephenson, K. Lacey, E. Mason, P. Lee, C. Moorehouse, J.Henderson, T. Cash, B. Duggan, M. Lee....
|Late goal seal it for Senior Hurlers |
25 May, 2013
The Senior Hurlers faced Glenealy's second team in Senior Hurling Spring League in Páirc Emmet Bhré on Friday, 24th May in fine summer conditions. Bray got off to the better start, leading at half-time 0-8 to 0-5. Glenealy goaled late in second half staging a comeback but Emmets held their composure with Brian Duggan responding with a well taken goal within a minute at the other end of the pitch. Emmets held out to win by two. Final score Bray Emmets 1-15 Glenealy B 1-13.Team: P O Reilly, E Keating, P Kiely (capt), L O Reilly, M Walsh, J Doyle, E O O'Maolmhuaiodh, R O Brien, K Lacey, J Henderson, B Duggan, D Lohan, Tom Cash, M Lee, L Maloney. Subs: C Moorehouse for Lohan, R Tynan for Walsh....
|Senior hurlers fall short in Dessie Murphy cup|
10 November, 2012
Senior hurlers travelled to Arklow last Sunday morning to face
Avondale in the Dessie Murphy cup; this is a playoff of the beaten
semi finalists in this year's championship. We would have been down
as favourites to win this game having beaten Avondale a number of
times over the last few years but with several of our more senior
players missing, mostly through injury and our minors having to
play semi final the day before, we just couldn't get going to
produce the kind of good hurling we had throughout the year. The
game never seemed to take off and we found ourselves down 7 points
to 4 at half time, Christy Moorehouse with 3 points two frees and
one from play, Mikey Lee the other point from play, Daire Lohan was
best of our young guns.
The second half didn't bring much more and our lads looked
tiered and weary, we managed seven points five frees and two from
play Christy and Gearoid, final score 12 points to 11 to Avondale
who were the more hungrier team and just about desired the win, a
good sporting game and were it not for the many wides, we might
just have taken it.
Team was, Peter O'Reilly, Cillian O'Maolmhuaiodh, Peter Kieley,
Ed Keating, Luke O'Reilly, Harry Stephenson, Luke Maloney, Willie
Keane, Cathal O'Dualachain, Jackie Moorehouse, Eoin Mason, Daire
Lohan, Mikey Lee, Paddy Lee and Gearoid O'Murchu
Subs Cian O'Byrne, Enda Molloy, Jordan Lee, Willie Nolan.
|Senior hurlers bow out|
14 October, 2012
The senior hurlers made their way to Aughrim last Sunday, for
the semi final of the championship against Carnew and were quietly
confident of causing an upset, however it wasn't to be. From the
start we gifted them two easy frees followed by another from play,
as we got settled we played some lovely hurling and scored some
great points; Daire Lohan with one, Paul Cunningham with two, Mikey
Lee two and Arran Murphy with one. We were now well in the game at
six points each, then came the first of two quick goals by Carnew
which really hit us for six, but such is the spirit and never say
die attitude of this group of players we hit back with a great goal
of our own, Mikey drilling the ball to the net giving Ted Kennedy
no chance. Carnew added one more point before half time to leave
the score at 2.7 to 1.6.
We had lost Christy Moorehouse through a sending off after ten
minutes, and Liam Kenny having to come off with an injury. With
Ronan O'Brien and Eoin Mason badly wounded, things could not have
been worse. On the other hand we had Paulie Cunningham dominating
centre forward, Henderson mid-field and Kiely holding tough at
We began the second half with a well taken point from play by
Mikey Lee and it was game on, three points in it and all to play
for. The referee gave a harsh free against John Henderson, which
Don Hyland, who never missed a free all day, slotted over the
Immediately after, a weak puck out went straight to the same man
and he put it back over the bar. There was now a five points gap
and real pressure was back on our lads, we reduced the lead again
two points by Gearoid O'Murchu but Carnew were firing over points
at the other end and stretched out the lead again to
nine. Mason and Kiely pointed from frees late on and
Luke Maloney scored a great point. Paddy Lee came on for Daire
Lohan and fired home a goal with minutes to go, but it just wasn't
enough. Carnew kept scoring points on the counter attack and the
game finished 2.17 to 2.12. Great effort by all concerned but not
to be this year. Well done lads, our future looks very bright, and
keep up the progress. Many thanks to Siobhan Egan, our physio and
all the back room team for all their hard work.
|Senior Hurlers advance to championship semi final|
6 October, 2012
Our senior hurlers booked a place in the semi final and take
another step towards their first senior title for more years than I
can remember, by beating St Pats of Wicklow, on a score line of
2.15 to 2.10, an amazing
Statistic in this game, was that Wicklow never scored from play,
incredible to say one man scored all 2.10 from frees, Andy
We started this match very well, firing over four or five points
before Pats got off the mark, but the game soon slowed down to a
real stop start affair, and our lead was reduced to a point coming
up to half time, giving silly frees away, then after a great
passing move Liam Kenny popped up once again to blast the ball to
the net, this was quickly followed by three great individual points
by Arran Murphy, who brilliantly controlled the ball first time
over the bar, and young Daire Lohan who landed one from out the
field just dropping over, and Mikey Browne bursting onto a breaking
ball in the middle of the field
and taking on the defence fired over to inspire our lads, we
were back in control but just on half time St Pats were awarded
a free and 21 yards out Andy O'Brien
went for the goal and got it, the 1.8 to 1.6 at the break.
The team was hurling well but just couldn't put St Pats away,
Kieleywas in charge at
Centre back, Eoin Mason & John Henderson in full control at
mid field, Paulie Cunningham lead the charge forward, blanking out
John Connors at centre back, shortly after the second half started
Kenny had to go off, having pulled up with an injury, in came "the
road runner" Luke O'Reilly who tormented the hearts of the Wicklow
Christy Moorehouse was having a stormer and also tormented the
Pats boys, popping over
three points from play and being fouled for a couple more,
Mikey was firing over the frees, Pats pulled a few points back from
frees and then were awarded a penalty. Mikey Browne coming out with
the ball in the corner appeared to be fouled but gave a penalty to
St Pats for an off the ball incident , which Andy O'Brien buried.
We once againhad to dig deep with the sides level,
Mikey pointed two frees for us and gave us a little breathing
Space, with six or seven minutes to go Arran Murphy put the game
to bed with a tidy little flick past the advancing goalie, game
Christy had the last say, when he latched onto a half cleared
ball out of the Wicklow defence and popped it over. The semi-final
v Carnew will be a different prospect altogether but we are right
there and who knows a county final could be looming, thanks to John
Anders who looked after the bag for us Saturday and the back room
team for all their efforts, next Sunday in Aughrim is where it's at
please come and support us.
|Hurlers advance at the expense of local rivals|
29 September, 2012
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 & 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 forty and Arran
moved in to the corner, with five minutes before half time, Arran
Murphy with one ofhis 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, 1.7 to 9
points. The return of Ronan O'Brien to full back, Kieley the centre
back and John Henderson to mid-field was working,
MikeyBrowne 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,
andMikey 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, andwith 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 whichRonan 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. We play St Pats next Saturday same support would be
|Senior Hurlers travel with high expectation|
8 September, 2012
Senior hurlers travel to Arklow last Saturday with
great expectations of reaching a semi final spot in this year's
However it wasn't to be, this game was littered with
mistakes and our boys made there fair share of them, the first
fifteen minutes was nip and tuck and really looked as if we could
cause an upset, then came the firstgoal
for Glenealy, a 21 yard free
from BoscoO'Neill, after one
of our corner backs having been deemed to have picked the ball off
the ground, this certainly knocked us for six
and Glenealytook full
advantage by knocking over three points one after
another,before half time,Liam
Kenny was our outstanding forward on the day and scored a couple of
lovely points to keep us in
hard, MikeyBrowne was
back after a long break from senior hurling and showed some nice
touches during the game. At half time we were behind
1.7 to 5points after playing against the
The start of the second half
saw Glenealyease further
ahead and after another
howlerin the full back line the
second Glenealygoal went in.
In fairness to our lads they came back at their opponents and
rallied with a goal and a few points unanswered, we were back to 3
or 4 points when a third disaster happened, it appeared our goalie
was fouled on his way out from goal after being
bundled over, his helmet pulled off but the referee
who was well back from the play waved play on and the ball was
tapped into an empty net and I am afraid our egg was boiled. We now
go into play off with
3.30pm,and will have one more chance to redeem
ourselves, the final score was 3.13 to 1.10, Paul
whosegoal in the second half gave us some
ray of hopeand
that did try hard but over all a bad day at the office.
The lads would like send best wishes and a speedy recovery
to Willie Keane who has under gone an eye operation during the week
and was unable to take up his position in the middle of the
fieldon Saturday, also a word of thanks to
Christy Moorehousewho left
his sisters wedding in Prosperous County Kildare, to get
to Arklowand play before
heading back, real commitment, well done Christy much
|Mason points the way to big win for the senior Hurlers|
25 August, 2012
Bray Emmets 4-18 Arklow Rocks 0-4
Senior hurlers brush Arklow Rocks aside in a very one sided
affair last Saturday in Arkow. Three goals from Christy Moorehouse,
1.3 from Gearoid O'murchu,three points from Eoin Mason
and 9 points for Mickey Lee, sees us through to a final match
decider with Glenealy on 8th of September, for a place in the semi
final. Ed Keating received a bad injury to his thumb and will most
likely miss the next couple of matches, Ronan O'Brien return from a
long injury to take up the full forward position and made a good
contribution, slowly but surely we are coming to the point of
having a full panel to pick from.
Liam Kenny is making great progress and no doubt he will
strengthen things even more when he gets fully fit. Once again four
or five of our younger lads were given a chance to show what they
can do, Daire Lohan, Enda Molloy, Lukie Maloney and older brother
Darragh who returned from the states, made huge impact of the game.
Arklow certainly didn't help themselves by getting two players sent
off in the first ten minutes of this game and by half time the game
was over as a contest. The final score 4.18 to 4 points.
|Senior Hurlers V Corbertt Gaels|
13 August, 2012
Our senior hurlers got back on the winning track, with a
decisive win over our neighbours Corbertt Gaels on a score line of
3.15 to 2.11. last Monday night at home in old conna. We were slow
enough to get going in this match and for the whole first half
played catch up to our opponents , a goal was badly needed to bring
this game to life and indeed we misted three or four golden
oppertunities to get one, but it was Greystones that hit the first
goal of the game when our backs seemed to be slow to attack the
ball and get it clear, instead Phelim Byrne nipped in to tap the
ball passed a helpless Peter o'Reilly in the Bray goal. This did
sound a wake up call to our lads and immediately we struck back
with a goal of our own by Christy Moorehouse, points from Cian
O'Byrne who made his senior debut and Daire Lohan two of our
minors, Mikey kept us ticking over from frees and at half time the
score was 1.7 to 1.6 after playing against the wind, and wasn't a
bad position to be in, Willie Keane and John Henderson had really
kept us in the game up to this point.
The second half was a completely different approach, what ever
was said at the break certainly hit home and our lads began to link
up and play some serious hurling, Paulie Cunningham was introduced
at wing back and Paddy Lee at wing forward, our second goal was
some what fortuitous when a great ball across the Greystones goal
from Arran Murphy was deflected off the corner backs hurl to his
own net, Mikey, Paulie, Christy and Gearoid added some lovely
points from play and when Jim Doyle was introduced for Cian O'Byrne
in the 23rd minute of the second half, with his first
touch scored a masterful goal, we were moving out of sight. Mikey
Lee added three frees while Corbertt Gaels had only
scored two points for almost the whole second half when we gifted
them the a mistake by the Bray goalie, followed by two
points from play, left the score 3.15 to 2.11. Peter Keiley, Luke
o'Reilly made good contribution to the game and with Liam Kenny,
Ronan O'Brien and Mikey Browne still on the injury list this team
can improve week by week as we go further in the championship.
There is no doubt that one can see the training and coaching
being brought to games now and we look forward to the rest of the
year with optimism .
|m Doyle and Enda Molloy make senior hurling debut|
12 July, 2012
Carnew were always going to be a big test for us and so it was.
They started with a point from a free, straight from the throw in
which gave them a great start; however it was our lads that took it
on from there to half time, with Carnew playing catch up for the
rest of the half. Michael Lee blasted home a twenty one
yard free to the net and followed it up with a point, Carnew came
right back, picking off points to level, A lot of scores were
coming from frees and indeed we missed a number of frees, be it not
that they were from long range. Christy Moorehouse fired over a
magnificent point from the stand side as we edged in front again
and looked to be in control of the game, back came Carnew and right
on the stroke of half time pointed a free to give them the lead 1.6
to 10 points.
All to play for in the second half, Mickey levelled it from a
free almost straight away, it was nip-and-tuck for a few more
minutes but slowly Carnew took control of this game and pulled away
by six or seven points, with seven minutes to go Willie Keane
pointed to give us a lift, but another killer goal from Carnew
looked to have sealed it, only for John Henderson straight off the
plane from Spain to riffle a cracker to the top corner of the net,
giving Ted Kennedy no chance in the Carnew goal, seconds later a
sixty five dropped in by Eoin Mason deflected off the keepers hand
and hopped off the post and was cleared out and had that have gone
in who knows what the outcome may have been. We added a point in
the dying seconds but the gap was too big, beaten for the first
time this year on a score line of 1.18 to 2.10.
Make no mistake about it, we are right up there now, and who
knows if we could get a fine day, there could be a major upset
looming! Next match is 28th July against St Pats.
Word of thanks again to all the back room team and to the whole
panel who presented a birthday cake to the manager Pat Lee
celebrating his 50th in the dressing room after the match.
|Senior hurlers V Kiltegan|
1 July, 2012
"Luke Maloney and Cathal O'Dualachain make senior debuts"
Bray Emmets senior hurlers played there second game in this
year's campaign on Sunday July 1st in Aughrim against Kiltegan. We
started rather slowly this week falling behind 3 points to 1 in the
first ten minutes, despite playing with a strong breeze, however
Mikey Lee levelled things with a couple of long range frees and
shortly afterwards put us ahead with a well struck 21 yard free. We
never looked back after this and Kiltegan didn't score again until
ten minutes into the second half. At half time we led 1.12 to 3
points with all our scores coming from our full forward line, Daire
Lohan,(2) Liam Kenny(2) and Mikey(1-8).Indeed it could have been a
lot worse for the men from the west were it not for some great
saves by the Kiltegan goalkeeper. Hendo, Paulie Cunningham and
Arran Murphy were running the show around the middle section and
Christy Moorehouse was giving Jeffery Bermingham from Kiltegan, a
horrid time. The match was over as a contest at half time but our
lads never took their foot off the pedal, racking up another 1-7 in
the second half, Liam(1) Christy Moorehouse with a fine individual
goal ten minutes into the half. Arran Murphy (2) and Eoin Mason (1)
also got in on the score sheet. Kiltegan to their credit did fight
to the end and found the goal twice in the dying moments. Billy
Brazil came in for Paulie who had made an immense contribution;
unfortunately Ed Keating saw red in the last ten minutes after
getting involved with Liam Kavanagh the Kiltegan corner forward.
Peter Kiely is slowly getting back to his best at full back and
Harry solid at centre back. The Carnew game was down for Friday
13th but to accommodate Carnew is rescheduled for Thursday the
12th. Thanks to Shane O'Brien, Chris Masterson, Frances Stevenson,
Siobhan Egan, Martin Kennedy and all our backroom team,
Pat Lee Bainisteoir
|Hat-trick of goals from Liam Kenny secures hard fought win over Avondale|
23 June, 2012
Hat-trick of goals from Liam Kenny secures hard fought win over
Avondale, on a
Score line of 4.14 to 2.9 in Aughrim.
We started well in this game with a point in the first thirty
seconds from Christy Moorehouse and aided by the wind kept a
constant pressure on the Avondale goal. Mikey Lee hit the first of
our three goals before half time, with a great strike which young
Herrernan in the Avondale goal did his best to stop but the power
of the shot carried it over the line, Liam Kenny soon added another
and with our forwards well on top we were looking good. With only
seconds to the break Avondale hit us for a goal reducing our lead
to seven points at half time 3.7 to 1.6. Despite introducing Paul
Cunningham for Luke O'Reilly after half time it was Avondale who
started the better with a goal and two points to only one point for
us reducing the lead to three points. Cillian O'Maolmhaigh was
injured and replaced by Paddy Lee older brother of Mikey. John
Henderson and Willie Keane were operating very well around the
middle and Eoin Mason, hurling better than ever, Mikey
who didn't miss a free, Christy pulling the Avondale defence all
over the place and Arran Murphy after pressing the overdrive button
after half time we were never going to be beaten. Peter O'Reilly
played very well in goal and has matured into a fine hurler and
with twenty minutes to go Kenny struck again for his third goal.
Although we had a big lead Avondale continued to throw everything
at us, Eamonn Kearns and young Gahan never throwing in the towel,
Kiely, Harry, Walshy and Ed showing great maturity for such young
men one could only hope for a very good campaign this year.
Congratulations to Daire Lohan on making his debut in senior
championship hurling at 17 years. There is one thing for sure if
you are good enough; you are old enough to play on this team.
We play Kiltegan next week in Aughrim again at 1.15pm. There are
three matches on that day, so come along, we need you all to get
behind us and give us your support. Thanks again to all back room
team, without your help it can't be done.
|Hurlers take Division 3 Leinster League|
27 May, 2012
Another great page was written in our hurling history book, when
our senior hurlers won the Division 3 Leinster Club Hurling League
in Dr Cullen Park Carlow yesterday, by the narrowest of margins,
2.10 to 1.12. A glorious day with conditions perfect for hurling,
we opened the scoring with a point from Mikey Lee, Carnew equalised
almost immediately, this was to be the pattern for the first half
score for score , Liam Kenny, Eoin Mason Mikey added further
points, the scores being level four times. Carnew had been very
wayward in there shooting and had several wides. With five minutes
to half time Mikey delivered a badly needed goal which made it 1.6
to 6 and the first time we got three point lead. Minutes into the
second half we extended it to four with a great score from Gearoid
Murphy, we began to take control of the match from here on, and
lead by seven points at one stage, points from Arran Murphy, Maso
and Mikey. Our second goal was a great move involving three
of our young players, Daire Lohan took on the Carnew defence passed
it into Cathal O'Dualachain who fed it into Mikey Lee who finished
it clinically to the net giving the Carnew goalie no chance. With
only minutes remaining Carnew to their credit made a great attempt
to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat, with a goal followed by
two points, leaving only point in it, but it wasn't to be
enough.After four minutes of injury time the referee blew the
whistle, we had just done enough and escaped with the victory.
Martin Skelly, Chairman of Leinster Council presented the shield to
the non playing captain Christy Moorehouse, who made a great
speech, thanking all involved.
The hurlers would like to wish Owen Brazil a speedy recovery
from injury, also, we would like to thank Frances Stevenson for all
her hard work in making this day a memorable occasion for all our
young hurlers, Brenda Maloney and Siobhan Egan, the
|Senior Hurlers reach Leinster Club Hurling, Div 3 final|
29 April, 2012
Bray Emmets senior hurlers have reached the final of the
Leinster Club Hurling, Div 3 final, following a very
impressive semi final win against Kildare club, Eire Og Corra
choll, on a score line of 3.10 to 1.9 in the wind & rain Sunday
eveningLast. At half time we looked to be in trouble
down 7 points to 3 and despite conceding another point
immediately after the break , our boys stepped it up agear,
Liam Kenny, the autocrat up front made all the play setting up
scores all around him, Jackie Moorehouse firing 2.1, Eoin
Maison 1.1, Mikey 7 points from play and frees, Willie Nolan
& Michael Walsh a point each. This was a great overall
performance in what could only be described as artic conditions.
The warm cup of tea with refreshments after the match for players
and supporters was very much appreciated, roll on the final.
|Senior Hurlers V St. Fechins (Louth)|
9 April, 2012
The senior hurlers welcomed back Liam Kenny and Michael Lee from
injury and between them contributed four goals and six points, a
lovely, but windy evening for hurling began with our lads exploding
from the blocks hitting 2.04 before the opposition St Fechins of
Louth registered their first point. There was no easing off from
our boys and went on to put 6.10 on the board for half time,
Gearoid and Arran picked up where they left off the last day,
controlling the mid-field, Keily, Harry and Luke let very
little through, and the match was well over as a contest by half
time. We move safely through to the next stage of this competition,
unfortunately Darragh Moloney went over on that ankle again and
will surely be out for a few weeks, Liam Kenny came off at half
time just to keep him sound, as that old thigh injury keeps
reoccurring, Ronan O'Brien was introduced for him at full forward,
Hendo is also on the injury list and hopefully he will be back in
time for the semi final. Willie Nolan was back on the score sheet,
with Eoin Mason and Christy Moorehouse firing over points from all
angles. We have seen great turnout for training so far this year
and the work the lads are putting in, is clearly showing in their
play on the field. The final score in this match was 7.14 to 1.13.
Many thanks to our Lady followers for all there hard work and
sandwich making afterwards in the clubhouse, much appreciated.
Training is Thursday night at 7pm and we have a challenge match
Sat evening 6 o clock in Ballyboden (14th April).
|Senior Hurlers start with a win|
19 March, 2012
Luke O'Reilly crowned his senior hurling debut with a well taken
point. The senior hurlers got there Leinster club hurling league
off to a good start with a convincing win over Realt Dearg from
Dublin, 2.18 to 6 points, Arran Murphy was in flying form with 3
points in the first ten minutes and 5 points overall, Gearoid also
scored 5 points and Christy Moorehouse who is in the form of his
life scored 1.5. Darragh Moloney found the net with an absolute
bullet just before half time which left this game in no doubt at
half time, 2.10 to 2 points at the breake, Owen Maison added two
points before the end, a man who is really back to form and could
be the key man this year. Ed Keating showed some good
form, Cillian, Harry, Braz, and Kiely all doing there bit,
man of the match was John Henderson (hendo) at mid-field and we
will leave the last word with Peter O'Reilly in the goal who made
some fab saves. Next match is against Clara from Kilkenny
31st at home.
|Hurlers lift the Billy Byrne Cup|
23 October, 2011
The final of the Billy Byrne Cup against Kiltegan was played in
atrocious conditions on Sunday in Avondale.
The game was very tight from the start as was to be expected in
such dreadful conditions. Kiltegan started quite lively and scored
a number of points showing their potential. We responded well with
firstly, a goal from a free taken by Peter Kiely which was somewhat
fortunate. This was followed by two further goals in the first half
by Liam Kenny and Mikey Lee leaving the half time score, Bray
Emmets 3-3, Kiltegan 1-5. We were hopeful of a good performance in
the second half as we were favoured by the breeze. However,
Kiltegan started the second half in impressive style and had some
early scores, reducing the margin to one point. Bray battled well
in the terrible conditions and scored a further four points leaving
the final score Bray Emmets 3-7, Kiltegan 1-9.
There were some very good performances by Bray. Diarmuid
Masterson played very well in the most difficult conditions for a
goalie. The full-back line played very solidly while the half back
line was lead very impressively by Harry Stephenson. John Henderson
had a great game at midfield. The conditions were challenging for
the forwards so point taking was made very difficult . However a
battling performance by players such as Liam Kenny and Eoin Mason
and opportunism of Mikey Lee lead to the goals which was the
differences between the teams.
This was our last competitive Senior hurling game and it is
gratifying to the management that we had a very large panel
available for selection which augurs well for the future.
Lineout: D Masterson, D. Moloney, R OBrien, B Brazil, E. Brazil,
H Stephenson, P Kiely(1-0), K Lacey, J Henderson (0-1), G. OMurchu
(0-1), E. Mason (0-3), P Lee, C Moorehouse(0-2), L Kenny (1-0), M
Substitutes: C OMaolmhuaidh for E Brazil, M Walshe for G
OMurchu, P Sweeney for K Lacey, W Nolan for P Lee , D Lohan for C
|Senior hurling V Arklow Rocks|
21 August, 2011
After a successful league stage of the championship Bray began
the knockout stage with a game against Arklow Rocks in Aughrim on
Sunday. Having beaten them recently and with some of our key
players back hopes were high that we would progress to the next
stage. Even though we were playing with a fresh breeze we started
very slowly in this game and Arklow went into an early lead.
However gradually as the game went on Bray got back into the game
and at half time the scores were level. This was so in spite of a
soft goal for Arklow. While we were not playing nearly as well as
we can there was signs that the initiative was back with Bray.
However the second half became a bit of a dogfight with Arklow
seeming to want victory more and used all their opportunities,
whether from frees or play very well. While we had sufficient
possession to win comfortably, many chances went astray through
seeking goals or wides. There were some good performances however.
The back line played solidly, apart from some lapses, with John
Henderson playing to his usual high standard at half-back, Ronan
O'Brien at full-back and Peter Kiely at centre half keeping the
centre well. The midfield of Aaron Murphy and Karl Lacey worked
hard while up front Jackie Moorehouse had his usual tally of
scores, Darragh Moloney performed well while Willie
Keane worked his heart out. The final score was Bray Emmets 1-12,
Arklow Rocks 3-10. While this was a major disappointment there was
strong evidence thatthere is sufficient ability in this
squad to go much farther. However it will require a lot of hard
work in training throughout the year by the full squad.
Lineout: D Masterson, E. Brazil, R OBrien, C OMaolmhuaidh, H
Stephenson, P Kiely, J Henderson, A Murphy(0-1), K Lacey(0-1), W
Keane(0-1), C Moorehouse(0-6), D Moloney, M Lee(0-1), L Kenny(1-0),
|Senior Hurlers V Kiltegan|
23 July, 2011
Bray Emmets: 2-10,
The next game of the league stage of the Senior Hurling
Championship was held on Saturday 23rd July in Aughrim against
Kiltegan.This was expected to be a greater challenge
than the previous tie as they are a stronger side and also as we
were missing several of our normal team due to holiday, work
commitments and injury. Again, as in the last game we started
slowly and gave the initiative to Kiltegan who punished any frees
or errors with well taken points mostly by Ray Kelly who was almost
unstoppable throughout the game. Gradually as the game moved on we
got into the pace of the game, helped by a long range free taken by
Peter Kiely which ended in the net, and by half time the scores
were level 1-4 for Bray and 0-7 for Kiltegan. The second half
started a bit like the first with Kiltegan picking off points
fairly much at will. Some determined work by a number of players
such as Paul Cunningham who has a great game at centre forward,
Ronan O'Brien at full-back, Diarmuid Masterson who made his debut
in goal and was very solid, Karl Lacey and Aaron Murphy at midfield
and some sharp shooting by Christ Moorehouse and an opportunist
goal by Paddy Lee in the forward line brought us back into the
game. The final score was
Our next outing will be against Arklow Rocks when the final
line-up for the knockout stage will be set. Bray Emmets Lineout: D
Masterson, D Moloney, R O'Brien, C O'Maolmhuaidh, H Stephenson, P
Kiely (1-3), E Brazil, K Lacey, A Murphy(0-1), W Nolan, P
Cunningham, G O'Murchu, M Lee(0-2), P Lee(1-0), C Moorehouse
Subs: J Ward
|Senior hurlers V Avondale|
12 July, 2011
Our Senior hurlers had a good win over Avondale in the league
stage of the Senior Hurling championship in Greystones on Tuesday
night last. Bray started very slowly in this game and for the early
part of the first half Avondale appeared to be in control. As the
game progressed, however we upped our game and steadily began to
dominate. After the shaky early stages this was a good performance
with an improved work-rate throughout the team. The backs were
steady and apart from a few scary moments handled all Avondale had
to offer. Darragh Moloney, our young goalie is getting more assured
with each game while Ronan OBrien and Peter Kiely had a steadying
influence down the centre. Our midfield steadily came into the game
while upfront both corner-forwards, Mikey Lee and Christy
Moorehouse lead the scoring with 1-7 and 0-8 respectively. Gearoid
OMurchu contributed 0-3 when moved into the inside line in the
The Final Score: Bray Emmets 1-19, Avondale 0-15
Our next outing is against Kiltegan (Likely to be played
on Friday 29th). Please come and support.
Lineout: D Moloney, E Keating, R. OBrien. C OMaolmhuaidh, J
Henderson, P Kiely, E Brazil, K Lacey, A Murphy(0-1), W.
Keane, P Walshe, G OMurchu(0-3), M. Lee (1-7), E Mason, C
Moorehouse (0-8). Substitutes: D Masterson, H Stephenson, W Nolan,
J Ward, D Eglington
|Senior Hurlers V Carnew|
23 June, 2011
The second game of the League stage of this year's championship
was held in Ashford on Thursday evening. After the good showing
against Glenealy the previous week hopes were high for a good
performance against Carnew, regarded as the second best in Wicklow
after last year's championship. Bray started very positively and
had the most of possession in the early stages. However scores were
hard to come by in spite of creating some good chances, some of
which were for goals. The failure to take these chances had a major
effect on the game as it left Carnew off the hook. Carnew, while
rattled early on, began to gain the upper hand. This revival was
lead by Don Hyland who had a marvellous performance and was more
than a match for our backs. In spite of the good start the score at
half time was Carnew 2-8, Bray 0-4.The second half continued as in
the first with Carnew controlling the play. There was a lot of
movement in their forward line with full forward line swopping with
the half-forward line. This seemed to unsettle some of our
backs. The final score was Carnew 4-17. Bray 0-10.
While there some positives in our performance the game showed up
the lack of preparation and fitness of our players. Carnew, while
as individuals did not not have any more skill than Bray, however
their teamwork was far superior. This teamwork has been developed
over the years through playing together. Bray on the other hand
played more as individuals. This lack of teamwork stems from the
poor attendance at training sessions, something that must be
remedied to advance even as far as last year. We clearly have the
potential but will not achieve that potential without hard work in
Lineout: D Moloney, C OMaolmhuaidh, R OBrien, E Brazil, P
Walshe, P Kiely(0-1), K Lacey, A Murphy, J Henderson (0-2), G
OMurchu (0-1), W Keane, B Cunningham, C Moorehouse(0-5), M Lee, E
Substitutes: Ed Keating (0-1), W Nolan, H Stephenson, Ml
|Leinster League V Rathoath |
9 April, 2011
Our senior hurlers reached the knockout stage of the Leinster
League after their victory over Rathoath from Meath in Emmet Park
on Saturday last. This is another first for this team and shows the
progress made over the past few years. Rathoath had shown good form
in their earlier matches scoring 5 goals and over twenty points in
beating Sallins comfortably. Bray started well with some early
points from Christy Moorehouse and Liam Kenny. There was some good
movement in the Bray side with good support play, something that
has been absent to date. John Henderson had a good game at
mid-field while Liam Kenny scored freely and also created many
chances for other forwards. Gearoid OMurchu contributed some nice
points while Christy Moorehouse picked off his usual share of
points with an added goal. Tommy Hamill performed well when
introduced and has obvious potential with more training.
There is clear potential in this team to develop further,
something that will only be achieved through training and match
Lineout: E. Mason, D Moloney, T O Broin, C Maolmhuaidh, H
Stephenson, P Kiely, E Brazil, J Henderson (0-2), E Douglas, W
Nolan,C Foley, G O Murchu (0-2), C Moorehouse (1-6), L Kenny (1-5),
M Lee (0-4).
Substitutes: P Barry, T Hammill, M Walshe, P Reynolds
|Wicklow Senior Hurling Semi-Final V Glenealy|
18 September, 2010
Our Senior Hurlers Played Glenealy In The Wicklow County
Semi-Final On Saturday In Arklow. This Was The First Time That This
Team Reached The Semi-Final Stage And In Fact The First Time Bray
Has Since 1952 When They Went On To Win The Final. However This Was
Not To Be Repeated In 2010. Bray Started Very Strongly
In The First Half And Matched Glenealy In All Aspects Of The Game.
However, We Suffered Two Major Set-Backs Early In The First Half
With Firstly Bill Maher, Our Fullback And Then Liam Kenny, Our
Full-Forward Having To Be Replaced Through Injury. Liam Was A
Particular Loss As He Had Been Very Effective As A Target-Man For
The Attack. In Spite Of These Two Set-Backs Bray Battled Bravely
But Were Punished By A Glenealy Goal In The Latter Stages Of The
Half. The Game Was Anybodies At Half Time With A Scoreline Of
Glenealy 1-8, Bray 0-5.
The Greater Strength And Experience Of Glenealy Began To Tell In
The Second Half, Lead By A Great Display By Leighton Glynn At
Centrefield. As The Pressure Intensified, Gaps Began To Appear In
The Bray Team Which Were Exploited By Glenealy. This Was In Spite
Of Brave Efforts By Players Such As M Lee In Goal, P Kiely, R
Obrien And E Brazil In Defense And G Omurchu And A Murphy In
The Final Score Was Glenealy 2-18, Bray 0-8.
While The Scoreline Was A Major Disappointment To Bray, The
First Half Display Showed That With More Experience At This Level
And Sustained Effort During The Year The Team Has Potential For
Greater Achievements. The Team Has Shown Steady Progress Over The
Past Few Years In Gaining Promotion To Senior Level, Then Winning
TheBilly Byrne Cup And Now Reaching The Semi-Final
Stage. The Next Step In Moving Up The Ladder Is The Dessie Murphy
Cup, Which Is To Be Played On Saturday 9th October Against Kiltegan
Bray Emmets Lineout: M Lee, E Keating, B Maher, E Brazil, P
Walshe, P Kiely, C Maceoin, J Henderson, M Browne, W Keane, P
Cunningham, B Cunningham, C Moorehouse, L Kenny And A Murphy.
Substitutes R Obrien For B Maher, G Omurchu (0-2) For L Kenny, T
Hamill For C Moorehouse, C Omaolmhuaidh For P Walshe, M Walshe For
|Senior Hurling Championship V Arklow|
4 September, 2010
Bray Emmets 0-13
The progress of our senior hurlers continued with a great win
over Arklow Rocks in Aughrim on Saturday last and paved the way for
a semi-final meeting with Glenealy. This was a great hearted
display by Bray who had a roller coaster run in this very tight
game against the Rocks. Arklow started the better and controlled
the game in the early exchanges. Bray were slow to react but then
gradually got into the game. In spite of missing a good number of
key players Bray showed Great Spirit and never gave up the fight.
The half-time score was Bray 0-8, Arklow Rocks 0-7.
The second half was even more hard fought. Arklow kept great
pressure on Bray and any possession was hard won. The game was
moving away from Bray when, with some twenty minutes to go, they
were reduced to 14 players and were two points in arrears. The
character of the team was really tested, however they really
responded against all the odds. A great performance by John
Henderson at midfield lifted the team and some good scores by
Christy Moorehouse kept Bray in the match. The final
minutes were not good for the nerves however Bray held out and came
through with the scoreline of Bray 0-13, Arklow 1-7. Hopefully with
the missing players such as Paul Cunningham, Colm Johnson, Gearóid
O Murchu, Arron Murphy andWillie Keane we will be
better equipped for our next game.
Bray lineout: M Lee, E Keating, B Maher, E Brazil, P Walshe
(0-1), P Kiely, R OBrien, M Browne (0-2), J Henderson, T Hamill, E
Mason (0-1), B Cunningham, M Walshe, L Kenny (0-1), C Moorehouse
(0-8). Subs: D Haughton, C OMaolmhuaidh
|Senior Hurling Championship V Avondale|
20 August, 2010
Bray Emmets 2-13,
We had a successful ending to the group stages of the
championship on Friday night in Ashford in our game against
Avondale. This was a big challenge to Bray as Avondale
were also vying for the 3rd spot in the group and so result in the
best seeding in the quarter-finals. Avondale started well and made
best use of the short pitch. Eamonn Kearns at centre-field was
particularly dangerous from play and especially from frees, from
all distances. While our performance was patchy throughout the
game, resulting from below par performance from some and injuries
restricting others, the team however showed good character and
fought back into the game. Bray had good scores in this first half,
from Michael Walshe (1-1), Christy Moorehouse (0-4) and Aaron
Murphy (0-2) and John Henderson (0-1). At half-time the score was
Bray 1-8, Avondale 1-7. The second half was hard fought. Bray had
to cope with injuries to key players, Liam Kenny and Bill Maher,
who were replaced by Eoin Mason and Tommy Hamill. The result was on
a knife edge to the very end with good scores from Barry Cunningham
(1-0), Christy Moorehouse (0-3), Eoin Mason (0-1) and Aaron Murphy
(0-1). The final result was Bray Emmets 2-13, Avondale (1-16).
Bray Lineout M Lee, Ed Keating, B Maher, E Brazil, Peter Walshe,
Peter Kiely, R OBrien, A Murphy(0-3), D Haughton, J Henderson(0-1),
C MacEoin, B Cunningham(1-0), M Walshe, L Kenny(1-1), C Moorehouse
Substitutes E. Mason for Bill Maher, T Hamill for L Kenny.
Note: The team and management wish Gearoid
OMurchu a speedy recovery from illness and hope that he is back
soon to join the team. We were also delighted to see Jackie Napier
back on the side line after his recent accident, as vocal as
|Senior Hurling Championship|
14 August, 2010
Bray Emmets 1-19,
Arklow Rocks 0-9.
Our senior hurlers took another step towards the knockout stages
of the championship with a good win over Arklow Rocks in Pearse
Park, Arklow on Saturday last. While Bray Emmets were undoubtedly
the better team this was a somewhat patch performance. Bray started
strongly and imposed their will on the game with some good early
scores from Liam Kenny, Christy Moorehouse and Eoin Mason. It
looked a very one-sided game at this stage with very good displays
in defense and midfield delivering good ball to the forwards.
However the team seemed to be assuming an easy win at this early
stage and effort from many players dropped. Arklow gained heart
from this opportunity and scored a number of points without reply.
The half - time score saw Bray Emmets leading by 0-11 to 0-6, a
small margin in hurling.
The second half was a somewhat dogged affair for some time,
however 2 good points from substitute Gearoid O'Murchu seemed to
settle Bray. A number of points from frees by Christy Moorehouse
and a goal from Michael Walsh assured a Bray win.
This performance showed that we are capable of playing some very
good hurling when all players are working hard together, however it
is concerning that many players work rate dropped so early, thus
handing the initiative to Arklow.
Bray Emmet's lineout: M. Lee, E Keating, B. Maher, E Brazil,
John Henderson, Peter Kiely, Peter Walsh, Paul Cunningham (G
O'Murchu (0-2), Aaron Murphy, Eoin Mason (0-3), Willie Keane, Barry
Cunningham, Michael Walsh (1-0) L Kenny (0-4), and C Moorehouse
|Senior Hurling Championship|
18 July, 2010
Bray Emmets continued in their quest to progress to the knockout
stages of the senior championship in Arklow on Sunday. Their
opposition was Carnew, the reigning county champions which
represented a step-up in class for the young Bray team. Bray had a
good start with a well taken point by Aaron Murphy. This however
only seemed to spur Carnew on and while they had a number of missed
scoreable point chances; they scored two relatively easy goals.
Bray battled on however they found scoring difficult in the very
wet and windy conditions. The Bray performance improved in the
second half with two goals scored by Willie Keane and Michael Walsh
and a point by Tommy Hamill. There were some good sides to this
game for Bray with gritty performances by many players such as John
Henderson, Eoin Brazil, Colm Johnson, Ronan O'Brien and Peter Walsh
in defence. Aaron Murphy continued to fight throughout the game
against very strong opposition in midfield. The forwards had a very
difficult task and suffered through the loss of Christy Moorehouse
through injury. They continued to battle on and were rewarded for
hard work by the second half goals. Tommy Hamill, who came on as
sub showed some good touches. The experience of Carnew
was evident throughout the game with very good backup play
throughout the team. Bray tended to leave players unmarked and did
not offer as many options when in possession. This can only be
remedied by ball work and developing teamwork through training
together and through the invaluable experience gained from playing
at this level. The team have demonstrated that they have the
necessary skill to compete at this level
The final score was Carnew 2-9, Bray 2-2
The lineout was: M Lee, E. Brazil, B Maher, D. Maloney, J
Henderson, C MacEoin, R. O'Brien, A Murphy (0-1), E Mason, L Pratt,
W Keane (1-0), P Walsh, M Walsh (1-0) (, L Kenny, C Moorehouse.
Substitutes; T Hamill (0-1), B Cunningham
6 July, 2009
It was lovely summer's evening in Arklow for the senior hurling
championship match between Bray and Arklow Rocks. Bray had a good
victory against Avondale the previous week and as Avondale had
beaten Arklow already, hopes were high for a Bray victory. Arklow
started well and displayed some great teamwork, however Bray were
threatening and had a lot chances. Unfortunately the chances were
not all taken. It was all to play for and at half time there was
little between the teams. In the second half there was a spell of
very competitive hurling. It looked like Bray had the measure of
Arklow with fine displays by Christy Moorehouse who went on a
scoring spree, with a final tally of 1-4. Arklow however were not
to be outdone and played with great commitment and supported each
other and ended up winners by two points.
There were some great individual displays by Bray especially by
Colm MacEoin who had a masterful display at full-back. In fact the
whole fullback line of Colm MacEoin, Ronan OBrien and Eoin Brazil
performed very well especially in the second half. The lack of
match practice was evident in some of the Bray players and this
game will help. There is no replacement for practice and training
all of which was evident in the performance by Arklow who made
great improvement since last year. Bray obviously has the ability
but all team-members must put in the work in training. There is
still lots to play for and Bray still can progress to the
semi-final stage if they perform well in the remaining matches.
Let's all give it our all in training and achieve our obvious
The final score was Arklow Rocks 1-17; Bray 2-12
Lineout and scorers: Peter O'Reilly, Eoin Brazil, Colm MacEoin,
Craig Brack Synnott, Jordan Lee, Eoin Mason (0-5), Ronan OBrien,
Peter Kiely, David Haughton (0-1), Mickey Browne, Bill Maher,
Gearoid O Murchu(0-2), Tom Cash(1-0), Liam Kenny, Christy
Moorehouse (1-4). Subs: Paddy Lee for Eoin Brack Synnott, Tommy
Hamill for Gearoid O'Murchu.
25 June, 2009
Bray Emmets 3-12, Avondale 1-13
Bray Emmets Senior hurlers played their second game of the
Championship in Arklow against Avondale on Thursday evening. Unlike
the first game, conditions were ideal for hurling with a dry sod
and sunshine through the whole game.
Avondale started in whirlwind fashion and were much sharper than
Bray in the early exchanges. They scored some lovely points after
good combination work and things looked ominous for Bray. Bray
seemed to lack that sharpness and cohesion required at senior level
and didn't give sufficient backup to each other. However from that
slow start Bray gradually got up to the pace of the game and by
half-time had levelled the game 0-7 each. The second half was hard
fought and gradually Bray got the upper hand. Liam Kenny scored a
goal after a typically never give up run. There were some fine
scores by Mikey Browne (0-2), Gearoid O'Murchu (0-2, 1 free) and
Jackie Moorehouse who went on a scoring spree in the end with
While there were positives to be drawn from this game there is a
still lot of improvements needed to advance to the next stage. The
team obviously has potential, however the hunger shown in stages of
the second half must be expressed through the whole game. Good,
well attended training sessions are essential to develop that
Lineout: John Henderson(Goal), Owen Brazil, Colm MacEoin, Ed
Keating, Jordan Lee, Eoin Mason, Ronan OBrien, Peter Kiely, Willie
Keane, Mikey Browne, Liam Kenny, Jackie Moorehouse, Tom Cash, Bill
Maher, Gearoid O Murchú. Subs: Pat Lee for W Keane, Lorcan Pratt
for Ed Keating
6 June, 2009
Bray Emmets Senior hurling championship began in atrocious
weather in Arklow on Saturday night against one of the top clubs in
the county, Carnew. This first round of matches was brought forward
to what would normally be the ideal time for hurling however
conditions were more like November as the rain fell in floods. The
pitch in Arklow however withstood the conditions extremely well and
full marks to Willy the ever present grounds man for providing a
field in impeccable condition.
The vast underdogs, Bray, were missing several players through
exams and holiday, and fielded 4 debutants to Senior hurling.
Carnew, with such seasoned campaigners as Don Hyland, Joe Murphy
and Timmy Collins were too strong and ended as decisive winners.
However Bray Emmets can take consolation from the way the team
fought through to the final whistle. John Henderson who started his
first championship game in goal grew in stature throughout the
game. The other debutantes Tom Cash, Owen Brazil and Jordan
Lee also played their part and will benefit from the experience of
playing at the top level.
Carnew's teamwork was excellent and showed all the hallmarks of
a team that has played together for a long time with great backup
play throughout the field. Don Hyland had a fine game at centre
back and contributed some fine scores from frees.
While Bray have many hurlers with potential it is clear that
they need more games at this level to compete. For Bray lots of
very competitive training session similar to Kilkenny's legendary
training sessions in Nowlan Park can only bring this team on. They
need to really lift their performance as they take on Avondale on
Bray Emmets: J. Henderson; O Brazil, C MacEoin, E Keating;
Jordan Lee, E Mason, R OBrien; C Foley, P Kiely; C Moorehouse, W
Keane, D Murphy; T Cash, L Kenny(1-1), G O Murchu(0-2).
Substitutes: W Nolan for C Foley, M Walsh for D Murphy,
18 April, 2009
Summer came to Old Conna on Saturday last and conditions were
ideal for the Leinster League match between Bray Emmets and Faughs,
the famous old club in Dublin. This was seen as a very stiff
challenge for Bray Emmets as Faughs are a Division 1 team from the
much improved Dublin hurling world. Unfortunately Bray were missing
a number of key players through illness and injury, something that
they couldn't afford against such opposition.
Faughs lived up to their pre-match billing and put on a very
strong first half performance. There were some fine hurlers on view
in a team that was clearly finely tuned and prepared to work
together. Faughs did a lot of damage in that first half
particularly through several goals. Bray fought well but were not
used to the high tempo of the Faughs play and took a time to
adjust. A few timely words at half time from the Manager lead to a
much improved performance from Bray in the second half. Again
Faughs class was there to see but a much more workmanlike
performance from Bray showed that Bray has the potential to compete
at this level. This game was a learning experience and shows the
team what is required at this level.
The final score Faughs 8-17, Bray Emmets 0-10.
Bray lineout: Eoin Mason (goal), Billy Brazil, Danny
Eglington, Tadg O'Broin, Diarmuid Murphy, Peter Kiely, Jordan Lee,
Ronan OBrien, Lorcan Pratt, Peter Walsh, Colie Browne, P.J Farrell,
Tommy Hammill, Christy Moorehouse, and Tom Cash.
Subs:Michael Byrne (goal) for P.J Farrell, at half time,
Willie Nolan for Peter Walsh, Eoin Brazil for Tadg O'Broin.
Bray Scorers:E Mason 0-5, T. Cash 0-2, T Hammill, C
Moorehouse and C Browne 1 pt each.
|Billy Byrne Cup V Arklow Rocks|
20 October, 2008
Bray Senior hurlers plucked defeat from the jaws of
victory as they lost the final of the Billy Byrne cup final against
a well motivated Arklow Rocks team. In the process they ended their
hurling year on a disappointing note. It was a game played on a
sunny day but boggy ground - but hey, it was the end of
October! Despite missing several key players, Bray made a
very good account of themselves in the first half playing against
the wind. The experience of Bill Maher and Liam Kenny was key as
the Bray forwards managed to keep the scoreboard ticking over and
Eoin Mason, fresh from international duty was showing his skills in
the midfield area.
Arklow were putting the Bray backs under huge pressure,
yet stout defending and disciplined tackling from the likes of
Jordan Lee, Peter Kiely and Ed Keating kept the damage to the
minimum and indeed, Bray managed to go into the half time break in
The second half was a tighter affair as Arklow came out with all
guns blazing. It was nip and tuck and the supporters felt a goal
would swing it. Arklow scored their goal first following a
defensive error, yet Eoin Mason scored shortly after to go a couple
of points ahead.
Christy Moorehouse started to pick up a little more ball and kept
the Arklow half back line turning. With two minutes to go all
present felt that Bray just needed to hold on to get their hands on
the cup. They say a two point lead is the most dangerous, and this
proved to be true as Danny Curran lost his marker and managed to
finish the ball to the back of the net to give the cup to Arklow
Rocks. On behalf of his family Liam McGraynor presented the cup to
the Arklow captain.
With the end of the Senior Hurling season, this game marked the
end of Conor Johnson's reign as senior manager. The players would
like to pass on their great appreciation for all Conor's time,
effort and patience over the last number of years.
Team: Paddy Milward, Danny Eglington, Peter Kiely, Ed Keating,
Paul Barry, Ronan O Brien, Jordan Lee, Eoin Mason, Peter Walsh,
Willie Nolan, Liam Kenny, Lorcan Pratt, John Ward, Bill Maher,
Christy Moorehouse, Liam Óg McGraynor, Billy Brazil, Eoin
20 October, 2008
The senior hurlers qualified for the final of the Billy Byrne
cup for the second successive year by beating Avondale in their
final championship game of the year. The win sees us finish in
fourth position behind Carnew, Glenealy and Kiltegan. It's another
step up the ladder from previous years, and after our abject
display against Glenealy was a welcome win.
Winning looked extremely unlikely with ten minutes to go
however, as we trailed Avondale by 9 points to 7, despite having a
one man advantage for 30 minutes. It was 4 points a piece at half
time with Gearóid Ó Murchú helping himself to 3 and Jackie
Moorehouse chipping in with another in a dire first half. Avondale
stuck to their task gamely and fought for every ball, making life
difficult for Bray. The game was played between both 45s for most
of the half, and was more reminiscent of rugby at times, with more
rucks and throw balls than free flowing hurling.
Avondale tore into the game in the second half and suddenly
broke free from Bray to lead by 3 points with less than 10 minutes
on the clock. Then in a bizarre spell, which started with Eamonn
Furlong being taken from the field for treatment following a blow
to the head which had opened a nasty cut just above the eye -
despite wearing a helmet - the referee issued him a red card.
It drew comparison with 3 years ago with Mickey Browne being led
from the field with blood streaming down his face following a
vicious blow to the head and being shown a red card for his
Shortly afterwards, Eoin Mason (Fresh from representing Ireland
in the under 21 Shinty International) pointed a 20 metre free
and Ronan O Brien scored from a 65 to leave the minimum between the
sides with seven minutes left. However the remaining time was all
Bray. This year's successful minor captain, Lorcan Pratt, having
moved from corner back to corner forward, forced the ball over the
line following a save by the goal keeper, to set up an unlikely
victory. He than ran onto a Liam Kenny pass and drove past the
keeper for his second goal. Kenny then made it secure and scored a
third goal in the dying minutes.
On a weekend which saw the dual mandate in the club grow, with 6
of the senior football panel playing junior or senior hurling, it
is good to record that both teams progressed in their respective
competitions with the Juniors also seeing off Avondale on Saturday
in the quarter final of the B championship. Both teams are fixed to
play next weekend.
Senior Panel v Avondale: Eamonn Furlong; Danny Eglington; Peter
Kiely; Lorcan Pratt; Paul Barry; Dara O hAnnaidh; Jordan Lee; Ronan
O Brien; Peter Walsh; William Nolan; Liam Kenny; Gearoid O Murchú;
Jackie Moorehouse; Killian Foley; Eoin Mason; Ed Keating; Colm Mac
Eoin; Michael Priest.
1 September, 2008
All hopes of the Bray making the semi-final stages of the
Wicklow SHC were cruelly quashed last week. A magnificent
performance by Glenealy under floodlights at Avondale ended any
outside chance Bray had. Indeed, one had in mind the recent
Kilkenny Waterford hurling final, as Glenealy literally blew away
any Bray threat with a display of hurling that was ruthless and
full of skill
Bray started steadily enough but it was soon very plain to see
that Glenealy were well up for the match after losing to arch
rivals Carnew in the previous round. Corner forward Enan
Glynn was causing all sorts of problems in the full-forward line
while it was their veteran midfielder Bosco O Neill who was
orchestrating the team with a virtuoso performance. Bray did little
to help their cause as it was clear that they were not playing with
the speed or intensity of their opponents in the first 30 minutes.
The defence was leaky and it appeared impossible to get the ball
past the Bray half forward line. Bray had to rely on frees by Bill
Maher and some points from Eoin Mason to put a hint of
respectability on the scoreline.
At half time the game was over as a contest, despite a goal scored
by Liam Kenny following a mixup in the Glenealy defence. Some
credit must go to Bray as in the second half when we saw an
improved attitude as they took the game to last year's champions.
Points from Peter Walsh, Eoin Mason and Dara O hAnnaidh raised a
hint of spirit, but Glenealy quickly reacted to seal the game with
another brace of goals.
It is now left to a no doubt disappointed Conor Johnson to pick
this team up and try and motivate them as they now go on to play in
the semi-final in the Billy Byrne cup on Saturday 10th
Team: P Milward, D Eglington, P Barry; M Priest, C MacEoin, R O
Brien; E Mason, A Shanahan; E Furlong, L Kenny, P Walsh, C
Moorehouse, B Maher, L Pratt Subs: K Foley, D O hAnnaidh, J Lee, E
|Senior Hurling Championship|
25 August, 2008
The senior hurling championship resumed last week after a three
month siesta and since Thursday August 14th the
senior hurling team have played 3 rounds. The results, overall,
have been very encouraging. Arklow Rocks were first up and
Emmets won by 4 points - people would have expected that, but
Arklow were fully confident of winning the game and it was a full
blooded championship affair with plenty of incident and effort.
Carnew Emmets, for long the dominant force in Wicklow hurling
were next up last Tuesday, and the aim here was to show significant
improvement on last year's result (4:22 - 0:04) and while this was
achieved though beaten 2:15 - 0:10, the experience gained will
stand this team in good stead in the future.
Kiltegan, the hurling force of the 90's, and beaten county
finalists in '07, were the opposition in Arklow on Sunday last. We
felt we had a good chance of causing an upset and it has to be
acknowledged that the team as a whole stood up and gave as good as
they got. Kiltegan ran into an early 3 point lead before Bray got
going. When Bray scored, Kiltegan hit back with 2 goals and led at
half time by 2:05 - 0:07. However, the younger members of this team
showed the benefit of the coaching and will to win ingrained at
minor level and raised their performance to such an extent that
there was only one point in it with minutes to go. Kiltegan's
experience told in the end however and they ran out winners 2:14 -
1:14. The young guns who stepped up to the plate and hurled like
demons - Peter Kiely, Colm Mac Eoin, Paul Barry, Eoin Mason (8
points), Peter Walsh, Jackie Moorehouse (1:03), Gearoid O Murchú
(0-1)- aided and abetted by Paddy Millward, Tadhg O Broin, Danny
Eglington, Michael Priest, Ronan O Brien, Adrian Shanahan, Liam
Kenny, Bill Maher, Eamonn Furlong, Lorcan Pratt, Killian Foley,
Mark Breen,and William Nolan.
Avondale are our next opposition on September
6thfollowed by Glenealy, and if the progression
graph keeps going in the same direction, there are interesting
The hurling team wish the Footballers the best of luck against
Baltinglass at the weekend.
14 August, 2008
The senior hurlers overcame Arklow Rocks in Avondale on Thursday
last in their first championship outing since their win over
Kilcoole back on May 4th - more than 3
months ago. The lack of action was evident throughout the game as
they shook off the effects of their summer hibernation and
eventually ran out 4 point winners - 2:14 - 1:13. The presence of
Liam Kenny, Bill Maher and Jackie Moorehouse in the full forward
line was the difference between the teams as any time the ball hit
the full forward line it caused trouble for the Arklow backs. Bray
went 3 points up early in the game but Arklow kept in touch through
frees from TJ Byrne who was accurate throughout the whole game.
However 2 Liam Kenny goals kept a bit of daylight between the teams
at half time.
Bray raced in to a 9 point lead ten minutes into the second
half, but Arklow suddenly upped the ante and when they scored a
goal with ten minutes to go it left just 2 points between the
teams. Former Emmets player, Dermot Heffernan, had been introduced
by Rocks and he had a major impact, scoring 4 points in that
period, showing he has lost none of his renowned speed!
The lack of game time was telling in the middle section of the
second half, and Emmets steadied the boat by reintroducing Eamonn
Furlong, who had been injured, and both he and Liam Kenny scored
the points in the last ten minutes that ensured victory.
The positives from the game were the spread of scores, with 5 of
the 6 starting forwards and both midfielders scoring. The
mature manner the team dealt with the Rocks' comeback, and getting
our second championship win in a row - one more than in
Team v Arklow: Paddy Millward; Danny Eglington; Colm Mac Eoin;
Tadhg O Broin; Peter Walsh; Ronan O Brien; Paul Barry; Adrian
Shanahan; Eoin Mason; Michael Priest; Eamonn Furlong; Lorcan Pratt;
Bill Maher; Liam Kenny; Jackie Moorehouse; Subs: Gearóid Ó Murchú;
Peter Kiely; Killian Foley; Mark Breen; David Haughton; Jordan
Carnew Emmets are next up on Tuesday and will provide a real
litmus test as to this team's development over the past twelve
months, and that game is followed quickly on Sunday next by the
next round match against Kiltegan in Aughrim at 6:30. It's a busy
time to be a hurler, especially after 3 months holidays.
4 May, 2008
The Senior hurlers got their championship campaign off to a
solid start with a 2:14 - 2:05 victory over Kilcoole in Arklow on
Sunday. It was a good reversal of last year's Billy Byrne
Final result and will give the lads' confidence a good shot in the
arm before facing Glenealy on May 20thin
Greystones and Arklow Rocks the following Sunday (May
25th) before the football championship takes centre
stage. As we state here regularly, this is a young team that needs
support from the club membership on match day. Sunday saw Mark
Breen and Lorcan Pratt introduced to senior hurling, and acquitting
themselves well, and it would be great to see a large crowd of Bray
Emmets club members out in Greystones on the
20thsupporting them as the team takes on the
county champions Glenealy.
Sunday's panel was: Paddy Millward; Danny Eglington; Peter
Kiely; Tadhg O Broin; Michael Priest; Ronan O Brien; Paul Barry;
Eoin Mason; Peter Walsh; Adrian Shanahan; Eamonn Furlong; William
Nolan; Ed Keating; Liam Kenny; Bill Maher; Lorcan Pratt; Mark
|Leinster League Game V Navan O’Mahonys|
12 April, 2008
The senior hurlers completed their final group match in the
Leinster League on Saturday last. Needing to beat Navan O'Mahonys,
by at least 4 points, to be in with a chance of qualifying for the
quarter finals of the competition we came up short, drawing 7
points each on a day that was inclement, to say the least.
Shorn of the full forward line that accounted for 2:07 in our last
game against Knockbridge, the 4 point winning margin was going to
be a big ask against a team that plays with speed, and interlinks
well, creating numerous chances for their pacey forwards. However
conditions mitigated against any fluid hurling and, with the game
delayed by 40 minutes due to the weather, and the non appearance of
an official referee, a draw was a fair result in the end. In a
biting cold wind, with hail and rain sweeping in from Cathy
Gallagher, it was difficult to hold a hurl, never mind strike a
ball cleanly. The score of 0:02 - 0:01 after 20 minutes reflected
this and at 3 each at half time it was all to play for. It was
point for point early in the second half, and Bray went 2 ahead
through Eoin Mason & Adrian Shanahan, but Navan pegged it back
with a couple of frees. In the end it was a relief to get out of
the elements and to have survived the conditions without any injury
|Leinster League V Brownstown|
31 March, 2008
Brownstown 1-10, Bray Emmets 1-6
The senior hurlers face Navan O'Mahonys in the
Leinster League - probably on Sunday week - with a possible
quarterfinal spot at stake. Bray have been grouped with Brownstown
the 2007 Westmeath Intermediate Champions, Louth Senior holders,
Knockbridge, and Navan O Mahonys from Meath. Navan have won both
their fixtures to date, but with scoring difference used to
separate teams on similar points, if Bray win by 4 points we could
The team travelled to Brownstown on Bank Holiday Monday
forthe first game of the season and were somewhat unlucky to
lose by 4 points. Facing a gale force wind in the first half, we
were, as usual, somewhat slow out of the blocks. But we were still
looking at a manageable 5 point deficit just two minutes before
half time when a wicked hop spun the ball just inside Paddy
Millward's post and the Westmeath lads tacked on a late point to
lead 1:08 - 0:02 at the break. The wind had died just approaching
half time and was completely absent in the second half. Eoin Mason
scored a goal with a delicate flick past the goalkeeper, and Willy
Nolan, Eamonn Furlong and Adrian Shanahan added points to bring the
gap back to 3 points. Brownstown hit a purple patch for ten minutes
and stretched the lead to 5 and despite huge pressure Bray could
only add another point to leave the final score 1:10 - 1:06 in
favour of the Midlanders.
|Leinster League V Knockbridge |
29 March, 2008
Bray Emmets 2-15 Knockbridge 1-12
Louth Kingpins, Knockbridge, came to Bray on
Saturday afternoon last determined to gain revenge for a
narrow defeat in last year's reverse fixture. The Bray team was in
no mood to capitulate however, and raced into a wind assisted
6-point lead in the first quarter. Leading 1:05 to 0:02 the team
seemed to think it was 'game over' and let the Louth men back into
the game. Gearóid Ó Múrchú opened the scoring with a neat goal
after 5 minutes, with Bill Maher, Eoin Mason, and Paul Barry also
chipping in with scores before the team took a break. Knockbridge
came back with a goal from a 20 metre free and several pointed
frees before team captain, Ronan O Brien steadied the ship when
finishing a good team move with a point from 40 metres. Mason
followed up with a massive point from his own 45 metre line, Eamon
Furlong added another and Maher tacked on 2 more to leave Bray
leading 1:10 - 1:05 at the break.
Knockbridge usedthe wind well early in the second half to
pin the Emmets back in their own half, but were guilty of some
wayward shooting. They did however close the gap to 2 points midway
through the half with points from their dangerous number 11. The
Emmets played with renewed passion and Mason made a wonderful block
from another 20 metre free to keep the net intact. Entering the
final quarter the result was still in doubt, with Gus Cash
suffering palpitations on the sideline every time Knockbridge got
near the Bray 20 metre line. Ó Murchú (2 points) and Maher (goal)
were the scorers in chief as Bray closed the game out in the final
ten minutes to end 2:15 - 1:12.
The mostpleasing aspect of the last two games has been the
introduction of more of the club's younger prospects to senior
hurling. Jordan Lee, Mark Breen, and Willie Keane have all
experienced hurling at adult level for the first time and have
shown great promise. It would appear that very few club members
appreciate just how young this team is - 12 of the 22 players who
played in the two matches are under 21 this year. This is their
second year at senior level and support from the club members at
matches is vital that the club membership comes out in support.
There will be some tough results as the year goes on but they are
your representatives at senior hurling level in Wicklow and deserve
your support. So when you see a senior hurling fixture make the
effort to go along to the game and show your support.
Lineout:P Millward, D Eglington, P Kiely, M Breen, E
Keating, E Furlong, M Priest, R OBrien, J Lee, W Nolan, E Mason, P
Walshe, G OMurchu, B Maher, P Barry, B Cunningham, K Foley, J