7 May, 2016
Dublin League Division 6Setanta 6-1 vs. Bray Emmets 6-2
An incredible second half comeback from our under 12 hurlers saw them leave Ballymun with with 2 points in a great start to their first post-grading match in Division 6. Trailing by 6-0 to 2-1 at half time, the team put in a fantastic performance in the second-half, scoring the winning goal with just a minute to spare. A combination of holidays, football trips and slumber parties had left the squad depleted and, in some cases, sleep-deprived. But those who were there on the day really came up to the mark. Scores from Jamie Healy, Shane Baguley and Adam Prunty sealed the win. Strong goalkeeping from Dara Byrne, great defending by Cathal MacMaoláin, Fiachra Ó Dúnaí and James Byrne and some tenacious tackling in midfield from Alex Colgan and Nathan Hunter all made huge contributions to this fine team performance. ...
|U-12 Dublin Hurling League|
5 March, 2016
Bray Emmets 5-1 vs Ballyboden St Enda’s 3-0Our under 12 hurling team got back to winning ways on Saturday with a fine victory over the Ballyboden C team at Old Conna. Trailing by 5 points at half-time, the players rallied in the second-half to win by 7. There were strong performances throughout, but special mention on this occasion goes to James Byrne for his fearless and highly effective blocking and Dara Byrne, who made two crucial saves in the second-half to keep Bray in the match. The pick of the goals came from Jack Kearney with a spectacular overhead strike, and Adam Prunty’s blistering shot from the tightest of angles in the last couple of minutes. A really great team performance all round.
Bray Emmets team: Dara Byrne, Finn Tracey (capt.), Jamie Healy, Jamie Mooney, James Byrne, Cillian Murphy, Adam Prunty, Shane Baguley, Cathal MacMaolain, Jack Kearney, Adam Dutton, Alex Colgan....
31 October, 2015
Bray Emmets vs Liffey Gaels
On an unseasonably warm Saturday 31st October Brays under 12 hurlers lost their ultimate game in their Dublin League and as a result of scores elsewhere gave up their position at the head of the table to finish third on points difference.
Bray started slowly and were 10 points down after 10 minutes against a physically larger opposition. This team are however nothing but determined and as result of huge effort underpinned by skill they fought their way back into the game to lead as the half time whistle blew. In this time they scored all manner of points and goals, from frees to sideline cuts to rasping shots and balls doubled on in the air.
Liffey Gaels, though came out in the second half full of determination. They began to use their extra height and strength to good effect once more and edged into the lead. Again Bray fought back and started to gain ascendency as they unleashed ball after ball towards their opponents goal. Unfortunately they fell just short to lose by the minimum. As the referee called time the scoreboard read Bray 3-9 to Liffey Gaels 4-7.
The journey is only beginning for the team and without doubt they will taste victory in the near future. They have grown as hurlers throughout the year and are a fantastic bunch who always represent their club with pride and passion.
Team: Tim, Evan, Conor D, Oscar M, Cian, Art, Gavin, John, Nathan, Louie, Jamie, Conor M and Luan. Other team members not available on the day: Quintin, Michael, Felim, Simon, Fionn, Oscar M and Eoin....
|U12 Hurling |
10 October, 2015
Bray Emmets vs Cuala
Bray Emmets 3-3 Cuala 2-4
Bray Emmets under 12 hurlers travelled the very short distance to Shanganagh Park this past Saturday to play Cuala in their second last Dublin league match of the year. After winning against Round Towers Clondalkin earlier in the week, under lights, they were in good spirits as the game began.
During the first half the team played with their customary vigour and skill but found Cuala to be worthy opponents. This half found Bray on top in terms of pressure and chances created but Cuala's back line refused to buckle and aided by some super saves by their goalkeeper they held Bray level as the half time whistle blew.
The second half turned out to be a real test of the teams hurling ability and desire to dig out a win. It was characterised by skilful and committed hurling by both teams with each of the teams ahead at different stages. As the clock ticked down Bray found themselves one point behind. The team however managed to work an opportunity to get a shot off, after great work by the backs and midfield, which found the top corner of the goal. The team then denied any more scoring chances to their opponents and finished the game tired but victorious.
A final reflection on the game was provided by the Cuala coaches who were very complimentary of the teams' ability and particularly praised their first touch. Bray responded by spontaneously cheering Cuala off the pitch to end a match which could have gone either way.
Team: Cian, Louie, Felim, Jamie, John, Conor M, Conor D, Luan, Tim, Art, Michael, Oscar H, Gavin, Fionn, Evan and Nathan....
12 September, 2015
Bray Vs St Pats Palmerstown
Bray Emmets under 12 hurlers continued their recent run of good form winning away against St Pats Palmerstown on Saturday last.
The team lost the toss and had to play against a strong breeze during the first half. They fought off a number of determined Pats attacks but scored when they had the chance and led 1-5 to 1-1 at half time.
With a few words of encouragement and warnings from parents that a wind never won match the team set about their second half business. They played with continued vigour and tenacity and despite missing a couple of early chances soon had the scoreboard ticking over. The Pats keeper was always the busier of the two but when called upon the Bray backs harried their opponents and launched balls into Pats final third. This paid dividends and team ran out comfortable winners as Emmets finished with a final tally of 7-9 to 1-3.
Team: John, Louie, Jamie, Conor M, Nathan, Art, Luan, Oscar H, Cian, Gavin, Tim, Evan and Fionn....
|Under 12 Hurling|
29 August, 2015
Bray Emmets vs Carnew Emmets
Bray 7-24 - Carnew2-0
Bray Emmets under 12 hurlers played their latest Wicklow League match this past Saturday against Carnew Emmets. The team travelled to Pearses Park, Arklow, determined to atone for a defeat earlier in the year. They played with huge intensity and scored quickly and often. Throughout the match and in all areas of the pitch their play was a joy to behold as they used the whole range of hurling skills to completely dominate the game.
With a final score of 7:24 to 2:0 and the compliments of their supporters, the opposing coaches and the referee ringing in their ears the kids headed home happy.
Team: Michael, Nathan, Louie, Jamie, Conor M, Luan, Oscar, Gavin, Cian, Conor D, Evan and John....
|Under 12 Hurling|
9 May, 2015
Bray Emmets Vs Kevins
Bray Emmets Under 12 hurlers beat Kevins on Saturday. On a warm day, with Pitch 2 in immaculate condition despite the wet weather of the previous week, the spectators were treated to some lovely free flowing hurling.
The first half found both defences on top with scores hard to come by. Art followed by Luan in nets let in only one goal between them. This was mainly thanks to the defensive work of Jamie, Simon, Michael, Conor M, Fionn, John and Oscar H who consistently out hurled their opponents. For Bray their scores came courtesy of two great shots, an unstoppable one from Gavin which resulted in a goal and a wonderful pointed sideline cut from Cian which drew applause from both sets of supporters.
The second half saw Bray gain an upper hand on Kevins. Tim and Art now in midfield eagerly set about ensuring that quality ball was delivered into the forward line. This resulted in goals for Luan, Nathan and Conor D and two super points for Art and Evan following on from wonderful work by the team involving great hassling by Felim and Louie.
Final score: Bray Emmets 4-3, Kevins 1-1.
Team: Art, Cian, Luan, Gavin, Jamie, Simon, John, Michael, Conor M, Fionn, Oscar H, Tim, Nathan, Conor D, Evan, Felim, and Louie....
27 April, 2015
On Monday 27th of April some of our under 12 squad travelled the short distance to Eire Og in Greystones.
We where against some strong winds in the first half but the lads kept on going with a great display of hurling from every player out on the field, this meant going in at half time to a score line of 1-1 to 1-1. We went out in the second half and pulled of some great team play and worked the ball up the field to give us a win on the night. Every player out on the field looked like the really enjoyed the game of hurling from the keeper to the forward line they all got a go and at the end of the day isn't the game for the children to enjoy. Well done on a win well deserved Bray Emmets 3-6 Eire Og 1-1.
Team: Nathan P, Finn, Gavin, Simon, Shane, Oscar H, Jack, Adam, Michael, James, John, Jamie R, Oscar M, Cian F, Conor D....
|Under 12 Hurling|
19 April, 2015
Bray Emmets vs Glenealy.
Bray Emmets hosted Glenealy on Monday evening last . Bray played with the breeze in the first half and steadily built up a lead though the half.
Glenealy though are nothing but a proud club and their player’s tenacity shone through and they never let the Bray team fully settle as they continually hooked, blocked and tackled. Art and Conor who both played in nets for part of the first half kept a clean sheet and the back line made up of Simon, Jamie, Oscar M and Luan held Glenealy to a scoreline of two points. The midfield of Gavin, Michael and Oscar H fought tenaciously against their physically imposing opponents and helped set up and score a number of points.
The move of the first half saw three of the forwards, Tim, Adam and Evan combine to work the ball first left the right before Evan crashed the ball to the net. Cian, ever dangerous sent in a rasper of a shot that clipped the post to leave the score at the end of the half 1-5 to 0-2.
The second half saw a number of positional changes by both teams but still the intensity of the match didn't drop. John up front allied by Luan, Quintin and Nathan continued to add scores. This was bolstered by the backs now made up of Tim, Art, Jamie and Conor who played powerful but clever hurling and sought to play passes to either side of the pitch. Glenealy though managed to find a way back into the match, in true credit to their heritage, by scoring two goals from close in frees and by another from a powerful shot from the side of the pitch.
Bray however refused to give up and despite losing their talismanic midfielder Oscar H to a nasty cut on the back of his ear (stitches will be on show soon) the remaining midfielders piled the pressure onto the Glenealy team. They were now playing their best hurling and scored a number of points as a result of fantastic free flowing moves built quickly from the back and also because of constant pressure from Simon and Adam, now in the forward line, and managed to close the game out.
Final score: Bray Emmets 2-9, Glenealy 3-3.
Squad: Art, Conor D, Oscar M, Luan, Jamie, Simon, Michael, Gavin, Oscar H, Tim, Evan, Qunitin, John, Adam, Cian....
11 April, 2015
Bray Emmets Vs Whitehall Colmcille
Bray Emmets under 12 hurlers welcomed Whitehall Colmcille to a bright and breezy Old Conna on Saturday. The wind dictated the tone and tenor of the match and Bray had to withstand almost continuous attacks from their opponents during the first half. The score at the end of this half though told the story of their success.
Art in nets let in no goals and the team only conceded 4 points. The backs that lead this effort were made up of Simon, Luan and Jamie in the full backline and Michael and Oscar M in the half backline.
The midfield of Gavin and Oscar H, assisted by the half forwards Evan and Cian compressed the middle of the park and never let Whitehall any easy shots.
The second half told a different story. Bray, now with the wind on their backs, almost immediately levelled the game with Nathan goaling and Gavin pointing after long puck outs by Cian, who was now in nets.
The backline continued their tigerish tackling with Conor now ensconced in the full backline while Quintin, and Eoin backed up by Louie continually kept their goalie busy. Bray added two more goals and a point before Whitehall scored a super goal and a point following determined work by their forwards. Bray however tacked on one more point to close out the game.
The final score was 3goals and 3 points to 1 goal and 5 points.
Team: Art, Jamie, Luan, Simon, Oscar M, Michael, Gavin, Oscar H, Evan, Cian, Conor, Eoin, Quentin, Louie and Nathan.
2 November, 2014
Bray Under 12 Hurlers finished the league campaign with a well-deserved win against St Maurs to finish top of their group and remain unbeaten in Dublin this year. The lads played St Maurs in their home pitch in Rush, a long journey but for once no-one got lost. Missing a number of players through injury and holidays Bray were fortunate to be able to call on two under 11s to make up the squad.Playing into a strong breeze Bray settled very quickly and had St Maurs under pressure from the off, Sam and Philip bossed the midfield area and played good quick low ball in the dangerous forward line of Zack, Brian, Cathal and Daniel F and were soon ahead. It must be said that St Maurs keeper made some exceptional saves in the first half to keep St Maurs in the game. As the half wore on St Maurs came more into the game but the very tall and fit half back line of Tadhg and Eoin repelled a lot of the Maurs attacks. Anything that got past them was dealt with very efficiently by Aaron and Peter and Gavin in goal had a quiet game such was the protection he had in front of him. St Maurs did not give up however scoring a goal and two excellent points. The introduction of Michael, Daniel M and Riain who scored a great goal ensured Bray finished the half well and were well ahead at half time. In the second half the wind was at Bray's backs and if anything got stronger with Bray continuing on where they left off in the first half to run out comfortable winners. This was a great performance with everyone contributing to the win. Special thanks to St Maurs for hosting us and to the referee who came in at the last minute to ensure the match went ahead. This team have been excellent throughout the season, starting back at training in January and working hard and contributing positively in training and games throughout the season. The team have improved out of all recognition from last year and special credit must go to Terry, Brendan, John, Michael, Peter and Niall for all the work that they put into the team through the year. The team bought into what the coaches were trying to do and the coaches were very lucky to have such a hardworking group of players to work with. They have been a credit to their parents, their coaches and to the club.Training for this group will continue until the end of November in both hurling and football. Finally hurling by its nature is a skill based game and the coaches are asking that every member of the group continue to hurl throughout the winter to keep their skill levels up so that they are ready for the under 13 Hurling league in Dublin next year.Entire Panel: Cathal, Rory, Fionn, Tadhg, Ben, Eoin, Sebastain, Sam, Peter, Riain, Luke, Daniel Flavin, Daniel Munro, Oscar, Philip, Aodain, Gavin, Michael, Jack, Zack and Aaron...
|Under 12 Hurling|
11 October, 2014
Bray Emmets under twelve hurling team continued their unbeaten run in Dublin last Saturday with a well deserved win over Clontarf. Playing 13 aside Bray started brightly with Sam and Philip (who was playing with a heavy cold) were dominating in midfield. The forward line of Rory (just back from injury) Brian, Jack, Riain and Daniel F were working hard to create space and were rewarded with some well worked scores. The backline of Aaron, Zack, Sebastian, Tadhg and Eoin were dominant with Cathal very assured in goal. The introduction of Daniel M ensured Bray finished the first half on top. The second half was much tighter with Clontarf getting more to grips with Brays danger men. However Bray continued to play high intensity brand of hurling with Aaron, Eoin, Tadhg, Rory and Sebastian very strong in the backline with Jack dominant in goal. Sam and Cathal scored well from midfield with the forward line of Brian, Daniel M, Daniel F, Riain, Philip and Zack continued to impress. This was a good performance by everyone with everyone contributing. Thanks to Clontarf for making the long journey out and thanks to the referee who rushed from a match in Shankill to officiate. Hurling training as normal next Saturday at half ten. ...
|Under 12 Hurling|
28 September, 2014
The under twelve hurling team played Kiltegan on Sunday last in Ballinakill in an under twelve county final. Bray started brightly with Sam and Philip playing well in midfield providing good ball in to a dangerous forward line of Brian, Gavin, Oscar, Peter and Jack. The backline led by Aaron, Tadhg, Sebastian, Zack and Luan kept many dangerous attacks at bay with Cathal very assured in goal. Bray were up by a couple of points at half time but knew that Kiltegan with their proud tradition in hurling would come back in the second half. True to predictions bray were under the cosh for the first ten minutes of the second half with heroic performances by Tadhg, Sebastian, Eoin, Ben and Aaron in the backline, Cathal's clearances took the pressure off the backline now working overtime. Sam and Philip were trying their best in a crowded midfield with the forward line of Brian, Conor, Jack Daniel and Daniel Munro always looking dangerous. Kiltegan to their credit kept going and were rewarded with two well taken goals to go ahead. A bullet of a goal by Sam towards the end had the result in doubt up to the final whistle but Kiltegan got the last score to win by two points to be victors on the day. Well done to Kiltegan to winning and especially the great second half fight back. Thanks to the Wicklow Coiste na nOg for arranging the finals and to Colm Gaskin who refereed the game in a fair manner. While a loss was our fate on the day the lads should be really proud of their performance not only in the final but throughout the season everyone got plenty of game time which is the most important thing on the day. There has been a huge improvement by this group and no doubt it will continue in 2015. The coaches would urge all the players to continue playing and practice, practice, practice over the winter so that the team will be suitably ready for the challenges next day year.Team: Cathal, Tadhg, Aaron, Zack, Sebastian, Luan, Sam, Philip, Jack, Brian, Peter, Gavin, Oscar, Daniel F, Daniel M, Ben, Eoin, Conor. ...
|Under 12 Hurling |
14 June, 2014
On a sunny Saturday Bray Emmets Under 12s had their third league match in Dublin. Playing against a big St Vincent's team Bray started well with strong performances from Sam, Sebastain, Tadhg, Ben and Eoin. The forward line of Rory, Daniel F, Peter, Oscar and Luke battled hard against a well drilled and skilful Vincent's defence with both teams finding scores hard to come by. Cathal and Fionn when he went in goal ensured good accurate ball went into the forward line and Daniel M and Riain played well when they came on. At half time the sides were level with all to play for in the second period.Bray started the second half well and began to dominate around the middle of the field with Cathal and Sam ensuring good ball went into the forward line. Rory, Peter, Luke, Riain, the two Daniels and Oscar in particular continued their hard work but were finding it hard to get on top of their opponents. The introduction of Philip brought more urgency to the proceedings and Bray engineered a well-deserved goal to give Bray some breathing space. Vincents were not finished however with the defence being asked more questions. Hard work and great defending by Sebastain, Ben, Tadhg, Eoin and Fionn in goals kept scoring chances to a minimum with Bray eventually running out winners.This was by far Bray's toughest game so far this year in Dublin and it was good to see the lads battling to the end, thanks to St Vincents for making the journey out and to the referree who officiated on the day. Team: Cathal, Rory, Fionn, Tadhg, Ben, Eoin, Sebastain, Sam, Peter, Riain, Luke, Daniel Flavin, Daniel Munro, Oscar and Philip. ...
|U12 Dublin Hurling league|
24 May, 2014
Despite having a game the night before the Under 12 Dublin league team played Fingallians in their rearranged game out in Swords. Played in dry weather (for a change) against a very big and physical side, Bray took a few minutes to settle missing a few chances. The midfield line of Sam, Philip and Jack were beginning to get on top in this area getting good ball into the forward line of Fionn, Rory, Daniel and Brian who scored a well worked goal. In a very hard hitting contest Fingallians came back into the game soring a pointed free but the back line of Aaron, Zack,Tadhg, Ben and Sebastain (just back from injury) ensured Cathal had a quiet first half in goal. A couple of points before half time had Bray up by 4 points at half time.
The second half saw some positional changes with Cathal coming out of goal and Brian taking over the number 1 spot. Bray got a great start to the half with two quick goals one well worked one a bit lucky to put Bray in the drivers seat. Great play from Sam, Jack Philip kept the pressure on the Fingallians back line where the forward line of Daniel, Rory, Fionn and "young Jack" were causing all sort of problems. The side line cutting of Cathal would put Joe Canning to shame with one effort leading to a goal. The backline came under more pressure as the game more on but Aaron, Ben,Tadhg, Zack and Sebastain take a bow you were great with some of the tackling a sight to behold!!!
This was a great defensive performance with the back line in particular really excelling with Fingallians only scoring one point from play in the whole game. Special thanks to the parents who brought out kids to the game and thanks to Fingallians and the ref (appointed at a very late stage) allowing the game to run.
Team: Cathal, Brian, Sam, Jack, Philip, Daniel, Rory, Fionn, Jack K, Aaron, Ben, Tadhg, Zack, Sebastain....
19 May, 2014
In a rain swept Kilcoole Bray under 12 hurlers played their third hurling league game. Bray started well with Jack, Sam and Cathal doing well in midfield getting good ball into a dangerous forward line of Fionn, Philip, Rory, Oscar who took their scores well. Kilcoole settled more into the game but the back line of Aaron, Eoin, Tadhg and Zack kept the Kilcoole attacks at bay resulting in Luan having a quiet game in goal.
Trying to keep players warm and moving was very important on the night and with a strong bench, Riain, Conor, Tim and Brian when introduced kept up the pressure on Kilccole with Aodain, Daniel, Ben and Nathan also making valuable contributions in the first half.In the second half, Kilcoole rose their game considerably scoring a number of excellent points and a well worked goal. The back line of Aaron, Riain, Luan (now playing outfield), Tadhg and Daniel continued to play well. Sam in goal was kept busy and ensured long accurate puck outs found their men, with Jack, Zack, Cathal, Fionn and Tim starting many dangerous attacks which Brian, Rory, Oscar and Nathan capitalised on. Eoin, Ben and Conor played really well in the second half with Aodain, Philip also making valuable contributions.This was a satisfactory performance with everyone though wet got plenty of game time, thanks to the Kilcoole mentors for hosting the game and Ciaran Gaskin for reffing the game on what was a very wet but typical "summers evening" in Ireland.
Team: Jack, Sam, Cathal, Fionn, Philip, Rory, Oscar, Aaron,Eoin,Tadhg, Zack, Riain, Conor, Tim, Brian, Aodain, Daniel, Ben, Nathan, ...
|U12 Hurling - Dublin|
10 May, 2014
The Under 12 hurlers were out again on the 10th in the first game of the Dublin League proper v Faughs. The team were missing a few players due to a school feis and injury but settled to their task quickly with the midfield of Jack, Sam and Philip ensuring that there was good ball going into the forward line of Zack, Aodain, Daniel, Rory and Peter. With some good scores, including a gem from Daniel, Bray got on top albeit playing with the help of a strong breeze. Faughs came more into the match as the half wore on but the strong back line of Tadhg, Luke, Aaron and Ben repelled many of the Faughs attacks with a number of expertly taken frees the only scores that Faughs could show for all their hard work. Cathal's lengthy and accurate puck outs ensured that Bray finished the half stronger with a number of well taken goals.In the second with the advantage of a freshening breeze Faugh's tried to get on top but with Jack, Zack and Sam controlling matters in midfield they were finding it very hard to get ball into their forward line. Indeed whatever ball did come in was expertly dealt with by an ever improving Luke, with assistance from Aaron, Ben, Philip and a totally dominant Tadhg. The forward line of Peter who was very prominent on the wing, Aodain, Rory and Daniel ensured that the score line continued to tick over. However as the half wore on Faughs did come more into the match but the ever vigilant Cathal in goal made sure that the Templeogue men did not raise a green flag.This was a satisfactory performance in the team's first league match, one of the pleasing elements was the level of blocking down and closing down of their opponents. Some of the hurling in the second half was the best the team have played this year, but as always there is still room for improvement. Thanks to Faughs for providing a fair and sporting game. Special word of praise must go to the groundsman Ger Conroy, the pitch was immaculate and was perfect to play hurling on.
Team: Cathal, Aaron, Ben, Tadhg, Luke, Sam, Zack, Jack, Philip, Daniel, Aodain, Rory and Peter ...
|U12 Hurling - Wicklow|
6 May, 2014
The u-12 Hurlers travelled to Glenealy on Tuesday. On a damp and windy evening, the game started at a furious pace that continued for the full 50minutes. Glenealy fielded a strong and skilful side and from the throw in exerted huge pressure. The 3 midfielders of Sam Kearney, Cathal Eddy and Daniel Flavin and the 3 half backs Zack Collins , Tadhg Mc Carthy and Luke Brandon were in constant action and repelled continuous attacks into the strong breeze. Defending was brave and accurate and the full back line of Aaron O Rourke and Ben Gorman had plenty to do, while good goalkeeping from Luan Roddy ensured that after the first quarter Glenealy led by only a point after Cian Forde had pointed for Bray. Positional changes were made with Jack Treacy at Midfield and Cathal at half back, and Daniel Munroe, Conor Duff and Tim Harrington came on and played their part. A combination of wind and excellent hurling from Glenealy meant that the forwards Cian Forde, Oscar Harty, Brian Nesbitt and Rory Mulcahy saw very little ball and Emmets struggled to create scoring opportunities.Sam added a point. At the close of the half Emmets were unlucky to concede a goal to a speculative free that hung in the breeze, but did excellently to go to the break only two points down.The second half continued the breakneck pace, and Aaron and Tadhg at the back repelled many attacks, and Bray concede only 2 more scores, a goal and a point. The turning point came when Sam struck a free from out the field that dropped straight into the net and then repeated that with another free a few minutes later to edge Bray in front. Emmets fought hard and bravely and with skill to see out the game as winners on a 2-3 to 2-2 scoreline....
|Under 12s Hurling|
22 March, 2014
Bray Emmets Under 12s had their third game in the Dublin Grading League at Naomh Mearnog on Saturday. In a windswept Portmarnock, Bray playing with a very strong breeze were slow off the blocks and were struggling in most areas of the field. Brian however was on form scoring a number of long range points to ease Bray into the lead. The Bray backline were under pressure but sterling performances from Tadhg, Aaron, Ben, Eoin and Sebastain when introduced were repelling the dangerous Mernog forwards. The midfield of Peter, Zack and Luke got more into the game but the fluidity of recent games was not in evidence. The forward line of Daniel Flavin, Daniel Munro, Rory, Riain, Aodain and Philip finally got more into the game leading to an excellently worked goal by Brian. However Bray conceded a goal late in the half to be only 2 points up after playing with a breeze that was strengthening all the time.
There was a frank and honest discussion at half time and for the first time in this years league Bray were under pressure to perform against opponents that would have been buoyed by their first half performance.
What happened in the second half was exceptional with Bray playing the best hurling this group has played this year. The backline of Ben, Eoin, Tadhg, Aaron and Sebastain blocked,hooked, harried and bossed their opponents, what rare ball got past them was capably dealt with by Zack now playing in goal.
Sam now playing in midfield gave an exhibition of hurling in the second half ably assisted by a revitalised Peter where Bray got completely on top. Playing into the wind ensured that the ever dangerous Brian and Philip could run onto the ball and were able to set up a number of chances which the lethal full forward line of Rory and Daniel Flavin took. The hard work of Luke, Riain, Daniel Munro and Aodain ensured there was no way back for Naomh Mearnog with Bray, eventually, running out derserving winners.
It is said you get to know your team more in adversity than when you are comfortable in games and in the second half every player stood up and was counted with great support play and players working for each other. The team's approach play in the second half was the best we have seen this year from this group and the coaches were very proud of the second half performance. Special thanks to all our supporters who made the long journey out to Portmarnock. Our next match will be at home (hopefully!!) details to follow.
Team: Sam Kearney, Ben Gorman, Eoin Holmes, Aaron O'Rourke, Tadhg McCarthy, Sebastain Coleman, Zack Collins, Peter Aherne (Capt), Philip Jakob, Luke Brandon, Daniel Flavin, Daniel Munro, Brian Nesbitt, Riain MacMaolin, Aodain Daly and Rory Mulcahy...
|Under 12 Hurlers|
8 March, 2014
Bray Emmets U12 Hurlers had their second game in their Dublin grading league in a windswept O'Tooles ground. Missing a number of players through injury and illness Bray travelled more in hope than expectation to one of the aristocrats of Dublin hurling. Playing with a gale in the first half Bray settled well with Cathal and Zack really impressing at midfield ensuring good quick ball was going into a forward line where Fionn impressed with his first touch and physical power. Brian, Riain and Daniel Munro had the O'Toole's defence at sixes and sevens with Philip on fire with his speed and skill.
The Bray Emmets defence had a quiet first half because of the elements but Aaron, Sebastain, Daniel Flavin and Tadhg were on top against their opponents ensuring Sam in goal has an armchair ride in the first half.Uncertain in how the second half would go playing into a strong wind, changes were kept to a minimium and indeed O'Tooles came more into the game with a well taken goal. Bray settled down and kept the ball low and ran with the ball ensuring they kept O'Tooles at bay. Key to this was storming performances in the back line by Sebastain and Aaron with Tadhg's and Daniel Flavin's tight marking ensured Cathal now in goal was not busy. Philip now back helping in the defence continued his dynamic all action game. Zack literally ran himself to a standstill and was ably assisted in midfield by Sam. Brian's skill levels came to the fore with some excellently taken scores with Fionn, Daniel Munro and Riain continued on from their strong first half's performance with Bray running out deserving winners.
This was a satisfactory performance particularly in the second half when Bray came under more pressure against the wind, the team are now playing with style and a strong work ethic allied by good support play and teamwork. Again it has to be remembered that this is a grading group and we will be playing much stronger teams in the future but so far the team have played well ahead of expectations and are a credit to the club and their families.
Team: Sam Kearney, Aaron O'Rourke, Sebastain Coleman, Daniel Flavin, Tadhg McCarthy, Zack Collins, Cathal Eddy (capt) Philip Jakob, Brian Nesbitt, Riain MacMaolin, Daniel Munro and Fionn Dougan...
|Under 12 Hurling|
22 February, 2014
In a windswept Pairc Emmet Bhre, the under 12 hurlers got their grading blitz off to a good start against a game Ballinteer St Johns.Playing with a gale Bray got off to a great start with Philip and Cathal dominating in midfield who ensured there was good first time ball going into the full forward line of Rory, Peter and Daniel Flavin, with the tireless half forward line of Brian, Fionn and Jack kept the scoreboard was ticking over. Bray did not have it all their own way however but the tight marking back line of Sebastain, Tadhg, Eoin, Aaron and Ben ensured that Sam in goal was not unduly worried. The introduction of Daniel Munro, Riain ensured that Bray were on top coming up to the half time break. A few positional changes a half time did not diminish the team now playing against the wind, playing the ball low into the forward line ensured that Fionn, Brian and Jack quickly got on the score board. Ballinteer came more into the game but excellent defending by Sebastain, Aaron, Daniel Flavin and Tadhg in particular kept a number of dangerous attacks at bay. The midfield of Philip and Sam made some strong runs which led to scores with Rory and Daniel Munro continuing their good work from the first half. Continued good work at the back from Riain and Ben as well as some very accurate puck outs from Cathal ensured that Peter and Oscar Harty (just back from a trip to Good Counsel) piled on further pressure on Ballinteer who scored a well worked goal at the death. This was a good performance on a very windy day, special credit must go to the players for playing the game at a high tempo and trying to use space. This is a grading league with teams of varying standards so it wouuld be foolish to get carried away with the result. However there was no denying the players effort and application on the day....
|Match Report: U-12 Hurling|
2 November, 2013
On Saturday, 2nd November, the 2001 Under-12 Hurlers played their last game of the season in the Dublin League against Erin Go Bragh at Páirc Emmet Bhré. Bray played with a strong wind in the first half, well taken points from both Brian, Seán and Davy left the half time score at 0-8 to 1-0. The second half, with the wind strongly blowing in to the Bray faces, had David frequently defending his goal, the back line of Michael, Sam, Seán and Fionn resolutely contested both Erin Go Bragh and the wind. Gavin and Davy in the middle were busy helping out the defence and also ensured that the front line containing Rian and Darragh had a decent supply line, despite the strong wind. Brian and Conor combined well up front and scored three well taken second half goals between them. The match was a total team performance, with the heroics in the second half defence being every bit as important as the scores at the other end. A word of thanks to Brian and Sam from the 2002 Group who, despite having already played a hurling match that morning, togged out to make up the numbers as some players were missing due to holidays.
Final Score: Bray Emmets 4-9 Erin Go Bragh 5-2
Team - Brian Nesbit (1-1), Conor Hardiman (2-0), Darragh McCormack, David Nesbit, Davy Maloney (1-7), Fionn Dougan , Gavin Henderson, Michael Timmons, Rian Knox, Sam Kearney, Seán McDonagh (0-1)...
|Goal fest for Under-12 Hurlers|
12 October, 2013
On Saturday, 12th October, the 2001 Under-12 Hurlers travelled to Finglas to play Erin’s Isle. Once the lads lined up before the throw in it was clear that they would be in for a physical battle, each of the lads giving noticeable height and weight advantage to the opposition but the Bray lads don’t let things like that bother them. From the whistle the Bray defence was called into action early on, their commitment and tenacity were commendable. Sean received two early heavy physical knocks for his troubles, despite being in some discomfort, he waved away Nurse Colm so he could continue setting the standard for the defence. With the back line doing their job, Rory riffled in two quick goals to put Bray in front, but the physicality of the match took its toll, with first Gavin, then Davy, then Peter all suffering from collisions and bangs. The lads fought bravely to the end, and were unlucky to lose by a single point.
Final score: Erin’s Isle 6-6 Bray Emmets 7-2
Emmet Bhré - Under 12 (2001). Aaron Graham, Conor Hardiman, Darragh McCormack, Davy Maloney, Fionn Dougan , Gavin Henderson, Jamie Baguley (1-0), Michael Timmons (0-1), Peter Aherne, Rian Knox, Rory Lambe (6-1), Seán McDonagh...
|Match Report: U-12 Hurling|
28 September, 2013
The U-12 Hurlers hosted Lucan Sarsfields in Páirc Emmet Bhré on Saturday, 28th September. Injuries to two of our more seasoned defenders, Conor Hardiman and Michael Timmons, meant that extra large efforts were demanded of Sean McDonagh and Peter Aherne. Both played very well with McDonagh being particularly tidy. Jamie Baguley and Gavin Henderson scooped anything that broke in midfield, while upfront Luke Brandon and Darragh Domican-Boylan fought keenly. In the second-half, David Maloney moved into the centre-forward position and the Bray scoreboard started to hum. The game concluded on a high as David got the second of his well-taken goals. This was a great team effort over the hour. Bhí na traenálaithe an-sásta le chuile dhuine. Final score: Emmet Bhré 3-3 Lucan Sarsfields 0-3.
Emmet Bhré – Under 12: Aaron Graham, Darragh Domican-Boylan, Darragh McCormack, David Maloney (2-1), Fionn Dougan, Gavin Henderson (0-1), Jamie Baguley (1-1), Luke Brandon, Peter Aherne, Rian Knox, Seán McDonagh. Bainisteoir - Brian Lambe. ...
|U12 hurlers crowned county champions after extra time|
21 September, 2013
On Saturday, 21st September, the coaches and spectators were treated to an epic hurling final in Arklow, contested between the Under-12’s from Bray Emmets and Avondale. The match started at a ferocious pace with all players from both sides fully committed. There was never more than a couple of scores between the teams and half-time saw the scores tied at 3-6 to 4-3. The tension was building throughout the second half and as the final whistle was about to be blown Avondale led by a point. Undaunted, Rory Lambe lined up a free from out wide and with unnerving accuracy put the ball between the posts as the whistle sounded (5-9 to 6-6). A further 10 minutes (2x5) was required so out the lads went and to a man they battled and contested every ball. Only two points were scored in extra time, both to Bray to leave the final score 5-11 to 6-6 and the cup with a journey to the north of the county.
All of the players were immense, from Rian Knox in nets, Davy Maloney, Michael Timmons, Philip Jakob and Sean McDonagh battling and breaking down the Avondale attacks, Gavin Henderson, Brian Nesbitt and Jamie Baguley skilfully intercepting and moving the play from defence to attack, David Nesbitt and David Martin, Peter Aherne, Fionn Dougan, Conor Hardiman contesting for the ball up front. Rory Lambe operated in both midfield and up front with his sights so finely tuned that he hardly missed a shot ending with an amazing 2-6. A special mention must also go to Brian Nesbitt who along with Philip, Peter and Fionn from the 2002s ensured that next year the under 12s will be a force to be reckoned with.
Final score: Bray Emmets 5-11, Avondale 6-6.
Emmet Bhré - Under 12: Brian Nesbitt (0-1) Conor Hardiman, Davy Maloney (0-1), David Nesbitt, David Martin (1-0), Fionn Dougan , Gavin Henderson (0-2), Jamie Baguley (0-1), Michael Timmons, Peter Aherne, Philip Jakob, Rian Knox, Rory Lambe (2-6), Seán McDonagh. Bainisteoir - Brian Lambe....
|U12 edged out in high scoring encounter|
8 June, 2013
The U-12 Hurlers played against St Judes on Saturday morning, 8th June. In the searing heat both teams were completely drained by the final whistle. Nevertheless the scoring was fast and furious from the throw-in. Great scores came from Luke Brandon, David Martin and midfielder Aaron Graham. In the second-half, the tireless David Maloney and Peter Aherne played vital roles. Jamie Baguley dispatched the sliotar clinically to the back of the net on two occasions giving Bray every advantage. However in the end, one single point separated these commendable young players. Tá traenáil peile ar siúl againn ar an Máirt ag 7pm i bPáirc Emmet Bhré. Final score: St Judes 9-7 Emmet Bhré 9-6. Emmet Bhré U-12: Aaron Graham (1-0), David Martin (1-0), David Maloney (0-1), Gavin Henderson (1-0), Jamie Baguley (2-0), Luke Brandon (1-0), Michael Timmons, Peter Aherne, Rory Lambe (2-4), Seán McDonagh (0-1). Bainisteoir - Brian Lambe...
|U12 hurlers face Western Gaels|
29 April, 2013
On Monday, 29th April, the Under-12 Hurlers played their first Wicklow Hurling League match against Western Gaels in Hollywood in near perfect weather for hurling, dry and warm with a clear blue sky. This was the first time this particular group of lads had all played together, but after just a few minutes it was apparent that every player wanted to play their part, each using their own individual talents to maximum effect. Over the course of the match players changed positions, this happened seamlessly with the lads getting on with whatever task they were asked to do, be it keeping the net empty, marking and breaking up attacks, bossing midfield or adding to the score board. What was highly evident was that every player had the right attitude from the first to the last minute, they all worked hard as individuals and as a team which led to a comfortable victory. The match was played in a really sporting spirit and Western Gaels were gracious hosts. Final Score: Western Gaels 1-6 Bray Emmets 9-17Emmet Bhré Under-12 (2001): Conor Hardiman (1-1), David Maloney (1-10), David Nesbitt (3-2), Fionn Dougan (0-1) , Jack Treacy, Jamie Baguley (2-2), Michael Timmons (0-1), Philip Jakob, Rian Knox (1-0), Sam Kearney (1-0), Seán McDonagh....
|U-12 Hurlers battle to the end|
27 April, 2013
The U-12 Hurlers faced Oliver Plunketts on the Navan Road, Saturday 27th April. The opposition were very strong and the first half proved to be an uphill battle for Bray Emmets. Goals were conceded goals when the marking could have been a lot tighter but Gavin Henderson and David Maloney deservedly got their names on the scoreboard.The second-half saw a much improved display from Emmets. Hard work in the defence from a commanding Michael Timmons and up front from Luke Brandon and Aaron Graham, allowed Fionn Dougan to grab a thundering goal. Scores followed from Rory Lambe and an excellently taken free from marksman, Seán McDonagh. Our spirits were lifted, but this game was won in the end by a more formidable Plunketts team. Bhí na traenálaithe sásta leis an iarracht sa deireadh.Emmet Bhré Under-12: Aaron Graham, Conor Hardiman, Darragh McCormack, David Maloney (0-1), Fionn Dougan (1-0), Gavin Henderson (0-1), Jamie Baguley, Luke Brandon, Michael Timmons, Peter Aherne, Rian Knox, Rory Lambe (1-1), Seán McDonagh (0-1). Bainisteoir - Brian Lambe....
|U12 hurlers march on..|
13 April, 2013
The Under-12 hurlers faced Ballyboden Saturday 13th in Páirc Emmet Bhré. This was a very pleasing Bray display. From the off and against the wind, David Maloney scored some fine points from play. The score of the first-half was a low pile-driver from midfielder Jamie Baguley, while defensively Peter Aherne and Seán McDonagh worked astutely. In the second-half, more fine scores from Rory Lambe and Gavin Henderson put the contest beyond reach. Generous and brave contributions were also made by David Martin, Rian Knox and Oisín Drury. Scór deiridh: Emmet Bhré 4-10, Ballyboden 2-1. Beidh an chéad chluiche eile againn i gceann coicíse.Emmet Bhré Under-12: Conor Hardiman, David Martin, David Maloney (0-5), David Nesbitt (0-1), Gavin Henderson (0-2), Jamie Baguley (1-0), Luke Brandon, Michael Timmons, Nick Hederman, Oisín Drury, Peter Aherne, Rian Knox, Rory Lambe (2-2), Seán McDonagh. Bainisteoir - Brian Lambe....
|U12 Hurlers face St. Brigids, Caisleán Cnucha|
9 March, 2013
The Under-12 Hurlers faced St. Brigids, Caisleán Cnucha,
on Saturday morning, 9th March in the second game of their Dublin
campaign. Bray were back-boned by David Maloney and Gavin Henderson
who both gave outstanding displays. In defence, Peter Aherne
and Conor Hardiman played very well, while David Nesbitt protected
his goal with pride. The game was finally equalised by an opportune
David Maloney goal. Final score: Bray Emmets 2-5 St. Brigids 2-5.
Beidh an chéad cluiche eile againn i gceann coicíse i gcoinne Scoil
Emmet Bhré: Aaron Graham, Aaron O'Rourke, Ciarán Ó Mongáin,
Conor Hardiman, Darragh McCormack, David Maloney (1-5), David
Nesbitt, Gavin Henderson (1-0), Luke Brandon, Michael Timmons, Nick
Hederman, Oisín Drury, Peter Aherne, Rian Knox, Seán McDonagh.
Bainisteoir - Brian Lambe.
|Goals seal it for u12 hurlers|
23 February, 2013
The Dublin Hurling League commenced on Saturday, 23rd
February and saw the Under-12's travel to Kevin's GAA club. The
warm up was especially necessary as the temperature was hovering
around zero degrees. The spectators certainly felt the bitter cold,
but the Bray lads are made of sterner stuff and did not seem to
notice the weather until a heavy sleet shower visited the ground.
The new back line of Peter, Michael and Fionn defended stoutly in
front of Rian, who again made a couple of great reaction saves.
Davy has added extra accuracy to his long range passing to increase
his danger to the opposition and operating in front of the back
three was ably assisted by Conor who made several timely
interceptions. Rory was his normal busy self in the middle of the
pitch, with Gavin, Sean and David N winning the necessary battles.
Up front Aaron, Luke and Daragh helped to steer Bray to victory. A
special mention must go to Jamie, who despite injuring himself
early in the match, played on even though in some discomfort, he
only came off near the end of the match, his toughness and
resilience would make many a soccer player blush. A great start to
the league lads. Final Score: Bray Emmets 4-4 Kevins
Emmet Bhré - Under-12 (2001): Aaron Graham Conor
Hardiman, Darragh McCormack, David Maloney (0-1), David Nesbitt,
Fionn Dougan , Gavin Henderson (2-0)Jamie Baguley (1-0), Luke
Brandon, Michael Timmons, Peter Aherne, Rian Knox, Rory Lambe
(1-2), Seán McDonagh (0-1). Bainisteoir - Brian Lambe.
|Bray Emmets U-12 Hurlers|
16 February, 2013
On Saturday, 16th February the Under-12 Hurlers had a
pre-season friendly against Faughs at a dry but windy Old Conna.
The new season sees the amalgamation of the 2002 and 2001
Hurlers, so the match was played in three periods to ensure
everyone had a decent run out and got used to new team-mates (as
well as coaches learning new names!). At the end of the first
third, the teams were evenly matched but by the start of the second
third, the rustiness and cobwebs had all but disappeared and Bray
really began to put some combinations together. Peter and Luke from
the 2002's formed a solid back line with Michael and David from the
2001's and were so effective that Darragh in goal had little to do.
Davy, Rory, Seán and Jamie were their usual hive of industry, ably
assisted by Sebastian in breaking up Faugh's attacks and setting up
Bray ones. Rian produced a lovely pick up and strike to add a
further score to Bray's total. Conor engineered a fine pick
up, turn and shot from distance and with the keeper well beaten,
the bar came to Faughs rescue, only for a quick reacting Bray
forward to pounce and rifle it into the net. Up front Fionn, Aaron,
Ciarán and Rory M kept the Faughs defence busy and the Bray
scoreboard ticking over. The players and coaches have every
reason to look forward to the serious business of the Dublin
Hurling Leagues. The final score was Bray Emmets 7-4 Faughs
Emmet Bhré - Under 12. Aaron O'Rourke (1-0), Ciarán
Ó'Mongáin, Conor Hardiman, David Martin, Darragh McCormack, David
Maloney (1-1), Fionn Dougan (1-0), Jamie Baguley (2-0), Luke
Brandon, Michael Timmons, Peter Aherne, Rian Knox (0-1), Rory Lambe
(1-2), Rory Mulcahy, Seán McDonagh (1-0), Sebastian Coleman.
Bainisteoir - Brian Lambe.
|U12 Hurlers are county champions|
6 October, 2012
The under 12 hurlers beat Carnew Emmets to become county
champions on a sunny Saturday evening in Avondale. Bray took the
lead early on in the game and maintained this until the final
whistle. The boys put in a huge effort and we are very proud of
their performance on the field and of all the players
throughout the year who have participated in the Wicklow
games.Thank you to parents and those that travelled to
support us on Saturday.
Team: Darragh Rochford, Ronan McMahon, Tony Jackson, Davy
Maloney, Joe Phelan, Sid Hunt, Andrew O Brien,Ben
Kearney, Andrew Conway, Cian Lohan, Ciarán McKay, Lochlann Dougan,
Macdara Ó Midheach , Michael Timmons, Rory Lambe, James Anders
Gavin Henderson, Donncha Griffin Carroll, Fiachra Bond, David
Kennedy, and Seán McDonagh
|U12 hurlers meet Tinahely|
17 September, 2012
The Under 12 hurlers met Tinahely in the semi-finals of this
competition. The game was very closely contested, but Bray Emmets
prevailed on a 3-8 to 3-5 score line.
In the first-half, the Bray Emmets defence of Ciarán McKay and
Macdara Ó Midheach did very well. Up front, Andrew Conway notched
up a tidy 1-2. In the second-half, Ben Kearney and Cian
Lohan worked very hard in the middle, while the vital scores of the
game came from Sid Hunt and Jamie Baguley. Bhí áthas ar na
bainisteoirí nuair a bhí an cluiche seo
Emmet Bhré - U12.Andrew Conway (1-2), Ben Kearney,
Cian Lohan, Ciarán McKay, Darragh Rochford, David Kennedy, David
Maloney, James Anders (0-2), Jamie Baguley (0-1), Joe Phelan (0-1),
Lochlann Dougan, Macdara Ó Midheach, Michael Timmons, Rian Knox,
Ronan McMahon, Rory Lambe (1-1), Sid Hunt (1-0). Bainisteoirí -
Séamus Phelan, Larry Timmons.
| U12's in Camaint hurling tournament|
18 July, 2012
Bray entered the U12 Camaint Dublin hurling tournament for the
first time this year. The tournament is based on a modified game
which promotes skills development and exposes teams to opposition
they would not normally encounter. The first round of the
tournament was held in Arthur Griffin Park in Lucan where Bray
played Lucan Sarsfield 1, St Judes and Kevins winning against the
latter two and recording a respectable result against the U12
division 1 outfit.
The second round was played in Commercials hurling club,
Rathcoole on 11th July 2012. Bray lost a hard sought game against
Naas 1 but recorded two good wins against Ballinteer St Johns and
Commercials, respectively. The next round of the tournament is 18th
July 2012 in Pearse Park, Crumlin with the final round fixed for
25th July 2012, Arthur Griffin Park, Lucan. The finals of the
competition will be held in Parnell Park in September.
|U12 Hurling Blitz|
14 July, 2012
Bray hosted round one of an U12 hurling blitz on Saturday,
14th July 2012, which saw teams from Ballinteer St Johns, Kilmacud
Crokes and St Patricks Wicklow Town take part. The blitz was held
in unusually dry and summer like conditions for July. All games
were played in a very competitive and fair spirit with no quarter
been asked or given by any team.
Bray were successful in all three games and exhibited their
range of skills and determination to all those who attended to
watch. Thanks to everyone who made the event a success and to our
referees Pádraig Doyle and Dan Kennedy.
Round 2 of the blitz will be held next Saturday, 21/07/12
|U12 hurlers take on Eire Óg|
12 July, 2012
Bray played Eire Og in Emmet Park on 12th July 2012 in a
very one side game which saw the lads run out easy winner on a big
score line. No doubt the timing of the fixture and the weather on
the night affected the teams both sides were able to deploy. Teams
like Eire Og who depend on a smaller playing base are adversely
affected by summer holidays, camps etc when it comes to fielding
teams in July and August.
|U12 Hurlers V Na Fianna|
2 June, 2012
Sometimes hurling presents days like these when everything just
seems to click - the lads all step up to the mark, they hit the
ground running from the first whistle, physical challenges are
sought out rather than avoided, drills practiced in training are
put to use across the field, the ball in hand is moved the allowed
four steps all the time, calls from team mate to team mate are
heard on the side lines, inter play is clever and well executed and
a win is the only just outcome.
Bray Emmets beat a well drilled and highly motivated Na Fianna
on Saturday by a score line of 5:07 to 0:05. The manner of the win
was based on every one of the 13 players who took to the field to
play one of their finest games in green and white -Darragh Rochford
(Goal), Macdara O Midheach (Full Back), Donnchadh Griffin-Carroll
& Lochlann Dougan (Corner Backs), Sid Hunt & James Anders
(Centre Back), Ronan Mc Mahon & Ben Kearney (Midfield), Joe
Phelan & Cian Lohan (Centre Forward), Andrew Conway, (Full
forward), David Kennedy and Fiachra Bond (Corner forwards). They
were all resolute in everything they did for the 50 min and stamped
their influence on the game to such an extent that the opposition
could have played all day and still the outcome would have been the
This performance capped a memorable first outing in the Dublin
league Division 4. No doubt stiffer challenges lay ahead, none no
more so than the next match (at home, 16/06/12) against league
leaders Thomas Davis. However, if the team can maintain
this level of intensity throughout the league and continue to
develop as hurlers every possibility awaits them.
|U12 Hurling Blitz|
12 May, 2012
Bray Emmets played their final round of blitz matches on
Saturday in Rathcoole against Commercials hurling club. The first
half was a dogged affair with both sides nullifying each other's
attacking options. A commanding defensive effort by Macdara O'
Midheach at full back assisted by Donnacha Griffin Carroll ensured
a score line of 0:01 a piece at the break. Cian Lohan scored Bray's
only point of the half with a well taken effort from the centre
forward position. A hand injury to James Anders towards the end of
the first half brought about a restructuring of the team which
moved James to the goal and Matthew Dehanschutter to the midfield
The second half started with a flourish for Bray with Cian
Lohan scoring two goals and a point to take his team into a
commanding position. Commercials answered with a couple of points
before Joe Phelan weaved his way through the Commercial defence to
blast a left handed shot to the corner of the net. Excellent half
back play from Ciaran McKay and Lochlann Dougan exemplified Bray's
physical commitment in the match and ensured a platform for the
midfield of Ronan Mc Mahon and Matthew Dehanschutter to get on top.
Commercials scored a goal and a point late on but not after a
towering performance from the injured James Anders in the Bray
goal. A late point for Ronan McMahon from the far touch line was a
good example of the inherent skills this young man poses when he
takes the game to the opposition. David Kennedy and Jacob Stanley
worked tirelessly throughout the match and both can only benefit
from performing well in these games . Final Score: Bray 3:05
The match was very satisfying from a management point of
view as it demonstrated the importance of a settled team playing to
their strengths and bringing aspects of the weekly training
sessions to the playing fields. It was also good to see a bigger
physical threat coming from a number of central players on the
Bray Emmets: Lochlann Dougan, Jacob Stanley,
David Kennedy, Joe Phelan (1:0), Macdara O' Midheach, Matthew
Dehanschutter, James Anders, Cian Lohan (2:04), Ronan McMahon
(0:01), Donnacha Griffin Carroll and Ciaran McKay.
|U12 hurlers first outing in Wicklow|
30 April, 2012
The u12 hurlers played their first Wicklow game against a lively
and skilful St Pats on Monday night. St Pats were first out of the
blocks and, on the scoreboard stunning Bray with some early
artillery. Goalkeeper, Darragh Rochford was forced to make two or
three excellent saves. Gradually Bray settled, buoyed by the
defensive in-put of Sid Hunt and a goal and a point from Rory
Lambe. In the second-half, a fine long-range effort was converted
by Macdara Ó Midheach, while the midfield pairing of Ben Kearney
and Andrew Conway worked hard sending ball into the sharp-shooting
James Anders. However, this was one that escaped
by a single point to a deserving Naomh Pádraig. Beidh lá eile
againn le cúnamh Dé. After the game, Wicklow hurlers Andy
O'Brien and Jim Connors kindly came over to give some advice and
words of encouragement to the Bray squad. Go n-éirí an t-ádh leo
beirt. Emmet Bhré - U12. Andrew Conway (0-1), Andrew
O'Brien, Ben Kearney, Cian Lohan, Ciarán McKay, Darragh Rochford,
David Nesbitt, Donnchadh Griffin-Carroll, Fiachra Bond, James
Anders (3-1), Joe Phelan, Macdara Ó Midheach (0-1), Matthew
Dehantschutter, Rory Lambe (1-1), Seán McDonagh, Sid Hunt and Tony
|U12 hurlers V Kevins|
21 April, 2012
The U12 hurlers played Kevins hurling club winning the
game 5-5 to 3-2. Jacob and Ronan had a great work rate on the pitch
whilst Lochlann scored a lovely point. Matthew was excellent in
goal pulling off some great saves and was very well supported in
defence by superb performances by Sid and Ciaran. Macdara, Sean and
Tony held the half back line well whilst in midfield Andrew C who
scored a goal, and Donncha put in sterling performances. James,
David and Ben were great in the half forwards with David doing an
excellent job of man marking a dominant Kevins player and James and
Ben each scoring a goal. This was a great team performance
especially in the second half with a lovely skills displayed by the
|U12 Hurlers v Nh Barrog|
31 March, 2012
Bray Emmets pulled off a smash and grab victory over Naomh
Barrog in Kilbarrack on Saturday. The Bray lads were slow to get
out of the traps in this one and trailed at the interval 1:02 to
0:0. Great defensive play by Macdara O' Midheach, Matthew
Dehanschutter, Sid Hunt and Andrew O'Brien helped limit the Naomh
The second half sparked into light with an early Bray goal by
Cian Lohan followed by a point from the Naomh Barrog lads. A second
Bray goal from James Anders followed on from an inspiring period of
centre forward domination led by Joe Phelan and Ben Kearney. With
the score standing at 2:02 to 2:0 Naomh Barrog began to push
forward and exert some pressure on the Bray backline. A loose ball
in the Bray defence gifted Naomh Barrog a match winning opportunity
only to be denied by a point blank save from Darragh Rochford in
the Bray goal. The match looked lost with seconds
remaining when Tony Jackson turned the ball into Ronan Mc Mahon who
fired on the ground forcing a fine save from the Naomh Barrog goal
keeper and from the rebound Jacob Stanley scored the winning goal.
Match over!Bray 3:00 Nh Barrog 2:02
The Bray lads can take great credit coming from behind to win
this difficult fixture with the last stroke of the game. It
demonstrated great determination and a 'never-say-die' attitude.
Special mention must go to Sean MacCrabhann, Lochlann Dougan, Tony
Jackson, Andrew O Brien and Jacob Stanley who all rose and played
indispensible parts in this memorable win.
|U12 Hurling V Crumlin|
25 February, 2012
Bray Emmets got there U12 Dublin Hurling campaign off to a
winning start in a chilly Pearse Park in Crumlin on Saturday. The
match exploded into life with an early Crumlin goal followed by the
sending off of one of their midfield players for an off the ball
incident on Sid Hunt. Bray settled immediately with a fine point
from Macdara Ó Midheach for the resulting free. Cian Lohan tagged
on a close range point which was nullified by a second Crumlin
goal. Bray immediately took the initiative with a long range goal
from Joe Phelan followed by a second goal from Sid Hunt. The Bray
team led 2:02 to 2:01 at half time.
After the interval Bray opened up the Drumlin defence and shut
out there attacking play with some fine performances from Macdara Ó
Midheach, Sid Hunt, Ciaran Mc Kay, Donnchadh Griffin, Lochlann
Dougan and Ronan Mc Mahon. Matthew Dehanschutter made a series of
impressive saves in the goal and distributed the ball well from the
puck outs. Jacob Stanley, Fiachra Bond and Tony Jackson gave some
of their best performances in the green and white with great
determination and commitment. Cian Lohan (substituted early in the
second half) returned to terrorise the Crumlin defence and
eventually take a tally of 1:02 from centre half forward. James
Anders gave a sterling performance with a total of 2:01 and worked
tirelessly for the afternoon.
The game ended 6:05 to 2:03 to Bray. The margin of the win was
notable but the overall performance of the team from the throw-in
was impressive. With a number of players yet to return to the team
the season ahead in both Dublin and Wicklow will be one to look
Team: Matthew Dehanschutter, Donnchadh Griffin, Ciaran Mc Kay,
Ronan McMahon, Lochlann Dougan, James Anders, Sid Hunt, Joe Phelan,
Macdara Ó Midheach, Cian Lohan, Fiachra Bond, Tony Jackson,
|U12 Hurling V Naomh Mearnog|
12 November, 2011
The U12 hurling boys played against Naomh Mearnog at their
grounds in Portmarnock and came up against an opposition that were
physically much stronger than them. Their final hurling game
of the season takes place next Saturday against Round Towers
Clondalkin in Old Conna.
|u12 hurlers V Ballinahinch|
21 August, 2011
The Under 12 hurlers played Ballinahinch, home club of Tipperary
midfielder Shane McGrath, Sunday last in a very evenly contested
game. Our Munster visitors started in far brighter fashion despite
the hard work of defenders Sid Hunt and Niall Groves. However the
second-half proved a lot more entertaining from a Bray perspective.
Fine goals came from Seán McDonagh and the industrious Davy
Maloney. Eoghan Potts worked extra hard in the engine-room,
supported by Shane Slattery and Joe Phelan.
Bhí an bainisteoir Diarmuid Potts an-sásta lena fhoireann sa
Emmet Bhré - Under 12. Andrew Conway, Ben Kearney,
Cian Lohan, Darragh Rochford, Davy Maloney (1-1), Eoghan Potts
(0-1), Fiachra Murphy, Jason Pritchard, Joe Phelan, Lochlann
Dougan, Niall Groves, Paddy Redmond, Ronan McMahon, Rory Cotter,
Rory Lambe (1-0), Seán McDonagh (2-0), Shane Slattery, Sid Hunt,
Simon Reynolds, William Hennessy
19 October, 2009
Nh Fionnbarra 0-5.
Earlier in the year a more skilful Bray Emmets side were
overpowered by a stronger Nh Fionnbarra outfit in the U12 Dublin
Hurling Cup. On this occasion we had our players well prepared for
a good hard tough encounter. They rose to the challenge and
responded with some brilliant hurling and were well able physically
for our opponents.
Even though Nh Fionnbarra opened the scoring with a point from a
free, it wasn't long before Michael Boland equalised. After that
Bray never looked back and kept adding point after point to leave
the half time score of 1-9 to 0-2 in favour of Bray Emmets. All
players put in a great performance. Conor McNally had a good game
between the posts making some timely saves. In front of Conor, our
defenders including Padraig Doyle, Dylan Terry, Patrick Michel,
Dylan Brady, Jack Fitzgerald and Thomas Emms did exceptionally well
and gave Nh Fionnbarra forwards very little time on the ball.
Thomas Foley and Liam Benville worked well together at centre
field with constant pressure from Thomas and some beautiful stick
work by Liam resulting in two great points. Michael Boland was at
his best and notched up a total of 1-10, 5 points from frees.
Cormac Foley at wing forward was as fast as ever and in full flight
is difficult to stop and ended with a lovely point. On the other
wing, Mark Davenport is growing in confidence and gave a solid
performance. In around the goals, Conor O'Doherty scored a point
with Daniel Kennedy trying hard but scores just didn't come his
way. Well done to all the players who have now made it 5 wins out
of 6 with a final score of 1-14 to 0-5.
26 September, 2009
Bray Emmets 4-6
Thomas Davis 1-6
On Saturday 26th September, the U12 hurlers were
in action under the floodlights at Thomas Davis all-weather pitch
in the Dublin League. Having already played 3 and won 2, could this
be 3 wins out of 4? Bray got off to a great start with a hat trick
of goals from Conor O'Doherty at full forward, all goals coming
from ground strikes. Both Michael Boland and Liam Benville added
points to leave us 7 points up at half time.
Thomas Davis piled on the pressure in the second half but a
great goal from Conn Benville and further points from Michael
Boland kept us ahead. Good defensive work by Dylan Terry, Padraig
Doyle and Jack Fitzgerald dampened the spirits of the Thomas Davis
forwards on many occasions with some sound defensive work. Patrick
Michel and Liam Benville partnered well at midfield and certainly
had the edge there. Well done to Bray Emmets, recording another win
with a final score of 4-6 to 1-6.
The U12 hurlers will be joined by the U13s for training
commencing this Tuesday at 7pm in preparation for an U13 Wicklow
Hurling Feile to be held on Oct 31st.
Emmet Bhré : Under 8 : Aaron Graham, Alex Russell, Brian Glass,
Brian Nesbitt, Conor Hardiman, David Nesbitt, Eleanor
Carroll-Hayes, Emily Deveney, Eoin Fitzsimons, Finn O'Loughlin,
Gavin O'Shea, Jamie Baguley, Joe Dillon, Michael Timmons, Michael
Connolly, Oisín Drury, Rory Lambe, Seán McDonagh, Sammy Butler, Sam
Kearney, Sarah Lambe.
|U12 Leinster Hurling Tournament|
30 August, 2009
The last weekend in August saw a great end to the kids summer
holidays. We won silver in our group in the U12 Leinster Hurling
Tournament in Dublin and the following day had a most memorable
trip to Newport in Tipperary. There, we played teams from Tipp,
Limerick and Clare. Although we lost narrowly we had a great time.
Most importantly we learnt lots and can now include those learning
points into our plan for the next season. Planning trips like this
is essential as it exposes our areas for improvements when we
benchmark ourselves against the traditional hurling counties. In
this way the kids can really achieve their true potential and can
see first hand for themselves the standard we are at and what more
has to be done. We already had a similar trip to Kilkenny in June
which was a huge success.
The Tipp tournament set us up nicely for the Wicklow Hurling
semi-final against St. Patricks last week. Our team was not as
sharp as in June prior to the holidays but this was to be expected
after a long lay off. Nevertheless, there were some outstanding
displays and most notably by Padraig Doyle at centre back. He had a
superb game and between himself and Thomas Foley, also on the half
back line, they cleaned up everything that came their way. Padraig
was not only on defensive duties, he also added a goal and a point
to his credit.
At half time we had a good lead of 3-6 to 1-2 but there were
causes for concern. Some of our players were not attacking the ball
and were getting there second to their opponents. A number of
switches were made which improved performance somewhat in the
second half. Bray Emmets kept up the pressure and when Michael
Boland was switched to midfield began to move much more freely and
ended up scoring a marvellous 3-4. Conor O'Doherty's first touch
hurling at full forward was beginning to cause hugh concern to the
St. Pats defence and ended up with a hat trick of goals (it must
have been the weeks summer camp in Kilkenny). Other scores came
from Liam Benville with a goal and two points.
Despite the pressure exerted by St. Pats in the second half, our
defence held tight with good solid performances from Dylan Terry at
full back and from our corner backs Jack Fitzgerald and Dylan
The final score was Bray Emmets 8-9, St Pats 2-6. A good solid
win which now puts us into the final. However, there is much work
to be done between now and then so regular attendance at training
is essential. Also well done to Michael Boland and Padraig Doyle
who helped the U14 hurlers defeat Glenealy in the Wicklow
27 July, 2009
St. Judes 7-9, Bray Emmets 4-6.
On Saturday June 27thhaving already played 2
and won 2 in the Dublin Hurling League this was going to be our
toughest opposition. Our opponents, St. Judes had a number of U12
players who had just played in the U14 Hurling Feile. But we also
had our own Feile heroes in Michael Boland, Gavin Dowling and
St. Judes got off to a quick start and scored two early points.
But we quickly responded by scores from Michael Boland and at half
time with an under strength team we were trailing by only 2 points,
2-5 to 2-3. St. Judes, who were the stronger team, piled on the
pressure immediately after the restart. Dylan Terry who was playing
at full back had a superb game and cleared everything that came his
way. Indeed all our defence played heroically including Jack
Fitzgerald and Dylan Brady on the full back line and Gavin Dowling
and Patrick Michel at centre back. However, with our forwards not
performing well, with the exception of Padraig Doyle, and not
pressuring the St. Judes defence, it was only going to be a matter
of time before St. Judes got the scores. They notched up 5-4 in the
Michael Boland and Liam Benville had the better of exchanges at
midfield with Michael ending up with some great scores, bringing
his total to 3-2. Further scores from Conor O'Doherty, 1-0, Padraig
Doyle, 0-2 and Liam Benville, 0-1 left the full time score
15 June, 2009
It was Bray Emmets against Carnew in the second game of the
Wicklow Hurling Championship in Arklow. A number of players from
both clubs had been part of the Wicklow U12 Development Squad so
they knew each other quite well.
Both teams gave an excellent display of skill, determination and
excitement and for most part of the game there was very little
between them. The Carnew duo of Enda Donahoe at centre back and
Billy Connors at centrefield were playing exceptionally well and
even though they had the better of us in both areas, scores from
Michael Boland and Conor O'Doherty left the half time score of 2-1
each. At that stage it really was anybody's game.
Early in the second half we were dealt a severe blow when
Padraig Doyle, our full back, was forced off with a hand injury.
Conor Byrne moved to fill his position and did a superb job. He was
ably assisted by Dylan Brady and Oisin Donegan in the full back
line. Thomas Foley was having a sound game when moved to centre
back and made some fine clearances. Conor Prendergast and Sean
O'Connor cleared the wings on numerous occasions and gave little
away to the Carnew forwards. At centre field Michael Boland's free
taking was superb and ended up scoring 2-2. Patrick Michel had
obviously learnt much from the Kilkenny trip and used his hurley to
great effect putting constant pressure on the midfielders. Conor
McNally was gaining in confidence as the game progressed and now
landed good long puck outs away from Carnews' danger men.
The turning point in the game was when Padraig Doyle came back
on, not at full back, but at centre forward where we were having
some problems. He immediately made a huge impact and not only
stemmed the flow of ball to the Carnew forwards but ploughed his
way twice through the Carnew defence to score two great goals.
Things were now definitely in our favour and with Liam Benville,
Cormac Foley and Jack Fitzgerald making some good breaks and runs
up along both wings and some lovely first touch hurling by Conor
O'Doherty at full forward the pressure put on the Carnew defence
for the remainder of the game worked really well.
We finished on a strong note and won by 6-2 to 3-3 which now
gets us to the final on June 29th.
All support would be greatly appreciated
6 June, 2009
The Dublin Hurling League started for us last week with a home
game against Round Towers, Clondalkin. We already had a good result
against the same team in the Cup. All players were well up for the
game and put in great effort from the start. During the first half
we were the better team and were on top in most parts of the field.
There were some excellently taken scores by Michael Boland and
Gavin Dowling which gave us a half time lead of 4-2 to 1-3. We
continued playing good skilful hurling in the second half with an
outstanding performance by Patrick Michel at centre back. His first
touch hurling was a joy for anyone to watch. In the half forward
line Daniel Kennedy was really getting stuck in and ended up
scoring a great goal. Further scores were added from Michael
Boland, Gavin and Conor Byrne.
All defenders including Conor O'Doherty, Padraig Doyle, Jack
Fitzgerald, Conor Prendergast, Patrick Michel and goalkeeper Conor
McNally were playing tight except for a few lapses of concentration
which resulted in a couple of soft goals for Round Towers. Down the
centre there was some excellent linking up and off the ball running
between Dylan Terry, Gavin Dowling and Michael Boland. The final
score was Bray Emmets 6-6, Round Towers 3-4.
13 May, 2009
On Wednesday 13th May the
U12s played Round Towers from Clondalkin
at home in the Dublin Hurling Cup, having already won one and lost
one. Round Towers opened the scoring with two quick points but Bray
Emmets responded well with a great goal from Conor Byrne who posed
a constant threat in around
25 April, 2009
Last week saw the commencement of the U12 Wicklow Hurling
Championship against Glenealy at home. The weather was atrocious
with a continuous downpour right throughout the second half. But
well done to all players for giving a fine display of hurling under
such conditions and to the defenders in particular when they came
under huge pressure in the second half. Dylan Terry had a brilliant
game at full back and practically nothing got by him.
In the opening period the teams were evenly balanced and at the
interval it was 1-2 each with a goal from Michael Boland and points
from Cormac Foley and Liam Benville. Bray Emmets had some early
scores in the second half again from Cormac Foley (1-1) and a goal
from Michael Boland. However Glenealy were not going to take this
lying down and with great credit to them they applied a constant
threat to our goals. Thomas Foley, now playing at centre back had a
superb game and cleared everything that came his way. Midfield
including Michael and Gavin Dowling were having the better of the
tussles and supplied good quality ball to the forwards. However,
the forwards were making hard work for themselves by too much
bunching and not playing enough wide ball. It was anybodies game
with five minutes to go and it was only when Daniel Kennedy scored
a cracker of a goal that finally put the game beyond reach, leaving
the full time score of 4-3 to 1-3.
In the end, a solid performance but lots of improvements to be
made. Well done to Oisin Dougan and Owen Duffy who played their
first game with the U12s.
|County Final |
15 October, 2008
Having already beaten Glenealy twice during the year and drawn
once with an average of 14 points for and 10 points against, this
was our big test. The weather was atrocious with heavy ground
conditions and a very strong diagonal gale force wind. Having won
the toss, Bray Emmets decided to play against the wind. Needless to
say we were under constant pressure right throughout the first
half. All players put in great effort and both Padraig Doyle and
Peter Conroy made some fine clearances. We brought Patrick Michel
back from corner forward to strengthen up the defence and this he
did superbly. Our man of the match must surely have been Conor
McNally who made one magnificent save after another.
Glenealy opened the scoring with a well taken point followed
shortly by a powerful shot from their full forward which ended up
in the net. Glenealy added 2 further points to leave the half-time
score of 1-3 to no score. This was a good result for us and all our
players were in high spirits. They were fired up for the second
half. Like Glenealy in the first half it was now our turn to pile
on the pressure. This we did. The ball rarely left the Glenealy
defence. Shortly into the second half Eoin McCormack whipped over a
lovely point from the right wing. This was followed shortly by a
second point from Michael Boland. In the space of 10 minutes we hit
the upright three times. Under further pressure from the Bray
Emmets forwards the Glenealy goalkeeper made some great
saves. A further point from a free by Michael Boland and we were
just one score away. Unfortunately it never came. Glenealy were
dogged in determination to win possession. To their great credit
they put constant pressure on our players, and did'nt give them the
space which they had been used to. Even though Glenealy were held
scoreless in the second half they deserved to win on a scoreline of
1-3 to 0-3 points.
Did we pass the test? I think definitely yes. We lost a game of
hurling but our heads never dropped and we never gave up. What more
can one ask . It has been a great year for our team having played 9
games, won 7, drawn 1 and lost 1. The U11's form nearly half the
team. They also have had a marvellous season in hurling in the
Dublin Cup and League, having played 9, won 7, drawn1 and lost
To all players, you did your best last Saturday. You did us all
proud. Yes, we were bitterly disappointed on the day but that's
what sport teaches us, how to be good losers as well as good
winners. We have great things to look forward to and our defeat on
Saturday will only strengthen our resolve going forward. Enjoy your
well deserved holidays.
|Championship Game V Carnew|
12 July, 2008
It was against Carnew for the second time in
the Wicklow Hurling Championship. This time it was away from home.
Our guys were up for it. They were well prepared physically and
mentally. They got stuck in right from the beginning and never
allowed Carnew to settle. Our scoring opened from a great ground
shot by Ishmael Mnensa which ended up in the back of the net.
Shortly afterwards Thomas Foley did the same from out in the wing.
There was good free taking by Michael Boland who scored a number of
points and shortly before half-time the same person ran on to a
loose ball and crashed it to the net. Half-time score was 3-3 to
0-2 points in favour of Bray Emmets.
There was no looking back
now. Pressure continued to be exerted on Carnew in the second half.
Great hurling was displayed by Peter Conroy in defense. Eoin
McCormack and Thomas Foley were brilliant at centrefield and gave
little away. Unfortunately Eoin ended up with a bad injury to his
hand and a yellow card for Carnew. The free was taken aggressively
by Michael Boland and was unstoppable. Fionn Kinne-Coyle was having
a great game at centre forward on one of the best Carnew players
and ended up scoring a great point. One of the final scores came
from Eoin who had now partially recovered. He had the last word
with a powerful goal in the last 5 minutes having forced his way
through many defenders. All players put in a tremendous effort and
this was reflected in the final score of 6-7 to 0-4 for Bray
12 July, 2008
On Saturday we travelled to Erins Isle in Finglas to
participate in the annual Feile Alan Cregan u12 Hurling. It was
ground hurling only. We ended up playing 4 games against
Castleknock. Kilmacud Crokes, Erins Isle and Crumlin. The
cumulative score was 9-5 to 8-1 against us. This was a very
satisfactory performance against some of the best in Dublin. Well
done to the parents who travelled the long journey and to the
following players: Liam Benville, Michael Boland, Peter Conroy,
Patrick Cunningham, Gavin Dowling, Padraig Doyle, Eoin McCormack,
Conor McNally, Mark McDonagh-McGrogan, Patrick Michel, Ishmael
Mnensa, Seanie Maloney, Conor O'Doherty, David O'Faoileain, and,
And finally, congratulations to Michael Boland who won the
Dublin U11 Hurling Skills competition last Friday evening at the
Ger Canavan Tournment at St Laurence O'Toole on the Malahide Road.
He competed brilliantly against 14 other clubs including Na Fianna,
Castleknock and Sylvesters.
Training continues for U11s and U12s Tuesdays and
28 June, 2008
With many players now on holidays we had the minimum 15
against a 22 strong Glenealy side. Glenealy got off to a great
start and within a short time were two goals up. Our mentally
strong team didn't panic, kept their composure and points by
Michael Boland and Eoin McCormack narrowed the gap. Padraig Doyle
in goals kept further pressure off us with brilliantly taken puck
outs, which landed right down on top of the Glenealy half-back
line. Some positional changes swung things in our favour but
nevertheless, were behind at half time by 4 points. The interval
gave us a chance to regroup. This worked well. Within minutes a 65m
from Michael Boland landed in the square and Eoin crashed the ball
to the net. Further points by Michael from frees and excellently
executed scores from Eoin put us in front, a lead we never lost.
Our defence were now playing much better with some great display of
skills from Cathal McAodha and Liam Benville. Peter Conroy made
some great catches and with his long clearances kept danger away.
Our other defenders, Ishmael Mnensa, Seanie Maloney and Patrick
Michel on the full back line tried really hard and stemmed the flow
of goals that were evident in the first half.
In the second half Shane Lohan, along with Eoin took
command at centre-field and supplied good quality ball to the
forwards. Mark McDonagh-McGrogan and Conor O'Doherty were now
getting in front of their defenders and keeping more ball inside.
Thomas Foley had a brilliant game and always kept constant pressure
on the defenders around him with some great block downs. Fionn
Kinne-Coyle made his strength felt at half forward and broke ball
loose making the Glenealy defence very nervous.
Great credit to our team who kept their heads, never gave
up and worked really hard in the second half. The reward- Bray
Emmets 3-10, Glenealy 3-1 to continue with our unbeaten
Training continues throughout the summer on Tuesdays and
Thursdays 7-9. Our next game is away to Carnew this Saturday, July
5th at 2.45.
|Championship Game V Carnew|
14 June, 2008
This was an important game for us as we went into our
second big test against Carnew at home in the all county
League/Championship having already beaten Glenealy. We were
immediately under pressure and with little time gone were 2-2 to
0-1 down with the heavy rain and wind against us. However, our team
battled bravely. Some changes were made in defence and this reduced
quality ball to the Carnew forwards. It also meant better feed of
ball to our forwards who responded well with a good ground shot
from Dylan Terry which ended up in the net. Bray gradually clawed
their way back with some good points from free-taking by Michael
Carnew certainly had the better of exchanges and at half
time were leading by 2-3 to 1-4.Half time came at an appropriate
time for us as some tough talking had to be done and a much greater
work rate was required in the second half. Some vital changes were
also made. The team responded brilliantly with Fionn Kinne-Coyle
making a hugh impact at centre forward and Cormac Foley scoring two
great goals. The team was now on a roller coaster with a great
point scored by Eoin McCormack from a free and further scores from
Shane Lohan(1-1), Eoin(1-0) and Michael(1-1). Peter Conroy gave his
usual solid display at midfield and when called upon made a huge
impact at centre back. Patrick Cunningham was as determined as ever
with excellent ground striking and tried really hard all throughout
the game. He was ably assisted by Jack Carroll and Padraig Doyle
who did solid work at full back when switched to that
The team were rewarded for their hard work in the second
half and ended up victorious with a score line of 6-7 to 3-3. Great
credit is due to all the u11s who had already been in battle in
Swords in the morning and who showed tremendous commitment and
stamina. Our next hurling game is on Saturday June
28th at home
against Glenealy. In the meantime there's lots of training to be
done on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
|League Game V Glenealy|
10 May, 2008
What a game last Saturday. To say it was heart-stopping
stuff in the second half is no exaggeration as Glenealy fought back
from a 1-9 to 0-0 deficit at half-time. We knew it was going to be
tough against a strong breeze and uphill. Great credit is due to
both teams for providing such an entertaining spectacle.
Our team got stuck in right from the start and it is fair
to say that most of the action was with the centrefield and
forwards in the first half. Michael Boland scored some great points
from both play and frees. Most possession was won around mid-field
and centreback by Peter Conroy, Sean Maloney, and Eoin McCormack
who all played brilliantly and put in huge effort. The second half
was a different story. Great pressure came on the defenders as
expected with some wonderful high balls into the square by Glenealy
producing 3 goals in quick succession. The work rate of all
defenders including Cathal McAodha, Shane Lohan and Liam Morgan in
the full-back line and Gavin Dowling, Sean Maloney, and Sean
O'Connor in the centre-back area was admirable and prevented
further goals by Glenealy who now looked like a team with a
mission. Padraig Doyle came from the forwards to assist. He
immediately made an impact, collected and cleared many balls. Liam
Benville was playing well in goals and made some very good
With only 2 points now between the teams, some relief came
when Michael Boland stormed through a number of defenders and
smashed the ball to the net. The pressure on the Bray defenders
however continued with a further goal coming for Glenealy. Our
defence will need to tighten up significantly for future games as
four goals against us is too much. This is something the coaches
will be working on with the players in the coming weeks. Michael
Boland displayed a brilliant performance scoring all of Bray Emmets
2-10. Bray always had the edge and ended up victorius with a final
score of 2-10 to 4-2.
Overall the team is doing very well in
the Wicklow games having played 4, won 3, and drawn 1. Training is
every Tuesday and Thursday, 7.00 to 8.30. Anybody interested please
contact either Dan Boland, 087-2555974 or Christy Maloney,
The full team last Saturday was Liam Benville, Cathal
McAodha, Shane Lohan, Liam Morgan, Gavin Dowling, Sean Maloney,
Sean O'Connor, Eoin McCormack, Peter Conroy, Dylan Terry, Michael
Boland, Evin McKay, Mark McDonagh-McGrogan, Padraig Doyle and Fionn