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Club Notes 18th November

Monday, November 18, 2013

Lotto
There was no Match 4 winner of the Club Lotto on Friday, 15th November when the numbers drawn were 8, 9, 17 and 29 so next week, the jackpot goes up to €5,300. Gabriel Plower was the name drawn in the Lucky Dip and will receive €25. As always, we encourage members to register to play online or to promote the Club Lotto to others. Further details are available atwww.brayemmets.com.

Larry Walsh Tournament / Club Christmas Party
How will Ireland fare against the All-Blacks? Which teams will progress to the knockout stages of the Hurling and Football Club Championships?  Will Roy Keane be a success as Assistant Manager to Martin O’Neill? Never mind all that, the biggest sporting question on everyone’s lips this winter is who will be crowned kingpins of Bray football?

The revamped Larry Walsh Tournament, which commemorates a man who was instrumental in making the Club what it is today, takes place on Saturday, 7th December. Previously held during the summer, the decision was made this year to host the event after the 2013 season had finished. The competition is open to all Senior, Junior and Minor Footballers with some of the Hurlers certain to get involved also! Teams will be based on geographical location around the town so the four squads will be broadly divided by the following areas: (1) Little Bray (2) Ardmore/Charnwood (3) Southern Cross (4) The Seafront. Two Semi-Finals and a Final will be played on the day but that’s not the only action scheduled. Due to popular demand, an Over-35’s match will also be played where some of the Club’s legends will put on the boots one more time. Finally, our Juvenile members will get the opportunity to watch their Coaches strut their stuff on the pitch so plenty of fun is guaranteed! Players for all teams are being contacted by the members of the Organising Committee at the moment but more details are available from Brian O’Keeffe (086-6013863).

As well as the entertainment on the pitch, the tournament coincides with our end of year Christmas get-together for all Bray Emmets Mentors, Players and non-playing Adult Members at 8.00 p.m. in the Clubhouse. Members from all sections of the Club, from the Academy Section right through to the Adult Teams are invited to come along and enjoy the festivities.

Annual General Meeting
Bray Emmets GAA Club will be holding their 2013 Annual General Meeting (AGM) at 7.30 p.m. on Friday, 29th November in the Clubhouse. The deadline for the submission of nominations for positions and proposed motions has now passed. Further relevant details are available from the Club Secretary Anne Healy on (secretary.brayemmets.wicklow@gaa.ie or 087-2556193).

Cumann na mBunscol Awards
Congratulations to Ladies Senior footballer, Pamela McDermott who picked up two national honours at the Cumann na mBunscol awards ceremony held in Croke Park on Saturday, 16th November. Pamela scooped awards for her work in Public Relations and for promoting Gaelic Games in the school in which she teaches. Well done Pamela!

‘The Lie Of The Land’ by PJ Cunningham
PJ Cunningham is well known to all members for assisting whenever help is needed and as a result, he has filled many roles within the Club. However, by day, PJ is a journalist, publisher and editor. His latest book ‘The Lie Of The Land’ is an account of the lives, loves, hatreds, failings and greatness of ordinary people told mainly through the social history of actual events. The stories are evocative, insightful, funny and sometimes heart-breaking, framed as they are between a heritage of alcoholism, arranged marriages, religious beliefs and personal tragedies.

‘The Lie Of The Land’ shines a sometime harsh, sometime soft, light on family and community relationships as they juggled with legacies of loyalty and feuds handed down through generations. Overhanging the landscape at all times were the religious fears and taboos which had common roots between the superstitious and the supernatural.

‘The ‘Lie of the Land’ is a unique slice of modern history as well as fiction, capturing the drama of several generations as they agonised at the crossroads between old and modern Ireland. This way of life now largely accessible only in the minds and hearts of those who lived and knew The Lie of the Land. The book is available in all good book shops or alternatively, further information is available from the publishers – Ballpoint Press Ltd: 01-2962272 / 086-8217631 or ballpointpress1@gmail.com.


Match Report: Minor Hurling Championship Final
There is one thing that this current crop of Minors could never be excused of and that is that they play in dull and boring finals! After the drama of the football decider and replay a few weeks ago, many of the same players were again involved in another thrilling encounter when they faced Carnew Emmets in the County Hurling Final on Sunday, 17th November.
Given the time of year, the game was played in good conditions in Arklow and during a scrappy opening, Carnew were first to register, opening their account with a pointed free. After some great work by Padraig Doyle, Ben Mac Cormaic popped over Bray’s first point and was soon followed on to the list of scorers by Bill Moorehouse who fired over after Carnew had raised a second white flag. Carnew added another point to their tally before Moorehouse ran on to a long ball and rifled to the net to give Bray the lead for the first time. Growing in confidence, Bray began to exert some real pressure on the Carnew defence with Ben Mac Cormaic to the fore. His three frees were all expertly taken but to their credit, Carnew kept in touch with some points of their own. By the time Padraig Doyle ended the half with a brilliant catch and score, there were three points between the sides; Bray Emmets 1-6 Carnew Emmets 0-6.
Carnew raced out of the blocks in the second half and claimed four of the first five scores, Bray’s only point coming from the ever accurate Ben Mac Cormaic. The sides were now level 1-7 to 0-10 but in truth, Bray were really struggling and looked to be in serious trouble. And had it not been for a timely interception from Matt Thompson, who flicked the ball away from a waiting Carnew attacker, surely the South Wicklow men would have capped this period of dominance with a goal. They did however score a point and with ten minutes left, looked the more likely winners. However, Bray displayed real character and inspired by Daire Henderson, they dragged themselves back into contention. Padraig Doyle, who troubled the Carnew defence all day, won a very difficult ball and somehow managed to work it over the bar for a Bray equaliser. Both sides missed great opportunities to score but as the game entered its final moments, Bray were beginning to dominate and laid siege to the Carnew goal. And when Captain Marc Lennon brilliantly turned his man and raced through to split the posts, it looked like the cup was on its way to Bray. Normal time was up and Bray defended resolutely with a number of brilliant blocks and tackles. However, right at the death, Carnew sent over a long distance free to level the game and before the crowd had time to draw breath, the referee blew the final whistle. The final score was Bray Emmets 1-9 Carnew Emmets 0-12.
Best for Bray were the defensive trio of Donnchadh O Midheadh, Ryan Tynan and Peter Conroy, Daire Henderson was superb in the middle of the park while up front, Padraig Doyle and, Ben Mac Cormaic were the standout performers. The replay has been fixed for 11.30 a.m. next Sunday, 17th November in Arklow and hopefully, we will have another large crowd in attendance to support the boys.
Emmet Bhré: Dylan Terry, Donnchadh O Midheadh, Ryan Tynan, Shane Anders, Sean Maloney, Peter Conroy, Matt Thompson, Eoin Mac Cormaic, Daire Henderson, Shane Lohan, Padraig Doyle, Ben Mac Cormaic, Cathal Mac Aodh, Marc Lennon, Bill Moorehouse. Substitutes: Conor Doherty, Patrick Cunningham, Conor McNally, Daniel Kennedy, Michael Burton, Liam Morgan

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