Bride Rovers G.A.A. Club notes and news round-up for the week.

November 8, 2018

Championship on Saturday week.

The Senior Hurling Round 3 game versus Blackrock is on in Pairc Ui Chaoimh at 4 o clock on Saturday August 18th. Our game will be followed by the Cloyne v Glen Rovers tie at 6pm. It’s been a long time since our two earlier championship game against Erins Own and Na Piarsaigh and while we played very well in both of those contests we will really need to step up a gear to remain in the 2012 County Senior Championship. Hopefully our injury worries will have cleared up for the game. Our most recent game against Blackrock was on March 25th of this year. We played the Rockies at home in the Red FM Senior Hurling league and the game ended in a draw, 0 11 apiece.

We played Cloyne in the Red FM SHL at home on last Friday night and won by 1 16 to 2 7. We’ve played 12 games to date in the League, losing six winning four and drawing two. We’re on 10 points in the SHL League table with three games to play. To make the top six for the play offs a team would probably need 18 points though two clubs got to the quarter finals last year on 16 points.

Bride Rovers V Cloyne; Pairc na Bride, Friday August 3rd at 7.30pm.

Bride Rovers Senior Hurlers continued their preparation for championship with a 1-16 to 2-07 win over Cloyne in the RED FM sponsored Cork County Senior Hurling League on Friday night last in Rathcormac.
The Rovers started well with three points from the stick of Daniel Dooley before Cloyne registered a score. Further points from Padraig Murphy, Barry Johnson (2) and Jerome O’Driscoll had the Rovers in front by 0-07 to 0-03 approaching half time but a well taken goal by Conor Cusack reduced the Rovers lead to the minimum. Denny Fitzgerald having earlier made a spectacular save to deny Cloyne a certain goal. Half time 0-07 to 1-03.
The Rovers again started the second half brightly and points from Sean Ryan and Jerome extended our lead before Daniel Dooley scored a goal to increase our lead to 1-09 to 1-03. The Rovers were well on top now and points from Barry Johnson, Sean Ryan, Mike Kearney, Padraig Murphy put the result beyond doubt despite Cloyne adding a goal and 3 points in the closing stages. Final score Bride Rovers 1-16 Cloyne 2-07.
Team: D.Fitzgerald, A.Collins, B.Murphy, S.Kearney, J.Pratt, L.Forde, S.Boyce, M.Kearney, B.Johnson, D,Burke, J.O’Driscoll, P.Murphy, C.O’Keeffe, D.Dooley, S.Ryan. Sub Used J.Murphy.

Minor Football.

After the Championship quarter final win over Cloyne last week we will be waiting until the end of the month for our semi final fixture. The two semi finals Bride Rovers v Ballinora and St. Catherines v Sliabh Rua are both down for decision on the weekend of September 1st/2nd. We have an away game against Donoughmore in the Co League and hopefully this game will be played next week. In the meantime we have an away game against Aghabullogue in the Co Minor Hurling League on this Thursday night August the 9th. The game will be played in Coachford.

Junior Hurling League.

On this coming Saturday night August the 11th we have a game in the East Cork Junior Hurling League Division 3. We are away to Russell Rovers at 7.15 in Shanagarry.

Weekly Club Lotto.

This week’s draw took place in O’Coileán’s Bar, Rathcormac for a jackpot of €4,800.
There was no jackpot winner.

The winners of this week’s five €30 ‘Lucky Dips’ were;

• Oonagh Hartnett c/o
• Bill Kelleher, Grange
• Michael O’Regan, Mondaniel
• Fachtna O’Driscoll, Rathcormac
• John Joe Carey, Monanig.

Next week’s draw takes place in Barry’s Bar, Rathcormac for a jackpot of €5,000.

Your ongoing support of the Lotto in theses tough financial times is greatly appreciated. Every €2 sold is very valuable income for our Cub. The various ways you can support the Lotto are as follows;

1 Purchase a ticket each week from Club Members or in local Business outlets.

2 Buy Tickets online at

3 Purchase a yearly ticket, available at a reduced rate of €90

4 Sell a book or a half book of Lotto tickets every week. The club is always anxious to get new Lotto sellers- ‘many hands make light work’, if you are interested in helping the Bride Rovers Club by buying or selling the weekly Lotto Tickets please contact any Club officer or member.

Best Wishes to Cork.

In betting terms it’s a case of David v Goliath as Cork face Galway in the All Ireland Hurling semi final in Croke Park on next Sunday. Galway are the hottest of favourites against the Rebels. Over the years Cork and Galway have produced some great games.

I can remember what happened in 1975. The Rovers played St. Catherines in the quarter final of the Junior B Grade Hurling Championship in Castlelyons on a Saturday night in August. The Saints had defeated us by 2 10 to 2 2 at the same venue in the Junior A Grade championship earlier that summer. Well we won the B Grade game by 3 9 to 1 4 so I was in great form as I took the train to Dublin early the following morning for the Cork V Galway All Ireland Semi Final. Cork were expected to win by a country mile against an unfancied Galway team. It was a miserable day in Croke Park, cold, drizzly and only a few hundred Cork fans travelled. Because most people still had black and white television sets at that time and the Cork and Galway jersies were similar the Leeside team wore black togs for the game. Sensationally Galway captained by John Connolly, won by 4 15 to 2 19. In 1986 Galway were so confident of winning the Final that the Galway Mayor offered to ‘bring the Cup to Cork, just to show what it looks like’ ! Cork won by 4 13 to 2 15. When Cork last won the Liam McCarthy in 2005 Galway were defeated in the final by 1 21 to 1 16 with Brian Murphy playing at corner back capturing his second senior All Ireland medal. In 2008 in the Qualifiers in Thurles Cork won by 0 23 to 2 15 but the following season the Westerners knocked Cork out of the Championship on a scoreline of 1 19 to 0 15. Galway have been the slumbering giants of hurling with the last decade. They have great hurlers but changed managers like other teams might change jerseys. Their Leinster campaign this year has been very good and they were awesome against Kilkenny in the Leinster Final. No doubt about it Galway deserve to be favourites after their demolition of the Cats but one swallow never made a summer. Cork have been team building and Brian Murphy and his colleagues have progressed steadily since losing the League Final and the Munster Championship game to Tipperary. One thing is certain Cork will have bigger support on next Sunday than they did on Sunday August 14th 1975. Best of luck to Brian and all the Cork team as they bid for an All Ireland Final place.

Car Boot Sale.

The next car Boot Sale in Rathcormac is on Sunday August the 19th. The Parish Development Council are always delighted to see new volunteers helping out. If you can give an hour anytime on the Sunday or on Saturday morning August 18th please contact any Committee member.

Feast of Football.

I was lucky to be in Croke Park last weekend for a feast of Gaelic Football. On Saturday and Sunday I saw a total of six games in the Minor and Senior Qualifiers. Performance of the two days certainly was the Cork display against Kildare. Well done to Conor Counihan and all the team and especially to Gerard and Daniel Lane who are vital components of the Cork backroom team. Cork will have their work cut out against the Donegal side who pipped Kerry. Heartbreak of the weekend was the defeat of the Roscommon minors by Kerry. After twenty minutes of this game Roscommon should have been 3 5 to 0 3 ahead. Instead they conceded a goal on the half time whistle to go in three points behind. In the second half they fought back bravely, twice and lost by a single point. This was their first defeat of the year – Kerry were beaten twice in Munster but are in the All Ireland semi final.

Club Website.

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