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

November 8, 2018

Same story for Senior Hurlers.

Our Senior Hurling team came up short in Cork on Saturday night in Round Two of the Cork Senior Hurling Championship. For the third time we suffered defeat at the hands of Na Piarsaigh in the ‘backdoor’ game. In our first ever Senior Game in 2004 the Northside team defeated us in Fermoy. Last year in the first round they repeated the dose and the same fate met us on Saturday night in Pairc Uí Rinn.

Saturday night’s game was almost a carbon copy of the 2011 game. An early Na Piarsaigh goal by John Gardiner last year was the decisive score; on Saturday night it was Padraig Gould who raised the green flag. That goal stayed between us for most of the game, we narrowed the margin to just two points late on but Na Piarsaigh had the cushion of a three point winning margin in the end. Just as in our opening game against Erins Own we were well capable of winning the contest. We created plenty chances but having shot just four wides in our opening game our wides tally on Saturday was ten. It was a very disappointing result but

In fairness the team can be very proud of their heroic efforts on the night. When we were behind by 1 4 to 0 1 in the first half and by 1 9 to 0 6 in the second half we fought back gamely and got right into the game.

We started brightly with a Michael Collins point. Our defence seemed to be coping well but Gould’s goal changed all that. The city side added four points before we came thundering back into the game. A David Burke point in between two Barry Johnson pointed frees left us 1 4 to 0 4 behind after twenty-two minutes. We had a great goal chance after Ml. Collins cut through but the ball was cleared. Barry and John Gardiner swapped points from frees to leave us 1 5 to 0 5 in arrears at the break. David Burke had our supporters in good voice on the restart with a great score. After this for some inexplicable reason it was the Piarsaighs who drove on with 4 unanswered points to go into a 1 9 to 0 6 lead. After this we improved all over the pitch the backs really tightened up and in general our hurling moved up a gear. WE had plenty possession but between the sixth and sixteenth minutes we had four wides in a row. A brace of points from Colm O Keeffe followed by a Daniel Dooley point brought us to within a goal of our opponents. Michael Collins brought the margin down to two. With Barry Murphy leading by example and Brian Murphy, Barry Johnson and Colm flying we attacked again and again but our finishing left us down.

As the game entered the last few minutes we were down three points again. Twice we had great goal chances but nothing came of them. We tried so hard to get an equalising score but time ran out after a great team effort. Well done to the eighteen players who played their part on the night. Twice now we have played with great heart and passion but have come away empty handed. All is not lost thankfully as we still have a chance to make an impression in this Championship.

D. Fitzgerald, A.Collins, B. Walsh, S. Kearney, B. Murphy, Barry Murphy, L. Forde, J.Pratt, B. Johnson ( 0 3 frees), D. Burke 0 2, J. Mannix , P. Murphy, M. Collins 0 2, S. Ryan J. O Driscoll .

Subs; C. O Keeffe 0 2, D.Dooley 0 1, M. Kearney.

We will now have to wait a few weeks for our next game. Cork play Tipperary in the Munster semi final on June 24th. Glen Rovers play Bishopstown on the following Wednesday night, June 27th and the losers of that game join ourselves, Cloyne and Blackrock in Round Three. On Monday night next June 18th the Draw for this round and Fixtures will be made at Pairc Ui Chaoimh at 7.30pm.

Cavanaghs of Fermoy Inter Divisional Junior Hurling League Div. 1 v Castlemartyr.

We travelled to Castlemartyr on Sunday evening last to play this fixture and we have to thank the 17 players who travelled and who showed their willingness to support the Club. We have a few players who are carrying injuries but it was disappointing that several players did not turn out for the game especially with the championship just two weeks away.

Playing a team that has won two East Cork Junior A grade Championships in recent years we were obviously up against it at the outset and in the first 15 minutes conceded 9 points, our only reply was a point scored by Alan. With 25 minutes gone it was 0-14 to 0-1. Then an excellent five-minute spell saw us scoring 1-4, the goal by Kieran Collins, and at half time we were behind 6 points on a score of 0-14 to 1-5.

We started the second half brightly and a free from Terry finished up in the back of the net. We were back in the game big time. We followed by two further goals by Gavin and Damien and two points by Terry, which left us 5 points ahead. We were now playing strong hurling with the players hungry for the ball and our defence was on top in this period. Castlemartyr came back into the game and scored 1-3 to regain the lead but we had 2 further points from Gerard and Stephen following some very good combination play. In the final 10 minutes we conceded some points from frees followed with two lucky, late goals from Castlemartyr – on both occasions Frank saved brilliantly but the rebounds were driven to the net. The final score was a defeat by 3-22 to 4-10.

Team: Frank Hogan, Fergus Collins, Brendan O’Driscoll, Kieran Manley, Trevor Moloney, Pat Walsh, Jim O’Connor, Kieran Collins, Stephen Pratt, Gerard Healy, Richie Cahill, Terry Broderick, Damien Buckley, Alan O’Keeffe, Gavin Quill. Subs: Kieran Wolfe and Jamie Buckley.

Scorers: Terry Broderick 1-6, Kieran Collins 1-1, Damien Buckley 1-0, Gavin Quill 1-0, Gerard Healy 0-1, Alan O’Keeffe 0-1 and Stephen Pratt 0-1.

Junior 3 Hurling League V St. Catherines at Pairc Na Bhride on Monday 4th June 2012.

We had a bright opening to this game and had 1-1 on the board within minutes, the goal by Gavin Quill and an excellent point by Daniel Lane, St Cats settled down and followed this with a goal and 3 points. Just before half time a deflection deceived Frank and we were behind by 2-5 to 1-3 at half time.

St Cats started where they had left off after the break and scored 2-2 without reply (both goals were well saved by Frank but the rebounds were driven home). We were competitive from there on and held our own for the remainder of the game thanks to a tremendous display of goalkeeping by Frank, no doubt but for him the goal tally for St Cats could have been in double figures. The final score was a loss by 4-10 to 1-7.

Team: Frank Hogan, Willie O’Leary, Brian Collins, Richard Foley, Niall Hogan, Sean O’Brien, Fergus Collins, Damien Buckley, Stephen Pratt, Gerard Healy, Alan O’Keeffe, Daniel Lane, Gavin Quill, James Hogan, Kieran Wolfe Subs: James O’Sullivan, Jamie Buckley and Maurice Dooley.

Scorers: Gavin Quill 1-0, Daniel Lane 0-4, Alan O’Keeffe 0-2 and Sean O’Brien 0-1.

Next Match: Cavanaghs of Fermoy Avondhu/Imokilly Junior Hurling League V Dungourney away on Wednesday 13th June at 7.30, this is our last game in the league.

Championship: V Carrignavar in Watergrasshill on Saturday 23rd June at 7.30.

Next game in the JHL Division Three is on this Friday night June 15th when we are away to Lisgoold at 8pm.


Tickets for the Cork v Tipp game can be purchased through the Club. Please submit ticket orders by 6pm on Thursday, June 14th to Liam Barry.

Ticket prices for the above game are as follows:-

Covered €30; Uncovered €25; Terrace €15

Family Adult Covered €30 – Juveniles €5; Family Adult UnCovered €25 – Juveniles €5

Student/OAP – Concession on Stand Tickets only – pay full price and get a refund of €10 at specified Stiles on the day (on production of valid I.D.)


Juvenile Groups – There will be a limited number of Juvenile Groups available for this game- €3 per Juvenile with a free Adult with every 10 children. Other adults pay €25.

Adult Group Tickets Covered Stand – €25 per person – minimum order per Club is 15.

Adult Group Tickets Un Covered Stand – €20 per person – minimum order per Club is 15.

Group Terrace Tickets – €10 per person with a minimum order of 20 tickets per Club.

Rathcormac Social Initiative & Active Retirement Group.

The Rathcormac Social Initiative was started in 2011 with the aim of providing social outlets and activities for older persons in the parish community. The first outing for 2012 is on Monday June 18th next. It is a day long trip to Co. Clare leaving at 7.30am. Breakfast will be at the Corbett Court Ballyhea. Then it’s on to Cragganown castle, crannog, ring fort and the ‘Brendan Boat’

Next on the itinerary is the Cliffs of Moher and Bunratty Folk Park. Highlight of the day is the Bunratty Medieval Banquet at 5.30.

The all in cost which includes all meals, entry fees, bus and the banquet is €60.

For bookings ring 087 9538077 , 087 2021225 or 086 8354093 .


Our revamped website is proving very popular with those at home and abroad. We are still looking for old Club Team or action photos for the site, The recently added Player Profile section is very popular. We would urge all club members and supporters to tell all their friends about the website.

Fun Day on Sunday.

Best of luck to the Juvenile and Ladies Clubs with the Family Fun day on next Sunday June 17th. There are activities for young and old all day long.


The next Car Boot Sale is on Sunday week June 24th. Cork and Tipperary are also playing in Cork at 4pm that day. Club members not going to the game are asked to give a hand at the Boot Sale on the day or the previous morning, Saturday, for the preparation.


Best wishes are extended to former Club Secretary and life long Bride Rovers stalwart Tony Walsh who is indisposed at present.


Well it is Championship time and a timely reminder to all players and supporters that we have a huge range of Stock in the Bride Rovers Club Shop. With the playing season now in full swing its great to see the green. white and gold being proudly worn. Jerseys, togs, Socks, Hoodies, Training Shorts, Track Suits, Training Tops, Gear Bags, Polo Shirts, Bottle Green Wind-Sheeters, Green Half Zip Hoodies, Rain Jackets, Beanie Hats and Medal Boards are all available. Be seen to support your club with the club colours and club gear. Ring 086 3807784 or 086 1540902 to purchase all the above items. Thanks to our huge band of loyal followers who were in Pairc UI Rinn on Saturday night.


We extend all the very best to all those from the Parish doing Exams at present.

The Bride Rovers GAA Club main sponsor is The Rathcormac Inn/Conversation Piece.