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

November 8, 2018


For the second week in a row our Senior Hurling team were in Cork County Championship when we faced Erins Own in a Round Two ‘Back Door’ game. We had lost to Na Piarsaigh the previous Friday night, on the same date as St. Finbarrs defeated Erins Own. Our last Senior Championship game against Erins Own was in the County Semi Final of 2008 when we came out on top to qualify for the Co. Final. That game was in Pairc Ui Chaoimh, on Saturday night last it was in sunny Riverstown we met. From a performance point of view there was no comparison between the two games. From the very start our lads tore into the game and produced some brilliant hurling. We led from the start, led at half time and we were still ahead with seven minutes to go. Our old failing of not being able to chalk up a big score came back to haunt us once again. We scored just 4 points in the second half -only one from play while Erins Own notched up 1  8. They got 1  16 from play while we only managed   1  6.

We had a shaky start against Na Piarsaigh  but last Saturday night we were really up for the game from the first whistle. A first minute goal from Kieran Collins and a pointed free from Barry Johnson gave us a tonic start. All over the pitch we got quickly into our stride and dominated the game. Our defence was superb and Barry and Jason dictated the pace at midfield. Our forwards moved well and with Jerome(free) Colm O Keeffe ( 0 2) and Michael Collins adding to Barry total of 4 points we gave Erins Own little chance to settle.

Coming up to half time we were well worth our 1  8 to 0 6 lead. That was in the 30th minute but in injury time Erins Own hit over three great points from play to cit our lead to just two points- Bride Rovers  1  8 Erins Own  0  9. By the 14th minute of the second half Erins Own had levelled but after Padraig Murphy was fouled Barry Johnson restored our lead  1  11 to 0 13. The next ten minutes saw no scores. Unfortunately for us we scored just one more point, a free from Barry Johnson. We tired visibly in the last five minutes as Erins Own added on five points and then a goal to leave them winners by a margin of six points, 1  18 to  1  12. It was a cruel ending to a great game. Great credit is due to all our lads who played their hearts out but got no reward in the end. We have another chance  in Round Three. Cloyne and ourselves are in this Round already and will be joined by the losers of the Killeagh/Bishopstown and Douglas/Ballinhassig ties. The Round Three games may be played within the next fortnight, possibly on July 1st or 2nd.

Team & Scorers;  D. Fitzgerald, A. Collins, B. Walsh, S. Kearney, B. Murphy, B. Murphy, L.Forde, Pratt, B. Johnson 0 8 (0 6 frees), M. Collins 0 1, M. Kearney, K. Collins  1  0, C. O Keeffe 0 2, S.Ryan, J. O Driscoll 0 1(free).

Subs; P. Murphy, J. Mannix, D. Burke.

With Cork playing Laois on this Saturday coming in the All Ireland Hurling Qualifiers we hope that Brian Murphy and his Cork Colleagues will get back on winning ways and go through to the next round of the competition against Offaly the following weekend.

Fr. O Donnell’s Golden Jubilee.

This week there is a great air of celebration in the Parish Community of Bartlemy, Rathcormac and Kildinan as we celebrate the Golden Jubilee of the Ordination to the Priesthood of our Parish Priest Fr. Neilus O Donnell. Ordained to the priesthood in 1961 Fr. O Donnell has served our Community as an outstanding Pastor for many years. In his younger years he played hurling with Bride Rovers and since his arrival in the Parish he has been an ardent supporter of the Club, both in victory and defeat. We sincerely congratulate him on this momentous occasion and wish him many more years of health and enjoyment in his Sacred Ministry. The Golden Jubilee Celebrations will take place on Friday night. There will be Mass at 7.30 pm in  Rathcormac Church with a social gathering in the Hall afterwards to which everyone is invited.

Junior Hurling Championship.

Our first round game in the 2011 East Cork Junior A Hurling Championship versus Cloyne is due to be played shortly. The weekend after next June 24/25th is a likely date. The fixture will be confirmed at the ECB meeting this week.


Best of luck to all our Minor and u16 players who are at present sitting the Junior and Leaving Cert Exams. Once the Exams are over Minor games will resume. We have a provisional fixture made in the Co. Minor Football League for Monday week. On that night we are away to St. Catherines at 8pm in Ballynoe. This fixture is to be confirmed. Our first round game in the Co MFC is down for early July and the Co MHC is down for late July. 

Busy June and July.

With Minor, Junior and Senior games coming up June and July will be very busy months. The Juvenile Club will be taking part in the National Feile Peil (u14 football) in late June and the Cul Camp will be in July. Club member Kevin O Keefe is organising FUNTASYLAND in Bartlemy National School from July 11th to 22nd. This is two weeks of a fun Kids Camp, full details 086 2614959.

Munster Football Final Tickets.

The 2011 Munster Senior Football Final between Cork and Kerry takes place in Killarney on Sunday July 3rd. Tickets will be limited so any Club Members who wants to be in the draw for tickets should give their name to the Club Runai Liam Barry immediately.

Club Sponsor.

The Bride Rovers GAA Club Main Sponsor is the Rathcormac Inn.