Bride Rovers GAA Club Notes

November 8, 2018

Bride Rovers GAA Notes


Seniors Win, Juniors Lose in Extra Time

Hurling Championship fixtures can sometimes be like a bus, you can be ages waiting for one and then two come along together. Well last weekend was like that for us in Bride Rovers. In the space of 24 hours we had tow adult hurling championship games. Our junior hurlers playing against Lisgoold’s first team went down by 4 points after extra time on Saturday night. Then on Sunday afternoon our seniors had a great win over Blackrock to qualify for the last eight of the Co. Senior Hurling Championship.


Junior Hurling Championship

Lisgoold 1-17 Bride Rovers 2-10

Having used 20 players already this year in the Co. Senior Hurling Championship games with Killeagh and Castlelyons, our ‘second string’ travelled to Castlelyons on Saturday evening to take on Lisgoold in the opening round of the East Cork Oil Junior ‘A’ Hurling Championship. This was a game of contrasts. Midway through the second half we were eight points up and looked to be cruising. Point by point from frees, Lisgoold brought the deficit down to three and then got a late, late goal to equalize 1-12 to 2-9. In the 20 minutes of extra time we were outscored by 5 points to 1.We took control of the game early on with some great points from Alan O’Keeffe, Pat Cotter and Richie Cahill. When Barry Hazelwood put over a huge free in the 20th minute we were 3 points up. Points from Jim O’Connor and Daniel Lane and a cracker of a goal from Richie Cahill put us six points ahead at half time 1-9 to 0-6. Lisgoold reduced the margin to 5 on the resumption but then a great overhead flick from Alan O’Keeffe put us eight points ahead. In the remaining time we didn’t score and Lisgoold got 1-5 to draw the game. Once they got the lead in the first period of extra time they went on to win by a margin of 4 points 1-17 to 2-10. It was a terribly disappointing result as we could have been safely into Round 3 of the championship. Instead we now face a very tough assignment against Russell Rovers in the ‘backdoor’ round. This game has been fixed for next Monday July 6th – time and venue not yet fixed. While we were disappointed to lose on Saturday night, all the players who played, gave us their best and can be very proud of their efforts.

Team: Barry Hazelwood, Shane Kearney, Brendan O’Driscoll, Kieran Manley, Tomás Kearney, Liam Forde, Jim O’Connor, Jason Pratt, Gavin O’Flynn, Mike Hogan, Daniel Lane, Stephen Pratt, Richie Cahill, Alan O’Keeffe, Pat Cotter.

Subs: Pat Walsh, Joe Delaney, Sean O’Brien.


Senior Hurling Championship

“Famed Blackrock”, “ The Rockies” and “The Little Fishing Village” are just some of the names given to the hurlers of the Blackrock National Hurling Club. Winners of the Cork Co. Senior Hurling Championship on 37 occasions and winners of three Club All Irelands – well that’s the team that our senior hurlers took on and beat last Sunday in Pairc Uí Chaoimh. Some pundits said the Rockies weren’t as good as years ago, maybe so but you can only play the team that turns up on the day. This was no classic game, the drizzly rain didn’t help, though the Pairc Uí Chaoimh surface was lovely but make no mistake, Blackrock are never an easy team to beat in any grade. We scored 3-11 against them in the Senior Hurling League final a few seasons ago, and 3-11 would win most games but then at the very end, Adrian Coughlan hit over the 21st point of the night and we lost by a single score. There was no talk of revenge for that defeat before the game last Sunday, no ‘twas as simple as that, the winners were into the last eight and the losers would have to wait ‘til 2010. The weather was in complete contrast to the week before when we had glorious sunshine. On Sunday afternoon it couldn’t decide whether to rain heavy or not. as it turned out the showers came but in fairness the rain had little or no effect on the match. The Rockies played with the aid of a cross-field wind and Coughlan opened the scoring with a point from a ’65. Within a minute we had a tonic of a score. A long ball into the Rockies defence went to ground in a clash of hurleys and legs. When the sliotar came out Daniel Dooley celebrated his 19th birthday in style by hitting a great goal. Daniel followed shortly with a white flag and we were 1-1 to 0-1 ahead. We tended to give away easy frees and Coughlan pointed two before Barry Johnson got a similar score for us in the 16th minute, 1-2 to 0-3. The Blackrock half back line of Chris Murphy, Wayne Sherlock and Paul Tierney got on top and we found it difficult to even win possession from our own puckouts. The next four points came to the Rockies, 0-3 from Coughlan frees. That left us 1-2 to 0-7 behind approaching half time. Blackrock went up four but Michael Collins got two great points before the short whistle to leave us just two behind 1-4 to 0-9. It was noticeable in the first half that Blackrock were physically able to get on top in many sectors. We started the second half with a flurry of scores. Barry Johnson from a free and a ’65 levelled the scores before Daniel Dooley put us 1 ahead. With Brendan Walsh and Brian Murphy driving forward from defence, all the team reciprocated and the tempo of our play was increased. The middle ten minutes of this half were very even with both teams getting two points, ours from Barry (free) and Michael Collins. Coughlan from a free and midfielder Richard Dineen got the two for the city side. Victory was there for whoever wanted it the most at this stage. Aidan Collins and Trevor Moloney made vital clearances and with Mike Kearney and Barry Murphy sealing the backline, we went in search of scores. Michael Collins gave us a 1-9 to 0-11 lead. Daniel Dooley was given a grand pass by Padraig Murphy but he was pulled down. Barry put us up two. Sub Terry Broderick who was just on the field took a super pass and split the posts – we were three points ahead now with a little over 5 minutes to play. Colm O’Keeffe and Sean Ryan were unlucky with shots which could have stretched our lead. Donal Ryan having played like a lion had to go off and was replaced by Stephen Boyce. If only we could go four points up one felt we’d be safe. Back came Blackrock however, veteran sub Alan Brown and teenager Patrick Deasy hit a point each to leave just the minimum between the teams. A draw looked odds on, especially when Coughlan got two chances to point a free from under the covered stand. His first effort was saved and his second went wide. It seemed as though the whistle had to go but then Blackrock attacked once more. Full forward Colin O’Leary got possession and shot from about 40 yards out but luckily his shot went wide. Then came John Sexton’s final whistle and we had it won. Bride Rovers had beaten Blackrock in the Co. Senior Hurling Championship, unbelievable but true. There were great scenes of celebration at the final whistle – to come here to Blackrock’s ‘home’ pitch in their own parish and defeat them was a great achievement. This was a tough hard-fought game where every score was valuable and it was fitting that just a point separated the teams. The city side were gracious in defeat as we would expect from them. Well done lads on a fine win. We’ve won nothing yet and we wont get carried away with the victory but ‘tis great to be in the championship as we face into July.

Team & Scorers:

Denis Fitzgerald, Aidan Collins, Brendan Walsh, Trevor Moloney, Barry Murphy, Brian Murphy, Mike Kearney, Padraig Murphy, Barry Johnson (0-5), Sean Ryan, Jerome O’Driscoll, Michael Collins (0-3), Colm O’Keeffe, Donal Ryan, Daniel Dooley (1-2). Subs: Terry Broderick (0-1), Stephen Boyce.


This win puts us into the quarter final of the County against C.I.T. The college have defeated Muskerry by 3-18 to 2-8 and Duhallow by 1-20 to 1-9 and last week they beat Carrigdhoun by 2-23 to 2-4 – that’s six goals and 61 points in three games! Two years ago we defeated C.I.T. in Riverstown but on that occasion they were without 7 of their regulars who were gone abroad for the summer. With summer jobs scarce, both home and away this year, C.I.T. will have a full panel to draw from. Kilworth, Fermoy, Inniscarra, Valley Rovers, Kilbrittain and Kanturk are some of the clubs with players on the C.I.T. team as well as some from Tipperary, Waterford and Kilkenny. The game may go on Sunday July 19th or Sunday July 26th but we wont know for definite ‘til after the Co. Board meeting on next Tuesday night July 7th.

Well done to all the players involved and to all the Management team. A special word of thanks once again to our great supporters who made their presence felt and heard.


Bride Rovers v Blackrock 1933

The last time we defeated Blackrock in an adult hurling championship tie was in the second round of the Co. Intermediate Hurling Championship in 1933. The Rovers defeated Buttevant by 6-5 to 2-0 in the first round. The game against Blackrock was played in Riverstown on the second Sunday of June. The Rovers won by 3-2 to 1-5. Ned Hoskins got two goals while John Holmes (a Garda who was on the famous Mallow Senior Hurling team of 1926 that “bate Blackrock”) got 1-1 while Billy Barry scored a point. The Rovers team that played against Blackrock in 1933 was:

Ned Hoskins, John Healy, Joe Healy, Mick Mulally, John Holmes, Tom Collins, Bill Murphy, Jimmy Ryan, Dick Ryan, Patrick Collins, Ned Daly, Tom O’Shea, Jim Murphy, Billy Barry, Mick Thompson.

Dick Ryan who was on that team was in the Civil Service. He went to Waterford and played with Erins Own. On his transfer back to Cork in 1937 he played with Blackrock and was actually on the Cork Senior Hurling team defeated 4-3 to 3-5 by Tipperary in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship. Dick later played in Donegal and was on the Donegal Junior Hurling team that hot to the Ulster Final. he finished his career with the Civil Service Club in Dublin.


Senior Hurling League

Bride Rovers will play Cloyne in Rathcormac on next Tuesday July 7th at 8pm in the Cork Co. Senior Hurling League.


Junior B Hurling

On Monday night at Pairc na Bríde our third adult hurling team, the Junior ‘B’s, played Dripsey from the Mid Cork Division in a practice match. With 38 players having already played senior and junior it was great to have over 20 togged out for this game. After a high scoring encounter we won by 2-15 to 3-7. We are drawn against Erins Own in the East Cork Junior ‘B’ Hurling Championship and this game will be played before the end of July.

Team & Scorers:  1.Gavin Quill, 2. Mark O’Connell, 3. Alan Broderick, 4. Philip Butler, 5. Brian Collins, 6. Brian Lahive 7. Dave Barry, 8. Jason Mannix(0-3), 9. Podge O’Brien, 10. Billy Lynch(0-1), 11. John O’Dowd(0-7), 12. Niall Hogan(0-2) , 13. Donal Arnold(0-1), 14. Pa Hornibrook, 15 Gary Murphy(1-1) Subs: Daniel O’Brien(1-0), Vinnie O’Keeffe, Mossie Dooley, Willie O’Leary, Declan Quinlan, Shane O’Connor, James Hogan(0-1)




Congratulations to Jennifer Cahill who was a member of the Cork Under 14 Ladies Football team which beat Galway in the All Ireland Final at Bruff on Sunday last. Well done also to her mother Betty who is involved in the management of this team.


Munster Football Final

Cork face Limerick in the Munster Senior Football Final in Pairc Uí Chaoimh on Sunday next at 2pm. Any club member who is available for Stewarding duty please contact Club PRO J. Arnold before Saturday.


Executive Meeting

The next Club Executive meeting is on Monday night July 6th though the time for this may be put back on account of the Junior ‘A’ Hurling Championship game. Executive members will be informed of any change.