Bride Rovers Ladies Football & Camogie Club notes.

November 8, 2018

Intermediate Football

Bride Rovers 0-11             St Ailbes 1-6


Bride Rovers Intermediate Ladies Footballers wrote themselves into the history books on Sunday, October 16th at Paddy Carroll Park, Ballyagran when they captured the Munster Intermediate title by beating St Ailbes of Limerick on a scoreline of 0-11 to 1-6. This is a game that will live long in the memory of all Bride Rovers supporters who were there and it was followed by scenes of unparalleled outpourings of joy.

The final itself was the classic game of two halves as St Ailbes undoubtedly dominated until half-time. They are a young, talented team with several players with blinding pace around the field and thoroughly deserved their 1-5 to 0-2 lead at the break. All was not lost at half-time, however, and the wind which favoured the opposition in the first half strengthened further and was a decided advantage to the Rovers in the second half. Despite missing a few early shots for points, the team gradually ratcheted up the pressure and the scores were clocked up relentlessly. Better workrate from our girls was also evident and it was noticeable that St Ailbes’ passes, excellent earlier in the game, were not going to hand in the second half. Rovers forged to the front with minutes to go but had to withstand late pressure as St Ailbes threw everything into attack in a desperate bid to retrieve the game. We remained solid at the back however, as we had been all of the second half when conceding only one point in that period, and saw the game out to clinch an outstanding victory. Indeed, if a late Grace Kearney shot had not cannoned off the cross-bar our margin of victory would have been considerable but that would probably not have reflected accurately on St Ailbes considerable contribution to this final.

In the end,though, the day was all about Bride Rovers Ladies Football and Camogie Club and the journey that we haves taken to reach such a pinnacle in Munster club competition. Congratulations to captain Emma O’Keeffe and every single member of the panel and also to mentors Irene Hogan and Nora Ahern who have been coolness personified throughout the campaign to date.

This final does not spell the end of course and our girls enter further uncharted territory when they enter into All-Ireland competition with a semi-final away to the Leinster champions. We wish them all the best in that and encourage all supporters to get right behind this outstanding group as they bid for unprecedented success.


Match Day Panel : Caitriona Vaughan, Emma O’Keeffe (Capt.), Arlene O Callaghan, Bridget Forde, Catherine Power, Annette Raher, Caroline Broderick, Michelle McAteer, Jennifer Barry (0-2), Grace Kearney (0-4), Eleanor Ahern, Colette Hogan, Jennifer Cahill (0-2), Elaine Dee (0-1), Sinead Walsh (0-2), Michelle Boyce, Sinead O’Driscoll, Imelda Dorgan, Katie Kelleher, Mary Hazelwood, Carol Noonan, Niamh Barry, Maria Barry, Marieke Bardoul, Erin O’Keeffe, Deirdre Moroney, Elaine Keane, Avelina Crowley, Yris Crowley, Mary McHugh.



Caption for attached photograph : Bride Rovers 2011 Munster Intermediate Ladies Football Champions.



U16 Camogie

Our U16 camogie panel will have played their County Semi-Final against Banteer on Tuesday, October 18th. Let’s hope we are preparing for another county final!



U12 Ladies Football

Saturday, October 15th, East Cork Championship Final

Aghada  3-6                 Bride Rovers 2-4

Our U12’s came up just short in this East Cork final played in Aghada’s ground last Saturday afternoon. Our girls played their hearts out but the concession of goals at crucial times cost us dearly and we were unable to pull back Aghada’s early lead at any time in the match. The closest we got was to within a goal when Grace Culloty moved forward from her midfield position, popped up in full-forward and blasted her second goal of the match with about ten minutes to go. It was not to be though and Aghada replied with their third goal to seal our fate. Congratulations to Aghada on their success.

Our U12 panel can be very proud of their achievements in 2011, winning one of the three finals that they reached, which included a County final. It should not be forgotten that the vast majority of this panel will be eligible to play U12 again next year when their experiences this year will surely stand to them.


Match Panel : Sarah Murphy, Siobhan O’ Sullivan, Emily Larkin, Aisling Finnegan, Aislinn O’ Connor, Emma Barry, Cliona Kearney , Arianne O’Flynn, Michelle Lane, Sinead Kearney, Grace Culloty (2-1), Emma Hazelwood, Taylor Parle, Katy Quirke (0-3), Olivia O’Sullivan, Sarah Geaney, Lauren O’Dowd-Evans, Rachel O Flynn, Fiona Barry, Sinead O’Keeffe.



U10 Ladies Football

Friday, October 14th, East Cork Championship Semi-Final

Bride Rovers 0-2               Glanmire 0-3


Our U10’s suffered an agonising defeat by the slimmest of margins against Glanmire at home in a game played in terrible conditions. Despite playing their hearts out, it was not to be and we wish Glanmire well in the final. Many of our U10 players had to turn out again in the U12 final less than 24 hours later which was less than ideal after an exhausting U10 match and we thank them especially for their dedication to the cause!