Friday, June 8, 2012

BRUREE NOTES 3/6/20120

Winners of the Bruree GAA/Bruree Golf Society Golf Classic, pictured with Gerard Mullane, Chairman, Bruree GAA and Frank Finn, Captain, Bruree Golf Society
Back Grame Murphy, Mike Potter, Laurence Sexton, Ronan O’Halloran,
Front Willie, Katherina and Catriona White

Some of the embers of the organising committee of the Bruree GAA/Bruree Golf Society Golf Classic William Horgan, Gerard Mullane, Kit O’Halloran, Mike Lyons, Donna Finn, John Lyons, Noel Brosnan, Margaret Deady and Frank Finn

Darragh McDonogh, Bruree, with the Under 8 Desmond League Cup. Darragh was a member of the Granagh team which won the title.


To mark the Eucharistic Congress, a Mass will be celebrated at the Mass Rock in Rockhill on Tuesday night next, June 12th, at 8.00 pm. This is an historical occasion as it is almost three hundred years since Mass was first celebrated on this spot.


Senior Hurling: Bruree travelled to Ballingarry on Saturday night to play Adare in the second round of this year’s championship, hoping for a better result than in the opening round. Bruree left Ballingarry with a result and everything to play for in the final round. The conditions were atrocious, ranging from steady rain to a torrential downpour. The heavy and slippery ball made it difficult for all players but for free takers in particular. We saw a couple or normally scoreable early chances from both sides drift wide of the mark. Indeed we had to wait thirteen minutes for the first score of the game, a game which was played at a great pace given the conditions.  This came from a Kieran O’Dea free for bruree and Kieran quickly followed up with a well taken point from play. Bruree’s defence, in particular the full back line were dominant in the opening encounters, with Adare having to wait eighteen minutes for their opening score, a point from play. Another scoreless ten minutes led up to the next score with Gerard O’Dea running on to a breaking ball from a great Shane Mullane clearance to billow the Adare net. Two late Adare points left the half time score Bruree 1-2 Adare 0-3. It looked as if an upset might be on the cards.
The opening ten minutes of the second half saw a flurry of scores Adare added five points (two from frees) while Kieran O’Dea converted a free and Tommy O’Brien had an excellent effort from play to leave Bruree a point adrift. Gerard O’Brien from play and Kieran O’Dea from a free restored Bruree’s advantage by the midway mark and ten minutes later Shane Mullane converted a sixty five to give Bruree a two point lead. Three points on the trot from Adare seemed to swing the game their way  as injury time ticked by. However, Tommy O’Brien rescued the situation with a point from play to leave the sides level at Bruree 1-8 Adare 0-11 at the final whistle. Adare will rue their high wide count but this was a game Bruree did not deserve to lose. They played with great heart and worked hard as a team to get the result. Hopefully they can up their game another notch on their next outing. The Bruree team was Eamon Sexton, Kieran O’Rourke, John O’Brien, John Paul Murphy, Dessie Lenihan, Shane Mullane, Vincent Stanton, Sean O’Riordan, Tommy O’Brien, Kieran O’Dea, Gerard O’Brien, Gerard O’Dea, Brian O’Rourke, James V. O’Brien, Michael Lane, Stephen o’Halloran, Brendan Hogan, David Hogan.
Golf Classic: Bruree GAA in conjunction with Bruree Golf Society held their very successful Golf Classic at Charleville Golf Club last weekend. The prize presentation was held in The Central Bar on Friday night. Winners were as follows: 1st Catriona, Katherina and Willie White 2nd Trevor Barry, Mike Sexton and Mike Potter 3rd John Chawke, Noel Heffernan and Kevin Cagney 4th Kieran O’Riordan, Jonathan O’Sullivan and Ray Ronan 5th Ger, Shane and Frank Finn 6th Christy Lynch, John P. Ryan and Noel Wilmott 7th Shane Liddy, Clement and Thomas Hehir Longest Drive Women Catriona White Longest Drive Men James Foley Nearest To Pin Angela O’Dwyer Two Man Team Laurence Sexton and Graeme Murphy Best Dressed Team John Stephen and Ronan O’Halloran. Bruree GAA and Bruree Golf Society would like to thank everyone who supported the classic either by playing, purchasing a tee box or providing sponsorship. Thanks to all those in both organisations who worked so hard to make the event a success as well as anyone else who helped in any way.
County Senior Hurling Championship
August 5th (weekend of) v Granagh/Ballingarry
County Senior Hurling League
Friday June 22nd v Adare at Adare at 7.45 pm
Sunday July 8th v Granagh/Ballingarry at Bruree at 12.00 noon
Sunday July 22nd v Ballybrown at Ballybrown at 12.00 noon
Sunday July 29th v Croom at Bruree at 12.00 noon
South Junior B Hurling Championship
Sunday July 8th v Blackrock
Sunday July 15th v Effin
Sunday July 22nd v Dromin/Athlacca
Sunday August 5th v Camogue Rovers
County Minor Hurling 12 a side
Sunday July 1st v Knockainey at Bruree at 7.45 pm
Friday July 13th v Na Piarsaigh at Na Piarsaigh at 7.45 pm
Friday July 27th v Cois Laoi Gaels at Bruree at 7.30 pm
Intermediate Football Championship
June 17th (weekend of) v Athea
August 12th v Pallasgreen
September 2nd v Claughaun


We extend our sincere sympathy to the family, relatives and friends Mary Sheehan, Crossmolina, who died recently.


Soccer Tournament: To celebrate Ireland’s qualification for the European Championships, a 6-a-side tournament will be held on this Sunday, June 10th, at Bruree Sportsfield. Players must be over 16. The squad of 8 must have two women and one player over 35. The entry fee is €80 per team and the tournament is limited to 16. Check with Sean Deane to see if there are any places available in the competition.
Website: Keep up to date with all the happenings with regard to the sportsfield on our website at
A Night at the Races: Experience the thrill and excitement of the races without leaving Bruree! Just to let you know that we will be holding a race night on Friday, July 27th. Keep the date free in your diary. Full details later.


Cúl Camp: This summer we will again be running the Cúl Camp from Monday, July 2nd, to Friday, July 6th, inclusive. Over the next few weeks we will have further details of price etc but this year we will be asking everybody who can to book on-line where possible.
Under 12 Hurling: The Under 12 panel had a busy time last week with a home game against Shamrock Gaels on Monday 21st May and an away match against Castletown/Ballyagran on Thursday 24th May. The latter started well for Bruree with a point scored by Harry Mullane within the first few minutes of the game. The team fought vigorously for possession in this first half, and its efforts were well rewarded with Brian McCarthy putting over two points and Sam Cronolly three, two of these from frees. Ballyagran then recovered slightly, scoring a point towards the end of the first half, and bringing the half-time score to a very healthy six points for Bruree to just one point for the home side. Ballyagran’s performance improved significantly from the start of the second half, surprising the Bruree team with an early goal. A good response from Bruree, in the form of a point from Harry Mullane, was soon eclipsed by a second goal from Castletown / Ballyagran which equalised the score, making for a very exciting phase in which both teams struggled to gain control of the game. The intense heat of the evening began to affect both teams towards the end, and Ballyagran’s hard-won point at this stage put them in the winning position, by just one point, at the close of the game. A well-played exciting match for everyone concerned, with the team showing great skill and determination throughout. Final Score: Castletown / Ballyagran: 2 : 2; Bruree 0 : 7
The match against Shamrock Gaels was a challenging one, played in a strong wind which was against Bruree in the first half. Sam Cronolly got the opening score with a point against this strong wind in the first few minutes, and scored a goal and another point within ten minutes. Bruree’s defence was strong, with the visitors finding it hard to score against the combined efforts of Fionnbarr Fitzpatrick, Jimmy Leslie Madigan, Harry Mullane and goalkeeper David Sexton, clearing ball after ball in this phase of the game. However, Shamrock Gaels did finally score two points towards the end of this phase, bringing their half-time score to two points to Bruree’s 1 : 2.
Sam Cronolly got the second half off to a great start with another point. Shamrock Gaels then scored a goal but this was answered by a spectacular goal scored from the full back line by Jimmy Leslie Madigan. The home score was nudged up again with a point from Sam Cronolly, put over from midfield. Shamrock Gaels then broke through Bruree’s defence to get another goal whereupon Sam responded by scoring his fifth point in this game. A further goal from Jimmy and a point from Harry Mullane brought Bruree’s final score to 4 : 6 to Shamrock Gaels 2 : 2. A great win – well done everybody!       
Blitz: After the great success of last year we are once again hosting a Tri County hurling Blitz on Saturday, 9th June, in the field. We will have U8 and U10 teams from Annacarty in Tipperary and Lismore in Waterford taking on our local boys and girls and overall there will be about 70 children in total taking part. We got great support from everybody in the parish for this event last year and we are hoping for a similar response this year. We would be delighted to get sandwiches, cakes, buns and any other goodies to provide refreshments for our visitors and locals alike. We would also welcome any help on the day with tea making and serving. This event is being sponsored by Stryker Orthopaedics and we are very grateful to them and to Jim O Connell for their support.


Results Of Sports Night:
RUNNING 1st Round.
U5 Girls: 1st Zara Dalyand Jade Conway, 2nd Aine Frawley, 3rd Kayle McGrath and Aine Prunty.
U5 Boys: 1st Bobby Dowling, 2nd Bryan Horgan, 3rd Thomas Sexton and Niall O'Brien.
U7 Girls: 1st Shannon Carey, 2nd Eimear Hogan, 3rd Leah Prunty and Ella Cronnolly.
U7 Boys: 1st Niall Tobin 2nd Kevin Hayden, 3rd Michael Frawley.
U8 Girls: 1st Ailsha South, 2nd Molly Skerritt, 3rd Alison Carey.
U8 Boys: 1st Conor Frawley 2nd Joshua Verling 3rd Conor Dowling.
U10 Girls: 1st Laura Frawley 2nd Ellen Murphy 3rd Elaine Frawley.
U10 Boys: 1st Gavin Cotter 2nd Fionan O’Driscoll 3rd Sean Frawley.
U12 Girls: 1st Katie Quirke 2nd Megan O’Grady 3rd Jennifer Cotter, Emma Kerns.
U12 Boys: 1st Sam Cronolly, 2nd Matthew Howard, 3rd Cathal Barrington.
U14 Girls: 1st Timea Fabryove 2nd Emma Howard, 3rd Mary Murphy.
U14 Boys: 1st Dara O’Driscoll, 2nd Jimmy Leslie Madigan, 3rd Gearoid McCarthy.
Girls U14: Ist Ciara Daly, 2nd Ciara Mullane.
Boys U12: 1st Cathal Barrington, 2nd Peter Buckley, 3rd Sam Cronnolly.
Boys U12 1st Brian McCarthy, 2nd Harry Mullane, 3rd Cathal Barrington.
Boys U14: 1st Dara O’Driscoll, 2nd Robert Kelly, 3rd Eoghan O’Driscoll.
FAMILY RACE; 1st Sally Ann, Aidan, Conor and Laura Frawley.
2nd TimmyLorraine, Gavin and Ciara Cotter.
Congratulations to Rachel Williams who won a Silver medal in the All Ireland Community Games Art Competition in Athlone. Well done Rachael.
Training for the upcoming county finals in athletics and long puck in June continues in the school sports field at 6.00 – 7.00 pm Tuesday evenings. All welcome.
Cycling training every Saturday from 3.00 - 4.00 pm.


Summer Opening: Don't forget Stepping Stones is open for July and you need to book your child in now to avoid disappointment. We will be keeping numbers low to ensure each child will get plenty attention and care. Take the stress out of entertaining the kids, there is a long 9 weeks from the end of June to September. Again, contact Brenda 087-1649755 for details.

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