Club Notes... - 2023-04-12 11:19:00

 With Junior Football, Senior and Junior Hurling and a host of underage games it’s really all systems go. Add in twice-weekly Rehearsals for the seven Oskars Films and a growing number of ‘mini fundraisers’ it’s just mighty. On a quick count between all these different facets of Club Activity we had close on 350   ‘in action’ last week!  Our recent results include;

Junior Football L Div 1 Carrigtwohill 2 13 Bride Rovers 0 5.

Under 18 Hurling League Bride Rovers 3 15 St Catherines 1 12

Under 13 Hurling Bride Rovers 3 8 nemo Rangers 0 3

Senior Hurling League Newtownshandrum 1 20 Bride Rovers  2 10

Junior H League Div 1 Bride Rovers  1 19 St Itas 1  9.


We played St. Ita’s at home on Sunday evening in the East Cork Division 1 Hurling League. On what was lovey evening for hurling both sides played out a very entertaining match. We started the game well and a point from Seamus got us on the board within the 1st minute. Itas got 2 points before Louis had the teams level after 5 minutes. The next four points were shared, two each, with Eddie and DJ getting ours to leave the teams level after 15 minutes 4 points a-piece.Our lads were playing well and got a good run of points include 3 from Eddie, one from DJ and a long range free from Liam to give us a 10 points to 5 advantage at half time.

We got the ideal start to the second half when Michael flicked home a high ball into the square for a goal straight after half time. Itas responded with two points before our attackers went on a run of 6 points in a row from DJ (2), Michael, Adam, Eddie and Louis which gave us a healthy lead of 1-17 to 7 points with 15 minutes to go. Itas had the better of the last 15 minutes scoring 1-3 while Adam kept the score board ticking over for us with 2 frees to leave the final score of 1-19 to 1-9. Bride Rovers squad was S Knox, L Collins, M Liddane, J Conor, O Roche, L Forde, K Cotter, F Collins, C O'Sullivan, L Roche, E Cashman, DJ Cahill, S Ahern, M Collins, A Hayes, C Barry, J Powell, N Kelleher, R O'Riordan, F O'Flynn, J O'Sullivan, D Kielty, C O'Dowd, 


On Wednesday of last week we played Carrigtwohill under the lights in Carrigtwohill. While down a few players from injury and work commitments we had 21 players available. Four weeks without a game so we were a bit rusty with some simple passes going astray but when we did settle we did we put some good passages of play together working the ball out of defence into the forwards. However we didn’t convert some scorable opportunities.

 Carrigtwohill were certainly a bit livelier than us and it took us a while to get to the tempo of the game. We went in at half time 1:7 to 0:2 down playing against a strong breeze. We started the second half strong getting 2 points but Carrigtwohill took the game to us and got a fortunate goal through a deflection after a good save from Ronan. Final score was  2:13 to 0:5and  we certainly have a bit of work to do to get  to the pace that Carrigtwohill are at the moment. Our next game is against Lisgoold on Thursday the 6th of April away.

Team: Ken Drury, Kieran Cotter, Liam Forde, Kieran Kearney, Conor Hazelwood, Tadgh Lawton, David Barry, Conleith Ryan, Cian Hogan, Denis Cashman, DJ Cahill, Seamus Ahern, Edmond Cashman, Adam Walsh, Conor Barry, Ryan O Callaghan, Frank O Flynn, William Finnegan, Cillian Barry, Liam Collins, Ronan O Riordan.


Bride Rovers 2-10 Newtownshandrum 1-20Last Sunday our senior hurling team made the long journey to Newtown for Round 3 of the Red FM sponsored Division 2 Hurling League.
After all the rain all week we had bright sunshine in Newtown but the underfoot conditions were soft. Referee Wayne King got proceeding underway at noon and from the get go it was apparent that this was going to be a good physical contest. Newtown had the first score of the game before Adam Walsh scored his opening point of the game from a placed ball. Newtown raced into a three point lead by the 10th minute but with Adam Walsh in fine scoring form he had the Rovers level with three points of his own. Again Newtown opened up a 4 point lead but a well worked move was finished off by a Conor Barry point, this was quickly followed by a goal from a long range free by Adam Walsh, sides were level again.
Newtown finished the half with three more points to two from the Rovers, another brace of pointed frees from Adam Walsh. Half time score: Bride Rovers 1-07 Newtownshandrum 0-11. As in the first half, Newtown were first to score in the second half, a pointed free from Adam Walsh reduced the deficit to a single point. Adam Walsh brought his tally for the game to 2-07 when scoring a cracking goal from a 21 metre free. However after that score the Rovers never responded as expected and it was Newtown who went onto dominate the game til the finish, outscoring the Rovers 1-06 to 0-02, the Rovers points coming from Ronan O Connell and Shane O Connor. Newtown went on to win by 1-20 to 2-10.
Team and scorers: Cian Hogan, Davy Barry, Denis Cashman, Tadhg O Sullivan, Jason Pratt, Conor Hazelwood, Shane O Connor (0-1), Kieran Kearney, Ronan O Connell (0-1), William Finnegan, Josh Ahern,  Adam Walsh (2-07), Jason Mannix, DJ Cahill, Conor Barry (0-1) Subs used: Daniel Dooley, Conleith Ryan, Seamus Ahern, Shane Walsh. We have two Senior Hurling games over the next two weekends.  A Challenge match v Upperchurch/Drombane (Tipperary)  has been arranged on Sunday next April 9th (Easter Sunday ) in Rathcormac at 11am. The following weekend we play Round 4 Hurling League Div 2 against  Mallow on Sunday 16th April at 11.30am in Rathcormac.


The GAA Pitch of the Year Award for 2022 was awarded last autumn and Pairc Ui Chaoimh was declared the winner. At last Sundays Double Football league Fixtures in Croke Park the Award was officially presented to Officials from the Cork County Board by GAA president Larry McCarthy. Amongst the Leeside delegation was Imokilly Board PRO Kieran McGann.


When Cork met Waterford in the Munster Under 20 Hurling Championshiip there was a very unique Rathcormac connection.   Sean and Kathleen Twomey of Terramount had two grandsons on the Extended Panels of Cork and Waterford. First cousins Denis McSweeney (Blarney, Cork) and Conor Brown (Brickeys, Waterford) are sons of  sisters Grainne McSweeney nee Twomey and Anne Browne nee Twomey. Both lads are well related in hurling terms being cousins of Fr Seanie Barry, Timmy McCarthy and Bill Cooper.


We had two local couples in the prizewinners lists on the ‘opening ‘ night of the 2023 Rebels Bounty Draw last Thursday night. Dave and Elaine Burke and Irene and Mark O Connell were winners of €250 each, well done, hopefully the omens are good for the  next 9 draws. Thanks to all our subscribers this year.


The words of ‘Bride Rovers Abu’ rang out in St Michael’s cemetery in Blackrock last  week when former Bride Rovers/ St Bartholomew’s hurler John O Brien was laid to rest. A great under -age player John captained the Fermoy CBS under 14 hurling team that won the County in 1953.   At his funeral his family recalled a story John often told them about a very famous game in Castlemartyr.    It was on September the 18th 1960, the semi final of the Junior B grade Hurling championship. St Bartholomew’s played Shanagarry Rovers and with just six minutes to go the Shanagarry side were ahead by 4 6 to 2 1. A field of barley was growing behind the bottom goals in Castlemartyr so when a sliotar ended up there it was impossible to find it. Several had been lost and with time running out only one sliotar was to be had -between the two teams!  John O Brien duly despatched this sliotar into the field of barley. A frantic search yielded nothing and with darkness coming down the game was abandoned. Three weeks later in the replay St Bartholomew’s had plenty sliotars and won the game by 3 6 to 0 4. John , Tony and Jimmy O Brien lined out in the East Cork Final against Sars on Sunday October 30th.  Leading by 3 4 to 3 2 St Bartholomew’s looked likely winners but heartbreakingly Sars got a late, late goal to win by 4 2 to 3 4.  We extend our deepest sympathy to John’s four daughters, sons in law, grandchildren, sisters Nuala and Geraldine and brothers Jimmy and Eddie(Georgie).                


It’s all go at present with Monday and Thursday rehearsals for all the casts. We are so grateful for the many sponsors who have come forward with financial support.  The movie sponsors have been assigned as follows;

DAF Truck Services Cork - Braveheart

Southcoast Transport - The Snapper

Mapp Foods - Sister Act

O'Brien Chilled Distribution Ltd. - Fr. Ted (Speed)

TVM - Michael Collins

Synergy Credit Union Fermoy - The Field

McCarthy Insurance Group - Bridesmaids

Movie Fundraising Events;

Club Colours Day - 31st April, Scoil Bhríde Rathcormac National School (Sister Act / The Snapper)

Lillian's Hen Party - Bartlemy Hall, 7th April at 8pm (Bridesmaids)

"Sister Act" of Kindness Windscreen Wash - 08th April, Páirc Na Bhríde, 9.30am - 12.00pm (Sister Act)

Fr Ted OsKaRs Crew Coffee Morning - 09th April, Rathcormac Community Hall, After 11am Mass (Fr. Ted)

45 Drive - 13th April, Rathcormac Community Hall, 8.15pm (Sister Act)

Grand National Day Buster - 15th April (The Field)

Poker Classic - 20th April, Barrys Bar, 8.30pm (Braveheart)

Guess the number of fire blocks in the trailer - 15th & 22nd April (Mornings), Páirc Na Bhríde (Braveheart)

Snapper Boot Sale - 23rd April, Car boot sale Rathcomac Community Field (The Snapper)

Movie Quiz Night - 30th April, Rathcormac Inn, 8.30pm (Michael Collins)

Bride Rovers Legends Hurling Match Teams of 1993 v 1998 - 01st May, Páirc Na Bhríde, 2pm (The Snapper)

Kids Cinema Day - 14th May, Fermoy Cinema (Braveheart)

Bridesmaid Car boot sale stall - May Car boot sale, Rathcormac Community Field (Bridesmaids)

GAA Play day in Bartlemy School (Bridesmaids)

Scrap Metal Collection (Fr. Ted)

Signed Jerseys Raffle - (Sister Act)  

The Snapper Fundraising Page - (The Snapper)

Michael Collins Fundraising Page - Donations to (Michael Collins)


St Catherines 1-12 Bride Rovers 3-15.
Our third game in the League was a ‘must win’ league game to stay in Contention.  We knew it was going to be a tough ask as we were down a few players due to injuries. The first half was nip and tuck in a great game of hurling. The score at half time was 1-6 to 9 points - our goal coming from Connor. In the second half we played with the wind and the lads upped their game.  A superb performance by the whole team saw us win by 9 points. With goals from Jack Mannix and Connor in the second half we took a firm grip on the contest. The lads put a really big effort into this game and got their rewards. Panel Ronan. Eldon. Kieran. Darragh. Thomas, Denis. Luke. Cormac Barry. Ben. Frank. Ryan. Kamso.  Colin. Cillian. Connor. Jack Mannix.  Jack Collins. Cillian. Louie. Gearoid O Connell.

UNDER 9’s.

The under 9 boys started back training on 22nd February, we have had good numbers so far with the boys really enthusiastic to start back.

We train on Wednesday and Saturday. We had our first Football blitz on Saturday 25th March against Mitchelstown, we had three good competitive games against them.

Last Saturday we had our first hurling blitz against Kilworth at home.

The boys showed some great skills and good attitude throughout the games.

We always welcome new players so for anyone born in 2014 you are really welcome to come along any Wednesday  or Saturday.

FUNDRAISING IN 2010. (From The Avondhu, March 2010)

“Snooker a Big Hit”

Steve Davis and Dennis Taylor drew the crowds to SG1 Club in Fermoy on Monday last. The night was a great success both socially and financially. Great credit to the very hard working sub-committee who worked tirelessly over the last month to ensure that everything went well. Thanks to all those who purchased tickets and took part in the auction on the night. Though its 25 years since Steve and Dennis were on every TV screen all over the world, they've lost none of their style and charisma. They were very popular and affable with the crowd, young and old.


The Lotto for the last Tuesday of March on March 28th was held with a jackpot of €6,400 on offer. On the night the four numbers drawn were 15, 18, 26 and 27 and no one had that four-number combination. The lucky €30 winners were Sinead Dorgan, Glenagowl, Owen Murphy  Heuston, Texas, USA, Mary Gibbons c/o Online Lotto, Triona & ollie Rathcormac and Natasha Johnson c/o Car Boot sale. Thanks to everyone at home and abroad who bought tickets and each and every €2 is really appreciated by the Club. Tickets can be bought from Club Members in local business outlets and online of course at the following address 


Our under13s were away to Nemo Rangers on Saturday in hurling.  A panel of 16 travelled to Trabeg for the 4 o clock throw in. There was a very strong wind which our lads played with for the first half. With some lovely hurling we went in at half-time 2-5 to no score. It proved to be a good lead as Nemo only added 3 points in the second half to our 1-3. Final score Bride Rovers 3-8 Nemo 0-3. Panel on the day was Zack, Jack, Cathal M,  Alex,  Nathan,  Cody,  Cathal O'B,  Sean F Danny,  Sean H,  Fionn C, Sam,  Liam,  Cormac Sean o L and Daniel.

On account of Easter we have no game this weekend.  Our next game isat  home to Inniscarra in hurling on  April 15th at 12:30.


The Under 11s have been hard at work over the last few weeks, sharpening their skills and eagerly awaiting their first games of the season. With the weather affecting matches going ahead, the lads are chomping at the bit for competition. This Good Friday, we travel to Carrigaline to play the hosts and Blackrock in what should be a good measure of where we are.

Football training at 5pm on Wednesday in the large astro this week. No training on this Saturday due to Friday's game.


A subsidised Scholarship Scheme to the Gaeltacht is available through GAA Clubs in East Cork. A  subsidy of €100 towards the cost of gong to stay in the Gaeltacht for under 16’s is available. Details from Mike, our Club Runai at  087 9808973.


We wish all friends of Bride Rovers a very happy Easter Season

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