Club Notes... - 2023-05-09 06:10:00

Oskars what a brilliant weekend !..

With three films being  finished, Cork v Tipp in hurling, a football game away in Cloyne and the Races in Bartlemy it was one of those jam-packed, never to be forgotten few days. Since our fund-raising subcommittee first put forward the Night At The Oskars idea two months ago we’ve had a brilliant time. I don’t know how many people have said to me ‘Tis the best thing ever in the parish’ The brilliant aspect of the project -aside from the phenomenal fundraising, has been the fun and craic and sense of working together. We’ve got so many people involved -many had no GAA connections whatsoever but all have come on board. We’ve had seven different Film casts all rehearsing their own lines and organising individual fundraisers. Each Cast wants to be the best but despite this the cooperation between everybody has bee massive. Stars of some Films have been ‘extras’ in others. Props have been loaned The homes and premises of some  Film actors have been used as locations for some of the other films.  It has just been brilliant demonstrating once again that true Bride Rovers spirit.

 CORK HURLERS NEARLY PIP TIPP. It must be a new GAA policy to try and hide hurling in case too many people might see it and realise that truly it’s the best field game in the world. Since Saturday much has been spoken and written bout the scandal of not allowing our National game be seen by all -it’s just a scandal. For those in the near40,000 crowd in sunny Pairc Ui Chaoimh on Saturday evening the game will live long in the memory. At the end a monstrous free from Deccie Dalton just drifted wide- it would have been a superb winner. Overall Cork wont be dissatisfied with a draw. After a blistering start when the Rebels could have had three goals the visitors gradually, steadily got on top and at different times looked likely winners. In modern hurling we often see scores of 0 29 to 0 26 with ne’er a green flag raised at all. Saturday night was truly a goal-fest and great to see. Cork showed true grit and determination to wipe out a 5 point deficit so well done all ye Rebels. It was really a historic occasion for Bride Rovers with Brian Roche on the Senior team and Liam Carr on the Primary game Cork side. It’s ‘on the road’ now for Cork  on Sunday week in Ennis and then the following Sunday in the Limerick. Two huge games and realistically a win or even two more draws would see Cork advance. There’s a lo of hurling to come -let’s hope the whole country can see it! Best of luck to Brian, Eoin and all the Cork panel.

 UNDER 13 FOOTBALL.We played Cobh last week in the league but in reality we are at least one if not two grades above where we should be in football. Cobh were very strong and though our lads played well we were under pressure from the start and Cobh had a good win.   There will be a new league starting in July and hopefully we’ll have better news then! Our next under 13 game is hurling away to Cloughduv on Tuesday May 16th at 7pm . We are already qualified for the League Final but it would be nice to finish the league with five wins from 5five games.

MUNSTER UNDER 20  FINALOn Next Monday night May 15th the Cork under 20 hurlers, managed by Ben O Connor, take on Clare in the Munster Championship Final -the venue had not been announced at the time of writing. We wish Cor all the best especially our own Cillian Tobin and Ronan O Connell.  Glad to announce for those who cant travel to the game, it will be shown live on TG4.


A full Agenda at last Monday night’s Club Executive meeting with Pa O Driscoll in the Chair. Main points to emerge;  Grounds Committee will meet weekly from now on as Fixtures in the pitch increase Ian O Donoghue transferred to Bride Rovers from Kilshannig Car Boot sale on Sunday week, May 21st, help required

Defibrillator Training course to be held -probably on Sat June 10th ‘Night At The Oskars’ on May 26th, fundraising excellent Rebels Bounty had c 30,000 members this year

Club ‘walkabout’ for risk assessment was held recently Planning for Cul camp going well. Water well bored at Pynes Field

Dealing with the Night At The Oskars project the Chairman again  thanked Directors Bridgee Forde and Evelyn Murphy for  their trojan efforts. All the sponsors and helpers, extras and providers of facilities were thanked.  Fundraising is still ongoing and all Finance raised will go towards the Ballybrowney pitch development.

A vote of sympathy was passed to the De Luca family of Fermoy on the death of Benny -father-in-law of Jason Campbell.

PYNES FIELD DEVELOPMENT. Work is ongoing, the water source has been obtained and other preliminary work done. The plan is that the main pitch contractors will move in before the end of this month.


We played Cloyne in Cloyne on last Sunday morning the 7th of May in the second last round of the Junior Football League. We welcomed Ian O Donoghue to the ranks of Bride Rovers for the first time. Ian has transferred from Kilshannig and we hope he enjoys playing with the Club by the Banks of the Bride. Ian’s former clubmate William O Riordan was a great football trainer with us  in days gone by.

It was a slow and steady start for both teams with Rovers slightly on top for the first twenty minutes. There were some great passages of play working the ball through the lines to set up some fine scores from Conor and Cian. Cian kicked 2 brilliant 45’s to put us four points up. A mistake in our forward line allowed Cloyne to break and attack us on the counter and they scored a goal against the run of play to put them right back in the game. All square at half time 1:3 for Cloyne to our 0:6.

 We started strongly in the second half and ran at Cloyne which put them under severe pressure. Some great running from mid field from Kieran Kearney and attacking runs from Kieran Cotter and Denis Cashman allowed us to get some fine sores from our inside line. While Fordy and Tadgh Lawton were outstanding in the back line allowing nothing past, while also creating the overlap coming forward. We doubled our tally in the second half and conceded just two points. Final Score: 0:12 to 1:5.

This was a great win away from home and a really great team performance from all eighteen lads.

Our last league game is away to Aghada on Monday the 22nd of May.

 Team: Ronan O Riordan, David Barry, Liam Forde, Jordan Mannix, Conor Hazelwood, Tadgh Lawton, Kieran Kearney, Cian Hogan, Seamus Ahern, Denis Cashman, Ian O Donoghue, Kieran Cotter, Sean O Brien, Conor Barry, Ed Cashman.  Subs: Adam Walsh, Frank O Flynn and Ciaran O Dowd.

SCRAP. Have you old biscuit tins, drink cans, buckets or barrels? Maybe the relics of auld decency like the rusty remains of a mowing machine or a combine harvester are lying under bushes and briars in the corner of a yard or a field. Perhaps a good tidy up is needed - well if any of these ring a bell and you want to get rid of any old metal- from a needle to a anchor, please, please get in touch with the Bride Rovers Club and we’ll clean up the place straight away. To arrange collection of scrap -little or large, just ring John at 087 9538077.

UNDER 12 HURLING. The Under12 C3 team took on the Rockies away in Church Road on Monday evening. Bride  Rovers won by a single point. Rovers had the upper hand in the first half leading by 8 points at the short whistle. The Rockies came out fighting in the second half and pushed the Rovers to fight until the final whistle to keep ahead and the lads responded well to hold onto the win . 

Panel:Jack Fitzgerald Elliott Martin Luke Kelleher Harry O Keeffe ( Captain)  Conor Collins Ruairi O Grady Conor Healy Tommy Conway Denis Skillington 

Adam Hackett Eoghan Croke Alex Mc Carthy James O Leary Sean O Dowd  Kai Roddis Noah Collins 

UNDER 11 FOOTBALL.The U11s took on a very strong Douglas side on Saturday in football. The city side boast nearly 100 kids on the age and sent down some of their best last weekend in what was a major challenge for our lads. The boys performed well and gave Douglas a few headaches with their tireless work rate so a good run out which will stand to the lads. We change to the small ball against the same opposition next Saturday at 12 midday at the main pitch. Well done to our 10 panel members who played against Blackrock on Monday night. An epic battle saw Rovers win out by a solitary point in which all 10 of our lads played a pivotal role. Hurling training on Wednesday night at 6pm in Pynes.


Lotto Result: 2nd of May 2023 - Numbers this week were 9, 16, 24 & 27 – No Winner. Congrats to our lucky dip €30 cash winners: Jane Collins, Mullintoura, David Kiely, Ballincollig, Sean Healy, Tipperary, Catherine Hegarty, Shanowen, Linda Ahern, Monanig. This week's jackpot on Tuesday May 9th was an incredible €7,600. Tickets for the Weekly Lotto are just €2 and can be purchased in local business outlets, from Club members and online. The Club thanks all those who regularly support the Lotto, as it provides vital income for the running of the Club.


Van Morrisson had a hit with a song called ‘They’ll Be Days Like This’ well we should record the Bride Rovers version ‘They’ll Be Weekends Like This’ ! in fairness I’d say what happened over the last two weekends and especially last Saturday and Sunday , well we’ll never see the like of it again! With four films already in ‘the can’ as they say in the business last weekend saw a further three in production.  The operation on Saturday was from half past eight in the morning until nearly ten o clock that night Sunday was from 9 am until about five in the evening.

THE FIELD. Who will ever forget the memorable sight of the Bull McCabe (Jim Sheehan) and Tadhg(Edmond Cashman) on their donkey and car coming over the bridge near Bowen’s Cross, Gortroe with the Bird (Jason pratt) cycling after them  -it was pure magic. Later then above in the haggard of the late Bill and Nell Ryan (great Rovers supporters) the ‘auction’ of the field took place. It was absolutely brilliant with so many extras all in perfect ‘costumes’.

MICHAEL COLLINS. In the afternoon and late into the night the cast of Michael Collins performed amazingly. With scenes at Bartlemy Cross, Bartlemy Hall, Garryantaggart, Carrig an Aifreannn and Ballinterry it was a long day. Again the Michael Collins speech to the crowd at the Cross was very emotional – with the RIC raiding and breaking up the meeting. Bridie Mannix – in her 91st year was one of the huge crowd of extras. The ‘Dail Debate’ scene in Bartlemy Hall was very special and reminded one and all of the Civil War.  The ‘burning turf’ and the actual ambush scene were amazing. Well done to all involved on the day.

BRIDESMAIDS. From Sunday morning at TVM in Bartlemy til Sunday evening in Vanilla in Fermoy the Bridesmaids celebrated with gusto last Sunday. It was so apt that this was the final film because it was the Bridesmaids cast got the whole fundraising campaign off to a brilliant start over a month ago in Bartlemy Hall. Many of this cast, and of the others too, had never been on stage or acted one way or another before so a huge ‘Thank You’ to one and all.


A special word of thanks to all our families and relations. With the last two months they have seen very little of us what with rehearsals, meetings, fundraisers, ‘set’ preparation, costume-making, scrap collecting, ticket selling, car washing, timber-splitting, horse-backing, coffee drinking, quizzing and a myriad of other events. It’s been zany, crazy, manic and hectic but simply brilliant and the best craic we’ve  ever had.


Well done to the Kielty family who correctly guessed the no of timber blocks in the Trailer a fundraiser for the Braveheart Film.


Thursday May 11th JHL 1 V Carrignavar, home

Sunday May 14th Senior Hurling League v Bishopstown, home at 1 o clock

Monday May 15th JHL Div 4 v Killeagh, home.

(Full details of the Feile semi final next week)

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