No Munster title in Scor for Rovers


No Munster title in Scor for Rovers

Dreams of an All-Ireland final senior Scór appearance ended over the weekend, when we failed to progress from the All-Ireland semi-final.

Thursday, 11 April 2013
11:20 AM GMT

Our ambition to make it all the way to the All-Ireland final of the senior Scor competition ended in Templemore last Saturday night. The Munster Provincial final which doubled up as an All-Ireland semi-final saw our long run finally come to an end for the year.

Before a huge crowd in the North Tipperary venue our novelty act 'The Course' went down very well. The cast were delighted on the night as everything went according to plan in a competition that also had county champions from Waterford, Tipperary and Limerick. The winners who qualified for the national final were Feenagh- Kilmeedy Club from Limerick, under the guide of Christy Kiely. They were worthy winners on seven previous occasions they've been to the All-Ireland finals but have not yet won the title.

It would have been nice for Bride Rovers to get to the final in Derry on April 27th but it was not to be. Thanks to all the cast for several months of rehearsals. Thanks also to our bus load of supporters last Saturday night as well as those who drove to Templemore. We have received great help from many people in our Cork and Munster campaigns and special thanks to Brendan Buckley, Greg Ahern and Tadhg O’Rielly and John O’Mahony who kindly lent us a hand.

Buttevant won the instrumental music section and will fly the Cork flag on the banks of the Foyle.


We often use the phrase 'the end of an era', well last week truly marked the end of an era in the early history of the Bride Rovers GAA Club. The death occurred in Dublin of Con (Corney) Collins from Mullintoura. Con Collins was the last surviving member of the great 'old' Bride Rovers team of the 1930s. That team competed in the Intermediate grade from 1933v until 1937, reaching the final in 1933. Con Collins came onto the team around 1936. After the defeat by Blarney in the Co IHC tie in Riverstown on May 2nd the decision was made to regrade to the junior grade for the 1938 season.

The team that played that game v Blarney was as follows: Tom Heskin, Ned Heskin (capt), Michael Cranitch, Con Collins, Dave Hogan, Bill Murphy, Tommy Collins, Jimmy 'Purty' Ryan, Mossy Collins, Patie Collins, Michael O’Brien, Jim Murphy, Jimmy O’Brien, Joe Healy and Jack Barry.

Con Collins also played senior hurling in the Cork county championship with the St Colman's (East Cork/Imokilly) team. Con worked in the Civil Service in Dublin for many years and in his employment reached the most senior position available to him. Sincere sympathy to all his relatives and many friends.


Now and then a game can take a strange turn. Sometimes a team can win a game against all the odds. Then a game can go completely against a team and end in a heavy defeat. At Clonmult Memorial Park in Midleton last Sunday evening we suffered a very heavy defeat at the hands of the home team. When things go wrong they can really go very wrong and we had no answer to the Midleton side and we shipped a twelve point defeat on a scoreline of Midleton 2-13 Bride Rovers 2-1

We have to battle on however and on this coming Sunday evening we play Ballymartle in the next round of the SHL. The game is fixed for the Kilworth venue as Ballymartle play their opening tie in the Co SHC against Newtownshandrum there in June.

Team v Midleton: D Fitzgerald, A Collins, B Walsh, K Collins, J Pratt, B Murphy, S Kearney, S Boyce, B Johnson, W Finnegan, M Kearney, S Ryan, C O’Connor, D Dooley and J Mannix. Subs: S Hackett, D Buckley, T O’Sullivan and F Hogan.


On Friday night last we had Cobh as visitors to Pairc na Bride in a top-of-the table clash in the Co MFL. We had expected a very close game but Cobh were short five players for various reasons. Our lads played very good football and had a very easy win on a scoreline of 
Bride Rovers 7-10 Cobh 3-6

Team: D Browne, P Noonan, S O’Connor, C Howard, T O’Sullivan, S Cotter, J Buckley, R Prendergast, C O’Connor, D Moore, DJ Cahill and C Power. Subs: W Finnegan, C O Grady, J Connor and B Doolin.


We have no minor game this weekend. Next week we start a three game programme of games in the Co Minor Hurling League with the fixtures as follows: Thursday, April 18th v Cobh, home at 6.30. Thursday, April 25th v Brian Dillons, away at 6.30. Thursday, May 2nd v St Vincents, home at 6.30.

At the time of writing these fixtures are as above, any changes will be sent to all involved.


The numbers drawn on Tuesday, April 2nd for a jackpot of €3,000 were 1, 2, 13 and 15 and there was no winner. The five lucky dip winners were:
Tom Mulcahy, Bartlemy; Clodagh Fitzgerald, Crosshaven; Greg Ahern, Bartlemy; John Lynch, Monanig and John Joe Barry, Monanig.

The draw for Tuesday, April 9th took place in Ó Coileáins for a jackpot of €3,200.

The weekly tickets for the lotto cost just €2 each and can be got from club members and also in local business outlets. Your ongoing support for the lotto is greatly appreciated. A yearly ticket for €90 is also available and can be purchased by contacting any club member.


Well at long last the dream has become a reality with the opening of the new Scoil Bhride in Rathcormac this week. This project has been mooted with over a decade and now it stands as a splendid reminder of the long campaign fought for by so many for so long. Well done to all who brought this to fruition and on behalf of all in Bride Rovers we say mile bhuiochas agus go n-eiri an t-adh libh go leir.


The Astro-turf pitch at Bride Rovers is available for hire by contacting James Bermingham on 086 8350741. Pitch is suitable for 5-a-side teams and costs €50 per hour with lights. A reminder to all those who have pre-booked the facility, if for some reason your group cannot take up their allocated time slot please let club officers know immediately.


You can now follow us on twitter @ BrideRoversGAA and thus get all the club news and reports sent directly to your phone.


A meeting of the club’s Finance and Development Sub Committee will be held on next Monday night, April 15th at 8.30pm.


Set dancing classes are held at 8.30 each Wed night in The Rathcormac Inn.


Best of luck to the Cork hurlers who face Clare on Sunday next in Limerick's Gaelic Grounds. The winners will stay in division 1 of the NHL for 2014 while the losers drop to division 2.


Congrats to the U12 football team who made a historic visit to Croke Park last week. It will be a day which these youngsters will remember forever.


The main club sponsor is The Rathcormac Inn/Conversation Piece.

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