|7:00-8:30||L1xi , L3xi, L4xi||Men , L2xi|
|8:30-10:00||Men, L2xi||L1xi , L3xi , L4xi|
Valid from Oct 2016
The men's 1st XI are playing Monkstown on Thursday night in Templecarrig at 8.30pm! This is a huge game for the lads so as much support as possible is welcome!!
RT @RuthMcDonagh: The L1s from .@BrayHC are organising a quiz, raffle & auction and need some prizes. Can anyone help?! Puhlease! https://t Thanks so much! https://t.co/oBBaXUpEZJ @mdgreen0 when's the field hockey one?!
Ladies 4's v Portlaoise 1st XI
(Ruth McDonagh, Rhona Baker, Claire Prendergast)
What could be more fun than a road trip to Kilkenny to play Portlaoise on a Sunday? I could probably think of a few things but amazingly Sharon "blagger" Burke managed to convince 15 suckers to take the 280km round trip. So off the motley crew headed, a technicolor dream coat mixture of loud mouths, messers and the odd hockey player.
Bray's Pre match talk was lead by one of the quieter, more retiring members of the squad - Ruth Mc Donagh. Having run out of animal analogies to share Ruth insisted the team just have fun "cos we're in Kilkenny". It's not like we're here on a hen Ruth but sure fair enough let's roll with that.
Bray started the game on the front foot. Not that anyone on the bench could concentrate on the play given the incessant noise of alarms, snap chat, tinder & what's app notifications coming from players phones .
In between the pings however it was noted Bray were keeping it tight at the back with the experienced heads of Huss and Yani working well with the youthful exuberance of Sophie D and Jess. Meanwhile Sophie o' N, Gina & Katie o'c were controlling midfield and creating chances up front for Caomihe, Dee B and Rebecca. Despite the good play it was time to bring on the big gun & Bray's premiership star player Ruth Mc. It didn't take long for Ruth to make an impact, a superb first time ball from Dee Bourke found Claire Prendergast on the left wing, a pass to the top of the circle from Claire P to Ruth Mc who smashed it home and Bray were 1-0 up! Some super goalkeeping from Erika mc who was deputising for Ash (In Dubai for a winter training break, as you do) kept the scoreline 1-0 to Bray at half time.
Despite the good play from Bray, Portlaoise managed to equalise early in the 2nd half. This proved to be just a minor set back for the motley crew however and Rhona B stepped up to the plate with a glorious strike into the top left corner of the net to put Bray ahead again. Some more good saves (but very questionable
dance moves) from Erika mc kept Portlaoise at bay but Bray felt they needed another goal to secure victory. Now Claire P has been accused of many things in her time but attempted murder of the opposition goalkeeper is a stretch even for her. However this was the accusation levelled at Claire P as she bundled over the keeper for Bray's third goal. To be fair the keeper was padded head to toe and Claire P left half of her knee cap on the pitch during the altercation so it's clear to see who came off worse!
3-1 at full time to Bray and Kilkenny didn't seem so far away now! It was time for Bray to hit the road again with 3 massive points in the bag. Thankfully there was also enough time to refuel with a McD's for the ride back
Bray Ladies 2's v Our Lady's 2's
(Aoife Kenna x2, Amy Carroll, Amy Buckley)
The ladies 2's set out on Saturday more determined than ever for a win following their unfortunate loss the previous week. In the absence of manager Jim, the worlds biggest squad took on the challenge of running the bench ourselves. Bray started off strong with stunning passing all across the pitch. Our lady's proved a very strong side, however with a super pass from Amy Buckley into Luca in the centre and a swift sweep from the 25 into the left post, Aoife Kenna kicked off the scoring with a little slip past the keeper just before half time.
We set out strong in the second half with excellent passing up the right hand side between Amy squared and Kathy. This led to a little ball into Amy Carrol who slipped the ball to Aoife Kenna who was 1 on 1 with the keeper and without fail put the ball away.
Some more stuff happened then, bitta fiesty play on the left from Niamhy Baldwin and Emer O'Reilly, lot of running from the forwards and a little bit of defending at the back. Player of the match Amy Carroll then made her scoring debut from a clearance from the back line which fell to Luca in the centre and a straight ball up to Amy who smashed it by the keeper.
After a few short corner attempts Bray finally put one away after the keeper made a save and Bray created CHAOS in the D, Amy Buckley smashed it in on her reverse (with her back completely to the goal!).
We got a bit cocky (lazy) after this which allowed Our Lady's to get one back.. this fired them up which led to a second goal. Bray copped on then and put an end to that and continued to play their own game, unlucky not to put more away.
Shoutout to Cian Hussey for umpiring, Coach Huss for her words of wisdom, our most dedicated supporters the Kenna's, Armstrong's & Byrne's and to us for running the bench so smoothly!
@PortraneHockey please let the lads know
Another jam packed week of home fixtures! Best of luck to all squads!
@GenesisHockey @RathgarHC @leinsterhockey1 BHC will be hosting a fundraiser on Sat for our full day of fixtures for https://t.co/cvWZI7oQZC
Please share and spread the word!
The ladies 4's took on Three Rock Ladies 3's at home on Saturday and knew they had a tough battle on their hands. With Helens Kingstons goal they settled nicely into the game but sadly it wasn't meant to be and the bed out 1-2 in the end. A wonderful display of hockey nonetheless!
Ladies 1st XI v Monkstown
(Jessica Carey x2, Cheryl O'Toole, Charlotte Carney, Katie O'Connell)
The ladies 1's set out, on a sunny Saturday afternoon to get the 3 points they deserved against Monkstown after feeling a bit robbed last time.
After an inspiring talk from Cheryl, Greg, and captain Kate Brooks, the team led a determined and focused warm up. From the whistle, Bray's passing and team work was outstanding. With balls coming from Yani, Cheryl, Rachel and Kate in the back line and being put to use by the mids by playing a lovely short game around Monkstown, Bray went on to win a short corner- which was perfectly slotted into the back of the net by Cheryl's strike.
This though did not cause bray to become too relaxed in their game, and within minutes thanks to some outstanding passing into gaps left by Monkstown, Lottie's strike from the top of the D was deflected in by Charlotte Carney securing bray a 2-0 lead before half time.
Bray was full of fuel after half time and ready to make sure they kept their lead! After lots of outstanding passing and many strikes on goal from the forwards, Yani's ball from just outside the 25' was slotted into the back of the net with an unbelievable deflection from Jessica Carey!
3-0 and Bray were still determined to extend their lead by more, and after weaving their way into the D, the ball was passed to Katie O'Connell and with a reverse strike she pinged the ball straight past the Monkstown goalie! With very little time remaining and a win looking inevitable for bray, with one last push from everyone the ball was played to Jessica Carey again in the D, allowing her to get her name on the score card once again!
After playing an outstanding quality of hockey, Bray ladies 1's walked off the pitch with 5 goals, 3 points, and 15 big smiles!
L3 V @PWHC 7 2-2
L4 V @TRRHC 3 1-2
L2 v @OurLadysHC 2 4-2
L1 v @MonkstownHockey 3 5-0
M2 v @MonkstownHockey ?
M1's v @CorinthiansHock 3 8-3