Monday, 18 February 2008

Bruff Hockey Club play last game of Season

Bruff finish second in league!
Bruff Hockey Club
Bruff 3
Belvedere 0
Bruff hockey ladies played their last game of the 2007/2008 league on Saturday last against Belvedere of Cork. The girls from Co. Limerick finished the league just like they started with a fantastic victory over Belvedere. This win ensures that Bruff will finish in second place in the league.

Saturday’s game was Bruff’s first match of 2008 due to fixtures been cancelled and clubs unable to field full squads. Due to this it took Bruff a long period to settle into the game. The first half was a stop start affair with frees being awarded to both teams but unable to find the target resulting in the half ending scoreless.
The second half saw Bruff totally transformed, they emerged a new team after an inspiring half time talk from the captain. From the tip off the Bruff mid-fielders and forward line had Belvedere under huge pressure. Players began to utilise the ball and 10 minutes into the half Bruff were awarded a penalty. Gillian Keane step up to the penalty spot where she made no mistake in powering the ball past the Belvedere keeper, to open the scoring of the game. From here Bruff never looked back but Belvedere never gave up. They continued to put Bruff under pressure inside their own "22" without success. In general the game was played in a hard competitive spirit but Belvedere failed to score. Best for Bruff up front was Sharon Bulfin, who scored a great goal from an acute angle, along with Cathy Wallace who left the Belvedere goalie with no chance from her unstoppable shot which hit the back post. Caroline Collins played a huge role in delivering great ball into the circle Both Jennifer Liston and Catriona Kennedy were unlucky not to add to the score line, while great credit goes to the Bruff defence and goalie Lisa Ryan who were so solid throughout the game and denied Belvedere a score.
Team:Lisa Ryan, Patricia O’ Sullivan, Fiona Lee, Nicola Savage, Catherine Martin, Gillian Keane, Catriona Kennedy, Jennifer Liston (Captain) Sharon Bulfin, Cathy Wallace, Caroline Collins, Eileen Murphy.
Great credit goes to all players and members of the club on finishing second in the division. Well done to all involved. Bruff will play in a cup semi-final on weekend 1/2 March against Church of Ireland.

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