SPORTS ROUND-UP: Bruff Junior Bs buzzing after Munster final win 

Cian Madden receiving his Man of the Match trophy from Brian Casey.

TEAM captain Cian Madden played the proverbial blinder as Bruff stunned Thurles Sarsfields, 0-10 to 1-6, to capture the Munster Junior B Hurling Championship in Raheenagh last Saturday. 

Veteran Madden was simply awesome in the number five jersey, and deservedly won his Man of the Match accolade. 

Roger Mulqueen’s side were 0-6 to 0-5 ahead at half-time.

The bulk of scores for Bruff came through David Browne, who ended the hour with a massive haul of eight points. 

An All-Ireland semi-final now beckons for Bruff in a couple of weeks’ time.

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Hosted by Killeedy, the B All-Ireland Series has been around now for close on 20 years and Doon (2015) have been the only Limerick team crowned champions. 

Meanwhile, Doon’s Eamon Stapleton has been appointed as referee for next Sunday’s Harty Cup Final between Cashel Community School and Thurles CBS at Semple Stadium. 


YOUNG Munster moved ahead of Dublin University and into fourth place in Division 1A after a noteworthy 17-10 win over the Dublin students at Tom Clifford Park. 

Paulo Leleisiuao and Stephen Lyons scored tries for the winners, both of which were converted by Evan Cusack, while Conor Hayes kicked a penalty.

Elsewhere, Garryowen defeated Lansdowne 21-17 at Dooradoyle to record their first win of the current competition. Harry Buttimer scored two tries for the Light Blues, and Tony Butler kicked three penalties and a conversion.

Shannon suffered a 22-19 defeat by UCD at Belfield. 

The league resumes on February 18. 

On the Junior front, Richmond are now six points clear at the top of the Munster Junior League  courtesy of a 38-28 home win against Skibbereen of Cork.  Richmond led 26-0 at half-time.

There was a brace of opening-half tries from in-form Darragh Joyce, while other five pointers arrived from Jeff McNamara, Ryan Meagher, Jack O’Hanlon and Tadgh Bennett, who was also on kicking duty. 


TEENAGERS Robbie Lynch and Darren Nwankwo have been temporarily released by Treaty United manager Tommy Barrett to avail of trials with Championship outfit Blackburn Rovers.

The rising stars will be under the watchful eye of Jon Dahl Tomasson over the coming days of at Ewood Park. 

“It’s an exciting period in the young lives of both Robbie and Darren, and we wish them both well with the trial,” commented a club spokesperson. 

Treaty are in Dublin next Saturday for a pre-season friendly with Damien Duff managed Shelbourne. 

The SSE Airtricity begins on Friday fortnight when Treaty host Bray Wanderers at the Markets Field Stadium. 

Meanwhile, Treaty are also through to the semi-finals of the Munster Senior Cup. 

It follows an exciting extra-time 4-3 win away to Ringmahon Rangers, Cork. The teams had tied 3-3 after regular time, with Enda Curran grabbing the winner thereafter to complete a lovely early-season hat-trick.

The opening goal was netted by Lee Devitt. 

On the local front, Aisling Annacotty entertain Carew Park in the semi-final of the prized Tuohy Cup this Thursday (kick-off 7pm). 


RECENTLY retired Meanus rider Adam McNamara has commenced new employment with the Professional Jockeys’ Association (PJA) in Britain. 

McNamara (25) was only a teenager when winning York’s biggest handicap on Heartbreak City for Tony Martin.

“I feel the time is right to embrace a new challenge,” he said. 

“I have had some wonderful experiences throughout my career, riding 138 winners, the highlights of which were the Ebor in 2016 and the Group Sirenia Stakes in 2020.”

He added: “A fantastic opportunity has presented itself and I am incredibly excited to be joining the PJA team as Racing Executive.”