Sep 24

Junior C Hurlers Capture East Cork Crown

Russell Rovers 2-11   Bride Rovers 1-11               

Our hurlers had a narrow but well-deserved victory over Bride Rovers to claim the title in the East Cork Junior C Hurling championship final played in sun-drenched Dungourney on Saturday evening last.
After conceding the opening score in the third minute, Kevin Moynihan levelled matters with a free from 45 metres a minute later. Our lads got a massive boost shortly after when midfielder Brian Crowley struck a speculative shot towards the Bride Rovers goal from 50 metres out. As the ball dropped, the keeper fumbled the catch and the in-rushing Daire Healy was on hand to force it over the line for a goal and a lead we were not to lose for the rest of the game. The men from the Bride pegged one back in the sixth minute but this was cancelled out by a pointed free from Moynihan almost immediately and was added to when good work from Healy in the right corner led to a pass to Colman Quinlan who slotted over our third point. Good defending from Bride Rovers prevented any further scores over the next five minutes even though our side had most of the possession, being driven from the half-back trio of James Ahern at centre and flankers Ricky Walsh and veteran Seamus Kearney, both of whom had excellent games. Then, in the 16th minute a good strike from Moynihan into the Bride square was met by full-forward Brendan Kearney who buried the ball for our second goal. Bride Rovers were by no means out of it though. A pointed free in the 19th minute was followed by one from play in the 20th and a minute later a fortuitous goal as Chris Scanlon came off his line to bat away a shot which was blocked down and flicked to the net. Another pointed free had the margin down to the bare minimum in the 22nd minute before we regained our composure with a converted 65 from Moynihan two minutes later. He was to follow with points from a free in the 28th and another 65 in the 29th. A fine effort from the half way line capped a man-of the-match performance by James Ahern on the stroke of half time which put us five points ahead (2-7 to 1-5) at the short whistle.

Bride Rovers started the second half well with a point from play in the 31st minute and followed up with two pointed frees as our forwards lost their composure and struck some careless wides or, in a few cases, struck short. Keeper Chris Scanlon made some good saves in the second half but the full-back line came into their own especially in the third quarter as full-back Shane Casey played a Captain’s role with relieving clearances and corner-backs Aidan Beausang and David Whelehan repulsed numerous Bride Rovers raids. The hard-working partnership of Chris Ruddy and Brian Crowley got back in control of midfield as the game entered its final quarter. Moynihan steadied our nerves with a converted free in the 12th minute and another from play two minutes later to put four points between the sides but Bride Rovers had it back to two with five minutes to go. Two more frees from Moynihan settled the matter and our boys emerged worthy winners in a hard fought contest which was well refereed by James Hennessy, Dungourney.
This was a great result for the management team of player-coach Donal Fitzgerald and fellow selectors Redmond Walsh and Dick Fitzgerald. The latter, in his role as East Cork Board Chairman, had the honour of presenting the Michael Foley Memorial Cup to the winning captain, Shane Casey. This was very much a team victory with all members of the squad putting in a great effort on the training ground in recent weeks and every one of them getting game time over the course of a campaign in which they beat Lisgoold after a replay and then Castlemartyr in the semi-final.  It is the first and hopefully not the only silverware for Russell Rovers this season. Well done to all concerned.

Our thanks to James Hennessy and his match officials as well as to the Dungourney club for having the pitch in such top class condition and  providing excellent parking arrangements for the fine crowd of supporters from both sides who attended.

Team: Chris Scanlon; Aidan Beausang, Shane Casey (Captain), David Whelehan; Ricky Walsh, James Ahern, Seamus Kearney; Brian Crowley, Chris Ruddy; Kevin Moynihan, Tadhg Crowley, Colman Quinlan; Daire Healy, Brendan Kearney, Alan Cott.
Substitutes: Jack Beausang (for Alan Cott 40th minute), Joseph O’Flynn (for Tadhg Crowley 45th minute), James Moynihan, Philip Whyte, Donal Fitzgerald.
Other panellists during the year: Michael Furlong, Kieran Ivers and James Walsh.

Fixtures:
Our next round in the Junior B football championship is unlikely to be played before the week-end of 11th Oct. Please check locally for updates.

Sep 15

East Cork Junior B Football Championship

Russell Rovers  1-14   Aghada  0-2

As the score-line suggests, this was a comprehensive win for Rovers in the opening round of the Championship against Aghada’s third string team, played at Rostellan on Friday evening last.
Rovers played a more direct style of football than in their previous league outing with some nice attacking play, good linking movements and stout defensive work when needed. Apart from the opening point from John Paul Ivers in the first minute and another from Jack McGrath in the 23rd minute, all the Rovers scores came from play. In the opening half, points from play from Ivers, McGrath as well as Ian Smiddy, Paul Lane, Daniel O’Brien and James Kennefick saw us comfortably in the lead by the break with just one point from the home side (0-8 to 0-1).

Defender and contender for man of the match Eoin McGrath came upfield for a score in the 32nd minute and six minutes later Jack McGrath was on hand to flick to the net after John Paul Ivers had ripped open the Aghada defence with a sizzling run before delivering a well placed ball to the edge of the square. Two more points from Ivers as well as a brace from substitute Michael Furlong, who had replaced the injured Brian Whelehan just before half time, saw us go into an unassailable lead with ten minutes to go.
Rovers introduced substitutes Joseph O’Flynn, James Walsh, Alan Cott and Chris Scanlon in the closing stages but it was the hard working Chris Ruddy who completed the Rovers scoring in the 25th minute as the Aghada challenge petered out. While this was a well-earned victory, errant shooting, especially in the first half when at least eight scoring chances went a-begging, has to be addressed by the team, with tougher opposition to come.

Team: Shane Casey; Aidan Beausang, David Whelehan, Ricky Walsh; Eoin McGrath, Anthony Archer, James Kennefick; John Paul Ivers, Paul Lane; Brian Whelehan, Colman Quinlan, Chris Ruddy; Ian Smiddy, Jack McGrath, Daniel O’Brien. Substitutes: Michael Furlong, Alan Cott, Joseph O’Flynn, James Walsh, Chris Scanlon, James Ahern.

Fixtures:
The Final of the Junior C Hurling Championship versus Bride Rovers has been fixed for Saturday, 20th Sept at 5 pm. Venue to be confirmed.
The players have put in a great effort to get to this stage of the championship and we would ask you to come along and support them in the Final.

Sep 09

Ballinacurra too strong in Football league

Ballinacurra  1-15  Russell Rovers  0-10

Rovers were outclassed by a physically stronger Ballinacurra side in this JFL Division 2 tie played at Ballinacurra on Sunday morning last. A lively opening from the home side saw them go 2 points ahead before Jack McGrath was to have our first point from a free in the 6th minute. Two more points inside a minute came from Ballinacurra as they dominated the opening period and went through the Rovers defence at will. A McGrath free in the 10th minute kept us in touch and when Ian Smiddy scored a nice point in the 16th minute Rovers were just a point behind. It was to be our only score from play in the half even though we did not lack for opportunities. Numerous times our attacks broke down when possession was given away with poor passing. Three more points from play by The Village interspersed by a converted free from McGrath saw us a goal behind at the break, 0-7 to 0-4.  It could have been worse but for some powerful defending by our backs where Aidan Beausang, James Kennefick and Eoin McGrath stood out as well as alert Rovers keeper Shane Casey who made a great save minutes before the break.

As in the opening half, Ballinacurra had a blistering start to the second period with their first attack resulting in the game’s only goal. Despite Casey diving to block down a point blank shot, he  had no chance with the rebound. Almost from the kick-out Ballinacurra  had a point to give them a seven point cushion. Throughout the opening period of the second half we failed to win our own kick-outs and so were under pressure in defence. Brian Whelehan kicked over a point for Rovers in the 3rd minute before having to retire through injury, being replaced by Colman Quinlan, but three more points on the trot gave Ballinacurra a nine point advantage by the 7th minute. Rovers kept plugging away and 2 points from McGrath as well as one from John Paul Ivers reduced the deficit to two goals by the three-quarter stage. Substitutes Joseph O’Flynn, Chris Scanlon and James Walsh were introduced in the final quarter for Daniel O’Brien, Kieran Walsh and Ian Smiddy but Rovers could only add two more points,  both from McGrath,  to Ballinacurra’s four before  referee Niall Barrett blew the final whistle, leaving the home side convincing winners.  Other players to stand out were Chris Ruddy and Paul Lane who set up a lot of attacks in the first half. While the team could not be faulted for lack of effort or commitment, the difference in standard between the sides was very apparent and with the Championship coming down the track shortly much improvement will be needed if we are to make an impression.

Team:  Shane Casey; Aidan Beausang, Ricky Walsh, Brian Crowley; James Kennefick, Anthony Archer, Eoin McGrath; John Paul Ivers, Paul Lane; Daniel O’Brien, Kieran Walsh, Chris Ruddy; Brian Whelehan, Jack McGrath, Ian Smiddy. Subs: Colman Quinlan, James Walsh, Joseph O’Flynn, Chris Scanlon.

Fixtures:
JBFC:  Russell Rovers v Aghada on Friday, 12th Sept at 7.30pm in Rostellan.
A JHL Division 3 game versus Erins Own has been pencilled in for Sunday, 14th Sept at 12 noon in Caherlag.
Our JCHC Final versus either Bride Rovers or Midleton is likely to be played on the week-end of 20th Sept. Check locally for an update on fixtures.

Bereavements:
The Club wishes to extend its deepest sympathy to the family of the late Bill O’Shea, Ballybane who passed away last week. Bill played minor hurling with the Rovers in 1962 and frequently lined out with the Junior side during the 1960’s. He served as Groundsman in recent years prior to his illness and was always available and willing to help out with Club activities, such as Car Boot Sales and the Annual Festival. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. R.I.P.

Sympathy is also extended to Phil Walsh and Bridget Hartnett on the death of their brother James Geary, Gortrue, to Kieran Roche, Shanagarry on the death of his brother Gerard, Midleton and to the O’Riordan family Ballycotton on the death of Sean who passed away suddenly in England last week. May their souls rest in peace.

Sep 01

Young guns on fire as Junior C  Hurlers clinch Final spot

Russell Rovers  2-14   Castlemartyr  0-14

Our hurlers reached the final of the East Cork Junior C Hurling Championship with an impressive display over Castlemartyr in Ballinacurra on Sunday afternoon last. Facing into a tricky cross-field breeze in the opening half, Rovers had difficulty coping with the lively Castlemartyr attack who had notched up four unanswered points in the opening five minutes. Our forwards had some chances in the opening period but rushed shooting led to a number of wides before Daire Healy collected the ball out near the end line and, rounding a number of defenders, blasted home our first score to the back of the net to put us back in the game in the tenth minute. Castlemartyr added on two more points, the second from a placed ball, and only alert reaction from keeper Chris Scanlon prevented a goal on the quarter hour mark. Kevin Moynihan shot over the first of eight frees in the 17th minute. Indeed, throughout the game his shooting was unerring and a joy to watch. Castlemartyr, though, continued to pile on the pressure and only stout defending by Rovers prevented any goals. James Ahern at centre-back, working tirelessly, broke up many of the Castlemartyr attacks and full back, Shane Casey was also outstanding.  Castlemartyr had cancelled out Moynihan’s point within a minute and Scanlon had to dash off his line shortly afterwards to collect the ball. Once in possession the keeper went off on a solo run to the forty and lofted a fine delivery in to Jack Beausang who scored our second point. Castlemartyr added on two more before Alan Cott was fouled in the square leading to a penalty for Rovers. Beausang’s well struck shot was deflected out by the Castlemartyr defence but a minute later Moynihan was on hand to strike over his second point. Castlemartyr stretched their lead to four points (0-10 to 1-3) just before half time with a well-taken free.

 At half time James Moynihan was brought on for  David Whelehan, who had been struggling with a back injury for much of the opening period. The sides exchanged pointed frees inside the opening minute of the second half but then Rovers had four points on the trot from Kevin Moynihan, the first from a 65, the second when our keeper and Chris Ruddy combined well to provide the pass, the third a massive free from 2 metres outside his own 65 so by the 41st minute the sides were level.  Daire Healy put us in the lead for the first time in the game at the three-quarter stage. Two more Moynihan frees extended it and in the 52nd minute right half-back Ricky Walsh found his way up field to give us a four point lead. Castlemartyr pegged one back in the 54th minute. Another Moynihan free restored the four point advantage to Rovers. But Castlemartyr were not giving up easily and converted two easily conceded frees to bring the difference back to just two points. The Reds were now giving it everything in search of a goal and again Chris Scanlon had to bring off some fine saves to  prevent them scoring.  While they were under tremendous pressure the Rovers defence held firm.  A Rovers clearance downfield found Healy again in the far right corner and he repeated his first half effort, soloing in along the end line, rounding a defender and giving the keeper no chance for his second goal to settle the issue on the 60th minute. A point from Alan Cott in stoppage time sealed the Rovers victory in a game well handled by referee Aidan Barry of Sars, whose job was made easy by the sporting temperament of both teams. Philip White and Colman Quinlan were introduced for Jack Beausang and Brendan Kearney for the final ten minutes of the game. While this was definitely a whole team effort, midfielders Chris Ruddy and Brian Crowley and Tadg Crowley at centre-forward stood out for their tremendous work rate throughout the hour. 

Team: Chris Scanlon, Aidan Beausang, Shane Casey (Capt), David Whelehan, Ricky Walsh, James Ahern, Seamus Kearney, Brian Crowley, Chris Ruddy, Alan Cott, Tadhg Crowley, Kevin Moynihan, Jack Beausang, Brendan Kearney, Daire Healy.
Subs: James Moynihan for David Whelehan, Philip White for Brendan Kearney, Colman Quinlan for Jack Beausang, Donal Fitzgerald.

Fixtures
The final of this championship is not expected to be played for a couple of weeks as there is yet no date set for the other semi-final between Bride Rovers and Midleton.

J.F.L. Div 2: Russell Rovers v Ballinacurra on Sunday, 7th September at 11.30 am in Ballinacurra.

Vote of Sympathy
The Club wishes to pass on its deepest sympathy to the Cahill family KIlva on the recent death of David Cahill. His son David is a prominent member of the Club and tireless worker for the promotion of Gaelic games in the parish, currently holding the position of  Chairman of the St Colmans Juvenile Club. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam uasal.  

Aug 25

Junior C Hurling Championship Quarter Final Replay

Hurlers make it through to Semi final

Russell Rovers  1-11   Lisgoold  1-8

While only three points separated the sides at the final whistle, from early on this was a match in which Rovers dominated, despite a dramatic fight back by Lisgoold in the final five minutes. Played in ideal conditions at Shanagarry on Wednesday evening last and well controlled by referee James Hennessy, this was a match in which both teams played with great conviction and discipline in an entertaining hour’s hurling.

Tadhg Crowley hit over our first point in the 2nd minute and while this was cancelled out a minute later, Alan Cott was to strike over a free in the 5th minute which put us back in the lead.  With Brian Crowley and Chris Ruddy having the better of the midfield exchanges and centre-back James Ahern flanked by Ricky Walsh and Seamus Kearney preventing any incursions by the Lisgoold attack and launching some good attacks of their own, there was a plentiful supply being fed into our forward line. Corner forwards Jack Beausang and Daire Healy hit over quality points in the 6th and 8th minutes and Beausang hit over his second three minutes later from an almost impossible end-line position. Centre-forward Colman Quinlan, hampered by a muscle injury, had to retire midway through the half but Philip White proved a worthy replacement and time after time took on the defence and delivered in some great ball. Lisgoold pulled one back from a free in the 18th minute but two minutes later full forward Brendan Kearney was on hand to pick up on a well directed shot by White to finish to the net for a Rovers goal. A converted free from Cott and a second  point each from play by Daire Healy and Tadhg Crowley added to our tally. Healy’s point came about when Jack Beausang, minus his hurley, executed some skilful footwork by dribbling the sliotar in towards goal before unleashing a spectacular high kick off the ground that any inter-county footballer would be proud of. It struck the post high up with Healy on hand to convert the rebound.  Crowley’s point from out on the wing came directly from a well measured puck-out by Chris Scanlon before a Lisgoold pointed free brought the half to a close with Rovers leading by 1-8 to 0-3.

While Tadhg Crowley and Jack Beausang were to add on points early in the second half, it was the visitors who did most of the pressing for the rest of the game but the Rovers defence held firm. The full-back line of Shane Casey, David Whelehan and particularly Aidan Beausang were outstanding and managed to hold Lisgoold to 3 points until the 25th minute when Brian Crowley had our final point from a well-struck free. In the meantime, Michael Furlong and James Moynihan had been introduced for Brendan Kearney and the injured Jack Beausang. Chris Scanlon was kept busy in goals and brought off some good saves including a double one in the 20th minute but had no chance when some loose play at the edge of the square saw Lisgoold grab a lifeline of a goal in the 29th minute after they had pointed from play a minute earlier. The seven minutes of injury time, necessitated by a number of stoppages for injuries, seemed like a lifetime for the Rovers supporters, but with disciplined defending by the home side, Lisgoold only managed to add on one more point from a free before the final whistle.

Team: Chris Scanlon, Aidan Beausang, Shane Casey (Capt), David Whelehan; Ricky Walsh, James Ahern, Seamus Kearney; Brian Crowley, Chris Ruddy; Alan Cott, Colman Quinlan, Tadhg Crowley; Jack Beausang, Brendan Kearney, Daire Healy.
Subs: Philip White, Michael Furlong, James Moynihan, Kieran Ivers, Donal Fitzgerald.

We face Castlemartyr in the semi-final and the likely date is Sunday, 31st August.

The Junior B football championship is set to commence on the week-end of 13th Sept.  

Aug 18

13 Man Rovers Fight Back to Earn Draw 

Russell Rovers  2-7    Lisgoold  1-10

Rovers had to battle all the way to pull this one out of the fire after they lost their full back early in the second half  and, with ten minutes to go, their main  free-taker and wing forward, to second yellow card offences in this keenly fought Junior C Hurling Championship encounter at Lisgoold on Thursday evening last. The fact that all but two of the home team’s scores came from placed balls, including a penalty late in the first half, tells its own story and must be addressed if the team is to progress from the replay. On the other hand, 2-3 of the Rovers tally came from open play which about reflects the superiority we had at stages during the game until a certain lack of discipline let us down.

Alan Cott had Rovers opening score with a point in the 7th minute in reply to a Lisgoold free. Two more points from the home side were to follow before Cott pointed from a free on the quarter hour after Lisgoold had a similar score. Rovers defence played well under pressure during the opening quarter with keeper Chris Scanlon making an excellent block-down in the 3rd minute. The full-back line of Aidan Beausang , David Whelehan and Shane Casey were well on top while the half backs, James Ahern, Chris Ruddy and Daire Healy had the measure of the home side’s forwards. Healy, in particular, had an outstanding first half despite carrying a ‘dead’ leg throughout the game which necessitated his substitution ten minutes from the end. As well as defending, he also set up a number of Rovers attacks, feeding in good ball to the forwards. Midfielder Brian Crowley, ably assisted by Ricky Walsh, showed all of his vast experience in steadying the ship when we were in danger of dropping the heads during the second half. In the forward line, Brendan Kearney looked dangerous at times and was in hard luck for a goal early on when the Lisgoold  keeper dropped a shot he had struck in. Colman Quinlan made a tremendous solo run in the 20th minute which he finished to the net to give us the lead for the first time (1-2 to 0-4) but it was to be short-lived. Three pointed frees for the home side saw them edge two points in front by the 25th minute and then came the penalty in the 29th minute which was rattled to the net. Cott converted a 20-metre free just on the stroke of half time to leave us with a four point deficit at the break.

Kearney had a rasper of a shot on goal deflected out for a 65 at the start of the second half but we failed to convert it, along with a second one a minute later. Switching free takers didn’t seem to work for us either with a number of chances going abegging early in the half. The departure of David Whelehan on a second yellow in the 36th minute necessitated some positional changes and substitutions as James Moynihan and Kieran Ivers made way for Philip Whyte and Tadhg Crowley. Crowley’s impact was immediate as he had a point on the board within a minute. Three pointed frees for Lisgoold saw their lead stretch to a six point advantage by the 40th minute, leaving us with a hill to climb but by no means an insurmountable one. With Brian Crowley and Seamus Kearney showing great determination, Rovers finally got back in control.  A pointed free from Alan Cott was his last contribution before departing on the yellow bus but it must be said that this was an extremely harsh decision as Cott, attempting a block-down, made no contact whatever with his opponent who slipped as he tried to clear a ball out on the sideline. Then, player-coach Donal Fitzgerald entered the fray as a replacement for Daire Healy with ten minutes to go and, as in many games in the past the Déise man was to have a vital contribution to make to the outcome. Tadhg Crowley pulled one back in the 52nd minute to leave four points between the sides and with five minutes to go Fitzgerald was on hand to finish to the net after Brian Crowley had struck in a great shot. Colman Quinlan got the equaliser for Rovers from a free with two minutes to go but despite our best efforts in the closing stages no further scores came our way.

A draw was a fair result and if we can reduce the number of easy frees we give away and improve our shooting, we would be hopeful of coming out on top in the replay, especially if we play with the same commitment and backbone shown in the last quarter.  

Congratulations to all the club members who received such wonderful Leaving Cert results during the week.

Team: Chris Scanlon, Aidan Beausang, David Whelehan, Shane Casey, James Ahern, Chris Ruddy, Daire Healy, Brian Crowley, Ricky Walsh, Alan Cott, Colman Quinlan, Seamus Kearney, Kieran Ivers, Brendan Kearney, James Moynihan.
Subs: Philip White, Tadhg Crowley, Michael Furlong, Donal Fitzgerald, James Walsh

Fixtures:

The replay of this JCHC tie has been fixed for Wednesday, 20th at 6.45 pm in Shanagarry. Check locally for any changes. 

Aug 05

Under 21 Hurlers Narrowly Beaten in Championship

Russell Rovers 1-16 Aghada 1-21

Our Under 21 hurlers put on a brave display but eventually failed to get the measure of Aghada in this well contested Championship match played in sunny, breezy conditions at Midleton on Sunday afternoon last. With a limited and young squad they gave a good account of themselves and for much of the first half definitely looked the better of the two teams.

Rovers opened the scoring with a point from scorer-in-chief, Kieran Walsh, inside thirty seconds. Aghada were level within the minute before Jack McGrath pointed to put us back in the lead. Once again Aghada levelled before Colman Quinlan had the first of four points from play in the 7th minute and this was added to by a placed ball from Walsh. A pointed free from Aghada left just one between the sides by the tenth minute. Then a lovely ‘steal’ by James Kennefick found its way to Quinlan who fired over his second point in the 12th minute. By the quarter hour mark the sides were level again as Aghada piled on the pressure and by the 20th minute they were three points ahead after our defence conceded two easy frees. David Whelehan in the Rovers goal prevented a certain goal when he stopped a well struck shot and Rovers were lucky that the rebound was deflected narrowly wide for a 65 which the men in green failed to convert. Walsh put an end to a ten minute barren spell for Rovers when he pointed from a free in the 22nd minute and he was on target again a minute later after a fine effort by James Moynihan was diverted out for a 65. Aghada restored their two point lead with a point from play in the 25th but Kevin Moynihan, who collected the ball from a free struck out of defence by centre-back Daniel O’Brien, quickly had it back to one. Aghada tacked on another from play but a pointed free from Walsh and Quinlan’s third from open play saw the sides level at the break on a score-line of  0-10 apiece.

On the resumption, Jack McGrath and Kevin Moynihan  switched positions with Moynihan moving to the edge of the square and McGrath wing forward for a time.  After the sides had exchanged converted frees, ours from Walsh, Shane Casey was on hand to strike over a point after a good delivery from Kevin Moynihan and a minute later was also the provider for Quinlan’s fourth point. Rovers were looking confident at this stage and with good defensive work, notably by Kevin Ivers, Daniel O’Brien and Chris Ruddy, preventing further Aghada scores. When Kieran Walsh went on a wonderful solo run in the 8th minute, cutting through the Aghada defence and finishing all the way to the net, it looked as if Rovers might cause an upset.  While Aghada pegged one back with a free in the 11th minute, Rovers stretched their lead to six points with a free from Walsh and a second one from play by Kevin Moynihan. However, that was as good as it got for Rovers.  Aghada fought back with two points and then a well worked goal, followed by a point in the 19th minute, to draw level. By now the advantage had swung in Aghada’s favour and a pointed free in the 21st minute saw them back in front. They added to their tally with three unanswered points before Kieran Walsh could peg one back for Rovers. But two more points in quick succession for Aghada before the final whistle made sure there was no return for Rovers. The final score 1-21 to 1-16 didn’t reflect the closeness of the game but the fact is that we let a six point lead be turned into a five point deficit by game’s end.  The game was well handled by Referee Sean Ó Buachalla, whose task was made easy by the sporting attitude of both teams. While our team and mentors, Seamus Kennefick, John Moynihan,and Vincent Walsh,  will be disappointed with the defeat, it should be noted that a few key members of the squad are abroad this summer and that all but two of them are under age for this grade next year.

Team: David Whelehan (Captain),  Brian Whelehan, Kevin Ivers, Ricky Walsh, Chris Ruddy, Daniel O’Brien, Jack Daly, James Kennefick, Kieran Walsh, Kevin Moynihan, Colman Quinlan, Shane Casey, James Moynihan, Jack McGrath, Michael Furlong.  Subs: Colin Maher, Jack Beausang (both used).

Fixtures:

Our final game in the Avondhu/Imokilly JHL has been fixed for Wednesday night, 30th July at 7.30 pm in Shanagarry.
Our quarter-final game versus Lisgoold in the Junior C hurling championship has been pencilled in for Saturday, 9th August at 7 pm in Castlemartyr. Check locally for updates as dates/times may change.

Sympathy

The club wishes to express its deepest sympathy to the families of Dan Donovan Ballytrasna and Billy Mullane, Ballingrane who died recently. Dan had been a noted athlete in his day and keen follower of the club. His son Kevin played in the very successful under age football squad of the late 1990s. Billy Mullane’s brothers, the late Sean and Teddy were key players and trainers of Russell Rovers for many years. His nephews Martin and Red have had along connection with the club as players and administrators. Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a n-anamacha uaisle.

 

Jul 08

Hurlers Exit Junior Championship After Extra Time

Russell Rovers 1-18 Carrigtwohill 3-16

A dramatic last gasp score for Carrigtwohill, deep into injury time, forced this East Cork Oil Junior A Hurling Championship second round tie into extra time, much to the frustration of Rovers players and supporters. While the first period of extra time was a dour tense affair with only a point each scored, a goal from Kieran Walsh a minute into the second period put Rovers briefly back in the driving seat.  However, Carrig weren’t long responding and a goal from a long range free somehow managed to go all the way to the net as the Rovers defence were caught out by the blinding sun. Four points, two from play, sealed the victory for them in a disappointing result for Rovers.

It could have been so different! Rovers opened with a determination and flair that saw them go into a five point lead, with scores from Kevin O’Brien, Kevin Tattan ( 2), Brian Whelehan and an Ian Smiddy free, before Carrig got out of the starting blocks with a free in the 7th minute. Jack McGrath sent over a lovely point from 50 metres out on the left wing when he was fed a good pass by O’Brien who had been caught in possession in the corner. The leadership of Derek Crowley at centre-forward, the sharpness of the forwards generally and their ability to find one another gave great hope. Our midfield were well on top, with John Paul Ivers a master in the air and being well supported by Kieran Walsh while the half-back line of John Ahern, Paul Lane and Matt Fitzgerald were also in control. Inside, full-back Kevin Ivers was managing well and with good support from Anthony Archer and Barry Fitzgerald providing the necessary cover for the keeper.  Carrig did come into the game shortly afterwards and Rovers got a let off when an attempt at goal rolled just wide as keeper Joseph Walsh had come off his line.  They did follow with three points without reply before Ian Smiddy pointed from a free on the quarter hour.  Carrig were dangerous in attack and replied with a point almost immediately while it took all of keeper Joseph Walsh’s abilities to prevent a goal a minute later. A Rovers free struck the post and went wide in the 18th minute but a sweet score was to follow in the 20th when Walsh sent a short puck-out to Matt Fitzgerald who fired it up field to find Kevin Tattan who made no mistake from the right wing. Further points from the two Kevins  (O’Brien and Tattan) as well as a Smiddy free on the stroke of half time put us a deserved six points ahead, 0-11 to 0-5.

As the defences tightened up, scores were harder to come by in the second half. Carrig got two pointed frees in a row. Indeed, the game had reached the three-quarter stage before Kieran Walsh struck over our first free of the half which was cancelled out a minute later. Smiddy had one from play in the 19th and then with 10 minutes to go Carrig were thrown a lifeline of a goal. Rovers introduced some fresh legs into both defence and attack with Eoin McGrath, Daniel Moynihan and Daniel O’Brien coming on. A Carrig free in the 22nd minute saw just two points between the sides before Jack McGrath restored our 3 point advantage. By the 27th minute this had been pared back to the bare minimum but when Kieran Walsh landed over frees in the 28th and 29th minutes it looked as if victory was in sight. Carrig had other ideas however, and as the game edged into the 4th minute of stoppage time they made a final burst up-field to get the goal that brought the match into extra time and heartbreak for Rovers.

So once more we exit the championship at the initial stages but we do so with our heads held high. This team’s season is by no means over and while it will be difficult to raise the spirits after such a cruel defeat there’s no doubt that this squad and management team can and will do so.

The game was well handled by referee Aidan Barry, Sarsfields and his officials assisted by linesmen James Hennessy and Pa Beausang. Our thanks to Aghada GAA club for the fine condition of the pitch and match arrangements on the night.

Team: Joseph Walsh;  Anthony Archer, Kevin Ivers, Barry Fitzgerald;  John Ahern, Matthew Fitzgerald, Paul Lane; John Paul Ivers (Captain), Kieran Walsh; Ian Smiddy, Derek Crowley, Jack McGrath; Brian Whelehan, Kevin Tattan, Kevin O’Brien. Substitutes used: Eoin McGrath, Daniel Moynihan, Daniel O’Brien, James Kennefick.  Other Subs: Christopher Scanlon, James Ahern, Aidan Beausang, Shane Casey, Seamus Kearney, Brian Crowley, Daire Healy, Kevin Moynihan, James Moynihan, Ricky Walsh, David Whelehan.

Jul 01

Rovers to face Carrigtwohill in back door

Last night the draw was made for our back door game in this year’s JAHC. We’re down to face Carrigtwohill on Saturday July 5th. A venue has yet to be agreed

Both teams have recent history with each other, with Carrigtwohill getting the better in last years Division 2 league final.

Best of luck to all involved and here’s hoping our championship gets back on track

Jun 30

Rovers narrowly beaten in first round JAHC

Hurlers Narrowly Beaten in First Round of East Cork Championship

Russell Rovers  2-12    Midleton 3-14

Five points separated the sides as our Junior hurlers lost out  to Midleton in the first round of the 2014 Championship campaign played in perfect conditons at Castlemartyr on Saturday evening last. The team now has one week to regroup before they attempt to get their season  hopes back on track through the back door.  Much was expected from this side who have had an encouraging League campaign with five wins out of six to date. But Championship hurling is a different matter and the intensity of the play showed up weaknesses in the team which may not have been so apparent before now. There could be no criticism of the commitment  and effort put in by our players on the night, as down to a man they  tried their best.  Each player did well for periods of the game, but  looking back on it there was no outstanding  performance which would have been needed to overcome this skilful and tough Magpies outfit.

After conceding two easy frees which were converted, our opening score came from a Kieran Walsh 65 in the third minute. Two minutes later some great play by  James Kennefick led to a goal from Kevin Tattan and in the seventh minute Jack McGrath was on target with a lovely shot from near the sideline about 40 yards out. But the Midleton forwards were causing all sorts of trouble when in possession  and were rewarded with a point and a goal in quick successoion before Ian Smiddy levelled matters with a free in the ninth minute. The sides exchanged pointed frees before Jack McGrath put us in front again with a point. A third pointed free from Smiddy in the seventeenth minute had us two points ahead but amazingly we were not to score again for the rest of the half. Worse than that things seemed to go wrong all over the field for us for the last 10 minutes with many self inflicted errors which were punished by the accurate shooting of the Midleton forwards and free taker  and resulted in them scoring a further  1-6 to lead at the interval by seven points (2-10 to1-6).

Worse was to follow after the break. The second half was barely a minute old when Midleton pounced for their third goal. But positional changes soon shored up the Rovers defence. Barry Fitzgerald introduced at cornerback was to impress while Kevin Ivers moved to the fullback berth and Matt Fitzgerald to right half back and slowly but surely Rovers began to eat into the  Midleton lead. Despite having two 20 metre frees blocked by the Midleton defence early in the half in the 36th and 38th minutes, when we badly needed a goal to get us back in the game, Ian Smiddy  converted  three frees, McGrath got his third point from play  at the three quarter mark to reduce the deficit to two goals. Smiddy was on hand to shoot over his only score from play when he took a pass from Kevin Tattan after the latter had made a great burst up field. Midleton replied with two points on the trot before Jack McGrath brought the difference back to four points with a goal in the 54th minute. A pointed free from Smiddy gave hope when only a goal separated the sides with three minutes to go. Sadly for us there was to be no fairytale ending as the final two scores went to the Magpies who went out deserving winners with five points to spare. In fairness to the Rovers they never gave up the hunt despite being 10 points down early in the second half but they will have to hurl with more consistency if they are to progress in this competition.

The match was well handled by referee Arthur Murphy Carrigtwohill and his team of linesmen and umpires. Our thanks to Castlemartyr GAA Club for having the pitch and facilities in such fine order.

Team: Joseph Walsh, Anthony Archer, Matt Fitzgerald, Kevin Ivers, Daniel Moynihan, John Paul Ivers ( Captain ), Paul Lane, Kieran Walsh, John Ahern, James Kennefick, Derek Crowley, Jack McGrath, Kevin O’Brien, Ian Smiddy, Kevin Tattan. Subs. Used: Barry Fitzgerald, Eoin McGrath, Brian Whelehan. Substitutes: Christopher Scanlon, James Ahern, Aidan Beausang, Shane Casey, Brian Crowley, Daire Healy, Kevin Moynihan, James Moynihan, Daniel O’Brien, Ricky Walsh, David Whelehan, Seamus Kearney , Alan Cott.

Rovers stalwart  Eoin Ivers, who has been injured since the start of the season,  hadn’t  missed  out on a hurling Championship appearance  since he first  played Junior with the club in 2001 at the age of 15! We wish you a speedy recovery Eoin !

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