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 !

Jun 16

Crowley serves notice as Rovers defeat St Catherines

Russell Rovers  1-18   St Catherines  0-9

 

Our Junior hurlers garnered their first brace of points in Division 3 of the Junior Hurling League when they had a decisive win over St Catherines in Shanagarry last Friday evening, having lost their first three rounds with depleted teams.

The game was played in a sporting manner in ideal weather conditions and the standard of hurling certainly belied that this was the third tier of the league. A slight breeze favoured the visitors in the first half but it was Rovers who had the better start with Eoin McGrath leading the attack by example, hitting over three well-taken points in the opening ten minutes while Brian Crowley served notice that he was going to have a major impact in this game when he nailed two early points. The Ballynoe men pegged back a few points but Alan Cott (0-3), Kevin O’Brien (0-2) and Aidan Beausang got the Rovers’ side of the scoreboard ticking over again to put us 0-11 to 0-6 ahead at the break.

 

With the breeze to our backs in the second half and our opponents reduced to 14 men when they had a player dismissed for a second bookable offence late in the first half, there was an air of inevitability about the outcome as play resumed. With our defence dealing capably with everything that came their way and goalkeeper Chris Scanlon doing likewise between the posts, we added a further 1-7 to our half-time tally through substitute Joe Walsh (1-1), Brian Crowley (0-3), Dan Moynihan (0-2) and James Kennefick (0-1).

While there were some excellent points from both sides, probably the best score of the game came from Brian Crowley in the 55th minute when he intercepted a pass and from away out on the right-hand sideline, shot over the bar in one movement to cap a man-of-the-match performance with 0-5 to his credit.

From a Rovers perspective, the game was notable for the welcome return of James Ahern and Kieran Ivers to action following long-term injuries with both players making valuable contributions despite their lengthy lay-off.

Referee Jim Daly, Youghal did a good job on the whistle.

 

Team: Chris Scanlon; James Ahern, Kevin Ivers, Shane Casey; Ricky Walsh, Paul Lane, Barry Fitzgerald; James Kennefick, Daniel Moynihan; Alan Cott, Eoin McGrath, Brian Crowley; Kevin O’Brien, Philip White, Aidan Beausang.

Subs: Joe Walsh, Martin O’Flynn, Brendan Kearney, Kieran Ivers, James Moynihan, Daire Healy.

 

Fixtures:

Our first round of the East Cork Junior A hurling championship versus Midleton has been fixed for Saturday, 28th June at 7.30 pm in Cloyne with referee Arthur Murphy of Carrigtwohill in charge.

We are down to play either Lisgoold or Ballyhooly in the Avondhu/Imokilly JHL on Saturday, 5th July at 7.30 pm in Shanagarry provided we are not involved in a Round 2 (back-door) game in the JAHC on the same date.

Jun 09

Rovers battle past Ballyhea

Ballyhea  2-5   Russell Rovers  2-14

Last Sunday morning we made the long trip to Ballyhea to play the home side in Round 6 of the Avondhu/Imokilly JHL.

Before the game commenced a minute’s silence was observed as a mark of respect to the late John O’Driscoll, Ladysbridge who passed away last Friday evening. RIP.

As championship time looms, it was encouraging to see a strong panel of 24 players turn up and while the quality of hurling could have been better at times, it was nonetheless a good workman-like performance, given the adverse weather conditions especially in the second half. The mission was to collect the league points on offer and this they did with 9 points to spare.

With Kevin Tattan and Kevin O’Brien showing a clean pair of heels in the corner-forward positions, this duo provided the highlights of the first half, scoring 1-4 and 0-3 respectively while Jack McGrath converted 4 points from frees, two of which were won by full-forward David Whelehan. In a lapse of concentration we conceded a needless 20-metre free in injury time which Ballyhea blasted to the net to leave the half-time score at 1-11 to 1-5.

In the 4th minute of the second half James Kennefick got in for a well-taken goal which should have lifted the team to greater things but instead we seemed to take our foot off the gas. Playing with the elements, we could only muster another 3 points over the remainder of the game, courtesy of a Jack McGrath free and two more points from play by Kevin O’Brien. But it was deja vous at the end of this half also when we conceded another sloppy goal in the 29th minute as a result of loose marking. This seems to be a problem that needs to be addressed. Other good performances were put in by Joe Walsh in goal and John Ahern at midfield.

Team: Joe Walsh; Anthony Archer, Matt Fitzgerald, Barry Fitzgerald; Daniel Moynihan, John Paul Ivers, Paul Lane; John Ahern, Chris Ruddy; James Kennefick, Derek Crowley, Jack McGrath; Kevin O’Brien, David Whelehan, Kevin Tattan.

Subs: Chris Scanlon, Eoin McGrath, Kevin Ivers, Daniel O’Brien, Aidan Beausang, Seamus Kearney, Ricky Walsh, Brian Crowley, James Moynihan.

The Club would like to thank the host club for the excellent hospitality afforded to us after the game, providing tea, sandwiches and cakes galore.

 

Race Night:

The Club would like to say a big thank you to everyone who supported our successful fund-raiser at Youghal Grehound Stadium last Friday night. Also, to the ticket-sellers and sponsors of prizes, especially Motherway’s Bar, Ardnahinch who generously sponsored the first prize of €500 which was won by Mrs Madge Kennefick, Maytown to whom we offer our congratulations.

Fixtures:

There are no definite fixtures in the Avondhu/Imokilly JHL at the time of going to press. We have a JHL Div 3 game v St Catherines fixed for next Friday night at 8 pm in Shanagarry.

Our first round of the East Cork JAHC versus Midleton will be fixed at the next Board meeting on Wednesday night (11th). The date is likely to be Saturday, 29th June.

 

John O’Driscoll, RIP:

It was with profound shock and sadness that we learned of the untimely death of John O’Driscoll, Ladsbridge last Friday evening. John gave sterling service to Russell Rovers for many years and played major roles in annexing our first and only East Cork U21B football title in 1981, along with an East Cork Junior B football title in 1986. John was an outstanding wing-back and he always gave it his all every time he donned the Rovers No. 5 jersey.

We extend our deepest sympathy to his wife Catherine, sons John, Liam, David and Conor, daughter Ciara, parents Billy and Nora, sisters Margo, Ann, Norma, and Yvonne. May his soul rest in peace.

 

Other Bereavements:

The Club wishes to extend a vote of sympathy to the Kennedy, Stack and Higgins families on the death of Mrs Mai Kennedy (nee Stack), Midleton. To the Swanwick, Daly and Brackett families Shanagarry on the death of Mrs Pat Swanwick (nee Daly) and to the Lewis family Ardnahinch and Aghada on the death of Michael Lewis. May their souls rest in peace.

 

Jun 06

Birthday Greetings

A belated Happy 90th Birthday to Russell Rovers Club President James O Sullivan. Congrats from all at the club.

Jun 04

Junior A Hurlers continue good league run

Russell Rovers  1-19  Churchtown 3-10 

Rovers had a narrow win in this well contested Round 6 game of the Avondhu / Imokilly Junior A Hurling league played in Shanagarry  on Monday afternoon. Despite the closeness of the score this was a game in which the home side were well on top for the majority of the time but let complacency develop  for the last 10 minutes of the first half in which some soft  frees were conceded which gave the visitors the boost they needed to make a real fight of things. The opening period belonged to the Rovers and by the 20th minute they were 7 points to the good without reply, courtesy  of 4 Kevin  Moynihan frees and one from play as well as a point each from Derek Crowley and Jack McGrath. Despite the dominance of the Rovers half back line,  where the experienced Matt Fitzgerald,  John Paul Ivers and Paul Lane shone throughout, and midfield where John Ahern and Chris Ruddy more than held their own, our forward line, apart from  an impressive performance by Derek Crowley at centre-forward,  never seriously threatened the Churchtown goal in the first half. The visitors had to wait till the 21st minute to register their first score but Jack McGrath restored the seven point lead with a fine point after picking up on a pass from Aidan Beausang. However, four unanswered points, two from placed balls, meant that our lead had been whittled down to a mere goal by the break, 0-8 to 0-5 .

 

The introduction of Kevin Tattan after half time was to have a vital role in the proceedings of the second half. After the sides had exchanged converted frees, Tattan popped over a lovely point when he collected a diagonal pass from Moynihan. Churchtown were now finding the mark from play as well and had two quick points in succession. A great passing movement involving John Paul Ivers and Moynihan  resulted in Tattan’s second point in the 39th minute which restored our 3 point lead. This was added to by Moynihan a minute later when he took a great pass from James Kennefick. However, Churchtown scored the first of their three goals almost immediately to leave just the bare minimum between the sides. But Rovers responded well and points from Moynihan, Tattan and McGrath had us 4 points ahead at the three-quarter stage. Barry Fitzgerald’s introduction in the forwards was also to have a bearing on events as well as the move to midfield of James Kennefick who helped steady the ship when the visitors were piling on the pressure. Two pointed frees  had them back to within a goal but then  Barry Fitzgerald struck for the Rovers first and only green flag after Chris Ruddy’s initial attempt had been blocked down by the keeper  with seven minutes to go. It was short relief for the Rovers, though, as Churchtown came back for a second goal and sensing that they were in with a chance of an upset they upped their attacks. Tattan hit over his fourth point in quick reply, but when Churchtown struck for their third goal on the 26th minute just a point separated the sides. In a tense final two minutes Barry Fitzgerald and Kevin Tattan fired over points which finally settled the issue and ensured a deserved, if not very convincing, fifth league win for Rovers. Conceding three goals in the second half must be worrying for the Rovers defence. Goalkeeper Chris Scanlon played well, brought off some good saves and couldn’t be faulted for the goals.

The game was well handled by referee Arthur Murphy of Carrigtwohill.

Russell Rovers: Chris Scanlon, Anthony Archer, Kevin Ivers, Ricky Walsh, Matt Fitzgerald, John Paul Ivers, Paul Lane, Chris Ruddy, John Ahern, Kevin Moynihan, Derek Crowley James Kennefick, Alan Cott, Jack McGrath, Aidan Beausang,     Subs: Kevin Tattan, Barry Fitzgerald, Daniel Moynihan, David Whelehan, Daniel O’Brien, James Moynihan, Seamus Kearney, Brian Crowley, Jack Beausang, Colman Quinlan.

 

Sympathy:

The Club expresses its deepest sympathy to Jim Furlong and family Ballybraher, Ballycotton on the recent death of Jim’s mother, Mrs Sheila Furlong, Duagh, Co Kerry. Ardheis Dé go raibh a hanam dhílis.

Jun 03

Footballers bow out of County Junior B Championship

Deel Rovers  0-11   Russell Rovers  1-7

Our footballers bowed out of the county Junior B championship when they lost by the narrowest of margins to Deel Rovers in sun-drenched Ballyhooly last Saturday evening. This was a most disappointing defeat as the Milford side secured victory deep into injury time with virtually the last kick of the game when extra time appeared to be on the cards.

Playing with the aid of a slight breeze in the opening half, we went 0-4 to 0-2 ahead after 15 minutes of play but ended the half a point behind, 0-6 to 0-5, with John Paul Ivers showing great leadership in scoring 4 points from play and frees, along with a Derek Crowley point.

As the second half progressed, the more the game appeared to be slipping away from us with the deficit increasing to 4 points after 20 minutes of play. Our only score in this period was a converted free by JP Ivers which was won by the hard-working Michael Furlong. Urged on by Eoin and Tom on the sideline, this committed bunch of players displayed great character and resilience to force their way back into the game as we entered the final ten minutes. Driving runs forward by Anthony Archer, Ricky Walsh, Eoin McGrath and Paul Lane were rewarded with a peach of a goal by Furlong and then with normal time running out Kevin Ivers released McGrath who split the posts for a superb point to level the match. As the game moved into stoppage time, we created one more chance to snatch victory but the shot dropped agonisingly short into the goalkeeper’s hands. In the 4th minute of injury time Deel Rovers worked the ball down field for the winning point, followed immediately by the final whistle which was a cruel way for our lads to lose the game.

While this was a very disappointing defeat for both the team and management, what was equally disappointing was the lack of support, particularly by club members, as well as a number of player defections. The number of supporters present on our side could be counted on the fingers of one hand – a sad reflection on the club it must be said.

Team: Shane Casey; Aidan Beausang, David Whelehan, Brian Crowley; Eoin McGrath, Anthony Archer, Ricky Walsh; Paul Lane, John Paul Ivers; Barry Fitzgerald, Derek Crowley, Kevin Ivers; Alan Cott, Daniel O’Brien, Chris Scanlon.

Subs: Michael Furlong, Seamus Kearney, Brandon Keohane.

Fixtures:

By the time this goes to press we will have played Churchtown (Mallow) in Round 7 of the Imokilly/Avondhu JHL on the Bank Holiday Monday, hopefully with a positive result. Our next game in this league is away to Ballyhea next Sunday, 8th at 12 noon.

Race Night

Our main fundraiser for 2014, A Night at the Dogs, takes place at Youghal Greyhound Stadium next Friday night, 6th June with the first race off at 8 pm. A great night for all the family is guaranteed and a special word of thanks from the Club to the Motherway family, Ardnahinch for their continued generous sponsorship of the event.

Tickets at only €10 each are still available from club members which allow entry to the stadium and also entry to our draw for some superb prizes. A sincere thank you to Ardnahinch Bar, Ballymaloe Cookery School, Garryvoe Hotel and Pier 26, Ballycotton for the generous prizes. So come along and have a great night of craic.

Exams:

Best of luck to Kieran and Brian and everyone else who are starting their Leaving Cert and Junior Cert exams this week.

May 26

Upcoming fixtures

Don’t forget the following upcoming fixtures:

Junior Football League in Shanagarry V Youghal @ 7.30pm

County Football Championship V Deel Rovers this coming Saturday in Ballyhooly @ 7pm.

Avondhu/Imokilly Junior A Hurling League V Churchtown on 2nd June. Time and Venue TBC.

All support and encouragement welcome!!

May 26

A Night at the Dogs 2014

NIght At the Dogs Ticket

TICKETS ON SALE NOW!!!!

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