Russell Rovers GAA Club News

04 November, 2013

Community Gathering

We held very successful night in Garryvoe hotel last Saturday night. With a lot of hard work put in from Kieran Ivers, Mossy Coffey-Walsh and other it was great to see the Russell Rovers community coming together for this special night. Special guests on the night were the winning team of 1963 as well as Michael O'Muircheartaigh. We also had some great performances on the night from sections of the community, including two songs from ‘The hurlers on the ditch’ a mix of adult players from Russell Rovers and other young people in the communities which was a great success. Well done to Mossy and his crew for the hard work put into the production. Our ‘Rovers has Talent’ winner Deirdre Casey gave two stunning performances on the night before our guest of honour, Michael O’Muircheartaigh, answered questions from Derry Keogh. This was followed up by Hell for Leather who played long into the night. Thanks to everyone who came and supported the event and a special thanks to everyone who helped to make the night a great success. Thanks to Garryvoe hotel for hosting the event as well as the prize sponsors for the raffle on the night.

Ballinacurra 2-15 Russell Rovers 0-20

It is said that lightning doesn’t strike twice but it did with Russell Rovers in Rostellan on Bank Holiday Monday when we lost another league final by a single point, having previously lost the Division 2 hurling final to Carrigtwohill by the same margin just two weeks earlier. Our Division 4 side put up a great performance against Ballinacurra and were most unlucky not to get something out of the game but, as we all know, in life we do not always get what we deserve.
Going into stoppage time we held a two points advantage and the cup appeared to be heading towards Shanagarry until Ballinacurra were (correctly) awarded a 20 metre free for a foul. Following this indiscretion and with the play stopped, one of our backs was felled with a blow and the offender was rightly yellow-carded. Free cancelled and a throw-in ball instead, or so we thought, but despite the retaliation the free was still allowed to be taken from which Ballinacurra goaled to put them ahead by a point. Credit to our lads who refused to throw in the towel and as we worked the ball up-field, we were awarded a free about 50 metres out on the right wing. Alan Cott, for the tenth time in the game, held his nerve as he stood over the ball and coolly slotted
it between the posts to level the match. More than five minutes of stoppage time had elapsed and with the game having been played in an exemplary sporting manner, this was a typical closely-fought contest where neither side deserved to lose. But the expected full-time whistle did not sound and the referee decided to allow one more passage of play from which Ballinacurra
scored the winning point and then abruptly terminated the game.

This was a cruel way to lose a final and to say we felt hard done by would be an understatement. Having said that, we do not begrudge The Village their victory and would like to congratulate them on same.We enjoyed a good start to the game, racing into a 0-4 to 0-1 lead after 10 minutes of
play but Ballinacurra hit us with a sucker punch when they goaled in the 14th and followed it up with four unanswered points. We pegged them back to a 3 points margin by the interval, 1-9 to 0-9, with our first half scores coming from Alan Cott (0-4), Colman Quinlan (0-3) and a point each by Eoin McGrath and Brian Crowley. The second half was a real tit-for-tat affair with the lead changing hands several times in the last quarter. Early points by Joe O’Flynn, substitute Anthony Walsh and Shane Fleming (0-2) kept us in touch but the main feature of the game from a Rovers point of view was the exhibition of impeccable free-taking by Alan Cott, especially in the
second half, some of which were from very difficult angles. He scored 11 points in all, including one from play.Unfortunately, we just came up short on the day but we still have the semi-final of the Junior C hurling championship versus Midleton to look forward to and hopefully we can make amends for this disappointing defeat.

Team: Chris Scanlon; Pa Daly, Brendan Kearney, Kevin Ivers; Ricky Walsh (Capt), Mattie Fitzgerald, John Ahern; Paul Lane, Joe O’Flynn; Alan Cott, Colman Quinlan, Shane Fleming; Brian Crowley, Eoin McGrath, Jack Beausang.

Subs: Anthony Walsh, David Whelehan, Brian Whelehan, Martin O’Flynn (all used), Barry Fitzgerald, Shane Casey, Aidan Beausang, Michael Furlong, Kieran O’Brien, James Moynihan, James Walsh, Denis O’Flynn