Russell Rovers Report

15 June, 2009

Russell Rovers GAA

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Dungourney 3-17 Russell Rovers 1-11


Last Monday evening week our junior hurlers received a major set-back when they were trounced by a rampant Dungourney side in Round 5 of the JHL, Division 1 which was played in Dungourney. With the first round of the junior championship against St Itas just around the corner, this defeat served as a timely wake-up call and a reminder of what needs to be done to get us back on track. While we were minus the services of a few key players it must be said that our opponents were also missing a similar number of first choice players.

After just five minutes of play we found ourselves 1-3 in arrears before Seamus Kearney opened our account with a well-taken point from the right wing with Ian Smiddy and Padraig Higgins adding further points to keep us in touch – 1-5 to 0-3 at the end of the first quarter. But the signs were ominous that the dam was about to burst and predictably the home side moved from fifth gear to overdrive in the last ten minutes of the half in which they notched up a further 2-7 to leave us trailing by 18 points at the break – 3-12 to 0-3. At times it looked as if they had extra players on the field such was their hunger for the ball and though a couple of switches were made by our mentors in this opening half, there was very little our beleaguered defence could do to stem the tide when faced by a team in that sort of scoring form.

The easy option at this stage would be to throw in the towel and head for the sanctuary of the dressing-room. But great credit must be given to our lads for picking themselves up off the floor and getting stuck in as if we were starting a new game. Deploying Paudie Higgins as a sweeper in front of the defence was instrumental in our relative recovery with Daniel Moynihan, Mattie Fitzgerald and Derek Crowley also clearing a lot of ball. In attack Barry Hartnett began to open up, shooting over five excellent points while Ian Smiddy and Dan Moynihan (65) added three more. In the 26th minute a long delivery by John Paul Ivers was flicked to the net by Mikie Walsh which helped to put some semblance of respectability on the score-line. In limiting the opposition to just five points in this half, it may be said they took their foot off the gas a tad but I’d prefer to think that we upped our game and refused to buckle when we could so easily have done so. Sometimes a defeat like this can have a positive effect on a team and I have no doubt they will put matters right in their next outing.

Team: Seamus Cronin; Anthony Archer, Colin Crowley, Barry Fitzgerald; Matt Fitzgerald, Derek Crowley, Daniel Moynihan; John Paul Ivers, Seamus Kearney; Paudie Higgins, Tadgh Crowley, Anthony Walsh; Barry Hartnett, Mikie Walsh, Ian Smiddy. Subs: Brian Crowley, James Walsh, James Furlong, John Burke, Kevin O’Brien.

Russell Rovers 2-11 Bride Rovers 1-10

We garnered our first brace of points in the Junior Hurling League, Division 1, when we had four points to spare over Bride Rovers in Shanagarry last Saturday evening. While the win was not convincing, it was still a timely boost in preparation for our championship clash with St. Itas next Friday evening.

Best for Rovers were Paudie Higgins who was restored to the full-back berth, Mattie Fitzgerald and the Hartnett brothers, Barry and Brian, who scored 1-10 between them. Full report on this game not available.

Team: Eoin Ivers; Anthony Archer, Padraig Higgins, Matthew Fitzgerald; Seamus Kearney, Derek Crowley, Daniel Moynihan; (0-1f), John Paul Ivers, Colin Crowley; Mikie Walsh, Tadgh Crowley, Barry Fitzgerald, Brian Hartnett (0-5), Ian Smiddy (1-0), Barry Hartnett (1-5).

Fixtures:

JAHC 1st Round: Russell Rovers v. St. Itas in Castlemartyr 19/6/09 at 7.30 pm.

We would ask you to please support the team in large numbers next Friday night.

Condolences:

The club wishes to extend its condolences to the relatives and friends of the late

Johnny Hartnett, Ballycotton, who passed away last week. May his soul rest in peace.

“Thousandaire” Show:

The club would like to say a big thank you to all those who helped to make the recent “Who wants to be a Thousandaire” show in Garryvoe Hotel an outstanding success. In particular, we wish to thank the main sponsors, Permafix Ltd. and Star Homes and all of the other sponsors for their generous support, along with those who gave donations and purchased tickets. A special word of thanks to the big audience who turned up on what was a very fine Sunday evening when people might prefer to be outdoors because without an audience the show could not have gone ahead.