Russell Rovers GAA Club News

09 September, 2014

Russell Rovers GAA Club News
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.
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.
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.