Russell Rovers GAA Club News

31 October, 2014

Russell Rovers Report
Footballers Exit Championship
Russell Rovers 0-10  Bride Rovers 1-15
After a promising start, and a first half in which they dominated proceedings everywhere but on the scoreboard, our footballers were comprehensively defeated in this quarter final championship tie played at Castlelyons on Saturday afternoon last.
A well-worked movement up field from defence led to our first point in the second minute when Ian Smiddy was on hand to finish. Bride Rovers had levelled with a free two minutes later. Russell Rovers had the bulk of the possession in the opening quarter but just could not convert it into scores. Much of their shooting fell short and even the normally reliant Jack McGrath was having an off day with placed efforts.   Brian Whelehan put us back in the lead in the 6th minute but we could not build on that as our forwards just couldn’t find their rhythm. Bride Rovers on the other hand seemed to get scores on each of the few occasions the managed to get up field and two points from play had them in front by the 10th minute. The dismissal of our full back on a black card offence for a late tackle meant that Brian Crowley was brought on in the 13th minute. The resultant free saw the Bride men stretch their lead to two points. For the next quarter of an hour, with both defences on top, there were no scores from either side. Bride Rovers edged three in front with a point in the 26th and Chris Ruddy pulled one back for us in the 28th but  this was cancelled by a point from Bride Rovers just before half time to leave them three ahead on a scoreline of 0-6 to 0-3.
A hammer blow for us came within seconds of the re-start when Bride Rovers launched an attack from the throw –in, broke through our defence and struck for the game’s only goal. A great run upfield by James Kennefick saw the ball passed to John Paul Ivers who pointed in the 34th minute. But easily conceded frees gave Bride Rovers two points in quick succession which saw their lead stretch to seven points by the 35th minute.  Russell Rovers introduced Michael Furlong in the forward line instead of Daniel O’Brien in the 37th minute.  Three unanswered points from Jack McGrath, a placed ball from John Paul Ivers and a second score from Ian Smiddy had the deficit reduced to four points as Russell Rovers tried to get back in the game. But two points from Bride Rovers in the 43rd   and 45th minutes restored their two goal lead.   John Paul Ivers scored from a free in the 47th minute but the game was slipping away as it entered the last quarter. Russell Rovers needed a goal to get back in the game but despite a number of attacks the green flag evaded them as the Bride men held firm, their greater physicality being a telling factor. They tagged on four points without reply in the final ten minutes. A fine effort by Chris Ruddy with three minutes to go and a converted free by Ian Smiddy on the stroke of full time completed our tally as Bride Rovers emerged  easy winners on a final scoreline of 1-15 to 0-10.
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, Daniel O’Brien, Jack McGrath, Ian Smiddy Subs Brian Crowley, Michael Furlong, Joseph O’Flynn.
Referee: Niall Barrett Carrigtwohill
Major Fundraising Event
A Christmas Cookery Demonstration by Darina Allen and Rory O’Connell  in partnership with Russell Rovers will take place in Garryvoe Hotel on Thursday 27th November. Doors open at 6.30 with the Demonstration beginning at 7.30. Tickets for the event are now on sale at €25 each from any Committee member. Visit the club website for online bookings and further information
At the recent meeting of the Club condolences were passed to the Steele family, Whitegate on the recent tragic death of their son,  Robbie Steele on October 3rd.
Condolences were also passed to the family of Pat Delea formerly of Ballycotton who died in Monaghan on October 21st. Pat was a well known local Garda for many years and played hurling for the club in the 1960s winning an East Cork Junior B Hurling Championship medal in 1963.
Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a n-anamacha uaisle.