Russell Rovers Report

15 September, 2009

Russell Rovers GAA

Russell Rovers 1-9 Bride Rovers 1-9

Our U21 hurlers did the club proud last Tuesday night week when they ground out a well-earned draw with favourites Bride Rovers in a hard-fought encounter played in Ballynoe under lights. The game was timed to start at 6.30 pm but both teams had to wait almost an hour and a half for a replacement referee when the appointed official failed to appear due to not being notified of the fixture by the Board. Whatever about referees not turning up for league ties, it is not acceptable for championship matches. For those spectators who decided to wait on, they were not disappointed with the fare served up. Right from the throw-in our lads displayed battling qualities that we haven’t seen at this level for quite some time, even though more than half of the team are still in minor ranks. They seemed hell bent on atoning for the severe drubbing dished out by the Rathcormac side in the corresponding game last year and in this they succeeded admirably. Pa Crowley and Barry O’Keeffe, manning the full-back and centre-back berths respectively, turned in superb performances, considering they were charged with the task of marking two players of senior status, while James Ahern, Kevin O’Brien, Kevin Tattan and Anthony Walsh worked their socks off.

At the other end captain Tadgh Crowley led by example, firing over two excellent points in the opening minutes while Alan Cott at full-forward had a great first half, scoring 1-2 from play, with Brian Hartnett shooting another brace of points to put us 1-6 to 0-5 ahead at the interval.

As expected Bride Rovers turned the screw in the second period but another point from Brian Hartnett and a truly inspirational score by Tony Walsh, after a 100 yards solo run, kept our noses in front. For much of the second half we were finding it difficult to get past midfield due to defending too deeply, leaving our attack starved of supply. In the 28th minute disaster struck when a long delivery into our goalmouth was deflected into the net to put Bride Rovers a point in front and it looked like victory had been stolen from our grasp. But there was one more twist left in the game when we were awarded a 50 metre free two minutes into injury time and Brian Hartnett held his nerve to squeeze the sliothar just inside the left-hand post to level the game. While we were happy enough to come away with a draw, the result was overshadowed by a serious injury to Kevin Tattan who broke his collarbone in a collision a few minutes from the end and is ruled out for the replay. We wish Kevin a speedy recovery. We would like to thank referee Tim Dineen for rushing to Ballynoe at such short notice and thus ensure that the game didn’t have to be abandoned.

Team: Andrew Hartnett; Daniel Moynihan, Patrick Crowley, James Ahern; Kevin O’Brien, Barry O’Keeffe, Paul Lane; Kevin Tattan, Anthony Walsh; Tadgh Crowley, (Capt), John Ahern, Brian Hartnett; James Furlong, Alan Cott, Antoin Walsh.

Subs: Aidan Beausang, Aaron Beausang, Chris Scanlon, Eoin McGrath, James Walsh, Philip O’Neill.

Russell Rovers 0-13 Castlemartyr 0-15

On Saturday evening last we hosted the newly-crowned East Cork Junior A hurling champions in Round 6 of the JHL which turned out to be a very competitive and highly entertaining hour’s hurling. After Rovers accorded the visitors a deserved guard of honour on to the field, both sides then got down to the serious business of collecting the two points on offer to ensure Division 1 status next year. Most of our team hadn’t caught a hurley since our defeat to Lisgoold five weeks ago, yet, surprisingly they played with a passion and commitment that was more akin to knock-out championship hurling. In goal Eoiny Ivers was safe as houses and in front of him the entire defensive unit were outstanding over the hour, with both wing-backs Colin Crowley (0-2) and Derek Crowley (0-1) getting on the scoresheet. At midfield Kevin Hartnett turned in his best display in a Rovers shirt for some time, scoring three magnificent points from play and almost snatched victory near the end when his well-struck 20 metre free was deflected out for a 65. His midfield partner Dan Moynihan chipped in with a good point soon after the interval while Brian Hartnett contributed 5 points from play and frees with brother Barry adding another. Both sides were short a few players and while Castlemartyr played like champions, it must be said our display wasn’t too far off the mark.

Team: Eoin Ivers; Anthony Archer, Padraig Higgins, Derek Crowley; Colin Crowley, Matthew Fitzgerald, Barry Fitzgerald; Kevin Hartnett, Daniel Moynihan; Tadgh Crowley, Barry Hartnett, Kevin O’Brien; Ian Smiddy, Joseph Walsh, Brian Hartnett.

Subs: Anthony Walsh, Barry O’Keeffe.

Russell Rovers 3-11 Watergrasshill 3-14

Our Division 3 hurlers, consisting mainly of minor and U21 players, came close to causing an upset in Shanagarry last Sunday morning and strengthened the case for fielding a second hurling team again next year with new players coming on stream. The half-time score was 3-5 to 1-5 in the Hill’s favour. Best for Rovers were Joe Walsh, Anthony Walsh, Barry O’Keeffe, Tadgh Crowley, James and John Ahern, with Eoin McGrath, Jonathan Walsh and Aidan Beausang getting the goals.

Team: Andrew Hartnett; James Walsh, James Ahern, John Burke; James Furlong, Barry O’Keeffe, Paul Lane; Anthony Walsh, Joe Walsh; John Ahern, Tadgh Crowley, Eoin McGrath; Aidan Beausang, Alan Cott, Jonathan Walsh. Sub: Michael O’Brien.


MAFC: Russell Rovers v Erins Own in Rostellan tonight (Wed) at 6 pm.

JBFC: Russell Rovers v Carrignavar in Rostellan Friday, 18th at 7.30 pm.

U21BHC Replay: Russell Rovers v Bride Rovers in Lisgoold 26/9/09 at 5 pm.


The club wishes to extend condolences to the Crowley family of the Goalpost Bar on the recent death of Margaret’s mother, to the Horgan and Beausang families, Cloyne and Shanagarry and to the Lee family, Midleton on their recent bereavements. May the souls of the deceased rest in peace.