Russell Rovers Report

13 October, 2009

Russell Rovers GAA

Russell Rovers 1-13 Killeagh 4-12

Last Sunday week we brought the curtain down on our hurling year when we hosted Killeagh in the final round of the JHL, Division 1. With the points on offer being of no significance to Rovers, a win for Killeagh guaranteed them a place in the league final. We had to field a much depleted team due to injuries, etc but despite this we managed to stay with our opponents for 45 minutes when Kevin Hartnett goaled with a powerful drive from a 20 metre free to reduce the deficit to just two points but Killeagh finished strongly and pulled away in the last ten minutes to run out deserving winners.

Team: Daniel Moynihan; Anthony Archer, Padraig Higgins, Brian Crowley; Kieran Ivers, John Paul Ivers, Barry Fitzgerald; Kevin Hartnett (1-1), Anthony Walsh; Tadgh Crowley (0-1), Barry Hartnett (0-5), James Ahern; Ian Smiddy (0-1), Joe Walsh (0-5), Michael Mannion.

We also played Killeagh in our final Division 3 game of the year and managed to atone for the earlier defeat with a 2-8 to 1-6 victory. This was intended to be a home fixture to Killeagh but the sides agreed to play it in Shanagarry after the Division 1 game for the convenience of those players who were eligible to play in both games.


At the time of writing Glenbower Rovers are fixed to play Glenville on Wednesday 14th October in Cobh at 7.30 pm in the quarter-final of the Junior B football championship with the winners meeting Russell Rovers in the semi-final. If Glenville are successful, the semi-final will be played next Saturday, 17th October but no date is available in the event of Glenbower Rovers coming through. Please check locally or on our website for up to date information on this fixture.


It was with deep regret that we learned of the sudden death last week of Tom O’Brien, Garryvoe and Ballycotton. Tom played with the club for a number of years, winning an East Cork Junior B hurling championship medal in 1958. He had immense strength in his playing days and his quiet but jovial character made him a popular figure and well liked by all who knew him. The club wishes to extend its deepest sympathy to his sister Mamie, step-children and cousins.

Condolences are also extended to the family of the late Michael O’Brien, Ballybane who passed away peacefully last week. May the souls of both deceased rest in peace.