Russell Rovers GAA

05 April, 2018

Russell Rovers GAA Club

Russell Rovers 0-13 Glanmire 1-8

Our Junior footballers travelled to Sallybrook last Tuesday night week to play the host club in Round 2 of the JFL, Div 3. Due to injuries, etc, we barely managed to field a team with our only sub arriving before half-time. Despite a poor start, we collected the league points on offer, mainly due to an outstanding second half display.

Neither side managed to score in the opening ten minutes of play until a Glanmire attempt for a point dipped just under the crossbar at the last moment and into the corner of the net. This set-back was followed by a Glanmire point a minute later and suddenly we found ourselves chasing the game. Points by Alan Linehan, Kevin Moynihan and two Chris Ruddy frees left us 4 points in arrears at the break, 1-5 to 0-4.

Although the home team had stretched their lead to 5 points by the 32nd minute, we then saw a complete transformation in our play with some of the best football seen from a Rovers team for some time. Our full-back trio of Kevin Ivers, John Paul Ivers and Cormac Aherne used their physical advantage to keep a tight grip on their opponents while our half line of Eoin McGrath, Brian Whelehan and particularly James Kennefick drove forward at every opportunity to support our midfield pairing of Fintan Murray and Luke Murray. Our support play in this half was excellent with players constantly running off the shoulder of the man in possession. We limited Glanmire to just two points over the last 28 minutes of play while Chris Ruddy added 0-4 (0-2f), Kevin Moynihan 0-3 and Brian Hartnett 0-2 to give us a two point win. The winning margin could have been, probably should have been, greater but for the final pass going astray on occasions, along with some wayward shooting at times but all in all, this was a very satisfying performance and result.

Good to see injured players David Whelehan and Aidan Beausang turning up to support the team and we wish them a speedy recovery.

Note: An unusual incident towards the end of the game is worthy of mention which this scribe has never seen before. A Rovers point was initially signalled wide by the referee but following strong protests from our players and mentors, he went in to consult with the Glanmire goalkeeper (no umpires) who appeared to agree that the ball had indeed gone over the bar and the point was awarded. Great credit to the keeper (Brendan O’Connell) and well done to referee Mark Murphy who had a good game.

Team: Dan Ruddy; Kevin Ivers, John Paul Ivers, Cormac Aherne; Eoin McGrath, James Kennefick, Brian Whelehan; Fintan Murray, Luke Murray; Ian Smiddy, Chris Ruddy (0-6), Ciaran Aherne, Alan Linehan (0-1), Brian Hartnett (0-2), Kevin Moynihan (0-4). Sub: Alan Cott (used).

Fixtures:

JHL, Div 3: versus Aghada in Rostellan on Sunday 8th April at 11.30am.

JHL, Div 1: versus Carraig na bhFear in Shanagarry on Sunday 15th April at 12 noon.

JHL, Div 1: versus Sarsfields in Riverstown on Wednesday, 18th April at 8pm.

JHL, Div 3: versus Fr. O’Neills in Aghavine on Saturday, 21st April at 6pm.

JHL, Div 1: versus Bride Rovers in Shanagarry on Tuesday, 24th April at 7.15pm

JFL, Div 3: versus Castlemartyr in Castlemartyr on Tuesday, 1st May at 7.30pm.

Our footballers had a great win over Ballinacurra on Bank Holiday Monday evening in the first of two round robin games in the East Cork JBFC. Report is up on Russell Rovers Facebook page. Our second game against St Catherines wont be played until well into May, after St Catherines have played their 1st Round JAFC.

Well done to St Colmans U21 footballers who had a comprehensive 8-13 to 1-5 win over Castlemartyr in Ballinacurra last Saturday to reach the East Cork final with our first round conquerors Midleton providing the opposition.

The final is expected to take place during the week beginning 9th April. Check locally for fixture updates.

Redmond Walsh (Rouska) R.I.P.

Last Monday morning week the local community was shocked into disbelief when the news began to filter through that Red Walsh had passed away suddenly at home overnight at the tragic young age of 51. Red was one of the most likeable and affable characters you could wish to meet and he will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

He was a fairly handy darts player in his day and also liked his game of cards but it was in the No. 1 black-and-amber jersey of Russell Rovers that he left his mark as an excellent goalkeeper. He made his debut in 1985 at the age of 18, alternating duties with Colin Walsh, and it was a remarkable coincidence that both he and Colin were born within a couple of days of each other in the same Cork hospital in 1967.

Red became the regular keeper in 1986 until 1991 and the highlight of his career was winning the East Cork Junior B football championship in 1986 when Rovers defeated a strong Midleton side in Cloyne. He also played in the final of the County Junior B championship against Ballinure that same year, having previously defeated Oliver Plunketts in the semi-final in Pairc Ui Chaoimh. In that latter game I was acting as an umpire and after the final whistle I recall being approached and threatened by the opposition over a disputed score but thanks mainly to Red’s intervention and one or two others I came to no harm! Rovers later lost the final on a score-line of 1-6 to 1-3.

As already mentioned, he will be greatly missed by his family to whom the club wishes to extend its deepest sympathy, but also by his friends, along with Seamus and Margaret Crowley in The Goalpost Bar where he worked.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.