Russell Rovers Report

10 February, 2010

Russell Rovers Report

Russell Rovers 2-18 Aghada 1-4

We kicked off the new season with a facile win over neighbours Aghada in the opening round of the JFL, Division 2 in Shanagarry last Saturday afternoon.

Eoin Ivers set the tone of the game with a well-taken point in the first minute which was followed by a string of further points from Colin Crowley, Daniel Moynihan, John Ahern (0-2), Eoin again, Paudie Higgins and Brian Hartnett. Many of these scores were kicked from long range and with uncanny accuracy which must have pleased the team management. In the 18th minute Brian Hartnett put the game beyond Aghada’s reach with a gem of a goal and just before the break the same player rattled the Aghada crossbar with Ian Smiddy on hand to slot over the re-bound to leave the half-time score reading 1-9 to 0-1.

The second period followed the same pattern as the first as Rovers doubled their first half tally with scores from Ian Smiddy, John Paul Ivers (0-2), Eoin Ivers, Dan Moynihan, Paudie Higgins (1-2) and substitute Kevin Walsh (0-2). Aghada did get in to score 1-2 in the final ten minutes by which time we had our full complement of subs on the field. A notable feature of the game from a Rovers’ perspective was that both midfielders and the entire forward division contributed on the score-sheet.

Mike Mannion in goal had little to do as Anthony Walsh, Derek Crowley and Anthony Archer dominated in defence.

Team: Mike Mannion; Anthony Walsh, Derek Crowley, Barry Fitzgerald; James Furlong, Anthony Archer, Seamus Kearney; Colin Crowley, John Paul Ivers; Padraig Higgins, John Ahern, Daniel Moynihan; Ian Smiddy, Eoin Ivers, Brian Hartnett.

Subs: Kevin Walsh, Brian Crowley, James Ahern, Alan Cott, Eoin McGrath, David Whelehan, Tadgh Crowley.

JBFC Final

All roads lead to Castlelyons next Saturday afternoon as we take on favourites Bride Rovers in the long-awaited 2009 East Cork Junior B football championship final. It is 23 years ago since we last appeared in the final of this competition (when we beat Midleton in Cloyne in 1986) so please lend your support next Saturday. The game is timed to start at 3.30 pm but please check locally for any changes to the fixture.

Dinner Dance

A very enjoyable night was had by all at our annual dinner dance in Garryvoe Hotel last Saturday night, though the crowd was not as big as usual. A feature of the night was the presentation of East Cork medals to our victorious Minor A hurlers while our Junior footballers also received their medals as East Cork County B champions.

Long serving Juvenile Runaí Gerald Walsh was made a special presentation for his outstanding service to the club over a period of some 41 years. Gerald, along with Michael Garde and Sean Lehane, was instrumental in getting the Juvenile club up and running away back in 1968 and has remained a dedicated and tireless worker ever since. He will be forever remembered for carrying the whole team to matches in his Hiace van for which he never sought any reward. While the current elite players of the GAA and many coaches are now being well looked after, Gerald epitomises all that is good in our Association as a voluntary worker and it is due to people like him that the GAA has thrived over the years. He stepped down as Runaí at the recent AGM but has not gone away just yet as he has agreed to continue on as a committee member and Board delegate.

Well done, Ger, the GAA and especially Russell Rovers have been greatly enriched by your magnificent contribution over many years.