Russell Rovers Report

10 May, 2010

Russell Rovers GAA

Kilbrittain 1-12 Russell Rovers 1-8

Our minor hurlers made the long trek to Kilbrittain last Thursday evening to play the home side in the 4th round of the Premier 2 MHL. This was a closely contested encounter for most of the hour until Kilbrittain secured victory with a late rally deep into injury time. Rovers began well with a point from Jack McGrath and three from Brian Hartnett to put us 0-4 to 0-1 in front after 20 minutes but the Carbery side hit back with five unanswered points in the remaining 10 minutes to go in at the break leading by 0-6 to 0-4. Indiscretions in the second period cost Rovers dearly as Kilbrittain grabbed four points from placed balls (six in all over the hour) but a Jack McGrath goal in the 10th minute helped to keep us in touch. Brian Hartnett added a brace of points, one from an 80 metre free, before Sean Maher fired over the equaliser in the 23rd minute.

As both sides went in search of a match-winning score, it was Kilbrittain who forged ahead with a lead point at the end of normal time. In the 4th minute of stoppage time a high dropping ball into the Rovers goalmouth deceived goalkeeper Daniel Guerin and ended up in the corner of the net but in fairness it must be said that this was a difficult shot to deal with as the sliotar appeared for a moment to be heading over the bar. Eoin McGrath pulled a point back a minute later but the home side restored their 4 points margin on the stroke of full time. Kilbrittain probably deserved to win insofar as they converted more of their scoring opportunities but Rovers certainly had enough chances to collect the league points on offer. Our fullback line consisting of Aaron Beausang, Kevin Ivers and Ricky Walsh deserve special mention for an outstanding display over the hour.

Team: Daniel Guerin; Aaron Beausang, Kevin Ivers, Ricky Walsh; Daniel O’Brien, Kevin O’Brien, David Whelehan; Brian Hartnett, Paul Lane; Eoin McGrath, Aidan Beausang, David Casey; Jack McGrath, Philip O’Neill, Joseph O’Flynn.

Subs: Sean Maher, Ciaran Mullins, Coleman Quinlan, Martin O’Flynn (all used), Shane Fleming, Kieran Walsh, Andrew Hartnett, Brian Whelehan.

Russell Rovers 1-8 Dungourney 4-12

Our junior hurlers suffered their third heavy defeat in Division 1 of the JHL when they were outplayed by a physically stronger Dungourney side in Shanagarry on the May Bank Holiday Monday evening. Rovers began well enough and in fact led by a point at the end of the first quarter but a three-goal salvo by the visitors in as many minutes put us on the back foot and left us chasing the game. Five points from play and frees by Brian Hartnett and another by Ian Smiddy saw us trailing by 3-3 to 0-6 at the break.

The second half followed the same pattern as the first with Dungourney stretching their lead further while Tadgh Crowley and Brian Hartnett added two points for Rovers. In the 20th minute we raised our first green flag in our three league games to date when Eoin Ivers (who had been re-introduced at full-forward) rattled the far corner of the net with a powerful drive after John Paul Ivers and Brian Hartnett had combined well to set up the score. We failed to score again while Dungourney finished strongly, scoring 1-4 in the last 8 minutes, to run out deserving winners. Hopefully, we’ll be able to field our best team in the next round and get back to winning ways.

Team: Eoin Ivers; Anthony Archer, Derek Crowley, Barry Fitzgerald; Matt Fitzgerald Paudie Higgins, David Whelehan; John Paul Ivers, John Ahern; Anthony Walsh, Seamus Kearney, Kevin Tattan; Tadgh Crowley, Brian Hartnett, Ian Smiddy.

Subs: Joe Walsh, Colin Crowley, Brendan Kearney, Brian Crowley, Aidan Beausang.


There are no games fixed for the next couple of weeks. Our Junior A hurling championship first round tie versus Carrigtwohill has been pencilled in for the week-end of 26th-27th June.


Congratulations to Brian Hartnett on his outstanding display for Cork minor hurlers against Tipperary in Pairc Ui Chaoimh on 28th April when he amassed the grand total of 1-14 (1-7 from play). This was the best display by a Cork minor forward in a long time as he beat Tipp almost single-handedly in the last ten minutes of extra time.

Well done Brian and the best of luck against Waterford on 24th June, also in Pairc Ui Chaoimh.