By Kevin Ivers, Russell Rovers GAA PRO
Premier Junior Hurling Championship Semi Final
Saturday, September 26th is a huge day for Russell Rovers as Ballygiblin are the opposition in the County Semi-Final. Having reached the final of this competition in 2020, losing out to Castlemartyr, the whole community is behind the team and management in their quest to reach the final again. The match takes place in Ballynoe on Saturday at 3:30pm. Please note that tickets need to be purchased online in advance.
Sports Pass 2023
Russell Rovers GAA is running a fundraiser which will see the winners get exclusive access to 12 of the world's top sporting events.
Eight people will win two tickets to their chosen event as well as flights, transfers, and accommodation.
There is something for everyone as the prizes range from soccer to GAA, golf to wrestling, and tennis to Formula 1.
The sporting events on offer are: the Super Bowl, Wrestle Mania, The Masters, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Cheltenham Festival, the Rugby World Cup Final, the Champions League Final, the All Ireland Final, FIFA Women's World Cup, Rugby's European Cup and the Ryder Cup.
Funds raised will be used to construct a multi-faceted community development, benefitting all club members, the wider community, and visitors.
The prize is unlike any other before it with Chairperson Michael Mannion commenting:
"The fact that we can offer tickets for some of the most sought-after events in 2023 will be a huge draw not just for sports fans in Cork, but right around the world," he said.
"We estimate the value of the prize at approximately €100,000, but for the winners, the tickets will be priceless."
The draw is being launched today and the draw is set to take place on December 30 at Sea Church in Ballycotton.
The first name drawn will have their choice from the 12 events, the second name will choose from the remaining 11, and so on.
As part of the launch, a Super September prize has been added for those who enter early — two hospitality tickets to England v Wales at the World Cup in Qatar. The prize includes flights, six nights in a five-star hotel in Dubai with return transfers on match day.
Local businessman Pearse Flynn has donated the September prize and is sourcing the tickets for all the prizes offered.
"We are very grateful to Pearse Flynn, a proud club man, who is working hard to help us to source the tickets, and is a key supporter in improving the facilities for the next generation of players in Russell Rovers".
Russel Rovers is partnering with Pieta House as part of the fundraiser and the club says a sizable donation from the proceeds will be made to the charity.