Russell Rovers rose from the depths to land a county hurling crown

Russell Rovers rose from the depths to land a county hurling crown
Russell Rovers' John Paul Ivers wins the ball from Carrig na bhFear's Paul Sheehan. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

HE'S known as ‘Bud’ and last Sunday afternoon this young man put his name in lights as he starred for Russell Rovers in their wonderful Cork county JHC triumph.

Bud Hartnett lit the fuse as early as the fourth minute when he crashed home a superb goal that Carraig na bhFear never really recovered from.

He ended the game with a tally of 1-4 and his contribution to this great day was vast.

“It was a great day for us, for everybody in the club who have worked for this. We had the hardship of 12 months ago when we lost the final to Cloughduv and the year before too when we came up short in the semi-final to St Catherine’s.

“To finally get over the line here is a great feeling, a great feeling to have won this title." 

Hartnett told the Echo in the immediate aftermath that they had targeted a positive start, setting out their stall from the outset.

“We have been playing more to our potential in recent games, we knew that a good start here would settle us and we got that.

“I was fortunate to get the goal and we got the points too and we were in a strong position at the break.

“We certainly did not want to be chasing the game because if that happens in a county final you could be in right trouble.

“The final was certainly very contrasting to the East Cork final when the sides crossed swords earlier and just a late goal separated them.

"That final in East Cork was much closer but it’s different when you come up here to Páirc Uí Rinn. We had the experience of being up here for the past two years and that told a lot for us today.

“We learned from losing to a very good Cloughduv team. The frees and things like that didn’t go for Carraig na bhFear.

“On another day they’d have went over but we had the experience of last year to draw on. It’s massive for the club, we are a small club but the whole community gets behind us.

“Today is the day you live for in a small club, you have ups and downs in every club but we’ll push on from here now and, hopefully, we’ll go on and represent Cork well in Munster.

“Cloughduv won in Munster last year and we gave them a good game in the Cork County final. We’ll really enjoy this but we’ll give Munster a right rattle too."

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