2013-10-04 / Sports

Rovers Roll On To Gaelic Football Victory


Still a ‘young’ team, the Rockaway Rovers Gaelic Football contenders made a great showing at the Shannon Gaels Gaelic Football Blitz. Still a ‘young’ team, the Rockaway Rovers Gaelic Football contenders made a great showing at the Shannon Gaels Gaelic Football Blitz. The Rockaway Rovers Gaelic Football Club continued their impressive 2013 season with a dominating performance in the Shannon Gaels Gaelic Football Blitz.

The tournament was played at Frank Golden Park in College Point on September 28th and was hosted by the Shannon Gaels Gaelic Football Club.

Even though the Rockaway club is in its infancy, they were placed in one of the toughest divisions in the tournament because of their strong performances previously this year. This proved to be no obstacle for the young lads and lasses from Rockaway. They thoroughly outplayed every foe they encountered enroute to the club’s first tournament championship in their brief history.

The Rovers honored their proud Irish tradition with what is becoming their typical aggressive style, all day long. They seemed to win the battle for every loose ball from the opening toss through the final whistle of play.

The local footballers were relentless throughout the day and extremely frugal on defense, giving up only one goal and two points in the entire tournament.

The team was led defensively by goalkeeper Bridget Leahy and defensive backs John Leahy and Matt Glynn. The rugged pair of backers played like bulldogs all day and set the upbeat tempo for the Rovers.

Middle field was controlled by Henry McNamara and Petey “Peanut” Glynn while forwards Joe Foye, Aidan O’Sullivan and Tommy Leahy kept the opponents pinned in their zone, peppering them with shot after shot.

Newcomers, Julia “JJ” Israel and Tim Fischer, showed expert versatility as they played almost every position well. Young James Leahy showed he is learning from his older teammates. He continually stuck his fiery red head into the middle of every play while he was on the pitch.

The next tournament for the Rovers will be hosted by the New York Minor Board on October 27th in Gaelic Park, located in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. Anticipation is building as the team prepares to follow the footsteps of many famous Irish footballers who have taken the pitch in Gaelic Park before them.

The Rovers are proudly sponsored by the Ancient Order of Hibernians Division 21. Any players between the ages of 6-9 years that are interested in playing Gaelic Football for the Rovers should contact Mike Leahy coachmleahy@aol.com.

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