Rocos Under 14 team equaled their predecessors by retaining the Cork ‘A’ football competition.
This is an amazing feat for the school having competed in the last 6 finals and winning 4. This was a full panel of 38 efforts throughout the year all of which played at some stage of the campaign.
Starting off last October there were some relatively easy wins in the group stage with the following scores.
Rochestown 7-13 vs 2-9 MICC Dunmanway
Rochestown 8-10 vs 2-2 Glanmire CC
Skibbereen 1-5 vs 5-15 Rochestown
The last group game was against St. Colmans, it was a tough game, where Rory Doyle showed off his skills with a tally of 1~11. Our backs were under pressure for much of the game but captain Jack Ryan, Brian O Neill and centre back Conor Russell withstood everything thrown at them. Daniel Quinlan at midfield kept a good flow of ball from the backs to the forwards where Doyle caused havoc.
Rochestown 2-15 vs 4-7 St Colmans
The semi final took place in Nemo against C.C.Ri, with the great rivalry between these schools we knew we would have hard game. But the Roco lads rose to the challenge with the best team effort of the year so far. Corner back Joe O Connell showed his tenacity coming out with numerous 50/50 balls and combined brilliantly with half backs Jack Lester and David Malone.
Up front Doyle shared the scoring with corner forwards Jaze Kabia and Evan Donlon who were given an excellent supply of ball from half forwards Colin O Mahony and Patrick Vaughan. Adam Hennessy who was playing as our third midfielder ran himself to the ground collecting ball from our half backs and distributing excellently to our forwards. Midfielder Shane Downey had the unenvious job of marking one C.C.Ri’s best players which he curtailed throughout the match. Rochestown 5-11 2-6 C.C.Ri
The county final took place in Watergrasshill a week later against our group competitors St. Colmans. It was obvious from the start that St. Colmans had being missing some their team in our group game. With the wind at their backs Colmans through everything at Roco, and with their physical strength put the Roco backs under tremendous pressure.
With Doyle being double marked at full forward, Roco were getting very little change from the Colmans backs. Conor Russell at centre back ended up as our free man and through his body on the line to block two certain goals in the first half which Colmans went in leading 3 points to 2 but could have been much more.
In the second half Russell pushed forward which lead to the pressure Roco put on Colmans leading to goals from Doyle and Kabia who each grabbed a brace. Jack Lester had a super game on one of Colmans best players who themselves had grabbed 2 goals. They could have had another 2 except for superb saves from goalie Alan Kelleher.
But with Hennessy and Kabia running hard at the Colmans backs, Roco started to pull away in the last 5 minutes. Subs Jack O Mahony and Darragh O Driscoll finished off the game with a point each which saw Roco ending up worthy winners
Rochestown 3-10 2-5 St Colmans
Jack Ryan accepted the cup on behalf of his team. It was great to see so many parents supporting the school on the day.