THE HEATH GAA WIN IN ROVIGO
There was hail forecast in Rovigo on Saturday, August 25th but in the end, the hailstorms did not come from the sky. Despite the bad weather forecast, the Gaelic Gods granted a reprieve and the only hailstorms to be found were on the new baseball field in Rovigo courtesy of the Irish Rounders Champions; The Heath GAA as they dominated the first ever edition of the Rovigo International Rounders Mixed Cup.
For the two Rovigo-based clubs, Ascaro Rovigo GAA & BSC Rovigo, there was never much chance of emerging victorious but they were still able to display their skills and show that they have a lot to learn in what is a completely new sport in Italy. In the first match of the day, the visitors from The Heath dominated BSC Rovigo 32-9. The Heath made it a clean-sweep of victories in the next match as well when they accounted for Ascaro Rovigo GAA 34-2. The day’s action finished with the Rovigo derby in front of a large crowd of curious onlookers, keen to discover Rounders. BSC Rovigo emerged from the derby with bragging rights as they dominated their local rivals 40-9.
With that a glorious day of Rounders action came to a close, with The Heath GAA claiming the first ever Rovigo International Rounders Mixed Cup and the two Italian clubs gaining a lot of useful experience and encouragement to help the sport grow in Italy. At the awards presentation Danielle Keane (The Heath GAA) won the AgoraSportOnline Ladies MVP award, Alessandro Frigato (BSC Rovigo) received the AgoraSportOnline Mens MVP award and Pat Barnaville (The Heath GAA) took the Panathlon International Fair Play Award.