St. Catherine's GAA

01 April, 2009

St Catherines GAA Notes.

Denis Walsh has been appointed manager of the Cork Senior hurling team. Sharing in all the clubs major achievements over the past three decades he made his team debut as an U16 player in the course of the divisional Junior A hurling championship of 1981. He scored five points in the County Junior A final of 1983 against Aghabullogue and captaining the team from midfield scored ten points in the 1986 U21 B football final against Cloyne which the Saints won on a score line of 1-12 to 2-04. Injury meant he was available to the East Cork Junior B winning hurling team of 1989, defeating Youghal in the final at Castlemartyr. A Youghal team captained by Christy Cooney, the incoming President of the association. While the County Imtermediate wins of 1994 and 2004 are well documented. Lining out at full forward in the winning of the inaugural Premier Hurling championship of 2004 brought the curtains down on an unbroken twenty four years of first team service with the club.

He made his intercounty debut with the Cork minor hurlers against Tipperary at Dungarvan in 1982. Won County Senior football medals with Imokilly in 1984 and 1986. As well as All Ireland U21 football medals in 1985 and 1986. By which time Denis was by now a dual senior star. Winning Munster senior football medals in 1987, 1988, 1989 and 1990. National football league and All-Ireland senior football medals in 1989. Munster and All-Ireland Senior hurling medals in 1990. Last major success with Cork came in that famous three game saga with Wexford in the National Hurling League Final of 1993. He bowed out after the 1996 Munster championship. We wish him well on his appointment.

Disappointing weekend resultswise for the Club. Again a committed performance before going down to a three point defeat in the Junior Football League against Russell Rovers at Shanagarry on Saturday evening last. Final score 1-11 to 0-11.

A second defeat incurred in as many outings in the Intermediate Hurling League Division 1. Losing out 1-07 to 0-07 to Ballyhea when this Round 3 fixture was played in damp comditions at Ballynoe on Sunday afternoon last. Still minus five players from last years team allied to a further five unavailable from the O’Neills match only the week before plus the loss of another experienced player through injury in the very early stages of this league encounter meant the Saints were always facing an uphill struggle. No team in the county could absorb defections of that nature. Kevin Dineen was in fine form scoring from placed balls, he scored all 7 points including 3 from frees, a further 3 from 65’s plus a subliminal effort from a first half sideline cut.

The only winners over the weekend were the U14 Hurlers. A hat trick of goals from Eoin Corcoran helping them overcome Tracton (away) on a score of 4-05 to 1-07 in the first round of the B grade Feile na nGael.

Looking ahead and the Minor hurlers resume activity with a League match away to Courcey Rovers on Friday night April 3rd at 6:45pm. While the Intermediate hurlers have Tracton as visitors to Ballynoe for a league match on Saturday evening April 4th again with a 6:45pm throw in. While the next round of Feile against Buttevent is also scheduled for Ballynoe. There is also a full Juvenile programme of games ongoing. Reminding you that at the time of compiling the report that the club Lotto jackpot stands at €4,800.