St. Catherines GAA Club

01 July, 2013

St Catherines GAA

Intermediate Hurling Challenge

Stephen O'Brien, Shane Fitzgerald, Matthew Mulcahy, Shane Kearney and Daniel Mangan were on target as the Saints, level at the break on a scoreline of 0-9 each, lost out to Tracton in a dogged intermediate hurling challenge played at the opponent's venue in Minane Bridge on Saturday afternoon last. Final score 0-14 to 0-10.

Junior Hurling Challenge

Meanwhile, St Catherines deserved their success from this junior hurling challenge played in less than favourable conditions at Dungourney on Sunday morning last. Noel O'Brien led the scoring with the Saints and the game's opening score, goaling from play in the third minute. Dungourney replying almost straight away, John Cody goaling from a lengthy free. Thereafter a sporting contest dominated by the scoring exploits of "Junior" Sheehan at centre forward for the visiting team. Five first half points at the end of which the Saints led 1-8 to 1-6 and eight in all, including seven from play was his return prior to departing the action on forty minutes due to work commitments. Such is the economic climate we live in!!!!
            Daniel Hayes, John Mulcahy, Jim Lane, William Walsh, James Kennedy and Christopher O'Donnell were also prominent as the Saints stretched it out to 1-14 to 2-7 at the end of a challenge match refereed by James Bermingham  of Bride Rovers.

Rebel Og East Report
U14 Hurling Championship-Quarter- Final

A double header failing to ignite. Bride Rovers pulverising Brian Dillons in the opener. Final score 4-22 to 0-2. Likewise the Saints proving all too strong for a game, gallant though ultimately outclassed Mayfield in the second match when these Rebel Og East U14 B hurling championship quarter-finals were played in Carraig na bhFear on Thursday evening last.
              Niall O'Regan at centre forward was star of the show for the Saints. With Darren Leamy and Philip Keane all but dominating the midfield exchanges,a guaranteed supply was coming in and O'Regan marvelled in possession. Registering a tally of 3-3 in the opening quarter increasing to 5-6 by the break before winding up with an eventual haul of 6-8, all but three points from play in a phenomenal exhibition of scoring irrespective of who or what the opposition were like.
               In fairness Mayfield never gave up. Were clean and sporting at all times and were rewarded with some well taken second half scores of their own. But Catherines were far too good and with O'Reagan still pulling the strings, built on that commanding half-time advantage. Shane Spillane and Shane Kelleher forceful, strong and dominant up the right flank of defence. While they all mightn't have scored yet, Adam O'Brien, Andy Leahy and Eoin Davis all had their moments in the full forward line. Aaron Long picked out Robert English who finished with an exquisite point. Also scoring a smashing and well taken goal right at the end of the third quarter. A further measure of Saints dominance exemplified with a coolly taken point under pressure by a youthful Ciaran o'Brien before the final whistle. Final score 7-15 to 1-5. This match doubling up as a round three league fixture.
               So now St Catherines and Bride Rovers will meet in the U14 B divisional hurling championship semi-final. Fixed for Castlelyons on this forthcoming Saturday afternoon, June 22. Throw-in time 2.30pm. Catherines were victorious in a recent league outing between the teams at Rathcormac. That won't count for much now. Only perhaps supply the Rovers with motivation for revenge. In the words of Caesar "Ne Vereor"- "Be Afraid"- "Be  Very Afraid".
               Scorers v Mayfield: N O'Regan (0-3 frees) (6-8), R English (1-1), D Leamy and E Davis (0-2 each), P Keane and C O'Brien (0-1 each).
               Team: O O'Neill, S Spillane, C Galvin, P Bryan, S Kelleher, R Galvin, E Wallace, P Keane, D Leamy, R English, N O'Regan (captain), A Long, A O'Brien, A Leahy, E Davis.
               Subs: K Barry for N O'Regan (48'), E Sheehan and C O'Brien for S Spillane and A Leahy (both 50').
               Referee: John Buckley ( Sarsfields).

U12 B Hurling League-Section One- Round Four

              A Kevin Barry goal from a sixty five after two minutes would keep the Saints momentum going to the break when trailing 2-4 to 1-2 when this round four U12 B hurling league tie was played in miserable conditions at Ballynoe on Monday evening, June 10 last.
              Thereafter favoured by the conditions and with prominent performances from Luke Walsh, Cormac Hallahan and Diarmuid Ward, it was Lisgoold who gradually moved away and despite the best efforts of Tom Hartnett, Ciaran O'Brien and Adam O'Brien, ran out comprehensive victors on an 8-7 to 1-3 end scoreline.
              Panel: E Sheehan, S Dunning, M O'Connor, T Hartnett, C O'Brien, J O'Keeffe, K Barry (1-0 "65") (0-1 free) (1-1), C O' Callaghan McCarthy, J McGuckian, G England, J Hayes, A O'Brien (0-2), J Duncan, B Barry, C Dinneen and M Geary.
              Referee: James Hennessy ( Kiltha Og).

U16 Blitz

St Catherines lost out to Watergrasshill, St Colmans, a combination of Cloyne and Russell Rovers and host venue Carraig na bhFear, in the latest sequence of matches in the non exam seven-a-side U16 hurling blitz when played on Saturday morning last.