St Catherines GAA Club News

11 September, 2013

St Catherines GAA
Friday night is dog night!
As previously revealed Friday evening coming, September 6 is the date for the major fundraiser for the year. Friday night is dog night! Enjoyable occasion guaranteed for the night at the dogs, which this year is being organised in conjunction with the camogie club and goes ahead at Youghal greyhound track, starting time of 8pm. Most of the infrastructure is now in place. Just to remind you that you can still support the venture by showing up on the night. Entry fee is €10. Maybe it’s too late but dog nominations are €25. There have been enjoyable visits to the track in previous years, hopefully now the all important weather conditions hold up and it will be a similar story this year. Let yourself go!
County Intermediate Hurling Championship – Fourth Round
St Catherines 1-17 Kildorrery 1-16
St Catherines survived a searching test of their credentials, winning this high scoring, evenly contested and keenly fought county intermediate hurling championship fourth round tie by the minimum one point, when played at the always well prepared Rathcormac venue on Saturday evening last. Sunny albeit windy conditions prevailing, seemingly favouring the team playing into the goals nearest the village.
So it was for Kildorrery in the opening half with team captain Peter O’Brien, picked at full, but lining out at centre forward, influential from the start. Setting up Dave Kelly for the lead point on thirty five seconds before adding the next three himself. But with the teams level for a second time, Catherines cause would receive a significant boost. Ronan Clancy and Shane Cotter combining before Shane O’Brien, a county minor this year and still only seventeen years of age, won the sliothar and careered through parallel to the end line. Sending an unstoppable shot past the dependable James McEniry. Pushing the Saints into a three-point lead on a scoreline of 1-04 to 0-04 to sixteen minutes.
Kildorrery reacted well though. A marvellous point from Michael Walsh allied to a further O’Brien brace would see parity again restored now for a third time in a competitive championship outing being played by two clearly well matched teams. Daniel Mangan scored a stunning point, Shane Cotter also on target, O’Brien ever accurate from placed balls for the reigning county and provincial junior champions, conquerors of Milford in the first round. It must be said having played against the elements Catherines were very much in a healthy state at half-time. Ahead on a scoreline now standing at 1-09 to 0-09. Still to play with that stiff breeze at their backs.
It does seem a conundrum of sorts. We all want to play with the wind. Yet how often are we told the wind won’t win a match for you! Certainly Kildorrery were doing their utmost to support that theory as the second half resumed. No doubt they were searching for that much sought after goal. They might well have got it were it not for a full length diving save from the alert Ed Aherne to deny the ever threatening O’Brien, albeit escorted out for a 65 duly converted by their outstanding free taker. This was his eighth point thus far from both open play and frees etc. He would finish up with an even dozen. Momentum now definitely with the Avondhu based team and a Finbarr Stapleton point would tie it all up again now for the fourth time. His equalising point showing a reading of 0-12 to 1-09 to thirty eight minutes. Now more theories enter the equation. No team will dominate for the full sixty minutes and you must take your chances when presented.
This championship match is now in the melting pot, time for the leaders to shine out. Shane Kearney dependable as ever, he will provide that leadership by the bucket full. As he did in the first half, he now again pops up with the Saints first score of the half from play. But this was more than a score; this was a show of defiance. No surrender, leadership and experience are intrinsically linked to Seánie O’Farrell. Unable to start he is now on as a second half substitute and duly adds to the tally with a point of sheer class. Kildorrery having been dominant in the minutes following the break are now clearly rattled. A poor puck out is duly collected by Eoin Condon, parting to the excellent Daniel Mangan who splits the posts with another beauty. St Catherines now have clearly grasped the initiative and are ahead at 1-12 to 0-12 to forty one minutes. Though clearly in the ascendancy they can’t build on that well-earned lead still making them vulnerable to any possible opposition raid, especially that the prolific O’Brien is now standing on the edge of the square where he is followed by his immediate marker, Shane Fitzgerald.
Momentarily a four-point lead is secured. Shane O’Brien pointing a free following a foul on another second half substitute, Matthew Mulcahy. Outstanding points from Brian Mulcahy and aforementioned Kearney put definite daylight between the teams. But what a finish we had. Andrew O’Brien, an All-Ireland medal winner last week with the Cork junior footballers goaled, setting up a mouth-watering conclusion. A score, which cut the gap to just two points. Now fifty-seven minutes elapsed, Seán O’Connor added a point. Coming as it did though right on the sixty-two minutes it was purely a score of a consolation nature.
So after a disappointing start with losses in turn recorded against Fr O’Neills and Milford safe to say, Catherines have clearly steadied the ship. Now up another rung of the ladder, they will meet Barryroe in the county intermediate hurling championship quarter-final. It’s fixed for Páirc Uí Rinn on Friday evening, September 13. Throw in time is 7.30pm. As it’s the only outstanding fixture it should double up as the last of a ten-match league programme.
Kildorrery scorers: P O’Brien (0-08 frees) (0-01 ‘65’) (0-12), A O’Brien (1-00), D Kelly, M Walsh, F Stapleton and S O’Connor (0-01 each).
St Catherines scorers: S O’Brien (0-05 frees) (1-05), S Kearney (0-05), D Mangan (0-03), B Mulcahy (0-02), S Cotter and S O’Farrell (0-01 each).
St Catherines team: E Aherne, S O’Brien, C Hegarty, J Neville, C Aherne, S Fitzgerald, L O’Connor, D Mangan, R Clancy, E Condon, S Kearney, P O’Connor, B Mulcahy, S O’Brien and S Cotter (team captain). Subs: S O’Farrell for P O’Connor (second half), P Roche for R Clancy (41’) and M Mulcahy for E Condon (45’).
Referee: Michael O’Mahony (Kilbrittain).
Match in Ballynoe
Youghal defeated Watergrasshill on an end scoreline of 1-09 to 1-06 in the first round of the East Cork junior B hurling championship when played at Páirc Naomh Caitrionaigh, Baile Nua on Friday evening last. Referee was Ger Scully of Killeagh. Residency might be too strong a word, it being the third visit from the seasiders during the week, utterly dominating the opening exchanges of a junior hurling challenge against the Saints also at Ballynoe on the previous Monday evening, August 26. Corner forward Colin Keneghan a constant threat, scoring six first half points. Andrew Joyce, Aidan O’Neill and Dave Ryan also on target in building up a sizeable lead on a half-time scoreline of 0-13 to 0-04. A challenge match being refereed by James Hennessy of Dungourney. Both teams making changes of a personnel and positional nature on the changeover.
Catherines coming much more into it through the middle of the second half. Reducing what was an eleven-point deficit at 0-15 to 0-04 to thirty four minutes, to a respectable five-point margin. Ever present Michael Hegarty, ‘Junior’ Sheehan and Noel O’Brien sharing the scoring honours. Tally standing at 0-16 to 0-11 to fifty one minutes. Youghal eventual victors. Final score 0-18 to 0-12.
There was an easy win over Youghal in the first round of an U14 hurling tournament, which ran concurrently. John D Cotter refereed. Other teams participating in this will be Killeagh, Cobh, Kiltha Óg and St Colman’s, which is the new juvenile combination of Russell Rovers and Cloyne.
County Underage Panels
By tradition the final weekend of August sees the staging of the annual underage intercounty hurling tournaments. Cathal Leahy was part of the Cork U17 development squad that beat Galway but subsequently lost to Kilkenny. That particular tournament was being played on the Mallow and Clyda Rovers pitches.
Cork’s second string in the U14 tournament at Walsh Park in Waterford were beaten by Tipperary (1-09) to 2-05) and Kerry (2-06 to 1-03). Richard Galvin was a member of that panel. We congratulate these players on their efforts.
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Underage Fixtures
Monday, September 9 at Ballynoe - U16 B hurling league section one semi-final v St Vincents at 6.30pm.
Adult Fixture
Sunday, September 8 at Croke Park – All-Ireland senior hurling final Cork v Clare at 3.30pm.
All-Ireland Final
Which brings us to the highlight of the weekend and possibly the entire year. Condensed into seventy minutes plus when the destination of this season’s All-Ireland senior hurling championship will, barring a draw, emerge. Where will Liam winter this year? A final between two teams neither of which were in the top four betting-wise at the outset of a championship generally accepted to be the most exciting in years.
Cork and Clare are no strangers. There was that meeting in the Waterford Crystal back in the throes of winter when the Rebel challenge broke down in more ways than one! Clare also successful in the regular group league game under lights at Páirc Uí Rinn, before dispatching the Rebels to division two hurling with a comprehensive win in the relegation decider at Páirc na nGael. Just right then Cork did appear to be in a bad place. Rapidly improving Clare clearly had it over us. No surprise then the Banner county were favourites for the championship clash at Limerick in mid June, especially as they had already recorded a win over Waterford. But as we all know now that was the day Cork once again exploded on the scene. Mushrooms! Still it’s difficult to call. Brian Murphy was brilliant that day, nullifying the threat of the skilful Tony Kelly; we wonder will Brian be ready now. Then you think can a team taken to extra time by Wexford go on to claim the greatest prize the game can offer. All the thoughts juggling around inside your head, A novelty pairing. Verdict – Cork (just!).
Lotto Results
Lotto results from the most recent draw, which was held at McAuliffe’s, Ballynoe on Monday night last September 2. Numbers drawn were: 2, 11, 21 and 25 and there was no winner of the €5,600 jackpot. Consolation winners were: Patrick Moroney, c/o The Winners Enclosure, Conna, Jane Barry, c/o The Big Tree, Aghern, Thos Morrison, Curraheen, Conna, Trevor Sheehan, Tallow and Jeanette Barry, c/o The Big Tree, Aghern.
Next week’s draw for a jackpot of €5,800 will be at The Big Tree Aghern on Monday night, September 9.