St. Catherines GAA Club

21 September, 2013

St Catherines GAA
Successful night at the dogs in Youghal
St Catherines major fundraiser for the year of a night at the dogs was once again a welcome success. This time around organised in conjunction with the camogie club it was held at Youghal Greyhound Track on Friday night last. By tradition with a starting time of 8pm.
In a brief address midway through the evening, the GAA parent club chairman thanked in particular Thomas and Antoinette O’Donnell of T and A Plant Hire of Ballynoe, sponsors of race seven and major race on the card. Kevin Galvin in his second year at the helm thanked all sponsors, those who took out advertising space on the official card as well as those who nominated dogs. He lauded the efforts of Billy O’Connell, as finance chairman and was grateful for the efforts and the co-operation of the host venue. Rest of race sponsors were John Hurley, SuperValu, Midleton; Michael Lane, Shanakill, Curraglass; Mr Softee Ices; McAuliffe’s Bar, Ballynoe; The Plough, Curraglass; The Winner’s Enclosure, Conna; John Mulcahy Engineering, Conna; Fermoy Print and Design and ConnaBride. Poignant moment too for Oliver Twomey and family sponsors of the Dave Twomey Memorial 525, race four on a nine race programme and named after his late brother, who sadly only passed away just over a year ago.
All winning owners received a special memento of the night as did the young boy or girl from the club who was lucky enough to have walked the winning dog in the pre race parade. This is a good idea and adds a lot of colour to what is also an enjoyable social occasion and good night out. As the cliché goes just “let yourself go”!!!!! So congratulations go to Stephen Cotter, Mark Geary, John Temple, Conor Hayes, Conor England, Gavin England, May Fitzgerald, Aoife Hurley and John McGuckian.
On the night there were doubles for the Kelleher family, near Fermoy and the Spillane family of Burgess near Killeagh. While the novel idea of organising a human race proved a great success and probably featured the greatest crowd involvement on the night. Four teams of four in a relay race over one lap of the Youghal track. Winning team made up of Sean O’Donoghue, Aine Mulcahy, Catherine Fitzgerald and Kevin Hayes.
First prize in the raffle for an overnight stay and meal voucher for the Rochestown Park Hotel was won by Brendan Hurley of Kilavorilla, Upper Aghern. While John G Barry was recipient of a €100 voucher in the raffle. A lunch voucher for the Midleton Park Hotel went to Bart O’Donoghue of Tallow. Prize four of a meal voucher for the Latch Restaurant, Tallow was won by Siobhán Corcoran, Newtown, Ballynoe. While Margaret Fitzgerald won a voucher for Leahy’s Open Farm in Dungourney. Nice win for Pat Fitzgerald in Boulta, Ballynoe, a beauty hamper from Mellerick’s Pharmacy in Fermoy. Winner of the rugby ball put up by Walsh’s Sports, Midleton was Mick Beston, c/o N.I.A. In addition a bottle of brandy was won by Pat O’Leary of Thornhill, Conna and the jersey went to Katie O’Donovan of Ballynoe. There was a post race shindig at McAuliffe’s, Ballynoe. Music provided by Le Chéile. Overall well done to everyone who helped out on the night.
All-Ireland Final
Well it’s as if it just doesn’t want to end as the most exciting intercounty senior hurling championship in living memory reached what we thought would be a crescendo at a magnificent Croke Park on Sunday afternoon last and still it rolls on!!!!! In the overall context of things it couldn’t be any other way. Clare with herculean performances from a plethora of players frequently courting three and four point leads and at one stage it was five. Realistically they should have been more than two points ahead at the break. Cork with just the one first half wide from an Anthony Nash free sixty seconds overtime a measure of their scant supply up front rather than accuracy of shooting. It is to their credit despite limited possession that they kept focus. Points from Daniel Kearney and Brian Murphy chipped away at the lead. Reduced still further by the best score of the lot. A truly herculean Patrick Horgan point from distance. Aside from Horgan’s accuracy from placed balls, Seamus Harnedy was the Rebel Countys only other first half scorer from general play. Half-time and its 0-12 to 0-10 to Clare.
They quickly doubled that advantage on the turnover. Before we witnessed a truly stunning goal from the previously subdued Conor Lehane. Coming as it did on thirty nine minutes it set the pattern for a spine-tingling second half. Clare consistently adding to their tally. Tony Kelly, Colin Ryan and Padraic Collins unerring in their shooting. At the back team captain Patrick Donnellan a giant in the air. Cue another twist to a now truly absorbing match. Anthony Nash goals a free. Then sees a penalty kept out. Excitement at fever pitch. Now driven up a further notch with another outstanding goal. Cork captain Patrick Cronin the scorer. Parity restored at 3-14 to 0-23 to sixty three minutes.
For around forty seconds Cork actually had this title in the bag with another wonderful seemingly late match winning score from Horgan. But right at the death up popped defender Domhnall O’Donovan with the equalising point. It was as if all concerned, players, mentors and supporters alike had no more to give. Brian Gavin sensibly blows it up and we all live to fight another day.
Emerging out pops from the public address fitted with the most perfect acoustics the revelation that Saturday, September 28 will be the replay date. Incredible. Bit like waiting for a bus. We waited over fifty years for a drawn All-Ireland senior hurling final. Now along come two!!!!! No. This was unbelievable. It will never be forgotten. On the down side it’s going to throw the club fixtures programme into turmoil. Such is the price that must be paid. With the way this incredible most exciting championship season is coming to a head one wouldn’t be in the least surprised if the football final would be a draw as well. Even extra time in the hurling replay!!
Junior Hurling Challenge
Regular club meetings, both juvenile and adult were on Thursday night last. So we missed out on the junior hurling challenge played in Castlelyons. A win for the home based team on an end scoreline of 2-20 to 2-9. Referee was Dinny O’Leary of Watergrasshill.
Rebel Óg East twelve-a-side U14 C football league semi-final
St Catherines 9-11 Shamrocks 5-7
Almost incessant early attacking with Niall O’Regan and Owen O’Neill in sublime scoring form laid the foundation for an eventual emphatic victory over a game and gallant Shamrocks team from the Ringaskiddy and Shanbally areas of Cork when this twelve-a-side U14 C football league semi-final was played in near perfect conditions at Ballynoe on Monday evening, September 2 last.
In fairness the opposition came much more into it on the resumption and Cathal Murphy, Killian Hayes and Rory Mehigan were very good. But a Joe O’Keeffe goal before he added two further points from placed balls reignited the home team’s challenge once more and they more or less coasted from there on in.
Meanwhile this particular team enjoyed their second win from as many outings in the U14 hurling tournament currently ongoing. Latest success recorded in Killeagh on Tuesday evening, September 3 last.
Scorers v Shamrocks: N O’Regan (3-0), O O’Neill (2-3), R English (2-0), J O’Keeffe (0-2 frees) (1-2), E Sheehan (1-0), E Wallace (0-3), A O’Brien, K English and B O’Brien (0-1 each).
Full panel: A Long, C Galvin, S Spillane, E Wallace, R Galvin, P Keane, B O’Brien, D Leamy, N O’Regan, O O’Neill, K English, R English, P Bryan, A O’Brien, A Leahy, S Kelleher, E Sheehan, G England and J O’Keeffe.
Adult Club
Friday, September 13 at Páirc Uí Rinn Intermediate hurling championship quarter-final v Barryroe at 7.30pm
Saturday, September 14 at Ballincollig
Rebel Óg County U13 B hurling championship v Sam Maguires at 5pm
Tuesday, September 17
Rebel Óg East U14 B hurling league semi-final v Cloughduv (away). Time to be confirmed.
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Late news
Rebel Óg East U16 B hurling league semi-final
St Catherines 4-10
St Vincents 2-11
Match played in Ballynoe on Monday night last, September 9. Report next week. Just before the ball was thrown-in came the news that St Catherines will play Glanworth in the county U16 B hurling championship on this forthcoming Sunday afternoon, September 15 at 3pm. Venue will be confirmed as the week progresses.
Lotto jackpot at €6,000
Weekly lotto draw now has an accumulated €6,000 jackpot. There was no winner of the jackpot of €5,800 when the most recent draw was held at The Big Tree, Aghern on Monday night last, September 9. Numbers drawn were 4, 7, 12 and 21. While the consolation winners on the night were: Patrick O’Neill, Ballynoe; P/D Hartigan, c/o P H; P Egan, c/o P H; Redmond Higgins, Ballynoe and Oliver Twomey, c/o Fisherman’s Rest, Conna. Next week’s draw will be at The Fisherman’s Rest, Conna on Monday night, January 16.