St. Catherine's News

01 July, 2009

St Catherines News

It’s the defining week of the year for the Saints. Starting on Thursday night and a meeting with neighbours Dungourney in the second round of the divisional Junior B hurling championship. Sure to rekindle memoriesof the titanic struggles between the clubs in the seventies and early eighties. Venue is Castlelyons, throw in time is 8:00pm and appointed referee is Brian Murphy of Carrigtwohill.

Then on Saturday night is the Premier Intermediate relegation semi final against Aghabullogue. St Catherines lost out by 3 points to Ballincollig in the back door round on Saturday night last. Two Brian Mulcahy goals the first from a sideline cut on six minutes, then taking a delightful Shane Kearney cross field pass before booting in the second eleven minutes later maintained the Saints challenge to the break with the sides level on a scoreline of 2-02 to 0-08.

Perhaps the third quarter produced the best period of the contest. Both in terms of quality of play and the standard of scoring produced. Michael Hegarty, Cal Aherne and Shane Kearney for the Saints. While David Bowen, Rory O Doherty and team captian Eoin Hegarty were impressive for the opposition. Still deadlocked at 2-07 to 0-13 to fifty minutes, Ballincollig edged their noses in front. Mainly through the accuracy of full forward John O’Neill from placed balls. Still when wing back Martin O’Keeffe fired over a wonder Saints point on 53 minutes the gap was still just one point with the score now standing at 0-15 to 2-08. But Ballincollig finished the stronger and were 0-17 to 2-08 winners at the finish. They now play Fr. O’Neills in the third round. Catherines and Aghabullogue county junior finalist all of 26 years ago, will meet this Saturday night at 7:30pm. Like last week the venue will be Pairc Ui Rinn.

After it traditional pre-exam break up the County Premier Grade 2 Minor hurling league resumes this weekend. Starting with Shandrum on Sunday night next, July 5that 7:00pm. Then on Wednesday night, July 8thSt Catherines play Eire Og at 7:45pm. Both matches are in Ballynoe.

In juvenile circles St. Catherines are County action this coming weekend, away to Bantry Blues in the quarter final of the U14C hurling championship. Bantry are coached by ex county start Mark Foley and are sure to provide formidable opposition. Having overcome both Barryroe and O’Mathuna’s thus far. We wish the team, panel and mentors all the best on Sunday evening. Throw in time is 7:00pm.

Earlier in the day of course much attention will focus on the Cork/Limerick Munster Senior Football final at Pairc Ui Chaoimh starting at 2pm. This particular rebel squad has a large following and public confidence in the team is high. Hopefully they can do the biz and not throw away all the good work done by beating Kerry in a replay.

Congratulations to young Michael Clancy on winning the record accumulated jackpot of €7,400 following the most recent weekly lotto draw held at The Big Tree, Aghern, on Monday night. The numbers drawn were 3,9 and 11.