St. Catherines GAA Club News

20 October, 2014

St Catherines GAA
No winner of lotto jackpot
St Catherines GAA lotto draw continues in the ascendency. Results from the most recent draw which was held at The Fisherman’s Rest, Conna, on Monday night last, October 13. Numbers drawn were 3, 16, 23 and 29. There was no winner of the €17,000 jackpot. While the consolation winners on the night were: Noreen Fitzgerald, c/o The Big Tree, Aghern; Jill H, c/o The Big Tree, Aghern; Pat Lane, Curraheen, Conna; Michelle Browne; Bill Berry, Midleton and Fiona Cotter Sheehan, Glentrasna, Ballynoe.
Next week’s draw now with a €17,200 jackpot will be at The Winner’s Enclosure, Conna on Monday night, October 20.
Just to remind you once again that the AGM of the juvenile club takes place in the meeting room on Thursday night, October 30 at 8pm. Open to everyone. Also the following week, the annual general meeting of the parent club goes ahead in Ballynoe hall on Thursday night, November 6 also at 8pm. This is the most important off field activity of the year, where you have an opportunity to participate in a review of the season just ending and provide an input into the future. Please complete submitted nomination forms. If you’re not able to be there please let secretary Tom Morrison know.
All conquering Milford were too strong for the Saints, winning last Saturday afternoon’s county senior camogie semi-final played at Mahon on an end scoreline of 6-12 to 1-7.
Provincial Draws
Reigning title holders Cork avoided the obvious threat of last year’s champions Clare, resurgent Limerick and this year’s All-Ireland finalists, Tipperary when the draws for next year’s senior provincial championships in both codes were made live on RTE 2 television on Thursday night last. Cork have been paired with Waterford in what is a semi-final of the Munster senior hurling championship.
Both teams met in a preliminary round this year. Cork thanks to a late pointed Patrick Horgan free after Austin Gleeson late-tackled Anthony Nash, secured a share of the spoils the first day. Emphatically winning the replay. Going on to overcome then reigning All-Ireland champions Clare in the semi-final a week later. Dethroning holders Limerick in the Munster final at Páirc Uí Chaoimh in mid July.
This time it’s Clare and Limerick who have drawn the short straw. With fierce rivalry existing they meet each other in a quarter-final. Tipperary await the winners.
All conquering Kilkenny shouldn’t be losing any sleep re the draw. Wexford play the losers of a round robin final encompassing Laois, Antrim, Westmeath, now with ex Waterford manager Michael Ryan in charge and Carlow. Whoever comes through that, face the might of the cats in the semi-final of the Leinster senior hurling championship. No doubt the pairing of the draw is on the other side. That of Dublin and Galway. The battle of the Cunningham’s!!!!!! With ex Cork star player and selector Ger, now taking charge of the Dubs. Winners meet either Offaly or the round robin winners in the other semi-final.
Desite the hullabaloo of the need for an open draw, Cork and Kerry still avoided each other when the pairings of the opening stages of the Munster senior football championship emerged. Holders and newly crowned All-Ireland champions Kerry play either Tipperary or Waterford in one semi. Still you would have to say Tipp were more than respectable this year and if they could build on that would be strong opposition. They should have beaten Cork this year who now face the winners of Clare or Limerick from the other side.
Overall you would wonder about the timing of these draws. Why so early? Appreciating that they are the domain of the provincial councils who run the games, why not bring in current or past players to make the draws. Just to shake it up a bit. Also taking the slips of paper from the drums seems to take an eternity. However that’s it. We’ve to get through the winter first though with the opening stages of the league then whetting the appetite. Roll on!!!!!!
County Hurling Finals
There was a commendable attendance of 12,923. But last Sunday afternoon’s county senior hurling final at Páirc Uí Chaoimh won’t linger long in the memory. An early goal finished off by Tadhg Óg Murphy ignited the Sars challenge early on and as the contest progressed, assumed almost total control over a subdued Glen Rovers challenge. Ahead 1-10 to 0-3 at half-time, a second Sars goal from Kieran “Fraggie” Murphy on fifty minutes settled it. Sars comfortable winners on an end scoreline of 2-18 to 0-8 in a county final played in benign mid autumn sunshine. There will be the inevitable celebrations. But Sars winning their sixth title and fourth in seven years, must now be looking forward and attempt to represent Cork with distinction in the upcoming Munster club championship. They will be playing the Limerick representatives, which will be Na Piarsaigh or Kilmallock. With Cratloe and Ballygunner already involved.
There was much more crowd involvement in the opening premier intermediate final. Pa O’Callaghan may have scored five wonderful points, but his magnificent catch at the covered stand side of the ground through a barrage of swinging hurleys thirteen minutes into the second half almost justified the €20 admittance fee alone. He is still a prospect at senior county level. Ballyhea deserved to win. But did make it awkward for themselves following the red card shown to Neil Ronan with about four minutes to go. Between the two finals, the Glen Rovers team, county senior champions from 1989, were introduced to the crowd. As were the newly crowned All-Ireland senior camogie champions, Cork, at half-time in the senior final.
Moving along and attention how shifts to this weekend’s novel pairing of Carbery Rangers and Ballincollig in the county senior football final. First time for both teams to advance this far. While Fermoy and Charleville will be in the intermediate hurling final on the afternoon of Sunday, October 26. Better than any jazz!!!!!!