St. Catherines GAA Club News

23 October, 2014

St Catherines GAA
Lotto jackpot still on the up!
St Catherine’s GAA lotto jackpot is still on the rise with no winner of the most recent draw which was held at The Winners Enclosure, Conna, on Monday night last, October 20th. Numbers drawn were 1, 7, 13 and 16 and as we say no winner of the €17,200 jackpot. While the consolation winners were: Wm Fitzgerald c/o The Big Tree, Aghern; Richard Higgins, Kilcronat; Ballynoe; Noel Kielthy, Glentrasna, Ballynoe; Susan Cotter c/o PH and Lizzie O’Leary c/o DH.
So with an accumulated €17,400 jackpot next week’s draw will be at The Plough, Curraglass on bank holiday Monday night, October 27.
Important dates
Again can we remind you of the dates for the upcoming annual general meetings. Starting next Thursday night (October 20) with the juvenile club AGM. It will be held in the clubrooms in Ballynoe. Official starting time is 8pm. All welcome. Then the parent club annual general meeting goes ahead one week later on Thursday night, November 6th in Ballynoe hall, again with an 8pm start. 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 of the club. Return submitted nomination forms as soon as possible. Please let secretary Tom Morrison know should you be unable to attend on the night.
Juvenile social
Take note that this season’s annual juvenile social has been pencilled in for the Midleton Park Hotel on Friday night, January 16, 2015. More details closer to the time.
Harty Cup
Disappointment for St Colman’s in the latest instalment of Harty Cup matches. Going down in a sizable loss to a very good Gael Cholaiste Mhuire team in a round two fixture played in Watergrasshill on the afternoon of Wednesday, October 15 last. Dayne Lee was top class for the opposition scoring 2-04, all from play.
One of eleven Na Piarsaigh based players on the starting team he was excellent also for the Cork minors in the year just ending. But these things get overlooked when the team loses. Catherine’s players Cathal Leahy and Brian Davis made the starting Colman’s team. Richard Galvin, whose first cousin Rory is on the Blackwater CS panel, came on as a substitute.
Under sixteen hurling
There are hints, rumblings of a possible resurgence of this year’s now static under sixteen A hurling championship. St Catherine’s keeping their eye in recorded a sizeable win in a challenge match when played in Abbeyside on Sunday morning last.
Parish leagues
Tipperary were successful in all three hurling deciders when the annual parish league finals were successfully completed in the pitches in Ballynoe on Saturday morning last. Well done to the organisers bringing the event to a successful conclusion with the imminent threat of poor weather conditions. All winning captains received trophies honouring the occasion. There was a medal for every individual who played. Referees were Brian Davis, Stephen O’Donnell, Richard Galvin, Cathal Leahy and Niall O’Regan. This week we focus on the division one finals. Other finals will be reviewed in the coming weeks.
Hurling winners were Tipperary. With Cork taking the football title.
Full panels were: Ciaran O’Brien (captain), Ivan Ohrim, James Duncan, Harry Draper, Brian Barry, William Leamy, Gearoid O’Brien, Adam O’Donnell, Jennifer Galvin (football captain), Niamh Mulcahy, Jane England and Aideen Bolger.
Cork: Kevin Barry (captain), James Hayes, Sam Dunning, Tom Hartnett, Cathal Dineen, William McAuliffe, Ben O’Connor, Jamie Pratt, Sarah Norman, Karley O’Brien, Hazel Sheehan and Claire O’Keeffe.
Also taking part were Kerry: Gavin England (hurling captain), Laura Mellerick (football captain), Josh McGuckian, Eoghan O’Riordan, Darragh Galvin, Evan Philpott, Kyle Wallace, James O’Callaghan, Niamh O’Regan, Eve England and Tessa Condon.
Kilkenny: David McDonnell (captain), Joe O’Keeffe, Mark Geary, Conor England, Gerard Leahy, Fionn O’Connell, Stephen Cotter, Anna Hurley, Chloe Kearney, Niamh Spillane and Sophia O’Leary.
Our sympathy goes to Hannah and Moss Hartnett, Ballynoe, on the recent sad passing of Hannah’s brother, Mick Cuffe in Fermoy.
County football finals
Funny enough last Sunday’s county senior football final was being billed, as a unique encounter, a decider between two first time finalists. Malachy Clerkin was telling us in last Saturdays Irish Times that Carbery Rangers, then Roscarberry were in actual fact in the county senior football final of 1906. Check the records and there they were. Losing the final, not played until early the following year to Fermoy. No consolation for them this time either. Though they started so well and at one stage led by seven points. Whittled down to the minimum one point at 0-09 to 0-08 at the break. Now playing against the elements they really looked to have secured a significant score when after Padraig Hodnett’s effort cannoned off the crossbar, it was corner forward Declan Hayes who reacted the quickest. First-timing the breaking ball to the net. Confirming a 1-09 to 0-08 lead just two and a half minutes into the second half. But six minutes later John Kelly bagged the equalising goal and in a crescendo of excitement, Ballincollig just emerged narrow victors on an end scoreline of 1-13 to 1-10 and will now represent the rebel county in the upcoming provincial championships. Bantry Blues were the last first time winners in 1995.
In many ways the opening half of the premier intermediate final was a forerunner of the senior showpiece to follow. Valley Rovers surging into a massive lead standing at 0-11 to 0-02 at half-time. Na Piarsaigh came right back at them and although Innishannon only scored one second half point, few could deny them their hour of glory.
Looking ahead this weekend, we have the naming of the football and hurling all stars. Next Sunday there is an extremely attractive double header in the city. Starting with the meeting of Castlemartyr and Ballinhassig in the county junior A hurling championship final. Followed by the pairing of Fermoy and Charleville in the regular intermediate hurling final to follow. A double header to savour. For those of you hoping to go, beware of the earlier than usual start as the clocks go back. Winter-time officially starts this upcoming weekend.