St. Catherines GAA Club News

21 November, 2014

St Catherines GAA
Saints into county
U16 A hurling final
There were losses in the Rebel Óg East league and championship finals. So the Saints will be hoping for a case of third time lucky when facing Cloughduv in this upcoming weekend’s Coiste na nÓg county U16 A hurling championship final. Elsewhere, Bride Rovers had a narrow success over Castlelyons in the East Cork junior B football championship final, A decider played in Ballynoe.
Results from the most recent lotto draw which was held at The Fisherman’s Rest, Conna on Monday night last, November 17. Numbers drawn being 10, 12, 19 and 25 and there was no winner of the €18,000 jackpot. Consolation winners being: Agnes Hurley, Garryanne, Upper Aghern; Finola Hogan, c/o Paul O’Brien, Rathdrum, Ballynoe; Danny Maguire, c/o Winners Enclosure; Breda Temple, Garrycaheragh, Ballynoe and Sean (phone no supplied).
All lotto draws now being held earlier. Keep up the good work. Next week’s draw for yet another record accumulated jackpot now of €18,200 will be at The Winners Enclosure, Conna on Monday night, November 24. Now read on.
Coiste na nÓg County U16 A hurling championship semi-final
St Catherines 2-18 Banteer 1-1
St Catherines made light work of a feeble Banteer challenge when this Coiste na nÓg county U16 A hurling championship semi-final was played in very good conditions at Fermoy on Sunday afternoon last. Prior to proceedings getting under way, referee Cathal Egan called for a minute’s silence in memory of the late Noel Mulcahy.
Catherines lording it from the start. Shooting five unanswered points in the opening seven minutes. Banteer trying to settle down. But when in reach of the Saints posts would be denied time and again by the tight and doughty defending of Philip Keane, Kevin Geary and in particular, Shane O’Regan.
Banteer were also unable to convert chances presented to them from placed balls. Catherines pushing it out to ten points without reply to half-time. Niall O’Regan providing the ideal start at the start of the second half, goaling within ninty seconds of the turnover. Cathal O’Donoghue pointed the opposition’s first score. Dangerman Colm Coughlan wiggled his way through for a well taken goal. But these were just consolation scores. Catherines still very much in control. Just introduced and taking a Luke Beecher delivery, substitute Conor Hickey with virtually his first touch forced in a second Saints goal on forty-four minutes.
Catherines mentors will probably have mixed feelings. Happy to be able to give every player present game time. But maybe would have preferred a stiffer test. Maybe eight yellow cards were flashed. Including six to the opposition. But this one sided match certainly wasn’t dirty. Nearing the end there was a delightful Eoin Wallace flick to safety as a rampant Niall O’Regan saw out the scoring with the final four points of the hour.
Banteer scorers: C Coughlan (1-0) and C O’Donoghue (0-1).
St Catherines scorers: N O’Regan (0-5 frees) (1-12), C Hickey (1-0), T O’Donnell (0-3), J O’Brien, Rd Galvin and B O’Brien (0-1 each).
St Catherines team: R Galvin, P Keane, N O’Callaghan, K Geary, S O’Regan, E Wallace, K Neville, J O’Brien (captain), D Leamy, L Beecher, Rd Galvin, B O’Brien, T O’Donnell, K English, N O’Regan. Subs: R English for Rd Galvin (21’), C Hickey for K English (42’), C Galvin for L Beecher (46’), O O’Neill for B O’Brien (48’).
Referee: Cathal Egan (Glen Rovers).
Juvenile fixture
Sunday, November 23 Coiste na nÓg County U16 A hurling championship final - St Catherines v Cloughduv – time and venue to follow.
Parish Leagues
Such was the amount of space consumed by the annual general meetings that some events were held over. This week we start regaining lost ground.
Kerry, under the captaincy of Sophia O’Sullivan, were division three football winners in the annual parish league finals when held in Ballynoe on the morning of Saturday, October 18 last. Tipperary were equivalent hurling winners, Gearoid Sheehan being captain. Full panels as follows.
Kerry - Sophia O’Sullivan (football captain), Sam Aherne (hurling captain), Ronan Doyle, Thomas Dee, Calum O’Driscoll, Daniel Turley, Eryn Dillon, Ciara MacLaughlin, Ella O’Connor, Lexi Cuneen and Faye Sheehan.
Tipperary - Gearoid Sheehan (hurling captain), Maeve Egan (football captain), Tristan Clancy, Conor Murray, Julian Pietropaolo, Owen O’Mahony, Gearoid O’Callaghan, Katelyn O’Donoghue, Sophia Fitzgerald, Elizabeth O’Callaghan and Ally Mulkerrins.
Cork - Sacha O’Sullivan (hurling captain), Fionn McReady (football captain), Kyle O’Donohue, James Kenneally, Billy McKee, Shay McCarthy, James O’Connor, Marie O’Connor, Emma Twomey, Ellie Barry and Sadbh Murray.
Kilkenny -  Chloe Higgins (hurling captain), Charlie Leahy (football captain), Shane O’Donohue, Liam Moore, Billy Aherne, Alan Cotter, Shay Wallace, Julieanne O’Sullivan, Katie O’Donovan, Sarah Hannon and Amy Molloy.
Rebel Óg East Meeting
Final Rebel Óg East meeting of the year under the chairmanship of Donie Cahill went ahead at Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Tuesday night, November 11 last. What’s done is done. More a case of briefly looking ahead.
While still harping on the difficulty of running competitions at U13 and 15 level, most of these problems are caused by the clubs themselves. Participating at the outset. Then when the pressure comes on from the other more mainstream age groups i.e. fourteen and sixteen, even minor, realise they can’t fulfil their fixtures in the thirteen and fifteen competitions. At least on time and that’s no good. Recommendations in looking ahead might be the introduction of a plate competition for teams defeated in U16 championship first round games. A later start to the competitive playing season because of continuous poor weather in February. A plan to erase the difficulty in securing neutral pitches for underage championship matches might also be introduced. At the end came the news that secretary Derek Connolly and Mary Nyhan as treasurer were stepping down from their respective positions. Both were strong influences at the fortnightly board meetings, were excellent officers and were there right from the start. It won’t be easy to replace either.
As regular delegate John O’Mahony attended the meeting. Exiting, a quick hop and skip up the steps to witness a dark, black stadium. A shivering breeze was all there was for company. Have a look around. Memories!!!! Will we ever witness the old lady in such guise again?
Last weekend
Unfortunately there were no club entrants for the East Cork Scór na nÓg finals staged in Lisgoold Community Hall on Friday night last. While the 1984 county winning junior B camogie team were honoured in a function at The Winner’s Enclosure, Conna on Saturday night last. Stars of the present also in attendance.
But it was the death of Noel Mulcahy of The Loft, Boulta, Ballynoe, which superseded all events last weekend. Noel loved all sports. Took an interest in them all with the established and well known Boulta racing gallops up against his back door. They have a meeting in the next few days. With the Clonmult and Dungourney point-to-points scheduled for the venue next weekend. To Noel’s wife Ber, daughters Deirdre and Meabh, sons Colm and Brian, mother Mary, brothers Ger, David and Matthew and sisters Pat, Deda, Mary and Laura, our condolences at this poignant time.
Noel played for the club. Deirdre and Meabh would be prominent members of the camogie club. Colm loved going to the games. It was an honour for the Mulcahy family when Brian, then of Ballynoe national school represented Cork against Kerry in the primary schools game preceding a Munster senior championship match between the same two counties at Páirc Uí Chaoimh in June of 2004. Rare enough for there to be hurling championship matches between Cork and Kerry. Highlight though would be Brian captaining St Catherines to county U21 B hurling success at Páirc Uí Rinn in October of 2011.
Noel fought the fight with his health over the years. But at 9.53am on Thursday morning last the Lord decided enough was enough. Noel passing to his eternal reward. It goes without saying we express our deepest sympathy to all. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.
Football final in Ballynoe
Bride Rovers defeated Castlelyons on a scoreline of 1-7 to 0-9 in the East Cork junior B football championship final. It was relocated at the eleventh hour and played in Ballynoe on Saturday afternoon last. Afterwards, Richard Fitzgerald presented the Michael “Boig” Coleman Cup to victorious captain Barry Johnson.
Juvenile social
Once again a date for your diary that the annual juvenile social will be held in the Midleton Park Hotel on Friday, January 16. Just get the Christmas out of the way first!!!!!! More details later.
And finally...
It goes without saying that we wish the best of luck to the U16 hurlers in this weekend’s county final.