St. Catherines GAA Club News

27 November, 2014

St Catherines GAA
No joy for U16 hurlers
Two main stories of the weekend were the county final loss for the under sixteen hurlers. Plus the news that staunch clubman, Dan Hoare will be the next president of the Cork County GAA Board. Just before we enter into both we reveal the results from the most recent lotto draw which was held at The Winners Enclosure, Conna on Monday night last, November 24th.
Numbers drawn were 12, 13, 26 and 27. There was no winner of the €18,200 jackpot. While the consolation winners on the night were Aoife Neville, Ballyknock Ballynoe; Paddy O’Leary, Ballybride, Conna; Denis Dingivan, Curraheen, Conna; Ann Leahy c/o Jode Morrison, Curraheen, Conna and Betty Hegarty, Garrycahera, Ballynoe.
Lotto draws now start earlier. Keep up the good work. Next week’s draw for yet another record accumulated jackpot, now of €18,400, will be at The Plough, Curraglass, on Monday night, December 1st.
Coiste na nóg county U16 A Hurling
championship final
Cloughduv 1-16
St Catherine’s 1-07
Well there can’t be any complaints now. For a third time in a decider Cloughduv proved too strong for a game and gallant Saints outfit. Inflicting their most recent loss when this Coiste na nÓg county U16 A hurling championship final was played in idyllic conditions at Ballincollig on Sunday afternoon last. They would take a firm grip on proceedings when Brian Hinchion finished off their only goal after twelve minutes. In fairness there was a response from the Saints who secured well taken points from Ben O’Brien and Robert English in the early exchanges. Niall O’Regan and Kieran English were involved before Thomas O’Donnell with a clinical finish, goaled almost straight away. Cutting the deficit to a two point margin on a 1-04 to 1-02 scoreline just to the end of the first quarter.
Unfortunately that was as good as it would get. With Jaimie Buckley and Mark Walsh again impressing in the opposition half forward line against a Saints outfit forced to line out without influential defender Eoin Wallace because of a finger injury, they would go on to register nine unanswered points. Placing them very much in control. Now ahead at 1-10 to 1-02 to the break. Stretching to 1-13 to 1-02 within three minutes of the turnaround. It was the winning of the match, there would be no come back from that.
That’s not to say Catherines didn’t try. They continued to search for openings. They emptied the bench. Even introduced Eoin Davis as substitute goalkeeper. Releasing regular occupier Rory Galvin out the field. Conor Hickey and Owen O’Neill rewarded them with back to back points. Safe to say the Saints might well have been closer still but a few goal attempts were kept out by dependable Cloughduv custodian, Cormac O’Driscoll.
Overall though you would have to say the title went where it deserved to end up. A second county final loss this season for the Saints. If Watergrasshill were the undoing of the under fourteens, well then Cloughduv were definitely the nemesis of under sixteen level. Which is why there can’t be too downbeat a feeling at local level. Both Watergrasshill and Cloughduv were excellent representatives in their respective age groups. They have proved it. The Hill took Rebel Óg East, championship and leagues titles. Added the county under fourteen B title in September earlier in the year, they attained Féile honours in the county. Represented Cork with distinction in the All-Ireland Féile na ngael competition. Going all the way to the final, only to lose to O’Donovan Rossa of Antrim by a single point. Without question they were the best under fourteen B hurling team around this year.
Likewise, Cloughduv following last Sunday’s win have now completed the under sixteen A hurling championship and league double. So there will be initial disappointment, yes. But encouragement too that there must be hope for the future. So what we will do now is leave things settle for seven days. Next week we will review the under sixteen hurling year, from an opening challenge match with Castlelyons first league match at home to Cobh and right on to last Sunday.
Mention of which, Ballincollig pitch was in very good nick. All things considered. Coiste had team sheets for collection. Scoreboard in operation adding to the presentation of a final handled by Nathan Wall who refereed this year’s Sars v Glen Rovers Cork county senior hurling final. Newly elected Rebel Óg chairman, John Purcell resident in Ballincollig, presented the winning cup to Eoghan Clifford, captain of the victorious Cloughduv team.
Cloughduv scorers: M Walsh (0-04 frees) (0-07), B Hinchion (1-01), J Buckley and S Flanagan (0-03 each), G Fitton and W Ronan (0-01 each).
St Catherine’s scorers: T O’Donnell (1-00), N O’Regan (0-02 frees), B O’Brien, R English, C Hickey, Rd Galvin and O O’Neill (0-01 each).
St Catherine’s team: Rory Galvin, Philip Keane, Niall O’Callaghan, Kevin Geary, Shane O’Regan, Kieran Neville, Darren Leamy, Jack O’Brien (team captain), Ben O’Brien, Robert English, Richard Galvin, Luke Beecher, Thomas O’Donnell, Kieran English, Niall O’Regan. Subs: Conor Hickey for Robert English (37’), Owen O’Neill for Jack O’Brien (39’), Eoin Davis for Kieran English (43’), Cormac Galvin for Luke Beecher (53’). Also on the panel: Shane Spillane and Eoin Wallace.
Referee: Nathan Wall (Carrigaline).
Condolences to the family of the late Michael O’Keeffe, Kilphilibeen, Ballynoe, who passed away last week coming just thirteen weeks after the death of his brother, Fr Philip back in mid August. Also we were sad to see the death of Kevin Lonergan in Belfast. He played on many Youghal teams over the years and his father hails from Glenreigh, Ballynoe. Ar dheis Dé go raibh na h-ainmacha a dhílis.
On a happier note, we congratulate Dan Hoare on his appointment as president of the Cork cCounty Board. Dan always remained loyal to the land of his roots. He served his club well over the years and was county board treasurer for a nine year period from 1988 to 1997. He was also treasurer of the Munster Council. He remains the club’s most successful administrator. It’s a great honour for Dan and the St Catherine’s club for him now to occupy such a prestigious role for what will be a three year tenure. He succeeds Tony O’Mahoney.