St Catherines GAA Notes

02 July, 2015

St Catherines GAA

Series of challenge games played

It was one of those in-between weeks! Like the ad, when they’re gone, they’re gone! A limbo period before competitive action resumes. So a lot of challenge games were arranged and played and clearly attended, it was every bit as busy as any other week. So we’ve submitted this report early again this week. We will give you the lotto results from last week and earnestly try and get up to speed as soon as possible.

Lotto results from the draw held at The Fisherman’s Rest, Conna, on Monday night, June 22nd last. Numbers drawn were 14, 26, 28 and 30 and the jackpot of €8,600 wasn’t won. Consolation winners being, John Lonergan, Lisnabrin, Curraglass; Pat Dillon, Kilclare, Aghern; Joe Morrison, Conna; Bill and Eoin O’Keeffe, Conna and Ger O’Dea, Castlebrook, Conna. More next week.

Now read on for brief reports on last week’s activity, both adult and under age and mention of some upcoming happenings.

Junior hurling challenge – first team

Conditions were lousy, rain just beginning to fall as players and mentors were gathering for a challenge game involving the junior A team and a Carrigtwohill selection played in Ballynoe on Saturday evening last.

Sean Healy was orchestrating the show from around the middle and was proving a major influence as Carrigtwohill edged ahead at 1-06 to 0-05 to the end of the first quarter. Maintaining the status quo and confirming their four-point advantage now standing at 1-07 to 0-06 five minutes further on. Parity was restored shortly afterwards. Cormac Mulcahy registering the equalizing point. Catherines were ahead for the first time since the sixth minute, with Luke Beecher picking out Kevin Mangan to slam home a second goal and a lead standing at 2-09 to 1-10 to the sound of the half-time whistle.

It remained competitive and even enough at 3-16 to 3-13 to forty one minutes. But with the rain getting stronger and the wind intensifying, the home based team assumed complete control when much favoured by the conditions in the fourth and final quarter. Brian Mulcahy and Brian Davis led the scoring charge in a surreal junior hurling challenge well policed by Midleton based referee John Kirby. They finished up with an overall tally between them of 3-17. Victory for the Saints in an outrageously high scoring contest, played as part of the Ballynoe festival weekend on an end scoreline of 6-26 to 3-14. “Oh my mama told me there’d be days like this!”

Junior hurling challenge – second team

By the time you read this report, St Catherines will have played their first round match in the divisional junior B hurling championship. It was scheduled for Tuesday night last, June 30th, venue determined by the opposition, be it Midleton or Sarsfields. Completing their preparations with a five-point loss to Cloyne in a challenge match at Ballynoe on Tuesday night, June 23rd last. Cloyne started well, with Cian Motherway and Peter Casey on target in the early exchanges, ahead at 0-04 to 0-01 to five minues and again at 0-07 to 0-02 to the end of the opening quarter.

Catherines improving, John Mulcahy excelling at wing back and five unanswered points with Cormac Mulcahy, John Casey and Laurence O’Connor among the scorers, briefly tied it up. Cloyne ahead at half-time with Liam Murphy the goalscorer. Score standing at 1-08 to 0-09. The most between the teams ever was six points. A second Cloyne goal finished off by Ken O’Donovan on forty-eight minutes stretching their lead on a 2-14 to 0-14 scoreline. Ian O’Brien was in point scoring form for the home based team, finishing with an overall tally of 10 points, including six from play, but it wouldn’t be enough to rescue the Saints in a challenge match refereed by James ‘Dingle’ Daly of Youghal. Still on a high! Final score in favour of Cloyne standing at 2-17 to 0-18.

Belated best of luck to the players, mentors etc, in the championship.

Minor hurling


A masterful display of point scoring, eleven in all including seven from open play from Ryan Grey and it wouldn’t be difficult to fathom what laid the platform for an impressive Cois Bhrid victory in a minor hurling challenge at Ballynoe on Friday evening last.

Cois Bhrid were on top from the start. Aforementioned Grey had his name on their opening six points. Brian Davis and Ben O’Brien responded for the Saints, behind at 0-09 to 0-04 at the break. Out of sight following a Kelvin O’Farrell goal in the third quarter. Darragh Buckley scored their second. Substitute Owen O’Neill goaled for the home based team near the end, victory for Cois Bhrid. Final score 2-18 to 1-09. Referee was Mike Walsh from the home club.

Studying complete, exams over, time to knuckle down to some serious training, the championship comes up on the second week of July.

Under 16 hurling challenge

Continuing their presentations for an imminent championship St Catherines defeated Ahane Gaels on an end scoreline of 2-17 to 3-07 in an under sixteen hurling challenge at high noon last Saturday. They are a combination of St Mary’s and Diarmuid Ó Mathúnas and the match was played in Enniskeane.

Rebel Óg East update

Under sixteen A hurling league – section two, round five

St Catherines 6-09

St Colman’s 1-08

St Catherine’s resumed competitive activity after the annual mid summer exam break with a comprehensive victory over St Colman’s in this round five under sixteen A hurling league fixture when played in Ballynoe on Monday evening, June 22nd last. It was the opposition, a combination of Russell Rovers and Cloyne, who were edging it at the outset.

Catherines turned it around gradually and comfortably to lead at 2-06 to 1-03 to the break. St Colman’s mainly through their best attacker Ross Walsh battled away, but this league fixture was eventually decided with the scoring of three goals in as many minutes midway through the third quarter. A brilliant individual Richard Galvin effort preceding a probing Adam O’Brien delivery plucked from the air turned and booted to the roof of the net by Robert English, razor sharp on the night. Before smart combination play involving aforementioned Galvin and English finished with another cracker, this time from Niall O’Regan making it 5-06 to 1-06 to forty five minutes, game effectively over.

Robert English unquestionably man of the match brought his tally to 4-02 for the game scoring a sixth Catherines goal eight minutes before the finish.

Catherines scorers: R English (4-02), Rd Galvin (0-1 free) (1-03), N O’Regan (1-01), O O’Neill, M English and E Wallace (free) (0-01 each).

Team: D Leamy, J McGuckian, C Galvin, P Keane, E Wallace, B O’Brien, S Kelleher, Rd Galvin, O O’Neill, A O’Brien, K English, C O’Brien, N O’Regan, R English and J Hayes. Subs: P Bryan for C O’Brien (30+1), B McKee for J Hayes (43’), S Spillane for J McGuckian (46’), A Leahy for B O’Brien (51’).

Referee: Ger Scully (Killeagh).

Under eleven hurling league section two - round two

St Catherines 0-05

Bride Rovers 5-07

Despite the lopsided end scoreline, this round two under eleven hurling league match played in Ballynoe on Wednesday evening, June 24th last was an entertaining watchable match. Sometimes at this level one or two players can decide things. On this occasion they were both lining out for the opposition. Adam Walsh and Conor Hazelwood, sons of players whose dads have served the Rovers well over the years.

With a strong breeze the visitors dominated the opening exchanges and were 4-05 without reply ahead at the interval.

Fair play to the Saints though they restored the second half as if it was a new match. Good mental strategy on behalf of the backroom boys.

Nathan Sheehan, even younger still than that age defended well at corner back. Outside of him Ben O’Connor possesses a terrific engine, gave his all up and down the field. One-second half flick was delightful. A well-taken point reward for his efforts. Gearoid O’Brien a smashing striker, Stephen Cotter and Denis Temple putting in good shifts. No question about it Bride Rovers were the better team. At the end of the game they keep their winning run going against what had been a previously unbeaten Saints outfit.

This is a fantastic age group to watch, stretching it a bit but a lot of these players are available for adult selection to their clubs in just over six years. They grow up fast!

So the administration sorted, results submitted, on to the next game. Deep down though you feel the real winner on Wednesday night week last was hurling itself, no doubt the clash of the ash will continue for many a day in Aghern, Curraglass, Bartlemy, Conna, Glengoura, Kildinan, Rathcormac, we wouldn’t want it any other way.

Scorers: G O’Brien (0-02 frees), D Temple, B O’Connor and S Cotter (0-01 each).

Team: S O’Donoghue, N Sheehan, J O’Callaghan, J Mulcahy, E Long, B O’Connor, J Pratt, O’Fitzgerald, B Wallace, F O’Connell, G O’Brien, S Cotter, W O’Driscoll, D Temple, C Desmond, D Doyle. Sub: C O’Donoghue for J Mulcahy.

Ref: Edmond Galvin (home club).

Mass in Ballynoe

After the under eleven match we headed for Ballynoe church where Mass was being said as a goodwill gesture as two local ladies Claragh O’Keeffe and Kitty Rice were under taking their respective operations. Attendance was huge, testament to the popularity of both families. We wish the best to both parties.

Friends of Jamie Wall fundraiser

Much has been written in recent times re: the viral infection picked up by Kilbrittain hurler Jamie Wall. He thus far hasn’t recovered. Now a fundraiser in association with the local GAA and camogie clubs in aid of the Jamie Wall trust is being organised. A night of music and entertainment is promised for The Big Tree Bar in Aghern on this forthcoming Saturday night, July 4th. Starting at 9.30pm. There will be no admittance charge, but tickets are on sale in advance at €5 from local shops and pubs or from Pat O’Sullivan, Donie O’Connor or Denis Walsh, three of the main fundraisers. All welcome.


Micky Healy, a member of that historic 1957 winning divisional junior A hurling panel, passed away in Youghal last week, following a short illness. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dilis.


T&A Plant Hire, Ballynoe are St Catherines GAA Club sponsors.

Cork teams

Just right now we’re on the cusp of season defining matches at intercounty level. Major games that will determine Rebel involvement in our two most coveted games for the remainder of this adult playing championship year. Starting this forthcoming Saturday evening with a trip to Wexford Park (beyond the racecourse and swing a right at next roundabout) in round one of the senior hurling qualifiers. Wexford were dire the last day. Cork are clearly gone back as well. One commentator expressed last week they’d thrown in the towel already. Two teams given another chance to express themselves in a competition where the top brass are close to being out of sight.

There isn’t much history between the two counties. Two All-Ireland final meetings in the fifties and again the seventies. There were the legendary clashes from the league final of ’93 and a league quarter-final meeting earlier this year, which Cork won. Other than that nothing of major significance (excluding the battle of New Ross!) and nothing of relevance surrounding the match this forthcoming weekend. Here’s hoping.

It’s hard to see how any Rebel supporter heading to Killarney the day after is going expecting a victory. On this occasion a victory would constitute a decent performance. That’s all we want, a performance. Last year’s efforts against the Kingdom were sickening as they were against the Dubs in the football league final back in the spring. If they’re competitive we’d be happy, everything else is bonus territory.


(carried at time of submitting report)

Friday, July 3rd, East Cork junior B hurling championship first round v Sarsfields, at 7.30pm, in Rathcormac.

Sunday, July 5th at Caherlag, East Cork junior hurling league division one round six v Erin’s Own, at 6.30pm.

Rebel Óg East

Monday, July 6th, at Ballynoe U14 B hurling league round eight v Aghada, time TBC. All sorts of meetings this week.