St Catherines GAA Notes

10 July, 2015

Sars too strong in junior B hurling championship

East Cork Junior B Hurling Championship First Round

Sarsfields 3-13 St Catherines 0-08

Probably benefiting from a preliminary round game against Midleton, which although lost was bringing the squad together, Sarsfields third choice team went on to all but dominate this ultimately one sided divisional junior B hurling championship first round tie played in overcast conditions at Rathcormac on Friday evening last. Prior to Lisgoold based referee Gavin O’Brien throwing in the sliotar for a 7.30pm start, a minute’s silence was observed in the memory of the late Niamh O’Connor, closely related to many in the Sars line out, who tragically lost her life in that drowning tragedy in Baltimore last week.

It was a competitive enough contest for a while and when Ian O’Brien pointed two mercurial points from placed balls, the margin was trimmed to 0-06 to 0-05 to twenty two minutes. Shortly afterwards Roy Egan set up Eamon Foley for a Sars goal, establishing a half-time advantage of double scores. Score at 1-07 to 0-05.

Despite the best efforts of Denis Lane, Noel O’Brien and John Casey, no major inroads were being made and a disappointing contest bereft of championship atmosphere was settled by a two-goal strike early in the final quarter. Prominent Sars officials credited both goals to corner forward Ross Hogan. So Sars progress while the Saints must now overcome Killeagh to maintain interest in the competition.

Sarsfields scorers: R Hogan (0-04 frees) (2-05), D English (0-03 frees) (0-05), T Hourihane (0-03) and E Foley (1-00).

St Catherines scorers: I O’Brien (0-03 frees) (0-01 “65”), (0-04), J Casey (0-02), L O’Connor and N O’Brien (0-01).

St Catherines team: E Aherne, J Lane, D Lane, S Kearney, S O’Regan, E Kenneally, K Neville, J Noonan, J Mulcahy, C Mulcahy, L O’Connor, N O’Brien (team captain), I O’Brien, J Casey and L Beecher. Subs: L O’Callaghan McCarthy for L Beecher (37’), S O’Donnell for L O’Connor (50’), S Leamy for J Lane (54’), P Ryan for I O‘Brien (55’) and D Wallace for S Kearney (57’). Also on panel: S Walsh, D O’Connor, J Walsh, E Corcoran and C O’Donnell. Referee: Gavin O’Brien (Lisgoold).

East Cork Junior Hurling League – Division One – Round Six

Erins Own 4-08 St Catherines 3-13

It wasn’t quite as tight as a two point margin would suggest when the Saints recorded a narrow victory from this round six divisional junior hurling league division one tie, when played in sunny conditions at Caherlag on Sunday evening last. Pádraig O’Connor released Brian Mulcahy to point a beauty early on. Pádraig himself adding a smashing point from the tightest of angles. Then aforementioned Mulcahy turned provider, picking out Seánie Farrell to finish off the first goal and a lead of 1-04 to 0-01 established after six minutes. Erins Own were coming more into it. Shane O’Brien and Rory Galvin keeping the Saints clock ticking over, sharing four points from placed balls. Proof of reliable free takers, when a lengthy Brian Davis delivery was delightfully touched to the net by Seánie Farrell for his and the Saints second goal right on the half whistle, a lesson in improvisation. Catherines ahead on a 2-09 to 0-07 scoreline.

But the opposition were right back in it within two minutes of the change of ends. Both corner forwards Diarmuid Ring and James Carroll breaching Cathal Leahy’s net, cutting the margin between the teams to two points. Seemingly all to play for.

Defining score of the contest duly arrived. Strong approach play involving Conor Kearney saw Eoin Condon first time the breaking ball to the net and a lead now standing at 3-11 to 2-08 to the three quarter mark. Peter Kelly and Martin Buckley added very late goals for the home team, realistically though were only consolation scores.

Scorers: S Farrell (2-00), S O’Brien (0-04 frees) (0-06), E Condon (1-00), B Mulcahy (0-03), R Galvin (0-02 frees), C Kearney and P O’Connor (0-01 each).

Team: C Leahy, Stephen O’Brien, R Clancy, K Neville, J Neville, S Cotter, S Kearney, E Condon, R Galvin, P O’Connor, B Mulcahy, B Davis, C Kearney, S Farrell and Shane O’Brien. Subs used: J Mulcahy for B Davis (35’). Also present on the night: E Corcoran, J Casey, L O’Callaghan McCarthy, C Mulcahy, S O’Regan, E Kenneally and C Hegarty. Referee: Aidan Barry (Sarsfields).

Rebel Óg East – U16 A Hurling League – Section Two - Round Six

Killeagh/Itas 3-09 St Catherines 0-06

St Catherines were more than holding their own to half-time when ahead at 0-03 to 0-02 in this round six U16 A hurling league tie played in overcast and foggy conditions at Killeagh on Monday evening, June 29th last. Owen O’Neill added the first score of the second half hour, extending it further. But the home based team assumed control. Parity restored following a brace of Richie Long points and Killeagh/Itas were in control following an opportunist Olan Broderick goal. Making it 1-05 to 0-04 to thirty eight minutes. A second goal which took a touch off a Saints defender proved the death knell against a Killeagh side in which Seán Walsh excelled up front.

Killeagh/Itas scorers: S Walsh (0-01 f) (1-04), R Long (0-02 frees) (0-04), own goal (1-00), O Broderick (1-00) and S Kearney (0-01 65’s).

St Catherines scorers: E Wallace (0-02 65’s), A O’Brien, N O’Regan, O O’Neill and Richard Galvin (free) (0-01 each).

St Catherines Team: D Leamy, G England, C Galvin, P Keane, B O’Brien, E Wallace, S Kelleher, Richard Galvin, O O’Neill, A O’Brien, K English, N O’Regan, A Leahy, R English and J Hayes. Subs: E Sheehan for D Leamy (second half), C O’Brien for A Leahy (37’). Referee: James Daly (Youghal).

Cúl Camp

Ninety three children, both boys and girls, converged on the well laid out pitches at Ballynoe for the annual week long Cúl Camp, starting on the morning of Monday June 29th last, right through to the afternoon of Friday, July 3rd. Those in attendance were subdivided into eight groups. Each, this year incorporating two sessions of handball on the first four mornings of the camp. Friday was fun day with matches being organised by the coaches. Guest was Youghal and Cork hurler Bill Cooper who endeared himself to those present and was very generous with his time. It was his second time in three years to attend the camp. But second time inside a fortnight on the pitch. Catch the drift?

Coaches during the week were Noel O’Brien, Caoimhe Galvin, Maeve Walsh, Brian Davis, Finola Neville, Mary Galvin, Stephen O’Brien, Emma Spillane, Conor Hegarty and Shane O’Brien. Handball coaches being: Batt Sheehan, Aoife Hurley, Linda O’Donnell, Vincent O’Brien, Brendan Hurley, Niall O’Regan and Shane O’Regan. Special thanks to Redmond Higgins for his help throughout the week. This year’s Cúl Camp co-ordinator was juvenile treasurer, Eleanor Galvin.


Next club meetings are on Thursday, July 23rd at 8.15 and 9pm respectively.


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

Lotto Results Update

Results from the lotto draw hosted by The Winner’s Enclosure on Monday night, June 29th last. Numbers drawn were 3, 23, 25 and 26. There was no winner of the €8,800 jackpot. While the consolation winners on the night were: Phyllis Smyth, Mallow, John O’Mahony, Ballynoe, Paul Higgins, Ballycullane, Ballynoe, Doyle Family, Castle Rivers, Conna and Barrie O’Regan, Cullinagh, Ballynoe. Moving on to a jackpot of €9,000 and again no winner to report from the most recent draw, which was held at The Plough bar, Curraglass on Monday night last July 6th. Numbers drawn were 14, 17, 26 and 29. Consolation winners were: Marian Forbes, W/V Park, c/o PH, Nora Cotter, Fermoy, Kit Ahern, c/o Noreen Moroney, Conna, James Roche, Castlebrook, Conna and D and L Syndicate, c/o Winner’s Stables. Next week’s draw now for a jackpot of €9,200 will be at McAuliffe’s, Ballynoe on Monday night, July 13th.

Notice how far into the year we’re gone? We again offer good wishes to our esteemed colleague Pat Lane and hopefully a quick recovery to our weekly draw. Pat a loyal servant since day one over twenty years ago now. While again we mention that the lotto draw will now take place on the Tuesdays of bank holiday weekends.

Rebel Teams

Such is the intense programme of matches; there isn’t time to reflect. Coming off a five-day period where four Cork teams featured. Losing the provincial junior football decider to the “Auld” enemy in Páirc Uí Rinn on the Wednesday evening. Twenty-four hours late a gut-wrenching loss to Limerick in minor hurling. All preceding last weekend’s high profile senior hurling qualifier in Wexford and a Munster football final in Killarney. Each game is individually capable of being the centre of conversation. But there’s no time for wallowing. It’s all about the next game. With Monday mornings draw sharply focusing on what’s to come. In a repeat of the 2013 draw and replay Cork now meet Clare in round two of the hurling qualifiers. That should be on this weekend. Both teams are getting better. But you feel the Banner might be holding the balance of power there.

Cork, putting in their best shift since the second half of the 2013 final, must now return to Killarney for a replayed Munster football final on the afternoon of Saturday, July 18th. That date was there for all to see on page three of last Sunday’s match programme. We looked for a performance. That’s all we wanted. If you get that everything else is a bonus. Cork came damn near winning this match. That penalty call was a real sickener. Now though you feel the psychological advantage still weighs in favour of the Kingdom.

Rebel Óg East Fixtures

Tonight (Thursday), July 9th at Killeagh U16 A Hurling Championship quarter-final v Killeagh/Itas at 7.15pm.

Saturday, July 11th U12 B Football League - Section One - Round Six v Grenagh (away) at 11am.

Tuesday July 14th at Caherlag – Minor A Hurling Championship – First Round v Erins Own at 7.30pm.

Wednesday July 15th at Ballynoe U12 A Hurling League – Round Six v Whites Cross at 7.15pm.