St Catherines GAA Notes

17 September, 2015

Fifth All-Ireland senior medal for Orla Cotter

Orla Cotter was claiming a fifth winners medal as Cork held on to the O’Duffy Cup beating Galway in last Sunday’s All-Ireland senior camogie final. Closer to home and Dungourney will be Imokilly representatives in this year’s Cork county junior A hurling championship. While the club lotto jackpot now stands at €3,400. There now follows a brief report of the week’s activities.

Camogie All-Ireland final

Back to back titles claimed amounting to six wins in eleven deciders as the Rebelettes retained their stranglehold on the O’Duffy Cup with a hard earned and mildly flattering seven point win over Galway in the All-Ireland senior camogie final, when played before an attendance of 16,610 at Croke Park on Sunday afternoon last. Third leg of a triple header, with Laois and Waterford respectively earlier winning the junior and intermediate deciders.

St Catherines player Orla Cotter was outstanding in that coveted red jersey, winning her fifth All-Ireland medal from seven final appearances. Colleague Finola Neville also a part of the Cork squad. Team captain Ashling Thompson drilled the holders and pre-match favourites ahead with the lead point on ninety seconds. Orla Cotter and Orla Cronin were also finding the range as a 0-8 to 0-4 lead was established to the interval.

But the westerners who attained a league final and a championship win between the teams earlier on in the year, were putting up stubborn resistance and mainly through the accuracy of the unerring Niamh McGrath, whose free taking was flawless, had trimmed the deficit to just one point at 0-8 to 0-7 to thirty six minutes.

It may seem a contradiction in terms. But this final threw up a brace of defining moments. Orla Cotter with Cork’s first score of the second half. This point from play, her second of the match to which she added a further five from placed balls, was the one though which sent out all the right signals. This score showed the opposition that’s as close as you get and Cork are not for turning. With Gemma O’Connor terrific in the halfback line Cork assumed complete control when a sliotar not dealt with, fell kindly for the vastly experienced Briege Corkery to charge through a beleaguered Galway defence. Before finishing off the game’s only goal and a match winning lead of 1-10 to 0-8 built up by fifty-three minutes. Amy O’Connor and Katrina Mackey added points from play and Cork now join Dublin at the top of the prize winning table on twenty six titles each, following a victory on an end scoreline of 1-13 to 0-9. Well done to all concerned and enjoy.

East Cork Final

Following wins in 1972, 2006 and 2011, for the fourth time Dungourney were crowned divisional champions and will now represent Imokilly in the county. Beating first time finalists St Itas in this year’s East Cork junior A hurling championship final played before a sizeable attendance at Cloyne on Saturday evening last. It was level at half-time.

Dungourney pulling away in the second half, winning on a scoreline of 1-23 to 2-12 in a high scoring final.

Weather proves spoilsport

Incessant rainfall caused the cancellation of last Friday evening’s proposed junior hurling league match with Carraig na bhFear. Team manager Pat Clancy tells us it has been refixed again for Ballynoe on Saturday night, September 26th. Throw in time is 7.30pm.

Rebel Óg East Report

U16 A hurling league – section two – round seven

St Catherines 3-11

Cobh 4-10

Cobh shaded this evenly fought and keenly contested U16 A hurling league match when played at Ballynoe on Tuesday evening, September 8th last. After terrific work by the outstanding Philip Keane it was Richard Galvin who was on hand to finish off the first Saints goal on ten minutes. Owen O’Neill played a significant role as Kieran English billowed the net from close range for a cracking second goal in a move started by Ciaran O’Brien, clutching the sliotar from the skies which had the home based team ahead at 2-2 to 0-4 to the end of the opening quarter. But Cobh, with a strong breeze at their backs and with Dillon Higgins, Aaron Dolan, Odhran Kidney Power and in particular Ed Lane playing prominent roles, turned it around. Were the superior team in the second quarter and were now enjoying a nine point advantage on an interval scoreline of 3-9 to 2-3.

They added a fourth goal straight away on the change of ends and it looked ominous. But the Saints benefiting from a few positional switches, most notably the relocation of Brendan McKee and Eoin Wallace

to the forward line, charged back into contention. They scored 1-8 without reply which cut the margin to one point. Losing by two at the end. Good match.

Scorers: K English (1-2), B McKee (1-1), N O’Regan (0-1 free) and E Wallace (0-1 “65”) (0-4 each) and Rd Galvin (1-0).

St Catherines team: E Davis, B McKee, C Galvin, P Keane, C O’Brien, E Wallace, S Kelleher, A Long, B O’Brien, R English, K English, O O’Neill, N O’Regan, Rd Galvin, A O’Brien. Also on panel: J O’Keeffe, E Sheehan, J Hayes, S Spillane, G England and D Leamy. Referee: Michael Mulry (Aghada).

Club Meeting

There was a slight alteration to the schedule and the regular meeting of the parent club now takes place in the clubrooms tonight (Thursday), September 17th at 9pm.

Annual General Meetings

Not sure of the official starting times just yet. Letting you know that the Annual General Meeting of the juvenile club is on Thursday night, October 22nd in the clubrooms Ballynoe. While the adult club AGM this year will be in Lacken hall at Glengoura on Saturday night, October 31st. We will confirm all very shortly.


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

Church Gate Collection

Many thanks to those who helped out and of course all of you that supported the annual church gate collection in aid of the juvenile club, taken up after all Masses throughout the parish last weekend.

Lotto results

Bowing out with the results from the most recent lotto draw which was held at The Plough Bar, Curraglass, on Monday night last, September 14th. Numbers drawn were 13, 14, 15 and 18 and the jackpot of €3,200 wasn’t won. Consolation winners being: Betty O’Brien, Mogeela, Curraglass; Dave Dinneen, Kilphilibeen, Ballynoe; P F Barry, Castlelyons; Olivia Hegarty, Ballymonteen, Ballynoe and Faye, Olan, Jack, Cathal and Neala, Ballybride, Conna.

Next draw for a jackpot of €3,400 will be at McAuliffe’s, Ballynoe, on Monday night, September 21st.