St Catherines GAA Notes

24 September, 2015

Challenge games for teams still involved in leagues

Two teams still holding league aspirations were beaten in practice matches. Grange much too good in junior football. While St Catherine’s lost out to Carraig na bhFear in a minor hurling challenge. Final regular junior football league match is on in Killeagh next Tuesday night and the picture should be clearer after that. While Blackrock are visitors for a Rebel Óg East minor A hurling league semi-final on Friday night coming. There now follows a brief report of the week’s activities.

Junior football challenge

Third visit this year and most comprehensive victory yet as Grange were much too good for a depleted Saints outfit in a junior football challenge when played under lights at Ballynoe on Wednesday evening September 16th last.

Two Jack Buckley pointed frees kept the Saints in contention at 0-01 each after elevel minites of play. Realistically though the opposition, who lost out to Kilmeen in this years county junior B football championship final, assumed control with Noel Barry dominant around the middle and David Keating along with Colin Scott finding the range up front. Grange found themselves ahead on a half-time scoreline of 0-08 to 0-02. It might well have been a wider margin were it not for a blinding Colm Molloy reflex save right at the end of the opening quarter. One of the best we’ve seen for awhile. Unfortunately for the home team, limited to fifteen players there was no let up and were comprehensively beaten on an end scoreline of 2-15 to 0-3. Conor Hickey pointed from play for Catherines on forty seven minutes of a one sided junior football challenge refereed by Mike Walsh from the home based club.

Minor hurling challenge

St Catherines would remain in contention until half-time when this minor A hurling challenge was played in dull and overcast conditions at Ballynoe on Sunday morning last.

Richard Galvin with a powerful finish scoring the goal for the home based team and a brief lead on a 1-03 to 0-03 scoreline pertaining to the end of the first quarter. Oisín Crowley and Conor Hayes were prominent around the middle registered the point of the half and an interval advantage established for the visitors. Score standing at 0-08 to 1-04.

Third quarter goals from Padraig O’Brien and Brendan Murphy more or less killed it off as a competitive game. As Brian Davis with the key pass picked out Rory Galvin for a consolation goal very near the finish.

We wish Thomas O’Driscoll a speedy recovery injured before the end. Ironically the second Carraig na bhFear player hurt against us this year. Con O’Driscoll (knee) causing the early cancellation before being refixed as an under fourteen football league game back in the early summer.

Carraig na bhFear are still in the championship while St Catherine’s play Blackrock in a Rebel Óg East minor A hurling league semi-final this upcoming weekend. A perk for going through the group unbeaten is rewarded with a home venue. Courcey Rovers and Kiltha Óg are on the other side. Referee in Ballynoe last Sunday morning was Jim Hennessy (Kiltha Óg). Final score was St Catherine’s 2-08 Carrig na bhFear 3-13.

Under ten hurling blitz

Although losing out to the Saints in the regular group stages of the competition, Bride Rovers would reverse places in the eventual final. Going on to win the under ten hurling blitz organised by the club and played in Ballynoe on Saturday, September 12th last. Both finalists received much appreciated medals. Youghal and Ballyduff were also involved.

Catherines panel of players being Sean O’Donoghue, Colum Feeney, Cian Dunning, Cian O’Donoghue, Cathal Sheehan, Luke Dillon, Gearoid O’Callaghan McCarthy, Shane Cotter, Ciaran Pietropaolo, Diarmuid O’Connell, Cathal McAuliffe, Darragh Morrison, Evan O’Driscoll, Ciaran Leamy, Jake Bryan, Diarmuid O’Donovan, Adam Bryan and Conor Hayes.

Under thirteen hurling blitz

Last Saturday September 19th was the turn of the under thirteens for a well organised and equally well supported hurling blitz. Played on a league basis with a limit to the amount of goals you could score Dungarvan emerged victorious in what were games of twenty minute halves.

St Catherines, Cois Bhride and Castlelyons also participated. Juvenile chairman Paul Davis made the presentation of the Muintir na Tíre cup. Team manager Kieran O’Brien was pleased with the day. Thanking the ladies for their help in the clubrooms in Ballynoe. Referees over the two days incorporating both the under ten and thirteen hurling blitzes were Kieran Neville, Shane O’Brien and Brian Davis. Panel of players

being: Evan Philpott, Ivan Ohrim, Foghan O’Riordan, Mark Geary, Joe O’Keeffe, Ciaran O’Brien, Brendan McKee, Gavin England, Harry Draper, James Hayes, William Leahy, Gearoid O’Brien, Darragh Galvin, Josh McGuckian, William McAuliffe, Tom Hartnett, Kevin Barry, Ben O’Connor, Conor England, Gerard Leahy, Cathal Dineen, James Duncan and Sam Dunning.

Paddy Sheehan Cup

This upcoming weekend will see the staging of the Paddy Sheehan Cup. He was a founder member when the club as we know it today was formed in 1946. Being its first treasurer. A cap/ in his memory was put up by his next of kin and was originally played for in the summer of 1993 as a minor hurling tournament. It began to slip off the radar a little in the intervening years. But has been resurrected at juvenile level and now played for at under twelve hurling level.


St Catherine’s saw off the challenge of Ballygarvan on a scoreline of 0-12 to 1-06 behind 1-04 to 0-06 at half-time in the second round of the county senior camogie championship when played at Castle Road, Mahon, on Saturday evening last. Conquerors of Ballinhassig in the first round played back at the end of June, St Catherines must now play Carbery next day out in the quarter-final.


Friday, September 25th at Ballynoe, Rebel Óg East Minor A hurling league semi-final v Blackrock, at 7.45pm.

Saturday, September 26th, at Ballynoe junior hurling league division one round one v Carraig na bhFear, at 7.30pm.

Tuesday, September 29th, at Killeagh East Cork junior football league division two round seven v Glenbower Rovers, at 7.30pm.

Club meetings

Next club meetings are on Thursday night, October 1st. Juvenile is timed for 8.15pm, with the parent club meeting to follow at 9pm.


Our condolences to the Neville family, Ballynoe on the recent sad passing of Mary Kate. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dilis.


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

All-Ireland football final

Influentially poor conditions which if anything would deteriorate still further monopolized last Sunday’s senior football showpiece. Dublin prized open the Kingdom defence. But Dean Rock’s goal bound attempt was smartly kept out by the alert Brendan Kealy. Similar unfolding as to when he denied Stephen Cronin also in the rain in the replayed provincial final at Killarney in mid-July. Parity was restored after six minutes. Kerry ahead for the first and only time. Colm Cooper picking out James O’Donoghue for the lead point at 0-03 to 0-02 to fifteen minutes. But the Dubs secured six of the final seven scores of that first half including four in a row and were deservedly ahead at 0-08 to 0-04 to the break.

They were still three ahead when midfielder Brian Fenton who popped over the games’ opening score after just sixteen seconds struck the butt of a post and another clear cut goalscoring opportunity not availed of.

Kerry tried all they could, but would come up short in a final where forty two players were used. We wonder will we see the likes of the ‘Gooch’, Donaghy and the Brogan’s grace Croke Park again on All-Ireland final day? Compensation for Kerry recording a resounding win over an outclassed Tipperary in the opening minor final.

Meanwhile, one of the most motivated teams in Irish sport must surely be the Dublin ladies footballers. Ten points up when last year’s title was wrenched from their grasp by a truly memorable Cork team. Next Sunday’s final should be some match.


McAuliffe’s Ballynoe was the venue for the most recent lotto draw on Monday night last. September 21st. Numbers drawn were 5, 7, 12 and 27 and the jackpot of €3,400 wasn’t won. Consolation winners were: Michelle Browne, Bilberry, Midleton; Ballynoe National School Building Fund, Kal Moroney, Conna; Aaron Neville, Ballyknock, Ballynoe and Bill Aherne, Ballynoe village. Next draw for a jackpot of €3,600 will be at The Big Tree, Aghern on Monday night, September 28th.

Extra fixture

Wednesday, September 30th at Ballynoe East Cork junior B Hurling championship final Watergrasshill v Fr O’Neill’s at 7.30pm.