St Catherines GAA Notes

27 November, 2015

Still some tidying up must be done

All we’re waiting for now is a date to be sorted for that aforementioned U14 hurling tournament final for the Albert Griffin Cup. We are in regular contact with team manager Kieran O’Brien and he promises it to be sooner rather than later.

Meanwhile, seven players from the club were part of the St Colman’s squad that overcame the challenge of Nenagh in the most recent Harty Cup clash. Eoin Davis (goalkeeper), Eoin Wallace and Kieran Neville (corner backs) and Thomas O’Donnell (half forward), all made the starting line-out. Niall O’Regan, Richard Galvin and Shane O’Regan were on the bench.

Just to let you know that Eoin Davis, Cormac Galvin and Ben O’Brien are still training with next year’s Imokilly U16 hurling squad.

Juvenile Meeting

Charman Paul Davis has called a juvenile club meeting tonight (Thursday), November 26th at 8pm in the clubrooms in Ballynoe.

Munster Club Championships

Biggest winners last weekend were Mourneabbey, narrow one-point victors over Kilkerrin/Clonberne of Galway in the All-Ireland ladies club senior football championship semi-final. They will now meet Donaghmoyne of Monaghan in what will be their second successive All-Ireland final appearance. Bantry Blues are into the junior final. They will meet Dunboyne of Meath.

Newcestown played well and made a commendable recovery, but the previous week’s league final with Fermoy would take its toll, eventually finishing up two points adrift of Wolfe Tones from Shannon in the intermediate hurling final played at Mallow on Saturday afternoon last.

Templenoe knocked Bandon out of the provincial junior football championship. Ballygunner, coached by Denis Walsh, lost out to Na Piarsaigh from Caherdavin in the Munster club senior hurling championship final at Thurles on Sunday afternoon last. Three major scalps now claimed by the Limerick champions. They are very good and on all known form, look to have it over whatever Connacht, Leinster or Ulster can throw up and now look favourites for outright honours.

Eventually the Kerry senior football championship concludes. Goalkeeper on the winning South Kerry team is Brian O’Connor from Valentia whose mother is Colette Neville from Ballynoe, sister of Seamus, Marie, Billy and Rena. Some compensation there for the Walsh household as well.

League Groupings

With the inter-county championship draws already made last week saw the compilation of the national football and hurling league programme revealed. Glamour game in the opening sequence of football league matches is the pairing of Dublin and Kerry, as it was on All-Ireland final day. It will be played in Croke Park on Saturday night, January 30th at 7pm.

Cork are at home to Mayo the following day. In what is a seven-match programme of regular games prior to knockout, the Rebels play four matches at home. Much kinder than last year when they had to pay four visits to Ulster. Cork play Kerry in Tralee on the afternoon of Sunday, April 3rd. First match of the new national hurling league sees Tipperary come face to face with Dublin. It’s on in Thurles on Saturday night, February 13th at 7pm. This year’s defeated finalists Cork are in Galway on the following day (Valentines!) for 2pm. Take note of Saturday evening March 5th. First up at 5pm the hurlers play Dublin, with the football league game to follow at 7pm in an attractive double header at Croke Park. Great to get those games. Vital experience and practice for later in the year.


Lotto results from the most recent weekly draw which was held at The Plough, Curraglass on Monday night last, November 23rd. Numbers drawn were 3, 11, 28 and 29 and there was no winner of the €5,200 jackpot. Consolation winners being John Fitzgerald, Garrycahera, Ballynoe; Helen O’Brien, Conna; Gerard Cashman, Bridepark, Conna; Jill H, c/o The Big Tree, Aghern and John O’Mahony, Ballynoe.

Which means the next draw at McAuliffe’s, Ballynoe on Monday night, November 30th now has an accumulated jackpot of €5,400.


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