St Catherines GAA Notes

03 December, 2015

2015 playing season at an end

Down came the curtains on the playing year, with the Saints retaining the U14 hurling tournament final for the Albert Griffin cup when played in difficult conditions at Ballynoe on Sunday morning last. Elsewhere, there was the sad death of referee Peter Downey. While the weekly lotto draw now has an accumulated jackpot of €5,600. There now follows a brief report of the week’s activities.

Albert Griffin Cup Final

St Catherines 0-12 Ballyduff 1-03

A victim of poor weather conditions three weeks previously and despite the strong forceful breeze of Hurricane Clodagh being prevalent, St Catherines and Ballyduff knuckled down to it.

Favoured by the elements the home based team built up a sizeable lead and overall were deserving winners of this U14 hurling tournament final for the Albert Griffin cup when played in poor conditions at Ballynoe on Sunday morning last.

Albert Griffin was a lifelong Catherines supporter and was a vice president of the club, before passing away in the spring of 2005. Later that year his family would put up a perpetual cup to be played for in his honour. Only insistence being, it be played for at U14 hurling level. Catherines settled quickly. Ciaran O’Brien reading the play well at centre back, assuming the free taking duties, his finishing was clinical. Adam O’Brien was also a threat from centre forward, contributing four first half points, all from play. Best score of the half and the match in general though came from the eventually injured Brendan McKee, winning the sliotar from just inside his own half, he surged forward at terrific pace finishing off an outstanding individual score. Helping to establish a 0-07 to 0-01 lead for the home based team to the end of the first quarter. But the complexion of the game was altered slightly when Sean Hickey evaded a series of tackles, weaved his way through before finishing off the only goal of the match on twenty-eight minutes. Trimming the margin to seven points, Catherines ahead on a half-time scoreline of 0-11 to 1-01.

Try as they might Ballyduff just couldn’t breach the deficit thereafter. In the demanding conditions, a contest remaining scoreless for the concluding eighteen minutes.

Club PRO John O’Mahony paid a brief tribute to the late Albert before his daughter Phil O’Brien made the presentation to winning Saints centre forward and captain Adam O’Brien. Aside from those mentioned Evan Philpott, David McDonnell and Harry Draper were central to the win. Delighted too for the change of fortune enjoyed by Kieran O’Brien, Mervyn Draper, Shane O’Brien and Michael O’Brien working hard all the year without much reward. Their turn finally and deservedly arrived. Thanks too to the ladies for the hospitality shown and Mike Walsh who refereed.

Scorers: C O’Brien (0-05 frees) (0-06), A O’Brien (0-04) and B McKee (0-02).

St Catherines team: Evan Philpott, Eoin Sheehan, Mark Geary, James Duncan, Sam Dunning, Ciaran O’Brien, Joe O’Keeffe, David McDonnell, Brendan McKee, Harry Draper, Adam O’Brien, Conor England, Darragh Galvin, Gearoid O’Brien and Cathal Dineen. Subs: Josh McGuckian for Brendan McKee (second half), William McAuliffe for Darragh Galvin (39’).

Referee: Mike Walsh (home based club).

Provincial Championship Games

Cork’s fall from grace in the provincial championships continues at an alarming rate. All football teams are now out. Nemo Rangers and Carrigaline adding their name to Bandon, who had already exited at the hands of Templenoe in the Munster junior football championship. Similarly, Glen Rovers and Newcestown are gone from their respective hurling championships. So now heading into the month of December and the pressure is on Dungourney to deliver and rescue a dire situation. They play Waterford representatives Fenor in the Munster junior hurling championship decider this upcoming weekend. See now how difficult it is for Peadar Healy and Kieran Kingston to unearth new talent for our high profile intercounty teams.

Peter Downey RIP

First mention we were aware of came at the Rebel Og East review meeting in Cork the previous Tuesday night. Peter Downey was seriously injured from a work related accident. Sadly Peter passed away last weekend.

Peter Downey, affiliated to the Inniscarra club, took charge of some high profile games involving Catherines teams over the years. Most notably the premier intermediate relegation play-off final against Mallow at Rathcormac in the late summer of 2009. Also the intermediate semi-final against Bandon at Pairc Ui Rinn two years later. Equally as well known in camogie circles, the late Peter refereed Mallow and Youghal in the

premier intermediate hurling championship at Ballynoe in the summer of 2009. Ar dheis De go raibh a anam dilis.


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

Lotto Results

Results from the most recent lotto draw held at McAuliffe’s, Ballynoe on Monday night last November 30th. Numbers drawn were 2, 13, 20 and 22. There was no winner of the €5,400 jackpot. Consolation winners being Tiernan White, c/o Angela Davern; Seamus Neville, Ballyknock, Ballynoe; Nora Cotter, Fermoy, Maura Lyons, c/o Liz Cullinane, Ballynoe and Mairead Roche, Castlebrook, Conna. Next draw when the jackpot will be €5,600 is at The Big Tree, Aghern on Monday night, December 7th.