St Catherines GAA Club Notes

28 February, 2016

St Catherines GAA

Cath’s v Ita’s in battle of the Saints

After much deliberation there is no alteration to the schedule, for now at least. St Catherines have been paired with last year’s defeated finalists St Ita’s in the first round of the divisional junior A hurling championship. Sponsored by East Cork Oil with the outright winners receiving the prestigious Jamesy Kelleher Cup, it remains the showpiece competition for the East Cork board. But for how long more? It’s likely the whole structure of the junior hurling championship both at divisional and county level will be reviewed again at the end of the current playing season.

This year’s East Cork junior A hurling championship of thirteen teams of which just six are first choice starts, with the preliminary round pairing of Carrig na bhFear and Sarsfields. Winners progress. With the losers going on to meet Carrigtwohill in the first round proper. Whoever gets beat there goes on to meet the losers of Catherine’s and Ita’s in round two.

Twelve teams constitute the junior B hurling championship. Catherine’s will be up against Aghada in the opening round. Winners advance with the defeated team to play the losers of Cloyne and Erin’s Own in the subsequent round. This year’s junior B hurling manager is Noel Kielthy, ably assisted by fellow selectors Liam O’Connell and Billy Neville.

Junior A hurling manager Pat Clancy tells us that the Saints will reside in section one of the county junior A hurling league. An entirely different competition from the divisional league, it also involves Kilbree, Ballinora, Banteer, Churchtown, Courcey Rovers, Brian Dillons and Castlemagner.

Meanwhile Blarney, Killeagh, Mayfield, Donoughmore, Millstreet, St James’ and Shanballymore are in group two. Cloughduv, Cobh, Freemount, Lisgoold, Passage, St Colums, Tullylease and St Oliver Plunketts make up section three. Group winners are automatic semi-finalists. With the fourth place going to the team with the highest points tally accumulated over the three groups, encompassing those teams finishing runners-up.

Results over the years haven’t been great for the panel of players facing Carrigtwohill in the first knockout competition of the season. Originally billed for last weekend but due to prevailing pitch conditions put back seven days. Meaning the divisional under twenty one B football championship kicks off now this forthcoming Saturday afternoon. Maybe we are not comparing like with like, whereas an U14 can’t play minor yet three years later an under seventeen is available to play twenty one. We wish team manager Liam O’Connor, selectors and panel of players the very best of luck.

Fixture

Saturday, February 27th under twenty one B football championship first round v Carrigtwohill at 2.30pm. Venue TBC.

National hurling league

Reigning title holders Waterford need one more win or possibly a draw from their three remaining matches to ensure a place in the knockout stages of this year’s national hurling league. They could well be there already depending on how results pan out. Overall, they are now unbeaten in this competition going back a season and a half, compare that to the Rebels. Pointless after two matches and with each upcoming match looking more difficult by the week, two of their three remaining ties are away. Only game at home to come is against Kilkenny. No sir – it sure ain’t easy.

Focus now shifts to football again. This upcoming weekend Roscommon come to town. Buoyed up with a win from Killarney last time on the road, it looks as if Cork’s league prospects in both codes might well be decided on the first weekend of March. Both footballers and hurlers in Croke Park for a double header against the Dubs on Saturday evening, March 5th. Hurling starting at 5pm. Throw in for the football two hours later at 7pm. We will see what picture emerges after that.

Sympathy

Our condolences go to Tom Twomey and family, Ballyheen, Castlelyons on the sad passing of son Liam last week. Uncle John featured on Saints teams throughout the fifties and sixties. A brother also called John played a lot of hurling and football in his juvenile days. Perhaps his biggest achievement was lining out at full back on the county winning under sixteen B football team of 2002, beating Sean Clarachs of Charleville on a ferocious wet day at Ballygiblin in the decider itself. Ar dheis de go raibh a h-ainm dhílis.

Scór na bpaisti

Best of luck to all participants who take part in the divisional semi-finals of Scor na bPaisti this upcoming weekend February 27th/28th at Lisgoold Community Hall.

Club meetings

Slight adjustment to the time of one of tonight’s meetings, Thursday, February 25th with the juvenile now going ahead at 8pm. Followed by adult club meeting one hour later at 9pm. Both meetings in the clubrooms, Ballynoe.

Registration

Juvenile registration takes place on the morning of Saturday, March 5th. It is hoped to start at 10am with the younger players from ages six up. Second hour from 11am up takes in those players from under twelve up. Registration will be in the dressing rooms. Tea will be served in the meeting room.

A reminder from underage treasurer Eleanor Galvin that all juvenile players who have their membership paid on or before the registration morning of March 5th will be entered into a draw. Lucky winner can choose either a half zip top new style training t-shirt or a gearbag. We will revisit this again next week.

Sponsor

T&A Plant Hire Ballynoe are St Catherine’s GAA Club sponsors.

Lotto

Results from the most recent lotto draw which was held at the Big Tree Aghern, on Monday night last, February 22nd. Numbers drawn were 8, 16, 21, 22. There was no winner of the €7,600 jackpot. Consolation winners being Carol O’Brien, Rathdrum, Ballynoe; Gerard Cashman, Bridepark, Conna; Billy O’Connell, Ballynoe; Kathleen Joseph Cullinane, c/o PH, Conna and Dette Hogan, Conna.

So with a jackpot now standing at €7,800 next week’s draw on Monday night February 29th will be at the Fisherman’s Rest, Conna.