St Catherines GAA Club Notes

10 March, 2016

St Catherines GAA

Junior teams play challenge games as juvenile season opens

Club junior teams were involved in challenge games while the juvenile competitive season opened with two football matches in the Rebel Óg East leagues with contrasting results. Scór is now at an end in the division for another year. While the weekly lotto draw now has an €8,200 jackpot. These are the highlights, now for a brief report of the week’s activities.

Challenge matches

St Catherines rocketed into the lead through the early exchanges of this hurling challenge played at a windy and bitterly cold Ballynoe on Friday night last. They were four answered points to the goof after seven minutes. Modeligo duly settled coming much more into it. A goal trimming the deficit in a contest between two teams short a few regulars on a scoreline of 2-07 to 1-04 after twenty minutes. James Neville with his second and Catherines third goal allied to some smart point taking particularly from Brian Mulcahy extended the advantage once more. Catherines in a good half-time place now ahead on a 3-10 to 1-04 scoreline.

Modeligo weren’t dispensed with though. Favoured by the conditions they duly clawed back the deficit, score by score, point by point. Jamie Troy, Pat Fitzgerald and Kieran McCarthy were prominent in a team coached by Barry Hazelwood of Bride Rovers. But the home team had the work done and were six point winners on an end scoreline of 3-15 to 1-15. Referee was Mike Walsh.

Ahead with the lead point through Shane Cogan after two minutes but thereafter the Saints would play very much second fiddle to Geraldine’s in a first team football challenge also under lights in Ballynoe one night later. Ahead 0-11 to 0-02 at the break Geraldines eventually winning out on a scoreline of 0-14 to 0-05. Half their points shared between midfielders Mattie O’Brien and the very good Aidan O’Dwyer.

Rebel Óg East report

Minor B football league section three round one

St Catherines 3-09 Youghal 1-02

A resounding win for the Saints from the first competitive juvenile match of the new playing year. Recording an emphatic victory over a youthful Youghal outfit from this section three round one minor B football league tie, when played under lights at Ballynoe on Thursday night last.

Starting well, three points converted from both play and frees in as many minutes following the throw-in. That said the opposition were sticking to their task. Rewarded with a Fionn Cliffe goal and a Youghal lead of 1-02 to 0-03 built up to twenty-two minutes when the wheel definitely turned. A probing Rory Galvin delivery delightfully drilled to the net with an opportunistic Conor Hickey touch. In the process Conor Walsh between the opposition posts had to depart the action picking up a knock. Catherines ahead on a 1-05 to 1-02 half-time scoreline going on to utterly dominate from there on. Perhaps late goals from Niall O’Regan and Thomas O’Donnell put a glossy look on the scoreboard.

Scorers: T O’Donnell (0-3 frees) (1-04), C Hickey and N O’Regan (1-00 each), R Galvin (0-02 45”) (0-01 free) (0-03), Rd Galvin and J O’Brien (0-01 each).

Team: E Davis, C Galvin, N O’Callaghan, A Long, P Keane, E Wallace, K Neville, R Galvin, Rd Galvin, L Beecher, T O’Donnell, S O’Regan, C Hickey, N O’Regan and O O’Neill. Subs: A O’Brien, K English, B O’Brien and J O’Brien for L Beecher, C Hickey, Rd Galvin and S O’Regan all second half.

Referee: Mark Murphy (Bride Rovers).

Under sixteen B football league section two round one

Killeagh/Ita’s 6-05
St Catherines 4-03

While a physically stronger Killeagh/Ita’s collected the points on offer from the opening U16 B football league match played in Killeagh on Sunday evening last. Throw-in time 4pm. Richie Long was the dangerman as the home team edged ahead at 3-03 to 2-01 by half-time. They would build on that and the contest was all but decided in the seven minutes following the change around. That said there was no throwing in the towel. Catherines plugged gamely away. Eoin Sheehan made some smart blocks between the posts. Cormac Galvin caught some great ball at full back. Owen O’Neill and Robert English also had their moments throughout the pitch. But the real dangerman for the visitors was Eoin Davis at full forward. With limited supply he still finished this league match with a haul of 4-02. Scoring two goals in each half. A stronger panel now the next day and we will see where that takes us.

Scorers: E Davis (0-01 free) (4-02) and R English (0-01).

Team: E Sheehan, C Galvin, B McKee, K Barry, A Long, J O’Keeffe, O O’Neill, B O’Brien, C O’Brien, R English, A O’Brien, E Davis, J Hayes.

Referee: Mary Byrne Swayne (Fr O’Neills).

Rebel Óg East fixture

Monday, March 14th at Dungourney minor B football league section three round two v Kiltha Óg at 7.30pm

Scór na bPáistí finals

Hannah Kenneally who had been representing the camogie team and performing ‘Air Eireann Ní n-eoisfinn Cé Hí’ finished runner-up in the solo singing category at the East Cork Scór na bPáistí finals which were held at a busy Watergrasshill Community Hall on Sunday afternoon last. Finalists but without success were the instrumental music group from the hurling team. Performing ‘The Three Flowers’ and ‘The Sally Gardens’ members were Kian O’Donoghue, Hannah Norman, Colm Hurley, Dylan Murphy and Fionn McKee. Winners of the Buckley/Casey cup for best club in divisional Scór na bPáistí were Carraig na bhFear. While for the first time Glanmire picked up the Chris O’Mahony cup for the top club encompassing the three categories. Much to the delight of stalwart Denis Kelleher.

Registration morning

Club registration went ahead at Ballynoe on Saturday morning last. Younger brigade up to 11am. Those born in 2005 and older from then until 12 noon. Fee was €20 per child. There were fun training sessions for all. Refreshments were served for adults and club gear was available to purchase.


Too late for inclusion last week was the news of the death of Paddy Barry, Shanakill, Curraglass. A mild mannered amiable gentleman, always with a smile on his face. Everytime you meet Paddy it was always “How are the Catherines going?”. Paddy was a lifelong supporter, his brother Billy was corner back on the Saints team winners of the first East Cork junior A hurling championship title in 1957. While nephews Willie and Kevin remain loyal and passionate supporters of club and county. For many years Willie attended the East Cork Board. His son Ronan played both codes in his juvenile days. Kevin played both hurling and football for St Catherines. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dilis.


There is a juvenile club meeting tonight (Thursday), March 10th at 8.15pm. Next adult club meeting is fixed for Wednesday night, Match 16th at 9pm.


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


We hinted that Saturday evening, March 5th night sort out the dual league campaigns of our beloved county. It might well have. It hurts and it’s not a nice place to be. Cork footballers have an outside change of staving off the drop. While the equivalent hurling squad blue jerseys or not, look destined for relegation or a relegation final at the very least.

Busy week coming up

One of the greatest sporting festivals is upon us or at least will be in six days time. It’s the Cheltenham festival. Aptly described as the Olympics of horse racing. A fan recently described it as ‘Christmas for adults’! There would be huge interest in it in our parish, yours truly too. Hopefully some of the treasured prizes come our way.

Next Thursday is our national feast day, March 17th. So you’re talking early copy, lotto winners will be notified promptly. Locals have access to posters. Results are on the website. Easter Monday is also coming up. Remember weekly lotto draws now take place on the Tuesday night of long weekends. We will be up to date before you know it!

Rounding off with the results from the most recent lotto draw, which was held at The Winner’s Enclosure, Conna on Monday night last, March 7th. Numbers drawn were 6, 10, 15 and 27. There was no winner of the €8,000 jackpot. While the consolation winners were as follows: James ‘Junior’ Sheehan, Ballymonteen, Ballynoe; Maura O’Sullivan, Mohera, Castlelyons; Noreen Broderick, Chris McCarthy c/o Liz Cullinane, Ballynoe and Ger, Phil, John and Richard, Castlebrook, Conna.

Next week’s draw with a jackpot standing at €8,200 is at The Plough, Curraglass, on Monday night, March 14th.