St Catherines GAA Club Notes

16 March, 2016

St Catherines GAA

Junior football championship weekend

Condensed week, early copy deadline, so this report, submitted at 9am on Monday morning just gone past, March 14th is based on the belief that St. Catherines play Lisgoold in a preliminary round of the East Cork junior ‘A’ football championship this upcoming weekend. Some publications have it down for tonight (Wednesday), but Friday night is more than likely closer to the mark.

St Catherines have played a number of challenge games with various results. Unfortunately would lose their only competitive game thus far at home to Castlemartyr in round one of the divisional junior football league division three. Played under lights at Ballynoe on Wednesday night, February 24th. Final score being 0-12 to 1-05 in favour of the opposition.

This is a match of major importance. A win sees the team advance on the road. While not the end of the world, a loss signals an equally fast approaching first round proper date with Aghada. Also coming up are the first rounds of the junior B football championship. Followed by the second round of matches in the divisional junior A. A bit like that traditional Irish hit from the mid nineteen sixties – “Sure we’re football crazy”, “We’re football mad”!

Catherines have a two-pronged motivational factor going into this aforementioned important football championship encounter. That of erasing the memory of the first round loss to Carrigtwohill in the U21 B football championship. Even of more relevance is the fact this weekend’s opposition Lisgoold inflicted a fairly heavy beating when the teams met in a first round clash at Castlelyons on the afternoon of Saturday, March 30th 2013. An early goal had Lisgoold on a solid footing and were 1-04 to 0-02 up at half-time having played against a stiffish breeze. Running out comprehensive victors after that. Winning on an end scoreline of 1-12 to 0-03. Matthew Mulcahy was sole scorer for the Saints. We wish team manager John Mulcahy along with fellow selectors Noel Earley, John D Cotter, Paul O’Connell and Denis Walsh and all the players, the very best of good luck. Just to whet the appetite this was the team that played against Lisgoold three years ago:

Colm Molloy (team captain), John Casey, Ed Kenneally, John Mulcahy, Dave Wallace, Liam O’Connor, Aaron Neville, Padraig O’Connor, Shane Fitzgerald, Marty Connolly, Laurence O’Connor, Shane Cogan, Matthew Mulcahy, Eoin Condon, Padraig Noonan. Subs used were: Conor Hegarty, Daniel Mangan and Daniel Hayes.

Following a toss of a coin Catherines were subsequently eliminated from the championship following a second round loss at home to Cobh.

Fixtures

Adult club

Friday, March 18th junior ‘A’ football championship preliminary round v Lisgoold at 7.30pm. Venue TBC.

Rebel Óg East

Sunday, March 20th at Ballynoe U14 ‘C’ football league section one round one v Crosshaven at 12 noon.

Juvenile football championship draws

Departing a recent Rebel Óg East meeting in Silversprings Hotel and we were informed that the juvenile championship draws were set for Páirc Úi Rinn on the following Tuesday night, March 8th at 7.30pm. They were subsequently transferred to Nemo Rangers. Only the football draws are to hand.

Twelve teams constitute the twelve-a-side under fourteen C football championship. Necessitating four first round games into the quarter-finals where they will play either Brian Dillons or Shamrocks. In the event of no neutral pitch being found, Catherines are the first team out of the hat and therefore should be at home.

There are nineteen teams entered for the U16 B football championship requiring three first round matches. St Catherines are away to Kilmurry in what will be one of eight second round matches. We might get the tea from Jimmy Murphy!

There are a plethora of teams in the Rebel Óg East minor B football championship. Twenty five in all. That means there are nine first round games. It’s Kiltha Óg v St Catherines, winners to play either Kinsale or Whitechurch in one of eight second round matches to follow. It looks as if the equivalent hurling draws were set for the most recent board meeting scheduled for Nemo Rangers last night (Tuesday, March 15th).

Club meeting

Don’t forget a meeting of the adult club takes place tonight (Wednesday), March 16th at 9pm.

Sponsor

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

Lotto results

As we let you know it was early copy because of our national feast day celebrations. Lotto winners will be notified. Locals have access to posters. Results will be published on the website. Next week will carry the results from the most recent draw for a jackpot of €8,200 scheduled for The Plough Bar in Curraglass on Monday night last, March 14th.

Camogie club quiz

Camogie club fundraising annual table quiz takes place on Friday night coming, March 18th at The Big Tree in Aghern. Raffle and spot prizes on the night. All-Ireland winners, Orla Cotter, Finola Neville and the O’Duffy Cup will be in attendance. Great night assured.

Cork

Watching last weekend’s series of league matches and the win over Monaghan reinvigorates the still outside prospects of maintaining division one status in the national football league. Down and Kerry are the matches left.

Now a horrible thought for the hurlers of Cork and Tipperary. They meet in their regular group match in Thurles this weekend. But if permutations don’t go according to plan, they could conceivably meet again in the relegation final. Talk about getting to know each other and a first round championship encounter now just over nine weeks away. Hardly ideal is it?