St Catherines GAA Club Notes

31 March, 2016

St Catherines GAA

Junior footballers win first league match

A first league victory for the junior footballers. A spate of challenge matches through a range of age groups. A look at the underage hurling championship draws plus brief match reports, while at the time of submitting this weekly report, lotto jackpot was standing at €8,600. Now read on for more details.

Junior Football League - Division Three

St Catherines 1-10

Russell Rovers 0-10

Encouraging back-to-back weekends for the Saints following a well-earned championship win over Lisgoold. A first win was forthcoming when this junior football league division three tie was played in wintry conditions at Ballynoe on Saturday afternoon last.

Three points without reply adrift to thirteen minutes, St Catherines clawed their way back. A Daniel Mangan goal on twenty-eight minutes putting the home based team ahead on a 1-03 to 0-05 half-time scoreline. Some accurate Eoin Condon finishing maintained the Saints challenge, with the teams all square on two occasions in an evenly fought second half hour, including at 1-07 to 0-10 to fifty four minutes. Late Mangan frees secured the win. A further boost following the disappointment of losing the first league match at home to Castlemartyr.

Catherines scorers: D Mangan (0-02 frees) (1-04), E Condon (0-02 frees) (0-05) and P O’Connor (0-01).

St Catherines team: E Corcoran, R Galvin, J Mulcahy, J Neville, B Davis, P O’Connor, K Neville, A Carr, P Roche, S Cogan, E Kenneally, W Walsh, C Kearney, D Mangan and E Condon. Subs: C Molloy, S Carr and S Cotter for E Corcoran, B Davis and K Neville (all second half), M Mulcahy for J Neville (33’), K Neville for A Carr (54’). Also on panel: J Walsh and S O’Brien.

Referee: Niall Barrett (Carrigtwohill).

Challenge Matches

Two Stephen Bennett goals twelve minutes apart midway through the first half were the scores, which laid the platform for Ballysaggart’s success in this hurling challenge under lights at Ballynoe on Tuesday night, March 22nd last.

Ahead at 2-07 to 0-06 to the break, he completed his hat-trick when stretching out the score to 3-09 to 0-11 to thirty seven minutes. Catherines remaining competitive. Daniel Mangan, Shane O’Brien, Eoin Condon and Rory Galvin all finding the range. A Conor Kearney goal trimmed the deficit still further. Score standing at 3-11 to 1-14 to forty seven minutes. But Ballysaggart always threatened a goal and were two point winners at the finish of a hurling challenge refereed by Mike Walsh from the home club, on an end scoreline of 4-13 to 2-17.

Look it could happen anybody. It could be us some night. But Ballygiblin were short a number of regulars for a minor hurling challenge at Ballynoe on Monday night, March 21st last. Mitchelstown CBS involved in an upcoming colleges football final in Newbridge last weekend. So don’t be reading too much into an easy victory. Still Tom O’Donnell, Tim O’Connor, Noel O’Brien and Shane Mulkerrins will take encouragement from a scoring return taking in nine different players. Again goals proved decisive in an U16 hurling challenge also at Ballynoe on Wednesday night March 23rd last. Luke O’Rourke buried a piledriver as Cappoquin shaded it at 2-02 to 0-07 to half-time. Points from Owen O’Neill and Adam O’Brien had it at 3-05 to 0-10 to the three quarter mark. Rory Heffernan was also prominent for a Cappoquin team now ahead on a scoreline of 4-09 to 0-11 to fifty three minutes. Eoin Davis scored a consolation goal from a late free for a Saints team who might have been considerably closer were it not for some poor and erratic shooting. It finished up at 4-10 to 1-11.

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Juvenile Hurling Championship Draws

A few weeks back the football draws were revealed. This time around it’s the turn of the underage hurling championship draws. Thirteen teams compete in the Rebel Óg East U14 B hurling championship. St Catherines are up against Donoughmore in the first round. Winners will be up against either Grenagh or Lisgoold in the subsequent quarter-final.

St Catherines have a bye into the quarter-final of the U16 B championship made up of eleven teams where they will play Bishopstown. There are ten teams in the minor A hurling championship. St Catherines to play either Courcey Rovers or Tracton in the quarter-final. Should the board not come up with neutral pitches, which is very possible, well then first named team out of the hat will be at home. That policy may continue until semi-final stage. Coiste na nÓg look after the U15 championships. While there is no U11, twelve or thirteen championship. They play league only.

Matches Played

U16 B Football League - Section Two - Round Three

St Catherines 1-04 Bishopstown 6-10

St Catherines were enjoying almost as much possession in this round three U16 B football league match played under lights at Ballynoe on Tuesday night, March 22nd last. But an inability to finish would prove costly. Cormac Galvin, Aaron Long, Owen O’Neill, Brendan McKee, Robert English and Eoin Davis all had their moment and were prominent right through. Jack Dunne and Max O‘Leary could and would punish you, for a Bishopstown team ahead at 4-06 to 0-02 at half-time.

Human nature being what it is and heads understandably dropped thereafter for a team looking tight on numbers.

Scorers: E Davis (0-01 free) (1-02), O O’Neill and B McKee (0-01 each).

St Catherines: E Sheehan, J O’Keeffe, C Galvin, A Leahy, K Barry, A Long, S Kelleher, O O’Neill, B McKee, C O’Brien, R English, A O’Brien, G England, E Davis and J Hayes.

Referee: Pádraig Kearney (Glenbower Rovers).

U14 C Football League - Section One - Round Two

Lisgoold 2-10
St Catherines 1-08

St Catherines will be disappointed with the end result from this twelve-a -side U14 C football league encounter played early in Lisgoold on Easter Sunday morning last. Kevin Barry unerring with his free taking. Ciaran O’Brien kicked over two mesmeric points, one a stunner. A skilfully taken right-footed effort, cajoled over the bar, accurately judging the influence of a prevalent strong breeze. Harry Draper goaled what can only be described as a piledriver. All contributing to Saints half-time lead on a 1-08 to 0-01 scoreline. Incredibly wouldn’t score again.

In fairness Lisgoold never panicked. Now favoured by the elements score by score they clawed back the deficit. Isaac Walsh deadly accurate with the frees and an early second half goal from open play had parity restored at 1-08 each to fifty-two minutes. Jamie Brown was now lording the midfield exchanges and a late Mark Hegarty goal confirmed a Lisgoold win on an end scoreline of 2-10 to 1-08. Definitely the cliché. “A game of two halves applies here.”

Catherines scorers: K Barry (0-03 frees) (0-04), H Draper (1-00), C O’Brien (0-02), J Hayes and G O’Brien (0-01 each).

Team: E Philpott, I Ohrim, C England, D Galvin, G England, J O’Keeffe, C O’Brien, J McGuckian, H Draper, J Hayes, G O’Brien and K Barry.

Also: S Dunning, J Duncan, C Dinneen, F O’Connell, M Geary, G Leahy and W McAuliffe. Referee: James Hennessy (Kiltha Óg).

Rebel Óg East Fixtures

Saturday April 2nd - U12 B Football League - Section Two - Round One v Carraig na bhFear (away) at 12 noon.

Monday April 4th at Castlemartyr Minor A Hurling League v Kiltha Óg at 7pm.

Lotto Results

Results from the weekly lotto draw held at McAuliffe’s, Ballynoe on Monday night March 21st last. Numbers drawn were 1, 14, 18 and 23 and the jackpot of €8,400 wasn’t won. While the consolation winners were Ballynoe National School Building Fund; Shane Kenny, Aglish, Co Waterford; Sophie O’Flynn, Longueville, Ballynoe; Pete Hurley, c/o Dave Hoare and James ‘Junior’ Sheehan, Ballymonteen, Ballynoe. Being a bank holiday this week’s draw with a jackpot of €8,600 was held over until Tuesday night last March 29th at The Big Tree, Aghern. Results next week.

Sponsor - T & A Plant Hire, Ballynoe are St Catherines GAA club sponsors.

Cork Teams

A third win of the campaign for the county’s senior footballers. They are now stuck between two permutations. They play Kerry in Tralee this forthcoming weekend. Both teams have something to play for, so it will be a competitive fixture. Kerry need at least a draw to secure a place in the national football league semi-finals. Which is where the Rebels could end up should they secure a victory. Sure to be a contest with a lot of bite. That said, Cork’s place in division one now looks secure. It will be the first of two major fixtures between the counties in the upcoming days. Cork and Kerry are also meeting in the provincial U21 football championship final. Watch out too for the Galway/Cork national hurling league division one relegation final. Fixed for Salthill on the toss of a coin.

And finally Ballynoe Point-to-Points

Much closer to home and a virtual institution in the parish. Our own little Fairyhouse, Aintree, Cheltenham and Punchestown. Yet all wrapped into one. Imagine that ? This forthcoming Sunday April 3rd sees the staging of the annual Ballynoe point-to-point race meeting. Hopefully the weather remains tolerable and the meeting is the success it deserves to be.