St Catherines GAA Club Notes

08 April, 2016

St Catherines GAA

Busy week upon us

No doubt this is the busiest week of the new season thus far. A plethora of matches are down for decision in an intense Rebel Óg East programme of activity. With the junior B football championship commencing and an away trip in the county junior hurling league also featuring. We could do with an improvement in the despicable weather conditions.

Into early April and two adult championship games have been played. A loss to Carrigtwohill in the U21 B football, balanced by a well earned home win over Lisgoold in a preliminary round of the East Cork junior A football championship. This forthcoming weekend St Catherines meet Aghada in the first round of the divisional junior B football championship. What players are available have been brought together for a few challenge games. Those that didn’t feature against Lisgoold can also be used. We wish mentors John Mulcahy (team manager), Paul O’Connell, Denis Walsh, John D Cotter and Noel Earley and panel of players the very best of good luck. Game on in Dungourney this upcoming Friday evening.

Now let’s put you in the picture. St Catherines have been awarded the points from the round one fixture v Castlemagner in the county junior A hurling league. Agreed it’s all about matches. But apparently not meeting deadlines is punishable. This weekend we face the lengthy trip to Kilmeen to play Kilbreen in a second round game. Its expected teams play a match once a month in the competition. Kilbreen with a win over Courcey Rovers second choice string already under the feet. Banteer, Churchtown, Ballinora and Brian Dillons complete what is section one of a three-group set up. We met once before in a high profile encounter. St Catherines played Kilbree in the county minor B hurling championship final of 2008. Played in Carrigaline on the afternoon of Saturday, October 11th with a 4.30pm start, it was refereed by Oliver Webb of Tracton. A deserving win for the Saints. But they had to stick to their task against a Kilbree team who wear blue and white colours. Ahead 1-08 to 0-08 at half-time and 3-14 to 0-14 to fifty four minutes, it finished up 3-15 to 1-15 in favour of the Saints. Shane Walsh scored 2-01. Other goal scorer was Cal Aherne. Team captain was Ronan Clancy.

This was the team and panel: Ed Aherne, Sean Beecher, Conor Hegarty, Denis Lane, Stephen O’Brien, Ronan Clancy, Conor Kearney, Seamus Kearney, Brian Mulcahy, John Hurley, Patrick Roche, Brian Twomey, Shane Walsh, Alan Mangan, Colm Ahern. Sub used was John Paul Lee. Also on panel were: Matthew Mulcahy, Andy Murphy, Stephen Mills, William Walsh, Rory O’Connor, Richie O’Dea, Donal McAuliffe, Daniel Hayes, Paul England and Steven O’Brien.

How many of those players will be around on Sunday afternoon?

Challenge matches

Youghal won out the battle of the teams’ second strings in a junior B football challenge played under lights at Ballynoe on bank holiday Monday night, March 28th last. Brendan Coleman and Thomas Coleman were dominant for the visitors ahead at four points without reply to eleven minutes and again at 1-04 to 0-02 by half-time. Thomas O’Donnell and Noel O’Brien with a brace of eyecatching and well-taken points for the home based teams. Two John Walsh second half goals kept it competitive right up to the finish. Youghal still ahead on a scoreline of 1-11 to 2-03. Mike Walsh refereed.

Last Thursday night was meeting night in the club. Juvenile timed for 8.00pm. A lengthy adult meeting to follow. Running concurrent was a junior football challenge against Castletownroche in the floodlit pitch. Catherines winning by the slimmest of margins. Final score 2-08 to 1-10.

Sandwiched between these two games was a junior B hurling challenge at the same venue on Wednesday night, March 30th against Dungourney. Goals from Laurence O’Connor and Kevin Mangan edging the saints ahead at 2-02 to 0-05 by half-time. With strong and influential performances by Warren McCarthy, Dylan Murphy and in particular Stephen Hickey, parity was restored by full time. Score standing at 2-4 to 0-10. Ex Catherines underage player Jonathon O’Connell now of Watergrasshill and Glenville was on the whistle. Two proposed juvenile challenge games weren’t held.

Rebel Og East update

Under twelve B

football league

Section two round one

Carraig na bhFear 0-04
St Catherine’s 5-08

St Catherine’s were that bit too strong for game and gallant opposition when the opening match in the under twelve B football league was played in Carrig na bhFear on Saturday morning last.

Scorers: G O’Brien (2-03), C O’Donoghue (2-01), J Mulcahy (1-01), S Cotter (0-2) and B O’Connor (0-1).

Team: W O’Driscoll, K Wallace, J O’Callaghan, D Morrison, S O’Donoghue, A O’Donnell, B O’Connor, O Fitzgerald, S Cotter, G O’Brien, F O’Connell, C O’Donoghue and J Mulcahy. Also on panel: C Sheehan, C McAuliffe, C Feeney.


Adult Club

Friday, April 8th at Dungourney junior B football championship first round v Aghada at 6.45pm.

Sunday, April 10th at Kilmeen county junior A hurling league section one round two v Kilbree at 2pm.

Rebel Óg East fixtures

Tonight (Thursday) April 7th at Ballynoe under fourteen B hurling league section two round one v Watergrasshill at 7pm.

Tonight (Thursday) April 7th at Ballynoe minor A hurling league round two v Cobh at 7.30pm.

Tonight (Thursday) April 7th at Rathcormac under eleven football league group one round one v Bride Rovers at 7pm.

Saturday, April 9th at Ballynoe under twelve B football league section two round two v Fr O’Neill’s at 11.30am.

Wednesday, April 13th under sixteen B hurling league section two round two v Carraig na bhFear (away) at 7.30pm.

Easter mini skills camp

Following on the success of the Hallowe’en undertaking, the Easter mini skills camp took place in the pitches in Ballynoe from Tuesday to Thursday of last week. Times were 10am to 12 noon each of the three days. Seventy children attended from the three primary schools of the parish. Forty one boys and twenty nine girls were present. Camp co-ordinator was James Spillane. Coaches were Mike Walsh, Noel O’Brien, Alice O’Keeffe, Laura Hayes, Kieran Neville, Shane O’Brien, Dino Paolo, Evelyn O’Keeffe, Eoin Davis, Mairead Rohan and Thomas O’Donnell. Helpers were: Brendan McKee, Niamh Mulcahy, Eve England, Caoimhe Hayes, Eoin Sheehan and Niamh O’Regan. Thanks to all the parents and club members who helped out in anyway, in particular Redmond Higgins, Ann Bryan, Breda Temple, Deirdre Twomey and Mags Fitzgerald.

That should whet the appetite now for the annual cúl camp to be held in the pitches in Ballynoe later in the summer.

Club meeting

Next club meeting takes place in Ballynoe on Thursday night, April 21st. Time 9pm.


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


Being a bank holiday last week’s lotto draw was held back until Wednesday night, March 29th at The Big Tree, Aghern. Numbers drawn were 7, 9, 19 and 24 and the jackpot of €8,600 wasn’t won. Consolation winners on the night being David O’Keeffe, Lismore; Willie, Shane, Liam and Elaine Kearney, Carrigmore, Conna; Denise O’Connor, Ronan Clancy, Monaghan, Conna and Pat Beecher, Kilclare, Conna.

Most recent lotto draw with a jackpot of €8,800 was set for the Fisherman’s Rest in Conna on Monday night last April 7th. Results next week.

Cork Teams

Difficult to know where you start. Perhaps in the football the Rebels were a tad unlucky. Those heavy defeats inflicted by Donegal and in particular Roscommon at Pairc Uí Rinn is what eventually undid their division one status.

Remember Donegal into the quarter-final and Cork relegated, both finished the division one table on six league points. But were poles apart come scoring status. Three wins from the regular group matches attained. Yet down they go. Ironically Cork who bagged no points survived when overcoming the challenge of Galway in the national hurling league division one relegation final. We are all delighted, but wise enough to know the system must be flawed. These relegation finals are dubious. Sure looking at the top end of the table and should there be any league finals at all? Top team wins and that’s that. Sure that’s how all league tables are judged. Irrespective of what the sport is. Food for thought!!!!