St Catherines GAA Club Notes

18 July, 2016

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Loss to Aghada in junior B hurling championship
East Cork junior B Hurling Championship First Round
Aghada 1-13 St Catherines 0-10
Grateful to an excellent start when for the first twenty minutes they all but dominated the play and it was Aghada who advanced from this round one divisional junior B hurling championship tie played in overcast conditions at Shanagarry on Friday evening last. 
Catherines ‘keeper Mark Walsh was called into action almost straight away. As gradually the opposition assumed almost total control shooting 1-04 without reply through eleven minutes. Ronan Kennedy and James Daly were constant threats up front, as was Charlie Terry with Aghada’s and the games only goal as early as the fourth minute. Visibly the Saints were coming much more into it and although scores were difficult to come by, at least the chances were being created and frees awarded. Five of the next six scores albeit mostly from placed balls followed, trimming the half time deficit to five points on a 1-09 to 0-07 scoreline. Also through the half and on into the one that followed there was this persistence with going for goals from frees when they weren’t really on, they should have been popped over and gradually narrowing the gap and you never know what might happen after that. Yet again Aghada were stretching the advantage. 
A hat-trick of points without reply now nearly seven minutes into the second half continued having them in a dominant situation. Catherines were reshuffling the pack and empting the bench, trying manfully to stem the tide. Team captain Patrick Roche struck some audacious points from frees and sixty fives. Brian Davis and Noel O’Brien added a brace from open play. Still that five-point margin not trimmed, when having failed to raise any kind of flag for over twenty-six minutes, Aghada had the final say with Aidan O’Connell pointing from a free in time added on. Aghada progress in the competition. For the Saints it’s the second round or back door. 
Scorers: P Roche (0-04 frees) (0-02 ‘65’s’) (0-06), I O’Brien, K Neville, B Davis and N O’Brien (0-01 each).
Team: M Walsh, J Mulcahy, D Lane, J Lane, ‘Jnr’ Sheehan, P Roche (team captain), K Neville, K Mangan, T O’Donnell, L Beecher, B Davis, L O’Callaghan McCarthy, I O’Brien, L O’Connor and N O’Brien. Subs: S Walsh for I O‘Brien (36’), P Ryan for K Mangan (38’), J Casey for L O’Callaghan McCarty (41’), D Wallace for L Beecher (50’). Also: C Ahern, D O’Connor, C O’Donnell and S O’Regan.
Referee: Pádraig Kearney (Killeagh).
East Cork Junior Hurling League - Division One - Round Eight
St Catherines 0-12
Russell Rovers 1-06
St Catherines survived a tenacious Russell Rovers challenge before securing a narrow victory in this round eight divisional junior hurling league division one tie played in miserable conditions at Ballynoe on Sunday last at 12 noon. It was their sixth successive win in the competition, thus bringing their haul to twelve points from seven matches played. Only loss incurred was ironically in the first match against Sarsfields back in mid April. Take note that the County junior hurling league, which resumes this forthcoming weekend, is a totally different competition. Tally so far in that is five points from three league matches played. 
With the teams together twice St Catherines took a lead they subsequently wouldn’t surrender. Pádraig O’Connor and Eoin Condon initiated the move, finished off with a class Shane O’Brien point after twenty-three minutes. He added another sixty seconds later. Catherines fortunate enough to be 0-05 to 0-03 ahead at half time. Because in the overall context of the game both teams found it much more difficult to score when playing with the supposed benefit of what was a strong breeze. For example Russell Rovers recorded ten first half wides. Substitute John Casey stretched the lead that bit further very early on the change around. Then it went to 0-08 to 0-04 after thirty-seven minutes and again to 0-09 to 0-05 right at the end of the third quarter. 
It was John Paul Ivers with the pass to Jack McGrath to finish off the opposition goal. A contest right now back in the melting pot. Cutting the margin to the minimum with the score now standing at 0-09 to 1-05. Twenty minutes gone in the second half. Late points from Brian Mulcahy and Eoin Condon helping to dig out a three point success at the finish. Still to come are fixtures against both Cobh and Bride Rovers. Both away. Just again a reminder that Midleton are opposition in the quarter-final of the East Cork junior A hurling championship. Should be on around end of July.
Scorers: S O’Brien (0-02 frees) (0-05), B Mulcahy (0-04), C Kearney, J Casey and E Condon (0-01 each).
Team: E Aherne, W Walsh, S Fitzgerald, E Kenneally, C Hegarty, D Mangan, Stephen O’Brien, E Condon, B Davis, P O’Connor, B Mulcahy, M Mulcahy, C Kearney, Shane O’Brien and J Neville. Subs: J Casey for E Kenneally (21’), J Mulcahy for C Hegarty (45’). Also: L O’Callaghan McCarthy and E Corcoran.
Referee: Niall Barrett (Carrigtwohill).
An ever stuttering senior football team now are the County’s sole representatives, as what’s termed the business end of our respective championships in both codes and through the various age groups is upon us. Poor and disappointing Cork are now a division two football team. They crashed out of the provincial championship on the first day of asking and weren’t good in disposing of a moderate Limerick team in the qualifiers. First leg of a triple-header in Thurles on Saturday afternoon last. Now they must be prepared to travel to Longford. A Longford team fired up after an excellent win over Monaghan. With what will be minimal support they are now most definitely going into the lions den. Indeed to be fair all four football qualifiers are difficult to predict. Ensuring that all four should be competitive at least. No need for a hurling draw. Tipp’s emphatic win in the Munster final on Sunday in Limerick and Waterford having already played Clare ensured that. So now we have Clare v Galway and Wexford v Waterford. Hopefully common sense prevails and both matches go ahead in Thurles on the afternoon of Sunday July 24th. 
Cork’s hurling decline continues at an alarming rate. No doubt Rebel followers were welcoming Wexford as the chances of beating Clare or Limerick wouldn’t be good on current form. Of course without really studying it, the reverse was also the case. Wexford wanted Cork. They are now building up momentum despite clear divisiveness still existing within the County and you know their record against Waterford is very good. Should have beaten them in this year’s league quarter-final and have two qualifier wins ensured in recent years.
Juvenile -
Rebel Óg East U16 B Hurling Championship Quarter-Final
St Catherines 4-18
Bishopstown 0-05
St Catherines had it much easier than expected, recording a comprehensive victory over a second string Bishopstown outfit in this Rebel Óg East U16 B hurling championship quarter-final, when played in anything but summer like conditions at Ballynoe on Monday evening July 4th last. 
Catherines dominated from the start and had the issue effectively sealed by half time. Early goals by Eoin Davis and Kevin Barry helped build up a lead of 1-05 without reply to eight minutes and again at 2-10 to 0-01 to the end of the opening quarter. It was 3-12 to 0-03 by half time. No let up on the change around. With Gavin England adding his second and a fourth Saints goal with just five minutes elapsed. In all eight different players scored as the home team surged into a semi-final. It wont be as easy against Aghada next Monday night. 
Scorers: E Davis (0-06 frees) (1-10), G England (2-00), K Barry (1-01), A O’Brien and B O’Brien (0-02 each), H Draper, R English and O O’Neill (sideline cut) (0-01 each).
St Catherines team: E Sheehan, E O’Riordan, C Galvin, J McGuckian, B McKee, B O’Brien, S Kelleher, A Long, O O’Neill, A O’Brien, R English, G England, K Barry, E Davis (team captain) and H Draper. Subs: A Leahy, J Hayes and J O’Keeffe for G England, J McGuckian and H Draper (all 46’). G England for A O’Brien (50’), C England for E O’Riordan (52’). Also on panel: E Philpott, C Dinneen and D Galvin.
Referee: Pádraig Kearney (Killeagh).
Fixtures - Juvenile
Friday, July 15th at Ballynoe - U11 Football League Group One Round Five (rescheduled) v Kiltha Óg at 7.30pm.
Monday, July 18th at Castlemartyr - Rebel Óg East U16 B hurling championship semi-final v Aghada at 7pm.
Wednesday, July 20th - Rebel Óg East minor B football league section three round seven v Carraig na bhFear (away) at 7.30pm.
Adult club - Sunday, July 17th County Junior Hurling League section one round four v Banteer (away) at 12 noon. 
Cúl Camp
The trend countrywide and this year’s annual Kellogg’s sponsored Cúl Camp was one of the biggest for a while. It was held in the pitches daily in Ballynoe at 10am to 2.30pm from Monday, July 4th to Friday, July 8th inclusive. One hundred and forty five children took part. All coming from the three schools of the Parish in Conna, Ballynoe and Curraglass.
Coaches were Noel O’Brien, Eoin Wallace, Richard Galvin, Brian Davis, Cathal Leahy, Eoin Davis, Áine Mulcahy, Mairéad Rohan, Eoin Condon, Kieran Neville, Emma Spillane, Yvonne O’Neill, Tom O’Donnell and Finola Neville. Helpers were Caoimhe Hayes, Brendan McKee, Niamh O’Regan, Linda O’Donnell, Evelyn O’Keeffe, Caoimhe Galvin, Laura Hayes, Aoife Hurley, Eoin Sheehan, Niamh Mulcahy, Shane O’Regan and Rory Galvin. Volunteers Brendan Hurley, Batt Sheehan and Shane O’Connell introduced so many young children to handball. A great bunch of women helped with kits and generally were available to help out. No job too big or small.
Through the autumn and early spring a few mini camps were staged and James Spillane’s organisational skills were of great benefit throughout the week. Redmond Higgins put traffic calming measures in place to ensure children got to and from the camp safely. John Lane, Pat and Dolores Hartigan made a terrific effort to have the venue in top condition. Guest during the week was Youghal and Cork hurler Bill Cooper who visited the annual Cúl Camp on the Thursday. He patiently signed hurleys, helmets and jerseys and encouraged what we hope are rising stars. Mention too for the parents, thanks for getting the young children to the pitch on time. Your support and dedication is appreciated. Cúl Camp co-ordinator this year was for the first time Imelda O’Connell, secretary St Catherines juvenile club. She says she found it a steep learning curve. But the youth are the future and it’s worth investing in them. 
Our condolences go to the Sheehan families of Tallow and Glanworth on their recent bereavement. Sympathy too to the Walsh family of Bartlemy and Bride Rovers on a recent very sad death. 
Lotto Results
Results from the most recent lotto draw which was held at The Big Tree, Aghern on Monday night last, July 11th. Numbers drawn were: 4, 12, 21 and 23. There was no winner of the €11,600 jackpot. While the consolation winners were: Catherine McCready, Conna, Ella Tobin, Ballymote, Tallow, Sinéad Sheehan, Glentrasna, Ballynoe, Phil Beecher, c/o PH Conna and Caroline Murphy (phone number supplied).
Next draw for a now accumulated €11,800 jackpot will be at The Fisherman’s Rest, Conna on Monday night July 18th.
T&A Plant Hire are St Catherines GAA club sponsors.