St Catherines GAA Club Notes

28 July, 2016

St Catherines GAA

Good win for St Catherines in East Cork Oil sponsored U21 A hurling championship quarter final

St Catherine’s 1-13
Watergrasshill 1-12

Seemingly well on control through the early exchanges. Yet the saints had to survive a surging opposition rally. Winning this divisional under twenty one A hurling championship quarter-final by the slimmest of margins. In the fixture list for Castlelyons it was relocated during the week. Eventually played in Lisgoold at 12pm on Sunday last.

Three Rory Galvin points without reply including a brace from placed balls and all inside the opening two and a half minutes were helping the saints to settle their cause further boosted when unexpectedly the sliotar broke free around the ‘Hill goal. John Walsh bravely forcing the ball over the line and a lead of 1-03 to 0-01 attained after twelve minutes. Pearse Moloney responded with Watergrasshill’s only score from play through the opening thirty minutes.

Numerous attacks were repelled with Eoin Wallace, Shane O’Brien and Kieran Neville very solid in the Catherines rearguard. Behind them Cathal Leahy was cool under pressure between the posts. Reflexes sharp. Handling solid. Clearances lengthy and puckouts well placed. Favoured by the conditions and with a strong breeze at their backs the Saints drove on. Six unanswered points ensued most notably well taken efforts from Brian Davis and Ian O’Brien in turn. Half-time Catherines ahead on a 1-09 to 0-02 scoreline.

A lengthy stoppage following an injury picked up by ’Hill team captain Shane O’Riordan held play up at the start of the turnover. A reassuring Richard Galvin point opened the scoring and extended the lead at the start of the second half hour. As both teams clearly struggled when playing with the advantage of the stiffish breeze. For instance Watergrasshill were off target with their opening five attacks on the change of ends. But back to back points preceded their goal finished off by Seamus Curtin. Margin now trimmed to five points at 1-10 to 1-05 to forty minutes and it’s game on!!!!

Shane O’Brien from a free and Niall O’Regan tallied welcome and vital points as the opposition were mounting an increasing wave of attacks. Dylan McCarthy was on target as was the very good Denis O’Farrell. Then Ciarán Spriggs found the range as did Aaron Ricken from a well struck free. Margin trimmed to a point and after almost six minutes of stoppage time suddenly it was over.

Look it was a bit like the minor. Shooting was often poor. Wides tally mounted to seventeen including eleven alone in the first half. But that can all be worked on while a stronger panel should be available. With a good few players to come back. The important thing here was to get the win against a ’Hill team reigning holders of this rejigged under twenty one grade. All A grade teams now playing in the newly introduced county premier championship with their place taken by existing B teams for the division of under twenty one A championship. Confused? Forget it. Just get on with it!!!

Watergrasshill scorers: D McCarthy (0-03 frees) (0-06), S Curtin (1-02), D O’Farrell and P Moloney (0-01 free), (0-02 each), A Spriggs and A Ricken (free) (0-01 each).

St Catherines scorers: R Galvin (0-05 frees) (0-08), J Walsh (1-00), B Davis, I O’Brien, RD Galvin, N O’Regan and S O’Brien (free) (0-01 each).

St Catherines team: C Leahy, P Keane, E Wallace, L O’Callaghan, McCarthy, B Davis, S O’Brien, K Neville, E Condon (team captain), Rd Galvin, L Beecher, R Galvin, N O’Regan, J Walsh, I O’Brien, E Corcoran. Sub: R Barry. Referee: Niall Barrett (Carrigtwohill).

Rebel Óg East under sixteen B hurling championship semi-final

St Catherines 4-12 Aghada 3-10

Chances are by the time you read this weekly review that the Saints will have played in the regional decider. Overcoming the challenge of a tenacious Aghada outfit by a well merited five point margin when this Rebel Óg East under sixteen B hurling championship semi-final was played in near tropical conditions at Castlemartyr on Monday evening July 18th last.

That said the opposition were making the better start. A Jamie O’Hanlon goal had them four points to the good at 1-03 to 0-02 after eight minutes. A significant positional switch of great benefit to a mounting Saints challenge. An ominous Adam O’Brien delivery forced over the line by James Duncan now figuring up front in a direct exchange with Ciaran O’Brien.

A rare sight as referee James Daly allowed a brief stoppage for water intake right on the quarter hour. Such was the heat and hinted at beforehand. Catherine’s cause further boosted. Owen O’Neill goaling after twenty nine minutes and enough to establish a narrow two point lead on a half-time scoreline of 2-05 to 1-06.

Whereas there may be a hint of good fortune about those first half goals. But certainly there was no luck about what followed early on the turnover. A delightful deft touch by Eoin Davis, a thing of beauty picks out the pacy Robert English and on the run billows the net from close range. Elation hadn’t died down when this time English turned provider. His was the key pass. Davis finishing with a cracking strike. Key moments of a well attended match. Score at 4-06 to 1-07. Just four minutes elapsed in the second half. Catherines in a good place Craig Hogan with one of the scores of the match. Goaling on fifty minutes. But on this occasion a score of a consolation nature. Catherines into the Rebel Óg East final against Whitechurch and scheduled for Rathcormac on Monday night last, July 25th.

Scorers: E Davis (0-4 frees) (0-02 ‘65s) (1-08), O O’Neill (1-03), J Duncan and E English (1-00 each) and A Long (0-01).

Team: E Sheehan, E O’Riordan, C Galvin, J Duncan, B McKee, B O’Brien, S Kelleher, A Long, O O’Neill, C O’Brien, R English, A O’Brien, K Barry, E Davis and G England. Subs: J McGuckian for G England (24’), J Hayes, for J Duncan (second half). Also C England, M Geary, C Dineen, A Leahy, D Galvin and H Draper. Referee: James Daly (Youghal).


Thursday, July 28th at Castleyons junior B hurling championship second round v Erin’s Own at 7.30pm.

Saturday, July 20th at Youghal junior A hurling championship quarter-final v Midleton at 7pm.


St Catherines overcame the challenge of Inniscarra when the first round tie in the SE Systems senior camogie championship was played at Castle Road in Mahon on Sunday evening last. Laura Hayes goal separated the teams at the break with the saints just ahead on a 1-6 to 0-06 scoreline. Prolific point scoring from both Orla Cotter and Finola Neville extended the margin to four points when three minutes into injury time Inniscarra goaled a penalty. Catherines advancing with a score of 1-16 to 2-12.

Conna Festival

Hopefully the weather stays sound for the Conna Festival scheduled to start this forthcoming Friday evening. Highlight being the 1916 battle re-enactment on the Sunday. Best of luck to all there with the undertaking.

Late news from Monday night last

Result from Monday night July 25th

Rebel Óg East under sixteen B hurling championship final

St Catherine’s 2-10
Whitechurch 1-13

Replay Sunday, July 31st at 12 noon venue TBC, reports on both games next week.


Lotto results from the most recent draw which was held at The Winner’s Enclosure, Conna also on Monday night last, July 25th. Numbers drawn were 11, 12, 23 and 29. There was no winner of the €12,000 accumulated jackpot. While the consolation winners were Patricia Moroney c/o Kals, Breeda Cotter, phone no, supplied, Finola Neville, Ballynoe, Paudie and Breeda Galvin, Lacken and Catherine Cody and Sean Dough c/o Pat Clancy.

Being a bank holiday next draw for a jackpot of €12,200 will be at The Plough, Curraglass on Tuesday night, August 2nd.


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