St Catherines GAA Club Notes

16 September, 2016

St Catherines GAA

Wins in regional minor and county junior hurling leagues

In terms of valuation it might be described as one of those ordinary weeks. There was a win over Tracton in a regional minor A hurling league semi-final. Also over Courcey Rovers in the county junior hurling league. No joy for the Rebelettes in their respective All-Ireland camogie finals at Croke Park. We have a few more photographs from the night at the dogs. But just before we present a few brief reports, just to inform you that this week’s lotto draw was held over until Tuesday night last because of a bereavement in Ballynoe. Results next week.

County Junior Hurling League - Group One - Round Seven

St Catherines 1-21 Courcey Rovers 0-14

Two teams whose main aspirations for the year were crushed in their respective divisional finals. Valley Rovers edging past Courcey’s in the South East. You probably don’t need reminding of the heavy defeat inflicted on the Saints by Sars in the East Cork junior A hurling championship final, when played at Magner’s Hill in Youghal a fortnight ago. But it’s the Saints who keep the momentum going, winning this round seven county junior hurling league tie when played under lights at Ballynoe on Friday night last. Brian Mulcahy was in irrepressible scoring form for the home team. Likewise Tadhg O’Sullivan who featured prominently at minor level against the Saints last year pointed a good few of Courcey’s scores. Key score emerged when a Shane O’Brien free eluded all for the Saints and only goal of the contest. Making it 1-12 to 0-06 after twenty-four minutes and onto 1-14 to 0-06 at the break. Courcey’s were better for the second half, but the margin was too wide.

Scorers: S O’Brien (1-07 frees) (0-01 ‘65’) (1-11), B Mulcahy (0-05), C Kearney (0-03), J Neville and P O’Connor (0-01 each).

Team: E Aherne, W Walsh, C Hegarty, E Kenneally, J Mulcahy, R Clancy, B Davis, E Condon, M Mulcahy, P O’Connor, B Mulcahy, S O’Brien, C Kearney, R Galvin and J Neville. Subs: S O’Regan for J Mulcahy (48’), J Casey for J Neville (49’), S Walsh for B Mulcahy (51’). Referee: Pádraig Kearney (Killeagh).

Rebel Óg East Report

Minor A Hurling League Semi-Final

St Catherines 4-15 Tracton 0-06

St Catherines were well over Tracton in this Rebel Óg East minor A hurling league semi-final when played under lights at Ballynoe on Thursday evening last. Ben O’Brien crashed in the lead goal on ninety seconds. Rory Galvin accurate both from frees and general play. Conor Hickey helping himself to a first half hat-trick of points, as a gradually becoming one-sided contest fell away altogether following the showing of a red card to an opposition player on eighteen minutes. It was 1-08 to 0-01 then. Stretching to 1-13 to 0-01 by half-time.

An exquisite O’Brien pass picked out Richard Galvin and like the championship match against Castlelyons at Rathcormac a week previous goaled a beauty with a peach of a finish nearly three minutes into the second half. Despite the best efforts of Rory Sinclair, Cormac Kiely and David Byrne there could be no come back from that.

Scorers: Richard Galvin (2-00), B O’Brien (1-03), R Galvin (0-03 frees) (0-01 ‘65’) (0-06), K English (1-00), C Hickey (0-03), K Neville (0-02) and T O’Donnell (0-01).

Team: E Davis, P Keane, E Wallace, K Geary, A Long, C Galvin, S O’Regan, T O’Donnell, K Neville, R Galvin, Richard Galvin, A O’Brien, C Hickey, L Beecher and B O’Brien. Subs: K English and B McKee for L Beecher and E Wallace (both second half). Referee: Ger Scully (Killeagh).

U11 Hurling League - Group One - Round Eleven

St Catherines 3-08 Watergrasshill 2-06

St Catherines keep the momentum going. Now eight wins out of nine competitive games following a well earned success over a gallant Watergrasshill outfit, when this round eleven U11 hurling league tie went ahead in overcast conditions at Ballynoe on Monday evening September 5th last.

Kian O’Donoghue with a goal in the opening minute and Cathal Sheehan quickly adding a point had the home team off to a flyer. But it was obvious from the outset that this was a contest between two well-matched teams. Level after eight minutes and the visitors just shading it at 2-04 to 2-02 to the break.

Catherines making an explosive start to the second half. Shane Cotter pointed three times. Best one being a lengthy Óisin Fitzgerald delivery, which looked to be heading for the exit door. Bravely kept in play and cutely popped over for an exquisite score. Proof you chase everything. Never give up. As Brian Corcoran’s book put it - “Every Single Ball.” They all count. Ahead at 2-07 to 2-06 to forty minutes Catherines wrapped it up with a vital Diarmuid O’Connell goal against a Hill team who had very good players in Cian Cronin O’Neill, Liam Foley and Michael O’Driscoll.

Scorers: K O’Donoghue (0-01 free) (0-01 ‘65’) (1-04), D O’Connell (2-00), S Cotter (0-03) and C Sheehan (0-01).

Team: C Leamy, C Dunning, E O’Driscoll, C Hayes, D O’Donovan, S O’Donoghue, O Fitzgerald, N Sheehan, C Pietropaolo, D O’Connell, D Morrison, K O’Donoghue, S Cotter, C Sheehan and C McAuliffe. Also: G O’Callaghan McCarthy, A Bryan, C McCarthy, C Feeney and J Bryan. Referee: Pat Fitzgerald (St Catherines).

Fixture List - Juvenile

Friday September 16th U11 Hurling League - Group One - Round Ten v St Colman’s (away) at 7.30pm.

Also watch out for a refixture with Aghabullogue in an U12 football league play off postponed from last Friday evening, because of poor weather conditions. St Catherines are away to either St Vincents or Shamrocks in the twelve a side U14 C football league semi-final. Also playing Rebel Óg North county minor A hurling championship semi-final. Watch out for all of those upcoming fixtures.


Tonight (Thursday) September 15th at Ballynoe - East Cork Junior Hurling League Division Three Round Nine v Cobh at 7.30pm.

Friday September 16th at Rostellan - East Cork Junior Football League Division Three Round Four v Aghada at 7.45pm.


No joy for the Rebelettes from their respective All-Ireland camogie finals held at Croke Park on Sunday afternoon last. It’s down now to the ladies footballers to secure a title for Cork. They play Dublin in the All-Ireland final on the afternoon of Sunday, September 25th.


Condolences to the Carraig na bhFear club on the sad death of Eddie Hegarty. We remember the late Eddie attending the old East Cork Juvenile Board meetings over twenty years ago, and if you had a problem with a fixture Eddie, gentleman that he was would always do his best to facilitate you if he could. Eddie’s brother is Don Hegarty ex chairman of the now defunct Cork County Minor Board and currently development/cultural officer of the East Cork GAA Board. His sister is Phil Fox now resident in Aghern near Conna.


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