St Catherines GAA Club

29 September, 2016

St Catherines GAA

AGM dates revealed

Two of the most important meetings of the year now have dates put on them. Juvenile annual general meeting will go ahead in the clubrooms in Ballynoe at 8pm on Thursday night, October 27th. While the parent club AGM has been fixed for Conna hall on Saturday night, November 5th, commencing at 8.15pm. Juvenile AGM always comes first. Officers elected must be verified at adult level re approval. Realistically a juvenile club is but a sub committee of the parent body. By the way there are a lot of untapped experts out there. They are asking questions and demanding answers. Maybe it’s time they come to the other side!!

Full lotto results update

We were back to our regular slot for the lotto draw held at The Big Tree, Aghern, on Monday night September 19th last. Numbers draw were 2, 25, 28 and 29 and the jackpot of €13,600 wasn’t won. While the consolation winners on the night were: Alan O’Mahony, Castlebrook, Conna; Jennifer Daly, Tallow; Bridget Cullinane, Ballynoe; Paul Higgins, Ballycullane, Ballynoe and Oliver Twomey c/o Fisherman’s Rest, Conna. Moving with the results from the most recent draw which was held at The Fisherman’s Rest, Conna on Monday night last September 26th. Numbers drawn were 5, 8, 13 and 23. There was no winner of the €13,800 jackpot. While the consolation winners were Denis Dingivan, Curraheen, Conna; Pat Fahy, Curraheen, Conna; Pat O’Donovan, Barrafohona, Ballynoe; Shane Walsh, Conna and Claire Kearney, Shanakill, Curraglass. Next draw now for an accumulated €14,000 jackpot will be in The Winner’s Enclosure, Conna on Monday night October 3rd.

Retirements and transfers

Garda John Donegan, based in the Ballynoe area for a good few years, has retired from the Force and moving on to pastures green. We wish John all the best in whatever field he enters!!! Also we are all very sad to see Fr Andrew Carvill leave Ballynoe and the Conna parish as a whole. He was with us for a six and a half year period and said his last Mass in the church on Saturday evening, September 10th. He was very well liked and we would say the feeling was mutual. We will miss him. Likewise by admission he will miss us. He endeared himself to the public and frequently attended Catherine’s matches. We used to have great fun jibing him about his beloved Dubs. You wouldn’t upset Fr Andrew. Nor was that the intention. He now relocates to Mallow. Unfortunately he is not going to be replaced and Ballynoe church now loses the vigil Mass on Saturday nights. That’s how it is and we will have to get used to it. Best of luck to him on his new appointment.


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

Matches played East Cork junior football league - division three - round three Glenville 1-11 St Catherine’s 2-04

Frequent rainfall and a constant gale force wind made life difficult for players, mentors and anyone else present for this round three junior football league division three tie played at Fouhy Park under lights, an outside pitch between Watergrasshill and Glenville on Friday night last. Catherine’s receiving a timely boost early on. Wing forward Brian Davis, careering through and finishing off the game’s and the Saint’s opening goal after nine minutes. But favoured by the conditions the home team were able to press on and following the concession of the goal, popped over seven unanswered points. Johnny Dorgan and Paul Conroy among the scorers. When the visitors clawed their way right back into it. Rory Galvin coolly converting a penalty kick right on the stroke of half time. Glenville ahead on a scoreline of 0-08 to 2-00. Ed Kenneally had it trimmed to a point when Aidan Foley goaled the decisive score of the match thirteen minutes into the second half. In fairness both teams fluffed their lines. Failing to convert numerous goal chances. It’s a mystery how some were kept out. Credit too to both goalkeepers on a night not conclusive to safe and secure handling. Overall not a good result for the Saints trying to make progress in this group.

Scorers: R Galvin (1-00 penalty), (0-02 frees) (1-02), B Davis (1-00), E Kenneally and P O’Connor (0-1 each). St Catherine’s team: C Molloy, D O’Connor, J Mulcahy, D Wallace, J Neville, P O’Connor, P Ryan, P Roche, A Carr, B Davis, E Kenneally, S Carr, E Condon, R Galvin, N O’Brien. Referee: James Hennessy (Dungourney).

Junior hurling league - division three - round six Fr O’Neill’s 2-12 St Catherine’s 1-10

Back to back second quarter goals had Fr O’Neill’s in a strong position when this round six junior hurling league division three tie was played in Ahavine at 6pm on Saturday evening last. Then five unanswered points midway through the second half sealed the deal for an O’Neill’s team ahead at 2-05 to 0-06 by half time. Eventually winning out on a scoreline of 2-12 to 1-10. Still just a second setback for the Saints through the campaign and have a realistic chance of making the final!

Scorers: P Roche (1-00), M Mulcahy (0-01 free) (0-03), J Casey, B Davis and K Neville (0-02 each) and J Mulcahy (0-01). Team: M Walsh, D Wallace, D Lane, L O’Callaghan, McCarthy, K Mangan, W Walsh, S O’Regan, B Davis, P Roche, M Mulcahy, J Mulcahy, P Ryan, S Walsh, J Casey, K Neville. Subs used were: J Hurley, L O’Connor, E Kenneally and E Aherne. Referee: James Daly (Youghal).

Rebel Óg East news Under eleven hurling league - group one - round ten St Colman’s 0-6 St Catherines 2-07

Main highlights of this round ten under eleven hurling league regular group tie and played under lights on an outside pitch at Shanagarry on Tuesday evening, September 20th last were the Saints taking a lead they never subsequently looked like relinguishing. There were the strong scoring contributions particularly from Ciaran Pietropaolo, Nathan Sheehan and Kian O’Donoghue. Resultingly easing the Saints into the play-offs against Whitechurch. Winners to face Ballinhassig. While Carrigtwohill, Mayfield and Courcey Rovers are involved at the other side. Half time in Shanagarry it was 1-06 to 0-04 for the Saints. Eventually winning out on an end scoreline of 2-07 to 1-06.

Scorers: C Pietropaolo (2-01), N Sheehan (0-03), K O’Donoghue (0-02) and S Cotter (0-01). Team: C Leamy, E O’Driscoll, C Dunning, D O’Donovan, S O’Donoghue, D O’Connell, N Sheehan, C Pietropaolo, D Morrison, K O’Donoghue, C Sheehan and S Cotter. Also: C Feeney, G O’Callaghan, McCarthy and C Hayes.

Under 11 hurling league - play-off

That then provided the backdrop to last Sunday’s league play-off in Whitechurch at 3pm. Ex county player and 1993 hurling All-Star Barry Egan involved in the coaching of Whitechurch who had very good players in Jack Brickley, Eoin Cully, John Kelleher and Brian Egan amongst others. But they just weren’t left express themselves this time around. With a strong breeze at their backs Catherine’s just dominated from the start. Nathan Sheehan, Cathal Sheena and Shane Cotter all goaling in the opening sequences of play. Frequently Ciaran Pietropaolo charged through from the middle of the field helping himself to a brace of well taken points. Kian O’Donoghue always a threat. Be it from open play or frees. When they did threaten the opposition just couldn’t breach the visitors rearguard! Well marshalled by Oisin Fitzgerald and Sean O’Donoghue. Most of the scoring done by half time. Catherine’s advance comfortably. They now play the league semi-final in Ballinhassig.

Scorers: N Sheehan (1-01), K O’Donoghue (0-02 frees) (0-04), C Sheehan and S Cotter (1-00 each) and C Pietrolpaolo (0-02). St Catherine’s team: C Leamy, C Dunning, O’Fitzgerald, G O’Callaghan, McCarthy, D O’Donovan, S O’Donoghue, D O’Connell, D Morrison, N Sheehan, C Pietropaolo, K O’Donoghue, C Hayes, S Cotter, C McAuliffe, C Sheehan. Sub: C Feeney for C Hayes (35’). Referee: Stephen Murphy (Grenagh).

Ladies final

From the excellent Whitechurch set up straight to the car. Tune in Radio One almost right at the start of the TG4 sponsored All Ireland ladies gaelic football final. There were a lot of updates from elsewhere. Understandable being a nationwide service. So we stay with Paudie on C103FM. Cork leading most of the opening half. A clear Dublin point not awarded before forging narrowly ahead and torrential rainfall spoiling the conditions. They were the first half highlights. By now we watch the telly. Rhona Ní Bhuacalla’s priceless goal and the crucial point taking of Doireann O’Sullivan. Now the Rebels charge into a four point lead when the Dubs goal a penalty kick with less than a minute remaining. That first half point not awarded now resufaces and talk of a refixture emerges. But Dublin had so many chances to undo the effects of that poor call. Overall Dublin mustered up a wides tally of thirteen. That tells its own story. There won’t be an appeal and one of the most successful teams in Irish sporting history now celebrate a si in a row of titles or if you wish eleven out of the last twelve. Dublin took the 2010 All-Ireland. Meaning since 2005 no team outside of Cork or Dublin have claimed ultimate senior honours - phenomenal.


Friday, September 30th county junior hurling league group one round six v Brian Dillons (away) at 7.30pm.