St Catherines GAA Club Notes

29 October, 2016

League wins for junior and minor hurlers

It was a weekend when the Saints claimed two titles. In wind and rain a victory was recorded over Ballinacurra in the junior hurling league division three final on Friday night last. Conditions weren’t much better when overcoming the challenge of Ballygarvan in the Rebel Óg East minor A hurling league final on Sunday afternoon. Reports presently. Both finals were in Ballynoe.

But first a reminder to patrons that nomination papers for the adult club AGM must be with secretary Deirdre O’Brien by tonight (Thursday), October 20th. Deirdre’s address in Curraheen, Conna or email This year’s adult club AGM is on in Conna Community hall on Saturday night November 5th at 8.15pm. With the juvenile equivalent a week previous on Thursday night, October 27th in the club rooms, Ballynoe. Starting at 8pm.

East Cork Junior hurling league division three - final

St Catherines 1-14 Ballinacurra 0-05

St Catherines recorded an emphatic victory over Ballinacurra in the division three junior hurling league final played under lights in truly awful conditions at rain sodden Ballynoe on Friday night last.

Catherine’s grasped the initiative right from the outset and rarely has one witnessed a half so one-sided.

Team captain Pa Roche was leading from the front and unerring in his free taking. From a selection of choice finishes credit must go to a lengthy strike around the middle perfectly judging the effect of heavy rain and the backing of a strong breeze which made it seven points without reply to fourteen minutes. Ninety seconds later Roche finished off this final’s only goal from a placed ball. Receiving able support from corner forward Noel O’Brien, being the Saints only scorers as the lead now stood on a half time scoreline of 1-11 to 0-02.

Favoured by the conditions for the turnover yet the opposition were making no realistic inroads as Ed Aherne, Kieran Neville, Denis Lane, Jim Lane and in particular Ed Kenneally in the pivitol role repelled most if not all attacks. Even though when given the chance Jake Hegarty proved himself a neat striker and consistent and reliable free taker. No let up in the conditions and the game just petered out resulting in a twelve point success for the Saints against a very disappointing Ballinacurra, who won the regular league game between the teams when played again at Ballynoe back towards the end of May.

Referees co-ordinator Donal O’Keeffe representing the East Cork Board presented the winning Owenacurra Cup to successful captain Pa Roche who duly thanked the team mentors and the opposition for the game. Delighted that at year’s end this particular group of players had something to show for their efforts.

St Catherines scorers: P Roche (1-09 frees) (1-10) and N O’Brien (0-04).

Team: Ed Aherne, Kieran Neville, Denis Lane, Jim Lane, Shane O’Regan, Ed Kenneally, Kevin Mangan, Pa Roche (captain), Lucas O’Callaghan-McCarthy, Luke Beecher, John Mulcahy, James Junior Sheehan, Noel O’Brien, Laurence O’Connor, John Casey. Subs: Tom O’Donnell for John Casey (35’), Johnny Hurley for Laurence O’Connor (46’), Dave Wallace for Kevin Mangan (53’), Shane Walsh for Luke Beecher (54’), David O’Connor for Noel O’Brien (‘56), Peter Ryan for John Mulcahy (58’). Also: Eoin Corcoran.

Referee: Mark Murphy (Bride Rovers).

Junior A challenge

A combination of division one and three finalists played division two league finalists Killeagh in A junior hurling challenge under lights at Ballynoe on Tuesday evening October 11th last. Overshadowed by a shoulder injury picked up by corner forward Conor Kearney which necessitated his withdrawel from the action on twenty miniutes. Both clubs wish him a speedy recovery. Killeagh dominating at this stage. An early Aaron Walsh goal followed by two more from Luke Fogarty had them 3-07 to 0-7 ahead by the break.

But the Saints were a revelation on the turnover. Liam O’Connor crashed home a beauty on forty seven seconds and when a lengthy Brian Mulcahy delivery eluded all and finished up in the net, parity was restored for the first time in the contest at 3-07 to 2-10 to forty four minutes.

Back to back Matthew Murphy points, one a free had the visitors back on front again. But Shane O’Brien from a placed ball tied it all up again at 3-09 to 2-12 when referee Mike Walsh decided we all had enough.

Rebel Óg East minor A hurling league final

St Catherines 0-16 Ballygarvan 0-07

With the appointed venue not available this minor A hurling league divisional final on the toss of a coin was rescheduled and relocated to Ballynoe on Sunday afternoon last. Taking both teams an apparent age to settle. Between them a tally of nines wides recorded before Conor Hickey opened the game’s and the Saints scoring. Pointing from play on eight minutes. From there it remained an even enough struggle. Although the Saints opened up a 0-09 to 0-03 advantage and came very close to goaling on seventeen minutes, it was the opposition who finished the half the stronger. A duo of pointed frees from Dylan O’Connor allied to a point from midfielder Oísin Kavanagh from open play, trimmed the scoreline still in Catherine’s favour and now standing at 0-09 to 0-06 to the break.

But with the conditions now very much in their favour Catherine’s pulled away as the second half advanced. Limiting Ballygarvan to just one score on the change of ends. Finished off by Patrick McSweeney on thirty four minutes. Owen O’Neill, Ben O’Brien and Luke Beecher with two, allied to the accurate and dependable finishing of Rory Galvin, both from frees and play saw the advantage now stretch to 0-15 to 0-07 right at the end of the third quarter. Catherine’s had the sliotar in the net on forty eight minutes. Though blown up for an infringement. A league final now being played out in a virtual downpour and just one point scored in the final quarter. Influenced by the slippery underfoot conditions that prevailed coming up to the finish. Sean Twohig vice chairman of Rebel Og East presented the victorious shield to Rory Galvin, captain of the successful St Catherines team who will now represent the Eastern division in the county rounds of the competition.

St Catherine’s scorers: R Galvin (0-07 frees) (0-09), N O’Regan and L Beecher (0-02 each), C Hickey, O O’Neill and B O’Brien (0-1 each).

Team: E Davis, P Keane, E Wallace, K Geary, S O’Regan, C Galvin, K Neville, T O’Donnell, RD Galvin, R Galvin, L Beecher, B O’Brien, O O’Neill, N O’Regan, C Hickey. Subs: R English for C Hickey (41’), K English for N O’Regan (60+1). Also A Long.

Referee: Pa Beausang (Midleton).

Underage blitz

St Catherines under nine and ten boys took part in a GAA under ten Munster wide blitz on Saturday morning last in Dr Morris Park in Thurles. Thirty teams participated in the morning session (hurling). Under nines coming up against Doon, Newmarket-On-Fergus and Lixnaw. Likewise, the tens playing Arravale Rovers, Newmarket-On-Fergus and Causeway. Very enjoyable day had by all.

Elite performance programme

Feedback was positive fom the elite performance programme jointly sponsored by Chill Insurance and Red Fm and held in Ballynoe Community Centre on Sunday morning last. Coaches involved were Arthur Dunne, frequently involved with the Cork senior and Dublin under twenty one footballers. Eamonn O’Reilly is head physio with the Dublin senior and under twenty one hurling teams. As well as the Irish international rules squad. While Cork players Eoin Cadogan, Anthony Nash and Alan Cadogan were also present.

Foundation coaching course

A hurling/football foundation course for St Catherine’s hurling and camogie clubs will take place in Ballynoe on Friday night November 11th at 7pm and Saturday, November 12th at 10am. Fee involved is €20. Booking through Imelda O’Connell, secretary juvenile GAA club with name, address, date of birth, phone number and email address please.


Sympathy from St Catherine’s club to the Aherne family and extended families on their recent sad bereavement.


An honest and committed performance wasn’t enough to rescue the Saints. Losing out by an eventual six point margin in the penultimate round of the county senior camogie championship. Second leg of a double header when played at Castleroad in Mahon on Saturday evening last. Crucial score coming after twelve minutes. Setting up a four point lead for Milford on a half time scoreline of 1-05 to 0-04.

Stretching to 1-09 to 0-04 to fifty minutes. With Catherine’s rewarded for their efforts. Firing over the last two scores of the match. Milford still on course for five in a row.

First game last Saturday saw Inniscarra get the better of Douglas on a 3-12 to 1-09 scoreline. Ironically losers by a point to the Saints in a first round match back in mid July, they have now regrouped and now face Milford in this year’s SE Systems Cork County senior camogie championship final. Fixed for Friday night October 28th at CIT grounds. Nevertheless well done to the Saints in getting that far. Evetually losing out to one of the finest teams in the county provence and country in recent years.

Well done to Orla Cotter who again has been nominated in the player of the year category at national level. Results along with the naming of the All Star team should be revealed on the first weekend of November.

Disappointingly St Catherines were beaten by Fr O’Neill’s in the under eighteen camogie championship at Aghavine when played at 5.30pm on Sunday evening last. It finished up at 2-03 to 0-07 to the home based team.

County finals

Very much at the business end of the season now and the county finals are coming thick and fast. First Mayfield put one over on a fancied Sarsfields in the county junior A hurling championship final. They can now represent the county without any impediments in the provincial championship. While Sars next match is against St Catherines in the East Cork junior hurling league division one final on next Sunday afternoon at 4pm.

What a week for Bandon. Adding the intermediate football championship to the premier hurling title claimed the previous Sunday. As Carberry Rangers won out their first senior football title.

Looking ahead and Fr O’Neill’s play Kildorrery in the Intermediate hurling decider this weekend.

Gabriel Rangers meet Shamrocks in the junior A football final. while Fermoy have a chance to upturn their hurling loss to Bandon when meeting Kiskeam in the county premier intermediate football championship decider. Weather permitting those matches should proceed this weekend. Sure the county board must be indebted to Pairc Uí Rinn. Imagine if it didn’t exist? Because if ever a venue needed a break....

Up in Tipp and Thurles Sars defeated Kildangan in their county senior hurling final. Remember the day Kildangan from the Puckane area defeated the Saints in the Munster intermediate championship of 2004 up in Nenagh? A weekend for Thurles tinged with sadness following the death of the legendary Mick ‘The Rattler’ Byrne. Shamefully omitted from the list of sporting headlines on RTE over the weekend.

In a repeat pairing from this season now reigning champions Tipperary have again been drawn against Cork in a preliminary round of the Muster senior hurling championship. Draws going out live on RTE 2 television on Thursday night last. History has thought us that down through the deccades this would be a tie to whet the appetite. But not anymore, while Tipp look to be getting stronger sadly the Rebels remain stagnant or possibly going back and it’s hard to visualise anything but a Tipp win and an advancement to play Waterford in the ensuing semi-final. While already Kilkenny look good for a place in the equivalent Leinster final.

Cork have been drawn against Waterford in a Munster football championship quarter final. Tipperary await the winners. A traditional saying over the years would be Kerry and Cork avoid each other and can’t meet until the final. A lot of pitfalls now stand in the way before that potential showpiece becomes a reality. Already it looks too easy for the Dubs in Leinster. It will be competitive but Mayo have a fair chance of regaining Connacht. While Tyrone have Derry as first round opposition up North.

Hard to enthuse about the draws just right now. Indeed we wonder are they made too soon? If they were ran off around mid March halfway through the leagues or possibly the night of the All Ireland club finals, they might become more relevant still. Pitches with work to be done should still be organised. Will Pairc Uí Chaoimh be ready?


Now the latest news is that Sundays divisional junior hurling league division one final v Sarsfields is now temporarily on hold. It could be relaced by a county league semi-final v Shanballymore.

Lotto results

Once again congratulations to Phil O’Brien on her magnificent winning of the €14,200 jackpot on a recent lotto draw. Results from the most recent draw which was held at McAuliffe’s, Ballynoe, on Monday night last, October 17th. Numbers drawn were 13, 15, 26 and 27 and there was no winner of the now basic €5,000 jackpot. Consolation winners were: Ann Cotter, Glentrasna, Ballynoe; Mary O’Connor, Abbey View, Mitchelstown; Ml Hartnett, Ballynoe; Pat Fitzgerald, Boulta, Ballynoe and Anne Maria Hayes, Garryanne, Aghern.

A draw for a jackpot of €5,200 will take place at The Big Tree, Aghern, on Monday night, October 24th.


T&A Civil Engineering and Building Contractors, Ballynoe are St Catherine’s GAA Club sponsors.