St Catherines GAA Club Notes

30 October, 2016

St Catherines GAA

Juvenile AGM tonight (Thursday)

We have now reached the administration peak of the year. Starting (tonight) Thursday, October 27th with the annual general meeting of the juvenile club. Commencing at 8pm in the clubrooms, Ballynoe.

Just over one week later, the major meeting of the year, the parent club AGM goes ahead on Saturday night, November 5th in Conna Community Hall at 8.15pm. All nomination papers should be returned to adult club secretary, Deirdre O’Brien by now.

Lotto results

Results from the most recent lotto draw which was held at The Big Tree Aghern, on Monday night last, October 24th. Numbers drawn were 4, 18, 20 and 25. There was no winner of the €5,200 jackpot. While the consolation winners were: Richard Higgins, Kilcronat, Ballynoe; John O’Mahony, Ballynoe; Noel O’Brien, Rathdrum, Ballynoe; Marie Leahy, Upper Aghern and Tom Tobin, Rathdrum, Ballynoe.

Being a bank holiday next week’s draw now with an accumulated €5,400 jackpot will be at The Fisherman’s Rest, Conna on Tuesday night, November 1st.

List of minor subs

Well the gremlins played their part and the list of substitutes against Ballygarvan in that minor league final should read - R English for C Hickey (41), K English for O’Neill (54’), A O’Brien for C Galvin (55’), J O’Brien for R Galvin (56’) and B McKee for N O’Regan (60+1).

Cork County junior A hurling league semi-final

St Catherine’s 2-15 
Shanballymore 2-10

St Catherine’s make it to the decider. Ending up five point winners over a battling Shanballymore in this county junior A hurling league semi-final when played in sunny albeit windy conditions at Castlelyons on Sunday last. Throw in shortly after 12 noon.

Catherines had the opening three points of the conest to eight minutes. But the opposition were sticking to their task and with Jamie Sheedy accurate from placed balls, parity was restored for the first and only time with their opening score from general play. Wing forward Colman O’Reilly on target. Making it 0-04 each right to the end of the opening quarter.

Catherine’s now exercising a grip. Just after industrious midfielder Eoin Condon found the range Brian Mulcahy delightfully picked out the ever threatening Daniel Mangan to goal from close range. Mangan then turning provider. Setting up Mulcahy who duly finished off the second goal. Pushing the Saints ahead at 2-06 to 0-04 to fifty five minutes. Eventually moving on to 2-07 to 0-05 at the break.

Six points were shared through the opening ten minutes of the resumption. Aforementioned Mulcahy and Mangan added two of the better scores of the match and the margin now stood at 2-12 to 0-08 to forty three minutes. Michael ‘Haulie’ Burke foraged his way through the Saints rearguard. Goaling for Shanballymore shortly afterwards. They were making life a worry and when Darren Roche duly added a second the gap was trimmed to four points at 2-17 to 2-08 to fifty minutes. A full length sprawling save from full back Conor Hegarty denied them a seemingly certain third goal. Top scorer Shane O’Brien pointed a further brace from frees. Making the run in that bit more assured for the Saints, who didn’t see out the hour with their full allotment of players. It will be Kilbree or Cloughduv in the final.

Shanballymore scorers: J Sheedy (0-6 frees), M Burke (1-02), D Roche (1-01) and C O’Reilly (0-01).

St Catherines scorers: S O’Brien (0-8frees), D Mangan and B Mulcahy (1-03 each) and E Condon (0-01).

St Catherines team: E Aherne, E Kenneally, C Hegarty, K Neville, Stephen O’brien, R Clancy, S O’Regan, E Condon, J Neville, R Galvin, B Mulcahy, Shane O’Brien, S Walsh, D Mangan and J Casey. Subs: J Mulcahy and K Mangan for J Casey and S Walsh (both second half).

Referee: Michael Sheehan (Liscarroll).

Junior hurling challenge

Early Saints dominance standing at 1-05 to 0-01 to eight minutes was momentarily hauled in when this junior hurling challenge under lights was played at Ballynoe on Tuesday evening October 18th last. Then goals from Oliver Baverstock, Martin McConville and a penalty converted by Brendan McCarthy trimmed the gap. Catherines ahead on a 1-14 to 3-04 half time scoreline, no let up thereafter with the home team all but dominating the second half hour.

Daniel Mangan booted in his and the Saints second goal on forty six minutes. Final score in a high scoring junior hurling challenge being St Catherines 3-22 Carrigtwohill 3-12.

Referee was Pa Beausang from Midleton.

Albert Griffin Cup final

St Catherines retained the under fourteen hurling tournament final for the Albert Griffin Cup. Recording just a one point vicotry over Kilara Óg in this year’s decider played earl at Ballynoe on Sunday morning last.

It was the home team who settled the quicker and enjoyed a four point advantage on a half time scoreline of 2-03 to 0-05. But Kilara came right back into it on the change of ends and the team made up through a combination of players from both Kilworth and Araglen were only marginally short at the end. Daughter Phil O’Brien (recent club lotto winner) presented the winning cup to Ciaran O’Brien, captain of the winning St Catherines team on an end scoreline of 3-08 to 3-07. Many thanks to Jim Hennessy (Kiltha Óg) who refereed.

Team and scorers: G O’Brien, J O’Keeffe, M Geary, W Leamy, J Duncan, E O’Riordan, D Galvin, C O’Brien (1-02), K Barry (1-04), H Draper (0-02), T Hartnett, J Hayes, G England (1-00), C Dineen. Subs: F O’Connell, C Bryan, WM McAuliffe, G Leahy, C England and K Wallace.

Scór na nÓg

Don’t forget clocks go back this weekend. It will be officially winter time. Thoughts revert to indoor activities. First up, is there anyone out there willing to recite or put a sketch together? Sing solo or with a ballad group. Form a quiz team? Why? Because coming up soon is the East Cork final of Scor na nÓg. Its fixed for Saturday night November 26th. Let Irish cultural officer Marie Clancy aware of your interest straight away.


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