St Catherines GAA Club Notes

20 December, 2016

Juvenile social on Friday, January 13th 2017

A busy year through the various age groups saw its share of glory accrued at juvenile level. Following a win in an under nine and ten hurling blitz sorted by cumulative scoring, reward was a trip to Dr. Morris Park in Thurles on Saturday morning, October 15th. Very enjoyable day had by all.

Then St Catherines survived an intense battle before just getting the better of Kilara Og in an under fourteen hurling tournament final for the Albert Griffin Cup, played in Ballynoe on Sunday morning, October 23rd. While just twenty-four hours later, there was retention of the U12 hurling tournament final for the Paddy Sheehan Cup. Overcoming the challenge of Cois Bhride in a decider played under lights at Ballynoe on Monday night, October 24th.

While success followed at the opposite end of the spectrum, defeating Whitechurch in the Rebel Og East U16B replayed hurling championship final in Rathcormac. Unfortunately, injuries and holidays played their part, losing out to Kilbree in the county semi-final just one week later. Ironically, Kilbree themselves defeated by Whitechurch in the county final itself.

Following championship losses in turn to Castlelyons and Ballygiblin, consolation was acquired by winning both the Rebel Og East and Coiste na nOg County Minor A Hurling League titles. Now is the time to see these teams honoured.

St Catherine’s Juvenile GAA and Camogie Club social will be held at The Rochestown Park Hotel on Friday night, January 13th 2017. Ticket prices will be €23 for adults and €15 for juveniles and will be on sale shortly. Definitely a date for your diary and a great night assured. One destined to raise the spirits and eradicate the prevailing anti-climatic feeling with the departure of Christmas and the new year holiday period. We can’t wait. More news on it next week.

Lotto

First of all, results from the most recent week’s lotto draw, held at The Winner’s Enclosure, Conna on Monday night last, December 12th. Numbers drawn were 1, 21, 22 and 23. There was no winner of the €2,200 jackpot. Consolation winners on the night: Eileen Collins-O’Donovan, Kilosseragh, Ballynoe; Mary O’Donnell, Snr., Longueville, Ballynoe; Anne Higgins, Aghern; John Cronin, Dungourney and Sophie Ring, Fermoy.

With early copy deadline results for next week’s draw at The Plough, Curraglass on Monday night, December 19th will be held over. Don’t worry, all winners will be notified. Following that, next draw with special bonus prizes will be on Tuesday night, December 27th.

Special Night for League Winning Junior Team

Five wins out of seven matches played saw the Saints qualify for thisseason’s junior hurling league division three final. Easily overcoming a timid Ballinacurra challenge in a one-sided decider played in desperate conditions under lights at Ballynoe on Friday night, October 14th. To make for another eagerly looked forward to night and following the festive lotto draw, that team will now be honoured in a medal presentation at McAuliffe’s also on Tuesday night, December 27th.

Harty Cup

St Colman’s continue to play a prominent hole in the various college competitions. After their magnificent Dean Ryan Cup success, they would go on and lose narrowly to St Kierans of Kilkenny in the under sixteen and a half all-Ireland Junior A Hurling final played recently at Clonmel. Players from the Catherines club listed as additional panel members were Ciaran O’Brien, Brendan McKee, Eoin Sheehan and Adam O’Brien.

Then when reduced to fourteen players and with time almost up, secured the vital goal to bring last week’s Harty Cup to extra time, then getting the better of St Flannan’s, Ennis. Thus, booking a quarter-final place in this season’s prestigious competition.

Catherines’ players in the thick of action being goalkeeper Eoin Davis, with Eoin Wallace being picked as left corner back. Directly outside of him, Kieran Neville this time lining out at half back.

Condolences

We offer our sympathy to the family of Jack Rumley, Mogeely and late of Ballyknock, Ballynoe on his recent bereavement.

Championship Draws from Convention

Slowly but surely, the championship draws in six grades over two codes made at last Sunday’s annual GAA County Convention will gradually shift the focus to the next championship season.

Newly crowned champions, Carberry Rangers face a difficult opener as they begin the defense of their county senior football championship. They play Clonakilty. While another attractive first round pairing is that of O’Donovan Rossa and nineteen times county senior football champions, Nemo Rangers.

Just promoted premier intermediate champions, Kiskeam are up against divisional outfit Avondhu.

In next year’s premier intermediate, Bandon meet Ballingeary in the first round. While junior champions Gabriel Rangers will be up against Cill na Martra in the first round of the intermediate football championship.

Champions Glen Rovers play Bride Rovers in a preliminary round of the county senior hurling championship. Winners advancing to meet Sarsfields in a first-round proper tie – sure to again whet the appetite. As will the pairing of neighbours Carrigtwohill and Midleton. Promoted Bandon square up to Muskerry in the other preliminary round tie.

Back to back intermediate champions Charleville and Fr O’Neills meet in the first round of the 2017 Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship. Neighbours Kilworth and Fermoy also meeting up again.

Junior champions Mayfield face Argideen Rangers in the first round of the intermediate hurling championship. East Cork champions and defeated county finalists, Sarsfields play county junior champions from 2015 Dungourney in a preliminary round tie. We must wait and see what’s happening with the junior hurling championship.

Club Gear

St Catherine’s Juvenile GAA Club will have a display and sale of club gear this weekend in the clubroom on Friday, December 16th from 8-9pm and Saturday, December 17th from 10.30-11.30am. An ideal Christmas present.

Sponsor

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