St Catherines GAA Club

12 January, 2017

St Catherines GAA

Juvenile social on Friday night

Success attained on the playing fields of the East of the county will be recognised at the annual GAA and camogie club juvenile social which is on this Friday night coming, January 13th at Rochestown Park in the city. Starting time 7.15pm, it was a year when the Saints retained two of the domestic trophies put up by the club. Defeating Cois Bhrid in the U12 hurling tournament final for the Paddy Sheehan Cup, surviving a real scare before just getting the better of Kilara Óg by the slimmest of margins. Thus holding on to the U14 hurling tournament for the Albert Griffin Cup. Ironically played just twenty four hours previous. Back to back championship losses to Castlelyons and Ballygiblin in turn were compensated for with commendable runs in the respective league competitions. Overcoming the challenge of Ballygarvan in the Rebel Og East final at Ballynoe. Crowned Coiste na nÓg county minor A hurling league champions with a final win over Kilshannig at Ballincollig on Friday night, November 11th. Other underage achievements will also be feted. St Catherines also securing wins in the equivalent camogie fields by now the club have probably submitted final numbers. Just check with Lisa O’Mahony, Fiona Sheehan or Imelda O’Connell re: late ticket availability. Prices are €23 and €15 respectively. See you in the Rochestown Park Hotel on Friday night.

Minor reunion

This week and following the recent reunion at The Fisherman’s Rest, Conna, a brief look back as promised to the minor hurling campaign of 1996. Starting out on the evening of Saturday, July 6th recording a solid victory over Castlemartyr at Killeagh. It was 2-06 to 0-04 at half time and a late Patrick Flynn goal sealed a win for the Saints on an end scoreline of 3-09 to 0-05. Nowadays Castlemartyr are together with Dungourney at underage level and play as Kiltha Óg. Setting up a Titanic stuggle with Fr O’Neills in the semi-final played in dreadful conditions at Clonmult Park, Midleton on Sunday evening, July 21st. A dour struggle right from the start, Catherines just edging it at the break as the rain lashed down. Score being 2-02 to 1-03. Indeed were two points adrift as the final ten minutes approached. Catherines grasping the initiative as Noel O’Leary completed a hat-trick of goals in the hectic closing scenario. Final score in their favour being 4-04 to 2-06. Contrastingly the divisional final against Aghada and played in Lisgoold on Tuesday evening, August 13th was a much more one-sided affair. Dominating right from the outset with the issue effectively sealed. Well ahead with the score standing at 2-10 to 1-03 at half-time. Finishing up at 2-19 to 1-03. Then runaí of the East Cork Board Willie Riing made the post match presentation and Catherines were now Imokilly representatives in the county minor B hurling championship. Surviving a real scare as Sam Maguire’s provided formidable opposition in the quarter-final at Páirc Uí Rinn on the afternoon of Saturday 28th. Level at 0-03 each at the break, a priceless Liam O’Connell third quarter goal and an invaluable late Shane Kearney point were the crucial and all important scores that would see Catherines successfully cross the line by the slimmest of margins. It was 1-06 to 1-05 at the end in a contest influenced by a strong breeze. St Catherines defeated Grenagh in the county semi-final at Rathcormac a fortnight later. Final score being 3-08 to 1-03. After a shaky start and finding themselves 0-05 to 0-01 behind to eleven minutes Catherines would assume almost total control of the county final which was played in Ballyhooly against Micheál MacCarthaigh’s of Buttevant on Saturday, October 19th. It finished at 7-13 to 0-08 and Tom Dorgan, then chairman of the county minor board presented the winning cup to Bill O’Keeffe, captain of the successful Saints team. Full panel was listed last week. Mentors were Dick Hegarty, Pat O’Brien and William Kearney (coach). Incidentally, the equivalent football squad also enjoyed a successful run that year. Divisional championship wins ensued over Russell Rovers, Ballinacurra and Aghada. With the final on hold Catherines were nominated for the county. Beaten by Canovee at Mourneabbey on Saturday, November 2nd. Eventually the East Cork minor B football championship final went ahead on Saturday, January 4th 1997. Success for Cloyne on an end scoreline of 1-10 to 2-04, final played in Pilmore. Panel more or less similar to the hurling squad. Plus the key addition of Mark Hamilton and Padraig Noonan. Just to stretch your powers of retention a little can you name the minor football selectors of 1996? Toss it around for a while. All will be revealed next week.

Lotto results

Being a bank holiday and first lotto draw of the new year was held over until Tuesday night, January 3rd at The Big Tree in Aghern. Numbers drawn being 5, 13, 20 and 25. There was no winner of the €2,800 jackpot. Consolation winners were: Dick Morrison, Conna; Elmarie Power, Ballynoe; Monica Tedy’s c/o TVM Bartlemy; Liz Cullinane, Ballynoe and Richard Hegarty, Ballymonteen, Ballynoe.

Camogie club quiz

St Catherines Camogie Club annual table quiz will take place in The Big Tree, Aghern on Friday night, February 17th. Starting at 9pm. Another date for your diary.


T&A Building and Civil Engineering Contractors, Ballynoe are St Catherines GAA Club sponsors.