St Catherines GAA Club

26 January, 2017

St Catherines GAA

Lotto results update

We update the manager appointments to the various teams. Some major Scór dates are revealed. As promised we take a reflective look over last year’s under sixteen hurling campaign. Just this week we update the lotto results. Starting with the draw at The Winner’s Enclosure, Conna, on Monday night, January 16th. Numbers drawn were 2, 11, 20 and 23 and the €3,200 jackpot wasn’t won. Consolation winners on the night being John Ronayne, c/o TVM, Bartlemy; Delores Hartigan, Conna; Jim Roche, Castlebrook, Conna; Noel Tobin, Convent St, Tallow and Two Musketeers c/o McS, Ballynoe. Moving on with the results from the most recent draw which was held at The Plough, Curraglass, on Monday night last January 23rd. Numbers drawn were: 4, 9, 18 and 28. There was no winner of the €3,400 jackpot. While the consolation winners were: Teresa Buckley c/o The Big Tree, Aghern; Patricia Barry, Monagown, Conna; Eoin Kearney, Ballymurphy, Conna; Mary Delaney, Conna and Gary Ahern, Skanakill, Curraglass. Next draw for a now accumulated €3,600 jackpot will be at McAuliffe’s, Ballynoe on Monday night coming January 30th.

Team appointments

Ian O’Connell has been appointed junior hurling manager for this year. His selectors will be Shane Kearney and Seanie Farrell with Sean Guineen coaching the team. Michelle Kearney is on board with a nutritional diets programme. Noel Kielthy will again take charge of the second choice junior hurling team. They will play in the divisional junior B hurling championship, recently promoted to division two of the league. Billy Neville is confirmed as a selector. Junior A and B football manager Padraig O’Connor has appointed John D Cotter, Denis Walsh and Pakie Twomey as his selectors. From the underage section of the club Kevin Galvin is taking charge of the minor hurlers and footballers. Paul Davis is a selector. Hurling coach is Pat Clancy. Likewise, Colm Molloy will coach and train the equivalent football squad. Under sixteen manager is James Spillane.

Strictly St Catherines

Once again we inform you that major fundraiser for the year as approved by the club executive will be strictly St Catherines. It’s fixed for the Radisson Blu Hotel Little Island on Saturday night, November 11th. More details later.


Condolences to Shane O’Connell and family, Ballynoe on the sad passing of his aunt Ann Horgan of Dromtariffe near Millstreet. Shane is now chairman of St Catherines juvenile club.

2016 under sixteen hurling review

First match in the under sixteen B hurling league was an away trip to Carraig na bhFear. With the mutual agreement of both teams it would be played in the college grounds at 7.30pm on Wednesday evening April 13th. Bit late maybe. Only barely getting away with it. Aaron Cronin and Sean O’Donovan showing up well for the home based team and ahead on a half-time scoreline of 1-07 to 0-05. A few encouraging words and the visitors were quickly out of the traps on the changeover. Initiated in the main by a stupendous Eoin Davis goal. One touch taking it away from his immediate opponent. Rifling the breaking ball to the net thirty seconds into the second half. It remains one of the goals of the season. Joe O’Keeffe and Owen O’Neill were also on target as the Saints assumed control. Driving home in the dark, satisfied with an opening day win. Finishing up at 4-09 to 1-10. Also sticking in the memory was the assuredness and impartiality of excellent referee John Horgan from Ghleann na Laoi. An uneven number of teams in the group meant a bye for one team each week. Catherines getting their free week early and this was their only competitive match pre exam time. Genuinely it was with a sense of trepidation that one squared up to a second string Bishopstown outfit for the championship pipe opener in Ballynoe on Monday evening, July 4th. They were down for football league back in March. They were comfortable winners. But it didn’t follow suit. Catherine’s were just too strong. Able to give game time to nineteen players on a winning 4-18 to 0-5 scoreline. Assuredly it wasn’t as easy in the resultant championship semi-final in Castlemartyr on Monday evening, July 18th. Referee James Daly allowing for a brief stoppage for water intake right on the quarter hour. Such was the severity of the heat. After a shaky start Catherines coming good near the half-time and now ahead on a 2-05 to 1-06 scoreline. Netting the vital and match winning goals as early as the fourth minute into the changeover. Eoin Davis delightful left touch into the path of pacy Robert English. Billowing the net from close range. English repaying the complement shortly afterwards. Craig Hogan pulled a goal back for Aghada. But it proved a score of a consolation nature. Final score St Catherine’s 4-12 Aghada 3-10. Final v Whitechurch on Monday evening July 25th. Whitechurch were formidable oppisition. Centre forward Jason O’Riordan was in irrepressible form. Firing over seven first half points including a half a dozen without reply and eleven in total. Gifted free taking. Seeing the opposition take a half-time lead on an 0-08 to 0-02 scoreline. A Peter Cronin goal consolidated that dominance now at 1-10 to 1-04 to the three quarter mark. Points from Robert English and Gavin English marginally trimmed the deficit. When a late Ben O’Brien goal adding the equalising point at 2-10 to 1-13 on sixty three minutes meant we were back in Rathcormac on the following Sunday morning, July 31st for an eagerly anticipated and awaited replay. Catherine’s sporting a new red strip. This avoiding a clash of colours. This time around making the better start. But an early Eoin Davis goal and a sweetly struck sideline cut producing an Owen O’Neill point, proved their only scores for the majority of the opening half. Behind at 0-08 to 1-02 to the break. Not too unlike what unfolded the first night. A Fionn Brickley goal was worrying and although now trailing at 1-09 to 1-06, a few positional moves were proving enormously beneficial. Most notably the relocating of Ciarán O’Brien and Ben O’Brien, ably assisted by Cormac Galvin and Brendan McKee. With parity restored and the possibility of extra time looming large, up popped Ben O’Brien and Kevin Barry for the match winning points. Final score 1-17 to 1-10. Scenes of unbridled joy when vice chairman of Rebel Óg East Sean Twohig presented the winning cup to victorious Saints captain Eoin Davis. Injuries and holidays meant Catherines weren’t firing on all cylinders when taking on Rebel Óg west champions Kilbree in the county semi-final at Passage on the following Saturday afternoon. Thomas Tyner Jamie Santry and Paul Lyons were the destroyers in chief. Kilbree 1-14 to 1-04 ahead at half time and although Catherines battled courageously were eventually defeated on a 2-19 to 2-13 scoreline. Ironically Kilbree lost out by a single paint to Whitechurch (0-13 to 0-12) in the county final a week afterwards. With the minors going well under sixteen league form petered out. Minor league review next week. Players on under sixteen panel: Eoin Davis (Captain), Eoin Sheehan, Eoin O’Riordan, Cormac Galvin, Ciaran O’Brien, Brendan McKee, Ben O’Brien, Shane Kelleher, Owen O’Neill, Aaron Long, Gavin England, Robert English, Adam O’Brien, Kevin Barry, Josh McGuckian, Cathal Dineen, Andy Leahy, James Duncan, James Hayes, Conor England, Mary Geary, Darragh Galvin, Harry Draper, Joe O’Keeffe and Evan Philpott. Mentors were team manager Paul Galvin, ably assisted by fellow selectors, James Spillane, Paul Davis and William Kearney (team coach).

Scór dates

Some important dates for you from the upcoming Scór itenerary. East Cork Scór Sinsear finals are on in Lisgoold community hall at 7pm on Sunday night, February 5th. Scór na bPaisti quarter finals are spread out over a whole weekend. Friday, February 10th at 7pm. Again on Saturday night February 11th at 6.30pm. Then on to Sundday afternoon February 12th at 2.30pm and again at 6.30pm. Quarter finals and semi-finals are on in Lisgoold. This year’s East Cork Scór na bPaisti finals go ahead on the afternoon of Sunday, March 5th in Watergrasshill community hall at 2.30pm, St Catherines will organise their own in house round of Scór na bPaistí for Wednesday night next, February 1st in Ballynoe community hall. Starting at 7pm sharp.


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