St Catherines

07 February, 2017

St Catherines GAA

Review of last year’s winning minor hurling league campaign’s

Just before we hone in on the priority item of this week’s report 
we take this opportunity of congratulating St Colman’s, 
Femroy in progressing to this year’s Harty Cup final. Overcoming 
the challenge of Midleton CBS in the penultimate round at Mallow 
on Saturday afternoon last.

It was their second win over the East Cork college in this year’s 
campaign. Having lost to Midleton CBS in the Cork colleges final 
for the O’Callaghan Cup pre Christmas. Eoin Davis, Eoin Wallace 
and Kieran Neville have been ever presents on a thus far successful 
team. Getting on the scoreboard last Saturday was substitute Richard 
Galvin. While Niall O’Regan is also part of the Colman’s squad. 
Advancement to the Munster final guarantees the team a place in 
at least the All-Ireland quarter-finals. They play Our Lady’s 
Templemore in the Harty final scheduled for the afternoon of Saturday, 
February 18th.

Club appointments

Heading up some club sub committees revealed at a recent meeting 
are Edmond Galvin, who is fixtures chairman. Newly appointed finance 
sub committee chairman is Paul Davis. While John G Barry is field 
chairman. At juvenile level Cathy and Brian Cotter are taking charge 
of hurleys.

Major fundraiser

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

Condolences

Our sympathy goes to the Keane family, Clashegannive, Conna on the 
recent sad death of Bernie’s sister, Mary in Youghal.

First aid/CPR course

Dates for the upcoming first aid/CPR course have been changed. It 
will now take place over two nights, Wednesday, February 22 and 
Wednesday, March 1st. Time 7 to 9.30pm. This is to avoid a clash 
with the upcoming Harty Cup final. Names to be given to club 
secretary, Eleanor Galvin as soon as possible.

Lotto

Most recent weekly lotto draw was held at McAuliffe’s, Ballynoe 
on Monday night last, January 30th. Numbers drawn were 2, 8, 22 
and 23 and the jackpot of €3,600 wasn’t won. Consolation winners 
being Colm Molloy, Ballynoe; Mags Noonan, Lisnabrin, Curraglass; 
Marie Mellerick, Conna; Monika Tedy’s, c/o Tim, Bartlemy and Pat 
Beecher, Kilclare, Conna. Next draw for a jackpot now standing at 
€3,800 will be at The Big Tree, Aghern, on Monday night, February 
6th.

2016 minor hurling league review

In racing parlance the term shorthead would be used regularly as the 
outcome to the opening sequence of matches in the minor A hurling 
league which were only decided by exceedingly narrow margins.

Sometimes it goes in your favour. But not always. Referee Ger Scully 
was about to blow the whistle when right at the death Luke Beecher 
forced the sliotar over the line. Catherine’s make a winning start 
to their campaign overcoming the challenge of neighbours Kiltha Óg 
by the slimmest of margins on a 4-11 to 1-19 scoreline. Revenge of 
sorts. Losing to the opposition by a three point margin in the football 
league at Dungourney just three weeks previous. Two late Rory Galvin 
goals played prominent roles in the two subsequent hurling league 
matches. First one helping to secure a three point win (1-11 to 0-11) 
over Cobh. Then his late strike from a placed ball meant a valiant 
effort only just came unstuck, losing by a point (1-12 to 2-8) in 
Ballygarvan for a round three fixture on Thursday night April 14th. 
Remember the night lads? There was a problem with a wheel on the bus. 
Anyway what we’re trying to say now is that the games were won, could 
easily have gone the other way. As indeed the reverse would apply. It 
just goes to show you how evenly contested all the games were.

Down came the curtains on the pre-exam segment of the competition 
with a six point win over Castlelyons at Ballynoe on Thursday evening 
April 28th. A few abiding memories would be a late start and a wind 
assisted lengthy Eoin Davis free deflected to the net off a defender’s
 hurley. Resuming with a two point win over Courcey Rovers in Ballyspittle 
on the afternoon of Saturday July 2nd. Confirming superiority in the 
championship at Ballynoe ten days later. Courceys had to play a 
preliminary match first. No one could say how that game would go, 
so the league game had to be played. Preparation vital and anyway 
sure isn’t it games we want. Sliabh Rua were overcome again by a 
point in the next championship match. One point again. It doubled 
as a league fixture with the mutual agreement of both teams.

Castlelyons then won the divisional championship final. As it became 
clear the Saints would play Tracton in the league semi-final at 
Ballynoe on Thursday evening September 8th. An ideal fixture in many 
ways. Catherine’s presented with a clear opportunity to shake off 
the disappointment of a championship defeat from a week previous. 
Tracton not together as a collective unit since losing to Courcey’s 
in the championship all of eight weeks previous. That’s how it panned 
out as the home team were much too sharp. tracton lost a player to 
a straight red card early on. It was all one-way after that.

Final against Ballygarvan presenting an ideal opportunity to 
redress that narrow early season defeat at the opponent’s venue. 
Pulling away completely in the second half. Winning by 0-16 to 0-07. 
Board vice chairman Sean Twohig making the presentation and St 
Catherines would now represent Rebel Óg East in the county segment 
of the competition. Opponents would be western champions Kilbrittain 
under lights at Ballynoe on Thursday night, November 3rd.

Catherine’s grateful for a mercurial late Niall O’Regan point, 
sealing victory on an end scoreline of 1-13 to 2-06.

Final against Kilshannig from the north. Fixed for Ballincollig 
just eight days or nights later, throw-in at 7.30pm on Friday night, 
November 11th. A timely Eoin Davis save early on. A brace of Kieran 
English goals. Conor Hickey used as a sub making an immediate impact 
with the all important match winning third goal were the highlights. 
Rebel Óg chairman John Purcell making the post match presentation 
to victorious Saints captain, Rory Galvin. Final score was 3-10 to 0-12. 
St Catherine’s are crowned Coiste na nÓg county minor A hurling league 
champions. Team honoured at the recent Juvenile social held at The 
Rochestown Park Hotel. As were mentors Tom O’Donnell (manager), 
Tim O’Connor, Shane Mulkerrins and Noel O’Brien (coach).

2016 minor hurling league panel
Rory Galvin (captain), Eoin Davis, Philip Keane, Eoin Wallace, 
Kevin Geary, Shane O’Regan, Cormac Galvin, Kieran Neville, Robert 
English, Richard Galvin, Niall O’Regan, Ben O’Brien, Owen O’Neill, 
Luke Beecher, Kieran English, Conor Hickey, Adam O’Brien, Jack O’Brien, 
Brendan McKee, Tom O’Donnell, Niall O’Callaghan and Aaron Long.

Sponsor

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