St Catherines GAA

24 February, 2017

St Catherines GAA

More championship draws revealed

More draws surface this week, Just to whet your championship appetite.

An even number of eight teams constitute the divisional under twenty one A hurling championship meaning four quarter-finals. A fresh draw determining the pairings for the resultant semi-finals. It’s St Catherines v Carrigtwohill. Also Bride Rovers v Aghada, St Colman’s to play Watergrasshill and Castlelyons are meeting Youghal.

Six teams make up the East Cork junior C football championship. St Catherines are paired with Lisgoold and Glenbower Rovers are up against Carraig na bhFear. Winners to meet, with Glenville meeting Aghada in the other semi-final.

Other draws made earlier on show the Saints playing Lisgoold in the junior A hurling championship. Likewise, Mildeton are junior A football opposition. It’s Erin’s Own in both the divisional junior B hurling and under twenty one B football championship draws respectively.

Weekending March 25th/26th is the projected starting date for the junior A football. A fortnight later should trigger off commencement of the C football championship.

Harty Cup

St Colman’s simply had no answer to the power, pace and overall teamwork of Our Lady’s Templemore in a one-sided Harty Cup final when played at Páirc na nGael in Limerick on Saturday afternoon last. Behind on a scoreline of 1-12 to 0-04, a decider all but complete by half-time. Now Colman’s are up against St Bridgets of Loughrea in the quarter-final of the All-Ireland colleges senior hurling championship. Fixed for the afternoon of Saturday, March 4th.

Despite views to the contrary Cork realistically are not faring any better in the national hurling league. Conquerors of Clare in the previous match they went down to a sizeable loss to Dublin, themselves annihilated by Tipperary in the previous game, when the round two fixture went ahead under lights at Páirc Uí Rinn on Saturday night last.

Looking at the overall picture a result that now means both hurlers and footballers are facing an uphill struggle if any impressipn can be made in either competition. Two back to back football league weekends coming up. Fermanagh are visitors this forthcoming Sunday. With an away trip to the banner seven days later. Cork are also away to Kilkenny in round three of the national hurling league on Sunday, March 5th.

Minor hurling challenge

Getting the players together thus seeing what’s available to the panel would be the main purpose of the exercise when organising this minor hurling challenge against Carrigtwohill and played under lights at Ballynoe on Sunday evening last.

It was the home team dominating the early passages of play. Niall O’Regan careering through finishing off the first goal on seven minutes. Eoin Sheehan adding another sixty seconds later. In all eight players registering on the scoreboard and a lead established on a scoreline of 2-09 to 0-02 at the end of the first of what were three twenty minute segments of play. Kieran English finished off the third goal six minutes into the second period of play. Lead standing at 3-10 to 0-07 at the forty minute mark.

Inspired by the excellence of David Rooney, Darren McAnn and Gary O’Brien and the opposition gradually clawed back the deficit through the closing passages of play. Adding 2-04 without reply they had the deficit down to two points on fifty six minutes. Catherines closing out this minor hurling challenge. Ben O’Brien from a free scoring the last point right at the death. Catherines winners on an end scoreline of 3-13 to 2-13.

This year’s minor mentors are manager, Kevin Galvin and Paul Davis in as selector. Hurling coach is Pat Clancy with Colm Molloy training the equivalent football squad. Sunday night’s referee was James Hennessy from Kiltha Óg.

Fixture

Sunday, February 26th junior football league division three v Castlemartyr (away) at 3pm.

Scór na bPáistí

St Catherines, will have five entries in this years East Cork Scór na bPaistí finals. A group made up of Taylor Walsh, Conor Hayes, Paraic Lucey, Tayah Quirke, Hannah Norman, Maeve Egan, Eilise Cotter and Sarah Hannon and representing the football club, made it through in the historical presentation or novelty act. Also through to the decider are the set dancing troupe for the camogie club. Performing the Ardgroom set, group members are Amy Leahy, Stephen Mulcahy, Jack Leahy, Tara Leahy, Grainne Dineen, Gearóid O’Callaghan McCarthy, Ciara McLoughlin and Abbie Leahy.

Sadly no entries from the handball club had made it to this stage of the competition. Hurling club qualifiers are Laura Kenneally performing a reel in the relatively new solo dance category. Lucy Barry with her rendition of ‘She moved through the fair’ in the solo singing category. St Catherines hurling club ballad group will also advance to the divisional decider. Performing ‘The West Awake’ agus ‘An Chearc Is An Choilleach’ its a group consisting of Fionn McKee, Eabha Twomey, Kian O’Donoghue, Lucy Barry and Eryn Dillon. Semi-finalists unfortunately failing to progress from the camogiue club were Tara Leahy in the solo dance. Also Billy Ahern with ‘The Auld Triangle’ in the solo singing competition and Cathal Sheehan with a piece called ‘Peig The Damsel’ in the recitation or story telling category. Also eliminated were the figure dancing troupe with ‘The Sweets of May’. Some members as the set dancing group already named. Unfortunately also failing to progress were the instrumental music group made uo of Fionn McKee, Colm Hurley, Mikolas Konieczny, Colum Feeney and Dylan Murphy. Numbers performed being ‘The Sally Gardens’ and ‘Bill Sullivan’s Polka’. They were representing the hurling club. As was Fionn McKee reciting an extract from ‘The First Confession’ in the story telling section.

Congratulations to all those who advanced thus far in what is a keenly fought competition and best of luck now to all those taking part in the decider. Both semi-finals were staged on Saturday and Sunday evening last in Lisgoold community hall. There is a break in the play now. This year’s East Cork Scór na bPáistí finals go ahead in Watergrasshill Community Centre on the afternoon of Sunday, March 5th. Starting time is 2.30pm.

Camogie club quiz

Twenty plus tables supported the camogie club’s annual fundraising table quiz held at The Big Tree, Aghern on Friday night last, February 17th. A wonderful night’s entertainment and a most enjoyable night and staged in a warm atmosphere.

Lotto results

Results from the most recent weekly lotto draw which was held at The Winners Enclosure, Conna on Monday night last, February 20th. Numbers drawn were 8, 9, 19 and 21. There was no winner of the €2,200 jackpot. While the consolation winners were - Colm Molloy, Ballynoe; Sophie O’Flynn, Longueville, Ballynoe; Rena O’Regan, Cullinagh, Ballynoe; D Noonan c/o PH, Conna and D&F c/o Winacres Stable.

A draw for a jackpot now standing at €2,400 will be held at The Plough, Curraglass on Monday night, February 27th.

Sponsor

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