St Catherines GAA

11 March, 2017

St Catherines GAA

Weather proves spoil sport

Poor weather conditions were a factor in last weekend’s proposed schedules. Two challenge games were put off. Major casualty being the firist match of the under twelve football league.

Junior football league 
division three

Fr O’Neills 2-07 St Catherines 2-06

One match that was played was this third fixture in the division three junior football league. Billed for Ballynoe it was relocated to Aughavine on Sunday afternoon last because of the aformentioned poor weather conditions.

Favoured by the conditions it was the now home based team who were making the better start. Cause enhanced when an Eoin Motherway goal established a lead on a 1-03 to 0-01 scoreline to eleven minutes.

Catherines were right back in it when after an original William Walsh effort came back into play off the post, it was Peter Ryan, like he was again the previous week, ideally positioned to goal the rebound on twenty one minutes. Rory Galvin (free) and Liam O’Connor tagged on a duo of points trimming the half time deficit to just one point. O’Neill’s still shading it on a scoreline of 1-05 to 1-04.

In their best move of the match initiated by Shane O’Brien and involving substitute Conor Kearney and Eoin Condon, finished with O’Brien adding a second goal from close range. Catherines ahead for the first time since the opening exchanges. Score standing at 2-04 to 1-06 now thirteen minutes into the second half. Joy shortlived with Patrick Steele adding a second O’Neill’s goal in he early stages of the fourth and final quarter. Doing enough from there to the finish. Winning at the end on the slimmest of margins. Final score in favour of O’Neill’s being 2-07 to 2-06.

Scorers: R Galvin (0-04 frees), P Ryan and S O’Brien (1-00 each), L O’Connor and P O’Connor (0-1 each).

St Catherines team: E Corcoran, D O’Connor, J Mulcahy, P Keane, A Neville, P O’Connor, J Neville, R Galvin, L O’Connor, W Walsh, S O’Brien, A Carr, S Cogan, E Condon, P Ryan. Subs: D Wallace and C Kearney for A Neville and P Ryan (both 41’). S O’Regan for W Walsh (52’). Also on panel: Rd Galvin, E Wallace and C Molloy.

Referee: James Daly (Youghal).

Minor football challenge

St Catherines made what seemed like the perfect start to this minor foootball challenge played under lights at Ballynoe on Tuesday night, February 28th last. Philip Keane kicking over the lead point inside a minute. Preceeding a brace of two quick fire Kieran English goals and a lead establised for an understrength home outfit minus the services of the St Colman’s players of 2-01 without reply to nine minutes. That proposed Croke Park quarter-final deferred from the scheduled date of last Saturday and refixed for yesterday, Wednesday, March 8th.

Gradually Cappoquin assumed control. Gavin England popped over two well worked and taken points. But at half time it was 3-04 to 2-04 for the visitors.

With the prominent play of Mattie Noonan, Jack Coffey and Keith O’Sullivan, the opposition rattled off 2-04 without reply through the third quarter. Extending their advantage. Score standing at 5-08 to 2-05 to forty five minutes. Winning a minor football challenge in the end, refereed by Jim Hennessy of Kiltha Og on a final score of 6-09 to 2-06.

Club registration morning

An event raising its profile annually. There being a terrific response to yet another successful registration morning and held in the pitch in Ballynoe on Satuday last between the hours of 10.00am and 11.30am. There being a great turnout. Despite the poor weather conditions under eight manager Alan O’Mahony trained at the ball wall. Thanks to all manangers who came out to help. James Spillane and Lisa O’Mahony were busy with the club shop. Especially with new members being kitted out for the new season now upon us.

Brian and Cathy Cotter helped out as people took the opportunity to check that they had the correct size hurley for their height. St Catherine Camogie Club ran their registration as well.

Scór na bPáistí finals

Dancing the ‘Ardgroom Set’ and the camogie club set dancing troupe representing St Catherines were crowned East Cork champions when the divisional Scór na bPáistí finals went ahead at a busy Watergrasshill community hall on Sunday afternoon last. Winning the May Cahill Cup in the process. Group members are Amy Leahy, Stephen Mulcahy, Jack Leahy, Tara Leahy, Grainne Dineen, Ciara McLoughlin, Gearóid Ó Ceallacháin MacCarthaigh and Abbie Leahy.

Hurling representatives finished a creditable runners up in the ballad group section. Consisting of Eabha Twomey, Kian O’Donoghue, Eryn Dillon, Fionn McKee and Lucy Barry. Numbers performed being ‘The Wests Awake’ agus ‘An Chearc Is An Choilleach’. Though not placed there were commendable hurling club performances from Laura Kenneally in the solo dance and Lucy Barry in the solo singing competition.

While the football club representatives weren’t in the first two in the historical presentation or novelty act. Piece performed entitled ‘The Legend of Fior Uisce’. Members were Conor Hayes, Taylor Walsh, Tayah Quirke, Paraic Lucey, Hannah Norman, Maeve Egan, Elise Cotter and Sarah Hannon. Winners of the Buckley/Casey cup for being strongest club on the day were Carrigtwohill. While Youghal were winners of the Chris O’Mahony cup for being best club overall though the entire East Cork Scór campaign.

County semi-final is on in the Éire Óg pavilion at Ovens on Saturday afternoon next. Best of luck to all divisional representatives.

National leagues

Two awful results last weekend and it doesn’t get any easier. Next opponents will be Meath. Two counties hell bent on lowering rebel colours at every given opportunity as Cork’s league form continues to nose dive.


Deepest sympathy to our colleague Paul Davis on the death of his wife Angela’s brother, Tony Hartnett. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dhílis.


Adult club

Friday, March 10th, at Ballynoe U21 ‘B’ football championship second round v Erins Own at 7.45pm.

Juvenile fixtures

Sunday, March 12th at Ballynoe Rebel Óg North minor B football league v Ballycastle Gaels, 11.30am.

Sunday, March 12th, Rebel Óg East under twelve B football league section two round one v Carraig na bhFear (away) at 4pm.

Lotto results

Results from the most recent lotto draw which was held at McAuliffe’s, Ballynoe, on Monday night last, March 6th. Numbers drawn being 1, 24, 26 and 30. There was no winner of the €2,600 jackpot. While the consolation winners were; Dave Barry, Carrigmore, Conna; Margaret O’Connell, Kilphilibeen, Ballynoe; Matt Noonan, Conna; David Hegarty, Rathdrum, Ballynoe and Jeremiah O’Donovan, Glentane, Ballynoe.

Next draw for a jackpot standing at €2,800 will be held at The Big Tree, Aghern, on Monday night, March 13th.


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