St Catherines GAA Club

21 April, 2017

St Catherines GAA

Challenge game and juvenile league programme take up the week

A junior hurling challenge game allied to the regular and ongoing programme of underage league matches is what consumed the back of last week’s playing activity. Don’t forget being a bank holiday weekend lotto results will surface next week. There now follows a brief report on those aforementioned games.

Junior hurling challenge game

St Catherines utterly dominated the opening segments of this junior hurling challenge when played under lights at Ballynoe on Thursday night last. A Ronan Clancy effort to which Daniel Mangan added a duo of mesmeric points and a slightly fortuitous Brian Mulcahy goal saw them ahead at 1-06 without reply. Just ten minutes elapsed on the clock. Eoin Dillon was now commanding at centre back. It meant a supply was guaranteed and the scores gradually ensued. Anthony Watson goaded for Milford their first score of the hour, after eleven minutes and with Pa O’Regan unerring in his free taking parity was restored at 1-09 apiece at the interval. Scores were level twice more with the home team edging three points ahead when after good Eoin Wallace work, Kevin Mangan, on as substitute first-timed the breaking ball to the net and the lead now stood at 2-15 to 1-13 to forty seven minutes. Stephen O’Brien, also sprung from the bench, guaranteed the win on an end scoreline 0f 3-17 to 1-15 when adding a third goal five minutes from time. Match referee was James Daly from Youghal. A few more practice matches through the codes and grades were mooted. Though not played. Easter weekend sometimes it can be difficult to get teams together.

Juvenile Rebel Og East Under Fourteen B hurling league section two round one St Catherines v Mayfield

St Catherines almost let a dominant lead slip against Ballycastle Gaels in an under fourteen hurling challenge when played at Ballynoe on Monday evening, April 10th last. Conor England and Gearoid O’Brien were constant threats in setting up a lead of 5-03 to 1-04 at half-time. Extending to 6-06 to 3-06 to the three quarter mark. But the Ballyhooly/Castletownroche combo were made of stern stuff and with Dan Cooney, Cathal Wilson and Rob Atwood all prominent, had cut the margin to just two points at game’s end. Catherines winning. Final score at 6-07 to 5-08. That then provided the back drop to the opening under fourteen B hurling tie when played at Ballynoe on Saturday last. Throw in at 12 midday. Catherine’s very much own top from the outset. All three inside forwards Cathal Dinneen, William McAuliffe and Gearoid O’Brien had planted the sliotar in the opposition net inside the opening ten minutes of play. Harry Draper and Conor England also on target against weakfish albeit gallant and sporting Mayfield outfit. Realistically it was over by half time. Catherine’s were able to give the entire planet a run. Even though the visitors were much better on the change of ends.

Catherine scorers: C Dinneen (5-01), H Draper (3-0), G O’Brien (1-02), W McAuliffe and C England (1-00 each), F O’Connell, K Wallace, W Leamy and D Temple (0-01 each), Team: E Philpott, J O’Callaghan, M Geary, B Barry, B O’Connor, E O’Riordan, D Galvin, K Wallace, H Draper, F O’Connell, C England, W Leamy, W McAuliffe, G O’Brien and C Dineen. Subs: G Leahy for H Draper (21’), S Cotter for C Dinneen (23’), J Mulch, A O’Donnell and D Temple for E O’Riordan, W Leamy and C England (all second half). H Draper for F O’Connell (47’). Referee - Edmond Galvin (home club).

Under twelve A hurling league Section one - round three St Catherines 0-4 Youghal 0-2

St Catherines maintain their winning run. Just seeing off a formidable Youghal challenge in this closely fought low scoring under twelve A hurling league tie, played in overcast conditions at Ballynoe on bank holiday Easter Monday evening last, April 17th. Sean O’Donoghue was masterful at centre back as first half scores from Kian O’Donoghue free and Ciaran Pietropaolo had two evenly matched teams together at 0-02 each at half-time in a clear low scoring contest. As the struggle continued the victory was sealed with a masterful Oisin Fitzgerald point from a tight angle with about seven minutes to go against a Youghal outfit who had prominent players in Aaron O’Donnell, Cody Hickey and Bobby Nicholson.

Scorers: C Pietorpaolo, O Fitzgerald, K O’Donoghue (free) and S O’Donoghue (65) (0-01 each). Team: C Leamy, C Dunning, E O’Driscoll, G O’Callaghan McCarthy, T Barry, S O’Donoghue, O Fitzgerald, D Morrison, C Pietropaolo, D O’Connell, K O’Donoghue, C Hayes, S Cotter, C Sheehan, C McAuliffe. Also A O’keeffe, C McCarthy, P Lucey and C Feeney. Referee: Michael Franklin (Midleton).

Minor A Hurling league - round one St Catherines w/o v Cloughduv Scr Juvenile fixtures

Thursday, April 20th Rebel Og East Minor A Hurling league round two v Ballygarvan (away), at 7.30pm. Friday, April 21st at Ballynoe Rebel Óg East under fourteen B football league section one round three v Fr O’Neill’s, at 8pm. Monday, April 24th at Ballynoe Rebel Óg North under sixteen B2 football league v Ballinacurra, at 7pm. Wednesday, April 26th Rebel Óg North minor B2 football league v Buttevant (away), at 7pm. There are Rebel Óg meetings this week. Further fixtures to follow.

Jode Morrison RIP

We were in the car park at Blackrock GAA Club on Church Road on the southside of Cork city, players and mentors arriving for an upcoming junior hurling challenge between the two clubs. Car radios beaming out coverage of the Aintree Grand National one of the great annual events of the British sporting year. Then comes a phone call from Pat Hartigan, it was the second time for the phone to ring. It took a while to grasp imagine what it was like for the family. Going back through the decades and the Morrison name is intrinsically linked with the club. Brothers Toss and Dick members of the team that made that historic breakthrough with the winning of the East Cork junior A hurling championship for the first time in the autumn of 1957. Over the subsequent years both would have acted as selectors to various teams. Committee members going right back the time. Toss was twice chairman, Dick in his sixth decade as treasurer succeeding the late John Casey as president following the 1993 AGM held at Conna hall. Their sister Patricia was married to the late Martin Flynn who lined out at corner back for Castlelyons against Catherines in a frequently still spoken about divisional A final of 1955. From the current vintage Ger and Tom have been secretary. Tom is current club chairman. Pat who delivered a moving and touching eulogy to his late uncle in the church on the day of the funeral also played for the club. Highlight would be a first half hat trick of goals for the saints against a fancied Carrigtwohill in a junior B quarter final on their way to outright success with the third choice team in 1996. A phenomenal achievement for a club of its size. Kieran played all grades of championship hurling with the county was a member of the ’98 league winning Cork team. Panelist on the ’99 Munster and All-Ireland winning outfit, Jode, though not so much in recent years, was invariably involved. Remaining a loyal supporter up to the end. Last week what came up time and time again was how great a neighbour he was. He loved horses and was an esteemed and loyal supporter of the races. Seeing after his duty right up to the recent Ballynoe point to point. He was a passionate card player. Played regularly in Ballynoe on the Sunday nights. But now Jode is gone, no longer with us. That deck of cards, along with the race card and club colours along with the cap he would be always associated with, presented at the altar as symbol of Jode’s great loves in life. Jode passed away suddenly on the afternoon of Saturday, April 8th last. He was eighty years of age. Making him the youngest of that particular family. He was moved from his home in Monty’s Meadow to the church next door. Where from the funeral Mass in Conna he was interred in Ballynoe graveyard on the afternoon of Wednesday, April 12th last. To Toss, Dick, Patricia, Ger, Antoinette, Tom, Pat, Edel, Maria, Kieran, Paul, Ann and Maureen, grandnephews, grandnieces, relatives and neighbours our deepest sympathy at this poignant time. Ar dheis Dé go rabid a h-anam dílis.


First of all we put in Noel Kielthy, Glentrasna, Ballynoe whose name was left out in the list of last week’s consolation winners. Being a bank holiday this week’s draw with a jackpot now standing at €3,800 was held over until Tuesday night last, April 18th. Winners will be notified. Locals have access to posters. Results will be on the website.


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