St Catherines GAA Club

27 April, 2017

St Catherines GAA

Junior A football championship resumes

Behind at 1-07 to 0-03 at the break yet the Saints rallied losing out by a point to Russell Rovers in a junior football challenge when played in Shanagarry on bank holiday Easter Monday evening last. Rovers winning on an end scoreline of 1-08 to 0-10.

Enjoying better fortune winning another challenge in Glenville early on Sunday morning last. Eoin Condon in flying form at full forward. A hatrick of first half goals had the Saints ahead at 3-06 to 0-10 to the interval. James Gowen and Ger Cahill pointing for the home team. Glenville whittling the deficit right down to 2 points at 3-11 to 1-16 to fifty three minutes. Condon coming good again. Finishing as he started. Pointing the games last three scores from play as the Saints emerge victorious in a junior football challenge refereed by James Hennessy of Dungourney on a final scoreline of 3-14 to 1-16.

These games being a precursor to the East Cork junior A football championship quarter-final against Glenbower Rovers this upcoming weekend. Venue not confirmed. We wish the best of luck to both the panel of players and mentors involved. St Catherine’s are also in the divisional junior C football championship semi-final. Opposition there will be provided by either Carraig na bhFear or Glenbower Rovers again. Watch out for the junior hurling league scheduled for the afternoon of the May bank holiday Monday against Russell Rovers in Shanagarry.

Rebel Óg East Minor A hurling league - round two

Ballygarvan 2-14

St Catherines 1-12

It was the home team that were quickly into their stride in this round two minor A hurling league tie when played in Ballygarvan on Thursday evening last. A Ray O’Halloran goal as early as the third minute allied to some accurate Dylan O’Mahony free taking, had it at 1-04 to 0-02 after ten minutes. Moving on to 1-07 to 0-03 at the interval.

But the visitors were much better on the turnaround. Some delightful Ciarán O’Brien stickwork allied to some staunch defending from Philip Keane, Shane Kelleher and Eoin Wallace gradually resurrected their challenge. Stalled yet again when full forward Patrick McSweeney goaled for the home team. Making it 2-09 to 0-06 to thirty nine minutes.

A magnificent aerial leap from Niall O’Regan lead to the Saints goal. Ben O’Brien kept the scoreboard ticking over from placed balls, when on the run set up Owen O’Neill, for a well taken point. Trimming the margin to 21-12 to 1-12 to fifty seven minutes. Ballygarvan were still able to see it out.

Scorers: B O’Brien (0-06 frees), N O’Regan (1-00), RD Galvin (0-02), R English, C Galvin, O O’Neill and E Wallace (65’) (0-1 each). St Catherine’s team: E Davis, A O’Brien, P Keane, S Kelleher, B McKee, E Wallace, C O’Brien, Rd Galvin, R English, C Galvin, O O’Neill, N O’Regan, K English, B O’Brien, E Sheehan. Subs S Spillane for E Sheehan (46), A Leahy for K English (56). Referee: Liam O’Riordan (Belgooly).

Rebel Óg East under sixteen B2 hurling league - round two

St Catherines 1-19 Kiltha Óg 3-11

St Catherines survived an imposing challenge from Kiltha Óg’s second choice team in this under sixteen B2 hurling league tie, when played in calm albeit overcast conditions at Ballynoe on Tuesday evening April 18th last.

A Conor Ronayne goal kept the opposition challenge going. Response were some excellent long range points. Adam O’Brien and Brendan McKee finding the target. Kevin Barry pointed the frees. A Joe O’Keeffe goal on twenty nine minutes setting up a half time lead of 1-13 to 2-04 for the home team.

Kiltha Óg again dominated the third quarter and Darragh Cashman with his second goal had it all tied up again at 1-14 to 3-08 eleven minutes into the second half. Late points from Cathal Dineen, Harry Draper and Conor England in turn, ensured safety against a Kiltha team coming on strong again towards the finish.

Scorers: A O’Brien (0-07), K Barry (0-02 frees) (0-05), B McKee (0-03 frees) (0-01 ‘65) (0-04), J O’Keeffe (1-00), C Dineen, H Draper and C England (0-01 each).

St Catherines team: E Sheehan, C O’Brien, E O’Riordan, J Duncan, B McKee, E McCreedy, G England, J McGuckian, C Dineen, A O’Brien, J Hayes, H Draper, K Barry, J O’Keeffe.

Sub: C England for J O’Keeffe (‘42). Also on panel D Galvin, W McAuliffe and C Roberts. Referee: Padraig Kearney (Killeagh).

Rebel Óg East under fourteen B football league

Section one - round three

St Catherines 5-11

Fr O’Neills 7-01

Catherine’s were ahead at 1-05 to 1-00 at half-time in this round three under fourteen B1 football league tie when played at Ballynoe on Friday evening last!

But what an explosion of scores o the changearound, during which both teams took it in turns to force the pace. Eye-catching and well taken scores from Conor England, William Leamy, Fionna O’Connell and Cathal Dineen easing the home team now ahead at 5-09 to 3-01 to the three quarter mark. But O’Neill’s, with Paudie O’Sullivan, James Mellerick and James Murphy prominent came right back in to it. No doubt Ben O’Connor who scored a cracking goal on forty three minutes popped over a point very late on as crucial as any other score that went before. Ensuring a lead on a four point margin and there would be no come back from that.

This weekend the same two teams play in the equivalent hurling league at Aghavine. Thanks to Brian Davis for stepping in when it became known that the official referee wouldn’t be available. Brian is currently absent from the playing field and injury means he may not return until the autumn.

We also congratulate his brother, Eoin, substitute goalkeeper on the Cork team following victories over Limerick and Tipperary that has now advanced to the Munster under seventeen hurling championship final against Waterford and scheduled for Dungarvan on Tuesday evening last, April 25th. Best of luck to all concerned there.

Scorers: C England (0-01 free) (1-01 free), C Dineen (2-0), W leamy (1-03), B O’Connor (1-01), M Draper (0-02) and F O’Connell (0-01).

St Catherine’s team: A O’Donnell, J O’Callaghan, E O’Riordan, B Barry, D Galvin, M Geary, K Wallace, H Draper, G O’Brien, F O’Connell, C England, W Leamy, G Leahy, C Dineen and S Cotter. Subs: C Bryan, W McAuliffe and B O’Connor. B Barry, G Leahy and S Cotter (all second half). J Mulcahy for J O’Callaghan (‘46), D Temple for G O’brien (51’). Referee: Brian Davis (home club).

Under eleven football league - round three

St Catherines 4-09 Lisgoold 4-08

After wins over Carrigtwohill and Fr O’Neills unbeaten St Catherines kept their consistent run going but only just. Recording a one point victory over Lisgoold, when this under eleven football league tie was played in Ballynoe on Saturday morning last.

Scorers: D O’Connell (1-04), C Pietropaolo, S Cotter and J Temple (1-01 each), D Murphy and C Hayes (0-01 each).

St Catherines team: C Leamy, C Dunning, E O’Driscoll, G O’Callaghan, McCarthy, J Hickey, C Pietropaola, C Hayes, C Hegarty, D O’Connell, D Murphy, J Temple, S Cotter. Also J Bryan, S Aherne, A Bryan and S Hegarty. Referee Eoin Wallace, (home club).


Adult club

Saturday, April 29th East Cork Junior A football championship quarter-final v Glenbower Rovers, at 7pm venue TBC.

Monday, May 1st at Shanagarry East Cork Junior hurling league division one round eight v Russell Rovers at 3.30pm.


Friday, April 28th at Aghavine Rebel Óg East under fourteen B1 hurling league section two round two v Fr O’Neills, at 7pm.

Monday, May 1st under twelve B1 football league section two round four v Grenagh (away), at 7.30pm.

Easter camp

With the weather being perfect conditions were ideal for the juvenile GAA club Easter camp which was held in the pitches in Ballynoe from 10am to 12.45 daily on Tuesday, April 18th to Thursday, April 20th last. Eighty eight were registered. Eighty taking part daily. Sixty four boys and twenty four girls.

Coaches/mentors through the week were Noel O’Brien, James Spillane, Denis Walsh, Shane O’Regan, Eoin Davis, Mike Walsh, Cormac Galvin, Finola Neville, Rory Galvin, Mairead Rohan, Richard Galvin, Aoife Hurley, Caoimhe Galvin and Laura Hayes.

Helpers over the three days being Brendan McKee, Ciarán O’Brien, Darragh Galvin, Eoin Sheehan, Eoin O’Riordan and Niamh Spillane. Parents who helped out especially cleaning up dressing rooms and dug outs on the last day were Lisa O’Mahony, Cathy Cotter, Dino Pietropaolo, Mags Fitzgerald, Marie O’Donoghue, Brian Sheehan, Imelda O’Connell, Susan Sheehan, Deirdre Twomey, Niamh Kielty, Frances O’Connor, Mark O’Driscoll, Daphne De Coster and Cathal McAuliffe. many thanks also to Shane Supple GDA who spent most of the first day at the camp on an advisory basis. Also answering any queries. A good share of club gear was sold every morning of the three day mini camp.

League finals

Both local starlets Orla Cotter and Finola Neville made second half appearances as the Rebelettes lost out to the cats in the national camogie league final. It was a curtain-raiser to the Tipperary/Galway national hurling league final and played in Pairc na nGael, Limerick on Sunday afternoon last. Kilkenny are now both All-Ireland and league champions, gradually now the focus will shift to the meeting of Cork and Tipperary in the quarter-final of the Munster senior hurling championships. Fixed for Thurles on the afternoon of Sunday, May 21st.


Being a bank holiday last week’s lotto draw was held over until Tuesday night, April 18th at The Big Tree Aghern. Numbers drawn being 8, 20, 25 and 26 and the jackpot of €3,800 wasn’t won. While the consolation winners on the night were Marie Noonan, Ballybride, Conna; Phyllis Smith, Mallow, Gerdi O’Mahony, Ballynoe; Liam Rice, Ballinlegane, Ballynoe and Seamus Spillane, Kilavorilla, Aghern.


T&A, Building and Civil Engineering Contractors, Ballynoe are St Catherine’s GAA Club sponsors.