St Catherines GAA

23 June, 2017

St Catherines GAA

Rebels roar into Munster hurling final

Cork and Clare, aside from the 2013 decider and basically all major finals from recent years have been contested by what is termed hurling’s big four. Invariably Kilkenny, Tipperary, Galway and Waterford again figured very highly in the list of prospective trophy winners at the outset. Understandably based on form given that you can only go on what you see. Now here we are just a month into what is unfolding as the most spine-tingling run for many a day and only Galway haven’t buckled. Charging through the later stages of the league. Subsequently taking Dublin and Offaly from the provincial championship. They are where they deserve and expect to be.

Salute the hurlers of Wexford and Cork. Because it is they who have lit up this year’s championship. Dismissing three of those four aforementioned super powers from the provincial competition and into the bowl for next Monday morning’s eagerly awaited qualifiers. Wouldn’t like to be in there and now more of them will fall as its straight knockout for them from now on. Wexford removing Kilkenny from the Leinster championship. First time in thirteen years. Remember that late Michael Jacob goal. Cody sprawled on the ground behind the posts. Likewise, Cork dethroning Tipp and getting little or no credit for it. Major consensus over the past month being ‘oh Tipp were poor’. Riddled with problems. Well done team is now going to be inflicted with a backlash.

Again Cork were outsiders in sun-drenced Thurles last Sunday. It was expected a good performance would be forthcoming. But the experience of the opposition would see them through. Not so.Cork recovered instantly from John McGrath’s stunning strike in the quarter-final. Likewise, Maurice Shanahan’s goal on forty six minutes saw parity restored at 1-12 to 0-15. But Cork again quickly regained the initiative with Harnedy, Lehane and Horgan excellent and the timely substitutions from the bench again all working. Who said Cork don’t have a panel?

Cork might have won this particular championship match much sooner only for the absolute brilliance of netminder Stephen O’Keeffe. He kept out a brace of certain goals from Cadogan and Horgan in turn. He singlehandedly kept the Deise in it. With Horgan again just previous blazing a seemingly certain goal opportunity wide.

Just a thought - Wexford eliminated Kilkenny in the quarter-finals of the national league. Repeating the dose in the Leinster senior hurling championship semi-final. Likewise, Cork inflicted losses on Waterford and Tipperary in the group stages. Third win recorded was against Clare first night out. Preceding what have been memorable championship wins over Tipp and the Deise. Now the rebels will be on unfamiliar territory. They will go in as slight favourites when facing the banner. A Clare outfit who have Donal Óg as a selector. With great pal The Rock running the Cork line.

A Thurles qualifier from two years ago aside, this will be the first major battle between the teams since the All Ireland draw and replay from 2013 and first meeting in a Munster final since the showdown in 1999.

So now, settle down, there are two Munster senior finals to look forward to. With the All-Ireland quarter-finals fixed for the grand re-opening of the newly revamped Pairc Uí Chaoimh on Sunday, July 23. Hopefully we’re not part of that and sit back and enjoy what the opposition will be like.

This week’s juvenile column

Coiste na nÓg Cork Co U13 A1 hurling league

Ballinhassig 1-06 St Catherines 3-04

Third success from the four completed outings following the U13 A1 hurling league tie played in dull and overcast conditions at Ballinhassig on Wednesday, June 14. Ballinhassig were struggling with the threat posed by full forward Denis Temple. He registered his and the game’s opening four scores without reply including the first saints’ goal after nineteen minutes. Also having a major say in the second goal finished off on twenty-eight minutes by Cathal McAuliffe as the visitors found themselves ahead on a half time scoreline of 2-03 to 0-01.

Kyle Wallace, James O’Callaghan and Adam O’Donnell were solid defensively as Cathal Sheehan drilled in a priceless third goal eight minutes into the second half. Ballinhassig were improving and began to exercise a grip around the middle of the pitch with Sean Cussen and Seán Lombard prominent. Gavin Harrington lending able support. But those aforementioned goals were crucial.

St Catherines scorers: D Temple (1-04), C McAuliffe and C Sheehan (1-00 each).

St Catherines team: K Wallace, J O’Callaghan, S O’Donoghue, A O’Donnell, B O’Connor, N Sheehan, O Fitzgerald, G O’Brien, K O’Donoghue, J Pratt, F O’Connell, D Morrison, C Sheehan, D Temple, C McAuliffe.

Subs: C Feeney for C McAuliffe (42’), D O’Donovan for B O’Connor (48’).

Referee: Tony O’Brien (Ballygarvan).

U12 B1 East football league

Sec2 rd6

St Catherines 1-05 St Vincents 5-02

Now where does this result leave us? St Catherines began their campaign with back to back victories against Carrig na bhFear and St Colman’s. First point dropped was in the away fixture with Grenagh. Then maybe a little bit of over exuberance cost them dearly when losing at home to Killeagh/Ita’s. But we were back on the horse with a well-earned victory over Fr O’Neills at Aghavine a little over a week later. Then lost out by a 9 pt margin against St Vincents when this rd6 U12 B football league match and final game in the group was played in Ballynoe on Monday evening. That leaves us with an overall tally of seven points claimed from six league matches played. A respectable tally but the overall picture might be clearer after the next board meeting in early July.

Vincents were ahead at 2-02 to 1-02 at half time. Despite the best efforts of Diarmuid O’Donovan, Nathan Sheehan, Oisín Fitzgerald, Ciaran Pietropaolo and Kian O’Donoghue they would add a trio of second half goals and effectively seal the deal against a Saints outfit who had a competitive outing against Bride Rovers in the hurling league the day before.

Scorers: O Fitzgerald (0-01 free) (1-02), C Pietropaolo, K O’Donoghue and N Sheehan (free) (0-01 each).

St Catherines team: C Dunning, E O’Driscoll, D Morrison, C Sheehan, C McAuliffe, S O’Donoghue, D O’Donovan, N Sheehan, D O’Connell, O Fitzgerald, C Pietropaolo, C

Feeney, K O’Donoghue and S Cotter.

Also: T Barry, J Leahy, J Bryan, A Bryan, D Murphy and G O’Callaghan McCarthy (all used).

Referee: Padraig Ó Rinn (Gleann na Laoi).

U11 football league rd6

Killeagh 2-15 St Catherines 1-02

After a ten match unbeaten run encompassing both codes and stretching out over a three month period the Saints crash landed when this round six U11 football league tie went ahead in sunny conditions at Killeagh on Saturday afternoon last.

Scorers: J Temple (1-00), C Leamy and C Pietropaolo (0-01 each).

Panel: C Leamy, S Cotter, D O’Connell, C Dunning, C Hayes, E O’Driscoll, C Pietropaolo, D O’Donovan, J Bryan, A Bryan, C McCarthy, S Hegarty, C Hegarty, D Murphy, G O’Callaghan, McCarthy, T Barry and J Temple.

Next on your juvenile fixture list

Friday, June 23 at Ballynoe Rebel Óg East U14 B1 hurling league sec2 rd5 (rearranged) v Lisgoold at 7.30pm.

Sunday, June 25 at Ballynoe, U11 hurling league rd6 v Ballygiblin at 11.30am.

Lotto

Reverting to its regular slot and the results from the weekly lotto draw which was held at The Plough, Curraglass, on Monday night, June 12. Numbers drawn were 2, 4, 10 and 11 and the €5,400 jackpot wasn’t won. Consolation winners being: Nettie O’Keeffe c/o Kals; Liz O’Dowd, Cois Cille, Conna; Conor Hegarty, Ballymonteen, Ballynoe; Paddy Cronin, Cousane, Kildinan and Patrick Moroney, c/o Kals.

Sponsor

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