St Catherines GAA

31 August, 2017

East Cork final fixed for Midleton
This year’s East Cork junior A hurling championship final has been fixed for Clonmult Memorial Park, Midleton on the evening of Saturday, September 9. Throw in time 6pm, St Catherines play Russell Rovers. 
Midleton was always the traditional venue in the halcyon days of the division showpiece, then the policy of taking the decider to the country started. For instance, St Catherines played Dungourney in the 1981 final in Castlelyons. This will be the fourth final or fifth, if you include the 2003 draw and replay involving Dungourney and Watergrasshill, to be played in Midleton in the past twenty year period. An attendance of four thousand was present at the Castlelyons/Bride Rovers final of 1997. Then Dungourney just edged past Carraig na bhFear by a point in the East Cork final of 2011. Ah the memories.
All-Ireland hurling final day
Understandably the bulk of attention goes on the Galway/Waterford senior final. But down here in rebel-land our focus features on the curtain raiser, that of Cork and Galway in this year’s All-Ireland minor hurling championship final, set for headquarters on Sunday, September 3. Cork are without a title since 2001 and last appeared in a final in 2007. They were beaten in the semi-finals of ‘03, ‘04, ‘06 and ‘08. Current manager Denis Ring was a selector on a number of those teams. Evan Sheehan and Brian Turnbull remain major injury concerns. Both players have made major contributions in Cork securing a place in the final Here’s hoping...
People of the parish and beyond were shocked and saddened to hear of the sudden death of John O’Keeffe, Newtown, Ballynoe last week. John was a mild mannered, softly spoken gentleman, who loved rural life, particularly the horses, his regular game of cards and his love for the GAA. 
Son Richard was involved with the successful ‘83 U16 hurling team. Dessie was a selector with a county winning U16 hurling team in 2006. While Martin was involved in the intermediate hurling success of 1994 and 2004. Daughter Helen is married to Tim O’Connor. A native of Ballyclough he too played with the club and was a mentor with last year’s successful minor hurling squad. After mass in Ballynoe the late John was buried in Conna on Friday afternoon last. 
Predeceased by wife Eileen by ten years, our sympathy goes out to the late John’s brother, Fr Martin OMI, daughters Anne and Helen, sons Richard, John T, Des, Pat and Martin and all extended family. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.
Rose of Tralee
Cork representative in the recent Rose of Tralee contest was Aishling O’Connor, daughter of Pat O’Connor of Aghada. Steeped in the Gaelic tradition, Pat was PRO of the East Cork board for a two-year period in the middle eighties, taking charge of the 1988 draw and replayed East Cork junior hurling final between Killeagh and Midleton. Both matches were played here in Ballynoe and Kieran O’Connor was a member of the Cork panel that defeated Down in the All-Ireland senior football final in 2010.
Just a reprise on a few items submitted last week. Shane Kearney’s match tally is sixty-nine successive games played. Richard O’Connell’s tally agents Lisgoold should be 1-01. While Harry Draper scored 0-10 against St Vincents in the U14 hurling championship.
East Cork Oil sponsored junior B hurling championship 
St Catherines 1-13 
Dungourney 1-09
St Catherines were grateful for a rewarding start when successfully coming through this divisional junior B hurling championship quarter-final when played in Copper Alley grounds Youghal on Sunday evening last. Conditions were humid and overcast. A thick fog was visible out at sea, brining back memories of an U21 semi-final at the venue last year. Thankfully it didn’t come ashore.
Catherines, mainly through the returned Eoin Condon, were the dominant force around the middle of the field and half forward lines. Ronan Clancy was on target with three lengthy frees and the lead stood at 0-07 to 0-02 after twenty one minutes. Noel O’Brien and Johnny Hurley would add to the tally when one of the games key scores emerged. Kieran Neville and Stephen O’Brien were involved in its creation before, at the second time of asking, Niall ‘Crouchy’ O’Regan crashed home the saints goal on twenty nine minute and a lead established on a half-time scoreline of 1-09 to 0-04.
It was a much tighter affair on the change of ends. Colm Griffin found Karl Kiely and Dungourney pointed almost straight away. Mike Hickey goaled and with Kevin Kelleher unerring from placed balls the margin was trimmed to 1-10 to 1-08 to forty three minutes and again at 1-11 to 1-09 twelve minutes on Niall O’Regan sealed the deal on sixty one minutes.
Dungourney scorers: K Kelleher (0-06 frees), M Hickey (1-00), W Daly, J Griffin and K Kiely (0-01 each). 
St Catherines scorers: N O’Regan (1-03), R Clancy (0-05 frees), E Condon and N O’Brien (0-02 each) and J Hurley (0-01).
St Catherines team: C Leahy, P Tobin, D Lane, D Wallace, S O’Regan, K Neville, A Neville, R Clancy, E Condon, J Hurley, N O’Brien, S O’Brien, N O’Regan, J Mulcahy (team captain), T O’Donnell.
Subs: J Neille for S O’Brien (51’).
Also on panel: P Ryan, Mike Walsh, S Walsh, K English, M Harper, J Casey, B Crowley, C O’Donnell, E Corcoran, C Mulcahy, R Barry, S Spillane.
Referee: James Daly (Youghal).
East Cork junior hurling league Div 1 Rd 4
Carrigtwohill 2-09 St Catherines 2-13
St Catherines collected the points on offer in a contest between two understrength teams when this round four East Cork junior hurling league division one tie went ahead in overcast conditions at Carrigtwohill on Monday, August 21.
Niall O’Regan and John Mulcahy, one in each half, were the goalscorers. Points ensued from Ronan Clancy, Noel O’Brien, Thomas O’Donnell and Johnny Hurley, thus bringing the tally to six points from as many league matches played.
Team: C Leahy, P Tobin, D Lane, M Harpur, P Ryan, K Neville, A Neville, R Clancy, T O’Donnell, S Walsh, N O’Brien, K English, J Hurley, J Mulcahy and N O’Regan.
Subs: E Corcoran for M Harpur (8’), J Casey for P Tobin (27’), C O’Donnell for S Walsh (second half), S Spillane for C Leahy (42’).
Also on panel: P O’Connor, E Wallace and P Roche.
Referee: Pa Beausang (Midleton).
Rebel Óg East minor A hurling league - Rd 7
St Catherines 5-13 Youghal 2-09
Buoyed up by the recent championship and doubling as league success over Erins Own at Lisgoold and St Catherines kept the momentum going with this well earned victory over a gallant Youghal fifteen in round seven of the Rebel Óg East minor A hurling league when played in Ballynoe on Tuesday evening, August 22nd.
Ciaran O’Brien, Gavin England, Kevin Barry and Niall O’Regan all registered early on the scoreboard as the home team eased into a lead of 1-04 to 0-01 after twelve minutes. Dion O’Donoghue and Colm Breslin were prominent for the opposition with the saints still ahead at 1-07 to 0-04 to twenty four minutes, when taking a firm grip on proceedings. Eoin Wallace surging through from the back. Goaling his finish sixty seconds later. Then a lengthy Brendan McKee free found Owen O’Neill who goaled a beauty. St Catherines ahead on a half-time scoreline of 3-07 to 0-05. Eoin Davis played as a forward added his second and fourth saints goal within a minute of the change of ends. Taking a Robert English pass when completing his hat trick on fifty one minutes.
Scorers: E Davis (0-01 free) (0-01 65’) (3-04), O O’Neill (1-04), E Wallace (1-00), C O’Brien (0-02), G England, K Barry and N O’Regan (0-01 each).
Team: Rd Galvin, A O’Brien, P Keane, S Spillane, B McKee, E Wallace, E McCreedy, C O’Brien, R English, K English, N O’Regan, O O’Neill, K Barry, E Davis, G England. Subs: E Sheehan and J Hayes for S Spillane and K Barry (both 47’), C Roberts for G England (58’).
Referee: Arthur Murphy (Killeagh).
Revised U11 leagues
Back in action are revised U11 leagues. A heavy loss in Ballinora in the football on Monday night, August 21st preceded a win on a scoreline of 2-02 to 0-03 when the same two teams met in the equivalent hurling league and played in Ballynoe on Sunday morning last. Shane Cotter and John Temple were the goalscorers.
Cork squads
Mixed fortunes for the rebels from the weekend series of juvenile inter county tournaments. Cork defeating Galway on a scoreline of 4-13 to 3-03 in the U15 A hurling final played in Brinny. Player of the match in the decider was Catherine’s defender Ciaran O’Brien, while the rebels also overcame the westerners in the U15 B final. Defeating Kilkenny in the U16 B hurling final played in Tipperary.
Lotto results
Results from recent lotto draws starting with The Plough, Curraglass on Monday night, August 21st. Numbers drawn were 2, 3, 7 and 9 and the jackpot of €7,400 wasn’t won. Consolation winners were: W and C c/o Mcs, Dylane, Ronan Mulcahy c/o Gerry Fitzgerald, Garrycaheragh, Ballynoe, Sinead Sheehan, Glentrasna, Ballynoe, Peter O’Keeffe c/o Mcs and Angela Davern, Conna.
Then moving on with the results from the most recent draw which was held at McAuliffes, Ballynoe on Monday night last, August 28th. Numbers drawn 1, 13, 19 and 26. There was no winner of the €7,600 jackpot. Consolation winners being Rebecca Kenny, Aglish, Co Waterford, Ann Cotter, Glentrasna, Pat Clancy, Monagown, Conna, Liam Rice, Ballinlegane, Ballynoe and Gerry O’Donovan c/o The Big Tree. 
Next draw for a now accumulated €7,800 jackpot will be at The Big Tree, Aghern, on Monday, September 4.
Tonight (Thursday), August 31 Rebel Óg east minor A hurling league round six v Cobh (away) at 8pm.
Saturday, September 2 at Ballynoe U11 football league round two v Killeagh at 2pm.
Monday, September 4 at Riverstown junior hurling league division two round three v Sarsfields at 7pm.
Wednesday, September 6 at Castlelyons Rebel Óg east minor A hurling championship semi-final v Bride Rovers at 6.45pm. Extra time if necessary.
T&A Building and Civil Engineering Contractors, Ballynoe are St Catherines GAA Club sponsors.