St Catherines GAA

14 September, 2017

St Catherines GAA

Cath’s into county first round as divisional champions

East Cork Oil sponsored East Cork junior A hurling championship final
St Catherines 1-12 
Russell Rovers 0-10
Few could deny that it wasn’t a classic. But that won’t matter now as the saints ground out a five point win over a dogged Russell Rovers challenge in the East Cork junior A hurling championship final, played at a well attended Clonmult Memorial Park, Midleton on Saturday evening last. Starting well with Richard O’Connell, despite the best efforts of Ross Walsh, forcing the sliothar over the line on three minutes. It was the game’s only goal and crucial score of the match. This was a contest where scores would be hard earned. Both teams depending on the accuracy of Shane O’Brien and Josh Beausang for scores from placed balls with the saints only marginally ahead on a half time scoreline of 1-04 to 0-04.
Beausang pointed twice from play in the opening exchanges of the resumption as the opposition challenge intensified. A poorly struck Rover’s free found Rory Galvin, who wasted no time and duly split the posts from distance, helping to withstand the early onslaught. It was the saints first score from open play since O’Connell’s goal, helping to maintain the three point balance of power at 1-06 to 0-06 to thirty four minutes. Daniel Mangan lofted a beauty for the point and score of the match. With a deft touch Shane Kearney added another. Brian ‘Bud’ Hartnett with his second point was on target for the opposition. But overall Russell Rovers were struggling to cut back the margin. A Shane O’Brien free picked out Brian Mulcahy to slot over a well taken score and that three point margin was still maintained at 1-09 to 0-09 on forty seven minutes.

Catherines, though by no means fluent, saw it out. Now favoured by the conditions with another pointed free forthcoming before O’Brien, again from a placed ball, picked out substitute Pa Roche to pop over the final score of the hour on fifty seven minutes. Rovers went for goals from a duo of late frees but both were blocked down.

Overall there was a sizeable attendance for this spectacle which was well organised and well ran by the Midleton club. Proceedings opened with the pairing of Lisgoold and Castlemartyr in the divisional U21 B hurling championship. Victory for Lisgoold, final score being 3-12 to 2-13. Referee was Ger Scully, initiating a Killeagh double, with Arthur Murphy taking charge of the top billing which saw both teams parading behind the Youghal pipe band. With well known East Cork goalie and ex showband star, Art Supple performing Amhrán na bhFiann. Cultural officer of the board, John Joe O’Regan introduced the East Cork winning Killeagh team of 1967 to those present at half time. Outgoing chairman of the East Cork board Richard Fitzgerald, himself a Russell Rovers man, revealed that youthful Catherine’s defender Philip Keane was confirmed as man of the match, before presenting the Jamesy Kelleher Cup to the emotional Catherine’s captain, Daniel Mangan.

Hopefully now with the shackles off both teams can express themselves more in the upcoming county rounds of the competition, starting off this weekend with the pairing of St Catherines and Tracton.
Russell Rovers scorers: J Beausang (0-04 frees)(0-08) and B Hartnett (0-02).
St Catherines scorers: S O’Brien (0-06 frees)(0-01 65’)(0-07), R O’Connell (1-00), R Galvin, D Mangan, S Kearney, B Mulcahy and P Roche (0-01 each).
St Catherines team: E Aherne, P Keane, L O’Connor, W Walsh, C Hegarty, C Aherne, S Morris, S O’Brien, C Kearney, R Galvin, D Mangan (captain), S Cotter, B Mulcahy, S Kearney and R O’Connell.Subs: P Roche for C Kearney (48’), E Wallace for W Walsh (54’).
Also on panel: C Leahy, R Clancy, K Neville, S O’Regan, P O’Connor, D Lane, N O’Regan, S O’Brien, J Mulcahy, J Neville, J Hurley, S Walsh, E Condon and J Casey.
Referees: Arthur Murphy (Killeagh).

Championship match in Ballynoe
Youghal overcame the challenge of Watergrasshill in a round of the East Cork junior B hurling championship when played in Páirc Naomh Caitríonaigh. The final score was 1-21 to 2-12. Referee was Pádraig Kearney of Killeagh. It coincided with the ‘Strictly’ launch in Conna hall.

East Cork junior hurling league - division two - round three
Sarsfields were both lords and masters of this East Cork junior hurling league division two round three fixture played in Riverstown on Monday evening, September 4.
Scorers: J Mulcahy (1-00), L Kearney and J Hurley (0-01) (0-02 each) and J Neville (0-01 each). 
Team: C Leahy, D Wallace, D Lane, M Harper, S O’Regan, B Crowley, K Geary, L Kearney, J Neville, P Ryan, N O’Brien, J Hurley, J Casey, M Walsh and T O’Donnell. Subs: J Mulcahy for P Ryan (21’), P Ryan for M Walsh (second half), R Barry for D Wallace (41’), D Wallace for M Harper (49’).
Referee: James Hennessy (Dungourney).

Rebel Óg East Minor A hurling championship semi-final 
Bride Rovers 6-20 
St Catherine’s 2-17
Bride Rovers were deserving winners of this Rebel Óg minor A hurling championship semi-final when played in dull and overcast conditions at Castlelyons on Wednesday evening, September 6th. 

Conor Barry drilled in the opening goal after four minutes and the highlight of a lead standing 2-05 to 0-05 on twenty two minutes was that seven different players had registered on the scoreboard, midfielder Eoin Roche and all six forwards. Roche’s inter county U17 ally Eoin Davis sent over a placed ball from well inside his own half. Niall O’Regan added a Saint’s goal on twenty six minutes. But any thoughts of a possible recovery were dispensed with. Shane O’Flynn with his second and Brian Roche adding further goals in the time left and a half time lead for Bride Rovers built up a scoreline of 4-10 to 1-05.

There would be no let up on the turnover. Conleith Ryan on target for the opposition. But the Saints gamely battled away despite the daunting and lopsided scoreline. Ben O’Brien hit an ocean of ball and was accurate both from general play and frees. Owen O’Neill popped over a duo of back-to-back points very near the finish of a championship tie now concluded with the addition of the lights. Bride Rovers now meet Cobh in this year’s Rebel Óg East minor A hurling championship final. Just take note that the U16 and minor footballers, because of soft borders, play in Rebel Óg North.

Bride Rovers scorers: B Roche (2-05), C Barry (0-3 frees) (1-05), S O’Flynn (2-01), C Ryan (1-01), C Hogan (0-03), G O’Keeney and E Roche (0-02 each) and M Friel (0-01).
St Catherine’s scorers: B O’Brien (0-06 frees) (0-02 65’s) (1-10), N O’Regan (1-02), O O’Neill (0-02), C O’Brien and E Davis free (0-01 each).
St Catherine’s team: Eoin Davis, Adam O’Brien, Philip Keane (team captain), Shane Kelleher, Brendan McKee, Eoin Wallace, Aaron Long, Owen O’Neill, Robert English, Ciaran O’Brien, Ben O’Brien, Niall O’Regan, Kevin Barry, Kieran English, Eoin McCready. Subs: Eoin Sheehan for Kevin Barry (53’), Shane Spillane for Eoin McCready (54’). Also on panel: James Hayes, Calum Roberts, Gavin England and Cormac Galvin. Referee: James Hennessy (Kiltha Óg).

U14 B1 East hurling league section two - round seven 
Aghada 2-09 St Catherines 4-05
St Catherine’s had to work hard in seeing off a dogged and tenacious Aghada challenge, to claim the points on offer from this round seven U14 B1 hurling league tie played in overcast conditions at Rostellan on Friday evening last.

Basically, it was score for score, but the visitors claimed a vital grip on proceedings. Goals from Conor England and Cathal Dineen only ninety seconds apart early in the second quarter were enough to establish an interval advantage. Scoreline of 3-03 to 0-08.
The margin was down to a point in a low scoring second half when substitute James O’Callaghan scored the all-important and crucial fourth goal. Eoin O’Riordan tagged on his second point of the contest for a Catherine’s outfit who were able to absorb the concession of a second Aghada goal from a placed ball four minutes overtime. Many thanks to Alan Devoy and Edmond Galvin for taking charge of matters in the absence of an appointed referee.
St Catherine’s scorers: G O’Brien, C England, C Dineen and Jo O’Callaghan (1-00 each), E O’Riordan and A O’Donnell (0-2 each) and H Draper (free) (0-01).
St Catherines: E Philpott, B O’Connor, K Wallace, B Barry, F O’Connell, M Geary, C Bryan, G O’Brien, W Leamy, C Dineen, H Draper, C England, W McAuliffe, E O’Riordan, A O’Donnell. Subs: J O’Callaghan for W McAuliffe (second half) W McAuliffe for H Draper (37’).

Willie Ryan blitz
Victories over Cobh (2-03 to 2-01), Youghal (1-05 to 1-01), Killeagh (3-05 to 0-3) and Carraig na bhFear (3-05 to 0-01) preceded a narrow one point loss to host venue Aghada in the annual and prestigious U12 hurling blitz for the Willie Ryan Cup played in Rostellan on Saturday last.

We express our sympathy to the Fitzgerald family, Ballynoe, on their recent bereavement. Also to the family of the late Finbarr Fogarty of Killeagh. A large crowd was present from Rathcormac, Castlelyons and beyond at Mary Barry’s funeral last mid-week. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-ainmnacha dhilís.

Camogie finals
Another day in paradise. Cork, after a few significant losses to the Cats, put a stop to a possible slide with a narrow and memorable victory over the reigning champions in the All Ireland senior camogie final at Croke Park. The late winning point came off the stick of substitute Julia White, following outstanding contributions from Aoife Murray, team captain Rena Buckley, the legend that is Gemma O’Connor, Aisling Thompson and Orla Cronin, officially named player of the match. 

Between both codes Rena Buckley, who along with Anthony Nash were endearing guests at Catherine’s social in the Midleton Park Hotel in January of 2014, is now the recipient of eighteen All Ireland medals, eleven football and seven camogie. Rena Buckley is the first player of either gender to captain her county to All-Ireland senior titles in two codes. Last Sunday evening at headquarters Orla Cotter was winning her sixth All-Ireland senior camogie medal. Orla has four All Star awards. Phenomenal statistics, and remember the year isn’t over yet. Congratulations also to my other neighbour Finola Neville who is a member of the successful panel. Finola played in the earlier intermediate final which finished a draw, and was named as player of the match. That now means along with Eoin Davis’s U17 success that three All Ireland medals have made their way into the St Catherine’s club thus far this sporting Autumn. Intermediate camogie replay against Meath is fixed for Sunday, October 1. Can three become four? Westmeath are premier junior champions.

Correct at time of submitting this report. Friday, September 15 at Ballynoe u12 A hurling league quarter final v Blarney at 7.15pm. Saturday, September 16 county junior A hurling championship first round v Tracton time and venue TBC. Sunday, September 17 at Lisgoold junior B hurling championship semi-final v Castlelyons at 2.30pm.

Results from the most recent lotto draw which was held at The Fisherman’s Rest Conna, on Monday night last, September 11. Numbers drawn were 5, 14, 17 and 20. There was no winner of the €8,000 jackpot. The consolation winners on the night were: Diarmaid O’Connell, Ballynoe; Jerome Barrett, Ballynoe; Mary Scanlon, Conna; Dan Lynch (phone no supplied) and Ed Sheehan, Ballymonteen, Ballynoe. 
Next draw on Monday night coming September 18 at The Winner’s Enclosure, Conna will be for a jackpot of €8,200.

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