St Catherines GAA

29 November, 2017

St Catherines GAA
Busy year for 
St Catherines 
juveniles recalled at AGM
It’s been a hectic and condensed period of time in our great club. There have been two county finals coupled with a game in the Munster junior hurling championship, allied to the major fundraiser of ‘Strictly St Catherines’. All coupled with the October bank holiday. Busy times.
Now we update your lotto results service. Starting with the details from the draw held at The Big Tree, Aghern, on Monday, November 13. Numbers drawn were 9, 17, 18 and 24 and the jackpot of €9,800 wasn’t won. Consolation winners were Frank Hayes, Aghern; Mossie Barry, c/o TVM Bartlemy, D&L syndicate, c/o Winacre Stable; Iona Flynn c/o TVM Bartlemy and George Peet c/o The Big Tree, Aghern, Niamh Kielthy, Glentrasna, Ballynoe; Nora Brien c/o PH Conna and Pat O’Donovan, Barrafomona, Ballynoe. Next draw for a now accumulated €10,200 jackpot will be at The Winner’s Enclosure, Conna on Monday night, November 27.
Juvenile annual AGM
The first major frost of a slowly settling-in winter didn’t deter those interested from attending the juvenile AGM held in the clubrooms in Ballynoe, on Thursday night last.
Chairman Shane O’Connell welcomed all those committed bodies. Some converted, a few present for the first time and welcome they are. Describing it as a long, busy and successful year in lots of different parts. Some staggering statistics revealed one hundred and forty three active young players from the five to eighteen age group. Encompassing twenty nine mentors. All involved in the juvenile club during the season. Special mention for Gearoid O’Brien part of the Cork squad that played Tipperary in the primary go game at Thurles back towards the middle of May. Elder brother Ciarán making the county team successful in the All-Ireland U15 hurling tournament at Brinny back towards the end of August. Then there was Eoin Davis, goalkeeper on the Cork team and winners of the inaugural All-Ireland U17 hurling championship. During the year St Catherines won two divisional hurling titles. They were also beaten in the Coiste na nÓg county U15 B hurling championship final.
Many courses held during the year
In a wide varied presentation, mention was made of foundation and child protection courses. Both held during the year. There was the successful registration morning. While the annual juvenile social at the plush Rochestown Park Hotel was a resounding success. It would be hopeful that another social will be staged each in the new year. 
St Catherines organised four camps. Three in the current calendar year. Including the week long annual Cúl camp, held in the pitches in Ballynoe on the first week of July. Head coach was Noel O’Brien, minor, U16 and U14 GAA and camogie managers kindly sent out texts to players who wished to put their name forward to coach/help at the camp. Such was the response that we did not need the help of first years who kindly offered. As a result, an afternoon, 3-day skills workshop was organised. Junior hurling manager Ian O’Connell was a big help here, organising Colm Spillane, Robbie O’Flynn and Shane Kingston as coaches. Participants paid €20 which covered the costs.
There was a school fun day held on Monday, May 29. There was some fantastic feedback here and no doubt has improved the goodwill from the schools to the club. Something we should do again? County player Finola Neville was coaching in the schools. Not always available with Seanie Farrell now stepping in. Those who supported the annual church gate collection were thanked. Shane was high in his praise of his fellow officers. James Spillane looked after the gear. Likewise, Cathy and Brian Cotter the hurlers, Edmond Galvin updating the twitter machine. Mention too of the just ending parish leagues.
It’s been a hectic couple of weeks in the club. There was the winning of the divisional and county junior A hurling titles and all this must have a positive impact on juvenile players. Congratulations too to all the dancers.
Shane appealed for your ongoing support for the weekly lotto. T&A are club sponsors but during the year Mulcahy Steel came on board and they now sponsor the juvenile section of St Catherines club. He concluded by wishing everybody well and maybe for next year we could raise the standard even higher. 
We were informed that outgoing secretary Lisa O’Mahony had intimated she would not seek re-election. Assistant secretary Imelda O’Connell was proposed, seconded and appointed to the role.
Outgoing parent club chairman Tom Morrison complimented all the officers on all the hard work put in during the year. Stressing the need for new officers at adult level and maybe some faces from the juvenile AGM might consider getting involved. Strictly winner Fiona Sheehan presented a champion financial report.
Child officer, Paul Davis stressed the importance of the need for Garda vetting. Also pointing out how crucial proper selectorial behaviour on the sideline is all team managers from U7/8 up to minor addressed the meeting. Thanking all their fellow selectors along the way. Club PRO John O’Mahony presented a detailed review of all competitive games in both codes throughout the various age groups. Club president Dick Morrison felt all speakers had covered the relevant issues. It all starts with the underage. There is a great buzz around at the moment. ‘Let’s keep it going!’
Managers appointed
U6: Johnny Sheehan, U7/8: Paul O’Connell, U10: Alan O’Mahony, U11/12: Mark O’Driscoll, U13/14: Brian Cotter, U15/16: Edmond Galvin.
Officers appointed
Chairman: Shane O’Connell, vice-chairman: Brian Sheehan, secretary: Imelda O’Connell, assistant secretary: Kate O’Riordan, treasurer: Fiona Sheehan, assistant treasurer: Susan Sheehan, fixtures co-ordinator, board delegate and PRO: John O’Mahony.
Parish leagues
St Catherines juvenile club organised parish leagues were recently held over two weekends in the pitches in Ballynoe. For instance, the division one league for the six to eight year olds was very exciting with a great level of skill being shown. Cork captained by Alan Cotter beat Tipperary in the hurling final by 4-00 to 2-00 and Waterford overcame the challenge of Galway in the football equivalent. Final score being 5-02 to 3-01. Winning captain was Sean Walsh. All medals were presented by All-Ireland winning goalkeeper Eoin Davis. Thanks to the young players for refereeing the matches. Well done to all involved. Chief organiser, club vice chairman Brian Sheehan tells us that completes this year’s action and we will see all these young players return to the fold in 2018.
Panel of players
Alan Cotter, Eoghan O’Mahony, Sean Walsh, Conan Hurley, Tadgh Lynch, Eoin Dillon, Cillian McCarthy, Armed De Cos, Aodhán Burke, Rosin Collins, Meabh Fitzgerald, Ciara Goss, Ava Condon, Laura Twomey, Izzy Warren, Layla McNamara, Kayla Cummins, Shay McCarthy, Billy O’Connor, Ronan O’Donoghue, Ben Cummins, Lucy Geaney, Hannah O’Donnell, Ella Higgins, Katie Dee, Sadbh Barry, Johanna Carr, Aimee Kearney, Anna McAuliffe, Ava Cotter, James O’Connor, Cathal Higgins, Tomas Morrison, Roman De Coster, Oisín Morrison, Simone Fitzgerald, Ciara Hayes, Sophia O’Sullivan, Orla Morrison, Sara Swirski, Alesha Hickey, Ali Quirke, Ronan Hickey, Shane Riordan, Hannah Barry, Emma Turley, Áine Kielty, Amy O’Connell, Tadhg Walsh, Sean Moore, Ethan Bryan, Teagan Murphy, Abby Leahy, Eileen Bryan and Kate Molloy.
Harty Cup
Eoin Davis was in goals and team captain Eoin Wallace at right fullback as St Coleman’s kept their winning run going with an emphatic victory over previously unbeaten John the Baptist Community School, Hospital, in their most recent Harty Cup outing at Kilfinane. Included in the Blackwater CS outfit are Philip Keane and Ben O’Brien. They were due to play Coláiste Iósaef in Kildorrery last Monday.
Our sympathy goes to the O’Donovan family, Kilasseragh, Ballynoe on the sad passing of Michael. Grandson Diarmuid is a regular on the U11 and U12 teams in both codes. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.
Sunday, November 26 at 2pm, Coiste na nÓg county U13 A hurling league final v Kinsale at venue tbc.
Adult club AGM
Patrons please take note that the date for the adult club annual general meeting has been changed. Now taking place on Friday, December 1 in Conna Hall at 8pm. All welcome.
T&A Building and Civil Engineering Contractors, Ballynoe are sponsors of St Catherines GAA Club. Mulcahy Steel are juvenile club sponsors.
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