St Catherines GAA

26 August, 2018

St Catherines GAA
Kilworth win in Ballynoe
Sixty-two weeks on from a loss to Cloyne at the equivalent stage of the competition and redemption for Kilworth. Proving altogether too strong for another East Cork team in Aghada in the second round of the premier intermediate hurling championship when played in Ballynoe on Saturday evening last.
A lot of the groundwork was done in the first half. At the end of which goals from Eoin Carey and Noel McNamara had the Avondhu based team ahead on a half time scoreline of 2-06 to 0-05. Further goals from Jeremy Saich and Jamie Sheehan followed and were almost out of sight when Brian Morrissey scored a late consolation gal for last year’s intermediate champions. Final score in favour of Kilworth being 4-16 to 1-10. They now meet Mallow in an all North Cork clash in round three. Many thanks to all those who helped with the fixture. From collecting at gates to assisting with the parking of cars. Darren Lee, Aghada secretary, John Murphy, Aghada PRO and Kilworth chairman John Sheehan were invaluable in helping to compile the match programme. Club juvenile treasurer Fiona Sheehan, co-ordinated the sellers. They were Eoin Davis, Darragh Galvin and Eoin Sheehan.
Six nights previously Killeagh recorded an emphatic victory over Bride Rovers in the second round of the divisional junior A hurling championship. So now the focus shifts to the pairing of Carrigtwohill and Sarsfields in the third round of the county senior hurling championship. Throw-in at 7.30pm on Friday evening August 31st at Páirc Naomh Caitríonaigh, Baile Nua.
A successful weekend for the Rebelettes on the camogie fields of Ireland. Starting with a win over Galway in the intermediate semi-final at Nenagh early on Saturday afternoon last. Then on down to Thurles where a win was recorded over Tipperary in the senior semi-final. Best of luck to both teams in their respective deciders and to local girls Orla Cotter, Finola Neville, Rachel O’Callaghan and Laura Hayes. 
All-Ireland Hurling Final
Well they more than made life difficult for themselves with a finish reminiscent of ’94. But no one can deny that Limerick are deserving All-Ireland senior hurling champions. Liam McCarthy is back on the banks of the Shannon for the first time in forty-five years. Galway hurling is still in a good place though. Winning back-to-back minor titles no consolation on surrendering their twelfth month grip on the sport’s biggest prize. Not because Limerick are champions. But the sad thing now is that the most memorable championship is over and won’t be back for nine months.
What a Munster championship lies in waiting. The mind boggles. Relax. County championships. Championship pairings. All Star awards and a condensed league programme of matches all to whet the appetite in the interim. As we wish Cork U21 hurlers the best of luck this forthcoming Sunday evening. 
Intermediate Hurling League Div4 Rd10 
Dripsey 0-13 St Catherines 5-17
St Catherines collected the points on offer from this div4 rd10 intermediate hurling league tie when played in overcast conditions at Dripsey on Thursday evening last. Both sides were together when Rory Galvin crashed in the lead goal on twenty-one minutes. Enough to establish a lead on a half-time scoreline of 1-09 to 0-06. Pádraig O’Connor added the second goal five minutes into the resumption, when Danny Lonergan finished off the third midway through the fourth and final quarter; the visitors began to pull away. Victory confirmed through a brace of Brian Mulcahy goals very near the finish.
Dripsey scorers: M O’Riordan (0-04 frees) (0-01 65’) (0-07), A O’Riordan (0-03), T Aherne, D O’Riordan and J O’Riordan (0-01 each). St Catherines scorers: B Mulcahy (2-05), R Galvin (0-02 frees) (1-03), D Lonergan (1-02), P O’Connor (1-01), Richard Galvin (0-03), S O’Brien (0-02 frees) and C Kearney (0-01).
St Catherines team: E Davis, E Wallace, R Clancy, P Keane, J Neville, C Hegarty, M Mulcahy, S Cotter, S O’Brien, P O’Connor, B Mulcahy, D Lonergan, C Kearney, R Galvin and Richard Galvin.
Referee: Colm Vaughan (Cill na Martra).
Junior B Hurling Championship 2nd Rd 
St Catherines 1-16 Aghada 1-11
Having lost heavily to Kilworth in the premier intermediate championship at Ballynoe the previous day, further pain inflicted on Aghada. Eliminated by the Saints following this East Cork junior B hurling championship second round tie when played at a sunny yet deceptively windy Killeagh on Sunday last at 12 mid-day.
A probing Thomas O’Donnell delivery expertly picked out John Mulcahy and cutely avoiding his marker crashed in the Saints goal and a lead of 1-04 to 0-01 set up after thirteen minutes. John Hurley and Luke Beecher combined before picking out Brian Davis for the best point of the half. St Catherines ahead on a half time scoreline of 1-08 to 0-05. But Aghada weren’t done with and twice on the change of ends had it reduced to manageable proportions. Like at 1-10 to 0-11 to thirty nine minutes. Though not listed on the programme number 28 Declan Morrissey goaled on fifty-eight minutes. Lead of 1-14 to 1-11 not convincing. Niall O’Regan secured an extremely welcome point and Catherines place in the third round was secured when team manager Noel O’Brien added another two minutes overtime. A satisfying result with a much-changed line out taking the field from the previous round loss to Watergrasshill.
Scorers: B Davis (0-06 frees) (0-01 65’) (0-09), J Mulcahy (1-01), 0 O’Neill, N O’Brien and N O’Regan (0-02 each). Aghada scorers: Matthew Leahy (0-04 frees) (0-07), D Morrissey (1-00), Marcus Leahy (0-02), R Slye and A O’Connell (free) (0-01 each).
St Catherines team: C Leahy (captain), James Casey, E Kenneally, P Tobin, R English, S Fitzgerald, J Hurley, A Long, T O’Donnell, O O’Neill, N O’Brien, B Davis, L Beecher, J Mulcahy and N O’Regan. Subs: D Wallace for J Hurley (second half), John Casey for J Mulcahy (49’), B Crowley for L Beecher (60’). Also on panel: K English, S Leamy and N O’Callaghan.
Referee: Mark Murphy (Bride Rovers).
Rebel Óg East Minor A Hurling Championship SF 
St Catherines 0-07 Kiltha Óg 1-27
Following in the wake of Youghal and Whitechurch, St Catherines would become the third victims of a strong Kiltha Óg outfit when this Rebel Óg East minor A hurling championship semi-final went ahead, following a toss of a coin at Ballynoe on Tuesday evening, August 14. Half forward Joe Stack was in top scoring form. Yet his goal from a penalty on twenty-eight minutes was the only time keeper Eoin ‘Mick’ Davis was beaten, despite numerous attempts over the hour as Kiltha Óg a combination of Castlemartyr and Dungourney surged into a sizeable lead and ahead on a half time scoreline of 1-12 to 0-06. Stack together with Cormac Griffin, Niall Morgan and Eoghan Martin piled on the scores on the change of ends and their place in the final against either Ballygarvan or Cobh was secured long before the finish. 
Scorers: B O’Brien (0-03 frees) (0-04), E Davis (0-02 frees) and O O’Neill (0-01 free). Kiltha Óg scorers: J Stack (1-00 penalty) (0-06 frees) (1-12), E Martin (0-04), C Griffin (0-03), J Aherne, N Morgan and D Moran (65’) (0-02 each), M Leahy and C Joyce (0-01 each).
St Catherines team: Eoin Davis, James Duncan, Brendan McKee, Shane Kelleher, Conor England, Ciaran O’Brien, Adam O’Brien, Ben O’Brien (captain), Aaron Long, Gavin England, Owen O’Neill, Harry Draper, Kevin Barry, Robert English and Eoin Sheehan. Sub: Andy Leahy for Conor England (52’). Also on panel: Eoghan O’Riordan, Joe O’Keeffe, Cathal Dineen, Calum Roberts, James Hayes, Mark Geary and Darragh Galvin.
Referee: Paudi Kearney (Killeagh).
Rebel Óg East U16 B1 Hurling Championship SF 
St Catherines 1-16 Fr O’Neills 2-05
A deserved win for the Saints from this Rebel Óg East U16 B1 hurling championship semi-final when played at a dull albeit mild Ballynoe on Friday evening last. Pacey U14 player Gearóid O’Brien registered two of the opening three points from wing forward inside the first nine minutes. His colleague on the other side Harry Draper sent over a brace of outrageous points virtually from the sideline. Indecision in the O’Neills rear-guard was punished when Mark Geary, in the unaccustomed role of full forward, drilled in the Saints goal. Setting up a lead of 1-05 to 0-01 right at the end of the opening quarter. Darragh Higgins was playing well for the opposition at centre back. James Mellerick scored the goal. Johnny Swain adding a few points with the lead favouring the home based team on a half time scoreline of 1-09 to 1-03. Fr O’Neills struggled for scores on the changeover. But a concern for the eventual winners is that they weren’t setting the world on fire either and O’Neills saw two powerfully struck frees ricochet back into play off the crossbar. However overall points from Cathal Dineen, Kyle Wallace and Kevin Barry helped seal the deal with Tom Wall forcing in a late consolation goal for a sporting O’Neills team. St Catherines will play Tracton in this year’s Rebel Óg U16 B1 hurling championship final. 
Scorers: H Draper (0-07 frees) (0-09), M Geary (1-00), G O’Brien (0-03), K Barry (0-02), C Dineen and K Wallace (0-01 each). Fr O’Neills Scorers: T Wall (1-01), J Mellerick (1-00), D McAllister (0-02 frees) (0-03) and J Swain (0-01).
St Catherines team: C Roberts, J Duncan, E O’Riordan, J O’Keeffe, C England, C O’Brien (captain), J McGuckian, G England, K Wallace, G O’Brien, K Barry, H Draper, W Leamy, M Geary and C Dineen. Subs: C Bryan for M Geary (50’), B O’Connor and G Leahy for C England and W Leamy (both 54’). Also on panel: J Hayes, E Philpott, F O’Connell and D Galvin.
Referee: Arthur Murphy, (Killeagh).
U13 Premier Two HL 
Carrigaline 1-06 St Catherines 2-07
St Catherines collected the points on offer from this U13 premier two hurling league tie when played in Carrigaline on Saturday evening last. They lead on a half-time scoreline of 1-03 to 0-02. Overall the entire scoring contribution came from the full forward line of Kian O’Donoghue, Shane Cotter and Cathal Sheehan. 
Scorers: K O’Donoghue (1-06), S Cotter (1-00) and C Sheehan (0-01). St Catherine’s Team: C Leamy, E O’Driscoll, N Sheehan, C Hayes, D O’Donovan, S O’Donoghue, D O’Connell, O Fitzgerald, C Pietropaolo, C McAuliffe, D Morrison, K Kelleher, S Cotter, K O’Donoghue and G Sheehan.
Referee: Seán Forde (Nemo Rangers).
Exam Results
Congratulations to all on their excellent Leaving Cert results.
Tonight (Thursday), August 26 at Ballynoe Rebel Óg East U16 B1 Hurling League – Round Two (rearranged at 7pm v Carraig na bhFear.
Sunday, August 29 at Páirc na nGael, Limerick – All-Ireland U21 Hurling Final – Corkv v Tipperary at 5.30pm.
Night at the Dogs
Once again a reminder that a major fundraiser for the year, a night at the dogs, goes ahead at Youghal greyhound track on Friday evening, September 14. Starting at 8pm. Tickets currently on sale from club officers are priced at €10. Dog nominator tickets are €30. Sponsorship options are currently ongoing. St Catherines GAA and Camogie clubs would greatly appreciate your support. Don’t forget there will be a raffle on the night. So you could win some fantastic prizes. “Let yourself go”.
Back again to its usual slot and the results from the weekly lotto draw which was held at The Big Tree, Aghern on Monday, August 13. Numbers drawn were 4, 13, 14 and 24 and the then accumulated jackpot of €4,000 wasn’t won. Consolation winners being: Mary Byrne, Lismore, Noel Kielty, Glentrasna, Ballynoe, Christopher Hurley, Cois Cille, Conna, Matt Noonan, Conna and Mark Walsh, c/o Kals.
T & A Building and Civil Engineering Contractors, Ballynoe are St Catherines GAA club sponsors. Mulcahy Steel are juvenile club sponsors.