St Catherines GAA

18 October, 2018

St Catherines GAA
Back to back titles for Imokilly
There are a number of permutations going with Imokilly’s win over fellow East Corkonians Midleton from last Sunday’s County senior hurling championship final played at sun drenched Páirc Uí Chaoimh.
Traditionally labelled Cork’s little All-Ireland final for the Seán Óg Murphy Cup. Most notably allowing the barony to emulate the achievements of the team from the late nineties and retain the prize. Thus becoming the fifth outfit to win back to back titles in the last twenty years. Blackrock, Erins Own, Glen Rovers and now Imokilly twice have recorded such accolades in the quest for one of the most sought after prizes in Rebel Cork sport. We congratulate club players Daniel Mangan, who tasted action just before the end and Brian Mulcahy on being part of the County winning divisional team made up completely by players from junior and intermediate clubs throughout the East Cork area.
Therefore, Imokilly don’t qualify for the Munster club championship. Place taken by the vanquished and the Magpies must now enter the lion’s den for the second time in a fortnight. Going to Walsh Park on the bank holiday weekend to play Waterford champions, a formidable Ballygunner team in the provincial championship. It would be difficult at the best of times. But going down with a county final loss gone right through the system only elevates the task they now face. 
Elsewhere, Ballincollig won the intermediate championship. Now moving up to the premier hurling grade for next year. While it seems that Castlehaven and Duhallow can’t be separated in the senior football championship. St Finbarrs awaiting the eventual winners.
Camogie Nominations
Too late for inclusion in last week’s notes was the revelation that Orla Cotter has been nominated for the Camogie Association/WGPA players player of the year award. Orla nominated in the senior player category, as well as being nominated for another All-Star award. 
Fellow Catherines’ colleague Finola Neville nominated for a “shooting star” award incorporating players from both junior and intermediate grades. Best of luck to both. All will be revealed at the City West Hotel in Dublin on Saturday evening, November 3.
Intercounty Championship Draws
Go on, pick out one pairing from the football championship draws that went out live on RTE 2 television last Thursday night that would excite you. You’re struggling! What’s the delay?
We now have a round robin provincial hurling championship. All sorted out in advance. Realistically it takes the qualifiers and the super eights for football to grab your attention. Anyway football championships in at least two provinces nowadays are akin to lambs to the slaughter. You would seriously wonder how many more years this system will go on for. So it would be very difficult to get too excited about these championship draws. Especially as a ball won’t be kicked for at least another eight months. We have the conclusion of our domestic championships, the naming of the All Star teams and the leagues to ponder over before then. Anyway the opening hurling matches will smother the life out of any possible football interest.
Juvenile Column
Rebel Óg East U16 B1 HL SF 
St Catherines 1-14 
St Malachy’s 1-09
St Catherines did enough in seeing off the frequently dogged challenge of St Malachys in this Rebel Óg East U16 B 1 hurling league semi-final when played under lights at Ballynoe on Monday night, October 8 last.
St Malachys are a merged team. A combination of three clubs along the Lee Valley, Dripsey, Lee Gaels and Donoughmore. Catherines making the ideal start, after Tom Hartnett had put them ahead with the game’s first score just inside three minutes when pacey wing forward Gearóid O’Brien charging through clung an unstoppable drive to the roof of the opposition net. It was the most influential score of the hour. Always helping to keep the home team in the ascendancy. Cathal Dineen was ever accurate with the close in frees before a William Leamy pass picked out the influential Kevin Barry to finish off the second of his two back to back points at the end of the opening half. Establishing an interval advantage on a 1-08 to 0-06 scoreline.
Brothers Ciaran and Gearóid O’Brien shared four points through the third quarter. Scores which helped to minimise the influence of Adam Dynan’s goal for St Malachys. Indeed Catherines had stretched out the lead. Now standing at 1-14 to 1-07 to fifty three minutes. Accommodating sensible use of the bench. Malachys kept at it though and recorded the last two points of the contest with roving full forward Evan Lucey prominent. 
Fr O’Neills and Tracton are on the other side. Catherines must also play O’Neills in an U14 football league semi-final.
Scorers: G O’Brien (1-02), C Dineen (0-05 frees), C O’Brien (0-03 frees) (0-04), K Barry (0-02) and T Hartnett (0-01). 
St Catherine’s team: C Roberts, J Duncan, E O’Riordan, J O’Keeffe, C England, M Geary, J McGuckian, C O’Brien, J Hayes, G O’Brien, K Barry, C Dineen, W Leamy, T Hartnett and W McAuliffe. Subs: G Leahy for W McAuliffe (second half), F O’Connell for C England (36’), G England for W Leamy (53’), D McDonnell for M Geary (56’), C Bryan for J Duncan (57’). Also: E Philpott and H Draper. 
Referee: Niall O’Neill, Midleton.
U12 Hurling Tournament Final for Paddy Sheehan Cup
St Catherines 5-07 Ballyduff 3-03 
Sandwiched between two spells of rainfall and the impending arrival of storm Callum were what provided the backdrop to this U12 hurling tournament final for The Paddy Sheehan Cup when played under lights at Ballynoe on Thursday night last.
Gearóid Ó Ceallacháin McCarthaigh and Timmy Barry were frequently on the sliotar. But Evan O’Driscoll right at the heart of the last line shone like a beacon. Likewise Thomas Aherne and netminder Tadhg Corcoran were sticking to their task at the other end. So with both defences dominating we weren’t seeing much of what the respective attacking lines were capable of. Catherines just edging it on a scoreline of 1-03 to 0-03 at the end of a low scoring opening half.
Contrast that then with the more open free flowing expansive play witnessed on the change around. Seven second half goals ensued. All products of ominous approach play and clinical finishing. Evan Geary and Killian English two of the best players on view for Ballyduff. Allied to John Temple who scored the first Saints goal just before half time now adding his second and a brace of Shane Cotter goals for the Saints. 
Ballyduff enjoyed just as much possession. But their finishing left them down. Running up a tally of a dozen wides over what were two twenty five minute halves in a thirteen a side hurling tournament final. Conor Hayes then rounded off the scoring with a fifth Saints goal very near the finish. 
Both teams were the recipients of medals honouring the occasion. First up was Ballyduff captain Aodhán Hickey who introduced his fellow panellists, before Billy O’Connell closest living relation to the late Paddy Sheehan, presented the cup to Catherines joint captains Ciaran Leamy and Dylan Murphy. Billy congratulated both teams, expressing the view that the standard was high and on this evidence the future would be bright for both clubs, as well as thanking referee Paudi Kearney from Killeagh.
Twin brothers Batty and Billy O’Connell introduced The Paddy Sheehan Cup in the summer of 1993. It was originally played for at minor hurling level and now Wexford based then minor captain Dave O’Connell was its first recipient following a tournament final win over Erins Own. It slipped off the radar as time advanced. But was then resurrected by the juvenile club and now competed for at U12 hurling level. I promise to go back to that first final with a bit more time.
Scorers: S Cotter (0-02 frees) (2-03), J Temple (2-01), C Hayes (1-00) and D O’Connell (0-02 frees) (0-03). Ballyduff Scorers: E Geary (0-02 frees) (2-02) and K English (1-01).
St Catherine’s team: Ciaran Leamy, Evan O’Driscoll, Gearóid O’Ceallacháin McCarthaigh, Timmy Barry, Diarmuid O’Donovan, Cian Dunning, Diarmuid O’Connell, Conor Hayes, Gearóid Sheehan, Ciaran Pietropaolo, Shane Cotter, Dylan Murphy and John Temple. Also: Adam Bryan, Stephen Mulcahy, Jake Bryan and Shay Wallace. 
Referee: Paudi Kearney (Killeagh).
Juvenile Presentation
We enjoyed a rewarding summer with the U15 hurlers. Victories were recorded over Fermoy, Granard Gaels and St Kevins. Only just coming unstuck in the Coiste na nGael County U15 A hurling championship final against Ballinhassig on Thursday, August 2. Overall a campaign of roughly five weeks duration.
Unfortunate in that the equivalent B final against Owen Gaels was lost just over twelve months previous. Ironically both county finals were played in Mayfield. This year’s panel were given kit bags in honour of their achievements. Presentations made by camogie star Laura Hayes winner of four All-Ireland medals this year, in a special gathering at Ballynoe community centre on Friday night last at 7.15pm. Team manager Edmond Galvin spoke in praise worthy terms of both the players and parents involved.
Fellow selectors were James Spillane, Mervyn Draper, Pat Geary and Brian Duncan whose company along with the underage section of the club were responsible for providing the bags. Conor Kearney now based in Dublin trained and coached both the U15 and U16 hurlers who still have a divisional league final to look forward to. Ed also mentioning U14 manager Brian Cotter and minor boss Kieran O’Brien in facilitating the U15 championship while it was ongoing. As well as John O’Mahony for his help and assistance on the line and coverage given to the team. Adult club secretary Eleanor Galvin was involved in securing the bags first day and provided light refreshments on the night. An exercise well done.
Garda Alert
Join your local Gardaí for a community alert information evening in the community centre, Ballynoe on tonight (Thursday, October 18). It starts at 8pm. Refreshments will be served. All welcome.
Lotto Results
Results from the most recent weekly lotto draw which was held at McAuliffe’s, Ballynoe on Monday night last, October 15. Numbers drawn were: 4, 16, 18 and 26 and there was no winner of the €2,600 jackpot. While the consolation winners were: John G Barry, Kilcor, Castlelyons, Ann O’Keeffe, Barrafohona, Ballynoe, P O’Leary, c/o PH, Conna, Noreen O’Flynn, Kildinan and Richard Tanner Snr., c/o Kals. 
Next draw for a jackpot of €2,800 will be at The Big Tree, Aghern on Monday night, October 22.
Juvenile Fixture
Wednesday, October 24 at Ballynoe – Rebel Óg East U14 B 1 Football League semi-final v Fr O’Neills at 7.30pm.
T & A Building and Civil Engineering Contractors, Ballynoe are sponsors of St Catherines GAA Club. Juvenile club sponsors are Mulcahy Steel.