St Catherines GAA

15 November, 2018

St Catherines GAA
Juvenile AGM report
Juvenile AGM report
A sizeable attendance, one of the biggest for many years, descended on the meeting room for the juvenile AGM in Ballynoe on Wednesday night, November 7 last. Commencing just a tad beyond the scheduled starting time of 8pm.
Finishing a second season at the helm and chairman Shane O’Connell declared it to be a busy year. With juvenile club meetings taking place on average of once a month all officers and committee members as well as hurley minders Cathy and Brian Cotter were thanked for their commitment. St Catherines parent club were thanked and over the entire season a total of one hundred and fifty six players encompassing thirty five mentors were involved providing a fantastic buzz. There is an unbelievable amount of activity going on and progress is being made. Perhaps the best being exemplified by the fun day encompassing the three national schools of the parish when three hundred and twenty five pupils passed through the gates in favourable weather conditions on the morning of Thursday, June 14.
We must make everybody welcome from all sides of the parish and if involved you must be proud to be a member.
Shane stressed from that top table that membership must be paid. That goes for players, mentors, anyone involved in the club GAA activity. You would imagine that goes without saying. Registrar is Pat Hartigan going above and beyond the call of duty, he is the man to go to.
Mulcahy Steel were singled out for their generous sponsorship of the underage section of the club. Sponsorship has been renewed with the U14s now donning a new playing strip, supporting the Mulcahy Steel logo recently launched.
Shane would be hopeful that every school child becomes a club member, presenting a few examples countrywide of where that is the case. At the moment between 55% and 60% do. If it were to happen it would turn players numbers up from one hundred and fifty to two hundred and twenty. Going on to say that players should strive and be coached to the highest possible standard. Players, mentors and managers enjoying themselves should inspire a greater player retention. Particularly in the five to eighteen age group. We should then be sending confident capable players up to adult level who would the benefit accordingly.
Proceedings opened with Imelda O’Connell presenting a review of last year’s equivalent meeting. Report read, proposed and adopted. Before delivering her secretary’s report, stressing the merits of success - it can’t be based on medals and trophies. At all times be conscious not so much on the needs of the adult but those of the child. She concluded by expressing her appreciation of parents, players, officers, mentors, fundraisers even jersey washers. Feeling that the future is bright.
Club PRO John O’Mahony delivered a detailed account of competitive matches played during the season in both codes. As well as mentioning on what he felt were the other highlights of the year. Juvenile club treasurer, Fiona Sheehan presented a meticulously prepared financial report.
When called upon, Pat Clancy, chairman of St Catherine’s GAA Club expressed the view that the work being put in is unbelievable. Commenting on the impressive balance sheet presented by the treasurer. Also that the PRO review highlighted the success attained in Scór na bPáistí back in the months of January and February. He concluded by stressing that it’s fierce important to continue to promote football and pleaded for economic usage of the floodlights.
Our beloved president Dick Morrison, Keeping it brief and simple. Believing that a great future is in store for the club. Before presiding over the election of officers. On returning to the chair, Shane O’Connell took over from there.
Coaching officer, Ed Galvin informed the meeting that a child protection course goes ahead on Friday night, November 16. Child protection officer, Paul Davis again telling us that anybody who chases those white lines must be Garda vetted.
All underage managers briefly summed up their year just ending. Sean O’Farrell declared there was clear improvement with the U6s. Wishing them all the best for the future and thanking Padraig O’Connor for his help.
Paul O’Connell was with the U8s and found it a learning curve. Eoin Sheehan and Shane O’Brien helped him out.
Looking after the U10s was Alan O’Mahony and he was grateful to the parents for their co-operation and in particular Dino Pietropaolo who he expressed as being a huge help in the training. During the year just ending the nine year olds were in a final in Boherlahan. While St Catherines were also finalists in their section of the U10 festival of hurling tournament in Ballyduff back in May.
Brian Sheehan felt it was an enjoyable season with the U11s who won five and drew three of the nine hurling league matches. Also four of their six football league matches were won. They took part in six different tournaments, achieving significant success in Na Piarsaigh and Douglas. Also singling out all the young refs whose co-operation would be invaluable.
Mark O’Driscoll with the U12s thanked all the coaches and his fellow selectors with a team that played premier one grade hurling and A football. Mark highlighted the fact that apart from the regular training sessions that played would also practice at home.
Ollie Sheehan, U13 and Brian Cotter, outgoing U14 manager were pleased with numbers attending and are satisfied there is improvement at year’s end, as well as thanking Ian O’Connell for coaching the U13 and 14 hurlers.
Ed Galvin who organised a first training session on January 4th declared that participation in the super tens was of benefit to both the U15s who subsequently reached the Coiste Na nÓg county A grade final and the St Catherines team in a panel that reached the divisional U16 B1 hurling championship final. Subsequently reaching the county semi-final prior to wining the Rebel Óg East league final. They were knocked out by newly crowned county champions Ballycastle Gaels in the county league semi-final. Overall he thought the football was a disappointment and was grateful to the club for its help.
Kieran O’Brien expressed his appreciation to Conor Hegarty, Brian Mulcahy and Colm Molloy for work put in with the minors. But in many ways found it a frustrating year with several players overlapping both at U16 and U21 level.
Under the heading of any other business there was general discussion at the end of a meeting of roughly two and a half hours duration on the state of football and the realignment of a newly condensed Rebel Óg east region and the introduction of a new mid-range.
Next major administrative event is the parent club AGM going ahead at Ballynoe hall on Friday night, November 23 at 8.30pm. This is the most important off-field activity of the year where you have an opportunity to participate in a review of the year just past and provide input into the future of the club. Please return nomination papers as soon as possible to club secretary Eleanor Galvin.
Also take note that the AGM or convention of the east Cork board goes ahead at Ballynoe hall on Wednesday night, December 5.
Juvenile Managers 
U5/6 Padraig O’Connor. U7/8 Johnny Sheehan. U8/9 Paul O’Connell. U12 Brian Sheehan. U13 Mark O’Driscoll. U14 Ollie Sheehan. U15/16 Kieran O’Brien. Managers for age groups not completed should be filled shortly.
Election of officers
Chairman Shane O’Connell, vice chairman Brian Sheehan, secretary Imelda O’Connell, ass secretary Kate O’Riordan, Treasurer Fiona Sheehan, ass treasurer Susan Sheehan, PRO John O’Mahony.
U9/10 ten parish league finals
Tipperary captained by Shane O’Donoghue defeated Waterford on a scoreline of 8-01 to 4-02 in the recent U9/10 parish league hurling final which was held in Ballynoe on the Friday night of the long weekend. 
A Waterford team that was captained by Gráinne Dineen. While Tipperary failed to make it a double. Defeated by Clare (3-01) to (0-01) in the equivalent football decider. Successful Clare football captain being Liam Moore. All parish league finals incorporating both codes are ten minutes a side.
Panel of players
Tipperary: Shane O’Donoghue (hurling captain), Chloe Higgins (football captain), Alan Cotter, Eoghan O’Mahony, Izzy Warrens, Orla Morrison, Ronan Hickey, Billy McKee, Niamh Kearney, Amy Molloy and Roisin Collins.
Waterford: Gráinne Dineen (hurling captain), Calum O’Driscoll (football captain), Tristan Clancy, James Kenneally, Sacha O’Sullivan, Johann Carr, Charlotte Norman, Shay McCarthy, Jack Turner, Izzy Coyle, Hannah O’Donnell.
Clare: Lexi Cuneen (hurling captain), Liam Moore (football captain), Billy Aherne, Sean Walsh, Tadhg Lynch, Sophia O’Sullivan, Teegan Murphy, Eileen Bryan, Abby Leahy, Katie Dee and Amy O’Connell.
Cork: Kyle O’Donoghue (hurling captain), Katie O’Donovan (football captain), Julian Pietropaolo, Cathal Barry, James O’Connor, Kayla Cummins, Sara Swirski, Ciara Goss, Conan Hurley, Ella Higgins, Saibh Murray. 
More parish league info next week.
No luck for the Saints when losing out to Ballinora in the county minor camogie championship semi-final played in Ballynoe on Saturday evening last.
We express our sympathy to the family and Bride Rovers Club in general on the sad and sudden passing of Dan Quill at the weekend.
Macroom born Dan first came to one’s attention when based in AIB in Fermoy. Many are the chats we had. He was a club delegate at the now defunct East Cork juvenile board and on umpteen occasions was team sheet or programme contact for championship matches which would involve the Rovers. He had a strong personality. Yet was a mild-mannered, softly-spoken gentleman. At one time he had an affinity with the angling and was treasurer of Bride Rovers at the time of his sad passing. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.
We were back to our regular slot for last week’s lotto draw which was held a The Winners Enclosure, Conna, on Monday night, November 5. Numbers drawn were 6, 25, 27 and 29 and there was no winner of a jackpot then standing at €3,200. While the consolation winners on the night were Ed Galvin, Ballytrasna; Dympna Moroney c/o Kals; Carmel Warren, Ballybride, Conna, Mary O’Brien, Rathdrum, Ballynoe and Orla Hegarty, Ballymonteen, Ballynoe.
T&A Building and Civil Engineering contractors, Ballynoe are St Catherines GAA Club sponsors. Mulcahy Steel are sponsors of the juvenile club.