St Catherines GAA

20 December, 2018

St Catherines GAA

Lotto draw and medal presentation this weekend

Maybe it’s a psychological thing. But it genuinely seems to start earlier every year. Now - slap bang wallop, we’re right in the middle of it. In the words of that ageless Wolverhampton rocker Noddy Holder - it’s Christmas!!!!

You will have noticed there wasn’t any draw on Monday night last, December 17. Saturday next lotto draw with a jackpot currently standing at €4,400 now goes ahead at The Plough Bar, Curraglass on Saturday night coming, December 22. Entailing the Christmas party and including regular plus festive bonus prizes. Patrons are advised to be at the venue early. Round about the 8.30pm mark.

Perhaps the view expressed by chairman Pat Clancy at the AGM was apt. It being that on the field of play the intermediate hurlers players well all year. Just that one costly blip in their first half performance against Mayfield in their third round championship encounter at Fermoy back in early August. Compensation duly arriving to an extent with the winning of the division four intermediate hurling league. Overcoming the challenge of Argideen, Rangers in the decider which was played under the lights at Trabeg, home ground of Nemo Rangers, on Friday night, October 5. Final score in Catherine’s favour standing at 0-22 to 2-11. Retribution as the Timoleague based outfit inflicted the Saints with their only loss of the regular group campaign. It being the round three fixture, played in biting cold conditions at Ballynoe back on Friday night, March 16. 

In all, wins were attained over Ballinhassig, Ballymartle, Grenagh, (championship match doubling for league points) na Piarsaigh, Inniscarra, St Finbarrs, Ballygarvan and Dripsey with the deadline surpassed for the Glen Rovers and Douglas games and the points duly awarded. 

Now as part of what we might call an attractive double bill and in addition to the lotto draw sees the league winning panel duly awarded their medals as this forthcoming Saturday night. Pundits beware that the next lotto draw after that goes ahead at McAuliffe’s Bar, Ballynoe on New year’s night, Tuesday, January 1.

Annual Poc Fada

That’s not the end of it. An intense period of club activity over the festive period and beyond sees St Catherine’s GAA and camogie clubs annual poc fada taking place on St Stephen’s Day. One of the chief organisers Ronan Clancy tells us that adult and juvenile players from ages 11 to 18 years of age are invited to participate. Also this year there will be a new route. With the event commencing at Ballynoe community centre and finishing just before you enter Conna village. Presumably somewhere around the graveyard. Juveniles set off at 10am sharp. Adult competition commencing one hour later at 11am. It’s three players per team. Now just take note that each juvenile team must have a minimum of one adult accompanying them on the course at all times. Juveniles will also require a parent or guardian signature on waiver upon registration. Entry fees are €10 for adults and €5 for underage competitors. Sliotars will be provided. Start arranging your teams of three today. Great fun guaranteed. All clubs members welcome.

Juvenile social

We briefly mentioned this last time around. This week we do so again. Only in more detail. St Catherine’s GAA and camogie clubs annual juvenile social takes place at the Rochestown Park Hotel on Friday night, January 18. Starting time will be 7.15pm. Tickets now on sale and priced at €25 for adults and €15 for juveniles are available from treasurer Fiona Sheehan, secretary Imelda O’Connell and assistant treasurer, Susan Sheehan. It’s always a good night.

Scór dates

Recently at the East Cork board AGM/convention we received an up to date list for upcoming divisional Scór events. Going as follows and starting with the Scór Sinsear finals incorporating Tráth na gCeist now pencilled in for Lisgoold community hall on Sunday night, January 27 at 6.30pm. Dates for Scór na bPáistí quarter finals are Friday, February 1 at 7pm. Then on to Saturday, February 2 at 6.30pm. With a double header on Sunday, February 3. In the afternoon at 2pm and 6.30pm in the evening. Semi-finals will be the following Sunday, February 10. Both at 2pm and again at 6.30pm. All quarter and semi-finals will be in Lisgoold. With the East Cork Scór na bPaistí finals pencilled in for Watergrasshill community hall on the afternoon of Sunday, February 17. With a 2.30pm start.

Just take note that St Catherines will also be holding their own in-house round of Scór na bPáistí with a view to forwarding teams to the East Cork rounds of the competition. A date on which awaits confirmation.

Enjoy the festivities

Well that’s it for another year. Phew!!! Where does the time go. Many thanks to The Avondhu. Be it reports or photographic content, they are a pleasure to deal with. Happy Christmas to St Catherine’s players, mentors and supporters alike. Indeed GAA people everywhere. Enjoy the festivities and don’t over-indulge. Be careful with the driving and we will see you all again with the first report of the new year on Thursday, January 3.


T&A, Building and Civil Engineering Contractors, Ballynoe and sponsors of St Catherines GAA Club. Juvenile Club sponsors are Mulcahy Steel.