St Catherines GAA

21 February, 2019

t Catherines GAA

It’s a championship weekend

Nearly 60 days from consuming the festive turkey and plum pudding and we’re into a knockout situation as the opening sequence of matches in the divisional round-robin U21 C football championship go ahead this upcoming weekend.

Catherines are situated in group one along with Cobh, Cloyne and Youghal. The top two automatically qualify for the semi-final. Elsewhere, whoever emerges between Lisgoold, Glanmire and Russell Rovers are into the semi-final from group two, while group three is a straight knockout game involving Bride Rovers and Carraig na bhFear with the winner becoming the fourth semi-finalist.

By mutual agreement Catherines begin their campaign in Magners Hill in Youghal on this forthcoming Friday evening. Mentors Padraig O’Connor, Pa Roche, John Mulcahy and Laurence O’Connor will look to Rory Galvin, Thomas O’Donnell, Kieran Neville, the O’Regans, Shane and Niall, Philip Keane and Eoin Davis among others with a team who were a shade unlucky when losing out narrowly to Kiltha Óg in the first round of the equivalent Rebel Óg East minor B football championship at Castlemartyr three summers ago.

It’s also a weekend that sees commencement of division 3 of the intermediate hurling league. Catherines starting off with a home tie against Barryroe, preceding two fixtures away to Kilbrittain and Argideen Rangers in turn, both to be played in March.

Junior football 

league division 3 round two

St Catherines 0-6 Dungourney 2-5: Much better this time around from the Saints. Nicely worked and well-crafted points from Pa Roche, John Hurley and in particular Rory Galvin all helping to seize a 0-4 to 0-1 lead after 19 minutes of this tie when played under the lights in windy, misty albeit mild conditions at Ballynoe on Friday evening last.

Good work undone with the concession of two goals, both finished off within minutes at either side of half-time. Brian Ahearne with the first from the penalty spot on 24 minutes, which saw Dungourney attaining an internal advantage on a scoreline of 1-4 to 0-4.

Ryan Denny scored the crucial and match winning second goal on 34 minutes. Bit of a break now in the programme of matches with the aforementioned U21 C football championship and opening sequence of games in the intermediate hurling league taking precedence. Other games in the group are Russell Rovers (away), Cobh (away) and Glanmire (home).

Scorers: R Galvin (0-3, 0-1 free), P Roche, J Hurley and P O’Connor (free) (0-1 each). St Catherines team: E Davis, K Neville, J Mulcahy, J Neville, C Hickey, P Roche, S Cogan, S O’Brien, R Galvin, KD Galvin, A Carr, B Davis, T O’Donnell, P O’Connor, J Hurley. Subs: E Wallace and S O’Regan for B Davis and S Cogan (both second half). A O’Brien for T O’Donnell (44’), E Corcoran for J Mulcahy (52’). Referee: Eoin Coleman (Youghal).

Challenge matches

Thus far managers and mentors alike have been dependent on the friendly match to bring squads together, like the Saints just getting the better of Carrigtwohill in an U21 football challenge. Played in savagely cold conditions under the lights at Ballynoe on Monday night, Feb. 4th, ending up 3-10 to 1-10 in the home team’s favour.

Although it kind of collided with the camogie club fundraising table quiz as the Saints lost out by a narrow margin to Bride Rovers in a challenge game for the intermediate hurlers later that same week.

Trailing 0-8 to 0-5 at the break but with conditions in their favour on the change of ends the Saints won out another intermediate hurling practice game also at Ballynoe on Sunday morning last. Rory Galvin scored the all-important goal from a sublime finish ten minutes into the second half. It finished up St Catherines 1-15 Inniscarra 1-12. Carrigtwohill based Brian Murphy refereed.

Catherines v Cloughduv 1994

Continuing our sequence of reviewing previous clashes involving St Catherines and Cloughduv, who this year are paired in the first round of the county intermediate hurling championship. As we go back to the county intermediate final involving the two, played at Pairc Ui Chaoimh on Sunday, 11th September 1994. It’s called hyping it up!

Cloughduv, mainly through the accuracy of Tim Barry Murphy and Kevin Murray, clawed back early Saints dominance, forcing themselves into a narrow one point lead before a second Brian Cotter goal restored Saints’ advantage and were ahead on a half-time scoreline of 2-5 to 1-5.

Crucial and match winning scores were forthcoming through the third quarter. Full-forward Dave O’Connell pouncing for the third goal just two minutes into the second half and four unanswered points coming off the sticks of Donal O’Leary and Kieran Morrison and a duo from the ever accurate Christy Clancy saw the margin stretch out to 3-9 to 1-7 to the three quarter mark. Cloughduv battled on but Catherines couldn’t be denied, crowned county intermediate hurling champions on a scoreline of 3-12 to 2-11. A historic moment as clubman and county treasurer Dan Hoare presented the Jim Long Cup to winning captain Patsy O’Donoghue.

Catherines team: Michael Dorgan, Maurice Hartnett, Barrie O’Regan, Shane O’Connell, Pat Fitzgerald, Denis Walsh, Patsy O’Donoghue (captain), Johnny Sheehan, James ‘Junior’ Sheehan, Donal O’Leary, Kieran Morrison, Christy Clancy, Mike Walsh, Dave O’Connell, Brian Cotter. Don’t have time or space to list scorers or extended panel but subs used were Martin O’Keeffe, Eddie Geaney and Seamus Neville. Referee: Ger Harrington (Carrigaline)

Weekend’s fixtures

Friday, February 22 at Magners Hill, East Cork U21 C football championship group one round one v Youghal at 7.45pm. Sunday, February 24 at Ballynoe, Rebel Óg East minor football league division four round one v Ballinacurra at 11.30am. Sunday, February 24 at Ballynoe, intermediate hurling league division three round one v Barryroe at 2pm. Times may change as week progresses.

Juvenile gradings and league groupings

To hand are the underage gradings and league groupings for the year in both codes, concentrating on hurling this week. With fixtures emanating from Coiste na nÓg, St Catherines will be located in group three at U12 primary level, joined by Bride Rovers, Carrigtwohill, Cobh, Fermoy, Mallow, Shandrum and Youghal. Graded premier one at U13 level the Saints will be in with Ballincollig, Bishopstown, Douglas, Glen Rovers, Inniscarra, Midleton, Sarsfields and St Finbarrs.

Soft borders dictate that the U14 hurlers play in the Rebel Óg North division one league, along with Whitechurch, Clyda Rovers, Kilara Óg, Watergrasshill, Charleville, Blarney and Aghabullogue.

Rebel Óg East is the station for the division one U16 hurling league, the others being Fermoy, Watergrasshill, Cobh, Fr O’Neills, Killeagh,/Itas and Kiltha Óg. The minors will be based in the division two Eastern league along with Aghada, Castlelyons, Carraig na bhFear and Whitechurch.

Now just take note that the U15 competition organised by Coiste na nÓg is a straight knock out championship and normally played in the height of summer, usually starting on the conclusion of the junior cert exam. We will take a glance at the football set up in next week’s notes. Underage managers for this year are Brian Sheehan with the 12s, U13 is Mark O’Driscoll, U14 is Ollie Sheehan, with Kieran O’Brien taking charge of the 15s and 16s and Dave Wallace the minors. That covers both codes. From a recent club juvenile meeting I learned that Paul Higgins will be looking after those competing at U10 level. Enjoy the year lads.

Good weekend for Cork hurling

You would have to say it was a good weekend for hurling in our beloved county. First points claimed in division one of the national league thanks to an unerring exhibition of free taking from that masterful craftsman, three-time All-Star Patrick Hogan.

Then there was Midleton CBS winning the Harty Cup final, overcoming CBC in an all Cork final. Goals coming from two very influential players in underage East Cork hurling, namely Joe Stack from Kiltha Óg and Castlemartyr and Jason Hankard of Fr O’Neills.

Remember St Francis College, Rochestown defeated Hamilton High School, Bandon in another all Cork contested final for the Tom Collum Cup. Happy days!

This weekend Cork face Meath in round four of the national football league division two. 30 years ago this would fill Páirc Uí Rinn. Now, it’s just another fixture.

Scór na bPáistí finals

What a weekend for the Saints, claiming four titles on offer from the East Cork Scór na bPáistí finals when held at a busy Watergrasshill Community Hall on Sunday afternoon last.

Success for Saorla Twomey with her piece ‘An Extract from Jimeen’ in the recitation or storytelling section. Taylor Walsh claimed a divisional title in the solo dance competition. Maeve Egan was also a finalist.

Also winning an East Cork title were the instrumental music group made up of Hannah Norman, Elise Cotter, Billy McKee and Tayah Quirke. Numbers performed were ‘Mo Ghile Mear’ and ‘The Three Flowers’. Also winning in the ballad group decider, performing ‘Red Is The Rose’ and ‘Ding Dong Dedero’. Members are Faye Sheehan, Laura Kenneally, Leah O’Halloran, Saorla Twomey and Oisobelle O’Mahony.

All winners emerged from those representing the hurling club. The figure dancing troupe of Orla Morrison, Tessa O’Leary, Taylor Walsh, Laura Kenneally, Abbie Leahy, Grainne Dineen, Amy Leahy and Ciara McLoughlin finishing runners-up with ‘The High Call Cap’, as did Conor Hayes, Sarah Hannon and Gearoid Sheehan in the tráth na gceist.

The football club question time team of Chloe Carr, Jack Hickey and Cian McCarthy took third place. Taking the runners-up spot in the Léiriú novelty act decider, piece entitled ‘What To Do For Scór’, members were Maeve Egan, Chloe Carr, Cillian Hickey, Ellie Barry, Johanna Carr, Paraic Lucey and Cian McCarthy.

Also hurling club finalists were Laura Kenneally, playing the concertina in the solo instrumental music category, as were the set dancing troupe performing ‘The Ardgroom Set’. St Catherines claiming the Buckley Casey Cup as strongest club in the competition. Going on to win the Chris O’Mahony Cup for strongest club in the division entailing the three Scór competitions. All winners from last Sunday now go forward to represent club and division in the county Scór na bPáistí semi-finals in Ovens on Friday night, March 1 at 7pm.

Lotto results

Results from the most recent weekly lotto draw, which was held at The Fisherman’s Rest, Conna on Monday night last, February 18. Numbers drawn were 2, 5, 16 and 25 and the €2,400 jackpot wasn’t won. The consolation winners on the night were: Ian Hegarty, Ballymonteen, Ballynoe; Anne Hurley, c/o The Big Tree, Aghern; Noreen Moroney, Conna; Cathal Leahy, Curraheen, Conna and Catherine Kearney, Ballybride, Conna.

A draw with a now accumulated €2,600 jackpot will be held at The Winners Enclosure, Conna on Monday night coming, February 25.


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