St Catherines GAA

23 May, 2019

St Catherines GAA

Rebels back in the mix

Cork are back, even though as legendary manager Jimmy Barry Murphy declared after winning the 1999 All-Ireland final “they haven’t been away you know”. They now have the bones of three weeks to analyse knocks and injuries incurred before facing Waterford in a round four fixture down for Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Saturday evening, June 8. Throw-in will be 7pm. If you’re not going, it will be live on Sky Sports.

Earlier in the week Cork might well have earned a final place with a four point win over Clare in the provincial minor football championship. Alas the equivalent hurling team weren’t great last Sunday. Indeed they were fortunate to secure a share of the spoils. A late pointed free from the largely reliable Darragh Flynn forcing the draw, coming almost five minutes overtime.

This time around Ciaran O’Brien donned the number two jersey. A big day too for Ciaran Pietropaolo of St Catherines GAA Club and Ballynoe NS, who was part of the Cork team in the Munster GAA primary hurling game. As the focus shifts to legendary Scottish rocker Rod Stewart.

Junior football challenge

St Catherines, who face neighbours Castlelyons in an imminent second round championship clash, saw preparation continue with a visit from our friends just south of Fermoy when Grange arrived for a junior football challenge. Because of pitch booking it went ahead under the lights in Ballynoe on Wednesday evening, May 15 at 8.15pm and was refereed by Stephen Pratt of Tallow.

Grange were enjoying a monopoly and recorded the first six points without reply to 23 minutes. However, a John Casey goal revived the home challenge, reducing the margin to three point at half time, trailing 0-8 to 1-2.

Kieran English had them ahead when goaling from close range just six minutes into the second half, but Grange were always in contention and Alan McNamara, John Roche and Noel Barry were able to dissect the posts.

William Walsh with the perfect finish had the home team into a narrow lead they wouldn’t relinquish and they were able to round off the scoring with a trio of unanswered points from Rory Galvin, Ed Kenneally and Thomas O’Donnell in turn.

The end scoreline stood at St Catherines 3-8 Grange 0-14. Thanks to Grange, who are almost perennial visitors for the game and best of luck to them in the future.

This week’s juvenile column

13-a-side Rebel Óg East rd5 div3 U14

football league

St Colman’s 0-5 St Catherines 0-4

It was a case of strong defensive rear guard for both teams as the Saints surrendered their unbeaten record when going down by the slimmest of margins to St Colman’s in this rd 5 Rebel Óg East division 3 U14 football league tie when played in showery conditions at Shanagarry on Friday evening last.

Darragh Morrison, Nathan Sheehan and Cathal McAuliffe to the forefront for the visitors as a brace of Oisín Fitzgerald points, including one from play on 13 minutes, meant a 0-3 to 0-2 deficit at half time. Try as they might they couldn’t claw back the margin in those hectic late minutes.

Scorers: O Fitzgerald (0-2, 0-1 free), K Kelleher and N Sheehan, free (0-1 each). St Catherine’s team: E O’Driscoll, D Morrison, C Hayes, D O’Connell, N Sheehan, C McAuliffe, O Fitzgerald, K Kelleher, S Cotter, K O’Donoghue, C Leamy, C Sheehan and C Feeney. Subs: D Murphy for C Feeney (second half), C McCarthy and J Leahy for C Leamy and S Cotter (both 49 minutes). Also present C O’Ceallacháin McCarthaigh.

Focus on U12s

Rd4 Rebel Óg East div1 U12 football league

St Catherines 1-2 Kiltha Óg 2-4

St Catherines only just emerged victorious from their first competitive fixture against Erins Own back on March 16th last. Subsequent losses incurred by Glenville and Carrigtwohill in turn, also going down to Kiltha Óg when this round four Rebel Óg East division one U12 football league tie went ahead in sunny, albeit bitterly cold conditions at Ballynoe on Monday evening last, May 13.

Kiltha Óg assumed supremacy at the outset of a free-ridden, low scoring encounter. Strong play from Fionn Daly, Oran Murphy and Conor Morgan had them ahead on a 2-2 to 0-2 scoreline at the end of the opening 25 minute half.

St Catherines tried their utmost to claw their way back into it. Shane O’Donoghue, Conor Murray and Julian Pietropaolo defending well. Tristan Clancy won a share of ball up front. Eye-catching scores from Kyle O’Donoghue and John Temple were forthcoming but it wasn’t enough.

Scorers: J Temple (1-0), K O’Donoghue and T Clancy, free (0-1 each). St Catherine’s team: T Dee, S O’Donoghue, C Murray, C O’Driscoll, J Pietropaolo, S Aherne, J Pratt, J Temple, J Kenneally, K O’Donoghue, T Clancy, C Hickey, L Moore, G Sheehan and S Wallace. Also B Aherne, B McKee, C Barry, F McCreedy. 

Referee: Paudi Kearney (Killeagh).

Rebel Óg Central G3 U12 hurling league rd 4

Shandrum 0-6 St Catherines 3-6

St Catherines maintained their solid start, going on to record a well-earned nine point victory from this Rebel Óg Central organised round 4 G3 U12 hurling league tie played in Newtownshandrum on Saturday afternoon last.

Whatever breeze was blowing favoured the visitors in the first half. Gearoid Sheehan with a brace of brace to which John Temple added two more from placed balls and nippy wing forward James Kenneally also found the range. A quintet of scores preceding a valuable Julian Pietropaolo goal on 23 minutes, forcing a lead on a half time scoreline of 1-5 to 0-3.

Ally Mulkerrins’ goal ninety seconds into the second half was invaluable, just providing that bit of a cushion as the opposition came in search of a return, mainly through JD Egan, Eoin Sheedy and Liam O’Mahony. But time and again they were to be denied by the excellence of ten year old Alan Cotter between the posts, making several telling blocks – a point commented on by the opposition selectors at the game’s end. If Alan was saving them it was Ally who was scoring them at the other end, adding a second goal just before the finish. This confirmed the win on a scoreline of 3-6 to 0-6.

Scorers: A Mulkerrins (2-0), J Pietropaolo (1-0), G Sheehan (0-3, 0-1 free), J Temple (0-2, 0-1 free) and J Kenneally (0-1). St Catherine’s team: A Cotter, F McCreedy, C Murray, S Aherne, T Clancy, S Wallace, J Temple, J Pratt, J Kenneally, G Sheehan, J Pietropaolo, A Mulkerrins, T Dee. Also: C O’Driscoll, S O’Donoghue, L Kilmartin, C Barry, K O’Donoghue, B McKee and L Moore. 

Referee: Davy Copps (Ballyhea).

Definite juvenile fixtures

Tonight (Thursday), May 23 at Shanballymore – Rebel Óg North division one U14 hurling semi-final v Clyda Rovers at 7.30pm; Friday, May 24 at Ballynoe – Rebel Óg Central round five G3 U12 hurling league v Youghal at 7.30pm; Sunday, May 26 at Ballynoe – Rebel Óg Central GI U13 hurling league round 5 v Bishopstown at 11.30am.

Adult fixtures

At adult level there may be junior A football championship v Castlelyons and junior hurling league division two v Cloyne. Watch club texts for fixtures.


Sympathy to the family including our field man Thomas ‘Waxer’ Murphy and wife Clare on the sad passing of Richard Tanner in Conna last week. Our condolences are also offered to William Kearney and family in Conna on the death of Eileen’s mother Teresa in Tallow recently. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a nanamacha dílis.

Lotto details

We were back in our usual slot for the weekly lotto draw head at The Plough Bar in Curraglass on Monday night, May 13 last. Numbers drawn were 5, 8, 11 and 19. There was no winner of a then basic €2,000 jackpot, while the consolation winners were Martha O’Brien, Carrigmore, Conna; K Mangan, c/o PH, Conna; Laurence O’Connor, c/o PH, Conna; Fionn and Eoin McCreedy, c/o Kals, Conna and Mo O’Connor, Ballybride, Conna.

St Catherines GAA Club lotto can now be played online. This is the hassle free way to support your club lotto – and guarantee your entry every week.

Did you know that we field over 40 adult and juvenile teams, between hurling, football and camogie? With our membership approaching 700, your support is critical in ensuring that we continue to support our 300 playing members as well as our army of mentors and volunteers.

So don’t delay, why now try it out today? You’ve nothing to lose and you could be the next winner of our club lotto jackpot.


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