St Catherines GAA

06 June, 2019

St Catherines GAA 

Cath’s will play Barryroe 
in round two

Two teams who have shared success from both of their previous outings are set to meet. St Catherines and Barryroe are paired together in the second round of this year’s county intermediate hurling championship. Catherines, defeated by reigning county and provincial junior champions Cloughduv in the previous round, faced Barryroe in the back-to-back years of 2013 and 2014. Winning the first match prior to tasting defeat against Éire Óg in the 2013 semi-final.

Barryroe beaten by Glen Rovers already this term exacted revenge twelve months later. Preceding a relegation final loss to Dripsey. Winners are drawn to play Castlemartyr in the third round. Catherines defeated Barryroe in their first league match back on Sunday February 24th at Ballynoe. While the most sought after pairing in all of the county will be Fr O’Neills and Fermoy in the third round of the premier intermediate hurling championship. 

Round Eight Division Four Intermediate Hurling League

St Catherines 2-15 

Éire Óg 0-11

A brace of Niall ‘Crouch’ O’Regan goals in just over a ninety second spell from the fifth minute laid the platform for a comprehensive Saints victory from this round eight division four intermediate hurling league tie when played in near perfect conditions at Ballynoe on Friday evening last. On it went to 2-07 to 0-04 for the home based team at the break, against an Éire Óg outfit for whom ace free taker Eoin O’Shea tallied their first point from open play on thirty seven minutes. A trio of booming long range pointed frees from keeper Eoin ‘Mick’ Davis including two in the second half hour were a feature of the hour for the Saints. 

Thus recording their fourth victory of the campaign with league fixtures against Sarsfields, Argideen Rangers and Aghabullogue upcoming.

Scorers: N O’Regan (2-00), S O’Brien (0-05 frees), D Mangan and E Davis (frees) (0-03 each), B Mulcahy and R Galvin (0-01 free) (0-02 each). 

Éire Óg Scorers: E O’Shea (0-05 frees) (0-07), K Hallissey (0-03) and K Riordan (0-01).

St Catherine’s team: E Davis, S O’Regan, D Lonergan, K Neville, S Cotter, C Hegarty, W Walsh, S O’Brien, B O’Brien, R Galvin, R Clancy, D Mangan, C Kearney, N O’Regan and B Mulcahy. Subs: B Davis for S Cotter (42’), O O’Neill for B O’Brien (49’), B O’Brien for C Hegarty (57’). 

Referee: Pa Beausang (Midleton).

Junior Hurling Challenge

St Catherines are based in division two of the East Cork junior hurling league with an imminent series of games upcoming against Killeagh (A), Carrigtwohill (H), Carraig na bhFear (A), Castlelyons (A), Cloyne (H), Midleton (A), Cobh (H) and Bride Rovers (H). They played a challenge game on Wednesday evening, May 29. Melleray’s playing pitch is plush indeed, almost part of the famous abbey’s grounds. Talk about an idyllic setting! They possess neat clean and tidy dressing rooms, a kitchen and a hall and all are part of the local community centre.

They are affiliated as Glen Rovers, their colours are gold and green and they play in the West Waterford junior hurling league. They promote a well-established local lotto and are an endearing and welcome bunch. Shane Kearney landed five well-struck points. A majestic score from a Kevin Dineen sideline cut among his first half haul of four points. Kieran English scored the goal on ten minutes with the visitors upsides the hosts on an interval scoreline of 1-10 to 2-07.

Now favoured by the conditions and the opposition almost completely took over after that. Adding 1-09 without reply with PJ Kiely, Rory Heffernan and Michael O’Rourke to the fore. Aaron Long had the Saints first point of the changeover on fifty minutes. While Johnny Hurley contributed the first and last points of the hour. At the end it was 3-18 to 1-2 for Glen Rovers in a junior hurling challenge game refereed by Tommy O’Sullivan of nearby Cappoquin.

Juvenile Match Played

Round Six G1 Rebel Óg Central U12 Hurling League

Bride Rovers 1-08 

St Catherines 3-07

A win for the Saints. Recording a well-earned success from this round six G1 Rebel Óg Central organised U12 hurling league tie when played at Pynes field in Rathcormac on Thursday evening last. Although by now a man short it was still 0-05 to 0-04 for the home-based team at half time in a thus far evenly fought contest. 

Igniting to life when the sweet striking John Temple goaled for the Saints just three minutes into the second half. The Bride Rovers response was emphatic. Running up a tally of 1-03 without reply, the goal coming from top scorer Thomas O’Riordan on thirty-five minutes. Yet the visitors were sticking to their task. Sam Aherne at wingback and Jake Pratt in the middle of the field getting in vital clearances, securing the break so badly needed when James Kenneally goaled the equalising score. 

By now the play had opened up much more. Julian Pietropaolo was killing the Rovers with powerful defence splitting runs. One of which yielded the third and match winning goal near the finish.

Can we pass on our good wishes to selector Mark O’Driscoll currently hospitalised. Hurry on Mark and return to that line where you are badly missed. St Catherines play Passage next in the U12 football league. Mallow are visitors for the next hurling league game the week after. 

Scorers: J Temple (0-02 frees) (1-04), J Pietropaolo (1-01), J Kenneally (1-00), A Mulkerrins and G Sheehan (free) (0-01 each).

St Catherine’s team: A Cotter, S O’Donoghue, C Murray, F McCready, S Aherne, T Clancy, S Wallace, J Temple, J Pratt, J Kenneally, G Sheehan, J Pietropaolo, K O’Donoghue, A Mulkerrins and C Hickey. Also: C O’Driscoll, B McKee, D Turley, L Kilmartin, L Moore and C Barry. 

Referee: Shane O’Donoghue (Ballygiblin).

Focus On Cork

While last Saturday nights result from Páirc Uí Rinn was reassuring one can’t help but feel that the Munster football final set for Páirc Uí Chaoimh on the evening of Saturday, June 22 will still be a hard sell. Especially as the crucifying inflicted by the Kingdom exactly twelve months previously still lingers in the memory. 

It also will be a Cork/Kerry minor final on the same evening. Guaranteeing both Rebel teams at least two more matches. There you are you see – defeatist attitude already! As the attention switches back to the camán and sliotar this weekend. Cork and Waterford, minor and senior at Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Saturday evening. Followed by the Limerick and Clare pairing again minor and senior at the newly christened LIT stadium on Sunday afternoon in the round four series of matches in the round Robin Munster senior hurling championship.

Féile na nGael Weekend

St Catherines play Carlow representatives Mount Leinster Rangers when their Féile na nGael campaign begins this weekend at Páirc Naomh Caitríonaigh, Baile Nua. Throw in Friday evening at 5.30pm. Playing our neighbours from Araglen and Kilworth exactly one hour later when the Kilara Óg fixture takes place at 6.30pm. Staying in our parish for the duration of the matches over the weekend will be St James of New Ross. With St Catherines meeting the Wexford representatives in their third and final group A game on Saturday morning at 10am.

Later that same day it’s off to Killeagh for the cup and shield sections of the competition. Finals are down for Ballincollig on Sunday, June 9. Now we haven’t much time to elaborate. But St Catherines do have a respectable Féile record, winning the Féile B county final of 1989 beating Ballyhea in the final at Ballinlough. Best achievement subsequently was losing the B final of 1997 to Cloughduv at Páirc Uí Rinn. But made up for that to an extent when beating the mid-Cork representatives in the county final country section at Mayfield later that summer before overcoming the challenge of City representatives Brian Dillons in the county final proper.

In those days all Féile encounters were played as full matches. Win and move on the next day to another game. Maybe a week or two later lose and you’re out. Nowadays Féile is only an over-glorified blitz where a series of games each entailing fifteen minute halves could be played over a series of hours. Still it’s the only way to run it, as you must balance the age groups and season as a whole.

1989 Féile Winning Line Out

Michael O’Brien, Richard Cotter, David O’Connell, Brendan Noonan, Ger Lynch, Jim Lane, Kevin O’Connell, Oliver Lynch, Johnny Sheehan, Michael Hegarty, Dessie Lucey, Martin O’Keeffe, Michael Dorgan, Kieran Morrison, and Brian Cotter. Also on the panel were: Mark Spillane, Paul O’Connell, Aidan Hickey, Robbie Hamilton, Pat Morrison and Paddy Lane. 

1997 Féile na nGael Finalists

Ger Leahy, Kevin O’Sullivan, Bill Aherne, Niall O’Riordan, Matthew Harpur, Richard Lynch, Alan Keane, Pádraig Dillon, Allan Carr, Dave Barry, Colin Hogan, John Beecher, Niall Kearney, Liam Kearney, Annette Fitzgerald. Also on panel were: Tomás Casey, John Casey, Davy Condon, Pádraig O’Connor, John Mulcahy, Brian Hogan, Seamus Noonan, James O’Keeffe, Damien Byrne, Ian Hegarty and Stephen Collins. 

Peil na nÓg

Following a plethora of games in Ballyhooly and two qualifiers later in Mayfield and St Catherines now go forward to the National Peil na nÓg finals and will be based in Gortletteragh, Co Leitrim at the end of June. They were previous county B Peil na nÓg winners in 1988.

1988 Peil na nÓg Panel

(Wouldn’t be sure if positions are right). Robbie Hamilton, Pat Fitzgerald, Martin Sheehan, Patrick Sheehan, Richard Sheehan, Kieran Hickey, Johnny Sheehan, Eoin O’Riordan, Tom Morrison, Brian Cotter, David O’Connell, Kieran Morrison, Jim Lane, Dessie Lucey and Oliver Lynch. Also: Michael Dorgan, Mark Spillane, Mark Lane, James Fitzgerald and James O’Connell. 

Best of luck to all panels, players and mentors. Hopefully the Féile na nGael and Peil na nÓg teams of 2019 will move on to the pages of history. 

Fixtures

Thursday, June 6 Round Five Division Two Junior Hurling League v Cloyne (away) at 8pm. Friday, June 7 Féile na nGael at 5.30pm in Ballynoe. Saturday, June 8 at Páirc Uí Chaoimh – Cork v Waterford championship matches – Minor at 5pm Senior at 7pm. Sunday, June 9 at Riverstown Round Seven Division Four Intermediate Hurling League v Sarsfields at 3pm. Tuesday, June 11 at Ballynoe Round Seven Division Two Junior Hurling League v Midleton at 8pm.

Exams

We wish all club players and students everywhere all the best in the state second level examinations. 

Lotto

Being a bank holiday this week’s lotto draw with a jackpot of €2,600 was held over until Tuesday night last, June 4 at The Fisherman’s Rest, Conna.

Sponsors

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