St Catherines GAA

04 October, 2019

St Catherines GAA

Lotto jackpot now at €4,000

You can now play St Catherines GAA weekly lotto online. There are two ways to play, log on to play.clubforce.com and find St Catherines or download the clubforce app (from the App store or Google play) and select St Catherines GAA. Once you are logged in you may then play for 5, 25 or 50 draws at the usual cost of €2 per draw.

Right now we have an accumulated jackpot of €4,000. Results from the most recent weekly lotto draw held at The Plough, Curraglass on Monday – numbers drawn 20, 23, 24 and 26, no winner of €3,800 jackpot. Consolation winners: Barbra Hennessy, Lacken, Glengoura; Eimear Doyle, c/o Fisherman’s Rest, Conna; Kal Moroney, Conna; Mary Aherne, Ballycullane, Curraglass and Mary T Dick, c/o The Big Tree, Aghern.

Next draw on Monday night, October 7th will be at McAuliffe’s Bar, Ballynoe.

 

Next on your juvenile agenda

It’s a case of raising the bar another notch as the juvenile season intensifies still further this upcoming weekend.

Pride of place rests with the pairing of St Catherines and Kanturk in the division one county U16 hurling championship final, fixed for Pairc Ui Rinn at 8pm on Friday evening, October 4th.

Little or no rivalry exists between the two clubs, even though hurling continues to gain momentum in the Duhallow division. Reminding you that the Saints overcame the challenge of Cuchulainns, a combination of Lismire and Kanturk in the county U14 B hurling championship  final played in the early autumn of 2013. A team captained by Niall O’Regan, so it can be done!  What will stand to the Saints in this decider is the workrate they’ve had to put in as this championship advanced. Killeagh were formidable opposition in the divisional semi-final, snapping at the Saints heels right up to the game’s end. Even Kiltha Og were favourites for the Rebel Og East final. Ibane Gaels were tough nuts to crack in the county semi-final.

We know Kanturk have amassed a sizeable scoring return against both Shandrum and Inniscarra in their last two outings and will provide a stern test of the Saints credentials. Best of luck to the team and panel of players, captained by wing back Mary Geary. Manager is Kieran O’Brien and team coached by Rory Galvin. The selectors are Gary Hartnett and Mervyn Draper.

 

More excitement guaranteed when Grenagh come to town, playing the Saints in the semi-final of the U12 G3 premier hurling league at 3pm in Ballynoe on Saturday, October 5th. A greater number of league points amassed ensuring the Saints a home draw. A reminder that no championship games prevail at U11, U12 or U13 level. League only.

It’s been a long six months season thus far, starting with a sizeable win in Fermoy then winning the regular group game against Grenagh, played in Ballynoe on the afternoon of Saturday, April 20th. Patrons might recall the attractive pairing of Youghal and Castlelyons in the first round of the premier intermediate hurling championship at the venue later that same evening.

A solid victory ensued after the long journey to Newtownshandrum in mid-May. The only loss incurred was to Youghal, who play Shandrum in the other semi-final this weekend. While the Mallow game was a draw, victories emerging from the Bride Rovers, Cobh and Carrigtwohill ties, meaning a total of 13 points collected from 8 league matches played. All U12 games are 25 minutes a-side, with unlimited substitutions allowed. Best of luck to team manager Brian Sheehan, along with fellow selectors Mark O’Driscoll and Joe Pratt, while Rory Galvin is often around, as is Dino Pietropaolo.

We are now into early October and still involved at the business end and no stone can be left unturned as the Saints strive for further glory.

Juvenile action on the fields

 

Division 1 Coiste na nÓg county U14 hurling championship semi-final

St Catherines 5-9 Bandon 3-9

Emulating the achievement of the U16 hurlers from the previous week as the Saints progressed following a well earned victory from this semi-final of the division 1 county U14 hurling championship. It being the first major tussle at juvenile level between the clubs in 60 years. St Catherines overcoming the challenge of Bandon in the count U14 B hurling championship final, when played at Togher in the autumn of 1959. Thanks to a keen follower and a plethora of helpful substitutes in holding the brolly, without them we could take no notes. Conditions were that poor in Mayfield on Saturday evening last, compounding matters a county semi-final that started all of 20 minutes late.

Cathal Sheehan and Shane Cotter were taking the goalscoring plaudits in a first half where the Saints were largely in control and were ahead at half-time, 5-6 to 2-4.

A contest resuming with both teams adopting a change of strip, it was noticeable that there was a constant scurry for towels to dry off handles of hurleys and grips to facilitate free-taking duties. Points followed from Kian O’Donoghue and Darragh Morrison in turn, keeping the Saints in a good position. The lead now stood at 5-9 to 2-6 on 38 minutes. As the relentless rainfall took its foot off the pedal as the final quarter loomed, Bandon virtually laid siege to the Saints area in those hectic closing stages. Their two top players Sean Ahern and Darragh Collins were making the scoresheet, albeit from placed balls. In a repeat of the Rebel Og North final, St Catherines will now meet Watergrasshill who defeated Cobh in the other semi-final at Lisgoold on Saturday afternoon last, in the county final itself.

Scorers: C Sheehan (3-0), S Cotter (2-3, 0-3 frees), D Morrison (0-3), K O’Donoghue (0-2), N Sheehan (0-1).

Bandon scorers: S Ahern (1-7, 1-4 frees), D Collins (2-2, 0-1 free).

St Catherines team: D O’Connell, C Dunning, C Pietropaolo, C Leamy, D O’Donovan, S O’Donoghue, F Sheehan, N Sheehan, O Fitzgerald, K O’Donoghue, D Morrison, C McAuliffe, S Cotter, C Sheehan, C Hayes. Subs: D Murphy for C Hayes (’40), C McCarthy for C Dunning (’58).

Referee: Alec Gibbons (Nemo Rangers)

 

Final division 3 Rebel Og East 13-a-side U14 football championship

St Catherines 6-12 Lisgoold 5-3

St Catherines were full and deserving winners of the 13-a-side Rebel Og  U14 football championship final when played in dull and overcast conditions at Castlelyons on Wednesday evening, September 25th last.

Hurling captain Nathan Sheehan had them into a lead they wouldn’t relinquish with the game’s opening score inside 20 seconds. Defender Darragh Morrison found Shane Cotter to finish off their first goal on six minutes. Lisgoold came more into it through a Harry Morley goal and a sweetly struck Jody Bernard point.

Still St Catherines kept up the pressure, Kian O’Donoghue and Oisin Fitzgerald accurate from placed balls, stretching out ahead on a half-time scoreline of 2-10 to 1-1.

Lisgood were more prominent on the resumption, Kane Walsh finishing off a hat-trick of goals. Evan Fitzgerald was also on target from a piledriver just four mintues into the second half. Still St Catherines were holding the balance of power and goals from Sean O’Donoghue, Diarmuid O’Connell and Ciaran Pietropaolo effectively sealed it as a rainfall descended and darkness loomed.

Aine O’Leary, PRO Rebel Og East, presented the winning cup to successful St Catherine’s captain Oisin Fitzgerald.

Scorers: S Cotter and C Pietropaolo (2-0 each), K O’Donoghue (0-6, 0-4 frees), S O’Donoghue (1-1), O Fitzgerald (0-3 frees), D O’Connell (1-0), N Sheehan (0-1).

Lisgood scorers: K Walsh (3-0), H Morley, E Fitzgerald (1-0 each), J Bernard (0-2), M O’Sullivan (0-1 free).

St Catherines team: J Bryan, E O’Driscoll, D Morrison, D O’Donovan, N Sheehan, C Hayes, O’Fitzgerald (captain), C Pietropaolo, K Kelleher, S O’Donoghue, D O’Connell, S Cotter, K O’Donoghue. Subs: C Sheehan for K Kelleher (15’), C McAuliffe for D O’Donovan (’40),  C Leamy for E O’Driscoll (’48), C Feeney for S Cotter (’52), D Murphy for D O’Connell (’53), A Bryan for C Pietropaolo (’56). Also: C Dunning, J Leahy, T Barry, C McCarthy.

Referee: James Hennessy (Kiltha Og).

 

On reflection A fourth title collected thus far by this young squad of players. Initial success coming in the Peil na nOg qualifiers, ending with a final victory over Ballygarvan when played at Mayfield on Easter Monday, setting up a trip to Gortletteragh in Leitrim for the Feile na Peil finals at the end of June. Going there as division 1 Rebel Og North U14 hurling league champions. Overcoming Aghabullogue in the final at Grenagh on Friday evening, June 14th, a precursor to a championship final victory over Watergrasshill at Ballygiblin recently.

Meanwhile Kiltha Og overcame the challenge of an Erins Own outfit coached by ex-county star Shay Fahy in the final of the division 2 Rebel Og East minor football championship played under lights at Ballynoe, also on Wednesday evening, September 25th last. It ended Kiltha Og 1-17 Erins Own 0-7. Presentations made by Michael Mulry, treasurer of Rebel Og East. Referee was Mark Murphy of Bride Rovers.

Just to let you know the executive of coiste sinsear has decided not to change the age groups for Rebel Og competitions for 2020. So the competitions next year will be run in the same age brackets as we have been used to. Minor will still be U18, with U16 and U14 the main age group competitions. As usual teams will be 13 or 15 a-side, depending on members.

Next on your juvenile fixture list

Friday, Oct. 4th at Pairc Ui Rinn – division 1 county U16 hurling championship final v Kanturk at 8pm.

Saturday, Oct. 5th at Ballynoe – semi-final U12 G3 hurling league v Grenagh at 3pm.

Commiserations

Sympathy to the family on the sad passing of Will Twomey, Ballynoe at the weekend. Ar dheis De go raibh a anam dilis.

Sponsors

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