St Catherines GAA

10 January, 2020

Juvenile social on January 17th

As the headline puts it St Catherines Camogie and GAA Clubs’ annual juvenile social goes ahead on Friday, January 17 but more about that in a moment. Firstly, we reflect briefly on the games and what’s happening elsewhere.

Going behind to the first and the game’s only goal inside thirty five seconds left Nemo Rangers with a mountain to climb in the All-Ireland Club SFC semi-final. They were largely outclassed and probably did well to get off with a six point reversal. Corofin (Galway) will now defend their title and try and become the first with three successive wins when facing Kilcoo shortly. All club finals irrespective of grade or code are on in January. Club senior finals used to be the preserve of March 17th. But now St Patrick’s Day will play host to the All-Ireland U20 football championship semi-finals.

Fr O’Neills probably paid a high price in their victory over Tooreen. Now facing the Walsh driven Tullaroan in the All-Ireland intermediate hurling decider.

Upsides virtually adjacent to Fr O’Neills are Russell Rovers and ironically now they will share their greatest day. Completing a Cork Kilkenny double header against Conahy Shamrocks, home club of ex-GAA president Nickey Brennan from up there around Ballyragget when the All-Ireland intermediate and junior hurling club finals go ahead at Croke Park on Saturday, January 18.

Fielding a virtually different team from the first match and that win over Tipperary sees Cork earn a place against Limerick in the McGrath Cup final. This take place this Saturday in the LIT Gaelic Grounds, followed by the Co-Op Superstores Munster SHL final, featuring the same two counties.

Cork begin their national football league campaign on the evening of Saturday, January 25 v Offaly in Páirc Uí Chaoimh with a 6pm throw-in. First trip on the road will be Carrick-on-Shannon to play Leitrim at 2pm on the afternoon of Sunday, February 2. All these games will mould Cork’s early season status and their efforts to get out of division three.

Cork begin their group A division one national hurling league campaign at Walsh Park when they play Waterford at 2pm on Sunday afternoon, January 26. The other match in the group that day will be Galway v Westmeath. While Tipperary and Limerick will have been played the night before. Cork play Tipp at Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Saturday evening, February 1 in their second round match, throw-in will be at 7pm. Making you aware Cork are also in Walsh Park for 2pm on Sunday, May 31 for a round two clash in the round-robin Munster senior hurling championship. Minor game between the same two counties at 12 noon. That’s also the day of the last round of the Irish Open golf championship not that far away in Mount Juliet. That should put you in the picture and whet the appetite.

Poc fada reprise

Once again a reprise of the recent poc fada details which didn’t look right last time around. Overall winners were Shane O’Brien, Eoin Wallace and Kieran Neville. Juvenile overall winners being Nathan Sheehan, Sean O’Donoghue and Shay Keane.

Juvenile social

St Catherines Camogie and GAA Clubs’ annual juvenile social and disco goes ahead at the Rochestown Park Hotel on Friday night, January 17, starting at 7.15pm. Ticket prices are €25 for adults and €17 for juveniles. Check with Imelda O’Connell, Susan Sheehan, Mike Dee, Ed Galvin and Fiona Sheehan re availability.

Next week

A full statistical review of the U12 year from 2019 will appear in next week’s column.

Scór

St Catherines will stage their own domestic round of Scór na bPáistí in Ballynoe Community Hall on Friday night, January 31 at 7pm. The East Cork final of Scór Sinsear will be on in Lisgoold Community hall on Sunday evening, February 2 at 6pm. County Scór Sinsear final goes ahead at Eire Óg on Saturday evening, February 22 at 7.30pm. Table quiz at 5.30pm.

Lotto results

Early copy deadline meant last week’s details had to be held over. Results from the draw held at The Big Tree Bar in Aghern, on Monday night, December 30. Numbers drawn were 10, 21, 25 and 27 and the €2,400 jackpot wasn’t won. While the consolation winners were: Emma Cogan, Conna c/o Kal’s; Regina McAuliffe, Ballynoe, c/o HOC; Jennifer Daly, Tallow and Gavin Murphy c/o Kal’s.

Sponsors

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