St Catherines GAA Notes

17 May, 2021

St Catherines GAA Noters.

By John O'MMahony PRO

Lotto jackpot now at €11,000

Now that was a busy seven days and not a ball struck in anger. Well not yet!

What an opening couple of evenings we enjoyed. All young players from eighteen down in groups of fifteen returning to the pitches as and from Monday evening, April 26 last. Joy, elation, escape from the frustration enforced by seven months of inactivity. An experience to witness what was a historic moment or series of moments. There is a review of a few of those evenings. Plus a quick look at the juvenile league groups in both codes.

As you are aware last Thursday evening, April 29 featured the most recent instalment in the Rebels’ Bounty draw. We weren’t absolutely sure going into it but all draws through both codes were made in the various county championships. A closer look in this report as earlier that evening Micheál Martin had announced a further easing of restrictions. So we start you with all the details from the most recent weekly lotto draw and just read on from there.

Recent lotto results.

St Catherines weekly lotto draw now has an accumulated jackpot of €11,000. Results of the most recent draw held on bank holiday Monday night last, May 3. Numbers drawn were 11, 20, 21 and 23 and the jackpot then standing at €10,800 wasn’t won. Consolation winners on the night were: B Ahern c/o PH Conna, Shane Kearney, Coolroe, Conna, Michelle B, Conna, Patricia Moroney, Carrigaline and P Davis, Conna. We’re back on Monday night, May 10 jackpot standing at €11,000.

Rebels’ Bounty April draw.

No club success this time around but a fair sprinkling of all cash prizes won throughout our great county after the Rebels’ Bounty Draw.

County championship draws

What was playing on the mind was the fact that last season’s junior and lower intermediate hurling championships, though albeit at an advanced stage weren’t actually finished. But as you saw all draws through the various grades in both codes subsequently went ahead also on Thursday evening last. St Catherines are the top seeded team in group three of the lower intermediate hurling championship. Also in there are Milford, Ballygarvan and Barryroe. Three groups of four teams, two teams will progress from each group to the play off stages. This will result in six teams qualifying with the two top group winners going into the semi-finals and the remaining group winner and three second placed teams making the quarter finals. Do you understand all that now!

Elsewhere whoever wins the 2020 county junior title along with the losers of the Russell Rovers/Castlemartyr final together with Tracton and St Finbarrs constitute group two.
Reigning county champions Blackrock along with Erins Own, St Finbarrs and Charleville from a tasty group three for the newly drawn up county senior hurling championship. While Newcestown divide an all East Cork made up group three of the senior A hurling championship. Other teams being Fr O’Neills, Cloyne and Killeagh.

Nemo Rangers, Valley Rangers, Douglas and Carrigaline will be the four teams to make up group one of the premier senior football championship. Castlehaven will be in with Newcestown, Carbery Rangers and Mallow or Éire Óg in group two. Dates, times and venues will follow on all in good time. Well now you know.

On reflection St Catherines have encountered Milford, Ballygarvan and Barryroe through various championship campaigns. All have provided more than stern opposition. Indeed, have never beaten Milford or Ballygarvan on the big day. Two wins out of three coming from the Barryroe matches. So starting next week we go back to previous championship clashes. Nothing sinister you’ll understand, just to whet the appetite!

Further easing of restrictions

Initially one thought that an announcement like this would assume the role of top billing. But again with those informed leaks proving ever so accurate it will probably find its place as the week advanced. ‘Here comes our summer’ zoomed that banner headline early on Thursday morning, asked and approved by the cabinet Taoiseach Michéal Martin confirmed a further easing of restrictions when revealing another roadmap this time for the months of May and June on reopening the economy, yet another address to the nation from government buildings later that same evening.

So what are the major implications emanating from this latest delivery as health minister Simon Donnelly has buoyed up the confidence telling us that we were in a good place twenty four hours previous? Well first of all and as and from Monday, May 10 travel across the county is to be allowed. On that day also barbers and hairdressers are to resume trading and up to fifty people can frequent religious services. One week later and the shops can reopen on Monday, May 17. While the key one from a club angle is following sports training coming back, non-contact and in groups of fifteen from the 10th that club matches are set to resume on June 7. What’s very important now is that the government would be anxious that whatever opens and resumes stays open and resumed. Here’s hoping, hope returns.

Out in the fields.

Words like these can only partially come to terms when it comes to explaining the sheer joy on the young players faces when returning to the pitches as and from Monday evening, April 26. You’d have to be there and see it yourself. Sheer joy as they come back to the domain they love most of all. For now it’s all non-contact training from age eighteen down and confined to groups of fifteen. Golf courses and tennis courts opened up on the same day. For now all dressing rooms are off limits. As Padraig O’Connor addressed the U15 football squad first night back they would reassemble for hurling later in the week.

The Tuesday evening saw the return of the U13s who ironically were the last squad of players to sample action on the pitch as U12s all of seven months ago now and prior to the nation’s second lockdown. Team manager Dino Pietropaolo opened proceedings before introducing and welcoming new coach and trainer Conor Kearney.

Wednesday evening saw the U17s assemble and of course a space has been reserved for all eighteen year olds who will be departing underage activity at the end of this year so there will be minor league and championship as we used to know it. Gary Hartnett will be in charge of both age groups, coached and trained by Rory Galvin. Each squad of players have appointed their own Covid officers. It’s all about health and safety. All regulations strictly adhered to. No room for error. Imelda O’Connell, Shane Moore, Sandra Clancy and Ed Galvin will see to that.

Back in the summer of 1985 rock guitarist and sometimes occasional Thin Lizzy frontman following the departure of Phil Lynott was Gary Moore. His biggest hit was ‘Out In The Fields’. Might be time for a re-release!

Underage league groupings.

Further tiny steps up the juvenile ladder taken with the naming of teams for the various underage leagues in both codes.
St Catherines are based in group three of the Rebel Óg east U13 hurling league and are in with Aghada, Blackrock (2), Passage and Douglas (2). Contrastingly it will be section two north for the equivalent football squad along with Ballycastle Gaels, Bride Rovers, Fermoy, Kilara Óg.
Teams to play in the eastern division one U15 hurling league are Blackrock, Kiltha Óg, Lisgoold, Nemo Rangers and St Colmcilles. Based in section two for north U15 football league. Along with Ballycastle Gaels, Fermoy, Kilara Óg, Killavullen and Mitchelstown.
This year it will be Charleville, Kanturk and Banteer, Kilavullen, Mallow and St Colmcilles for the Saints to meet in the U17 north division one hurling league. As well as Ballycastle Gaels, Brian Dillons, Castlelyons, Kildorrery and Whitechurch in division three east for the football. While to accommodate those players in their last year of juvenile ranks there will be minor leagues. Both club teams play in the east. Line up in the division one hurling league will be Aghada, Bride Rovers, Carrigtwohill, Cobh, Killeagh, Kiltha Óg and Watergrasshill. Opposed by Bride Rovers, Carrigtwohill, Erin’s Own, Kiltha Óg, Lisgoold, Passage and St Colman’s in division two of the equivalent football league. It is planned to hold championship draws shortly. No date has been set for the commencement of games and as soon as it become official secretaries will then be informed. For now enjoy the non-contact training.

Start of the national leagues.

Perhaps the most attractive pairing in the game and this weekend Limerick and Tipperary get the division one national hurling league campaign underway. Throw in will be 5.30pm on Saturday evening, May 8 and the reigning All-Ireland champions and current league holders will be at home. It’s live on RTE 2 television. Twenty four hours later Cork will play Waterford at Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Sunday, May 9 and the Rebels/Tipp clash will be the live game on the box the following weekend. League Sunday starts on May 9 featuring a highlights package. Eir sport and TG4 will also have live coverage. While the football league will commence on weekending May 15/16.

Scór appointment
There was consultation with new association president Larry McCarthy and Margaret Whelan, St Catherines will serve on the coiste naisiúnta of Scór.

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