St Catherines GAA Notes

31 May, 2021

St Catherines GAA

By John O'Mahony PRO

Draft master fixtures plan submitted to clubs

St Catherines adult players returned to the training ground on Tuesday night, May 11th last as the county board released a draft of a master fixtures plan to the clubs. Included is provision of a new style league cup competition replacing the old leagues. We continue with our focus on past championship encounters with lower intermediate hurling championship opponents. This week the focis is on Ballygarvan more detailed reports to follow as we present you with the results of the most recent weekly lotto draw from Monday night last, May 17th. Numbers drawn were 6, 15, 21 and 32 and the jackpot of €11,200 wasn;t won. While the consolation winners on the night were Ann O’Donovan, Leeside, Tivoli, Cork City; Conor Hegarty, Ballymonteen, Ballynoe, Mandy Norman, Castlebrook, Conna; Dave O’Regan, Cullinagh, Ballynoe and Seamus Kidney, online. With a jackpopt now standing at €11,400 there will be a draw on Monday night, May 24th.

Hurling is cranked up
Its been slow understandably albeit painfully slow first sign of activity opening out to the buds of life began bearing fruition on the evening of Monday, Apri; 26th with the introduction of outdoor non contact training confined to groups of fifteen and restricted to age eighteen down. Dressing rooms since covid initially strick all of fourteen months ago now remain very much off limits. That’s how it is.
Raising it up a notch and after the release of the underage league groupings over the two codes we had the adult championship draws being made on April 29th on the same night the fourth of the rebels bounty draws went ahead. No doubt there were the usual leaks but a clear cut assured Micheál Martin address to the nation confirmed adult training could start on Monday night, May 10th. By now of course the intercounty scene restored the elite status was back. He’s a different animal althogether.

St Catherines were back on the scene on Tuesday night, May 11th. A sizeable gathering addressed by the club chairman and first team manager among others. Shane Kearney also revealing that Gerry Fitzgerald and James ‘Junior’ Sheehan will jointly look after the second choice team and could be naming a third selector as the season advances. He also told us of a few additions to the backroom team.
St Catherines are ranked top seeds in group three of the lower intermediate hurling championship and are in with Mildford, Ballygarvan and Barryroe. Currently we are running a series of reports on past encounters with these clubs. Concise and factual they don’t and were never intending that they would make for pretty reading! Two teams from each group of four advance to the play offs that will get six teams into the knockout stages with the top two grouop winners making the semi-finals with the remaining group winner and the three second placed teams qualifying for the quarter-finals.

Then last week the draft master fixture plan was submitted to clubs with league cup competitions replacing the club leagues for this year. Basically working on the theory that there will be two groups of four. Top two in each case making the semi-finals. St Catherines matches will be away to both Argideen Rangers and Na Piarsaigh in section 6B of the competition. Final group game is at home to Dripsey. Teams in group 6A will be Eire Og, Blackrock, Kilrittain and Aghada. Group winners will have home advantage for the semi-finals. Finals will be at neutral venues. There is a prize fund available. It hopes to start the league cup on weekending June 12th/13th. Finals down for weekending August 7th.8th. Club hurling championship to start on weekending June 12th/13th. Finals down for weekending August 7th/8th. Club hurl;ing championship to start on weekending August 27th/29th. Now as an awful lot happened in the past few weeks even days. A clear road map in place firecting you right up to a county final for the first o second weekend of November. Right now we should be hurling in just over three weeks. Expect juvenile leagues to start around the same time. With an increasing vaccine rollout being administered you would think we have been this confident in a while that all will be ok, here’s hoping!
By the way then came a print out of the East Cork version of events. We will take a much closer look for next week.

Previous championship clashes

St Catherines v Ballygarvan
We continue our focus on what this year’s group three of the lower intermediate hurling championship might throw up. This time around a short and snappy reflection on previous championship encounters with third seeded Ballygarvan. Neither were that long ago. Both were lost.
Starting with a first round clash which was fixed for Watergrasshill on the bank holiday Sunday evening, June 3rd of 2012. It was a very even contest all through with the teams together on six occasions including five in the opening half at the end of which the teams couldn’t be separated on a scoreline of 0-05 each.
Resuming on a positive note Ronan Clancy pointing a placed ball from distance, Patrick Roche added another also from a free before Shane Kearney now managing the team struck a beauty. All helping to establish a lead on a scoreline of 0-08 to 0-05 to forty one minutes. An eyecatching Padraig O’Connor point right at the end of the tirhd quarter keeping the momentum going. Still ahead at 0-09 to 0-06 right on the forty five minute mark. Catherines enjoing their most rewarding period of a contest being played in overcast misty conditions and refereed by Joe Larkin of Douglas.

Sadly and unfortunately that was as good as it would get conceding five unanswered points from there on in. Ger Spillane and Stephen White two of their most prominent and influential figures at the time among the scorers. Ballygarvan advancing on a scoreline of 0-11 to 0-9 getting back into the championship a forthnight later. Beating Dromina (2-14 to 1-08) at Kildorrery on Saturday evening June 16th. But still baseds in Avondhu made their exit when losing out to Charleville in a fourth round encounter which was playing in Glanworth on the evening of Saturday, July 28th. Score at the end being Charleville 0-17 St Catherines 0-11. Another one bites the dust!
Next and most recent encounter was a second round again intermediate hurling championship tie when played at Caherlag on Sunday, June 29th 2014. Páirc Liam McCarthaigh Baile Garbháin boost a fine facility and over the years have been a true ally and great supporter of rebel óg matches. Based perilously close to Carrigaline, Ballinhassig, Tracton and Ballymartle in the south eastern division of our great and magnificent county. They were after losing to Ballincollig. Likewise Éire Óg had inflicted a first round loss on the saints. As a Dan McCarthy goal and nine first half wides conjured up a four point opposition lead on a half-time scoreline standing at 1-7 to 0-06.
Seanie Farrell responded to the concession of that opening quarter goal with a finish of rare quality early on the change of ends. Game on? Not so as Ballygarvan would go on to score 1-04 without reply thus winning out a disappointing contest. At the finish it was 2-12 to 1-09.
Futher losses ensued to Barryroe and Dripsey and after a thirty one year sojourn the saints were staring relegation in the face and in 2015 embarked on a three year trail back in the junior ranks.
St Catherines v Ballygarvan
Intermediate hurling championship 2012
Ed Aherne, Stephen O’Brien, Conor Hegarty, Ed Kenneally (team captain), Cal Aherne, Ronn Clancy, Liam O’Connor, Shane Cotter, Daniel Mangan, Padraig O’Connor, Shane Kearney, Brian Mulcahy, John Mulcahy, Patrick Roche and James Neville.
Sub used was Damien Farrell.
St Catherines v Ballygarvan
Intermediate hurling championship 2014

Cathal Leahy, Stephen O’Brien, Ed Kenneally, James Neville, Liam O’Connor (joint captain), Shane Cotter (joint captain), Conor Kearney, William Walsh, Ronan Clancy, Padraig O’Connor, Daniel Mangan, Matthew Mulcahy, Patrick Roche, Seanie O’Farrell, Shane Kearney.

Subs used were: Brian Mulcahy, Eoin Condon and Brian Davis.
Next week we conclude this montage of reflection with a lookback at the three previous championship encounters with the fourth seeded team in the group, Barryroe.
Possible interruption to electricity supply.
It didn’t materialise when warned about before but again there may be interruption to electricity supply in and around the Ballynoe area on this forthcoming Friday, May 21sy approximate time being 10.30am to 3pm. Reason being to facilitate new customers, planned interruptions may be cancelled without prior notice due to unforeseen circumstances.

A closer look at Rebel Cork scene

A horrible start for the rebels against Kildare on Saturday afternoon last. It is so condensed with little margin for error in division two south of the national football league that the pressure is immediately on.
We believe in a greater power as religious services returned to the parish for a vigil mass in Ballynoe at 7.30pm later the same evening. More or less sacrificing live coverage of Cork/Tipperary in the hurling league again from Thurles at the same time. Cork again bagging two vital goals in securing a share of the spoils. For Tipp a second draw from the current league. Next fixtures sees the footballers in Portlaoise for 7pm on Saturday evening coming. Cork play Westmeath at Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Sunday in their round three fixture of division one A in the national hurling league.
As you already will be aware of that Cork will face Dublin or Galway in the delayed All Ireland under twenty hurling final. That’s down for weekending July 10th.11th.
In the draws for the new championships of 2021 Cork will play the winners of Tipperary and Waterford in the semi-final of the provincial under twenty hurling championship. They play Kerry in the last four of the equivalent football championship. In the minor grade Clare will be hurling opposition. Winners face Limerick in the football then rebels will meet Waterford with Kerry waiting in the wings.
Cork play all conquering Limerick at Thurles in their Munster senior hurling championship semi-final on Saturday evening, July 3rd. Throw in will be 7pm. While the footballers will play Limerick or Waterford in their semi-final one week later on Saturday, July 10th. No venue known but what is definitely confirmed is should it be a Cork v Kerry Munster senior football final Killarney would be the venue on the afternoon of Sunday, July 25th at 3.15pm. That;s how the picture looks as of now. Rebels abú.


Commiserations to Kieran Morrison and family on the sad passing of his father in law, Con Daly, Drimoleague at the weekend.

Notes of the 13.5.21

Live inter-county action returns to our screens

There it was in black and white as the parish leaflet was able to confirm Mass times for the three churches this upcoming weekend. Equally as important and relevant was the list of government restrictions now applying to religious services. Particularly the wearing of face masks and adhering to social distancing and just beware that there can’t be congregating by parishioners outside of the building, particularly after the service. Just take note that Conna Mass at 11am on Sunday will be live streamed.

Two months and three different dates were being bandied about prior to confirming that the delayed All-Ireland U20 hurling final of 2020 has been pencilled in for week ending July 10/11. Cork with St Catherine’s player Eoin Davis in goals are in that final against either Dublin or Galway. At what stage does Pat Ryan make that phone call to Kieran Kingston requesting a temporary halt to their senior gallop?

140 days since the All-Ireland football final and GAA action returned to our screens with the most one-sided contest imaginable. Galway utterly destroying Westmeath in their opening fixture of the national hurling league when played in Mullingar on Saturday afternoon last. Later on the main channel and in the same group Limerick and Tipperary served up a justifiable draw. There would be a little shadow boxing going on here. A clear precursor to a possible provincial final or even greater. Both teams would be happy with their end return.
Davy Fitzgerald received an easy enough start on the road to redemption with a clear cut victory over a disappointing Laois at Wexford Park. It looks like Cheddar has plenty of work ahead of him for what will be a definite championship pairing later in the summer.

A five goal burst including three impressive second half substitutes, Alan Connolly and Shane Kingston laid the foundation for a subsequent seven point rebel success over Waterford at an empty Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Also on Sunday evening last in a weekend where the banner county being turned over in Belfast was the most surprising result.
Cork will be on the double in Thurles on this forthcoming Saturday evening. They have no home games in division two south of the national football league because of a breach in Covid regulations. So they play Kildare at 3.30pm and Tipperary in division one group A of the national hurling league later at 7.30pm. Both matches will be on television.

Recent lotto results
Results of the most recent weekly lotto draw held on Monday night last, May 19. Numbers drawn were 6, 16, 25 and 28. There was no winner of the €11,000 jackpot. Consolation winners on the night were Christina McCarthy, Tallow, Michael A Leahy, Corrin View House, Glenreigh, Ballynoe, Ian Hegarty, Ballymonteen, Ballynoe, Liam Walsh c/o Conna PO and Pat Fitzgerald, Ballinscurlogue, Ballynoe. Next draw on Monday night, May 17 has a jackpot of €11,200.

Closer look at group three lower intermediate hurling championship 2021

St Catherines v Milford

St Catherines have been paired with Milford, Ballygarvan and Barryroe in group three of this year’s lower intermediate hurling championship. All championship draws made on Thursday night, April 29. Hinted at last week and this time around we bring a series of articles on pervious championship clashes with the new found opposition. Starting with Milford who are seeded two in the group.

Wins had been recorded over Bride Rovers, Aghada and Watergrasshill prior to a resounding success over neighbours Dungourney in the East Cork final of 1981. Match played in sun-drenched Castlelyons for the first time in twenty four years the Saints set out on the county campaign trail. Further success ensued with well-earned wins following against Aghabullogue and Shamrocks in turn. Thus setting up a pairing between St Catherines and Milford in the county junior A hurling championship final at Castletownroche on Sunday, November 1. An evenly contested opening half hour. Ted Sheehan with the game’s defining score. Finishing off the only goal of the hour on twenty eight minutes. In so doing setting up a half-time lead of 1-07 to 0-07, a lead quickly extended when pointing twice without reply early on the resumption.

Staunch defending from Maurice Hartnett, John G Barry, Kevin Lane and in particular Batty O’Connell allied to the expert free taking of Christy Clancy in attack whittled the deficit down to a single point before the opposition secured the match winning score. ‘Fabulously entertaining; was how it was described on the following morning the then Cork Examiner – ‘De Paper’! Referee was Frank Murphy. Final score being Milford 1-10 St Catherines 0-11.

We fast forward a bit like that tv programme ‘The Time Tunnel’ to a different generation, a different era, a different lifestyle to the next championship meeting between these two clubs.
In fairness both teams were finding it difficult in splitting the posts. Scores were hard to come by. Henry O’Gorman pointing the way, Shane Fitzgerald, a selector this year, responding for the Saints. But the abiding memory from the opening exchanges is a bit of a barney, a shindig, a bust up over at the stand side of the always well prepared Ballyhooly pitch when this second round intermediate hurling championship tie was played on Saturday evening, June 29 2013. Indeed it was still only 0-02 each to the end of the opening quarter but strong and influential play from the opposition halfback line with Jerry O’Brien and in particular Eoin Dillon to the fore found the Avondhu based team ahead on a half-time scoreline standing at 0-07 to 0-03.

Moving on to the second half and Seán O’Connell was finding the range for the opposition. Likewise Daniel Mangan, substitute Padraig O’Connor, free taker Cal Aherne and Shane Kearney who this year is newly appointed team manager replied for the Saints. Milford ahead at 0-11 to 0-09 to the three quarter mark. But this championship tie, which also had league points up for grabs, was duly settled with Anthony Watson charging through then drawing the man before laying off to Paddy O’Regan for the game’s only goal and a lead of 1-15 to 0-10 established to fifty four minutes. Saints captain that year was Shane Cotter. Scoring two consolation points very near the finish. Final score from Ballyhooly that summer’s evening was Milford 1-16 St Catherines 0-12 and the referee was Mark Maher from the St Finbarrs club.

Both teams would lose their respective first round encounters. Fr O’Neills setting the Saints on a slippery road. Inflicting a seven point loss at 2-13 to 1-09 when played at Killeagh on the Sunday of the June bank holiday weekend. Running concurrently was Milford losing out to then county junior champions Kildorrery at Charleville. There have been many league battles between the clubs and you shouldn’t have to be reminded or warned they have terrific tradition and by God are not or won’t easily be beaten. Up to recent times St Catherines would have met St Kevins at U14 and 16 level. St Kevins would be a merger of Ballyclough and Milford. Every time we go to their pitch and approaching from the Newtownshandrum side memory invariably is of driving past that blue entrance gate. Careful now – next stop Co Limerick!

St Catherines defeated Milford in an U14 county hurling final at Castletownroche in July of 2009. Featuring on the half forward line that night were Richie Condon and Jonathon Burke. Two players who would go on to shine in an entirely different field. That team was managed by William Kearney. Now Shane – “that’s putting it up to you!”

Overall this report mightn’t provide great reading for Shane or Shane Fitzgerald, Colm Burke, Tim O’Connor or Martin O’Keeffe, his fellow selectors. Come to think of it next week won’t either when we go back on previous tussles with Ballygarvan, another team St Catherines have never beaten at first team championship level. But take it all on board, use it as motivation to right the wrongs inflicted by previous losses incurred. Go for it! Just to say 2013 proved a very topsy turvy year for St Catherines and after those back losses against both Fr O’Neills and Milford they would embark on quite a decent championship run. Winning their next three matches against Aghabullogue, Kildorrery and Barryroe in turn. Going all the way to the county semi-final where they would lose out to Éire Óg at Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Saturday, October 5.

Line outs
St Catherines v Milford - County junior hurling final 1981: Tom Walsh, Maurice Hartnett, John G Barry, Batty O’Connell, Kevin Lane, Pat O’Sullivan, Seamus Neville (team captain), Dan Mangan, Denis O’Neill, Denis Walsh, William Kearney, Mike Mellerick, John Mangan, Oliver Twomey, Christy Clancy.

Intermediate hurling championship second round 2013 - Ed Aherne, Liam O’Connor, Conor Hegarty, Ed Kenneally, Ronan Clancy, Shane Cotter (team captain), James Neville, Stephen O’Brien, Cal Aherne, Shane Fitzgerald, Daniel Mangan, Matthew Mulcahy, Shane Kearney, John Mulcahy, Eoin Condon. Subs used were: Padraig O’Connor and William Walsh.

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