St Catherines GAA Notes

09 July, 2021

St Catherines GAA Notes.

By John O'Mahony, PRO, St Catherines GAA Club

Best of luck to Eoin Davis & Cork in All Ireland U20 Hurling Final.

Straight to the point, best of luck to Eoin Davis and Cork who play Dublin in a delayed 2020 U21 hurling final this weekend. It’s a repeat pairing from the U17 final of 2017 won by the rebels. Throw-in will be 7.15pm at Nowlan Park on this forthcoming Saturday evening, July 10.

So what kind of week was it?

There was a win over Bride Rovers in the East Cork junior hurling league cup. Back to back games in division one of the Rebel Óg North U17 hurling championship dominated juvenile affairs with the return of the annual Cúl Camp. On a national scale it’s a championship programme gaining momentum, Reports on all to follow, But first results from the most recent weekly lotto draw held on Monday night last, July 5.
Numbers drawn – 8, 25, 27 and 30 and the jackpot of €12,000 wasn’t won. Consolation winners being Antoinette O’Keeffe, Ballynoe, Frances Hamilton, online, Mary C Leahy, Corrin View House, Glenreigh, Ballynoe, Donal O’Connor, c/o HOC, Ann Bryan, Curraheen. Next draw on Monday night, July 12 has a jackpot of €12,800.

Round 2 group 4 East Cork junior hurling league cup

St Catherines 3-15 Bride Rovers 0-13

St Catherines picked up the points on offer from this round two group four East Cork junior hurling league cup tie played in perfect conditions at Ballynoe on Thursday evening last. A Philip Keane goal just after the water break would have them ahead on a half-time scoreline standing at 1-09 to 0-03. However the opposition rallied. Six unanswered points with Jason Mannix and in particular Sean Knox prominent had the advantage whittled down to 1-10 to 0-09 to forty four minutes.

Catherine’s second goal opened a significant gap finished off by Harry Draper on fifty two minutes before turning provider. Picking out Richard Galvin for a third shortly afterwards for a saints team who secured a quartet of eye-catching Aaron Neville points in this their first success of the campaign. Tally now three points from two matches played and tonight (Thursday) it’s a trip to Cobh. Scorers: K Barry (0-04 frees) (0-01 65’), (0-07), Rd Galvin (1-03), A Neville (0-04), P Keane and H Draper (1-00 each) and S O’Donnell (0-01).
St Catherine’s team: C Leahy, D Lane, L O’Connor, S Kearney, S O’Regan, J Mulcahy, P Tobin, T Hartnett, K Barry, M Geary, C Kearney, S O’Donnell, Rd Galvin, S McCarthy and P Keane. Subs: A Neville for S McCarthy (10’), H Draper for C Kearney (12’), P O’Neill for P Keane (second half), C Bryan for P Tobin (39’), D Galvin for D Lane (39’), J Hayes for M Geary (49’), N O’Brien for J Mulcahy (53’). Referee: James Daly (Youghal).

Next on the agenda

Tonight (Thursday), July 8 at O’Connell Park round 3 group 4 East Cork hurling league cup v Cobh at 7.45pm. Friday, July 9 at Ballynoe phase 1 round 3 group 3 Rebel Óg East U13 hurling league v Douglas (2) at 7pm. Saturday, July 10 at Ballynoe round robin round 1 Rebel Óg East division 1 U15 hurling championship v Nemo Rangers at 12 midday.
Saturday, July 10 at Nowlan Park All-Ireland 2020 U21 hurling championship final Cork v Dublin at 7.15pm. (Live on TG4). Monday, July 12 round robin round group 1 East Cork junior B football championship v Glanmire, time and venue TBC.

This week’s juvenile column starts with round 1 division 1 Rebel Óg North U17 hurling championship.

St Catherines 1-17 Mallow 2-13
St Catherines started well in this round robin Rebel Óg North U17 hurling championship tie when played in Ballynoe on Wednesday evening, June 20 last. Leading 0-06 to 0-02 to the water break and again at 0-08 to 0-04 to twenty two minutes. Maintaining that four point cushion to the interval and ahead on a half-time scoreline standing at 0-13 to 1-06.

Mallow were a reformed team on the turnover. A return of six points without reply turning it around with the opposition ahead at 1-12 to 0-13 to forty minutes, Party restored for the first time in an ever intensifying contest with Gearoid O’Brien now further up the field pointing twice before a second Mallow goal finished off by Fionn Heffernan had the opposition ahead again. Man of the match and team captain Kyle Wallace struck for the saints’ goal. Kian O’Donoghue secured a late leveller before Sean O’Donoghue struck for the all-important match winning point right at the death.

Scorers: K Wallace (1-05), S O’Donoghue (0-01 65’) (0-01 sideline cut) (0-05), Stephen Cotter, K O’Donoghue and G O’Brien (0-01 free) (0-02 each) and F O’Connell (0-01). St Catherine’s team: D O’Connell, N Sheehan, G O’Brien, C Pietropaolo, B O’Connor, F O’Connell, C McAuliffe, D Morrison, K Wallace (team captain), K O’Donoghue, S O’Donoghue, T Barry, Shane Cotter, C Sheehan and Stephen Cotter. Subs: O Fitzgerald for Shane Cotter (second half), E O’Driscoll for C Sheehan (50’), also C Hayes and D Murphy. Referee: Denis Motherway (Ballygiblin).

Round 2 division 1 Rebel Óg North U17 hurling championship

Charleville 0-13 St Catherines 0-13
No less exciting was this round two division one Rebel Óg North U17 hurling championship tie served up at Dr Mannix Park at 11.30am on Sunday morning last. Great credit to the thirty five players involved in what were frequently tough testing and demanding conditions. It being the first wet morning experienced since the cessation of the third lockdown on Wednesday evening, June 9. Charleville having slightly the better of it and a late Gareth Gleeson point had them ahead on a half-time scoreline standing at 0-06 to 0-04.

Excellent points through Sean O’Donoghue and Shane Cotter saw parity restored for the first time since the fifth minute with the score standing at 0-07 each to thirty six minutes. Catherines able to keep the momentum going with further points finished off by Gearoid O’Brien and Darragh Morrison after Kian O’Donoghue had given them the lead in the very early passages of play. In fairness a Charleville goal wasn’t allowed as a passing move was adjudged to have incorporated a throw on forty three minutes. David Forde very accurate both from frees and general play. Another goal bound effort kept out by Diarmuid O’Connell, elder brother Fionn very good on the edge of the square. A late foul on the ferociously hard working Ben O’Connor saw the resultant free pointed by Kyle Wallace. A draw a fair result. This age group now will see a temporary halt inflicted on proceedings with the U18 championship in both codes set to start possibly on July 21.

Scorers: K Wallace (0-04frees )(0-05), K O’Donoghue (0-01 free) (0-03), Shane Cotter (0-02), S O’Donoghue, G O’Brien and D Morrison (0-01 each). St Catherine’s team: D O’Connell, N Sheehan, F O’Connell, C Pietropaolo, B O’Connor, G O’Brien, C McAuliffe, K Wallace (captain), D Morrison, T Barry, S O’Donoghue, C Sheehan, Shane Cotter, K O’Donoghue, Stephen Cotter. Subs: E O’Driscoll for C Sheehan (second half), D Murphy for T Barry (52’), C McCarthy for Shane Cotter (58’). Also: D O’Donovan and O Fitzgerald. Referee: Michael Browne (Drom-Broadford, Co Limerick).

Phase 1 round 2 group 5 Rebel Óg East U13 football league

St Catherines v Brian Dillons
St Catherines were too strong for Brian Dillons in this U13 football league tie in Ballynoe on Friday evening last. Scorers: A Cotter (2-03), C O’Driscoll (1-01), S Walsh (0-01 free) (0-04), E O’Mahony (1-00), T Clancy (0-03), J O’Connor (0-02), J Pietropaolo, K O’Donoghue and T Walsh (0-01 each). St Catherine’s team: J O’Connor, C O’Driscoll, L Moore, B McKee, J Kenneally, S Walsh, J Pietropaolo, K O’Donoghue, S McCarthy, T Clancy, A Cotter, L Kilmartin and R Hickey. Also: E O’Mahony, T Walsh and B O’Connor. Referee: James Daly (Youghal).

Cúl Camp

“Med like weather predicted for the week” – Irish Examiner “get the sunscreen ready as hottest day of year on way in a fine spell of weather” – Irish Independent. Confidence boosting national media headlines from the morning of Monday, June 28 just as 140 boys and girls in the 6-13 age group descend on the Ballynoe pitches for the renewal of the week long annual Kelloggs Cúl Camp. Unfortunately lapsed twelve months ago because of Coronavirus. From the hours of 10am to 2pm daily there was participation in all forms of GAA activity. We thank all coaches and helpers which varied over the days to a camp which on Thursday featured a micro gear shop offering hurley grips, helmets etc. Head coach for the week appointed by Rebel Óg was Barry Motherway of the Killeagh club. This year’s Cúl Camp co-ordinator was Martina O’Connor.

Intercounty championships

Two teams on everyone’s lips are now Munster hurling finalists. Will the win over the rebels at Thurles on Saturday evening last now drive on Limerick still further? They play great in the Munster senior football championship semi-final at LIT stadium on Saturday evening coming. Much more clear cut and Kerry to put an end to Tipperary’s seven month stint as provincial champions on the other side.

St Catherines GAA Club sponsors

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