St Catherines GAA Notes

11 October, 2021

St Catherines GAA Notes.

By John O'Mahony PRO St Catherines GAA Club.

Second juvenile title of season claimed

Another weekend of condensed activity had an early start with the claiming of a second juvenile title of the season. Again overcoming the commendable challenge of Kiltha Óg in the division one Rebel Óg East U15 hurling championship final when played in ferociously windy conditions at Ballinacurra on Sunday morning last.

Araglin are now in the hunt for the double. Having defeated Freemount in the equivalent hurling decider and with the weather further declining proved much too strong for Ballinacurra (5-10 to 1-02) when the quarter-final of the Bon Secours county junior C football championship went ahead that afternoon in Ballynoe. Referee was Mike Walsh from the St Catherines club. Many thanks to Jason Kenneally, Ballinacurra and Araglin manager, Denny Twomey for the timely release of the lineouts re the team sheets.

Unfortunately the East Cork junior C hurling championship tie under the lights in Ballynoe later on Sunday evening last saw referee James Daly call a halt to proceedings following an injury picked up by Bride Rovers player David Burke just seven minutes into the second half. Health is wealth. All that really matters now is for the wellbeing of the injured player. With the year moving on this particular tie will have to be refixed. Lisgoold are also in this group. Just to conclude on the matter we thank Michelle Kearney, John O’Leary and Eleanor Glavin for their help with the injured player on Sunday night.

Rebels’ Bounty.

It’s Thursday 29th and tonight will see the September rollover in the Rebels’ Bounty draw.

Latest lotto results

Results of the most recent weekly lotto draw from Monday night last, September 27 numbers drawn being, 1, 20, 26 and 29 and the €15,000 jackpot wasn’t won. Consolation winners were: Patricia Leahy, Knockmourne, Conna (online), Kathleen Flynn, Saleen; Bridget Mangan, Conna; Noel Kielthy, Glentrasna, Ballynoe and Eileen Collins O’Donovan, Kilossera, Ballynoe (online). There will a draw on Monday night, October 4. Jackpot now standing at €15,200.

Final division 1 Rebel Óg East U15 hurling championship was weekend juvenile highlight

St Catherines 2-10 Kiltha Óg 1-11.

It was akin to that legendary Bill Murphy film ‘Groundhog Day’ from the early nineties. Same opposition, same venue and most important of all for Saints’ followers same result as that recent minor final as St Catherines and Kiltha Óg reconvened for the division one Rebel Óg East U15 hurling championship decider at 10.30am on Sunday morning last. First of three finals at Ballinacurra on the day. There was always the impending threat of rain. Thankfully although it didn’t look likely the weather held up although a strong wind was prevalent. Favouring the Saints who made a significant and powerful start. Dylan ‘Chips’ Murphy with the key pass releasing Diarmuid O’Connell who with a clinical finish clung the opening goal and games first score on four minutes. It was O’Connell’s pass that picked out John Temple to add a priceless second just before the initial water break, Kiltha pointing a late free with the Saints ahead on a half-time scoreline standing at 2-08 to 0-01.

Kiltha were sure to come back. There were points from Fionn Daly and team captain Colin Murphy and although Jakes Bryan would come perilously close to it. Cillian O’Callaghan goaled a penalty on forty three minutes with margin at 2-09 to 1-05 to the three quarter mark. Evan O’Driscoll was key at the back and with the difference now reduced to a two point margin, Ciaran Pietropaolo pointing from a placed ball all contributed to a hard earned 2-10 to 1-11 success for the Saints. Áine O’Leary, board chairperson made the presentation, successful St Catherines captain Diarmuid O’Donovan the recipient.

Scorers – J Temple (1-05), D O’Connell (1-01), S Cotter and C Pietropaolo (0-01 65’)(0-01 free)(0-02 each). St Catherine’s team: Jake Bryan, Cian Dunning, Evan O’Driscoll, Conor Murray, Diarmuid O’Donovan (team captain), Ciaran Pietropaolo, Cian McCarthy, Conor Hayes, Ciaran Leamy, Timmy Barry, Dylan Murphy, Diarmuid O’Connell, John Temple, Shane Cotter and Gearoid Sheehan. Subs: Adam Bryan for Gearoid Sheehan (37’), Jake Pratt for Conor Murray (54’). Also; Fionn McCready, Cillian Hickey, Shay Wallace, Sam Aherne, Jack Hickey, Alan Cotter and Gearoid O’Callaghan McCarthy. Referee: Cathal McAllister (Aghada).

Round 4 division 3 Rebel Óg East U17 football championship

St Catherines 2-15 Castlelyons 1-02

With good and positive results forthcoming from previous clashes against Ballycastle Gaels, Brian Dillons and Whitechurch, St Catherines kept their winning run going with a well-earned victory over Castlelyons from this round 4 division 3 U17 football championship tie when played in gloomy conditions at Ballynoe on Friday evening last. Racing out the blocks and were five point without reply ahead to nine minutes. By now what was noticeable were the lengthy Aaron Fenton kick outs with Olan Lenehan the player most benefiting in the Castlelyons’ colours. Just as Kian O’Donoghue latched onto the breaking ball sending an unstoppable effort to the roof of the net on twenty six minutes. Setting up a lead for the Saints on a half-time scoreline standing at 1-09 to 1-02. Ben O’Connor, Stephen Cotter, Sean O’Donoghue and Kyle Wallace were also prominent before Oisín Fitzgerald rounded off another man of the match performance with the second Saints’ goal virtually right at the death.

Scorers: O Fitzgerald (0-04 frees)(1-08), K O’Donoghue (1-00), S O’Donoghue (0-03), S Cotter (0-02) B O’Connor and K Wallace (0-01 each). St Catherines team: 13-a-side competition: W O’Driscoll, N Sheehan, D Morrison, B O’Connor, F O’Connell (team captain), C McAuliffe, K O’Donoghue, K Kelleher. Referee: Pa Beausang (Midleton).

Willie Ryan Blitz.

He was club secretary for over thirty years until his untimely death in 1981. Totally committed to the GAA and to Aghada. He was chairman of the East Cork juvenile board for a good many years. Also serving as a vice chairman of the county juvenile board and as a GPC member of the divisional adult board. Yet all the time home soil remained his first love. In a tribute from the East Cork hurling final programme of 1990 which involved Aghada and near neighbours Midleton it was declared that whenever the club is mentioned well then Willie Ryan’s name must be to the fore. We will not see his like again.

Such was the backdrop provided when U13 boss Dino Pietropaolo with the assistance of Paul Higgins, U11 manager brought their charges to Rostellan for the annual Willie Ryan U12 hurling blitz on Saturday morning last. Couldn’t have asked for a better start. Overcoming the host venue (2-04 to 2-00) in the very first match. Going on to record further victories over Cobh (2-08 to 0-01) and Killeagh (2-07 to 0-03) before getting the better of Aghada again in the subsequent final. Finishing up on a scoreline of 2-12 to 0-03. A decider refereed by James Daly (Youghal). Full panel of players in Rostellan: Sean O’Keeffe, Cillian McCarthy, Ronan Hickey, Shane McCarthy, Billy O’Connor, Sean Walsh, Aodhán Burke, Tadgh Walsh, Alan Cotter (joint captain), Eoin Dillon, Cathal Higgins, Kenneth O’Connell, Sean Moore, Eoghan O’Mahony (joint captain), Jamie Mulkerrins, Shane O’Riordan and David Temple.

What’s next on the agenda.

A mouth-watering pairing of St Catherines and Castlelyons is in the offing to determine who progresses with Carrigtwohill from group three of the East Cork junior B hurling championship. Also outstanding is the Lisgoold fixture from the divisional junior C hurling championship. Rearranged for Saturday morning, October 2 is the semi-final in division 1 of the Rebel Óg East U13 hurling league. Throw in v Kinsale is down for 11am in Ballynoe. Also upcoming is the Duarigle Gaels fixture in division three of the Rebel Óg North U13 football league.

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