St Catherines GAA Notes

19 October, 2021

St Catherines GAA Club Notes.

By John O'Manony PRO

No luck this time in Rebels’ Bounty

Well it’s come and gone with the first prize of €20,000 heading to Mitchelstown. There were a few smaller cash prizes coming to East Cork clubs. Sadly no return in St Catherines this time around, but everything moves along so quickly with the October Rebels’ Bounty draw due in a few short weeks.

Results of the most recent weekly lotto draw from Monday night last, October 4 – numbers 8, 17, 21 and 27. No winner of €15,200 jackpot. Consolation prize winners were Patricia Moroney, Carrigaline; Oliver Twomey, Fisherman’s Rest, Conna; Liam Murphy, Castlebrook, Conna; Ciara Finn, online and Teresa Buckley, c/o English’s, Conna. There is a draw on Monday night, October 11. Take note now at 9pm and the jackpot is standing at €15,400.

The Riordans!

We see where Down Under and Colin O’Riordan has extended his contract with Aussie Rules outfit Sydney Swans for another twelve month period. He will now be part of the Australian Football League 2022 campaign.

Originally signing a rookie contract with the club in 2015 before making an impressive debut three years later. Of course he is from a staunch GAA background, winning All-Ireland minor medals in 2011 and 2012. He was only a 15 year old when winning a football title in 2011. Twelve months later he was on the successful Tipperary minor hurling panel. JK Brackens up in Templemore would have been his club, even though his people would have originated in Fethard and Colin captained Tipp in that controversial U21 All-Ireland football final in 2015 that Tipperary lost by one point.

Included on that young team were Padraig Hamsey, Kieran McGeary and Conor Meyler. He was Man of the Match in last year’s Munster senior football final against Cork when Tipperary wore those special commemorative green and white Grangemockler jerseys from 100 years before and in memory of the historic Bloody Sunday celebrations.

His brothers Kevin and Alan have also played for Tipp. Colin’s grandfather would have been a second cousin of Cáit O’Riordan, now residing in Ballynoe. Son Eoghan is currently enjoying a rewarding year at club level. He was captain of the St Catherine’s team that recently won division one of the Rebel Óg East minor hurling championship.

Only one week later making his debut as a right halfback against Milford in the lower intermediate hurling championship. It must be in the genes! You see, you can’t beat breeding!

Sad death in Conna

Conna recently experienced the very sad and sudden death of Piotr Wrobel, a native of Brzeg in Poland, who would have been known in Fermoy as well having been working in the garage in the industrial estate, based virtually straight across from where Fermoy Print are based. Deepest sympathy to fiancée Viola, well known from Tom’s Corner Shop in Conna village and daughter Natalia.

Camogie

Success over Seandun the last day was followed by another win over a divisional team, this time St Catherines defeated Carbery on a 2-12 to 0-5 score in what was a fourth round clash in the SE Systems county senior camogie championship when played at noon on Sunday last at Castle Road, Mahon.

Fixtures

Saturday, October 9 – round 6 division 2 Rebel Óg North U15 football championship in Kildorrery at 12 noon; round three group three lower intermediate hurling championship v Ballygarvan in Rathcormac at 2pm.

GAA action on the field

Round 3 group 3 East Cork Oil sponsored East Cork Junior B hurling championship

St Catherines 1-14 Castlelyons 2-11

It wouldn’t take a rocket scientist to realise little or nothing separates these two evenly matched sides. It finished at 1-15 apiece in the league cup at the opponent’s venue nearly four months ago. This result backs up that theory. Played on a round robin basis with both teams overcoming the challenge of Dungourney and losing out to Carrigtwohill in turn, it’s the Saints who advance on a scoring difference of +14 to the knockout stages at the conclusion of this exciting round 3 group 3 Junior B HC tie when played in largely sunny conditions at Rathcormac on Saturday evening last.

Nothing had been separating the two teams on three occasions in the opening exchanges. Catherines edging narrowly ahead for the first time following a Conor Kearney point on the quarter hour, but took a significant grip on proceedings following a stupendous finish for Conor England’s goal on 21 minutes. Kevin Barry quickly tagged on a point. Eoin Sheehan had made a smart block just before, but he had no chance when Colm McCarthy goaled a penalty on 26 minutes. Castlelyons right back in the mix with the Saints still ahead at half-time, 1-9 to 1-5.

Eight minutes into the second half and the opposition were ahead, Alan O’Regan with the key pass releasing Oscar Hallihan to goal from range. Castlelyons still ahead at 2-10 to 1-10 at the second water break.

Again we saw the value of an accurate and reliable free taker to a team, Ronan Clancy with eight points from placed balls divided equally between both halves. He levelled it up again with the Saints progressing on scoring difference.

Scorers: R Clancy 0-8 frees, C England 1-2, S O’Donnell, N O’Regan, C Kearney, K Barry 0-1. St Catherine’s team: E Sheehan, S O’Brien, K Neville, P Ryan, E Wallace, P O’Neill (captain), M Geary, W Leamy, J Hayes, C England, R Clancy, C Kearney, S O’Donnell, N O’Regan, K Barry. Subs: D Galvin for P Ryan (43’), T Hartnett for W Leamy (46’). Ref: James Bermingham (Bride Rovers)

Juvenile notes

Round 5 division 1 Rebel Óg North U17 hurling championship

St Catherines w/o Killavullen scr

U13 reports

Semi-final division 1 Rebel Óg East U13 hurling league (rearranged)

St Catherines 4-12 Kinsale 3-9

St Catherines were made to work hard in advancing to the decider following a well-earned six point success over a Kinsale team who battled all the way to the end of this division 1 U13 hurling league semi-final played early in Ballynoe on Saturday morning last. Though ahead at the interval by 2-6 to 1-4, the home side were struggling to settle and were largely wasteful in front of the posts against a Kinsale team more economical with less possession and in David Forde and Cillian Fitzgerald had two of the best players on the pitch.

But it opened up more on the changeover. Eoghan O’Mahony finished off a real poacher’s goal before turning provider, setting up Tristan Clancy for the point that quickly followed. Best forward on the day, Kyle O’Donoghue, goaled a beauty and it was now 4-9 to 2-7 at the second water break against a team who were never going to surrender easily. Indeed they had it down to a three point margin on 52 minutes. Tadhg Walsh and the now returned and fully recovered Billy McKee had to be at their best. Alan Cotter from a duo of late 65s concluded the scoring and confirming the win.

Scorers: K O’Donoghue 3-3, A Cotter 0-8 (0-2 frees, 0-2 65s), E O’Mahony 1-0, T Clancy 0-1. St Catherine’s team: T Walsh, R Hickey, S O’Donoghue, C O’Driscoll, B McKee, S Walsh, L Moore, J Pietropaolo, A Cotter, J O’Connor, K O’Donoghue, C Barry, E O’Mahony, T Clancy, L Kilmartin. Subs used: C Higgins for C Barry (51’). Also T Morrison and B O’Connor. Ref: James Daly (Youghal).

Semi-final division 3 Rebel Óg North U13 football league

St Catherines 5-8 Duarigle Gaels 2-6

Further excitement generated prior to securing victory by a flattering 11 point margin from this division three U13 football league semi-final when played in frequently sunny yet occasionally showery conditions at Ballynoe on Sunday morning last.

St Catherines with Shay McCarthy among the scorers were ahead by 3-6 to 1-6 at the interval. But Duarigle Gaels, a combination of Millstreet and Cullen, were a physically imposing outfit. Staunch Shane O’Donoghue and in particular Ronan Hickey defending required. Colin Healy was very good for the visitors and an Eoin Moynihan goal had the margin at 3-7 to 2-6 ten minutes into the second half. Again Kyle O’Donoghue would prove a three goal hero. Tristan Clancy in a breakaway attack had the Saints in a strong and commanding position. Julian Pietropaolo rounding off the scoring near the finish.

To the players, now use the week to recover from any knocks incurred with more finals on their way down the line. It was exactly a year ago last weekend we went on a nine month sabbatical. Don’t want to go back there again.

Scorers: K O’Donoghue 3-0, T Clancy 1-3, S McCarthy 1-0, A Cotter 0-3 (0-1 free), J Pietropaolo 0-2. St Catherine’s team: Jaydn O’Connor, R Hickey, S O’Donoghue, C O’Driscoll, S Walsh, J Kenneally, B McKee, A Cotter, J Pietropaolo, C Barry, T Clancy, L Moore, S McCarthy, K O’Donoghue, E O’Mahony. Subs: T Walsh for E O’Mahony (24’), James O’Connor for J Kenneally (36’), L Kilmartin for C Barry (40’), B O’Connor for S McCarthy (46’), E O’Mahony for K O’Donoghue (57’). Also T Morrison and C Higgins. Referee: Cathal Egan (Clyda Rovers).

Sponsors

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