St Catherines GAA Notes

11 November, 2021

St Catherines GAA Clb Notes.

By John O'Mahony PRO St Catherines GAA Club.

Rebels' Bounty draw tonight - lotto jackpot now €16,000

Tonight, Thursday 28th sees the latest instalment when the October roll over of the Rebels Bounty series of draws goes ahead. Here’s hoping!

Most Recent Lotto Results

Results of the most recent weekly lotto draw held on bank holiday Monday night last, October 25th. Numbers drawn being 3, 11, 16 and 26 and the jackpot of €15,800 wasn’t won.
Consolation winners on the night were: Sean Cronin, Ballydorgan, Kate, Olivia, James and Eoin Hegarty, Ballymonteen, Ballynoe, Mce, Hartnett Tallow, Dave O’Regan, Cullinagh, Ballynoe and Billy Neville, Ballynoe.

Next lotto draw on Monday night, November 1st now has an accumulated jackpot of €16,000.

Weekend Reprise

Moving on from those details, so what actually happened on the field of play? For the third time Carrigtwohill defeated the Saints in a competitive fixture this season. Eliminating St Catherines from the action, following their divisional junior B hurling championship semi-final when played at Copper Alley Grounds in Youghal early on Sunday afternoon last.

Two more juvenile divisional titles were claimed, proving too strong and pacey for Charleville in the Division one Rebel Og North Under Seventeen hurling championship final, played on what was a miserable Saturday evening in Kildorrery. A championship double for this squad of players. Adding to the Division three football title claimed in the east from a final played in Whitechurch on the previous Sunday morning.

Also there was compensation for the Saints. Beaten by Aghada in the Division one Rebel Og East Under Thirteen hurling league final at Ballinacurra on the morning of Saturday, October 16th. But the Saints would return to the winners circle, with an emphatic success over Liscarroll/Churchtown Gaels in the Division Three Rebel Og North Under Thirteen football league final, when played in Castletownroche early on Sunday morning last. Brief match report to follow. Now read on.

Action On The Field Of Play

Semi-Final East Cork Oil Sponsored East Cork Junior B Hurling Championship

Carrigtwohill 5-11 St Catherines 1-11

No questions can be asked now. There was sizeable league cup defeat, played in that excruciating heat prevailing on the evening of Sunday, July 25th. And a four point loss from a round two group three fixture in the earlier stages of this competition, when played in Dungourney in the middle of last month. Carrigtwohill would confirm their superiority in the semi-final of the East Cork junior B hurling championship. Billed all week for Killeagh, but late in the day it was relocated to Copper Alley Grounds in Youghal and played at 2pm on Sunday afternoon last.

Mark Geary and Owen O’Neill were hurling their hearts out for the Saints, but a duo of goals on either side of the water break from the always dangerous Luke Kelly O’Reagan, would have Carrigtwohill ahead on a half time scoreline standing at 2-04 to 0-08. Ed Kenneally picking out Conor Kearney to finish off the pick of the first half scores for the Saints.
It was 3-06 to 0-09 to thirty nine minutes, but sixty seconds later the Saints were able to grasp a lifeline.

Ronan Clancy goaling a penalty. Cathal Dineen, who initially won the free and Niall O’Regan were also on target and a still seemingly competitive championship outing now had it at 3-09 to 1-10 to forty seven minutes Adrian Browne and Peadar Downey had late goals. There would be no comeback from that.

Carrigtwohill will now play either Aghada or Bride Rovers in this year’s East Cork junior B hurling championship final.

Scorers: R Clancy (1-00 penalty)(0-08 frees)(1-08), C Kearney, C Dineen and N O’Regan (0-01 each).

St Catherines team: Eoin Shehan, Stephen O’Brien, Ed Kenneally, Darragh Galvin, Shane O’Regan, Kierna Neville, Mark Geary, James Hayes, Owen O’Neill, Conor England, Conor Kearney, Ronan Clancy (team captain), William Leamy, Niall O’Regan and Cathal Dineen.
Subs: Peter Ryan for Darragh Galvin (29’) and Tom Hartnett for Conor England (47’).

Referee: James Hennessy (Dungourney).

Another Weekend Of Intense Juvenile Activity

Division One Rebel Og North Under Seventeen Hurling Championship Final

St Catherines 2-17 Charleville 1-07

A halcyon seven days for this squad of players, as the Saints again proved their worth when proving much too strong in the Division One Rebel Og North Under Seventeen hurling championship final, on Saturday evening last. Adding to the Division Three Rebel Og East football championship, won in Whitechurch the previous weekend.

St Catherines won in Whitechurch the previous weekend. St Catherines this time around playing in their first choice strip and with the conditions in their favour, started in a positive manner. But they would see all their good early work undone, when somewhat against the run of play, DJ Collins raced through and finished off an opportunistically taken goal and Charleville were back in the ball game at 1-01 to 0-04 at the initial water break, on sixteen minutes as the floodlights were sensibly turned on.

Team captain Kyle Wallace was leading the line well and any indiscretions were duly punished, when the Saints were able to take their first vital grip on proceedings. Sean O’Donoghue as he so well can, skilfully making the required space for himself, before crashing in a well taken goal to make it 1-08 to 1-03 on twenty six minutes. There was the outstanding defending of Oisín Fitzgerald and Fionn O’Connell. At the other end Ciaran Leamy was causing problems. Gearoid O’Brien, Kian O’Donoghue and Darragh Morrison had points on the board, with the Saints ahead on a half time scoreline standing at 1-11 to 1-04.

That all important second goal, was finished off by Cathal Sheehan on forty minutes and with the weather if anything getting worse, as we had been forewarned about, Catherines were very much in the driving seat. Like he did in the group match at the opponents venue back in early July, Diarmuid O’Connell again had to be focused between the posts. Brave and alert with a reassuring third quarter block, full forward Stephen Cotter added on a snappy point against a Charleville team, very reliant on David Forde for scores from placed balls. Time ran out and that was it. Mighty stuff, with Peter Waton, Rebel Og making the presentation to Kyle Wallace.

Scorers: K Wallace (0-08 frees)(0-09), S O’Donoghue (1-02), C Sheehan (1-00), G O’Brien (0-03), D Morrison, S Cotter and K O’Donoghue (0-01 each).

St Catherines team: Diarmuid O’Connell, Ciaran Pietropaolo, Oisin Fitzgerald, Nathan Sheehan, Cathal McAuliffe, Fionn O’Connell, Ben O’Connor, Darragh Morrison, Gearóid O’Brien, Cathal Sheehan, Kyle Wallace (team captain), Kian O’Donoghue, Sean O’Donoghue, Stephen Cotter and Ciaran Leamy. Subs: Dylan “Chips” Murphy for Ciaran Leamy (46’), Cian McCarthy for Ciaran Pietropaolo (50’), Conor Hayes for Cathal Sheehan (54’), Timmy Barry for Kian O’Donoghue (59’) and Evan O’Driscoll for Ben O’Connor (60’).

Referee: Davy Farrell Snr. (Mitchelstown).

Division Three Rebel Og North Under Thirteen Football League Final

St Catherines 5-15 Liscarroll/Churchtown Gaels 1-09

Compensation of sorts for the Saints, losing out in the Division One Rebel Og East hurling league final at Ballincurra eight days previous, but on this occasion were very much the dominant force. Proving too strong for Liscarroll/Churchtown Gaels in the Division Three Rebel Og North Under Thirteen football league final, when played at 12.00 midday on Sunday last, in Castletownroche.

Laying the foundation with an influential opening half display, building up a sizeable interval advantage on a scoreline of 4-09 to 0-03. Keeping the momentum going and with twenty players tasting the actiin, the Saints were the clear and comprehensive victors at the finish. Catherine Nash made the presentation to team captain James Kenneally. It saw a fifth divisional title coming to St Catherines in what has been a condensed season.

Scorers: K O’Donoghue (3-02), A Cotter (0-04 frees)(0-07), J Pietropaolo (1-00 penalty)(1-03), E O’Mahony (1-00), T Clancy (0-02) and C Barry (0-01).
St Catherines team: Jayden O’Connor, Ronan Hickey, Shane O’Donoghue, Callum O’Driscoll, Sean Walsh, James Kenneally (team captain), Liam Moore, Julian Pietropaolo, Alan Cotter, Billy McKee, Tristan Clancy, Cathal Barry, Eoghan O’Mahony, Kyle O’Donoghue and Shay McCarthy. Also: Liam Kilmartin, Cathal Higgins, James O’Connor, Tadg Walsh, Tomás Morrison and Billy O’Connor.

Ref: Davy Farrell (Mitchelstown).

Juvenile Fixtures

Saturday, October 30th: Division Two Rebel Og North Under Fifteen football championship final v Mitchelstown at 1.00pm venue is Fermoy. Sunday, October 31st : Round One County Premier Two Under Sixteen hurling championship v Shandrum at 2pm in Newtownshandrum.

Parent Club Fixtures

Nothing definite, but there are still junior C hurling championship and football league cup matches to be played.

Intercounty Championships

It seems like the destination of this year’s respective intercounty championships, has only just been settled and still very much in the memory. Hard to argue with that. Yet two major developments from last weekend like a bolt from the blue, have firmly put the focus on what’s coming around the corner.

A kind of can’t wait moment, we knew that special congress re: those proposed changes to the football structure were coming. A brief reflection when we’re back with you, but surely all that has been usurped, by the sudden appointment of Kilkenny stalwart Henry Shefflin as the new Galway senior hurling manager. Just look at his list of achievements in the game. Three times player of the year, thirteen provincial senior medals, ten All-Ireland’s that followed eleven all-stars. Galway did win out the championship in 2017, but you always feel they underachieve. Surely King Henry will get that out of them.

Closer to home and Orla Cotter remains the most successful exponent of the game at local club level. Four league medals to which can be added to ten Munster and seven All-Ireland senior medals. In early November 2018, Orla Cotter was the recipient of a sixth camogie all-star award. Also nominated in the player of the year category, with the award that year going to Kilkenny centre back Anne Dalton.

Now the torch has been relit, with club and county player Laura Hayes receiving an all-star nomination, for a team that will be revealed towards the end of November. We wish her the very best of luck.

Death of Two More Cultural Icons

It was a week which saw the passing of two more cultural icons with the deaths of poets Máire Mac an Tsaoi and Brendan Kennelly.

Clocks Go Back

Wouldn’t want you missing that match now, so just beware clock’s go back one hour on the  week-ending 30th/31st October.

St Catherines GAA Club Sponsors

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