St Catherines GAA Notes

18 November, 2021

St Catherines GAA Club Notes.

By John O'Mahony, PRO St Catherines GAA Club

Latest Rebels' Bounty and weekly lotto details

Rebel’s Bounty

Well it’s over and done with now, with the latest Rebel’s Bounty Draw from Thursday night last revealing a first prize of €20,000 heading for Clonakilty, and no success from the October instalment coming to St Catherines Club. On we go with the next draw due in a few short weeks. As you are probably aware, in and around Christmas carries a first prize of €25,000 with a bumper prize of €100,000 also being given away in the December draw. Mouth-watering!

Latest Weekly Lotto Results

Results of the most recent weekly lotto draw from Monday night last, November 1st. Numbers drawn being 2, 21, 24 and 28 and the €16,000 jackpot wasn’t won.

Consolation winners were: Pat Clancy (Monagown, Gonnam), Katie, Olivia, James and Eoin Hegarty (Ballymonteen, Ballynoe, Pascak Passaquay, online), Dawn, Sara and Tristen Clancy (Kilclare, Conna) and James Aherne, (West Street, Tallow).

There will be a draw on Monday night, November 8th jackpot €16,200. 

Juvenile Dominated Weekend

After those details we take to the pitch and it was a weekend dominated by underage activities. In our living rooms we’ve seen deciders settled like this, the excitement it brings raising a notch each time.

Last Saturday afternoon, St Catherines lost out to Mitchelstown on penalties. Sixty minutes plus a further twenty had failed to separate two evenly matched teams. Catherines losing 4-3 in the shoot-out, at the conclusion to the Division Two Rebel Og North Under Fifteen football championship final.

With a number of this squad then heading for Newtownshandrum on the Sunday for County Premier Two Under Sixteen hurling championship. Let’s just say conditions weren’t the best in deciding a contest very much in the balance right up to the final five minutes. Still it takes two to tango!

Bride Rovers are going great in the County senior A hurling championship. They play Urhan in the County junior A football championship this time around. Also this upcoming weekend meeting St Catherines in a rearranged group match in the East Cork junior C hurling championship. Ok brief match reports to follow so read on.

Fixture

Sunday, November 7th at Ballynoe round two group two junior C hurling championship v Bride Rovers at 12.00pm, rearranged. 

Juvenile Notes

Division Two Rebel Og North Under Fifteen Football Championship Final

St Catherines 5-08 (5-05) Mitchelstown 4-11 (5-08)

After Twenty Minutes Extra Time Mitchelstown Win 4-3 On Penalties

Talk about excitement and do you know what? It’s hard to know where would you start with the final of the Division Two Rebel Og North Under Fifteen football championship, when played in sunny conditions at Fermoy early on Saturday afternoon last. A plethora of significant early scores. Shane Cotter on target as early as sixty seconds for the Saints. Likewise with English for the opposition, who were marginally shading it on a half-time scoreline standing at 3-06 to 3-01. 

Talk about making an immediate impression, Jack Hickey one of three substitutes introduced to block goals in the first minute of the changeover. Impact immediately minimalised, as Conor Walsh completes a hattrick of ‘Town goals in reply and Mitchelstown maintain a five point advantage at 4-07 to 4-02.

To the second water break and onto the fifty minute mark. It was always dangerous and ever threatening John Temple reigniting the Saints challenge, with a fifth goal and allied to a trio of Diarmuid O’Connell pointed frees, would see this most exciting of juvenile deciders go to extra time on a score-line of 5-05 to 4-08.

Ciaran Pietropaolo found the range for the saints, successful in the regular group game at the opponents venue just seven weeks previous, but alas on this occasion two evenly matched teams not for separating in what was the most sporting of juvenile finals. Harrison Conway was the goal scoring hero in the match deciding penalty kick session. As board treasurer Patsy O’Mahony presented the winning cup to successful Mitchelstown captain Eoin Brenock.

Disappointment for the Saints. Sure they wouldn’t be human otherwise. But they will bounce back safe in the knowledge they have a Division One hurling title duly collected in the East.

Scorers: J Temple (2-01), C Pietropaolo (1-02), D O’Connell (0-05 frees), S Cotter and J Hickey (1-0 each).

St Catherines team: Jake Bryan, Cian Dunning, Evan O’Driscoll, Conor Murray, Timmy Barry, Ciaran Leahy, Cian McCarthy (team captain), Conor Hayes, Dylan Murphy, Shane Cotter, Diarmuid O’Connell, Cillian Hickey, John Temple, Ciaran Pietropaolo and Gearoid Sheehan. Subs: Jake Pratt, Adam Bryan and Jack Hickey for Conor Murray, Cillian Hickey and Gearoid Sheehan (all second half). Fionn McCready for Jack Hickey (77’). Also: Sam Aherne, Shay Wallace and Gearoid O’Callaghan McCarthy.

Referee: Jim Hennessy (Kiltha Óg).

Round One Cost Na Nog’s County Premier Two Under Sixteen Hurling Championship

Shandrum 3-07 St Catherines 1-06

So cut to twenty four hours later and Shandrum which entails the entire parish emerged victorious, on a mildly flattering score-line from this Round One County Premier Two Dnder Sixteen hurling championship tie played at windswept, rain lashed Newtownshandrum at 2.00pm on Sunday afternoon last.

That said, one found it difficult to work out wind advantage, which if anything seemed to unleash all of its vent across the pitch towards the dug outs. It emerged, as an evenly fought contest between two well matched teams together on four occasions. Team captain Nathan Sheehan and centre back Oisin Fitzgerald hurled out of their skins. Fitzgerald charged up the field to finish off one of the scores of the hour.

Kian O’Donoghue and hard-working midfielder Darragh Morrison would share four well taken points, before Shane Cotter from a clinical finish goaled a beauty on twenty eight minutes. Bill Collins and Luke McInerney were good for the home based team just marginally shading it on a half time score-line standing at 1-06 to 1-05. Realistically though nothing in it, A game that could go anyway.

Eoin O’Mahony pointed straightaway on the change of ends, now scores were hard earned and difficult to come by. So there’s no doubt that the goal finished off by Stephen Minihane on thirty three minutes was crucial. It should have been down to a single puck of the ball later on, and was all but decided when Kieran Murphy scored the third Shandrum goal on fifty eight minutes.

Brian Sheehan, Pat Fitzgerald, Ed Kenneally and Brian Cotter were with the team on the day. Take note it is not a Round Robin so Catherines are now out of this particular championship, it being straight knock out.

Scorers: S Cotter (1-00), K O’Donoghue (0-01f)(0-03), D Morrison (0-02) and O Fitzgerald (0-01).

St Catherines team: Jake Bryan, Evan O’Driscoll, Ciaran Pietropaolo, Ciaran Leamy, Nathan Sheehan (team captain), Oisin Fitzgerald, Cathal McAuliffe, Darragh Morrison, Conor Hayes, Dylan Murphy, Sean O’Donoghue, Diarmuid O’Connell, Cathal Sheehan, Kian O’Donoghue and Shane Cotter. Subs: Timmy Barry and Cian McCarthy for Conor Hayes and Diarmuid O’Connell (both 45’), John Temple for Shane Cotter (56’).

Referee: George Murphy (Whitechurch). 

Proposed Rule Changes To The Inter County Senior Football Championship

Well in the end it just seemed to pitter out. Bit of an anti-climax, but it did get in excess of 50% approval and if it could produce that bit of tweaking required in the amount of time allowed, you still feel there will be changes made to the inter county senior football championship, when congress comes around in February 2022.

Imokilly Senior Hurling Squad

Following another brave and commendable effort which at the end just didn’t produce the goods, Imokilly had made their exit following a narrow one point loss to famed Glen Rovers in the quarter-finals of the County senior hurling championship. Club player Eoin Davis was listed as sub goalkeeper, on a panel which also included Daniel Mangan, Brian Mulcahy and Rory Galvin. Imokilly had organised a few training sessions under the lights for Ballynoe.

St Catherines GAA Sponsors

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