St Catherines GAA Club

05 December, 2021

St Catherines GAA Notes.

By John O'Mahony PRO St Catherines.

Lotto jackpot is €17,000

St Catherines weekly lotto draw now has an accumulated jackpot of €17,000. Results of the most recent draw from Monday night last November 29th. Numbers drawn being 1, 20, 26 and 27 and there was no winner of the €16,800 jackpot. 

Consolation winners on the night being; Mary and James Burke, Ballynoe, Nuala Tobin, Rathdrum, Ballynoe, Dick Hegarty, Garrycahera, Ballynoe, Conor Kearney, online and Mark Walsh, online.

There is a draw on Monday night, December 6th.

Meeting updates

Look we are all aware of those dreaded figures and the seriousness of the ongoing situation. A news bulletin now is almost a chore to watch. So it’s all virtually a day to day process. We promised you a further update so following a recent meeting of the club executive for now what’s in place is the annual general meeting of the camogie club. Fixed for Ballynoe Hall tonight Thursday, December 2nd at 8pm. Then St Catherines juvenile GAA Club AGM is fixed for Ballynoe Community Hall on Thursday night, December 9th. Thats down for 8pm. Parent club annual general meeting will be in Conna Hall on Friday night, December 10th. Timed for 8.30pm. While Lisa O’Mahony has been confirmed as club representative to Conna Community Council.

Harty Cup

After an impressive display against Blackwater Community School in the previous round, St Colman’s made a disappointing exit losing their Harty Cup second round tie when played in Fermoy on Wednesday afternoon, November 24th last. It finished up at St Colman’s 1-16 St Joseph’s, Tulla 2-16 (after extra time). Catherines panelists were Kyle Wallace (captain), Fionn O’Connell, Gearoid O’Brien, Harry Draper, Sean O’Donoghue, Oisin Fitzgerald and Kian O’Donoghue. Last eight are Thurles CBS, CBC Cork, Ard Scoil Rís, De La Salle, Nenagh CBS, Midleton CBS, Cashel Community School and Tulla. Competition resumes in the new year.

County junior B football championship semi-final 2010

St Catherines began their 2021 county junior B football championbship campaign on the afternoon of Saturday, August 21st at 2pm. Opposition would be Garnish. Clad in that most traditional of green and gold colours we were in the throes of what the big ball could throw at us at the time and a week not starting well when losing to Glendale in the divisional junior B final at Rathcormac on the previous Sunday evening. This is a totally separate competition. Now we travel to historic Kilmichael adorned with two pitches and ample parking space. It was a huge national hurling weekend with the rebels doubly involved. That brings its own complications. You can imagine what happened. Limited with numbers the saints would pose out on an end scoreline of 2-13 to 1-05. There isn’t much or indeed any pub involved in our lives right now but fate decided we were heading to the last chance saloon and a meeting with Kilbrin in the second round at Carigoon under the lights on Friday evening, September 3rd. Over and out (1-06 to 1-04) as indeed is how it materialised in the previous meeting with the team who wear blue and white. So for the purposes of this meeting of St Catherines and Kilbrin in the semi-final of the county junior B football championship it was played in Ballyhooly.

Kilbrin making what was for them the ideal and perfect start. Midfielder Adi Nash gosling a penalty kick in the first minute. As the lead extended itself to 1-06 to 0-02 to the end of the opening quarter and beyond. Catherines were coming more into it. There were points from Billy Carr and Laurence O’Connor in turn before Padraig O’Connor flicked a Damien Fabrell free to the net on twenty six minutes.

However another body blow arrived when Liam Daly added a second opposition goal and a Kilbrin lead on a 2-06 to 1-04 half time scoreline.Excellent eye catching points from Tim O’Connor and William Egan were exchanged early on the change of ends and an Ed Kenneally goal from a subliminal finish arrived too late to rescue the saints. It finished up 2-10 to 2-08 in favour of Kilbrin.

How many remember playing Mitchelstown in a junior football tournament in Grange just outside Fermoy in 2001? We glance back to that when next we’re with you. There are two big meetings upcoming so these reflective reports will have to cease again.

St Catherines line out v Kilbrin 2010

Colm Molloy, Noel Kielthy, John Casey, Stephen O’Brien, James Casey, Ed Kenneally, John Mulcahy, Allan Carr, Damien Farrell, Billy Carr, Padraig O’Connor, Tim O’Connor, Liam O’Connor, Laurence O’Connor (team captain) and Paul Higgins.

Subs used were: Patrick Roche, Shane Cotter and Paul O’Donovan.

Referee: Michael Sheehan (Liscarroll).

National master fixtures calendar

Again its a repeat of the outset of this report. But infrastructure must be in place. There has to be a plan as the masters fixtures calendar revealed last week shows the national football league will start on the final week of January. 

National hurling league to commence the following weekend, February 5th and 6th with the respective finals pencilled in for early April. Two weeks on from that will see the start of the various senior championships. As you know both Munster and Leinster will revert to hurling round robin. Provincial football championship draws going out live last Saturday afternoon. Cork getting Kerry would be the biggest appeal down south. Newly crowned All-Ireland champions Tyrone face Fermanagh in a pre-qualifier up north. Winners will meet Derry in the subsequent quarter final of the Ulster senior football championship. Galway play London or Leitrim in the west. Looking odds on would be a last four pairing with reigning provincial title holders Mayo in the ensuing semi-final of the Connacht championship. Dublin lay Offaly or Wexford in Leinster. All-Ireland qualifiers could be starting mid-May. Provincial finals on weekending May 28th/29th while Saturday, June 4th is the date for the Leinster senior hurling final. Next day pencilled in for its Munster equivalent. Sunday, July 17th now reserved as All-Ireland hurling final day. If there is to be a replay it will be Saturday, July 30th. All-Ireland football final date is July 23rd/24th with a replay down for Saturday, August 6th.

All to come of course. Coming back into the world we reside in today and for the second successive year there was disappointment for Castlelyons. Losing to Courcey Rovers (1-19 to 1-18), when this year’s premier intermediate hurling championship final was played at Cork GAA headquarters on Saturday evening last. Defeat maybe but another result supplying an indelible pointer to the strength of East Cork hurling. Imokilly based clubs played in five adult club county hurling finals.

Rounding off we saw St Finbarrs regaining the county senior football championship. Success for Mallow in the senior A final. Outside of the county and one would have to take a bow to loughmore on their recent achievements. While what we saw was a clear statement of intent from Ballygunner.

St Catherines GAA Club 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.