Douglas overcame the challenge of Na Piarsaigh in the U14 A grade hurling league. Douglas wasted a number of chances in the opening half and led 0-5 to 0-2 at the break. Na Piarsaigh opened the second half in fine style with a great goal to level the scores. The highlight of the second half was the clash between Thomas Cotter and his opposite number Izachi O’Halpin from na Piarsaigh. Thomas came out on top in this duel and his display lifted the Douglas team who scored 2-5 without reply from the Northsiders. Na Piarsaigh were under strength on the night and the Douglas display left a lot to be desired. Denis O’Riordan was solid in goal whilst Kenny Barry showed some good touches for Douglas. Douglas defeated Bandon in Secion C of the U12 South East Hurling league. This squad have now won four games from four outings. Douglas defeated Carrigaline in section B of the Ul2 South East Hurling league. Whilst this was not one of their better displays the team has now 100% record after 5 games. Mark Lucey , Alan Barry, David Olden and Shane Horgan played well.
Junior Hurling Championship Nemo Ranger 0-6 Blackrock 5-12 A much stronger Blackrock team recorded a good win over a Nemo team who were short a number of players for this championship game last Sunday night. An extremely disappointing result particularly after the good run we had in last year’s championship,
but they were beaten by a better team on the night. Nemo Rangers 1-9 Glen Rovers 2-8
A late goal for Glen Rovers gave them victory over Nemo in this Junior (2) Hurling Championship.
Nemo put in a food performance and after a good goal by Padraid Cripps in the first half went in at half time just one point in arrears. After the break Nemo went ahead and with just a few minutes remaining looked set for victory but the Glen came back to score a good goal and eventually went on to win by two points. Best for Nemo were Donal O’Leary, Sean Lyons and Eddie O’Leary. PremierMinorFootballChampionship
Nemo 1-9 St. Finbarrs 1-9 This game was played on Friday night last in Ballinlough in conditions more like November than July. The Barrs got a good start and played the better football but some good defensive play from Paul Brophy and Brian O’Regan kept Nemo in the game. A goal by the Barrs after 20 mins set them up for an interval lead of two points. Nemo played some good football in the second half and went from being four points down at one stage to three points up after Paul Hogan had scored a good goal. The Barrs eventually scroed some good points and with a last minute free they equalised and will meet again in the replay on Friday 9th July in Ballinlough at 7.45 p.m. Fixtures Lord Mayor Shield Under-Age Nemo v Carrigaline 10/7: K.S. Nemo v Castlehaven - Away 7.00pm 12/7: J(1)HL v Whitechurch -Home 7.30p.m 14/7:J(2)HL v Mayfield - Away 7.30
Wilson Leads Championship - Multi motorcycle racing champion, Derek Wilson retuned to winning form last week-end at Mondello Park. Going into Sundays rounds of the Production Championship, Derek was 2 points behind c’ship leader Roddy Hayes, but in true Wilson fashion, the Corkman turned the tables on his Dublin rival. Having stuggled with the set up and suspension of the Cork Superbike Centre Suzuki GSXR750 throughout the week-end Derek rode the destinctive Yellow superbike on the ragged edge with some brilliant outbreaking manoeuvre and power sliding to victory and a third place in both Production Races respectively. “Having lost this championship by a couple of points last season I’m determined to win it this year“, said Derek. Wilson now leads the Production Championship by 13 points with 2 rounds remaining.
On the Road Again
John O'Leary of Garten Park took up jogging in 1977 having spent sometime training Douglas Hall Soccer Club. It was on one of these training sessions that he decided his personal fitness needed a boost, and he joined Leevale Club. His training ground was Jim Ryder's land, and three times a week he'd go there to build up his stamina, running around the field.
During the winter he'd head for Rochestown Road and on up to Garryduff, eventually he reached a level of fitness good enough to be able to compete in races as a member of the Leevale Club.
After an early success, winning his first medal on the Leevale Novice Cross Country Team - Irelands' well-known trackman Marcus O'Sullivan was a fellow team-mate on the day - John continues "I was 'bitten by the bug' and extend my training programme.
One thing about successful racing is that you get out of it what you're prepared to put into it.
Since starting, I've covered almost 43,000 running miles, most of them on the Hills of Maryboror' or the flat route via Rochestown Road. The fun of experiencing a good run, even on a cold winter's morning, brings a feeling of great satisfaction,
likewise, in races which can vary from short track sports to Marathon and also mountain races. Of the latter, the one organised for Ireland's highest peak, Carrauntwohill was a particular challenge.
No matter what level one's fitness is at, there is room for that standard in a racefield, and unlike other sports you can compete alongside the stars such as Brendan Foster, Seb Coe our own Sonia O'Sullivan, Eamonn Coughlan, John Tracey and up and coming greats such as Mark Carroll who like Marcus O'Sullivan started his running career with Leevale.
B.L.E. is our Governing Body and they provide Championships throughout the year. From these over the years I have notched up over 120 medals winning 42 individual Veteran titals, six of which were National titles ranging from 1,500m to half marathon. The Cork Business Houses Athletic Association also provide events in and around the City, which draw huge numbers of competitors and are an ideal way of getting into road racing.
Other popular venues are Ballycotton which attract entries close on 2,000 each March for its famous 10m race. Belgooly is another Club that over the years has done much for the sport. It was on its course that I ran my fastest ever 10miles clocking up 53mins 48 secs.
It was easy to make the progression from Jogging to Racing though a medical check-up is advisable beforehand, and you'll find plenty of encouragement from fellow athletes. One thing we all share is mutual respect for one another, for we know the hard work required in reaching peak fitness, as a result there's little room for begrudgery in the sport.
It would be nice to see more young people getting involved. The running scene offers far greater rewards and challenges than the pub scene ever could. If one never won a medal from the sport, the health benefits alone make it very worthwhile. It is encouraging to see recent Governments putting more financial aid into sport via clubs and schools. If this were matched with better coaching, there's no reason why as a nation we could not produce sportsmen and women capable of taking on the best in the world. We've done so in the past, in cycling and boxing, as well as athletics.
It's terrific to see so many out walking morning and evening, particularly the women, who have the good sense to realise, sport-gazing on TV never made anyone fit. "Go out and do it" is the motto.
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