22nd July 1999
Weekly Sports


Douglas GAA Under Age Section

This past year has been a very successful one. Douglas I, our under 11 team won the South East C Grade hurling league U12. They played our neighbours Ballygarvan in the last game of the league - a win was needed to clinch the title. This was a most exciting game with the result in doubt up to the last puck of the ball. Ballygarvan led 1-1 to 0-0 at the break. With the aid of the breeze Douglas scored two goals through Aidan Kelly in appearing ten minutes after the interval. Ballygarvan replied with a goal from a long range free. With ten minutes remaining Patrick Carnall crashed the ball to the Ballygarvan net to seal a most memorable victory. Patrick Carnell, Ian Birmingham, Eoin Cotter and Richard Kingston played well. Congrats also to the mentors for the hand work put in during the year.
Earlier in the week Douglas II also played Ballygarvan. The Douglas boys worked very hard but Ballygarvan proved too strong. Best for Douglas were Adam McCarthy, Damien Dooley and Stephen Walsh.
In the Jim McEvoy Trophy (county U12 ground hurling competition) Douglas played two games. One against Glen Rovers, the other against Blackrock. Douglas were in complete control against Glen Rovers and won well. David Olden, Patrick Carnall and Kenny Hurley played well. The second game against Blackrock was a far more competitive affair. Douglas scored two goals through Garry Coughlan and Ian Bermingham - the Rockies replied with a well taken goal. Further goals by Alan Barry and Kenny Hurley put Douglas in a commanding position at half-time. Douglas were in control after the interval and so qualified for the next round of this A grade competition - Saturday 24th July at a venue to be decided.
Well done to our four representatives on the Seandun U14 football team who played against South Kerry. David O’Sullivan, Mark Harrington, Thomas Cotter and James Moylan. Congratulations also to Jonathan Lane who represented Cork Primary schools against Kerry. Also to Daid Hackett who represented Cork Primary Hurling Schools against Waterford a few weeks ago. Last but not least, Ronan McCarthy for his marvelous display on the Cork Senior football team against Kerry last Sunday.


Premier Minor Football Quarter final replay

Nemo Rangers 2-18 St Finbarrs 1-21 (After extra time)

These two teams produced one of the best games of football ever seen in Ballinlough on Friday week last and for the second week running the game finished level even after extra time. Nemo started the better and were 3 points up before Barrs got their first score. Twice during the first half Nemo led by four points, due to a well taken goal by Alan Hogan and some great points from William Morgan. The teams went in level at half time and the second half was a much closer affair with both teams exchanging scores before the Barrs opened up a three point lead.
Good play from James Masters set up William Morgan for a good goal. David Madden brought off some great saves for Nemo at the other end and Nemo scored two points and it looked as if they were heading for victory, but the Barrs came back to level the game.
Extra time was a tense affair with both sides cautious not to make mistakes. The Barrs had a great opportunity to open up a lead when they were awarded a penalty very early in extra time
but they put it over the bar. Both sides scored point for point and were level again after the first 15 minutes of extra time. A succession of wides by Nemo and some well taken scores by the Barrs, it looked as if they were going to clinch victory, but Nemo fought back and with a well taken free from James Masters in the dying last seconds of the game levelled the game once again with everyone looking forward to the second replay.
We would like to congratulate our Players David Niblock and Paul Brophy who won Munster Minor Football Championship Medals on Sunday last and also to our two Senior representatives on the Cork Senior Football Team, Martin Cronin and Joe Kavanagh.


22/7/99 Junior (1) F. Challenge v Kinsale Home at 8.00 p.m.
25/7/99 Senior F Challenge v South Kerry at Gienflesk at 12.00 noon
25/7/99 Junior (3) FL v Ballyphehane - Home at 11.30 a.m.



1st NETT.







St. Columba's Hall Golf Society

On arrival at the beautiful Water Rock course, just outside Midleton for our first outing as a newly formed society, we were greeted by very efficient and attentive members of staff who made us all welcome from the very start. The weather was just right for the golf with little or no hold ups, only the one when we had to stop play to allow two swans and their young ones to cross the course. I think all golfers respect nature and wild life but did Mickey (flowers) Lynch try to add another egg to the nest or try to go for the hole in one at the seventeenth?.

Congratulations on your new facilities at Water Rock everyone here at St Columba’s Hall joins with me in offering you our very best wishes for today and the coming years. A large proportion of this success can be attributed to your organisational skills and experience. Well done! your approach is refreshing. While the entire staff should be commended particularly their customer care and everything with a smile, I must single out Mary Hurley and Anita Healy who together with our secretary Bill Meridith worked exceptionally hard to make the day such a success. It is fair to say that without their help, this event would not have been nearly as successful as it was. We feel sure that we will make use of your services again in the future.

Congratulations to Mr Pat (Picasso) Cotter on wining our first outing, and in second place Georgie Delea well done George.
Third place went to John (the quite man) Hughes.
Fourth... Ger McSweeney good on yea Ger.
Fifth... Bill Meridith. .. . (great day Bill thanks)
Sixth.. .Louis (I need me grub) Clark.
Seventh.. (with class).. .Dennis McSweeney
Well done Frankie Murphy who won the front nine.
Not forgetting our old buddy (Diesel)) Dan O’Leary who took the back nine with style.

Our thanks to our sponsors Wally Clark and Tom O’Mahony. The Winning trophy and the other prizes were splendid, very well chosen.

Our next outing is to Mahon on the 25 September so let’s see all clubs spick and span on the day, and to Heffo don’t leave your golf shoes on a barrel of porter the next time we are on tour. Here’s a good tip that I picked up from Noel Coleman at the weekend - use wooden tees as their environmentally friendly, plastic won’t break down for many years to come, one learns something every day.

I can’t leave without mentioning the girls Marie Murphy and her good self Val Clark. Last Saturday there was no other place on earth I would have been only at the hall for the most memorable bit of nosh I had the pleasure of having in a very long time girls it went down a treat with every one, much obliged.

See you at the tee.
Top Flite Reporter


Damon Hills decision to finish out the season with Eddie Jordon comes as a relief to all Formula One fans. But Michael Schumachers near fatal accident at Silverstone has taken the bite out of the drivers championship. The questions arise .Can Eddie Irvine do it ? Will Hakkinen walk away with it ? Will Schumacher get back in time ? Can Mika Salo make a difference? And is Salo the right choice as a temporary replacement for Schumacher. What do we know about Mika Salo ? Lets take a look.
Mika Salo was born in Finland on 30 January 1996. It’s never easy for the industries of a small country to support one of its up and coming drivers on the climb to Formula One. So when Finland produced JJ Lehto, Mika Hakkinen and Mika Salo in the late 1980s,it was never going to be easy for all of them to reach Formula One. Yet they did it, although it could have been so different. Like his two predecessors Mika moved from a successful karting career to become European Formula Ford champion. He then caught up with arch-rival Hakkinen in British Formula Three in 1989, and the pair jousted for the 1990 crown, with Hakkinen only taking the title right at the kill. With teams lining up to sign Salo for Formula 3000 he was found guilty of drink-driving, and was effectively banished to Japan, where he stayed until 1994 racing in Formula 3000, until he joined the dying Lotus team for the two final races .He did enough to impress Tyrrell to sign him for the 1995 season and shocked everyone by running in third place in the opening race, the Brazilian Grand Prix, before suffering cramp and spinning down to seventh. A couple of fifth places in that maiden season were repeated in 1996. He was then talked of as a potential Ferrari driver in the early part of 1997,when a non-stop fifth place at Monaco helped his cause. But it came to nought, and Arrows signed him up for 1998. Now he has finally got his chance to drive for Ferrari. So far Mika has had 52 Grand Prix races, five times he has finished in 5th, and twice in 6th place, scoring a total of 12 points Next Sunday in the Belgian Grand Prix he has a lot to prove. So has Eddie Irivine, and so has David Goulthard. The big money is on Mika Hakkinen, but watch out for Heinz-Harald Frentzen he won’t be taking any prisoners. But the man with the golden oppurtunity is Mika Salo, he’s the real one to keep a eye on.

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