19th August1999
Weekly Sports


Douglas GAA Under Age Section
Over the last few weeks I have been on holidays - I would like to bring you up to date with the happenings on the field. Our U12 hurlers played Sarsfield’s in the County Hurling semi final. Philip Holland opened the scoring with a goal from an overhead strike. This score lifted the team who went on to give a marvellous performance and displayed some fine first time hurling. Douglas were in control at all times and thus qualified for the county final against Youghal on August 28th.
Douglas and St. Vincent’s met in the semi-final of the Lord Mayors Shield (U15 Hurling). St. Vincents got the opening goal of the game. Raymond Keating replied with a goal and a point for Douglas. Richard Harris scored two further points as Douglas led at the interval by 1 - 4 to 1 - 2. St. Vincents had the majority of play in the second half but persisted in going for goals when points were there for the taking. Andrew Shinnich made some fine saves in the Douglas goal, and Colin Doyle was very dominant at full back. Douglas eventually won on a scoreline of 1 - 7 to 1 - 5. Others to impress were Richard Harris and Jeremy McCarthy.
Douglas and Aghabullogue met in the first round of the U12 County Football Championship. After a slugish start Douglas opened the scoring with a Philip Holland goal. The Mid-Cork boys equalised with a similar score. Douglas led by four points at the interval. Four points separated the teams with six minutes to go but Douglas got through for the vital scores to win on a scoreline of 4 - 5 to 2 - 2. Eoin Cotter and Shane Horgan played well whilst Padraigh Mantin contributed two goals and a point.
Congratulations to James Moylan who has been picked on the Cork U14 hurling team. More next week...



As Mika Hakkinen cruised to victory in Budapest the championship is once more wide open, and Eddie Irvine’s chances of the crown are somewhat reduced. With only five races to go the pit lanes are ripe with speculation and to add to Eddie’s problems it is expected that Michael Schumacher will return to Formula One for the Italian Grand Prix on Sept 12 after undergoing a minor operation. A spokesman said the Sept date was a realistic objective for the German who broke his right leg at Silverstone in July. The operation involved the removal of pins that were used to help mend the break in Schumachers legs. If his rehabilitation goes well Schumacher should be in line for testing between Sept 1 - 4. Michael is now back in the gym just days after 2nd operation. The operation, at a hospital in Genava, involved the removal of pins used to help mend the breaks in his leg, Schumachers manager Willi Weber said the driver planned to work very hard three or four hours a day as he bids to resume testing.
There is a rumour that Mika Salo could join Heinz Harold Frentzen at the Jordan Formula One team next year. But after his poor performance in Hungary, one wonders. Damon Hill is retiring after the last race in Japan and Jordan are on the lookout for a replacement. In the meantime Salo will continue to replace Michael Schumacher in the Ferrari team.
Eddy Irvine has said he will quit Ferrari rather than remain as number two to Michael Schumacher next season. The world championship leader told a magazine that his future at Ferrari depended on the status of his team mate.
!It depends. If Schumacher doesen’ t come back in the same role, then maybe”, he said when asked whether he would be staying on next season.
“But if he’s the number one driver again I’m leaving.” Irvine has now won three races this season and heads the title standings by two points from defending champion Mika Hakkinen of Finland. Mika Hakkinen who was born 28 September 1968 is one of the few of the new generation of star with the natural speed to try to fill the gap left by the death of Ayrton Senna, Mika started in karting young and graduated to cars with a panoply of national titles to his name. He then followed in the tracks of compatriot JJ Lehto, buying JJ’s Formula Ford Reynard and breaking most of his lap records en route to the 1987 Nordic title. Mika won the GM Euroseries for Dragon Racing in 1988, outscoring
his teamůmate Alan McNish and Heinz-Harald Frenzen, then graduated with the team to the British Formula Three championship, but his obvious speed was hampered by the teams lack of experience in this more complicated category, and he ended up sixth overall as David Brabham won the title ahead
of McNish. Joining West Surrey Racing for 1990, Mika cleaned
up, beating fellow Finn Mika Salo after a season-long battle. Hakkinen should have won the prestigious end-of-season race in Macau, but a crash on the last lap handed Michael Schumacher his first big result. Mika then made the unusual jump of going direct to Formula One with lotus rather than spending a year or more in the intermediate Formula 3000 category. After qualifying in the top half of the grid for his first Grand Prix at Phoenix, he often impressed, running big names until mechanical gremlins struck. Mika did better in 1992 to finish the year overall, peaking with fourth place in the Hungarian Grand Prix. Managed by 1982 world champion Keke Rosberg, he was sold a dummy and signed for McLaren for 1993. Then Ayrton Senna decided to race after all and Mika was left as test driver. However he got to drive at the end of the year, when Michael Andretti dropped out and headed back to the United States. Making an immediate mark, Mika out-qualified Senna first time out in the Portuguese Grand Prix. Backed up by a third place in Japan, he landed a full time ride in 1994. This resulted in second place in the Belgian Grand Prix and five third places for a tally that was good enough for fourth overall. The mid-winged MP4/10 was a beast at the start of 1995, and Mika flattered it with a fourth place and a fifth in the first three races. The car was then put to one side to make way for the MP4/10B and second place in the Italian and Japanese Grands Prix showed the improvement. Mika then shunted in qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix and suffered serious head injuries.
However his recovery was extraordinary, and he was a frontrunner in 1996 and 1997 whenever the McLaren team was competitive. But wins always seemed to escape him - such as at the Nurburgring in the 1997 Luxemburg Gran Prix when he was miles clear before the engine failed ů until he was gifted victory in the 1997. Jerez season-closer by Jacques Villenuve. And it’s all been forward from there. Now in spite of the fact that he is running two points behind Eddie Irvine the bookies still favour Mika for the title, and barring the unexpected I think they’re right.

Mark Skid.

Mark Skid.


With the new soccer season now almost upon us, it is time once again to take the boots out of the cupboard and to get back into training. Nearly all of Corinthians teams will be back in training at this stage and no doubt practice matches will start shortly. This season Corinthians will field over twenty teams in the local leagues including eight teams in the Cork Schoolboys League. It certainly promises to be a busy season.

All Weather Pitch.
The big plus this year for everyone involved in Corinthians will be the availability of the clubs new Astro Grass All Weather pitch. Officially opened in May of this year it should be of enormous benefit, particularly for our schoolboy members who will be given the opportunity to develop their skills on a top class surface.
Training for the Under Seven to Under Ten age group resumes again on Saturday August 21st, with the Under Nines and Under Tens starting at 10.00am and finishing at 11.30 while the Under Sevens and Under Eights are on from 12.00 noon to 1 .30pm.
Anyone looking for further information about College Corinthians should contact Ger Kilcommons at (363456).



Douglas Hall AEC have appointed a new senior manager Kevin O’Sullivan who had previous management experience with Avondale and the response to training has been encouraging. Colm Lyons and Tony Keating are in charge of the clubs two junior team. Training is on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the club grounds in Moneygourney if anyone is interested in joining.
Robert Rose and Kevin Mulcahy, members of the U/13 team recently returned from trials with Wolves and found it a thoroughly enjoying experience. These two team mates have been with the club from U/8 and it is great to see them experience soccer cross channel.
Thurs 19th Seniors v Cork City away 7pm
Sun 22nd Seniors v Mayfield Utd home 10.45am
Wed 18th MSL Juniors v Tramore Utd home 7pm
Sat 21st MSL Juniors v Carrigaline Utd home 3pm
Sat 21st AUL Juniors v Lough Celtic home 2.30pm
Sun 22nd Youths v Grattan Utd away 1.00pm
Sat 21st U/17 v Rathcoole Rovers home 2.30pm
Tues 24th U/17 v College Cors. home 6.30pm
Sat 21st U/15 v Park Utd away 11am
Sun 22nd U/13 v Ballincollig home 11am


Results of open week.
0/All Nett. H Cooney Dunlops 86
0/All Gross B Delaney ESB 88
Senior Nett J Fatty 89
Senior Gross D Ryan 92
Inter Nett C O’Mahony Rocklodge 93
Inter Gross T Sheehan 104
Junior Nett K. O’Callaghan 86
Junior gross M. Keohane Bandon 104
0/All Nett P. Lombardi 91
H/Cap 10-18 M. O’Donovan Collins 120
H/Cap 3-10 Nett M. Murphy St. Annes 102
H/Cap 3-10 Gross C. O’Shaughnessy 112
Scratch Cup.
Winner Ray Murphy Templebreedy 138
2nd L. O’Brien 140
3rd J. Fahy 141
36 Gross A. O’Loghlin Claycastle 96
Last 18 C. Foley 49
Inter Gross J. Jones 102
Jnr Gross T. Sherlock 109
Ladies Gross S. Scannell 112

Congratulations to the cork juvenile team on winning the All-Ireland inter county. Both Rob O’Donoghue and Aaron O’Callaghan were members of the winning team. Also congrats to Aaron O’Callaghan on winning the All-Ireland under 13 Championship.

Presidents Prize. 19th to 22nd August.
Outing to Fernhill: 28th August.
New members welcome.
Green fees available.

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