23rd September 1999
Weekly Sports


I'm back! The bowlers have never been away! You'll not keep a good man down, not whilst there's a opportunity to go "up the road" on a Sunday morning, then into the Hall for a few more of those wonderful pints of the "black stuff", a hand at cards and some serious conversation and some not so serious ballhops. Lots of news to tell, where do I start, perhaps a diary of events may do the trick.

Saturday 21st August: We had another bus outing, our second this year. The streets around Skibbereen rang with the shouts of 23 robust bowlers ready to try their hand on roads of West Cork. One thing must be said that these highways are far superior to the ones round the Douglas area. Then again, we could do with some EU money to add to the already excessive car tax that's collected to carry out much sought after improvements. Will this be done, we just have to wait and see. But to be fair the council did make a little effort to try to improve the road from College Corinthians through to the Ballygarvan area with their usual liquid tar and stone, only to disappear within a number of short weeks, was it from the bowl or the ever increasing traffic load?

Sunday 12th September: Everyone at St. Columba's Hall wishes to send their congratulations to the Cork Hurlers, on their victory over Kilkenny. We nearly missed watching it! The fierce storm of early Sunday morning knocked out Multi Channel to the Hall. Everybody was sent into a panic! The cry went up, "what do we do now?" The day was saved by our good friend from St. Columba's Terrace, Tadhg Lynch who hopped into his faithful van to fetch a TV aerial from home. Only to return with a gigantic monstrosity that looked capable of picking up Radio Alaska. All hands were called on deck to get this up and running with approximately hour to go before the throw in.

Some of the crew deserted ship to view the match either at home or other establishments. However, one man had complete faith in what can only be described as a bunch of delinquent electronic wizards; Henry Cummins stuck with it throughout their endeavours to get the telly going. Just as both the teams were marching behind the band, a knight in shining armour came to our rescue. Stephen O'Driscoll saved the day. Thanks boy! There's a pint or two behind the bar for yea!
Bets are now being taken in the Hall as to whether or not the Kavanagh Brothers, (now known as the "Three Amigos") will appear on the telly at the football final. This reporter has heard a rumour and will confirm at a later date, that perhaps the Amigos are to bring out a record called, "My Little Buttercup." If you've seen the movie, you'll know the song. We all know that the Bird can sing but I ask can he do the Buttercup dance too?

Sunday 19th September: A club record was set by two of our long serving members. A three shot score was won on our first throw of the day. This was all up hill from College Corinthians to the Pocket, near Kelleher's Corner. If Paul (the Beagle) Lynch, thought he could teach his ever-competent nephew Ian, the art of bowling, he should think again. The young master matched his uncle's opening throw, covering the same distance if not more, with the now customary yell, " that's a great bowl boy, I wouldn't out'ya kid!" Finally the Beagle stepped up taking the score with the longest throw seen since "The Long Shot." Der McCarthy watch out, there's a Beagle about!


Douglas GAA Under Age Section

The weather proved to be a real spoil-sport last weekend with the cancellation of the U12 County football final and also the U14 hurling championship final.
Our U14 B grade football team played a league match against a combination of Whitecross / White Church on Wednesday night. The Douglas boys got off to a great start with two early goals from Henry Thornton and Vincent Kiely. The team also kicked some lovely long-range points and eventually won on a scoreline of 2-13 to 2-4. Edwin McCarthy, Padraig Greaney, Ronan Murphy and Vincent Kiely. This victory puts the team in a very strong position to qualify for the top four.
Douglas U13 hurlers played the Barrs in the challenge match in preparation for the championship. The Blues got the opening score, a point whilst Eoin Cadogan replied with a Douglas goal to lead two points at the break. Douglas increased their lead with a goal from a free. The Barrs got two points to reduce the lead to a goal. The Blues finished strongly and scored two goals in the closing five minutes to win 2-3 to 2-0. Best for Douglas were Eoin Griffin, Eoin Cadogan and Peter Casey.
Next weekend Cork play Meath in the All-Ireland senior football final. Ronan McCarthy will be representing Douglas and I would like to take this opportunity to wish Ronan the best of luck from everyone in Douglas G.A.A. club.
A speedy recovery to Colin Doyle who was injured whilst playing against Glen Rovers in the U14 championship.

24.9 Douglas v St. Michaels 6pm (Away)
Hurling U14 B grade League Semi-Final
25.9 Douglas (B) v St. Vincents 2pm (Home)
Hurling U14 Grade (A) championship
25.9 Douglas v Barrs 3.30 Redmonds Grounds.
Please check club notice board during the week as the venue for the hurling final may change.
No venue has been arranged for the U12 County final, again check the club notice board during the week.


The bad weather of the weekend played havoc with the schoolboy programme with several games cancelled, our two Under 11 teams did play and they recorded fine victories. Our Under 11 Premier Division side took on Rockmount on Sunday afternoon and despite a missed penalty, they were generally in control and they took the points on a 4-1 scoreline, Craig Neville, Stephen White, Kevin O'Mahony and Stephen O'Brien were on the scoresheet, while Michael O'Reilly and Terry O'Connell were in excellent form.
It was a sad day for many of the lads as for the first time in over two years the team lined out without their star sweeper, Nicky Flanagan, Nicky and his family have just moved to Newmarket in Co. Cork. Everyone involved in the Club would like to wish Pat and Nora and all the kids the very best of luck for the future.
Douglas Corinthians made it two wins out of two in the Under 11 First Division when they defeated Ringmahon 4-0. It was very tight in the first half and it took a fine save by Corinthians goalkeeper, David Bevan, to prevent Ringmahon from taking a surprised lead. However, it was a different story in the second half as Corinthians took control, with Stephen Good and Eoin McCarthy getting on top in mid field, Ringmahon came under increasing pressure and the vital goals came with David Meyler (2) and Stephen Murphy (2) eventually getting on the scoresheet. Second half substitutes, Patrick O'Brien and Theo Cullinane were outstanding when introduced, while Ian Turner, Richard O'Donovan and John O'Brien were rock solid at the back.
Our Under 14 Premier Division side took on Everton last Thursday night and after an eventful contest both sides were forced to settle for a share of the spoils after a 0-0 draw. Alan O'Dwyer was excellent at the back for Corinthians while Bromley Rohu worked tirelessly up front.

Under 7 to Under 10's
Coaching takes place every Saturday morning in Corinthians Park for the young members of our Club. Schoolboys are coached in the basic skills of the game by over twenty skilled coaches. Sessions for the Under 9 (1990), Under 10's (1989) age groups, take place from 10.00 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. and for the Under 7's (1992) and the Under 8's (1991) from 12.00 noon to 1.30 p.m. Anyone seeking further information should contact Terry O'Donovan at 891257.


Last weekend's matches saw the 15's and AUL Juniors record convincing wins, the Seniors and Youths exited Cup competitions, while the MSL Juniors secured a deserved draw in the League.
The Seniors travelled to Leeds to play their FAI Intermediate Cup first round tie. The final result was a 5-1 win for Leeds, who, without question deserved to win the match, but the final result flattered them somewhat. The 'Hall were very competitive in the first half, and a 0-0 interval scoreline reflected a satisfactory opening period. However, early second half goals for Leeds knocked the stuffing out of the 'Hall challenge and they had a comfortable victory. The 'Hall goal was scored by Brian Foley and served to make the final scoreline more respectable.

The Youths were knocked out of the Munster Youths Cup by Tramore Athletic, on a 3-0 scoreline. Here, the 'Hall team acquitted themselves very well, dominating for long periods but not having any luck in front of goal. The Tramore goals lived a charmed life at different stages, with both crossbar and post struck by the 'Hall forwards. This was a very encouraging performance, with particular mention for the contributions of David Notley and Cathal Hipwell. In addition, two of the 'Hall players - Billy O'Neill and Gerard O'Donovan have been selected for an Inter County tournament during next weekend. The best of luck to both in this competition.

The Under 15's maintained their good run with a fine 3-1 win over Leeds Utd. There was an unusual combination of goals in this game - an o.g. and penalties scored by two different players. Spot kick expert Shay O'Donoghue tucked one away with his usual aplomb, with a second scored by Conor O'Driscoll. The third goal was an own goal by the Leeds defence. In this game, there were tip top performances from Darren O'Connor (returning following a long spell out through illness) and Michael O'Mahony between the posts, stepping up from the 14's to replace the unfortunate Colin Doyle.
Speedy recovery is wished to Colin, who has sustained a broken hand. The AUL Juniors are back on the winning trail, defeating Ard-na-Laoi 4-1 in the league. The goalscorers in a match which was played in appaling wind and rain were Willie Murphy (2), Paul O'Mahony and Gerry O'Driscoll. This win gets them back on the rails in the league. The MSL Juniors hosted Fermoy, in the same driving wind and rain. The side fully deserved their 1-1 draw, with the goal from Ronan Guilfoyle

The best of luck from everyone in Douglas Hall to David Moore, son of our Ladies Team Manager Una, as he departs on his new career with Glasgow Celtic. We will be hoping that David can follow in the footsteps of previous Cork men and develop a successful career in football.
Finally, as the All-Ireland football final approaches, best wishes to local man, Ronan McCarthy, and the entire Cork team, panel and management in the match against Meath. It is great to have local involvement with the team and we will be hoping for another successful day out in Croke Park for Cork.

Saturday, 25th.: AUL Junior, Away v. Villa Utd., League, 2.30
Under 16, Home v. Kilreen Celtic, League, 11.00
Under 14, Away v. Everton, League, 5.30
Sunday 26th.: Youths, Home v. Temple Utd., League, 10.45


In the normal run of events the side containing the greater number of international players wins the match. Try and explain this to the Douglas second team and they will tell you the side that believes in itself cannot lose, and so once again Douglas starting as underdogs lifted the O' Sullivan's cup for the second year in a row. Billy Tracy a.k.a Smudge followed the Douglas pack over the line for a try early in the first half . Old Christians replied with a try and conversion. However, Ray Mulanaffy's penalty had Douglas leading by a point at half time. Eamon Kinnevan scored a try at the start of the second half and when converted, Douglas led 15 - 7. Old Christian replied with a try and penalty to level the scores; Douglas then went ahead with a pay Daly try and a Stephen O' Connor penalty from 45 yards. Old Christians scored a final try, but Douglas had done enough. The final score Douglas 23 - Old Christians 20. Hail Douglas. Come and join us. Follow the signs on Maryborough Hill. Douglas first play Ballincollig on Sunday next in Ballincollig at 1 pm. We want your support. DouglasRugby@oceanfree.net


Last weeks results:
St. Michaels Cup 2nd Round.
Grave Vale 4 - 2 4th Batt.

We advanced to the next round of the cup by defeating 4th Batt. by 4 goals to 2. We took the lead after 5 minutes, Tony Noonan sent a powerful 20 yrds drive all the way into their net after 22 mins. Paul Horgan availed of a mix up in their defence, rounded their goalkeeper to score a second. After 47 mins. we were 3 goals up, Kevin Bermingham getting our third one. We were 4 goals up after 50 mins., Jason Martin scoring our 4th. Some slack defending by our backs let the opposition in for their 2 goals. Outstanding for Grange Vale were Alan Hegarty, goalkeeper James O’Callaghan, Roy O’Mahony and Gavin Roche. Our next fixture is on Sun., 26th Sept. away to Everton.
The club would like to thank Christy’s Floor Coverings who sponsored the match. Good news from Keith Troy who broke his leg a weeks ago, he hopes to have his plaster off in 5 or 6 weeks.


Saturday Scramble
1st Nett.
John Brohan, Pamela Lombardi & Patrick Noonan.
Sunday F/Ball
1st Nett.
Michael Lynch & Des Quinn.
1st Gross
Wm. McCarthy & Tadh Sheehan
Saturday Scramble at 2.30pm
Sunday F/Ball at 11am.
New Members Welcome.
Green Fees available.
Results of Lotto 16/09/99
Numbers Drawn: 5, 13, 27
No Winner, next week 500 at the South County
CAB Sponsored 10 winners
Denis Dennehy c/o The Grange Lounge
Susan Gregson c/o The Grange Lounge
Der Keane c/o Brian Downey.


The Alay Golfing Society held its Captains (Christy Looney) prize recently at Kinsale Rengenane Golf Course. Even though the weather was not kind to us it was very well sponsored with a full time-sheet. Considering the conditions, good scores were recorded. Winner on the day was Michael O’Driscoll, Rochestown Road, with a very good 38 points.
Next weekend we are off to Spain on our annual European Tour, playing in the Costa Del Sol. The 3 day competition will be played on Valderama, Torrecabrada and Mighas courses.

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