30th September 1999
Weekly Sports


St Columba's Hall Golf Society
In the words of Lewis Clark, "We could not see the cup from the water." This summed up the atrocious weather we had last Saturday at the now well-developed and landscaped, Ted McCarthy Municipal Golf Course at Mahon. The very friendly staff welcomed a fiery band of 36 desperados on a glorious morning. By the time this reporter arrived, play was under way with the usual banter " I won't let you down."
" I'll do the job." "Do the job!" someone, said, "if there was work in bed you'd sleep on the floor." This jesting describes what St. Columba's Hall is all about, united in a common cause and that's the craic, the whole atmosphere is immense, however, there is much serious organising behind the scenes.
I joined Pat (Pa) O'Connell and Bill (Smudge) Tracy at the first tee and right up to 13th, before the monsoon came to interrupted play. We were having a laugh a minute, which didn't stop there. All players braved their way to the 19th hole. Some changed their clothes, others took off home, whilst the collective few had a pint. We then all gathered back at the hall to see whom the grandmasters of the day would be. On returning there we receive well earned soup which went down a treat, and a beautifully prepared buffet by Val Clark, Marie Murphy and all the staff. Then it was up to the bar for the now peerless pint from the man himself Mr.Tony O'Flynn. Well done to the entire group, your endeavours are more than cherished, thank you.
Pa (I sell you anything boy, but a toothbrush) O'Connell got the prizes ritual under way. He thanked our sponsors for their contribution for making a great day for all. (See list below) The winners of the threesomes with a score of 28 1/2 were Steve Scully, Pat Walsh, Eddie Walsh and, wait for it, Mickey (Flowers) Lynch. When asked later how come there was 4 when we were playing a threesome, Flowers replied "don't ask, I carried the bag on the shoulder and a golfball in my pocket round Mahon and won a prize without hitting a shot.)" Sometimes I just wonder! But well done lads. All other players got prizes, yet a special reference to Bill Meredith, Eddie O'Brien, and John O'Brien, what went wrong? Do you need help and guidance with your pitching? Bill later said, " I was praying for a minor miracle and was very fortunate that the rain stopped play, we would have been comfortably clear in the end and out in front of the field only for that." Are golfers like fishermen?
After the bestowal of all prizes a great sing song was started with Pa inviting the captains from all teams to execute a few bars of a song, some I might add, did just that. Even the Pearly King himself gave the usual "4 and 9." Tom O'Mahony nearly busted a gut rendering "San Francisco," the old Tony Bennett song. Later time was given over to the ever-accomplished Tim Desmond on the keyboards for a smashing night of more singing and dancing. Great night Tim, see you soon.
Next Saturday we're off to Dunmore East Co. Waterford for a weekend of more golf. If you'd like to join this band of merry men, contact Frankie Murphy or Bill Meredith for details. "Should be another cracker."
Sponsors: Maddens, Liam (I shock you) Martin, Douglas Rugby Club, Beamish, George Kingston, our good friend Hugh Twomey, Deasy's, TSB Bank, Murphy's, Guinness, Mr. Christy Martin, Barry Deasy, Lee Oil, Lorden and Magner and the St. Columba's Hall Membership. We express our gratitude to each and everyone.
Top Flite Reporter.


Douglas GAA Under Age Section

Douglas and Nemo met in the U12 County Football Final. Nemo opened the scoring with a point. James Malone replied with a goal followed by a Stephen Moylan point. Nemo got a goall after 11 minutes to equalise. Further points by Ian Cullinane and Shane Horgan gave Douglas a two point lead. Nemo goaled to take a point lead - Ian Cullinane equalised to leave the scored 2-1 (Nemo) to 1-4 (Douglas) at the break.
Nemo went in to a four point lead after the interval. Douglas replied with a goal. There was great excitement at this stage as both sides went in search of the winning scores. Nemo played the ball very quickly into their inside forwards, Douglas countered showing great determination and heart. The Douglas boys scored with seven minutes to go, but Nemo equalised within a minute. Six minutes remained, amid great excitement both sides had their chances to win. Nemo got the vital score from a free with a minute remaining. Well done to both sides who played some very entertaining football. Congratulations to Nemo on their success.
On the hurling front Douglas U14’s created their own bit of history by winning the City Championship for the very first time. Played in atrocious conditions the opening quarter was a very tight affair. The big plus for Douglas was the dominance of Thomas Cotter over his opponent Colin McKeown. ML O’Mahony got the first goal for Douglas - this was followed by a superb effort from David M. O’Sullivan who doubled on the ball in mid-air to score a second goal before the interval. The Douglas defence was very good throughout the game. Roy Keating, Seamus Crowley and Frank Tobin were outstanding. In the second half the Barrs rallied but could not break down a very solid Douglas defence. Final score Douglas 4-6 St. Finbarrs 0-2. Eoin Carroll was presented with the Cup after the game. Well done to Eoin for a marvellous speech in Irish after the game.

U14 County Final. Douglas v Ballyhea (Prov.) Pairc Ui Rinn, 4pm.
U13 A Grade. Douglas v Na Piarsaigh or Bishopstown (A), 4pm
U14 B Grade Football Championship. Douglas v St. Vincents, Glen Field, 4pm.


It was a good weekend for the Clubs two Under 12 teams who maintained their unbeaten record with wins over Kilreen Celtic and Crosshaven respectively. Our Under 12 Premier Division side, Corinthian Boys, are looking to put in a strong challenge for honours this season. Last Sunday they struggled for a long time against a very determined Kilreen Celtic before taking the points on a 2-1 scoreline. James Malone and Ricky Kenny scored the all important goals, while Gary Coughlan and David O'Mahony played well.
Douglas Corinthians our second Under 12 team are this year under the management of Richard Walsh and Brian Scannell. With many of the young lads getting their first experience of schoolboy football the management duo have been delighted with their early season performances. Last Sunday they travelled to Crosshaven to take on the locals and came away with a 8-0 victory. Patrick McCarthy was the scorer in chief with a superb hat-trick and also on the scoresheet were David Kilcommons, James O'Mahony, Richard Walsh, James Grant and Aidan Lehane.
Life was not so good for our Under 14 Premier Division side, they took on league leaders Blarney Street Utd. and came a cropper going down by 6-2, Mark Coughlan, David Lewis and Richard Arnopp were the pick of the Corinthians side who tried hard but found Blarney Street top class opposition.
There was disappointment also for our Under 16 who found the loss of regular goalkeeper, Mark Murphy and centre half, John O'Sullivan too much as they went down 6-3 to St. Mary's. Keith Stanton, Keith Thornhill and Paul Murphy did well for Corinthians.
Next weekends action sees our two Under 11 sides put their unbeaten records on the line, Corinthian Boys travel to Ballyphehane Park on Sunday morning to take on Kilreen Celtic in the Premier Division while later in the day Douglas Corinthians travel to Togher to take on Everton.
Next weekends action also features the start of the National Cups with our Under 13's at home to Leeds on Saturday morning at 11.00 a.m.


Playing activity for last weekend was somewhat curtailed. A combination of the All-Ireland Football final and the heavy rain during the weekend meant that there were only three matches played.
The AUL Juniors impressed in their league fixture against Villa Utd. Here the final score was 5-3 in favour of the 'Hall, and they fully deserved their win. The scorers were Willie Murphy (2), Paul O'Mahony, Mark Hackett and Gerry O'Driscoll. This win keeps them well involved in the league.
The Under 16's have not really got going yet this season. At the start of the season it was recognised that this side would face stiff opposition in virtually every match and so it has transpired. Last weekend Kilreen were much too strong, and inflicted a heavy defeat on the 'Hall.
The Youths were in action on Sunday morning and gave a terrific performance against Temple Utd., inspired by Barry O'Shea and Noel Elliot in particular. The final result was a 2-2 draw, with Temple fighting back to secure the draw. The scorers were Declan O'Connell and Noel Elliot. This result bodes well for the season ahead, and consistent performances at this level will be required.
Next weekend sees a number of cup fixtures, with the Munster Senior and Junior cups beginning; the FAI Under 17 Cup and Under 13 Troy Cup also getting underway. Good luck to all 'Hall teams in cup action. In addition, league action continues in the Under 11 and 15 leagues, where both sides have made good starts.

Saturday, 2nd.: Munster Junior Cup: Home v. Donoghmore Ath, 2.30
FAI Under 17 Cup: Home v. Temple Utd., 5.00
Under 15 League: Home v. Corinthians Boys, 3.00
Under 13 National Cup: Away v. Fermoy, 3.00
Sunday, 3rd.: Munster Senior Cup: Home v. Youghal Utd., 10.45
Under 11 League: Home v. Ringmahon Rangers, 11.00


Douglas first and second rugby teams came through their respective matches at the weekend though not in the manner they are accustomed to. The second team played Carrigaline in a friendly on Saturday evening. It was a game in which Douglas had the lion's share of possession but could not seem to use it to great effect. Douglas came out winners 13-6. It seems Douglas need something more than a friendly to perform properly. The first team were in Ballincollig playing the first league match of the season. The team performed well in the first half showing pride and passion in their play. Martin Pinfield lead the forwards on a rampage through the first half and won good ball for the backs to use. Ray Mulanaffy scored a try in the first half and Ger Glavin added two penalties. The second half saw Ballincollig come back into the game with some good play and Douglas seemed happy to sit back on their lead. Ballincollig failed to score however, but Douglas were guilty of taking their foot off the gas. Too much good possession was kicked away and simple errors made. At the end of the day it was a win away from home and the best start to the league campaign. Hail Douglas!


Last weeks results:
Everton 3 - 1 Grange Vale (Gavin Roche)

We suffered our first defeat of the season last Sunday, going down to Everton by 3 goals to 1. They scored two goals in the first half, we got one back in the second half. Paul Horgan was pulled down in the box, Gavin Roche converted the spot-kick. However, Everton scored a third goal.
Best for Grange were Barry Twomey, Roy O’Mahony and Robbie Bermingham. Next fixture is away to Evergreen in the FAI Cup on Saturday 9th October, at The Farm, 2.30pm.
The Club would like to thank Kearys Garage, Grange who sponsored our match. Grange Vale would also like to extend our deepest sympathy to the Black family on their recent bereavement.


Saturday Scramble: 1st Nett. Conor O’Brien & Aaron O’Callaghan.
Sunday F/Ball: 1st Nett. Shane O’Connor & Derek Clifford. 1st Gross. Jamie Fahy & Stephen O’Leary.
Fixtures: Saturday Scramble at 2.30pm and Sunday 3rd October, AGM at 10.30am
New Members Welcome. Green Fees available.
Results of Lotto 23/09/99: Numbers Drawn: 2, 19, 22
No Winner, next week 600 at the Briar Rose
CAB Sponsored 10 winners: Marie Calnan c/o Jim Calnan, Richie Drievers c/o Jim Calnan, James Healy, Donnybrook.


The final Championship round of the All-Ireland Autograss series took place last w/e 18-19 Sept. near Lismore in stormy weather. This didn’t deter nearly 100 drivers from five Irish clubs and some Welsh and UK competitors. The trophy’s for the finals were 50/50 Nort and South, a very healthy state of affairs for a relatively new sport. Finally, local driver Colin Byrne from Douglas won the hotly contested “Fastest Man on Grass” challenge. Anyone interested in joining for next season phone Tom O’Reilly on 087-2626864.


The new season has begun and we welcome all our members,new and old. Well done to the club members who performed so outstandingly in last seasons Senior and Junior leagues, with great success in the Munster and All Ireland championships. Club night is every Wednesday 8-11pm. Anyone wishing to join can contact Ron Thompson on 021 372705 or call into the club on Wednesday night. All new members get a key for the hall so you can play almost anytime day or night. Beginners are very welcome.
The Carrigaline Court Hotel are holding An Carrig Sports Star Awards on Friday 1st October 1999. Carrigaline Badminton Club will be well represented at this prestigious event. Our nomination for sports player of the year is Shane Thompson and for the Lifetime Achievement award is Eddie Hayes. Congratulations to them both. Good news this season for division 4 players who will now be playing with feather shuttles.
The A.G.M was held on 13th September and the following were elected to the committee: President: John O'Reilly, Chairman: Ron Thompson, Treasurer: Idoia Murphy, Secretary: Kah Leong, Fixture Secretary: Billy Cantwell, PRO: Angela Kelly, Club Captain: Adrian Furey, Facilities Manager: Paul Harrington, Committee Members: Maggie Morris, Heather Hegarty.
Tip of the week: Half-court singles is a game whereby the players use only one half of the standard singles court from the centre line to the inside alley line, and all the way to the back singles line. Games use standard scoring to 15 with setting allowed. The object is to win the rallies, score the most points, and win the game.
The results: Better footwork; improved consistency and more accurate shot placements, increased stamina, killer drops and net play, stronger smashes, wall-of-China defence Try it!


Under 12 County Champions
Nemo Rangers were crowned County under 12 champions on Fridav night at Carrigaline when they defeated a gallant Douglas team on the score 3-7 to 3-6. This was a marvellous game with the lead changing hands regularly and victory was finally secured by a great free kick by Ricky Kenny. Nemo started slowly and were behind by a goal early on. A goal and a point from captain. Shane Horgan brought us back into the game. Nemo had another goal from the Dub-”Pottsy” to go in level at halftime. Robbie Allen, Eoin Hearne and Ciaran McGrath were very impressive.
Nemo dominated the possession in the second halt scoring great points from David Kearney (2), Philip Hogan (1) and Graham Cunimins ( 1) but conceded two easy goals. Ricky Kenny scored a great goal having received a great pass from Keith Donnellan to restore our lead. David O’Mahonv, Barry Hodnett, Owen O’Leary, Daragh Mehigan and Alan Meaney gave an example of defending without fouling in the tense closing minutes. Our goalkeeper “Dunne” with his impeccable hair-style was his usual competent self and as always blamed his defenders for the goals. The only disappointing note was that Nemo selectors could not give any of their 23 subs a run during the game. The squad are now looking forward to a well earned trip to Tralee where they will play the Kerry county champions and enjoy the facilities at the aqua-dome. Finally, is joint-manager Sean Hayes on for a magnificent County treble, Under 12 football, Under 12 hurling (Youghal) and Junior football (Youghal). We hope not!!!!


Conna Open Licenced Triples Tournament:
Semi-finals: Douglas G.A.A.(E.O'Mahony) Beat Wilton (P. McCarthy), Nemo (D.Deady) Beat Brookfield (P.O'Reilly)
Final: Nemo (M.Deady, E.Stockwell & D.Deady) Beat Douglas
G.A.A.(B.Walsh, M.Kennedy& Eileen O'Mahony)
Ballincollig Community Licenced Triples Tournament:
Semi-finals: Conna(A.Feeney) Beat Douglas G.A.A.(P.Corbett)
Ballincollig Comm. (T.Crowley) Beat Grange/Frankfield (E.Swanton)
Final:Conna B.C.(A.Tanner, D.Feeney & A.Feeney) beat Ballincollig Comm.B.C.(M.Crowley, C.O'Leary & T.Crowley)


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