7th October, 1999
Weekly Sports


St. Columba's Hall Golf Society

Our congratulations go to Mr John Hughes winner of a beautiful Waterford crystal fruit bowl, donated by our club captain Wally Clark. Whilst all the other players received a prize of vouchers, whisky or umbrellas, the real winner on the day was without doubt St. Columba's Hall. In the words of Martin Boyle, "if you went looking for an argument from those lads you wouldn't get one." This summed up our trip to Dunmore East Co. Waterford last weekend, to what can only be described as, one hell of a gruelling golf course.
We had a turnout of 24 competitors. Some had trolleys, others carried their bags on the shoulder, but this reporter should have read the signs when Pat Cotter and Flor McCarthy arrived at the first tee with a mobile buggy, well stocked with their own mini-bar. Cotter, who thought he was Ben Hur was asked, "why don't you walk like the rest of us," replied, "I'm doing this from experience boy." 4 to 5 hours later returning to the clubhouse, some players weary, others just plain bushed, all agreed that it was a very long golf course. Well I suppose Flor Mc and Cotter had the last laugh.
Should you ever find yourself in Dunmore East you owe to yourself to enjoy a stay at the Candlelight Inn, run by the gracious Annette and Charles Boland. On arrival there we were settled in with the utmost courtesy and efficiency. Charlie who could render a song or two, later on got the evening going with four local musicians, singing "The Banks" and "The Boys of Fair Hill" to great roaring and shouting. Well, you can't just sit there and be quiet can you? Do any readers know the name of the Bird that sleeps standing up, if you do please call the Weekly and let us know, because I saw it for the first time ever last weekend? Long into the night and the porter flowed, the robust fellows drifted of to their bunks one by one. Some of the die-hards stayed for the long haul, but all gathered at 10a.m. the next day for a well-cooked breakfast, then it was up the road for a short score with the bowl.

Bill Meredith tried to imitate Flatly but failed miserably falling over and rolling like a stunt man. Frankie Murphy stepped up to throw the longest bowl of the day with little effort. "Jaysis," said someone, "that's gone to Rosslaire, boy." Richie Mandella Kavanagh! Well he did try his best; kept mowing the weeds with the 28-ounce, he did admit later that he has his Sweet Pea on his mind! Then it was back on the bus just before opening time at half twelve to the only pub on a fly over I know, Jack Mead's, Waterford 1997 Black and White pub of the year. The pub dates back to 1705. Its old character has been retained together with an atmosphere that embraces one on entering. The open fire and the smell of turf are more than welcoming. I must say a real and now very rare Irish pub. Developers please go there and take notes before you think of building any more so-called super pubs.
At half past seven we arrived back at the Hall, tired but still battling on. We were all ready for another quart or two. Some gave up on the rest of us and headed for bed by 9 o'clock. The Three Musketeers and their Merry Men kept going a little longer. One of us still had more energy than the rest and finally retired to bed at 4 in the morning after dancing the night away at one of Cork's nightclubs. It must be the "jungle juice" cocktail he drinks. Its Tuesday now and most of us are only just recovering.
A few words of thanks to Wally Clarke for organising a great event. A special note to our bus driver Pat Earl, for returning us safely, well done Pat! We all agreed that we'd had a wonderful weekend.
Top Flite Reporter with contribution from the B52.


Douglas GAA Under Age Section

The Under 14 hurlers were the toast of Douglas last Saturday as they overcome the challenge of Ballyhea to capture the County Cup for the first time in the club’s history. Ballyhea were totally dominant in the opening quarter as they led 1-1 to 0-0. Douglas began to settle and they hit over three points in a seven minute period. Ballyhea squandered a number of chances and led at half time by 1-1 to 0-3.
Douglas, with the aid of the wind, seemed to be in a very strong position at the commencement of the second half with a goal and a point - the goal was a magnificent effort by ML O’Mahony. The north-Cork lads hit back with three unanswered points to draw level. Two Mark Harrington points followed by a Ray Keating effort seemed to put Douglas on the road to victory. Ballyhea replied with a point and followed that with a goal from a 20 metre free - Mark Harrington duly despatched the sliothar between the posts - the sides were level for the fourth occasion in the second half. Two minutes remained, Ian O’Regan went on one of his famous solo runs and scored the winning point for Douglas. There were great scenes of joy at the final whistle.
While essentially it was a great effort, there were some outstanding individual performances. Colin Doyle was a commanding figure - wing backs Frank Tobin and Seamus Crowley were outstanding, Thomas Cotter gave his usual 100%, Ian O’Regan and Ray Keating battled hard and up front Kenny Barry made some telling runs whilst Mark Harrington’s free taking was crucial to the teams victory.
This was the greatest achievement at under-age level in the history of the club - in hurling. The panel of players involved were:
Mark O’Callaghan, James Barret, Patrick White, Andrew Hunt, David O’Sullivan, Padraigh Greaney, Brian T. O’Callaghan, David Dormey, Denis O’Riordan, Colin Lahive, Colin Doyle, Eoin Carroll (Capt.), Frank Tobin, Thomas Cotter, Seamus Crowley, Ian O’Regan, Ray Keating, Mark Harrington, James Moylan, Kenny Barry, ML O’Mahony and David M. O’Sullivan.


After the disappointment of last season the Corinthians Under 13 squad has made a promising start to the new season. A recent League victory over Mayfield was followed last Saturday by a fine 2-0 victory over Leeds in the National Cup. There is no doubt, that the team is benefiting from the addition of several new faces. The arrival of players such as John McClafferty, Roy Daly, David Costelleo and Jason Cadogan has strengthened the squad leading to a healthy competition for places which can only be good for the team. John Quirke who scored twice, Ian O'Callaghan, David Fitzgerald and James Kenny were the pick of the team last Saturday.
It was a good weekend for our Under 17's who claimed their first victory of the season courtesy of a 5-1 win over Rathcoole, Keith O'Donovan, Aidan O'Mahoney, Tony Hegarty, Alan Crowley and Tadgh O'Connell were on the scoresheet for Corinthians while Ian Harrington and Alan Collins played well.
Under 7 to Under 10's
Coaching takes place every Saturday morning in Corinthians Park for the younger 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 Ger Kilcommons at 363456.
Next weekend fixture list certainly seems to promise some top class action with the highlight being the FAI Immediate Cup Match between the Club's Senior Squad and Mayfield Utd. on Sunday morning. The seniors due to postponements have been without a match for three weeks and face a very difficult encounter against high flying Mayfield. However, Manager, Fergus McDaid, will be hoping his new look squad will rise to the challenge. Also on Sunday morning our Under 12 squad will be looking to extend their unbeaten record when the take on Rockmount. While our Under 14's face a local darby against Douglas Hall.

Saturday October 9th
Under 12 First Division away to Clonakilty kick off 11.00 a.m.
St. Michael's Cup at home to Kanturk kick off 3.00 p.m.
Sunday October 10th
Under 12 at home to Rockmount kick off 10.45 a.m.
Under 14 at home to Douglas Hall kick off 12.00 noon
FAI Immediate Cup
At home to Mayfield kick off 10.45 a.m.
FAI Junior Cup
Away to Ballyvolane kick off 10.45 a.m.
Away to Ballinhassig kick off 10.45 a.m.
Under 16 at home to Riverstown kick off 3.00pm


Last weekend's activities were dominated by cup matches, where the only success was for the Under 13's. In league action, meanwhile, the only 100% record in the club was maintained by the 15's, with the 11's remaining unbeaten after three games.
The Under 15's were full value for their 2-1 win over Corinthians Boys in the League. Here, the wind was a significant factor, with either team in command when playing with the elements. However, the 'Hall side made more of their advantage, pinning Corinthians back for the second half. The goalscorers were Martin Black and Shay O'Donoghue. The Under 11's hosted Ringmahon Rangers on Sunday morning and despite a few absentees, they were good value for their 1-1 draw. The goalscorer was Adam Doyle, and he was well supported by Donal T. McCarthy in goals and John Noonan at Centre Half.
The 13's travelled to Fermoy for their National Cup fixture and were dominant winners, 5-1. They played well, and when they found their touch in front of goal, they were well worth their win. The scorers were Ronan Stanton (2, 1 from the penalty spot), David Hackett, Eoin Burke and Wesley O'Connell. The Youths were handed the onerous task of travelling to play Temple Utd., in a back to back fixture. The side played very well, none more so than Colm McCarthy and Barry O'Shea, but ran out of steam in the last quarter. Noel Elliot, also showing good form, was the goal scorer.
On the adult front, however, the news is not so good. The Seniors hosted Youghal Utd. in the Munster Senior Cup and had to give way 3-1. However, the 'Hall were competitive against Premier opposition for long spells, with Youghal's third goal in the 90th. minute. Aidan Cotter, with a delightful lob, was the scorer. The Juniors were in action in the Munster Junior Cup, but eventually secumbed to Donoghmore Athletic, 1-0 after Extra Time. This side is proving difficult to beat at the moment, and with better finishing could get themselves into contention.

Fixtures for the weekend:
FAI Junior Cup: Away v. Dunbar Celtic, Sunday, 10.45
FAI Youths Cup: Away v. Cobh Ramblers, Sunday, 10.45
Under 14 League: Away v. Corinthians Boys, Sunday, 12.00


Munster Junior Cup
Evergreen 0 - 2 Grange Vale AFC

We were back on our winning trail this week by defeating Evergreen 2 goals to nil at the Farm on Saturday. We took the lead after 15 minutes - Paul Horgan gave Robbie Bermingham a great pass and Robbie scored a great goal to put us one up. In the 80th minute Jason Martin rounded their full-back before he scored our second goal, putting us in to the next round. Best for Grange were Liam Murphy, Gerard Quigley, Tony Noonan. The club would like to thank Douglas Credit Union who sponsored the match, and we would also like to extend our deepest sympathy to the Bermingham family on their recent bereavement.


A fabulous night was had by all at the first ever An Carrig Sports Awards held at the Carragaline Court hotel last Friday night. Many thanks to the owner Barry Collins and to the manager of the leisure club Carolyn O'Brien and staff for a wonderful meal and a great night out.
There were plenty of dignitaries present - Chairperson of the County Council, Councillor Thomas Ryan, Deputy Lord Mayor Alderman John Dennehy, Simon Coveney TD and Barry Cogan MCC to name but a few. The awards were presented by international athlete Peter Meagher and MC for the evening was Noel Welsh.
Carragaline Badminton clubs Shane Thompson and Eddie Hayes were both honoured.

Shane Thompson: 17 year old Shane has achieved many successes with the club over the years. He is U17 Munster Champion in singles, doubles and mixed doubles. He has finished runner up in the U19 singles and won the U19 doubles in Munster and has won both the U17 and U18 doubles in the Leinster championships.

Eddie Hayes: Eddie Hayes has been involved with the club as both an official and a player for the past 30 years. He started playing in 1968 and between 1971 and 1980 he held various positions within the club including secretary, PRO, Chairperson and Captain. He has also been involved in coaching and judging and was Juvenile Officer for many years.
The night was a great success and we look forward to it becoming and annual event.
The new season is well underway. Welcome to all the new members who have joined in the past couple of weeks and welcome back to all our old members. For anyone interested in joining, you can contact Ron Thompson on 021 372705 or call in on club night which is every Wednesday 8-11pm. Beginners are very welcome.
The men's and ladies doubles and coaching nights will be starting soon. Both nights proved to be very popular last season so we look forward to a good turnout.

Tip of the week:
To increase wrist strength, take your racket, cover still on and perform a figure of eight from side to side. Do this for a few minutes each day and you will see a great improvement. Try it!


U14 “B” Footbal Championship Semi-Final Nemo 2-8 - Brian Dillons 2-2.
Nemo started slowly in this match and were 1-1 down after 10 minutes. However, Nemo got into the match scoring 3 points without reply. As half-time approached Peter Kelly scored a goal and 2 points leaving the score at half-time, Nemo 1-5 to 1-1. In the second half great displays from John O’Keeffe, Seamus Long, Paudie O’Shea, Cillian Murphy and Colin Lehane saw Nemo score another 1-3 to Brian Dillons 1-1. Other to play well for Nemo were Rory Gibbons and Brian Dinan.
Fe13 Hurling Championship Semi-Final Greenhills 5-1 - P. O’Brien 4-3
Greenhills qualified for the final of the Hurling Championship with a hard sought victory over a strong Ballygowen side on Saturday last. Nemo were slow to start and conceded an early goal, but a great Paul Kerrigan goal drew Nemo level. However, the Nemo team played second fiddle for most of the first half and after some mistakes in their defence they went in trailing at the break 3-3 to 2-0. The second half was a different story with Nemo on top throughout. They got the goals they needed from Eric O’Sullivan and Paul Kerrigan. With time almost up, Nemo were winning by four points, but a late goal for P. O’Briens left Nemo hanging on to a one point lead for injury time. With great displays from Mick Burke, Gordon Higgins and Peter O’Mahony, Nemo went on to reach the final.
Under 21 Hurling Championship Semi-Final
Nemo advance to the Under 21 Hurling Chapionship Final with an impressive victory over Whitechurch in Mayfield on Sunday last. Right from the start Nemo were the better team and with some excellent scores from Derek Kavanagh, Alan Cronin and William Morgan they set themselves up for a place in the final.

Nemo Rangers Fixtures
Sat. 9th Oct.: Fe 14 Football Championship Final South Douglas Rd v Ridger Ryans @ 2pm at St. Finbarrs
Sat. 9th Oct.: Fe13 Hurling Championship Final Greenhills v Tulligmore @ 3pm at Nemo.

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