21st October, 1999
Weekly Sports


Douglas GAA Under Age Section

All games were cancelled last weekend due to waterlogged pitches. I would like to take the opportunity this week to review the year to date. Our top U11 team won their section of the South East Hurling League. This team is also in the final of the Bishopstown Tournament in football due to be played on Bank Holiday Monday October 25. The second U11 team won the D Section of the South East League in football.
Our top U12 Team won South East titles in both football and hurling. The U12 panel qualified for the Football and Hurling A grade County finals but unfortunately lost in both by a single point to their opponents. The U12’s known as Frankfield Gaels have also qualified for the semi-finals of the City Division football leagues.
Pat Dwyer’s our 2nd U13 Team were beaten finalists in the C section of the Football League after a great display against St. Nick’s . Donal Downey’s Fe 13 have qualified for the semi-final of the Championship (Hurling) A Grade and also the football league semi-final and are also involved in the Football Championship.
Early on in the year the Club won the County Feile Football Championship. Over the last few weeks the Fe 14 Team won the (A Grade) City and County Championships. All three trophies mentioned in this paragraph were won for the first time in the Clubs history. This team has qualified for the semi-finals of the League and Championship (football) and has also reached the Hurling League semi-finals in the City Division.
St. Columba’s our Fe 15 Team has qualified for the semi-final of the A Grade Football Championship. In hurling the Lord Mayor’s Shield was won, this was an A & B Grade competition.

Football U 14
Sat. 23rd Oct. Douglas v. St. Michaels S-Final Home 4pm
Football U 12
Sat 23rd Oct. Douglas v. Ballincollig S-Finals away 2pm
Sun 24th Oct. Tom Dunlea’s v St. Michael’s (playoff) away Noon
Mon 25th Oct. Douglas v Inniscarrs S-Final Home 3pm


After the disappointment of a recent defeat against Kilreen Celtic Our Under 11 Premier Division side got back on the winning trail with a fine 5-1 victory over Ballincollig. They fell behind early on but got back on level terms when Brian Lombard scored direct from a free kick, boosted by the equaliser they started to play with more confidence and with Cian Hill and Terry O'Connell outstanding at the back and Stephen White controlling the mid field further goals had to come. First it was Craig Neville with a fine individual effort followed by an excellent strike from Kevin O'Mahony. 3-1 ahead at half time they remained on top in the second half and further goals by Craig Neville and goalkeeper Brian Kavanagh from the penalty spot sealed their victory.
It was a good weekend also for the Corinthians Under 11 first division side, Douglas Corinthians. They picked up 3 valuable league points with a comfortable 3-0 win over Cobh Ramblers. Eoin McCarthy opened the scoring early on and this was added to by Stephen Murphy just before half time. Despite dominating the second half they had to wait until the final five minutes for the third goal with Stephen Murphy once again showing his poaching skills as he turned in a Stephen Good cross. Theo Cullinane led by example at the back and there was also eye catching performances from Sean Grant, John O'Brien, Stephen Good and David Meyler.
Our four adult teams were also in action over the weekend and performances were generally good. The Seniors moved through to the next round of the Munster Senior Cup as a result of a 1-0 victory over Midleton following his hat trick last weekend Dave Morley was once again on target.
Our First Juniors with Andrew Monaghan and Dave Kelleher in fine form just got the better of Leeds in a five goal thriller winning 3-2 while our Second Juniors were much too strong for Hibernians winning 4-0. Ageless wonders Martin Burke, Colin Hill and John Turner were the pick of an excellent team performance.
Our only reserve at the weekend came when Our Third Juniors lost 1-0 to Pearse Celtic considering they had conceded nine goals to the same opposition early in the season they can obviously take great encouragement from this performance.
Next weekend is an important one for our two Under 12 teams with Corinthian Boys travelling to Clonakilty on Saturday morning for a National Cup clash before taking on Wilton on Monday in an important league match. Douglas Corinthians also face a double header over the weekend on Saturday they travel to Ovens to take on Lakewood while on Monday morning they are at home to Midleton. Our Under 14's and 16's are also in National Cup action taking on Carrigaline and Youghal respectively.
Best of Luck to all our teams this weekend.

Saturday October 23rd
Under 12 National Cup away to Clonakilty kick off 11.30 a.m.
Under 12 First Division away to Lakewood kick off 10.45 a.m.
FAI Junior Cup away to Pearse Celtic kick off 2.30 p.m.
FAI Junior Cup at home to Casement Celtic kick off 2.30 p.m.
Sunday October 24th
Munster Senior League away to Everton kick off 10.45 a.m.
Under 14's at home to Carrigaline kick off 11.00
Under 16's at home to Youghal kick off 2.30 p.m.
Monday October 24th
Under 12 away to Wilton kick off 11.00 a.m.
Under 12 at home to Midleton kick off 11.00am


Last weekend was very busy, with matches throughout the weekend. Top billing goes to the Under 15's, who maintained their 100% league record. Also to the fore were the Under 11's, who kept their unbeaten run going.
The 15's hosted Greenwood and had to battle all the way for a 1-0 victory. Best for the 'Hall were Damien McNamara and Martin Black, with the goal scored by Darren O'Connor. So far so good for the side, who now have six victories on the trot in the league. The Under 11's travelled to Midleton, and despite the absence of some regulars, they were 2-1 winners.
The goals here were scored by Stephen Kelly and Shane Duncan. They have now played four league matches, with 3 wins and a draw.
The Seniors and Under 13's both lost on Sunday morning. The 13's had the better of the match, in terms of possession, against Midleton, but could not get the vital scores. Midleton scored late in the match to secure a 1-0 win. The Seniors took the lead against Killarney Celtic, and were full value for their interval 1-0 margin. Brian McSweeney scored the 'Hall goal with a smashing 25 yard shot. However, in the latter stages of the game, Killarney took their chances, which the 'Hall didn't, to have a 2-1 win.
On Friday night the Over 35's made their league debut, held to a 2-2 draw by Corinthians A side. The goalscorers were Anthony O'Sullivan and Finny Bermingham. A continuation of this form would augur well for the remainder of the season.

Saturday, 23rd.: MSL Junior, League: Home v. Ringmahon Rangers, 3.00
AUL Junior, Corinthians Cup: Home v. Newmarket Town, 2.30
Under 14 National Cup: Away v. Lakewood Athletic, 12.00
Sunday, 24th: Senior, League: Home v. Cobh Ramblers, 10.45
Youths League: Away v. Richmond, 3.00


The club selectors had quite a task picking the players for the forthcoming Cork County League. We hope to do even better than last season where the highlight was our Division 2 Mixed Team reaching the All-Ireland Finals. After much discussion the selection committee have agreed to enter six teams in '99/'00 league campaign. We will have representation in:
Division 1 (Mixed League), Division 2 (Mixed League), Division 3 (Mixed League), Division 3 (Mens League), Division 5 (Mixed League), Division 6 (Ladies League)
Club Selectors: Ron Thompson, Adrian Furey, David Carroll, Susan O'Reilly, Maggie Morris, Kah Leong.
We have just re-started the Juvenile coaching sessions on Tuesday (5.30 - 6.30pm) & Wednesday (6.00- 7.00pm). Again, we had a very successful Juvenile League campaign last season and our Juveniles will without doubt do the club proud again this season.
As the season is beginning to go full steam ahead, we are still open for new members. Just turn up on our Club night, every Wednesday 8-11pm, for a try out or contact Ron at 021-372705.

Tip of the week.
Always warm up before a match. Begin by performing joint rotations to lubricate the joints. Start at your toes and work your way up to your fingers with slow circular movements. Then do five minutes aerobic activity e.g. jogging to get the blood pumping. Finally, stretch your muscles, particularly those you will be using most. This routine not only helps prevent injuries and aches but will also improve your performance. Try it!


Sat. 16th: Christmas Fayre
2-Ball Scramble
Winners: Michael Quirke and
Pamela Lombardi. Score: 43 nett
Sun 17th
Turkey Fourball
Winners: Nett - Ger Neiland and
Des Quinn. Score: 51 pts
Gross: Derek Clifford and
Paddy Buckley. Score: 49 gross
Hole in ones - Derek Clifford - 7th
Weekly Lotto Results
No's Drawn: 7, 15, 26
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Fe 13 Hurling Championship Final. Greenhills 3-6 v Tulligmore 4-3
Nemo and Ballinhassig served up a great game of hurling in the Fe 13 Final on Sat. last. The standard of hurling throughout the game was top class and great credit is due to both teams. Scores were hard to come by in the opening half, but Ballinhassig got the better of the exchange to get two goals. Nemo however did not lie down and a great goal by Peter McNamara brought them back into the game. Ballinhassig went in leading at the break by 2-3 to 1-3. The Nemo team put in a much improved performance in the second half and were on top throughout after a good goal from Paul Kerrigan which put them a point ahead, but Ballinhassig responded immediately. Nemo got their third goal from Michael Burke to go a point ahead with time running out. Ballinhassig fought back to level the game and everyone is looking forward to the replay. Best for Nemo were Gordon Higgins, Peter O’Mahony and Darren Twomey, who scored a brilliant point mid-way through the second half.

Fe 16 ‘A’ Football Championship Final Nemo 1-8 v Bishopstown 1-8
Conditions on the day determined the tactics adopted by both teams when playing against a strong wind. Defensive errors cost Nemo and they went in at half time 4 points down. However, only for outstanding displays by Brian O’Regan and Niall O’Sullivan Nemo would have been further behind. On the resumption Bishopstown continued to press forward and had increased their lead to 5 points. The introduction of Jerry Kearns at midfield for Nemo settled them and with Stephen Heaphy scoring some great points there was now only one point separating the sides with six minutes remaining. Stephen Heaphy weaved his way through the Bishopstown defence to score the equalising point. A draw was a fair result.

24/10/99 M (2) FL v Passage Home at 11.30am
24/10/99 SFC Semi Final v Duhallow at Macroom 3.30pm
25/10/99 U21 ‘B’ HC Final v Delaneys at Ballinlough 3.00pm
25/10/99 Fe13 HC Final Replay v Tulligmore at Pairc Ui Laoire 4.30pm


St. Columba's Road Bowling.

A debate started last Sunday as to whether a new member, who turned up at the tip with four legs, should pay double scrip and membership fee, to have a craic at the bowling. To be honest he was a tough fellow. He even had a go at Donnie McCarthy's German shepherd who was his usual self in full vocal voice barking at any shadow that happened to pass the gate. Our gallant hero thought he would introduce himself just to say hello, or did he have more sinister thoughts on his mind when he approached? Our friend at the rear of the entrance, who was making his usual Sunday morning fanfare, took time out just for a few seconds to grab our chivalrous ace by the throat. But this did not deter him from following the 28 ounce, after his lord and master Mickey (flowers) Lynch got him under control while expressing the view, "he's a grand dog, the only problem is he hates other dogs."
Bowling formally got under way with the now regular wisecrack "come on boy put it right here." Mick Lynch teamed up with Der (frantic) Roche, whose bowling is much improved since he joined the club not to long ago. In the last number of weeks he has managed to take four wins in a row, he is also winning the small side bets on other scores. "Keep this up Frantic, and you'll be moving up a grade or two boy." But well done kid! Great to see Christy Donovan back up the road again, Christy who was knocked out and in bed for a number of weeks was at the score moaning, "that fellow can't throw a bowl at all. Can't keep a good man down for long can you?" Nice to see Pat Flavan to on his return from Knock you won't see any miracles up the road on a Sunday morning Pat.
Then, it was our good friend and Treasurer Frankie Murphy's turn to arrive looking like someone from a front line battle in world war one. The neck was braced just like those "wans" you see in Africa with the metal rings around them. "Jeysus boy what happened to you?" "I must have slept awkward on it the other night," was the reply, "it's killing me." Someone said later back at the hall, "Frankie you have some neck to come in here boy." Billy Dorney took some time out from his commitment to the singing contest at the GAA club. Billy, who's a fine singer, did manage to win one score on the day. Thanks for coming Bill, but don't leave it just for the long shot next time. Plans are now being prepared for a Christmas tournament that should get under way next Sunday. We will be looking for a lot of support with this one, so do turn out on the day and any suggestions are more than welcome.
A fitting well done to our colleagues from Douglas Rugby Club, first squad on their triumph over Ennis last Sunday, with a tally of 9 points to 3, with Ger Glavin kicking three penalties in a hard fought game. The lads of the second 15 were also successful, beating Old Christians 24 to 3. To Captain Martin Pinfield and the rest of the team, great stuff. That's two in a row, let's do the three and more lads! The Ennis boys, of whom it must be said, were a entertaining pack and a friendly crowd of lassies and fellows, returned to the clubhouse where a hearty meal was prepared for all. The staff at the hall never fails to come up trumps, another try for Mr O' Flynn, and Tony do feed your President the next time. Poor man.
Don't forget the JAZZ next weekend for a great time at the Hall. We have Carousel Saturday night so come early, Monday is family day out with the ever-popular Convoy, should be a good one.
May I take a moment to express on behalf of the committee, members and friends of St Columba's Hall our deepest sympathy to Matthew (Matte) Kearney and his family on the recent loss of his wife who passed away last Saturday. Our thoughts are with you at this time, may she rest in peace.
To Johnny (the Pearl) Burke a very speedy recovery; see you at the Hall soon.

B52 Reporter.

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