9th December, 1999
Weekly Sports


COLLEGE CORINTHIANS

Results were mixed last weekend with some excellent performances but also some disappointing defeats. The Corinthians Senior team are in great form at the moment and they travelled to Bishopstown on Saturday to take on Cork City Reserves and came away with an excellent 1-0 victory. Willie O'Keeffe snatched the vital goal which was well deserved as Corinthians had controlled the game for long periods.
The other main news regarding the Senior Team was that the draw for the second round of the FAI Senior Cup will take place live on RTE on Monday night December 13th on the 6 O'clock News and Sports Bulletin. With Corinthians going into the hat with the likes of Shamrock Rovers, Cork City, Shelbourne, St. Pats etc, hopefully we will get a favourable draw with a home draw being a priority. So don't forget to tune in.
It was a good weekend also for the Club's Second Junior side as they picked up three very valuable league points following a 3-0 victory over Mayfield Utd. The win set them up nicely for next weekend's visit of Donegal side, Clonmanny Shamrocks in the FAI Junior Cup. It should be a great occasion for the lads, many of whom have given great service to the Club at Senior and Junior level and probably never thought they would progress to the national stages of such a prestigious competition once again. Everyone in the Club will join me in wishing the team the very best of luck on Sunday. For the record last weekend's scorers were Colin Hill, Damian Huggans and Gus Bowen.
Our Under 12 Premier Division side were knocked out of the local cup at the weekend losing 1-0 to Cobh Ramblers. It was a desperately disappointing result for our lads who though dominating the game for long periods could not convert their chances and eventually paid the ultimate penalty.
Our Under 12 First Division side Douglas Corinthians travelled to Nufarm on Sunday morning and came away with a good 3-1 victory. Richard Walsh (2) and Patrick McCarthy were on the scoresheet for Corinthians.
Our Under 16's picked up a useful away point when they drew 1-1 with Springfield in Cobh. William St. Leger was on the scoresheet for Corinthians. The best of luck also to our Under 13's, who travel to Waterford on Saturday to take on Valley Rovers in a fourth round National Cup game.

Weekend Fixtures
Saturday December 11th
Under 11 away to Riverstown Boys kick off 10.45am
Under 11 away to Midleton kick off 10.45am
Under 13 away to Bally Rovers kick off 2.30pm
Under 17 away to Leeside kick off 2.30pm
Munster Junior League away to Carrigaline kick off 2.30
AUL Division 1 (a) to Greenmount Rangers kick off 2.30
Sunday December 12th
M.S.L. at home to Cobh Wanderers kick off 10.45am
FAI J / Cup at home to Clonmanny Sham. kick off 11.00
Under 15 at home to Mallow Utd. kick off 2.30


DOUGLAS HALL AFC

Douglas first team had a disappointing last weekend losing to Clonakilty in their league match. They were not beaten by the better team on the day , they merely failed to score enough points. The fact they carried an albatross around their necks in the form of a referee did not help.
This was the same albatross whose cage was rattled in Crosshaven, unfortunately he came back like the phoenix from the flames to sting us. Douglas lost by nine points to five. A push over try by Troy Weldon and Willie Lehane earned douglas their only score of the day, converting pressure into points is one thing , winning is the other , and as with love and marriage you cant have one with out the other.
Douglas second team had a win last Sunday against Highfield. there were no birds around necks at this match, some feathers were however ruffled. Eamon Kinnehan scored a great try under the Highfield Posts and Steven O’Connor added the conversion and two penalties to win the match thirteen points to eleven . douglas hadn't played so well all season , the Highfield opposition was robust and determined they played well for the whole match and had they beaten us we could have had no complaints .
both teams had to endure very poor weather conditions which made handling and running very difficult ,under the circumstances the referee had a very good game and allowed the game to flow as best he could
the only game this weekend was the douglas seconds league match against cork transport, which douglas won easily by twenty four points to nil. Once more it was a game of uncontested scrums which leaves us wondering, if our forwards are not allowed to push in scrums ,would it not be better to play seven a side tip rugby with teams who fail to select a side capable of contesting at this level.
Douglas first team play Kilrush next Sunday in a league match at two thirty while also in the league the douglas second team play Crosshaven at eleven thirty . we would very much appreciate local support at this and all our matches this season. New players 0872536820.


DOUGLAS GYM CLUB NEWS

On the 21st of November gymnasts from Douglas Gymnastics Club competed in the Southern Region Young Gymnast of the Year competition. The club has an excellent tradition in this competition so it was no surprise that so many of our gymnasts did so well.
U.10 Girls: Amy O’Driscoll – 3rd
U.10 Boys: Killian Duggan –1st , Alin Hughes – 3rd
U.12 Girls: Katie Murphy – 1st, Cait Kelleher – 2nd
O.12 Girls: Meadhbh Ni Chailleanain – 2nd, Aideen Collins – 3rd
O.12 Boys: John Linehan – 1st
In the A section, the top three gymnasts go forward to compete in the Young Gymnast final which will be held in Dublin later this month.
U.13 Girls: Sarah Wedel – 1st, Chloe Hegarty – 3rd
On the international front, Dara Kelleher competed in the Northern European Championships in Wales last weekend. She finished first out of the Irish team and did very well against an excellent field of experienced international gymnasts. Also travelling from the club was Debbie McDonnell (Irish Coach) and Mairead O’Callaghan (Irish Judge).
Tim O’Donovan was also in the United Kingdom last weekend. Tim was Irish judge at the men’s National Development Plan competition.


DOUGLAS PITCH & PUTT

Sat 4th - Christmas Fayre
Winners: David Gregson &
Paul Cashman - 48
John Brohan, Brian Downey &
Dan O' Sullivan - 44
Sun 5th - Turkey 3-Ball
Winners: John Brohan, Tony Noonan & Tadhg Sheehan - 38 2/3
Hole in One's - John Brohan and Paul Cashman
Weekly Lotto Draw
No's drawn - 13,16 & 17
No Winner
CAB Sponsored Winners
Mary Judge, Alan Dunne & Tina Noonan
Next Week 400 @ The Grange
Next Friday 17th
Christmas Social Night
8.30pm in the Clubhouse

Web site:
http://homepage.eircom.net/~douglaspitchandputt/index.htm


DOUGLAS GAA

There have been a number of games played over the last few weeks;
The U 14'splayed Glen Rovers in the League Final. The sides were level at the interval. The North-Siders finished better and came out comfortable winners.
The U 15 footballers played Bishopstown in the A Grade Final. The Bishopstown boys won with a scoreline 1 - 9 to 1 - 5. Douglas gave a very spirited performance.
Parents and boys at the Rochestown Park Hotel had a really enjoyable evening recently. The event was held to honour the achievements of the U 14 hurlers and footballers who won 3 County (1 Feile) titles for the first time in the clubs history. After the meal all present viewed a video of the County Football Final on the big screen.
Then it was back to the playing fields for the U 14 footballers. The game was the Semi - final of the League - St. Nicks were the opposition. Douglas got off to a great start with a Stephen Barry goal in the first few minutes. Douglas enjoyed a lot of possession in the first half. A second goal was scored by Thomas Cotter to give Douglas a 2 - 3 to 0 - 0 half- time lead. St. Nicks rallied after the break and, but for a marvellous display of goal keeping by David Dorney, Douglas could very well have lost the game. Final score Douglas 2 - 4 St. Nick's 2 - 1.
In the U 14 final our opponents were Ballincollig. The Mid-Cork boys played with the aid of the wind in the opening half and led 1 - 3 to 0 - 0 at the interval. Douglas were decidedly lucky to be only six points in arrears at the break. The Douglas started the second half in whirlwind fashion scoring three goals in two minutes. The drama was not finished as Ballincollig battled back to tie the scores. Douglas took the lead with only six minutes remaining but Ballincollig were not to be denied scoring the winning goal three minutes from time. Colin Doyle contributed 2 - 1 from play. Kenny Barry gave a great performance. Frank Tobin and Brian. T. O'Callaghan were others to impress.


Fixtures Football
U 12 Final Home to Ballincollig @ 2.30 PM
U 14 B-Final Away to St. Vincent's @ Our Lady's Hospital 12 Noon.


GRANGE VALE AFC

After two weeks without a fixture owing to bad weather, we were defeated 4 goals to 1 in the M.J. Cup by Crescent Athlone. They took the lead after 20 minutes, then added another goal after 30 minutes. We gave away a penalty in the 43rd minute. We got one back early in the second half when Damien Lynch rallied home from a corner scoring his first goal of the season. However they got their fourth goal in the 85th minute to complete their victory.
Players to shine were Robbie Birmingham, Gavin Roche and Paul Horgan.
Our next fixture is on Saturday 11th December away to Temple United for the St. Michael's Cup.


CARRIGALINE BADMINTON CLUB

A special report by Tony O’Loughlin:
"The Division 3 mixed team had their first match of the season away to Mitchelstown on Monday 22nd November. The first match of the night, the ladies' singles, was a very exciting contest. The youthful Caroline Hayes played brilliant badminton but was narrowly defeated after service had changed at ten each. In the men's' singles Kevin McCarthy had a tremendous victory. The quality of his play was of a particularly high standard and a combination of delicate net shots, agility and powerful smashes enabled him to win this close encounter. In the ladies doubles, Idoia Murphy and Susan O Reilly found it difficult to cope with the height of the hall and the power of their opponents in the first set. However this wily pair were only lulling their opponents into a false sense of security. In the second and third sets they changed tactics and their opponents were unable to cope with an explosion of badminton expertise. This victory was also a tribute to their commitment and determination to win. In the men's' doubles Billy Cantwell played a magnificent match. His opponents found it impossible to cope with his net caressing services, ground shaking smashes and timely interceptions. His partner, Tony O Loughlin, gave him great verbal encouragement, provided all the sound effects and occasionally parried the shuttle. The first set was a close encounter but the second was won easily. In the first mixed Susan and Billy lost narrowly. In the second mixed Caroline and Kevin played brilliantly but were very unlucky to lose the third set. The third mixed Idoia and Tony had a pyrrhic victory when the Mitchelstown man was injured and could not continue. However they appeared a very promising combination when winning the first game comfortably. The overall result was Carrigaline 4, Mitchelstown 3." Thanks to Tony for that report.

Also playing last week were the Division 1 mixed team who lost 6-1 away to Dromann. The Division 1 team: Shane Thompson, David Thompson, Declan Brown, Mairead Ni Bheara, Karen Cinnamond and Betty Thompson.
The Division 3 men's' team - Ron Thompson, Kah Leong, Joe Angelini and Billy Cantwell - narrowly lost 3-1 away to a very strong Castlemagner team. Ron reckoned he "played out of his skin" but Kah was of the opinion that if he had stayed in his skin they might have won. Better luck next time boys!
The Division 5 team narrowly lost 4-3 at home to Crosshaven. It was a respectable result considering that they were missing two of their regular players. David Stynes played a smashing singles game to win 2 sets to 0. Susan O Reilly, who kindly filled in for one of the regular players, has decided to give up the fags after an exhausting singles game against the youthful and talented Sonia who won 2 sets to 0. Susan said, "I thought I was going to die" but thank goodness she didn't because she would be badly missed by the Div 4 ladies team. Maggie Morris and Brian O'Sullivan won the last mixed game of the night 2-1. According to Maggie, Brian's sound effects are almost as good as Tony's. The Div 5 Team: Maggie Morris, Susan O'Reilly, Angela Kelly, Brian O'Sullivan, Paul Harrington and David Stynes.
Saturday night 11th is Christmas party night. The Owenabue in Carrigaline is the venue so we look forward to seeing all our members there. Members' partners and friends are more than welcome come to what will certainly be a great night out.
New members are still very welcome to the club. Contact Ron on 021 372705 or call in on club night - Wed 8-11pm.

Tip of the week:
When that easy smash has gone into the net, the shuttle has gone through that hole in your racquet or you are losing 14-1 SMILE. There is nothing more encouraging to your opponents than a big red angry or sullen face. A smile is a very powerful weapon in your arsenal, which will raise your spirits and stop you from losing the plot entirely, even if you don't feel like it. Try it!


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