3rd February, 2000
Weekly Sports


DOUGLAS GAA

With the commencement of the new playing season just 10 days away, the various club teams are busily preparing for what is expected to be another highly successful year.
Over under 14 football players played St. Finbarrs in a friendly game at the weekend and had a comfortable victory, thanks to the excellence of Michael O’Sullivan, David O’Connell and Kevin Mulcahy.
Our minor footballers played their first game in the new millennium competition last Sunday and came a cropper against divisional side Muskerry who won as the same in racing parlance, pulling up. Gearoid O’Leary and Brian Doyle did well for Douglas.
When it was later pointed out that Douglas fielded this years minor team and the Muskerry was made up of last year’s minors, it put the defeat in some perspective.
However, it serves no purpose to either side to take part in such a totally one-sided match. Even allowing for the age difference it would be extremely difficult for a club to beat a divisional side, particularly a traditionally football division.
When you consider Muskerry can call on the best players from Macroom, Naomh Aban, Ballinora, Donoughmore, Clondrohid, Iveleary, Kilmichael and Kilmurray, our lads were certainly not playing in a alvel playing field last Sunday.
The County Minor Board are not doing the clubs any favours with this competition, and they are totally out of their depth. Far better if clubs were pitted against clubs and divisions against divisions and the winners of each group meet in the final.
Next Sunday our junior ‘B’ footballers will play a challenge game against Rochestown on Sunday morning while the ‘A’ junior footballers will also be in action.
The new season will commence on Sunday, February 13th.
Brendan Larkin (PRO Adult Section).


DOUGLAS HALL AFC

Four matches with clean sheets for five goalies adds up to an unbeaten weekend for 'Hall teams. Goals were very scarce, but there were creditable performances all round.
The Seniors were in fine defensive form against league contenders Ringmahon Rangers on Sunday morning, recording a 0-0 draw. The weather was a spoil sport with high winds ruining the match as a spectacle. However, Gerry McGreevy in goals deserved his clean sheet, ably supported by Gavin Roche and Ray O'Connell.
At the same time as the Seniors, the MSL Juniors hosted contenders in their league, Crosshaven and also emerged with a goal-less draw. Dave Kilgannon maintained his fine form in goals, with his second clean sheet in succession against the same opposition. While the Juniors avoided defeat in this match, they have a mountain to climb in the league, needing a number of wins to get back into contention.
The AUL Juniors were in dominating form against Blackstone Rovers in the City Challenge Cup on Saturday. Goals from Ger O'Keeffe, Rory O'Sullivan, Brendan Crown and Mark Hackett eased the 'Hall to a 4-0 win. In this match, James O'Brien and James Slowey shared the goalkeeping duties, and both are credited with clean sheets.
In the Youths league, the 'Hall proved too strong for Leeds, with a 2-0 win. Scorers here were Brian Wilkinson and Derrick Bowen, while Colm McCarthy earned kudos for another clean sheet. The Youths are maintaining their good form in the league, and with a cup final upcoming, competition for places in the starting eleven is hotting up.

Fixtures:
Satu., 5th.: Senior League, (H) v. Ballincollig, 2.30
Sun., 6th.: MSL Junior League, (A) v. Fermoy, 10.45
Sun., 6th.: AUL Junior League, (H) v. Dripsey Celtic, 11.00
Fri., 4th.: O35 League at the Mardyke v.Crofton Celtic, 7.00
Sun., 6th.: Youths League Cup (A) v. Grattan Utd., 3.00
Sat., 5th.: Under 17 League (H) v. Rathcoole Rovers, 2.30
Sun. 6th.: Under 13 National Cup (H) v. Tramore Ath., 12.00
Sun. 6th.: Under 11 Local Cup (H) v. Avondale Utd., 10.45


DOUGLAS PITCH & PUTT

Saturday 29th
1st Nett: J Hanover, D Quinn and K O' Callaghan - 36 and 5/6
1st Gross: D Gregson, T Sheehan and M Daly - 41
Sunday 30th
1st Nett: M Quirke and J Fahy - +13
1st Gross: D Murphy and A O' Callaghan - 46
St Columbas Hall Invitational
1st Nett: A O' Callaghan, L Carol and L Deacon - 41 and 1/2
2nd Nett: D Gregson, G Brohan and M Murphy - 41 and 2/3
3rd Nett: C Foley, W Clarke and F Murphy - 43
4th Nett: P Gregson and D Kavanagh - 43
HOLE IN ONE: Tony O' Riordan on the 3rd
Fixtures
Senior 'A' V St Stephens @ Collins
Senior 'B' V The Ranges @ St Annes
Intermediate V The Ranges @ Crosshaven
Juniors V St Stephens @ Lakewood
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DOUGLAS HALL GIRLS - UNDER 12

Our first defeat of the season with a disappointing performance from the girls who played excellent up to now. Hopefully they will play a lot better for the next match.
Best for Douglas Hall were keeper, Anna O'Riordan, Kate Delaney, Louise Martin and Aoife Hynes. More reports next week.


GRANGE VALE AFC

We advanced to the next round of the City Challenge Cup by defeating Blackpool Celtic 3 goals to 1.
We took the lead in the 18th minute, John Kennedy crossed the ball from the wing, and Paul Horgan put us one goal up on the stroke of half time. Liam Murphy played a one two with Paul Horgan and then scored himself. We were 2 goals to nil at half time.
In the 80th minute Paul Horgan beat their off side trap to score our 3rd goal and his second. Blackpool Celtic got one goal back in the closing minutes.
Players who were outstanding, Noel Elliot (goalkeeper), Gerard Quigley and Thomas O'Brien.
The Club would like to send get-well wishes to Christy Martin and Maurice Mulcahy.


CARRIGALINE BADMINTON CLUB

It was another great weekend for 12 year old Laura Thompson who travelled to Belfast for the U13 Irish National Championships. Laura triumphed in the Singles beating Lisa Tweed from Northern Ireland by an impressive 11-5, 11-1. She was in top form, playing excellent badminton and making few mistakes. Partnered with Rebecca Kerwan, she was runner up in the Girls Doubles against Lisa Tweed and Erin Keery and was also runner up in the mixed doubles partnered with Scott Evans against Matthew Gleave and Lisa Tweed.
The Div4 Ladies were the only team playing in the league last week. They met Castlemagner away and lost 3-1 in a very close match. Better luck in the home game. The team: Idoia Murphy, Susan O'Reilly, Phil McCarthy and Bernie Hayes
The Irish U15 National Championships will be held in Galway this weekend. Caroline Hayes from Carrigaline Badminton Club will be travelling to Galway and we wish her the best of luck. Class 2 and 4 training will take place in Mahon on Sunday with a number of players from the Club on both teams. The Cork County Board is currently organising juvenile squads and details will be available soon.
Don't forget that the first round of the Doubles Ladder has to be played by 6th February so get your skates on if you haven't played yet or your team will be dropped.
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:
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!


DOUGLAS COMMUNITY SCHOOL SPORTS NEWS

The school has a very busy soccer schedule with teams doing well in three different age groups.
The U13 team has advanced to the Munster Cup QF, having defeated David College, Mallow on a scoreline of 1-0
The U14 team has reached the Cork County Cup SF by defeating Cobh Community College 5-2.
The U18 team has advanced to the munster Cup SF by defeating Cahir Community College 2-1.
In Gaelic football the U14 team was in action in the preliminary rounds of the Cork Colleges Championship, defeating Mayfield Community School.
On the Chess boards the school team defeated Midleton College and Deerpark CBS to qualify for the SF of the Cork Championship.


NEMO RANGERS UNDER AGE

Fixtures:
SATURDAY 5th FEBRUARY
Fe 15 League :- Bellair V's John Hydes @ Nemo 3:00pm
Fe 12 Challenge:- Trabeg Rangers V's Carrigaline @ Nemo 2:00pm
SUNDAY 6th FEBRUARY
Fe 14 Challenge:- South Douglas Road V's Iniscarra @ Nemo 11:00am
Junior 3 Challenge:- Junior 3's V's St. Finbarrs @ Trabeg 11:30am


COLLEGE CORINTHIANS AFC

So near and yet so far was probably the best way of summing up the feelings of the Corinthian's team and management last Sunday. With only two minutes left on the clock, Corinthians led Intermediate cup holders, Rockmount, 1 : 0 and it looked as if a semi-final place was beckoning, but Rockmount true to their tradition refused to throw in the towel and in the last minute secured the equaliser.
It was an absorbing contest which looked to be going Corinthians way when Martin Higgins scored with 10 minutes remaining, until that late late show by Rockmount. Noel Healy and Brendan O'Riordan were superb at the back for Corinthians, while Barry Deasy turned in a fine performance in the middle of the park.
CORINTHIAN BOY UNDER AGE SECTION
It was a good week for our two U12 teams, with both sides recording impressive victories. Corinthian Boys maintained their 100% record in the U12 Premier League with a hard fought 2 : 0 victory over Ballincollig. The game was played in extremely difficult blustery conditions and having soaked up the pressure against the breeze in the first half, Corinthians took control after the break. Once again it was Gary Coughlan who made the vital breakthrough and Ian Cullinane with a fine strike made it 2 - 0 with ten minutes remaining. With Eoin Cotter, Alan Barry, David O'Mahony and Shane Horgan dominant in defence there was no way back for Ballincollig.
Douglas Corinthians made it eight wins out of ten games in the U12 First Division with an excellent 4 : 1 victory over Casement Celtic. Patrick McCarthy was the goal scoring hero with a fine hat trick, with Aidan Lehane adding the fourth. Darren Kirwin, Barry Hodnett and James O'Mahony turned in fine performances for Corinthians.
Our U16's picked up three more league points with a comfortable 2 : 0 win over Passage. Shane O'Shea and William St. Leger were on the score sheet for Corinthians, while Stephen Coveney and John O'Sullivan were excellent all through.
There was disappointment for the U14's who went down 3 : 0 away to Leeds. Dave Waters and Gary Drennan were the pick of the Corinthian side on the day.
U7 & U8 COACHING
Coaching takes place every Saturday morning in Corinthian's Park for the younger members of the Club. Sessions for the U8's born in 1991 and the U7's born in '92 and '93 take place from 12 o'clock to 1.30 p.m. This weekend the U7's will have use of the Clubs new all weather pitch, while the U8's training will take place on one of Corinthian's two main pitches.
STREET LEAGUES
Preparations are now beginning in earnest for this years Street Leagues. This year the Club will be running Street Leagues for the U7, U9 and U11 age groups. Over the next few weeks names will be taken on Saturday mornings. Last year over 30 teams and 300 schoolboys took part in the Street Leagues, with the Leagues running from early March up until the end of May. So, if you would like to get involved, come along to Corinthian's Park on Saturday mornings or contact Terry O'Donovan at 891257 or Ger Kilcummins at 363456 for more information.


DOUGLAS RUGBY

Douglas first team dropped one point last weekend to Abbyfeale in their League match. This leaves them having to win their last two matches to get promotion.
The second team, undefeated all season won their match against Mallow 17 - 5 to leave two matches to play and again promotion at stake.
On Sunday Douglas First team are away to New Castle West and the Second's are away to Crosshaven.


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