4th May, 2000
Weekly Sports


DOUGLAS HURLING & FOOTBALL CLUB

THIS week we certainly have something to crow about. The success of our senior hurlers in reaching the third round of the county championship was like a breath of fresh air for us all.
Few outside our own people gave us much hope of victory over Ballincollig who were one of last year's semifinalists. Injuries and a first round defeat saw us go into last Sunday's clash more in hope than in confidence.
Yet again the youthful exuberance of our lads was magnificent and playing some of their best football for a number of seasons, Douglas took charge early in the game and never lost their grip.
Not even the concession of a clumsy goal just on the stroke of half time which left just two points between the side at the break, could knock our lads out of their strike.
Apart from the early minutes of that second moiety, Douglas were the dominant side and went on to record a fully deserved five point victory and earn a place in round three.
While it was essentially a team victory that pulled us through, the pace and skill of Pat McSweeney and Willie Coveney both players just out of the minor grade, and the experience of Donal
O'Callaghan, Ronan McCarthy and his brother Conor all combined to make it a great day for Douglas.
Our minor hurlers got back on the winning trail with a one point victory over Valley Rovers in a league game last Monday morning.
The return of Gary McLoughlin he was sorely missed over the last couple of weeks through injury turned this game around and his contribution of two goals were crucial to the win.
Attention now turns to the county intermediate hurling championship and our clash with Tracton on Friday, May 12 in Carrigaline.
By the time this article appears we will have played Killeagh in a league game as preparation and victory would put is in the right frame of mind for what is going to be a difficult game against the Minane Bridge side who have always proved very hard to beat.
Sincere congratulations to our under 15 footballers who won the "A" league at the weekend by defeating Ballincollig 2-15 to 1-16. This was only our third ever win of this competition but more importantly it maintains the tremendous run of successes this team has had since it was first assembled three years ago.


IIBA SHORT MAT INDOOR BOWLS

"Mallow Triples Title Goes to Nemo Indoor Bowls Club:

Mallow Indoor Bowls Club Open Licenced Triples Competition:

Quarter-finals: Nemo (J O'Keeffe) beat Cobh (T Farrell), Douglas Community (J Curran) beat ICICYMA (P Barry), St Vincent's (N O'Connell) beat Brookfield (J Long) and Clare (P Deegan) beat Wilton (P Mc Carthy)
Semi-Finals: Nemo (J O'Keeffe,P Healy & T Comiskey) beat Douglas Community (J Curran, N O'Shaughnessy & S Curran) and Clare (P Deegan, A. Moore & O Deegan) beat St Vincent's (N O'Connell,Sr L Coughlan & V. O'Connell)

Final: Nemo (J O'Keeffe, P Healy & T Comiskey) beat Clare (P Deegan, A. Moore & O Deegan)

Trustee Savings Bank Inter Club League Section Play-off's:
Mitchelstown (Red) versus Conna (Blue), Kinsale ver Grange Frankfield (Blue), Nemo (Blue) ver Carrigaline GAA (Red), Ballincollig GAA (Blue) ver Grange Frankfield (Red), Nemo (Red) ver Wilton (Blue), Douglas GAA (Red) ver Douglas Community (White), Brookfield (Red) ver Sylvan, ICICYMA (Red) ver St Anthony's (Red) or Wilton (Red) or Douglas Community (Red)

Fixtures: Carrigaline Community Indoor Bowls Club Open Licenced Singles Competitions, 5th 6th & 7th May 2000

Sylvan Indoor Bowls Club Open Licenced Triples (3-Bowl) Competition on 12th,-14th May 2000 at Little Island Community Centre
St Vincent's Indoor Bowls Club Open Licenced Triples Competition on the 9th, 11th, and 15th-20th May 2000

Umpire's Trophy Competition: The semi-finals and final will take place at Douglas Community School on Sunday 4th June 2000 at 2-30pm
I I B A (Cork Zone) Annual Challenge Match, County Ladies & Gents versus City Ladies & Gents on 28th May 2000 at Little Island Community Centre.


COLLEGE CORINTHIANS AFC

Our Under 12 Premier Division side, Corinthian Boys, are finishing the season in great style. Over the Easter holiday period they played four league games and picked up ten points out of the twelve available. They started with a comfortable 4-0 victory over Springfield, with Darren Fogarty (2), Stephen Moylan and Peter O'Connell on the mark. They then travelled to Midleton and in an excellent contest came away with a share of the points in a 1-1 draw, with Stephen Moylan once again on the scoresheet. Another visit to East Cork, this time to Youghal resulted in an impressive 9-1 victory over the sea-siders, Ian Cullinane (3), Mark Murphy (3), Stephen Moylan (2) and Darren Fogarty shared the nine goals and finally they proved too strong for Mayfield on Friday night winning 3-0 with Stephen Moylan, Shane Horgan and Mark Murphy on the scoresheet.
Patrick Cotter and Richie Kenny's side now lie in second place in the Premier Division with one match remaining at home to unbeaten league leaders, Maymount Celtic.
There was disappointment for our Under 12 first division side, Douglas Corinthians as they suffered only their fourth league defeat of the season when they went down 2-1 to Avondale Utd. Barry Roynane scored for Corinthians, despite the loss, Douglas Corithians have enjoyed an excellent season and all credit to the players and the management team of Richie Walsh, Brian Scannell and Ger Kilcommons.
Our Under 11 Premier Division side returned from their Liverpool adventure to take on Ballincollig in the quarter final of the Under 11 Cup. They struggled for long periods before eventually coming from behind to take the spoils on a 2-1 scoreline. Michael O'Reilly and Terry O'Connell scored for Corinthians, while Brian Kavanagh and Cian Cummins played well. They now face old adversaries, Lakewood in the semi-final on Friday night, kick off 6.30pm in Corinthians Park.
Street Leagues
The Street Leagues resumed last Saturday after the break for the Easter holidays and as usual produced some tremendous matches. The results were as follows:

Under 7
Barcelona 1 Real Madrid 2
Liverpool 0 Juventus 3
Arsenal 4 Chelsea 1
AC Milan 5 Ajax 2


DOUGLAS PITCH & PUTT

Saturday 29th
S O' Leary, N Kelleher & M Quirke - 40
E Ryan, D Cashman & J Brohan - 37 2/3

CLUB STROKEPLAY
Winner: Jim Hanover
O/A Nett: William Mc Carthy
2nd Gross: David Ryan
2nd Nett: Stephen O' Leary
Ladies Gross: Norma Kelleher
Ladies Nett: Phyl O' Brien
Sunday 3-Ball
P Gregson, L Deacon &
R O' Donoghue - 38 1/2
Monday 1st
D ave Ahern & Robert O ' Donoghue - 40
Martin O' Riordan & Denis Dennehy - 46

Weekly Lotto Results
Numbers Drawn: 3, 7, 19
NO WINNER

CAB Sponsored Winners of 10
Richie Drivers c/o Jim Calnan
Mark O' Regan c/o The Club
Valarie Neiland c/o Ger Neiland
Tomorrow nights draw will
be 600 and will be held in the
Rochestown Park Hotel

http://go.to/dpap


DOUGLAS HALL AFC

While there were not a large number of fixtures in the last week, those which were played were extremely important matches. The Under 11's have advanced to the Local Cup Semi Final, following two terrific wins, while the AUL Juniors and Under 17s were both successful in league matches.
The Under 11's were in action twice during the week in the Local Cup. They performed very well in both matches and have now qualified for the Semi Final of the cup. Their first match was against Avondale Utd. and they were fully deserving of their 2-0 win. The scorers were Kevin Murphy and Alec Rose. Ian Bermingham kept a clean sheet and was very sound between the posts. This set up their Quarter Final meeting with Casement Celtic, and they emerged 3-1 winners.
Casement took and early lead, but the 'Hall fought back, getting an equaliser from an Ian Bermingham penalty. Early in the second half, manager Ollie Carroll made an inspired substitution, introducing David Cagney. With his first touch David gave the 'Hall the lead. This settled them down, and they proceeded to play their best football of the match, getting a deserved third goal through Eoin O'Leary. They are now in the Semi Final, and this match is scheduled for this weekend, although this is subject to confirmation, as are their opponents. In any event, this Douglas Hall side will not be easily beaten and they will travel for the Semi Final with the support of everyone in the club.
The AUL Juniors maintained their challenge in the league, with a fine 2-1 victory over Strand Utd. The side played very well overcoming their closed rivals for third place. The scorers were Ger O'Keeffe and Rory O'Sullivan.
The Under 17's completed their league campaign, finishing in third place. They defeated Casement Celtic in the last match, with a 1-0 victory. Brian Wilkinson, with a smashing header was the goal scorer, while Colm McCarthy was the goalkeeper with the clean sheet.
The Under 13's have now embarked on the final phase of matches in their league. Currently in pole position, they commenced this mini-campaign with an important 2-1 win over Youghal Utd. The scorers were Robert Rose and David Hackett who contributed a fine winner to seal the victory.
The Seniors, although they had no match, were also in the news. Following their terrific run of form during April, they were honoured as the Munster Senior League Team of the Month. Congratulations to Kevin O'Sullivan and all the lads for this hounour.
Coaching for Under 9's and 10's will commence on Saturday next, May 6th, at Moneygourney at 3.00 p.m. All inquiries can be directed to Gerry O'Connell (895786). Under 9s are those born in 1991, while the Under 10s are those born in 1990. Under 8 coaching continues on Sunday mornings at 11.00 a.m.


DOUGLAS HALL LADIES

Douglas Hall 3 V Mahon 1
The Douglas girls dominated this game from start to finish, with three great goals, one from Jennifer Walsh, one from Eileen Collins and one from Ger O'Mahony.
The Douglas goalkeeper and defence had nothing whatsoever to do in this game. The mid-field did an excellent job, which was controlled by Eileen Collins, and Siobhan Bleany who won everything that came their way. Manager Alfie McCarthy made some changes in the second half, which put even more pressure on Mahon. The Douglas team and subs could do no wrong in this game. Outstanding performances from, girl of the match, Jennifer Walshe, Siobhan Bleany, Eileen Collins and super sub Ciara Twomey.


LOCAL GYMNASTS FLY TO SWALLOWS

A group from Chimea'ra Gymnastics, Frankfield, Cork, consisting of 3 gymnasts and 3 coaches have recently returned from a weeklong training camp in London. The trip was organised by the club as both a reward for the gymnasts hard work and a learning experience for both gymnasts and coaches. The group made up of two Rhythmic gymnasts Rachel Curran (12) and Niamh O'Shea (10) and Colm O'Toole (17) (who also trains at and competes for Carrigaline Gym Club) and the three
coaches/directors of Chimea'ra Gymnastics Sonya Coakley-Hanan, Amy Coakley-Hanan and Mary Coakley, spent the week at the renowned Hillingdon School of Gymnastics where both Sonya and Amy used to train and coach themselves "It was a very worthwhile trip," said Amy "it gave the kids a chance to see the kind of facilities and the level of professionalism involved in the sport of gymnastics in the UK. I think they realised how far behind we are here compared to the UK having said that though the UK is behind the rest of the world! So we have a lot of work to do!" While in London the group took the opportunity to visit the infamous Millennium Dome and go on other excursions as well as training twice a day! So it was a busy and tiring week for all concerned.
"I was highly amused," said Sonya "when one of the kids said to me that they weren't going home, that after seeing "real gymnastics" they wanted to stay and train all day every day! It reminded me of myself when I first visited HSG, the difference is that I did stay.... for 8 years!!!!"
Hopefully now with the opening and continuing development of Chimea'ra's full-time, permanent training facility, talented gymnasts will no longer have to go abroad to get the facilities and expertise they need to full fill their potential.
For more details on Chimea'ra Gymnastics please ring 021 963129


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