13th July, 2000
Weekly Sports


DOUGLAS GAA UNDERAGE

U12 Douglas and Blackrock met in the Semi-final of the County Championship City Section (Hurling). The first fifteen minutes was a very even affair with little to separate the sides. The Rockies scored a couple of goals and led at the interval 3 -3 to 1 - 3. Douglas tried hard after the interval but could not match the skills of the Blackrock lads. Daniel Olden, Colin O'Sullivan and Richard Kingston played well.
The Under 12 team played a second match during the week against Ballincollig. The team looked very tired and had to give way to the Mid-Cork boys. Shane McCarthy excelled - Darren Shane and Paul Conlan were others to play well.
U11 Douglas completed their SouthEast campaign against Kinsale. The Kinsale boys were physically stronger. Kinsale were well on top the first half and went in to the second half with a commanding lead. Douglas battled hard but were still not good enough for the Southeast lads. Patrick Scannell, Cian Alcock, Shane Hickey and Colm Lucey played well.
U15 Douglas and Blackrock met in the Lord Mayors Cup Grade Hurling). The Douglas lads were in total control at all times and ran out very easy winners. Frank Tobin, Colin Flahive and Jerry O'Kane played well in defence whilst in attack Paddy White and Mark O'Callaghan scored two excellent goals.
In the second game of the week Douglas played St. Finbarrs. This was a very close affair all through. The Barrs played with the aid of the wind in the first half and led 1 - 1 to 0 - 3 at the break. There was little to separate the sides in the second half. Thomas Cotter and Frank Tobin were outstanding in defence. In attack James Moylan played well at centre forward. Two goals in the closing minutes sealed victory for Douglas. David O'Sullivan and Michael O'Mahony were the goal scorers'. The Douglas lads have now qualified for the semi-final of the Lord Mayor's Cup.

Community Games
Last Saturday we headed off to Ballyduff (North Kerry) for the Community Games Munster Hurling Semi-final. We were all well prepared with our rain gear, flask's, rolls and homemade cakes (thanks Alice). The opening game was against Killmallock. The Limerick lads played with the aid of the wind in the first half but Douglas contained them and the sides went in level 1 - 0 to 0 - 3 at the break. Ian Birmingham was the scorer-in-chief for Douglas in the second half scoring 2 - 1 as they went on to win 2 - 9 to 2 - 1.
The final was against Clooney, Co. Clare. Clooney were very impressive in their semi-final - they looked a well-balanced outfit. Douglas played with the wind and made a number of positional changes - moving Gavin Griffen to centre back and Stephen Moylan to full forward. From the outset Douglas were in a very determined mood. From Richard Murphy and Gavin Griffen in defence to David Olden and Thomas O'Dwyer. In the forward division, Padraig Martin, Ian Bermingham and John Harris and Theo Culinane the inside forwards, but the player who set the game alight was Stephen Moylan at full forward who scored four goals. Douglas led 4 - 4 to 0 - 0 at the break and went on to win 5 - 11 to 3 - 0. It is now onto the All-Ireland in Mosney on September 1st. Well done lads a great achievement.
Congratulations; Well done to Garry McLoughlin on becoming the first player from Douglas to represent Cork in minor football and hurling. This is a great honour for, the player, his club and the people of Douglas.


DOUGLAS GAA

BEFORE reporting on games played over the last week, I want to correct something I wrote in last week's notes.
I was not correct in saying that Gary McLoughlin was the first Douglas player to win a Munster minor hurling championship medal. What I wanted to convey was that Gary was the first dual intercounty minor player from Douglas.
In 1979 Jimmy Greally won a Munster minor hurling medal and nine years later in 1988 Tomas Twomey repeated that feat. Sincere apologies to both players for not remembers those great occasions.
Our intermediate hurlers gave themselves a timely boost ahead of next Tuesday night's championship clash with Ballymartle when they easily accounted for Na Piarsaigh in a league game last Sunday night.
There was never any doubt about the outcome as a very fit and determined Douglas side led from the start and ran out convincing winners.
Tom Flynn with 2-2 was our top scorer while Brian Boyle and Conor Ryan scored a goal apiece. While on the intermediate team, a speedy recovery to full health is extended to Gary Wade.
Our minor hurlers were beaten by Na Piarsaigh in the premier league by three points after a most enjoyable match. Had Gary McLoughlin being able to play we could well have won this game.
The junior "B" hurlers put up a tremendous performance against a highly rated Blackrock side in the first round of the championship.
The five point winning margin was not a true reflection of our lads efforts that deserved better on the night. A little bit of luck a round the square and we could have had two goals.
However for effort the players could not be faulted and if the same effort is applied to the remaining league games, we could be involved in the play-offs.
18 year old Brian Horgan was excellent in goal while Barry O'Donoghue, Pat Fitzsimons, Barry Fitzsimons, Mark Kennedy and Brian O'Flynn also played well.
The junior "A" hurlers are in championship action tomorrow night when they take on Glen Rovers in Ballinlough at 7.30 p.m.
Provided we have a full panel to pick from, victory could be ours which would be a timely boost for this particular team.
Best wishes to Gary McLoughlin next Sunday in the Munster minor football championship final against Kerry in Limerick. It would be a marvellous achievement if he were to win the double.


DOUGLAS HALL AFC

Activities have almost closed down now for the summer, with the closed season getting shorter. Already thoughts are turning to next season, with some additional teams being entered for the leagues. There will be two Under 14 teams in action, and anyone born between January 1st, 1986 and December 31st, 1987 will be eligible. Any inquiries to Joe Doherty (891781).
Club information is also available on the internet, the club website address is:
http://homepage.eircom.net/~douglashall
The All Weather pitch is available for rental during the summer and for the winter months. Inquiries to any committee member.


DOUGLAS HALL GIRLS & LADIES

Douglas Hall Girls Under 14

Semi-Final

Douglas Hall 11 V. Ballincollig 0
With a powerful performance the Douglas girls eased their way into the final of this cup. Naomi O'Leary scored her second hat trick in two games. Other goal scorers were Jessica Hayes (2), Mary Barrett (2), Donna O'Leary (2), Jennifer Walsh (1) and her sister Sarah Walshe (1).
Girl of the match, U12 Mary Barret who was outstanding in mid-field. Others to impress, Jessica Hays, Aoife Hynes, Jennifer Walshe, Naomi O'Leary and Duireann Murray.

Douglas Hall Ladies

Douglas Hall 3 V. Buttevant 0
The Douglas girls picked themselves up very well, after a few cup defeats, with a great score line. This was a very physical game in which the girls very well. All three of the goals came in the first 20mins. Which settled the Douglas girls down well and they dominated till the final whistle.
Goal scorers were Jennifer Walshe (2), Ger. O'Mahony (1)
Girl of the match, Ann Collins. Others to play well, Ciara Twomey, goalkeeper Gillian Boyd and Gemma Crowley. And a special mention for sub Fiona Harris who did an excellent job when brought on.


DOUGLAS PITCH & PUTT

Saturday 8th
Nett: Ger O' Connell and Philip Murphy
Sunday 9th
Nett: Paddy Buckley, Derek Clifford
& John Brohan
Gross: Ger Neiland and Brian Hartnett

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COLLEGE CORINTHIANS AFC

Following the disappointment of their narrow defeat in the Under Eights League Semi Final against Greenwood, our Under Eight squad were hoping for better luck in the U8 Cup. Comfortable victories over Rockmount and Lakewood had seen our lads safely through to the semi final stage, where once again they were paired with their League conquerors Greenwood. Greenwood had gone on to lift the league title and were now chasing the elusive double. The stage was set for a cracking semi final and it certainly did not disappoint.
Played before a large attendance, Corinthians made the better start and Kevin Kelleher and Stephen Thornhill both went close. However, the break through eventually arrived just before half time, when Jonathan O'Leary was on hand to apply the finishing touch to an Eoin Murphy cross. If Corinthians had dominated the first half, the second half was a complete turn around with Greenwood piling on the pressure, but some brave defending by Martin O'Donoghue, Peter Nolan and Shane Keane and a crucial penalty save by Kevin O'Byrne ensured Corinthians safe passage into the final.

Under Eight Final.
Our opponents in the final were old adversaries Kilreen Celtic. Once again our lads made the better start and within sixty seconds had taken the lead, when Jonathan O'Leary converted a Kevin Kelleher cross. With Kevin O'Regan outstanding at the back and John Forest and Eoin Murphy running the midfield, Corinthians completely dominated the next 15 minutes and it came as no surprise when Stephen Thornhill added a fine second. However to their credit Kilreen never gave up and just before half time they reduced the deficit. The second half was full of non stop action with the game swinging from end to end. However, the better chances still fell to Corinthians, with Mark Parks going close twice and Kevin O'Regan smashing a penalty off the cross bar. Despite some late Kilreen pressure Corinthians held on for a deserved 2 - 1 victory.
Amidst scenes of great excitement and joy, Tom Coleman, Chairman of the Southside League, presented the cup to the winning Captain, Kevin O'Regan. Congratulations from the Club to all concerned, especially to the our Under Eight coaches John Wilkins, Mick Nolan, Pat McCarthy, Bertie Murphy and Richard Moloney. The successful Under Eight squad was as follows: Kevin O'Byrne, Peter Nolan, Kevin O'Regan (Captain), Martin O'Donoghue, Shane Keane, Kevin Kelleher, John Forest, Eoin Murphy, Stephen Thornhill, Jonathan O'Leary, Mark Parks, Cian McCarthy, Rory O'Brien, Andrew Neville, Dean Kelly, Ryan Nolan & Rory Burns.


THE BRENDAN SWANTON MEMORIAL TROPHY

A total of 156 bowls were left fly last Sunday by our members and visiting friends, all competing in our annual Long Shot competition to remember our dear friend and still very much missed Brendan Swanton.
This year the all male presence was broken by the ladies who brought with them a lot of colour and the craic. Some of them weren't capable of throwing the bowl because of all the laughter and the fits of giggles, which only added to the great success of the day. Some one said "herself has enough practise throwing things at home". However he didn't want to be quoted by name as he said "she'd kill me boy" (the Coward).
The afternoon got going with the "ol' dolls" competition. There was considerable coaching from the tip with around twenty or thirty "mouthalls" giving advice on how it should be done. With a little "barracking... woa,woa,woa, woa" Val Clark opened the day, aiming the bowl squarely at her husband Wally, who placed the sop between his feet. "Mind yourself there Wal," someone said, "there could be damage boy." But there was nothing to worry about, as the bowl only travelled 41m into the ditch, with the usual "I would out yea kid." Katharine Curran stepped up, looking like a polar bear in her woolly fleece to throw the winning shot of 74m.Weil done to the Galway lass, who can sing a song as well.
The Junior section began with Steven Dorney flaking a 91m throw, that was not touched by any one. Well done Steve do come up the road again you're more than welcome. To Cian Meade who didn't want to throw, "you did well kid" 52m was a great effort for the first time, there is always room at the club for you too. Well done to all the young lads and thanks. Road bowling is in safe hands for the future.
Then it was the turn of the "C" players. Tom 0' Mahony surprised everyone with his effort, a best of, "wait for it" 56m, why can't you do it on a Sunday 'Tom? But the day belonged to Michael McCarthy who had the winning shot of 83m, "there'll be a few bob on yea the next time Mick." Declan Murphy, who was not too bushed from running up and down the road marking every shot, went on to win the "B" section with a great score of 110m setting the pace for everyone to follow. "I wonder, can he hit a golf ball that far?" Frankie Murphy held up proceedings when he put on a new pair of brown running shoes. His best was 78m. (Diesel) Dan O'Leary said, "I suppose Frankie, it's not too bad, considering you have on your bedroom slippers." John (Kilo) Kelly left fly with his first, straight up into the air, knocking a branch from a tree that was only 20 feet from him. He received the name "the Special Branch man" from the girls.
Then it was the turn of the big guns the "A" Section. Philip (I'm First) Kavanagh started with a throw of 95m but that was not good enough, when Paul (the Beagle) Lynch covered that with 108m saying "Jaysus 'tis a hard road." Billy (holy) Foley created the biggest scatter of the day when he thought the road was up in the sky. It was like Moses parting the Red Sea with bodies running in all directions for cover. If Kavanagh hadn't moved his car when he did, another one would be driving round Douglas with a sun roof. Foley's best was 93m. The pace quickened when George (the light of day) Delea finished with a smashing l07m.Things were now becoming very serious with the Beagle and the Light only 1m apart. Mick (the Ship) O'Mahony was booking the early ferry home after his best of 84m, he was sunk at that stage.
Up stepped our reigning Long Shot Champion Der (Elvis) McCarthy to defend his title. His opener was only 6lm, with the tension mounting he left fly with a blinder getting a rub from the margin at around 109m to send the bowl on for another 23m. Now the game was on. With only one remaining player left to try for the title and 123m to beat, Leslie Ring steadied himself(God help us) at the tip. His first was lO9m, the second 85m. Some of us were now sweating and starting to loose our voices from roaring and shouting encouragement. The Ring prepared to let go with the last throw of the day. The bowl hit the road like thunder. bang smack in the middle, travelling at a lightening pace, some of us ran after it to egg it on. It passed the 100m mark still looking good and eventually stopping at I33m. We have a new Champion.
Later back at the Hall Leslie was presented with the "Brendan Swanton Memorial Trophy" by Mrs Swanton. Brendan's mother. Our thanks to her and her daughter Mary for completing a wonderful day.
B52 Reporter


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