17th August, 2000
Weekly Sports


With all our schoolboy teams now back in training, the focus is now very much on getting our teams ready for the big kick off on September 1st. It promises to be a hectic start to the season particularly bearing in mind the news that the schoolboy committee has decided to enter a record twelve teams this season between the Cork Schoolboys League and the Cork AUL Youth Leagues.
The twelve teams will include three Under 11 teams, two Under 12's and two Under 13 sides. Such a large number of teams is obviously going to place great demands on our coaches and facilities. To this end we are fortunate in Corinthians that we do have a number of very experienced Coaches/Managers who are willing to give up their time to look after our teams. Included in our Managers/Coaching team are a number of former Corinthian adult players as well as some very talented Coaches who have joined the Club since we started the Schoolboy section.
Training for our schoolboys League teams takes place every Monday & Wednesday nights in Corinthians Park.

Playing Pitches.
The two pitches in Corinthians Park have been closed during the summer period for remedial work and will be in great condition for the start of the new season. In addition the Club has been on the lookout for an additional pitch and we are hoping to have an extra pitch available for the next season.

Underage Coaching
Our Saturday morning Coaching for younger members of the Club starts again on Saturday August 26th in Corinthians Park. The sessions cater for Schoolboys between the ages of six and eleven and start at 10.00 am for the Under 9 and Under 10 schoolboys (1990 &1991) and at 12.00 noon for the Under 7 and Under 8's (1992, 1993 & 1994). For further information contact Ger Kilcommons at 363456.


There has been little playing activity over the last number of weeks. However, our Under 13's travelled to the Portsmouth Cup tournament, and following a hectic week's football, emerged winners of their age group. This was a terrific performance, sustaining good football through six matches, winning all six convincingly.
Their group matches started against Pieta Hotspurs from Malta, and following an initial period of settling in, the 'Hall emerged 5-0 winners. The scorers were Wesley O'Connell, Robert Rose (2 each) and Ronan Stanton. Stephen Bermingham kept his first of 5 clean sheets in this match. The pattern continued in their second game against Kia Royals, this time winning 6-0. The scorers here were Robert Rose (2), Wesley O'Connell, Ronan Stanton, Stephen Barry and Gary Wills.
The third group game was the closest of the week, with the 'Hall beating Gosport Borough 2-0, following a terrific struggle. The goals were scored by Wesley O'Connell and Jonathon Lane. With qualification for the semi finals assured, the match against Derry Athletic should have been a run out for the lads. However, following a bruising opening, our lads opened their shoulders and dished out a 9-0 drubbing. The scorers were Robert Rose, Stephen Barry (2 each), Jonathon Lane, Wesley O'Connell, Seamus Long and the goal of the week from Kevin O'Donovan.
In the Semi Final, Wilton were the opponents and had the distinction of scoring the only goal conceded by Douglas Hall during the week. The final score in a highly competitive match was 3-1. The scorers were Robert Rose (2), to bring his total to 8 for the week and Stephen Barry. In the final, the 'Hall were clearly dominant and defeated Landport convincingly, 3-0. The scorers in the Final were Jonathon Lane, Stephen Barry and Seamus Long. During the week, the football which the side played attracted the attention of a number of scouts for English clubs. Scouts were impressed by a number of players and have made preliminary inquiries.
Congratulations to all concerned, to team manager Gerry O'Connell and the entire squad (see photo on page 14). Their conduct on and off the pitch was a credit to them, and their performance in winning the tournament capped the week really well.
Pre-season training is now in full swing, and anyone interested in playing with Douglas Hall will be more than welcome at Moneygourney. There will be teams training on most evenings and even if the team in which someone has interest is not training, the managers at the pitch will be able to give the necessary information.


Juvenile Affairs
Douglas and Blackrock played in the Juvenile Hurling League at Church Road last week. This was a very tight affair all through. The Rockies' opened with a goal in the first minute. Douglas replied with some excellent points from frees to lead 0-5 to 1-1 at the break. Colin Doyle was a commanding figure at full back, whilst James Moylan caused a lot of problems for the Blackrock defence on the forty,
Little separated the sides in the opening quarter. Blackrock were reduced to thirteen players but this fired them up and playing with great passion and determination led by two points with ten minutes remaining. A fabulous goal by Mark Harrington changed the complexion of the game - this was followed by a second from Pat Keating, which sealed victory for Douglas, who won on a scoreline of 2-8 to 1-5. These two teams will meet again in the Championship in a few weeks and these promises to be a game not to be missed. On the night the difference between the teams was the disciplined performance from Douglas which won the game. Also the introduction of Thomas Cotter (who arrived late) at centre back - Thomas went on to give a commanding performance.
The footballers have also had a good run with five wins out of five fixtures and are nicely placed to make the top four.
Well done to Stephen Bermingham who has made the Cork County U14 hurling team panel. Last Saturday seven of the U15 team were on the Seandún Panel for a tournament featuring divisional teams Tipperary, Waterford and a full county team from Kerry. Seandun (Cork City) won their first three games but were beaten by the Waterford team in the final.
Hard luck to our senior footballers who were most unfortunate to loose out to Cylda Rovers in the Senior Football Championship.


The Cork branch of the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children today issued an appeal to encourage people to participate in the forthcoming Ladies Mini Marathon in aid of the society.
Over the last number of years in excess of 100 ladies have collected sponsorship in aid of the society raising a considerable amount of money for the society's Cork based network of services.
As well as the long established Childline service the society now has 3 Childhood Support Workers, a STEPS youth advice and counselling drop in service, a Children's Rights Information Bureaux and the Leanbh child begging project operating from it's centre at 12, Mary Street, Cork. "The Evening Echo Ladies Mini Marathon, on Sunday 17th September next provides an ideal opportunity for people to support the work of the society and give the society the financial support necessary to reach out to the many children, young people and families who need our help" explained Tadhg Daly of ISPCC.
For your sponsorship pack including T-shirts, baseball hat and sponsorship cards contact ISPCC at 12, Mary Street, Cork. Tel: 021 4962949.


Club Outing to Inniscara
Foruball Winners
Nett: Susan Gregson & Jim Elley
Gross: Paul Cashman & Mick Lynch
Singles Winners
1st Nett: Noel O' Donovan
2nd Nett: Peter Gregson
1st Gross: Jim Elley
2nd Gross: Michael O' Brien
3 Ball Scramble Winners
M O' Riordan, D Cashman & E Ryan
D Quinn, D AHern & C Elley
Sunday 13th
Nett: Ger O' Connell & Dan Desmaond
Gross: Paul Cashman & Jamie Fahy

Weekly Lotto Results
Numbers Drawn: 10, 11 & 21
CAB Sponsored Winners of £10
Norah Quirke c/o The Club
Eleanor Kent c/o Paddy Buckley
Gerald Bythell c/o The Briar Rose
TONIGHTS JACKPOT £1,400 @ St Columbas Hall


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