31st August, 2000
Weekly Sports


The start of the schoolboys league season is now only a week away and at this stage all our teams are back in training with holidays still very much a factor. Preparation has been difficult for some of our teams with the completion of registration forms very much the main priority. This season the Club will have 10 teams in the Cork Schoolboy League and two more sides playing in the AUL Youth Leagues.
For the first time Corinthians will have 3 teams in the Under 11 schoolboy league. Corinthian Boys will play in the Premier Division while Douglas Corinthians and Corinthians United will play in the two first divisions. There is plenty of talent in the three squads and hopefully they will all make a favourable impression. Corinthian Boys will be looking to the likes of David Myler, Theo Cullinane, Jamie Drennan and Colin Hammond for inspiration. While Douglas Corinthians will be hoping that Ciaran O'Donovan, Stephen Murphy, Gavin Dempsey and Stuart Depuis would be very much to the forefront. Corinthians United under the guidance of Joe O'Connell will look to Eoin Kilcommons, Robert Waters, John Forrest and Barry O'Driscoll for inspiration.
Corinthians will field two sides at Under 12 and Under 13 age levels. Our Under 12 premier side, Corinthians Boys will be hoping to improve on last years fourth finish and with the likes of Terry O'Connell, Stephen White, Graham McCarthy and Kieran Manley they are certainly capable of doing so. While our Under 12 second string Douglas Corinthians are sure to find the going tough in this their first year in schoolboy football.
Our Under 13 Premier Division side, Corinthian Boys finished third last year in the Premier Division and this season they will hope to be back again challenging for the elusive league title. Our Under 13 second string were close on promotion last season and once again they should challenge strongly for first division honours.
Our Under 14's is being managed this season by Aidan Logan and Eugene Moriarty and they will be looking for a good start in their efforts to win promotion from the first division.
Our Under 15's who suffered the disappointment of relegation last season are managed this year by Fiachra Driscoll and Kevin Smith they will be hoping to bounce straight back into the Premier Division.
Our Under 16's this season will be managed by Willie Fox and Paul Waters, the team has been back in training for a few weeks and Willie and Paul will be hoping to put together a strong panel for the season ahead.

New Members
Training for the Corinthian Schoolboy Teams takes place every Monday and Wednesday night in Corinthians Park and if anyone would like to get involved with the Club they can come along to Corinthians or contact Danny Drennan 4363602 or Ger Kilcommons 4363456.

Underage Coaching
Coaching and Street Leagues for young boys between the ages of 6-11 takes place every Saturday morning in Corinthians Park. The Under 9's (1991) and Under 10's (1990) are on from 10am to 11.30am and the Under 8's (1992) and the Under 7's (1993/94) start at 12noon and finish at 1.30pm. The sessions are open to young boys not only for the immediate Douglas area but also for schoolboys from anywhere in the city or county. If you would like to join simply come along on a Saturday morning or if you would like more information please contact Ger Kilcommons 4363456 or Kieran O'Donovan 4294303.


Under 12 County Quarter final
Well they did it again. On Wednesday last the Under 12's played Ballincollig in the quarter final of the county and came out victorious on a scoreline of X-y to no score. Douglas dominated in all sectors and proved too strong for their opposition. Right from the start we were on the attack and ball after ball went into the opposition goal mouth. Eventually we got the opening score and after that we never looked back. Linda McCarthy and Katherine Hussey were prominent in attack while Audrea Flannagan, Louise Sheehan and Sarah O'Regan took the eye in defence. With 48 teams in the competition this is harder to win than the All-Ireland hurling title but the Douglas girls will take some beating as they are improving with every outing. Our next game is against Ballinhassig and this should be a tough match. This will be played in early September.

The junior championship has been fixed for Thursday 7th at 7:15pm in Douglas against Glen Rovers. In the league we had a slow start but have improved steadily since then. The team has a lot of experienced players including Mary Harrington, Ger Burke, Carmel Downey, Gema Carroll, Catherine Jordan and Lilian O'Brien while they have a good few young players coming though such as Amanda O'Regan, Emma Downey Fiona McSweeney and Anne-Marie Downey. All members are asked to come along and support the girls on the night.

Inter-county update
Note change of time - the bus to Dublin is leaving at 7:15am due to the replay of the All-Ireland football as this will make the roads a lot busier. A party of 70 are travelling up on Saturday to play a challenge game and staying over-night to attend the finals on Sunday. With Cork in the senior and junior finals it should be a great day on Sunday. Amanda O'Regan has been picked at full-forward. Last week-end she came on against Down in the All-Ireland semi-final replay for the Intermediate team and scored a vital point and made a valuable contribution in general play. Cork went on to win and so go on to play Limerick in the final on the 17th September. So if things work out well she could bring home two All-Ireland medals this year. Best wishes to Amanda from the camogie club. I am sure you will so us proud.

Douglas Girls Seeing Double
League & Cup Winners 2,000 - Cup Final under 14's
Douglas Hall 4 V. Wilton 4 - Douglas win 4-1 on penalties

This was a very hard fought match from two excellent teams with the Douglas Girls coming out on top. Wilton threw everything at our girls who were equal to it with the score at 4-4 at full-time. Extra time was played with no more goals , so a penalty shoot out had to settle this contest. The Douglas Girls still standing firm scored all their Penalties with our goalkeeper saving the first 3 of Wiltons spot kicks. All in all an exciting match with our girls deserving the final result. There were a few excellent performances on the day, one to stand out was from a very fine young under 12 player Mary Barrett. Mary did everything and more that manager Gary Ahern asked of her, Well Done ! to Mary.
Others to mention; Jessica hayes, Jennifer walshe, Duirean Murray. A great finnish to an excellent season. A dream come true for yours truly. Thank You Girls!
The Team
Laura Healy, Elaine Flannery, Jessica Hayes, Jennifer Walshe (Capt) , Maira Moyihan, Donna O'Leary, Caroline Hawks, Naomi O'Leary, Duireann Murry, Catherine Hayden, Kim Murry, Karen Lynch, Mary Barrett, Ashling Collins, Louise Martin, and Emma Hughes.
On behalf of the girls I would like to thank the parents and the supporters of Douglas Hall Soccer Club throughtout the season and finaly well done to the managers; Gary Aherne, Nick Walshe and Alfie McCarthy on a very successful season.


Nemo Rangers Under 12 football Team are contesting the County Final on Fri. 1st September at 7pm in Blarney. Having won through the Shandun section they met the Carrigdoon representatives Sliabh Rua and won after a tough battle. Next was the Carbery Division winners Rosscarbery and this match was won after a great tussle. Nemo played out of their skins to beat a physically stronger team and all their hard nights training finally paid off with some great football skills on display. Last Saturday the team were taken to Ardfinnan in Co, Tipperary, and after a relaxing swim in Fermoy Pool, proceeded to beat a very good footballing side. All preparations are made for the Final where Donoughamore await, and all support would be greatly appreciated by the boys in Blarney on Friday next. Good luck, lads and hopefully you will bring some silverware home to Capwell.


Douglas Hall Girls
Under 16 Cup Finals Douglas 2 V. Wilton 3
The last two weeks has been a very special occasion for our Under 16's and Under 14 girls.
First our U16's , took on a very experienced Wilton team and made them work very hard for the whole match with our girls giving everything. The Douglas girls were very unlucky not to win this game. But the future is looking very bright. A special mention to Gemma Crowley, Mary McCarthy, Orla Harrington and Catriona Kelly who lead this very young team to our first Cup Final.
The Team
Gemma Crowley(Capt), Mary McCarthy, Jessica Hayes, Laura Healy, Orla Harrington, Catriona Kelly, Duireann Murray, Donna O'leary, Caroline hawks, Naomi O'Leary, Elaine Flannery, Caira Twomey, Jennifer Walshe, Clodagh Ryan, Aoife Hynes, Kim Murray, Karen Lynch, Maire Moyihan, Ashling Collins, Dara Donovan.

Douglas Hall Ladies

Douglas Hall 5 V. Mahon 1
Another great result from our senior girls this week, with some great goals coming from Ger. O'Mahony (2) , Eileen Collins(1), Colette Dunne(1), and Orla Harrington (1).
We are nearing the end of the season and its brilliant to see these girls working so hard.
Players to do well ; Ger. O'Mahony, Mary McCarthy, Ann Collins and super sub Caroline Hawks, a player to watch in the future.


Last week in my preview I spoke of the fine preparation of our U15 and 16 teams for the respective matches. I did not mention the three challenge matches against Watergrasshill, Carrigtwohill and Blarney which the under 16's played. The games against the East Cork sides went against us while we won the Blarney game.
So the scene was set for the semi-final of the A Grade Juvenile (U16) Championship against Blackrock. The first half was a very tense affair. Both defences were on top. The Douglas defence was well marshalled by Colin Doyle and Thomas Cotter - Frank Tobin and David O'Connor also played well. Douglas led 0 - 6 to 0 - 2 at the interval.
The second half Douglas played like a team inspired and scored points from all angles as they completely outclassed the opposition. Conor Alcock and Fergal O'Sullivan formed a fine partnership at midfield. James Moylan and Richard Harris played very well in attack - Ian O'Regan also showed some nice touches. Final score 2 - 16 to 1 - 4. Douglas are now in the City Final for the first time in the clubs history. This team is also in the County section. This is a major boost for hurling in the club. Whilst I mentioned a number of players the whole squad deserve credit for the time and effort put in
U 11 Our under 11 footballers have qualified for the semi-final of the Bishopstown Tournament. During the week they played Nemo Rangers but were well beaten. Brian O'Callaghan, Michael Doody and Patrick Scannell played well for Douglas.
Best of luck to our Community games Team in Mosney

Fixtures: Hurling
4 Sept. U 15(A) V. St. Finbarrs away 6.45
4 Sept U14 (A) V. Bishopstown, Church Road 6.45 (Championship)
6 Sept U15 (B) V. Blarney, Home 6.45
4 Sept. U13 (A) V. St. Vincent's Home 6.45
6 Sept. U12 V. Carrigaline away 6.45

Well Done! Congrats to Stephen Bermingham who was on the Cork team which won the Inter-County Forrestal Tournament over the weekend


The Nemo Junior A hurlers continued the run of success in the club last Sunday (27th) with a tremendous victory over Passage in the Junior A City Hurling Championship. This was a tight match throughout, but in the end it was the two goals by Nemo that settled it. The game started at a fierce pace with Martin Cronin claiming the first goal. The game was always close and it wasn't until Mark Cotter's goal in the 20th minute that Nemo took control. Really from then the contest was over. Nemo ran out winners on a scoreline of 2:11 to 12 points with Martin Cronin, Alan Cronin, Don Heaphy and Tom Morgan outstanding for the Capwell boys.
The Nemo Minor A Football team also had an outstanding victory in their semi-final against Delany's in Ballinlough on Monday night (28th). This game was played at a very high level and the lead changed hands on a number of occasions. There were some great performances from the team on the day, both in defense and in the forward lines. In the end, it was a two point victory for the Nemo lads who won on a scoreline of 12 points to 10.
This team will hopefully go on to succeed in their Championship final while they wait for their Club Premiers to qualify for their final. Best on the night for Nemo were Bernard Dunne, Peter Morgan, Niall Weldon, Jerry Kearns and Brian O'Neill.


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