15th February, 2001
Weekly Sports


The bad weather of last weekend led to the cancellation of all our underage matches including our Under 7 Street Leagues. Several of our teams are now without a game for over a month and this is very disappointing for players and managers alike. Certainly the argument for summer soccer is getting stronger all the time.
Nevertheless it gives me the opportunity to take a quick look at how our teams are doing in the Cork Schoolboy League and also the chance to look ahead at some future events.

Team Review
Starting with our three Under 11 teams, all three are currently doing extremely well in their respective leagues. Our Under 11 Premier Division side Corinthian Boys are currently top of the league having won all eight games played. Our first division side, Corinthians United, currently lead the way in their section while in the other section Douglas Corinthians have a 100% league record.
All three teams are also through to the last 16 of the local cup.
The Club has two teams in the Under 12 Premier Division, Corinthian Boys are unbeaten and are currently lying in third place, while Douglas Corinthians are finding the going tough and are still without a win.
Likewise the Club has two Under 13 teams with Corinthian Boys currently lying mid-table in the Premier Division while Douglas Corinthians are just behind the leaders in the Under 13 First Division. Our Under 14's are back in the Premier Division this season and they are lying just below half-way while our Under 15's are going very well in the First Division lying in third place and still holding an unbeaten record. Finally our Under 16's after a slow start to the season have picked up well and turned in their best performance of the season last time out when they drew 1-1 away to league leaders Hibernians. So overall with four of our teams still holding unbeaten league records hopefully we will be in a position to challenge for honours come the end of the season.

Under 7 Street Leagues
The finals of the Under 7 Winter Street Leagues has now been re-scheduled for Saturday February 24th the League which takes place on the Club's all-weather pitch has proved very enjoyable and I am sure the finals will be well worth watching.
UK Trip
The Corinthian Boys Under 11 Premier Division side will travel to Liverpool at Easter to take part in an International Soccer Tournament. This is the fourth time in five years that the Club has sent teams to England and hopefully it will prove a very enjoyable experience for our lads.
Street Leagues
Preparations will start shortly, for this years Annual Street Leagues. The leagues, which run from the middle of March to the end of May are one of the major event in the Club calendar every year. Last year 30 teams and some 300 schoolboys took part in the leagues, which cater for age groups ranging from Under 7 to Under 11. If you would like to take part in the leagues simply come along to Corinthians Park on Saturday morning training and coaching times for the various age groups are as follows:
From 9.30am to 10.45am Under 9 (1991)
From 10.45am to 12noon Under 10 and Under 11 (1990 and 1991)
From 12.15pm to 1.30pm Under 7 and Under 8 (1992 to 1994)
7-a-Side Leagues
The schoolboys league has recently announced plans to run 7-a-side leagues for the Under 8, Under 9 and Under 10 age groups. 7-a-side soccer is undoubtedly the ideal platform for young schoolboys to develop their skills. Corinthians will be entering a number of teams in the 7-a-side leagues and will be selecting squads for these teams over the next few weeks.


Another weekend's football was wipe out by the weather last week. The 'Hall teams are now chomping at the bit, getting more anxious to play some football. We hope the early improvement in the weather for this week continues to the weekend, with a number of important matches fixed.
Top of the bill is the Youths FAI Cup tie in Clare against Lifford/Oldtown. At the time of writing, the precise venue for the match is not known, but the Clare side are sure to give the 'Hall a major task on Saturday. The Youths' season has been very disjointed, with numerous cancellations not helping the preparation of the team. CJ Harrington and Andrew Fealy have left no stone unturned preparing for this match, and the hopes and best wishes of everyone in the club will be with the Youths.
The Under 14's and 12's also have important cup matches. The Under 14's host Ringmahon Rangers in the Goodson Cup, with the winners advancing out of Cork. This will be the second attempt to play this match, and much will depend on how the weather is for the week. Likewise, with the Under 12's, who have a cup replay against Ballincollig. Here, the 'Hall did really well to secure a draw in Ballincollig. Good luck to both sides in their matches.
The Seniors will be hoping to continue their good league form, when they travel to Killarney for the league match. The Kerry side shared the spoils in an early season fixture, so the 'Hall will be well warned - nothing less than a top class performance will suffice in Killarney.
Saturday 17th:
Senior League Away v. Killarney Celtic, 3.00
FAI Youths Cup Away v. Lifford/Oldtown (Clare), 2.30
Under 14 Goodson Cup Home v. Ringmahon Rangers, 10.45
Sunday 18th :
MSL Junior League Away v. Fermoy, 10.45
AUL Junior League Home v. Strand Utd., 3.00
Under 14 (D1) League Away v. Avondale Utd., 3.00
Under 12 Local Cup Replay Home v. Ballincollig, 11.00


Div 1 league C of I 7 - Lansdowne 1
Sarah Canning scored four goals and there was one apiece for Jennifer Hales, Jane Chapple and Cathy Walsh, while Gina O'Connor was on target for the Limerick girls.
Div 1 league C of I 0 - UCC 0
A scoreless draw in anothe AIB Bank Munster Senior League clash.
Div 3 league C of I 0 - Belvedere 1
Belvedere scored ten minutes from full time to come out the victors in this very closely fought game. Both teams meet on Sat. February 17th in the Semi Final of the Cup to be played in Garryduff.
Div 5 league C of I (1) 2 - Fermoy 0
Div 6 Munster Cup
C of I (2) 0 - UCC 4
Div 6 league
C of I (1) 2 - Mallow 0.
Mens Results
C of I 6 - Belvedere 1
Karl Burns and Alistair Dunne put C of I two goals ahead before Belvedere captain Paul Murray got a goal back for his side from a penalty corner to leave half-time score 2-1 in Cof I's favour. In the second half, Alistair Dunne scored twice to complete his hat trick, with Mark Black and Richard Dorman also getting on the score sheet.
C of I 3 - Galway 1
TSB Munster Senior League Div 1 in Galway saw C of I come from behind to beat Galway 3-1.


Sunday February 11th
Senior A beat Dunlops 5 - 4
Fixtures - Cork Leagues
Senior A V Lakewood @ Rocklodge
Senior B V Dunlops @ Fermoy
Inters V Lakewood @ Rocklodge
Juniors V ESB @ Crosshaven
Weekly Lotto Results
Numbers Drawn: 16, 25 & 30
Harry Ramsden's Lucky Dip Winners
Mary O' Reilly c/o The Hall
Linda O' Donovan c/o The Hall
Margaret O' Regan c/o Mark O' Regan
TONIGHTS JACKPOT £1,100 @ The Grange
Website: http://go.to/dpap


The Street Leagues have commenced and for the next six weeks indoor hurling will take centre stage. Over two hundred children have registered and we look forward to a busy and rewarding season. The indoor hurling is scheduled to take place at the Indoor Complex of the GAA Club from 6pm to 9pm on Friday evenings and from 9am to 1pm on Saturdays. This time slot enables thirty children per hour to practice the basic skills of the game in small groups and to participate in a series of short matches to complete each session.
The opening games on Friday night (9th of February) saw keen competition in the six to seven year old category. Shane O'Brien and Graham O'Mahony did well for Kerry while for Antrim Paul Horgan and Kevin McCarthy put in a strong effort. Muiread Mulrooney made a sparkling debut for Kilkenny while both Sean Fahy and Daragh Burke worked hard for Carlow.
In the eight to nine-year-old category Johnny Lingwood and Sinead Carroll battled hard for Laois as did Sean Moloney and Leah O Driscoll for Galway. Dublin was well served by Megan Coughlan and Daniel O Sullivan while prominent for Offaly were Paul Laffan and Eoin Cremin. Sinead Kearney, Luke Kearns and Tommy Harris did Trojan work for Tipperary.
Finally, a brief look at the under ten session where James Cantwell and David Cuthbert shone for Waterford. Eoghan O'Connor and Colm Parnell hurled well for Clare as did Simon Hanbridge and Conor O'Meara for Galway. Shane O'Mahony and Cathal Quinn caught the eye for Cork as did Rory Kavanagh and Kate Hargraves Murphy for Derry.
So as you can see, a busy first week with no rest to come. Next week we will look at the talent on view at the Saturday Morning Fixtures.
Well done to all the parents and mentors involved for getting proceedings off to a good start.


Last weekend 9 nine boys from Douglas Gymnastics Club competed in the National 4 Piece Set final in Dublin. Douglas took home 6 medals and the recipients were:
U.8 Raymond Brierly-2nd
Richard O'Sullivan-3rd
U.10 Mark Allen-2nd
U.12 Conan Kilcoyne-3rd
U.14 Padraig Quinlan-2nd
U.16 John Linehan-3rd
Well done to all those involved.
Next weekend it is the turn of the girls to compete in the National Intermediate 4 Piece Set. Representing Douglas are Katie Murphy and Cait Kelleher. Best of Luck!


The Irish U15 championships were held in Baldoyle, Dublin 2 weeks ago. There were excellent performances from Laura Thompson and Tony O'Sullivan. Laura met Jan Kincade in the semi-final and having lost the first set, she came back to win the next 2. She lost to the undefeated Jennifer King in the final. Laura also reached the finals of the doubles. Tony reached 2 semi-finals in the doubles and singles. Well done to them both.
The Div 3 Mixed team played the final of the cup against Centenery, in Mahon on Sunday. The games were very close and hard fought but Carrigaline were the strongest team on the day, winning 4-0. This is the third year in a row that Div 3 has won the cup. The team: Ann Angelini, Idoia Murphy, Aisling Chapman, Tony O'Loughlin, Tony O'Sullivan, and Martin Hanley.
The Div 1 team travelled to Galway last weekend for the new All Ireland Cup. They beat Galway 5-2, Carlow 4-0 and went on to win the Cup. Well done! The team: David Carroll, Declan Brown, David Thompson, Shane Thompson, Graham Tierney, Valerie Carroll, Karen Cinnamond, Aine Scully, Karen Kinnealy.
The Div 6 Ladies met ESB in the return match of the league. They gave ESB a better run for their money this time taking 1 game. The team: Heather Hegarty, Deirdre Donovan, Deirdre Doran, and Ursula Norris.
New members are still very welcome to the club. Contact Ron on 021 4372705 or call in on club night - Wed 8-11pm.


Sunday February 18 Nemo V O'Hanrahans 2.30pm Clonmel
This is an important week for the club as the senior footballers go head to
head in Clonmel with Leinster champions O'Hanrahans of Carlow. Three underage
matches are being played in Tipperary on the day of he game. Four buses in
total are travelling in support of the team.
Other fixture: Sat 17 Feb V St.Nicholas' 3.30pm Trabeg


It is my privilege as the new PRO of the Douglas Under Age committee to report on our activities last week.
The DHFC Under Age held their AGM on 7/02/01nlast. The committee for the coming year is as follows: Chairman…Christy O'Mahony, Vice-Chairman…Gerry O'Neill, Treasurer…John Reidy, Assistant…… M. O'Callaghan, Pro…….Donie Harris, Committee Members…… R. Kiely, Tim. O'Sullivan, Colm O'Mahony, Brendan Cotter.
The fixture list was curtailed last weekend due to the weather. This weeks fixtures are as follows; Under 15 Section 2 Douglas V St. Michael's @ Church Road Saturday 17th February at 4pm.
Under 15 Section 1 Douglas V Ballincollig away (prov.) 4pm
Pro Work
The Committee would like to thank Par Harrington who did an excellent job as Pro throughout the year. We wish him well in his new roll as Pro for the senior side of the club, Also John Hunt and Pat O'Connor who were Board Delegates. Thanks for your time and effort.
The Committee would like to sympathise with the Kelly family on the recent bereavement of there Mother. (Always in our thoughts)


Cassiano Costa, an ex-Brazilian player, will be In Ireland for ten weeks from mid February until the end of April.
Cassiano to Costa was born in the favIlias in the outskirts of Sao Paolo. The favilla is a poor area of Brazil, where most of the street children live. Cassiano, a street kid until nine years of age, was selected to attend a soccer academy, which was his first access to any formal education. He excelled in soccer and was recruited onto the Brazilian National Panel in 1991. Cassiano played professional football for Ponte Preta, Sao Paolo and CA Juventus in Brazil. He was brought to Europe and played for Syon (Switzerland), Twente (Holland), and Skirkak (Armenia).
Cassiano has seen both ends of Brazilian Society and has a full understanding of Brazilian life. He speaks perfect English and is very capable of explaining Brazilian culture and how football is such an integral part.
With him will be AIessandra Whytegailey, a fellow Brazilian coach who has played soccer at the Rivellinos Soccer School, She has also played with the Sao Paolo Football Club and Is a teacher of futsai using the small No.2 size soccer ball.
Cassiano will bringing up to sixty Brazilian coaches from the University of Sao Paolo to Ireland next summer. One of the coaches he will bring is Parana, an ex-World Cup player.
The Brazilian coaches will be in Cork from March 19th to 23rd .If you are Interested In speaking with Cassiano when he arrives please contact Ronnie Carroll at 01 4972455.


Douglas Senior Footballers played Clonmel Commercials in round three of the Munster Club senior Football League. A win would put Douglas into the quarterfinal of the competition. This game was originally fixed for Clonmel but had to be changed to Pilmore in East Cork.
The first half was very disappointing for Douglas. Despite a plentiful supply of the ball a number of scoring chances were missed including a penalty. The Tipperary boys were far more economical in their use of possession. Out of ten scoring chances they converted six. Half time score Clonmel 1-5 Douglas 0-0.
The second half, Douglas played more direct football and this resulted in some good scores. But the eight-point interval lead proved too much - the team reduced the deficit to four points at the final whistle 2-8 to 1-7.
The competition was a marvellous experience for the lads - especially playing against teams from other counties.
Stephen O'Donoghue played well on his debut, others to impress were; Thomas Sheehan, Paul Aherne, Niall Gannon and Willy Coveney.
Recently three of our players were on the Seandun U 16 football panel, which reached the Inter-Divisional final. The players involved were Fergal O'Sullivan, Neill Heffernan and Connor Alcock.
Congratulations to Amanda O'Regan on her magnificent feat in scoring 44 points in the Schools All-Ireland Basketball final. Also well done to her Mum Christine who was coach to the team.
I visited the Street Leagues Indoor hurling last Saturday. It was marvellous to see two fifteen year olds Michael O'Mahony and Denis O'Riordan and two seventeen year olds Brian O'Loughlin (JR) and FionnŠin O'Sullivan helping to look after the teams.
It is nice to see Dermot Keane back in the village after his operation.
On Friday night next there is a Fashion Show in the pavilion at 8.30. This is in aid of the Intermediate players holiday fund. All clothes are sponsored by Icon, Dunnes Stores and Cummins Sports. The show is presented by Clare Cullinane from RTE's "Off the Rails".
The Club Victory Dinner takes place at the Rochestown Park Hotel on Friday 23rd of February. This promises to be a marvellous night of celebration. Over three hundred people are expected to attend. To the best of my knowledge there are still tickets for sale.
Finally may I wish the incoming Under Age Committee the best of luck for the coming year and especially Donie Harris who takes over my job as PRO.




ICICYMA IBC Open Licenced Triples (3-Bowl) Competition for the ICICYMA
Perpetual Trophy played on Sunday 11th February at Garryduff Sports Centre:
Quarter-finals: Ballincollig Community (D Twohig) beat ICICYMA
(Chris Heaslip), Crosshaven (C Middleton) beat Brookfield (Carmel Eadie),
Sylvan (H Foley) beat ICICYMA (Bernard Logan) and Douglas Community (J
Lynch) beat St Anthony's (John Fitzpatrick) Semi-finals: Ballincollig
Community (D Twohig) beat Crosshaven (Conor Middleton, Edward Farrell &
Mary Middleton) and Douglas Community (J Lynch) beat Sylvan (Hazel Foley,
Hazel Payne & Ann Hession)(6/6X7E)(SDEE)
Final: Ballincollig Community (D Twohig, M Buckley & K Buckley) beat
Douglas Community (John Lynch, Don Murphy & Betty Mc Carthy)(7/6)
The final was umpired by Martin Bracken and Betty Shellard

Ballincollig Community captured the ICICYMA title after a thrilling game
against Douglas Community After three ends Ballincollig led by 3/1 and
after five ends had increased their lead to (5/1) In the 6th end Douglas
Community staged a great comeback to score five shots and take the lead by
one (6/5) playing the last end However,in the (7th) and final end
Ballincollig replied with a two to secure victory by one shot (7/6)

Trustee Savings Bank Inter Club League Table (Round Seven):
Section One: Ballincollig Community (Blue) 17pts, Ballinlough Community
(Blue) 16pts, Wilton (Blue) 13pts, Grange Frankfield (Blue) 10pts, St
Anthony's (Red) 9pts, Highfield (Blue) 8pts, Conna (Blue) 8pts and Midleton (Red) 3pts
Section Two: Douglas Community (White) 16pts, Wilton (Red) 14pts, Nemo
14pts, Brookfield (Red) 10pts, Ballincollig GAA (Red) 9pts, Iona (Red)
8pts, Little Island 8pts and Cobh 5pts
Section Three: Ballincollig Community (Red) 19pts, Kinsale 17pts,
Mitchelstown 11pts, St Luke's 10pts, Lower Aghada 9pts, Ballinlough
Community (Red) 6pts, Brookfield (Blue) 6pts and South Parish 6pt
Section Four: Grange Frankfield (Red) 11pts, Ballincollig GAA (Blue)
11pts, Crosshaven 11pts, Cathedral Parish (Blue) 9pts, Rockies (Blue) 9pts,
Douglas GAA (Red) 9pts and St Michael's 3pts
Section Five: ICICYMA 17pts, Bandon 14pts, St Finbarre's 13pts, Douglas
11pts, St Vincent's (Red) 10pts, Mallow 9pts, Glounthaune 8pts and Parkway 2pts
Section Six: ICICYMA (Blue) 15pts, Sylvan 15pts, Douglas GAA (Blue) 15pts,
Carrigaline Community (Red) 12pts, Cathedral Parish (Red) 7pts, Pfizers
7pts and Watergrasshill 2pts
Section Seven : Douglas Community (Red) 16pts, Conna (Red) 11pts, St
Vincent's (Blue) 10pts, Carrigaline GAA (Blue) 9pts, Carrigaline Community
(Blue) 8pts, Blarney Street (Red) 6pts and St Mary's 3pts
Section Eight : Douglas Community (Blue) 19pts, Carrigaline GAA (Red)
14pts, Highfield (Red) 12pts,
I I B A (Cork Zone) Committee for 2000/2001: J B O'Regan, (Convener), J
Butler, A Farrell, H Foley, P Long, J Lynch, C O'Kelly, M O'Regan, M J
O'Shaughnessy, S O'Sullivan, H Payne, G Quinn, A Ruxton, D Twohig & J Warren

Fixtures: Highfield IBC Open Licenced Triples Tournament 2001 for the
Highfield Perpetual Shield at Highfield Rugby Club, Wednesday 14th to
Sunday 18th February
Douglas GAA IBC Open Licenced Triples Tournament for the Douglas Credit Union Trophy at Douglas GAA Pavillon on Monday 19th to Sunday 25th February 2001


Douglas had a well deserved win over Newcastlewest on Sunday. Having had a shaky start, Douglas settled down to a 34-7 win. Substitute Dave O'Callaghan scored twice along with Owen Maloney. Scrum-half Willie Lehane had a good game and did a bit of work for everyone else.
The Douglas first team play their last league game against Old Christians in Rathcooney at three o'clock. While the seconds play Clonakilty at twelve thirty in Clonakilty.

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