8th March, 2001
COLLEGE CORINTHIANS AFC
With the Foot & Mouth crisis forcing the
cancellation of all games last weekend the break gives me the
opportunity to have a look at some events coming up on the
Corinthians' calendar over the next few weeks.
Primary Schools 2nd Class Blitz Invitations have now been sent out to a number of primary schools for this year's 2nd Class Blitz. This year's competition promises to be the biggest and best yet with a number of schools indicating their intention to enter for the first time. We are hoping to hold the competition on Wednesday, March 21st, when the holders St. Columbus Boys School, Douglas will be defending their title.
Street Leagues The start of this years Street Leagues competition is scheduled for Saturday, 24th March. The Leagues this year will cater for the U7 to U11 age groups, with registration taking place on Saturday mornings. Registration times are as follows : U9 (1991) - 9.30 am 10.45am U7 & U8 (1992, '93 & '94) - 12 .15pm 1.30pm.
Soccer Marathon On Saturday, April 7th the Club will be holding its Annual Soccer Marathon. Games will start at first light in Corinthians' Park and will go on for the entire day. This year we will also be holding a skills competition for some of our under age teams.
UK Trip The Corinthian boys U11 Premier Division Team are hoping to travel to Liverpool at Easter to take part in an International Soccer Tournament. Corinthians are currently top of the U11 Premier Division, having won all their games this season. Also over the Easter period , top Dublin schoolboys side Belvedere Boys will be travelling to Cork to take on a Corinthians U11 selection. Plans are also in place to take two U10 teams to Dublin over the St. Patrick's weekend to take on Dublin side Granada. However all of the above will obviously depend on developments in relation to the Foot & Mouth disease.
Race Night The Club has organised a fund raising Race Night for Thursday, April 5th in the Viaduct Inn. We will be looking for support from all our members and parents for what should be a most enjoyable evening.
UCC v College Corinthians Did you know that College Corinthians was founded in 1971 by a group of UCC graduates eager to pursue their foot balling careers with the friends they had made in College. The links between UCC and Corinthians have remained strong ever since, with Corinthians recognised as the graduate club for UCC students. The senior teams from both clubs are currently vying for league honours in the Munster Senior League Premier Division and on Saturday afternoon, March 31st, UCC will take on the College Corinthians Senior team in a vital league match. The game will be played on UCC's new prunti pitch at the Mardyke. To make the occasion a truly special one the two clubs have got together to organise a pre-match lunch in Jurys. Former Republic of Ireland Manager, Eoin Hand, will be the guest speaker for what promises to be a very enjoyable occasion. Anyone seeking further information about the day's events should contact Dave Ronayne at (4364523.)
DOUGLAS GAA SENIOR SECTION
There were no matches at all last weekend in fact all games in
both the City and County were cancelled due to the threat of Foot
and Mouth disease.
The intermediate hurlers or should I correctly say the Senior Hurlers jetted to the sun last Saturday - Lanzarote was their destination. May I wish the Lads and Ladies a most enjoyable holiday.
I would like to compliment Brendan Larkin on the publication of a newsletter, which was launched on the night of the Victory Dinner.
There is a coloured photograph in the centre pages, taken on the day of the County Hurling Final. The Senior Footballers are also featured.
In fact all sections of the club are covered in this well presented sixteen-page booklet. There are contact numbers for each section and each different age group. Within the next few weeks the Newsletter will be distributed to over 5500 households.
The Minor hurlers had their first get together last Wednesday. The squad this year is very young but if the enthusiasm shown the other night is anything to go by, it should be a good year ahead.
Pat Harrington (Ass. Pro) Senior Section
The 6th Cork Macaoimh had their Competition
Inspection last Friday evening. The lads did themselves and the
section proud. Thanks have to be expressed at this stage to the
parents of the Macaoimh whose support has been extraordinary!
We were due to travel to Russagh Mill Activity Centre in Skibereen this weekend. Due to the Foot and Mouth Scare, we have had to cancel this activity with great regret. National Headquarters have prohibited any non-urban activity by sections until further notice. This applies to activities such as hill walking and orienteering.
You will have seen and heard in the news this week that the hills of our country were populated with hill-walkers over the weekend, despite appeals from government officials. If we succeed in keeping the disease from this country it will be nothing short of a miracle. Organisations (such as Scouting) across the country are doing their part. Surely individuals can begin to do theirs?
Our section meetings continue as usual for the time being. New members; are always welcome.
This week we shall be recalling the activities of
the past year of one of our underage teams. Nemo Rangers' U- 14s
of 2000 (South Douglas Rd) had a productive and testing year
which wasn't short of action. They began their football league
with a win over Carrigaline. This winning streak continued and
Nemo ended up losing only one of their matches and therefore
qualified for the league semi-final.
They then switched to hurling. Following their success in the U13 "B" league and championship the previous year, it was time for the step up into the "A" grade. They had a narrow loss to Na Piarsaigh in their first game. The rest of their league form was indifferent and saw them winning two games, losing four and drawing one.
The Feile na nOg came around in football and Nemo were drawn against Douglas. The Douglas boys proved their superiority from the outset and ran on to an easy victory against their close rivals.
In the Feile hurling, Nemo had better luck, defeating Delaney's in the first game. Nemo then moved on to the county semi-final where they played Freemount. This was a tight game, which saw Nemo's strength tested. They eventually came up trumps with the victory. In the county final, Nemo faced Kanturk in Pairc Ui Rinn. This was a fiercely contested game that saw Kanturk lead by a point at half time. The second half was even tighter with the sides going tit-for-tat all the way through. Unfortunately, Nemo were beaten by a single goal in controversial circumstances.
Championship came around in hurling and again Nemo were pitted against Douglas. Douglas defended well and their forwards took some great scores to deny Nemo once again.
In football they faced Mayfield in the first round. They won this game by four points and moved onto the semi-final where they faced Bishopstown. This was a low scoring game with Nemo winning by two points. In the final, they played Blackrock in dreadful conditions at Bishopstown. Both sides tried hard and forced a draw, scoring 2-2 each. In the replay at Nemo's grounds, Nemo started well and led convincingly at half time. They continued to get scores in the second half and ran out easy winners. As a result they qualified for the county final where they faced Kanturk for the second time. This game was played in terrible conditions and ended in a draw. The replay at Ballingeary was a more open game with Kanturk running out winners in the end. Judging by their endeavors in the past seasons, this team is showing promising signs for the future in Nemo Rangers!
IIBA SHORT MAT INDOOR BOWLS
This weekend saw Ashton Ladies Div 3 Team return to winning ways following last weeks St Anthony's IBC Open Licenced Triples Tournament for the St Anthony's
Perpetual Cup played on the 3rd March 2001 at St Anthony's Hall
Quarter-finals: Ballincollig Community (D Twohig) beat Grange Frankfield
(D O'Sullivan), Conna (D Tobin) beat Ballincollig GAA (G O'Donoghue),
Grange Frankfield (G Swanton) beat Carrigaline Community (T Burke) and
Ballinlough Community (V Barry) beat Iona (M Cooney) Semi-finals:
Ballincollig Community (D Twohig) beat Conna (Dick Tobin, B Hamilton &
David Tobin) and Grange Frankfield (G Swanton) beat Ballinlough Comm (V
Barry, M Hallissey & K Wills)
Final: Ballincollig Community (D Twohig, M Buckley & A Twohig) beat Grange
Frankfield (G Swanton, A Flanagan & K Twomey)(9/8)
The final was umpired by Con Middleton and Michael Murray
Cork Zone Inter Club Championship for the Frances Cody Trophy (Second Round
Games) Ballinlough Community versus Highfield (Ballinlough Comm names
Singles: D Fitzgibbon lost to M Noonan: Triples: L Towler, T Mc Carthy &
M Murphy lost to D Hourihan, E O Mahony & A Lysaght and N Barry, P O'Connor
& A Delea lost to J Warren, P Ryan & I Mc Carthy: Pairs: N Barry & M
Collins lost to P Ahern & R O'Donoghue: Fours: S Mullins, L Towler, M
Hallissey & K Wills beat M Noonan, J Ryall, M Barry & P Lane and D
Fitzgibbon, V Barry, S Daly & N Fitzgibbon halfed with M O'Connor, J
Warren, R Warren & E O'Leary Result: Ballinlough Community 4pts,
Grange Frankfield versus Ballincollig GAA (Grange Frankfield names first)
Singles: G Swanton halfed with PJ Hagen: Triples: S O'Sullivan, A
Flanagan & K Twomey beat M Sisk, A O'Donoghue & M Boyde and P Power, T
Dinan & M Foley beat D O'Mahony, S Boyde & J O'Brien: Pairs: D & E
O'Sullivan lost to S O'Leary & K Mangan: Fours: E Cooper, G & E Swanton &
F Richardson beat G O' Donoghue,B Mc Carthy, C O'Mahony & M Boyde and B
Stack, B Cremin, P Rodgers & N Linehan lost to PJ Hagen, E Mc Gurry, M
O'Brien & M Sisk
Result: Grange Frankfield 10pts and Ballincollig GAA 7pts
Fixtures: Martha Treacy Cup and Plate Finals on March 7th, 8th, 9th & 10th
at Garryduff Sports Centre: Wilton IBC Open Licenced Fours Competition on
the 9th, 10th, 11th, 16th 17th & 18th March 2001 at SMA Hall
DOUGLAS MILLS BRIDGE CLUB
Mon26Feb S. Carroll & M. Lynch - 1st
A. O'Donnell & J. Taylor - 2nd
Tues27Feb(AmJun) M. & J Lahiffe - 1st
Tues27Feb(AmSen) P. O'Mahony & B. Conneely - 1st
V. Brownlow & F Hurley - 2nd
Tues27Feb(PmJun) C. Rothwell & E McCarthy - 1st
Tues27Feb(PmSen) D. Moriarty & E. Taylor - 1st
J. & B O'Sullivan - 2nd
Wed28Feb Am A. Murphy & I O'Riordan - 1st
A & C Nolan - 2nd
Wed28Feb Novice J. Horgan & J. Fitzgerald - 1st
Wed28Feb(PmYellow) L Scott & J. Cahill - 1st
J. & E Taylor - 2nd
Wed28Feb(PmGreen) P McAuliffe & D. Crowley - 1st
P. Skehan & T. Long - 2nd
Thur1Mar Novice J. Kingston & M O'Malley - 1st
Thur1Mar (Jun) R. Craven & C. Rothwell - 1st
Thur1Mar (Sen) Mgt Murphy & D. O'Flynn - 1st
T. Purcell & S. O'Shaughnessy - 2nd
DOUGLAS GAA STREET LEAGUES
(SPONSORED BY DOUGLAS CREDIT UNION)
This week we focus on the activities of Saturday 3rd of March. It is again important to acknowledge the efforts of the coaches who give so freely of their time to supervise the young stars of tomorrow. This week Graham Murray, Denis 0'Riordan and Rachel 0'Callaghan were among those lending a helping hand. Well done.
In the first hour of action Kerry had strong performances from Darragh McNamara, Ciaran Collins and Cian Beale while Antrim looked to Crista 0'Brien and an excellent Paul Beale for inspiration. Aoife 0'Donnell, Brian John Cuthbert, Alan Cremin and Roy Hickey hurled well for Carlow while Alan Murray, Eoghan 0'Brien and Conor Shannon sparkled for Meath. Outstanding Aoibhin Killeen and top-class displays from her brother Andrew and from Anthony McDaid made Kilkenny hard to beat.
In the under seven category Conor Malone and Luke 0'Leary did well for Kilkenny as did Gavin Murphy and Francesco Giorgio for Antrim. Carlow had Stephen Pinfield and Darragh 0'Brien in great form while Alison Peate, Ryan Jordan and Gary Beecher put in fine displays for Kerry. Meath looked to the sterling efforts of Shane 0'Donoghue, Ian Lucey and David 0'Halloran to keep them in contention.
In the under nine section Offaly were well served by Andrew Lehane and Stephen Randles while Eoin 0'Riain and Eoin Dolan were to the fore for Tipperary. Kevin Devey and Greg Chambers were stalwarts for Dublin and for the tribesmen of Galway Cian Ryder, Robert Fitzpatrick and Josh Landers were class acts. Rory Scannell, Ciaran Barry and Joe Loftus impressed for Laois.
Finally, in the under ten session, Kevin Olden, Alan Kenny and Robert Shannon stood out for Derry as did Ronan Kelly, Jerry Roche and Conor Leonard for Clare. A brilliant goal-keeping display by Ross Heelan, aided by the skills of Stephen 0'Sullivan and Philip Shine saw Cork perform well while Galway had Paul Kenny and Paul 0'Halloran in great form. Liam Kenefick, Mikey Kenny and Aongus 0'Laoire were top performers for a strong Wexford outfit.
This indoor hurling league is proving to be a great success and we look forward to the skills on display being transferred to the outdoor arena later in the season.
Oliver Carroll (PRO)
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