31st May, 2001
Weekly Sports


Our high hopes were shattered in Turners Cross last Saturday night, when Peake Villa just got the better of our Youths in the Munster Youths Cup Final. The final score was 1-0, with the Peake Villa goal scored with 20 minutes to go. To the 'Hall's great credit, they pinned the Tipperary side back for the remainder of the game, but could not get the equalising goal.
As a postscript to the Munster Final, Brian Wilkinson, the team captain, proved his leadership qualities with his after-match speech in circumstances that were less than perfect - speaking with commendable dignity to compliment the victors. Well done Brian! The Youths now face a hectic schedule of cup matches, with a Semi-Final and Final this week, for which the lads will need to focus carefully.
The MSL Juniors were close to a major upset last Sunday in the Super Cup Semi Final, when they were defeated on penalties following an epic tie against Garryduff, who have been the top junior side this season. The 'Hall took the lead through Brian Foley, but were pegged back and headed late in the game. Brian McSweeney popped up with the equaliser to send the game into extra time. The game was not without controversy, with a 'Hall goal disallowed late on, which would have given us the win. Alas, following a scoreless extra time, Garryduff were more accurate from the spot, to move to the Super Cup Final.
The AUL Juniors continued their campaign with a couple of league matches last week. First up were Lough Celtic and despite the absence of goal king, Jimmy Floyd Keating, the 'Hall secured a fine draw, 2-2, with goals from James Slowey and Rory O'Sullivan. Their second game was home to Inishannon, and the 'Hall were good value for a 2-0 win. David Long was flawless in goals and top scorer, Brendan Crown and Paul O'Mahony contributed the goals.
The Under 16's travelled to Midleton and in a smahsing match, drew 4-4 with the home side. The goals were scored by Gavin Draper, Anton Leong, Darren O'Connor and Stephen Barry. This was, by all accounts, Liam O'Sullivan's last match in charge of this team, and he must be complimented on their terrific performance this season, following their promotion to Premier ranks. They were very comfortable on the higher stage and finished very safely on middle ground. We would also like to take this opportunity to wish Liam and Deirdre all the best for the future, with their forthcoming wedding on the horizon. All the best from everyone in the club.
The two under 14 sides were in action, with mixed results. The under 14 Premier side hosted Youghal Utd., and despite dominating much of the game were held to a 1-1 draw. Stephen Bermingham, released from goals for the day, scored the 'Hall goal. The Division 1 side found Carrigaline Utd. too hot to handle. The visitors are hot favourites to gain promotion and were much too strong for the 'Hall, winning 7-1. Jason Crosbie scored the 'Hall goal.
Under 12
The Under 12s have qualified for the League Semi Final and host Mallow Utd. next Sunday morning. Ollie Carroll has done a fine job with this side, and they will be hoping to cap their season by securing promotion to Premier ranks. Mallow are sure to provide a stiff test, but the 'Hall are well capable and will be well fired up for the challenge - the best of luck to everyone involved.
Under 8, 9 and 10
The playing season gets underway on Friday evening, when the Douglas Hall 8's, 9's and 10's host Richmond at the pitch at 7.00. All 8's, 9's and 10's should be at the pitch at 6.30.
Thursday, 31 May: Murphy Youths Cup Final: Turners Cross v. Passage, 7.00
Friday, 1 June: Under 14 (D1) League: Home v. Casement Celtic, 7.30
Under 8, 9 and 10: Home v. Richmond, 7.00
Sunday, June 3: AUL Junior League Home v. Strand Utd., 10.45
Under 12 Division 1 League Semi Final, Home v. Mallow Utd., 11.00
Tuesday, June 5: Under 14 Prem. League Away v. Midleton, 7.30
Under 14 D1 League Home v. Carrigaline FC, 7.30


On the 19th of this month, 6 girls representing Douglas, defended their
title at the National Team Championships competition in Dublin. The team
was made up of Sheila Quinlan, Sarah Callan, Sarah Wedel, Chloe Hegarty, Amy
Keating and Katie Murphy. They were competing against teams from all over
the country. This is the seventh time in eleven years that a team from
Douglas Gymnastics Club has won the competition. the girls are coached by
Debbie McDonnell, Mairead O'Callaghan and Sarah Canning.
Last weekend, Douglas Gym hosted the inaugural 4 Piece Friendly Team
competition. 125 gymnasts took part in the competition, which was a huge
success. Douglas had 22 gymnasts taking part. There were three age groups:
U.9, U.12 and U.13. The U.9 team from Douglas came first with Emma O'Keffe
taking first overall in the Individual competition. the U.12 team placed
third. The U.13 team took gold with Aimee O'Driscoll taking first overall
in the individual competition and gold on Vault, Bars and Floor. Emma
Hamill took home the bronze medal on floor and Aisling Moloney took home the
bronze on Vault with Aideen McCarthy taking the silver.


Douglas Hall girls U 14 Douglas 1 V. Wilton 4
First game of the new season for our girls despite Wilton having the advantage with a game under their belts and being the strongest team in our group. Manager Mick Walshe was very happy with the performance considering it was an experimental team for him. We learnt a lot from this game with some great performances from Grace Mead, super-sub Robyn lynch, Ashling Collins who thrives on putting the ball in the back of the net, and Louise Martin who wore her captains arm band with pride and proved to be a worthy team leader. Congratulations to Douglas Seniors on winning the League

Douglas Hall Girls U 16 Cup Semi-Final Douglas Hall 1 V Wilton 2
Wilton struck first with a goal in the first half hour, but Jennifer Walshe once again proving we have a female version of David Beckham ( not the Hairstlyle) in Douglas Hall scored a great free kick to put us level. Douglas played well in the first half with some super strikes from Ashling Collins while Maire Moyihan made some great saves for us, we left our guard down with five minutes to go and left Wilton score. Great displays all over the field that impressed our senior manager.


The end of season dinner dance was held last Friday night in Fernhill Golf Club. There was a big turnout for the occasion and a great night was had by all. Special thanks to Maggie Morris for organising the event.
Cups and prizes were awarded for the Club Championships:
Ladies Doubles - Idoia Murphy and Phil Mc Carthy bt Susan O'Reilly and Judy Barrett 15-10/14-15/15-10.
Men's Doubles - David Stynes and Ron Thompson (well done Ron) bt Billy Cantwell and Wilton Flynn 3-15/15-10/15-4.
Mixed Doubles - Tony O'Loughlin and Betty Thompson bt Craig Casey and Idoia Murphy 4-15/15-3/15-12.
Novice Doubles - Deirdre O'Donovan and Josephine bt Tina and Mairead 11-15/15-7/15-12.

Club Person of the Year Award was presented to Idoia Murphy for all her hard work as treasurer over the years. Juvenile of the Year Award and a special award of a bronze shuttle and net were presented jointly to Tony O'Sullivan and Laura Thompson for selection on the Irish squad.
The club juveniles performed outstandingly during the year in the County League.
Girls U15 winners: Maeve Fitzgerald, Laura Tobin, Sandra Moran, Orla Crowley.
Girls U17 winners: Ciara Fitzgerald, Any Collins, Orla Crowley, Sandra Moran
Boys U17 winners: Cathal O'Shea, Padraig Moran, Conor Hayes, David Walsh.

New members are still very welcome to the club and summer membership is now available at £32. Contact Ron on 021 4372705 or call in on club night - Wed 8-11pm.



Douglas Produce Winning Display In Senior Hurling League.
Douglas travelled east last week to play Midleton. The Magpies opened the scoring with a goal in the first minute. This setback did not deter Douglas, goals by Tomas Twomey and Brian Boyle gave Douglas a half time lead of 2~5 to 2-2.
The hurling was tough, Douglas matched their opponents in the physical stakes. Paddy Barry was a commanding figure in the middle of the field- David McSweeney and Shane Carroll were outstanding in defence Rory Gunn impressed in attack. Douglas went on to record a fine victory on a scoreline of 2-12 to 2-7.
Douglas travelled to Carrigadrochid to play Canovee. Douglas were in command for long periods but lapses of concentration allowed the Mid Cork boys to stay in touch. The halftime score was 3-6 to 1-6 in favour of Douglas.
Canovee started the second in flying fashion and but for some excellent goalkeeping by David Dorney Douglas would have been in arears. The introduction of Kenny Barry certainly had a big impact on the display of the forward division. Jeremy McCARTHY was excellent in defence. Douglas finished strongly to win on a scoreline of 6-15 to 3-12.
Well done to Douglas Community School on winning the under 16 football championship. There were twelve Douglas players on the starting fifteen. Well done also to DOUGLAS Hall Seniors on winning the league.
Douglas lost their unbeaten record in this competition to Mallow on Saturday night last. The sides were level four points each after twenty minutes. In the remainder of the half Mallow scored 1-3 without reply. Mallow with a plentiful supply of the ball from midfield scored points from all angles. The Douglas forwards failed as a unit to make an impact, And allowed the ball to be cleared too easily. In fairness Douglas did create a number of goalscoring oppertunities -two of which they scored. To progress in this league Douglas will have to win all the remainder of their games. Final score Mallow 2-16 Douglas 2-5. Barry Hanrahan, Richard Harris, Denis 0'Riordan and Eoin Carroll were best for Douglas.
Douglas played Whites Cross in this game. The sides were very evenly matched throughout the opening half. The highlight of the opening half from a Douglas point of view was a well converted penalty by Garoid 0'Leary to leave the sides level at the interval. The second half was a replica of the opening thirty minutes in that there was little to separate the teams. Ger 0'Sullivan and Patrick Tobin were very solid in defence - John Ross Hunt fielded well at midfield, whilst in attack Conor McCarthy got some nice points. Whites Cross held out for victory on a scoreline of 1-8 to 1-7.
JUNIOR B Football Championship.
After a very disappointing performance Douglas bowed out to St Finbarrs in this competition. The opening twenty minutes was most competitive - in the remaining ten minutes the Barrs scored a couple of goals which effectively ended the game as a contest. Final score 3-9 to 0-7.
Paddy Barry became the first player from Douglas to captain a Cork hurling team on Sunday last- Paddy captained the Cork Intermediate team. Gary Wade was also on the panel.

Douglas G.A. A. Under Age (by Donie Harris)
Feile na nGael
After their dramatic win 2 weeks ago, the Feile team were beaten by a bigger and more physical Youghal team. 3 goals in the first 10 minutes didn't help the Douglas cause, although playing some good hurling and scoring 2- 9 they showed that they were in the game for a long time. Steven Moylan, who was our chief scorer scoring 1-8, and marked by 3 or 4 opponents and showed that he is a player for the future. Another player for the future that is after making his mark is David Olden. Other players to play well were Ian Bermingham ii' goal, who couldn't be faulted for the goals that passed him and AIan Barry who played very well in the back line. This team can only improve and sharpen up in the forward line and they will go a long way in this year's Feile which starts on the 22nd of June against their host club from Dublin.
Under 15 Football league Section 1
A game that Douglas won easy which they played some very good football. The back line played very well and so did their mid field meaning that their forwards got plenty supply of the ball and scoring 5 -10 proves that the forwards had their shooting boots on them. Players to play well were Diarmuid Murphy who played corner back and Brian 0'Connor and Gary Hanrahan.
Under 12 league Sth/Est
Douglas V Sliabh Rua
In their first game of hurling this year, this young team travelled to Riverstick last Sunday morning. A good game of hurling on both sides but the more bigger Sliabb Rua team ran out easy winners. Douglas on the other hand, played some very good hurling and never gave up.
Although beaten by a high score, this team will go from strength to strength in the months ahead. Players to play well were Colm Lucey, Ian Turner and Siaf Ullah.
Under 12's City Championship
Douglas 1-8 V Blackrock 2-6
A game that started with Blackrock dominating. It took a long while for the Douglas team to settle, but Theo Culnane and Orahan Mullrooney got the grip on their opponents, it seemed that Douglas began to play. Now the forwards were getting a good supply of tile ball but were making little use of it. Blackrock scored a goal against the run of play and the Douglas heads started to go down a small bit. In the second half whatever the Douglas mentors said was a different ball game in this half. The Douglas backs tightened up and our mid field won a lot Of ball. Douglas completely dominated this half but just could not get the vital score. Blackrock ran out not so easy winners by a single point, which was a very entertaining game. Players to play well were 'Ed McWhinney at full back, Gavin Dempsey and Brian O'Callaghan.
Under 14 Hurling Challenge
Douglas V St. Pats (Limerick)
Last Sunday Douglas played St.Pats in a very entertaining game. Douglas proved to be a better team in the first half in which Alan Barry played very well at full back. The second half our opponents came more into the game but Douglas held out to win by 5 points in the end.
P.S; If you are going away for a well deserved break this June weekend enjoy.
Fe 14 Hurling League Section 1
Douglas V Blackrock at Home Sat 02/06/01 @ 1.30 PM
Fe 13 Hurling League Section 1
Douglas v Fermoy at Home Sat 02/06/01 @ 3 PM.
Fe 12 Hurling League Section 1
Douglas V St Finbarrs (2) at Home Fri. 01/06/01 @ 7 PM.


Douglas RFC had a disappointing end to the season, losing in the O'Neill Cup Final to Ballincollig on Sunday. Douglas led at half-time and it seemed they would run out winners. Ballincollig, however, had other ideas, and came out in the second half more determined, and slowly gained the upper hand. A break away try in injury time in the second half was the difference between the two sides. Ballincollig won 25 - 18. Douglas RFC would like to thank all those who came to support them this season, and hope to see you all again next season.
Douglas R.F.C. A.G.M. 8.30 tonight in the hall.


(Sponsored by Douglas Credit Union)

On Saturday last, May 26th, the Street League Football Finals took place to the great enjoyment of a large and enthusiastic attendance. Members of the Carrigaline Pipe Band led the parade of teams, mentors and supporters through Douglas Village to the GAA Club grounds where matches commenced at 2pm.
Over three hundred children participated in eleven finals and although “official” results emerged every game in reality produced “two” sets of winners! All games were keenly contested and produced some splendid passages of football. It was great to see the level of improvement in the basic skills which has taken place over the last couple of months, particularly in the under seven category where most of the players are now well able to “catch and kick”.
Presentation of prizes took place in the clubhouse where “Podsie” O Mahony, the well known Cork and Ballincollig footballer was our guest of honour. He gave willingly of his time to present trophies to all the players who took part on the day. He was assisted by Ronan Mc Carthy and by Cork under twenty-one players Thomas Sheehan and Cormac Dineen. Many thanks to these four stars for making themselves available. The children and the committee appreciate your efforts.
The large crowd was addressed by Billy Mc Carthy, club president and by Der O Regan, club chairman. Michael O Connell spoke on behalf of our sponsors, Douglas Credit Union. Hopefully the links established with the Credit Union will remain strong in the years ahead, to the mutual benefit of both organisations.
It is rumoured that a large contingent adjourned to the bar for light “refreshments” following presentations. It proved a good opportunity for parents, mentors and the street league committee to meet and unwind following a job “well done”. Well done also to the bar staff for tolerating cheerfully the extra work involved in coping with the large numbers. A special thanks to Margaret Kennedy for “leading the charge” in “Operation Hoover” once the children had “evacuated”!
Finally, it must be said that the overall success of the day was due in no small part to the drive, enthusiasm and excellent organisational skills of our Street League Chairman Finbar Kearney. Accepting the “baton” from Alf Hanrahan was no easy task but Finbar has now almost completed his first season with flying colours. Well done to Finbar and to his strong committee team for their efforts to date.
Outdoor hurling commences on Saturday, June 2nd at the usual times and will run for the month of June. Watch this space !


Douglas Community School teams have been busy over the past week or so with matches in hurling, football and soccer. Due to the Foot and Mouth Disease precautions in the Spring there has been a back up of fixtures in the various school completions, which are now been cleared.
The U-16 Footballers beat Carrigaline Community School in the semi-final of the County Championship last week and went on to win the County final in Bishopstown on Wednesday, beating Scoil Muire gan Smál of Blarney on a scoreline of 3-10 to 2-7. Man of the match was the DCS goalkeeper David Dorney.
The U-14 Footballers were unfortunate be meet a very strong Mitchelstown team in their County semi-final on Wednesday and went out of the championship at that stage.
The U-14 Soccer Squad had a comprehensive victory over Cobh Community College on the school grounds on Monday and now go on in confident mood to the County final against Nagle Community College next week.
The U-14 Hurling Team went through to the County final by beating Youghal CBS on Monday also. Their opponents in the final are not yet known.
The school squads are fortunate in having such extensive sporting facilities on the grounds of the school at this time. There is a soccer pitch, a hurling and football pitch, and an all-weather pitch for hockey, a tennis court and a full basketball-size sports hall for indoor training.


Saturday 26th May
Winner: Cathal Foley
Runner-Up: William McCarthy
Plate Winner: David Gregson
Sunday 27th May
P Sheehan & T Noonan - 37 1/2
T Sheehan & E Ryan - 42

Weekly Lotto Results
Numbers Drawn: 1, 15 and 25
Lucky Dip Winners
Tina noonan c/o Briar Rose; Kevin Neiland c/o Ger Neiland; Noreen & Liz c/o T adhg Sheehan
Venue: St Columbas Hall
Web site: http://go.to/dpap

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