1st November, 2001
Weekly Sports


By Pat Harrington

Douglas Reach U16 County Hurling Final.
After a week of very wet weather, the County U16 semi-final between Ballinhassig and Douglas went ahead in Douglas on Monday morning. The pitch was very sticky with players finding it difficult to play the ball. The South East boys settled first picking off two early points. By mid way through the half Douglas themselves had settled bringing the scores level. Thomas Cotter began to dominate the square, Frank Tobin striking well at wing back while Kenny Barry was very effective at corner forward and later at centre forward. Douglas were awarded a penalty just on the stroke of half time which was converted confidently by Mark Harrington to leave Douglas lead at the break by 1-5 to 3 points.
Douglas, playing with the elements were on top of their game after the interval but spurned a number of good scoring chances. In the last ten minutes Douglas got the vital scores to win on a scoreline of 2-11 to 5 points. Others to impress were Denis O'Riordan and Paddy White. The County Hurling Final in all probability will be next Saturday against Newtown Shandrum. It is vital that the team has plenty of support so check club notice board for confirmation of venue and times.
County Champions
Congratulations to Douglas U14 Footballers who won the County Title A Grade at the expense of Blarney. His is the third year in succession that the trophy has wound its way back to Douglas. Great stuff lads!!!
In 1957 Douglas won the U-15 Football Championship this competition wasn't won by Douglas again until 2000. A committee was formed at the club to organise a function to honour both the '57 and '00 teams. Almost two hundred people were present and a special programme with photographs of the teams was available on the night, which also saw the presentation of plaques to both teams and their mentors. The committee should be rightly proud of themselves for a job well done.
All Ireland Success.
Well done to Paddy Barry and Gary Wade who won All Ireland medals with the Cork Intermediate Hurling Team over the weekend.


By Donie Harris

Douglas retain Under 14 County
Douglas 4-10 V Blarney 4-4
Fresh from their victory over Nemo last week, Douglas took on Blarney last weekend. Playing direct football we were well in control for the first half where Philip Holland and Eoin Cotter were giving the Blarney backs a tough time. Half time score 3-3 to 1-2. The second half started with Blarney taking the game to Douglas. It was Blarney's turn to play good football. For a game that Douglas was in control they could have lost in the end. Blarney scored three goals and two points to leave only a point in it with only ten minutes to go. But goals from Stephen Moylan and a fantastic point from Eoin Cotter saw Douglas pull away from Blarney but not without a fight. Thomas O'Connor in goal did nothing wrong and Thomas O'Dwyer at corner back had a steady game but overall it was a good team performance. This is the third year in a row that Douglas won this competition. Well done!

Under 11 F/L Semi-Final Replay
Douglas 5-6 V St Vincent's 2-8
Two weeks ago these teams met in the first game which ended in a draw so the replay was fixed for Douglas last weekend and what a game it turned out to be. Douglas settled early on with a goal. Vincent's replied with a point and it was like this for the whole first half. Half time score 2-5 to 1-3. Douglas turned the game around in the second half by moving Mark Collins in to full forward and moving Jason Conroy to midfield. This turned out to be the master move by the mentors as mark Collins scored three goals in the space of five minutes to steal victory from a gallant St. Vincent's team. Rob O'Connell, Shane Kingston and David Kilcummins were players to impress. But over all it was a great team performance. I will report on how they got on in the final next week.

Under 13 F/L Semi Final.
Douglas 1-9 V Bishopstown 5-3
In this game last weekend at Douglas, Bishopstown beat the home team in the semi-final of the football league. Douglas was first to settle with points from Kevin Murphy and Ian Bermingham. Douglas were playing well at this stage but then disaster struck when Bishopstown scored four goals. Douglas found themselves fighting an uphill battle from there on. To be fair to Douglas, they never gave up the fight. John Harris scored the only goal for Douglas with points from Terry O'Connell and Oisín McGrath had the home team back in the game but, it wasn't to be the Douglas boys day as Bishopstown hit a further goal in the last minute to seal victory.

Douglas Under 12's did defeat Bishopstown in their semi-final and now meet Blackrock in the final. This team also took part in the St. Nicks football tournament last weekend, more about this next week.


On another beautiful Sunday in October, Douglas had two games at Junior 1 and Junior 2 level.#
Junior 2 kicked off at 12.00 against Youghal with Douglas putting up an excellent first half performance with some great work early on from Leon Rowley ( who was still recovering from his 21st). Youghal managed to score a try and a penalty with Douglas pulling back after 30 minutes with a Ray Melamphy penalty. At half time wise words of wisdom came from stalwart prop half, Sean O'Boyle and from Bob Costigan, team manager. Strong defending from Cian O'Brien wasn't enough to prevent Youghal adding another score while at the other end Gary McPolin almost made it to the line in the 55 minute and the late second half cameo appearance of Donal Delaney wasn't enough to lift the Douglas squad leaving the East Cork side to run out victors.
The Junior 1 game had a later kick off at 3 o' clock against Old Christians on a fine day with the pitch in excellent condition thanks to groundsman, Julian Boeg. From the start Douglas looked very impressive with our boy from the Valleys, John Baker in flying form. The pack lead by Martin Pinfield were on top of their game giving Willie Lehane plenty of time to launch a garryowen into Christians full back who misjudged it allowing our Kiwi centre, Neil Patterson collect the ball and land the try of the season so far. Ger Galvin as usual made no mistake with the conversion.
During the interval, divine inspiration fro Fr. Denis Barry and Fr. John White proved invaluable. Conor Tolan and Noel Swanton proved their weight in gold, both in the line outs and the scrum. In the 70th minute Willie Lehane linked up with Dave Callaghan putting the icing on the cake for another Douglas victory in the J1 league. Final score Douglas 17, Old Christians 11.

Training @ Moneygourney on Weds @ 7.45 / Fri @ 7.00.

Next Game : Sunday Nov 4th Junior 1 : Douglas V Muskerry (Moneygourney)


Fixtures for next weekend .
Our under 8's / 9's/ 10's and 11's are training this weekend.
Under 12A and 12B's play away to Highfield on Saturday morning, kick-off 11am.
Under 13 's are training, as are Under 18's. Under 16,s play Highfield in a League Fixture while Under 14's play away to Bandon, kick off 11am.


College Corinthians V Grange Vale 0 - 3
In this the third meeting of these two local teams it was the Vale who came out on top again.
It is now three wins to the Vale and the format for this game was no different Corinthians started well with out really threatening the Vale goal. It took the Vale about ten minutes to get into the game when John Kenneally elected kick the ball when the header seemed on. It took Paul Horgan fifteen minutes to get his first of the season when he ran onto a ball from John Kenneally and coolly struck the ball past the out coming keeper. The game never really took off as a spectacle with the Vale always causing the back four of Corinthians all sorts of problems with out scoring one the best chances a shot from John Kenneally being tipped onto the bar by the keeper. The half finished at one nil to the Vale but they had missed a lot of chances.
The second half started the same as the first finished with the Vale still pressing for that second goal to wrap things up. When it came it was from one of the best moves off the game Willie Kelleher took the ball on a run up the left wing beating four players and crossing the perfect pass to John Kenneally. Using all his coolness on the ball he took it down before firing it high in to the net. It was all over as a contest after that and it was only a matter of time before they score again. This time it was Adrian Horgan who ran on to a pass from John Kenneally to get his first of the season as if not to be out done by his younger brother Paul. The Vale were not finished there and it was only the post that stopped Connor McMahon scoring. To his credit the Corinthians Keeper had a fine game and it was he who kept the score down.
Best for the Vale were Rob Daly just back from injury his Matt O'Callaghan and Paul Horgan.
Next week the Vale play Kilumney in the FAI Junior and they will need to be at there best for this one.

Leeside v Grange Vale B 0 - 0
Its been a hard season so far for the Vales second team so far, as they struggled to get a settled side. On Saturday it was a different story when they had a full squad to pick from and got well earned draw at Little Island against Leeside. They are still finding it hard to score but it seems to be coming together and with fine displays by John McCarthy and Adrian Cronin in the middle of the park they wont go far wrong. They have some fine young players and with Sean McCarthy at the back they will sort things out and we all hope this is the turning point. The travel next week away to play Blackstone Rovers and an another result there will do their confidence the world of good.


The second An Carrig Sports Star Awards will be held in the Carrigaline Court Hotel on Friday night 2nd November. Our nominations for sports player of the year are Laura Thompson and Tony O'Sullivan who made the Ireland squad this year, and Michael Sheehan for the Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to the club over the years. All members are welcome to this prestigious event and should contact Kah or Ron for details.
The Cork County League is due to commence within the next couple of weeks. Fixtures will be posted on the notice board a.s.a.p. The club league will also be starting shortly, date to be confirmed.
New members are still very welcome to the club. Contact Kah on 021 4362139 or call in on club night - Wed 8-11pm.


On Saturday afternoon the senior footballers played Doonbeg in the Munster Club quarterfinal. Nemo began well but found it difficult to maintain a rhythm and went in at the break with a two point lead, 0-5 to 0-3. However Doonbeg drew level three minutes into the second half with two quick points. Neither team scored for another ten minutes and then Nemo shot over four unanswered points. Nemo went into a seven point lead when Dylan Mehigan collected a Gary Murphy pass and sent it to the roof of the net with his left foot. Doonbeg did their best to reduce the deficit and get back into the game, but Nemo went on to win 1-10 to 0-8 and now play An Ghaeltacht in the Munster semifinal next week. Kevin Cahill, Larry Kavanagh, Martin Cronin, Gary Murphy and Dylan Mehigan all played well.
On Sunday morning the junior "A" footballers played Douglas in the league. In the first half Nemo conceded some easy scores and found themselves a couple of points in arrears at the break. In the second half Nemo began to catch up on their opponents and had reduced the lead to just two points entering the final seven to eight minutes. However Douglas went up the field and got a goal that ended Nemo's hopes of victory. Nemo eventually lost by four points but still qualify for the knockout stages of the league. Neil Creedon, John Harrington and Ian Murphy all served Nemo well.
The junior "B" footballers defeated Rathpeacon on Sunday afternoon thanks to good performances from Brian McCarthy, Tom Morgan, Conor Allen and Damian O'Connor.

Sat 3rd Nov Minor Premier Football Championship V Bishopstown Ballinlough 2.30pm.


Douglas Camogie Club Street Leagues.
Camogie indoor street leagues will commence on Monday 5/11/01 at 5.00p.m.for girls born in 1991.
The street leagues for the remainder of the girls will commence on Wednesday 7/11/01 at 4.00p.m.
For further information please contact.
Anne Kearney (4362918).
Doreen O Mahony (4363803).
As winter comes in the under 11s and 12s will continue with training indoors on Saturdays under 11s at 3.30 and under 12s at 4.30.


Christmas Fayre
M Quirke, M Irwin & T Noonan 34 ½
E Ryan, D Clifford & E Harris - 40

Sunday Turkey Fourball
T Feeney & K O' Callaghan 37 / S O' Leary & D Ahern 43

Monday Turkey Fourball
L O' Brien & D Desmond - +17 / H O' Regan & M Quirke 43

Hole in Ones
S Neiland, D Ahern, K O' Callaghan

Weekly Lotto Results Numbers Drawn: 3,12 & 15
O' Donovan's Off Licence Lucky Dips
T Herlihy c/o Martin O' Riordan
Linda O' Donovan c/o The Club
John Hanover c/o Jim Hanover
Web site: http://go.to/dpap

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