20th December, 2001
Weekly Sports


By Pat Harrington.

Douglas Outscore Glen To Reach League Final.
Douglas and Glen Rovers met up in the U16A semi final last weekend. These sides had previously met in the championship with the Northside coming out on top. In the opening half Douglas played with the wind but found themselves a point behind after eighteen minutes. Douglas then hit a purple patch scoring 1-7 without reply to lead 1-12 to 0-3 at the break. Mark O’Callaghan was the goal scorer while Mark Harrington was the scorer in chief. Padraig Greaney displayed great skill at wing forward while in defence Eoin Cadogan, Frank Tobin, Seamus Crowley, Stephen Bermingham and Colin Lahive were very forceful.
After the break it was the Glen who fought back but Douglas held firm. Jerry O’Kane delivered a lot of ball out of defence. Despite the Glen onslaught the Douglas defence held tight to record an important win. Final score 2-17 to 1-10.
While the victory was vital it certainly does not put silverware on the table. The final will be played next Sunday at twelve noon against Bishopstown in Douglas.

Munster Youth Project.
Douglas were represented by the following people in the Munster Youth Project, Fionnain O’Sullivan, BG. O’Loughlin, Barry Hanrahan, Louise o’Regan and Stephen Bermingham. This project was about all aspects of the local GAA club, its roots, history and what it means to the community. The group mentioned above gave a fine presentation………well done to all.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish all our members, their families and all our readers a very Happy Christmas. I would also like to thank the Douglas Weekly for the coverage given during the year and wish you continued success in the future.


Victories for the four underage teams, while the adults, despite good performances, fail to win.
The Seniors travelled to Cobh Wanderers last Sunday morning for a difficult away tie in the league. As expected, Cobh proved too strong on the day, but the 'Hall showed a marked improvement on previous matches and could have got a result on the day. The final score was 4-2 in Cobh's favour, with the 'Hall goals from Brian Wilkinson and Robbie Bermingham. However, the 'Hall also struck the woodwork and were unfortunate with a number of other chances.
The MSL Juniors were also involved in League action, going down 2-1 against Fermoy. This broke a sequence of good results for the team, who, despite putting late pressure on Fermoy could not get the equaliser they deserved. The scorer was Stuart Howard.
The Youths have developed nicely as the season has progressed. They proved far too strong for Midleton in the league last Sunday, with a 6-0 win. The scorers were Robert Heffernan, with a fine hat-trick; Gerald McSorley scoring his first two goals of the season and midfield dynamo, Damien O'Callaghan. Goalkeeper was Paul Luxford, who was very sound, recording a fine clean sheet.
The Under 17's were also in good form, winning 3-0 against Ballinhassig. The scorers were Patrick White (2) and Stephen Barry. This win keeps them well in contention in the league and ensures that their campaign in the New Year will be very interesting. Stephen Bermingham, currently in really smashing form, kept the clean sheet - the best of luck in Blackburn to Stephen.
The Under 15 Division 1 team recovered from a half time one goal deficit to defeat Avondale Utd. 2-1 in the league. The team showed great battling qualities to score two late goals to win the fixture. The scorers were Eoin Bourke and Ken Hurley, who headed home fellow substitute Daniel O'Leary's smashing cross for a last minute winner.
The Under 11's have also hit good form, winning 3-0 against Leeds Utd. In the league. The scorers were Thomas Dynan, Michael Carroll and Conor Lucey, while Anthony Fealy and Jamie McKenzie shared the goalkeeping duties.
Elsewhere, two of our Under 15's, Kevin Mulcahy and Gareth Twomey attended Under 15 international trials last weekend. We await reports of their performances.
Best wishes to Alan Carroll, of our AUL Junior side, who suffered a severe leg injury during their match last Saturday. We wish Alan all the best for a speedy recovery and a swift exit from hospital.
The Annual Christmas Tournament is being staged on December 27th, on the All Weather pitch. Tiny and Bruno are in command, so anyone interested can get more details from either.
There will be an Under- and Over- 35(ish) competition, so all ages and skills will be accommodated.
Finally, best wishes for a happy and peaceful Christmas and New Year to all of our readers - special thanks to Douglas Weekly for accommodating our club notes throughout the year - the availability of this publication is of great benefit to the club.


Christmas Fayre
N O' Donovan, D Cashman & P Noonan / M Quirke, L Quirke & J Fahy
Turkey Fourball
T Hartnett & M O' Riordan 42 ½ / M Quirke & D Dennehy - 44
Christmas Prize Giving Saturday at 9pm
Weekly Lotto Results Numbers Drawn: 11, 12 & 29 - NO WINNER
O' Donovan's Off Licence Lucky Dip Winners
Brenda Ryan c/o The Club, Kevin Judge c/o Rochestown Inn,
R O' Laoire c/o Stephen O' Leary, Tonight's Jackpot: £2,000
Venue: St Columbas Hall
Web Site: http://go.to/dpap


By Adrian Fitzpatrick P.R.O.
This week it was back to the league. Douglas met Ennis at Moneygourney, kicked off at 3 o’clock. Douglas now at 2nd position in the League had to maintain their winning ways if they have any hope of moving up a division. Douglas gave a good team performance and without doubt Colin Corkery with his superb passing and kicking ability was ‘Man of the Match’. Douglas were under a lot of pressure in the first half and with the help of the versatile Noel Swanton kept in the game (Thanks for the ‘invite’ to your party Noel!). Finbar Philpott and Stuart Armstrong at 2nd row did well in the lineouts. Conor Tolan’s strength helped by Martin Pinfield in general play helped to make sure of the points. Dave Callaghan ran in a inspirational try in the 2nd half, cutting Ennis defence to pieces, helped by Neil Patterson and “Valley Boy” Jon Baker. The “Quite Man” Anthony Costelloe came on in the 2nd half to replace Ciaran Cleary. Overall a very good performance even though Anthony Gilbert still can’t see where he is going.
I would like to wish all my fellow committee members, the players and all involved in the DOUGLAS RFC (and The Douglas Weekly for printing our reports) a very happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year.
Training @ Moneygourney Wed @ 7.45 & Fri @ 7.00
PS Don’t forget anybody who is Married, Single, Divorced or getting Separated is welcome to join in on our Married V Singles match St Stephen’s Day at Mouneygourney. Kick Off! 12.00


Under 11
The past week saw the conclusion of the under 11 indoor Christmas league. Last Tuesday evening we had the semi- finals between Cork v Clare and Tipp v Waterford. After two very exciting games Cork and Waterford qualified for Saturdays final. Best for Cork were Deirdre Cotter, Danielle Boyle and Jill Kelleher.Best for Waterford were Gillian Murphy, Lauryn Jackson and Clodagh Barry. On to Saturday and the much awaited final between the favorites Cork and under dogs Waterford proved to be a very close game. Cork started well scoring 2 early goals Waterford came more into the game and scored a goal and a point but Cork finished the half with a goal to lead by 1-2 at half time. A few words of advice from both coaches at half time had the desired effect. What a second half both teams giving their all. Cork held on to gain a narrow victory by 1 goal and a point. Under dogs Waterford can be proud of their display and Emma Colgan, Emma Mc Carthy and Moiré O ‘Donovan can be proud of their efforts. Best for Cork who well deserved their victory were Valerie Olden, Máire O’ Mahony and Niamh O’Donovan. A slim Santa presented the winning team with their medals at the teams Christmas Party held in the clubhouse after. A great time was had by all. A special thanks you to Mc Donald’s Douglas who provided the happy meals and to Santa John. We would like to thank all the girls for there effort all year and wish them and their families a Happy and Peaceful Christmas.
P.S. Girls don’t forget to support your coaches Jimmy, Breda and Catherine on St Stephan’s morning when they take the plunge into the icy waters in Myrtleville at 12 o clock.
Dates to remember Victory dinner dance on 25th January in club pavilion. Swim St Stephens’s morning in Myrtleville at 12 O ‘Clock.
We would like to thank Tesco Douglas for allowing us to bag pack thank you very much. We would like to thank everyone of our hard working social committee for organizing our weekend away in the Celtic Ross a great time was had by all. The Christmas party they organized for the street leagues. Finally we would like to thank Michael O’Hanlon and his staff of the Douglas Weekly for printing our reports and wish them a Happy and Peaceful Christmas.


Cork Girls Under18 league Lakewood 3- 8 Douglas Hall
Its hard to believe that Douglas were behind in this game after two minutes. But they soon found their feet and two Goals from Jennifer Walshe straight from corners set them on their way. Douglas kept up the pressure and Emma Hughes burst through the Lakewood defence to put Douglas 3-1 up. Lakewood responded quickly with their second goal. Douglas took control of the game then with Louise Martin and Sarah Walshe playing well on the wings. Donna O’Leary scored a glancing header from a Jennifer Walshe corner just before Half time. In the second half Donna and Emma scored another goal each and Cynthia Martin was also on the mark. Lakewood got a consolation goal from a penalty. However the biggest cheer of the afternoon was for Louise Martin Who lobbed the keeper to score her first goal for Douglas Hall.


Last weekend was a busy one on the schoolboy front with six teams in action. While results were slightly disappointing, there was some high points including good away victories for our U11 and U13 Premier Division sides.
Under 11
Corinthian Boys maintained the 100% league record making it eight wins out of eight games played with a comfortable 2 - 0 victory over Rockmount. Having overcome the same opposition in the local cup only four weeks ago, this game was always likely to prove tricky for Corinthians, but they set about their task in a determined fashion. Two first half goals by Robert Waters and Ger Keane left Corinthians comfortably in control at the break leading by 2 - 0. Rockmount worked hard in the second half to try to get back into the contest, but could never penetrate a solid Corinthians defence in which Shane Twomey and Gearoid Cullnane were outstanding. With the season now at the half way point, our lads are in pole position leading the League by 6 points. However they will take nothing for granted with the likes of Lakewood, Cobh Ramblers, Tramore Athletic and Kilreen still to be played. There are many challenges still to be overcome.
Corinthians Utd and Douglas Corinthians both bowed out of the local cup last Saturday morning. Corinthians Utd fought bravely against Blarney Street coming from behind twice before eventually losing on a 3 - 2 scoreline. Kevin O'Byrne, Andrew Neville, Eoin Murphy and Kevin Kelleher did well for Corinthians. Douglas Corinthians found Premier Division side Wilton Utd too strong going down by 3 - 0. Stephen Doyle, Stephen Murphy and goalkeeper Kieran Woods had fine matches for Corinthians.
Under 13
Corinthian Boys maintained their 100% league record in the U13 Premier Division with a solid 2 - 0 away victory over Leeds. In a disappointing match Corinthians always held the upper hand and goals by Michael O'Reilly and Eric Hegarty either side of half time ensured the points went to Corinthians. Terry O' Connell, Eric Hegarty, Ciaran Manley and Brian Kavanagh did well for Corinthians.
Douglas Corinthians travelled to Macroom for their U13 First Division match and once again came away empty handed going down 1 - 0. It was rough justice on our lads who put up a cracking performance, but in a game that could have gone either way it was Macroom who made the vital breakthrough with 10 minutes remaining. Mark Trindler, Mark Walsh, Daniel Cronin and Shane Barry were outstanding for Corinthians on the day.
Under 15
Our U15s put up a good show against a strong Carrigaline side before going down 2 - 1. Missed chances at a crucial stage early in the first half proved their undoing with Carrigaline scoring just before the break and adding a second midway through the second half. However Corinthians fought hard to the final whistle and John Quirke converted a James Kenny cross to reduce the deficit and make for a grandstand finish. However an equaliser would not come and Carrigaline held on for a 2 - 1 victory. It was a good performance by our lads which shows that they are definitely making progress. Substitute keeper Shane Horgan, Mark O'Donovan, Brian O'Connor and Graham O'Halloran were the pick of the Corinthians side.
Underage Section
Please note that our Underage Section is taking a break for the Christmas period and will resume again on Saturday January 5th with the usual training times.

Finally I would like to wish all our members and friends a very Happy & Peaceful Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.


U11 League: Once again our under 11’s showed great form with a convincing win over Casement Celtic with goals from Richard Dineen, Colm Kilcoyne, Aiden Noonan, Pat McCarthy and Kevin Harte.
U12 Cup: Avondale had a comfortable win over Bandon with goals from Declan Kelleher, Abdi Mohammed and Robert Barrett and good performances from Ian Giltenan and James O’Sullivan. This side is showing a marked improvement over last season and is now a very competitive outfit.
U16 League: Barry Mahy’s team had a well deserved 2 – 0 victory over Richmond. Mark O’Connor and James Lyons grabbed the goals, but fine performances from Budd O’Leary, James Barrett and Brendan Spillane made this victory possible. John Hegerty and Liam Hodge played well for Richmond.
Other Results
Senior League: lost 1 – 0 to Bandon
Junior League: lost 5 – 3 to Wembley
U17 League: drew 1 – 1 with Mayfield United
U14 League: drew 1 –1 with Lakewood Athletic
U13 League: won 1 – 0 against Mayfield United
The Christmas draw will take place on Friday, December 21st, at 6:30 p.m. in Beaumont Boys National School.
Best wishes to all players, supporters, sponsors and friends of Avondale United for Christmas. We look forward to your continued support in 2002.


By Donie Harris.

Douglas Wins City League.
Last Saturday week our Under 11 footballers won the City League Final when they defeated St. Vincents by 4-5 to 0-4 at Bishopstown. Douglas played with the wind in the first half and led at the interval by 2-5 to 0-1. Mark Collins scored the goals with points coming from Connor Lucey, Garoid Cullinane and Eoin Kilcummins ho were ably assisted by R. Martin and F. Desmond. Midfielders, Jason Conroy and John Collins dominated. In the second half St. Vincents aided by the wind laid siege to the Douglas goal. However the Douglas defence marshalled by outstanding goalkeeper, Edward Finn conceded a mere 3 points. Their blocking down, tight marking and sheer determination was a sight to behold. Kevin Tobin, Shane Kingston, Michael Crowley, Denis Cotter, Paul O’Driscoll and Capt. Eoin Fleming proved themselves yet again.

Finally on behalf of the mentors I wish to thank all of the underage committee and McDonalds for sponsoring our jerseys. On behalf of the committee I would like to wish Douglas GAA Club, Douglas Weekly and our readers a happy Christmas. See you next year. I would also like to thank Douglas Weekly for their support during the year.

A thought for the New Year……….”You don’t support the club, you are the club”


Two Douglas GAA Bowls' teams have won through to the Cork Zone Short Mat Bowls Finals at St. Anthony’s on January 27. The Ladies team will have Mitchelstown Bowls Club as opponents while the Open Final will be between Douglas GAA and Ballincollig GAA.


On the 9th of December the Asics All Ireland Cross Country Championships took place in County Down with some of the best runners in the country there representing their clubs, Counties and Provinces. Damien Dunlea from Douglas was Captain of the Munster team and leading by example, slotted in to sixth spot after the gun at the start of the race. The pace was set by the front pack who by now had broken away from the 100 strong field. After four kilometres the Douglas man moved up a gear and took up fourth position behind defending All Ireland champion, Danny Aarcy, Community Games Champion, Kevin Costello and Number two in Munster, Jason Fahy. With 500 metres to go Darcy and Costello broke away leaving Dunlea and Fahy to battle for third. Running into the final 100 metres Dunlea got the better of Fahy and caught the front pairing to take Darcy but was pipped on the line by Costello to take a very creditable Silver medal. This was a major improvement on Damien’s fifth place finish in the same event last year. This result also gives Damien the opportunity to represent Ireland in the Gaelic Youths event to be held in Dublin in the near future.
Damien attributes much of his success to the advice and motivation of his father Dave.

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