31st January, 2002
Weekly Sports


The weather all but washed out the programme of fixtures for the club last weekend. The only survivor was the Under 13's Troy Cup match, and what a cracker this was.

The match was played in Lakewood, where the home team were highly fancied following their run to the equivalent National Cup final last season. A strong wind threatened to spoil the game, but to both sides' great credit, they overcame the elements and served up a feast. Lakewood had the wind advantage in the first half, and went into a 2-0 lead. However, the 'Hall stormed back and goals from Roynane Tolman and Alec Rose meant that the teams were level at the break.
The 'Hall took an early lead in the second half, when Oisin McGrath finished to the net in a goal line scramble. Lakewood, however fought back to again equalise. The final score was 3-3 and following a tense extra time, the match was forced into penalties. The 'Hall eventually lost 6-5 on spotters, but, in truth, there was no loser following a smashing match.
The Douglas Hall side can hold their heads high having given as good as they got against the strongly favoured Lakewood side.

Next weekend sees the Youths in the Munster Youths Cup Quarter Final at home to Evergreen from Clonmel. We will be hoping for an improvement in the weather during the week, to allow the match to go ahead. In the last round, the 'Hall were convincing 2-0 winners over Johnville and a repeat of this form will be needed to advance. The best of luck to everyone involved in the squad.

There was very good news for the club with Ireland squad announcements last weekend. Kevin Mulcahy was named in the Under 15 squad, keeping his place following good performances with the Under 14's last season. He was our first international player and it is great to see him keeping his place on the squad.

The Under 17 squad announced by Brian Kerr includes Colin Doyle, now with Birmingham City, for the first time in an international outfit. This is testament to the progress Colin is making "across the water" and clearly his performances with Birmingham have attracted the attention of the international manager. The matches for which this squad is selected are in Dublin against the Czech Republic on Monday and Wednesday of next week - wouldn't it be great to see Colin making his debut for Ireland.
Congratulations to both players on their selections, and best wishes for the upcoming matches.
Finally, congratulations to Brendan Sweeney, who played schoolboy football with the 'Hall for many years (he is now with Cobh Ramblers) on his nomination for the FAIS player of the year. The announcement of the award will be on the same evening as the announcment of the other FAI awards - enjoy the evening, Brendan, and best wishes from everyone in the 'Hall.

Saturday, 2nd February:
AUL Junior City Challenge Cup: Home v. Churchview, 2.00
Sunday, 3rd February:
Senior League: Home v. U.C.C., 10.45
Munster Youths Cup Quarter Final: Home v. Evergreen (Clonmel), 2.00
Under 16 League: Home v. Hibernians, 11.00


The bad weather last weekend forced the cancellation of all our Schoolboy games, however our Saturday morning coaching and training did go ahead with the Under Seven Street League very much to the fore.

Street Leagues
Following last weekends matches the stage is now set for the semi-finals of the Under Seven winter street leagues which will take place next Saturday on the Clubs All-weather pitch.

In the semi finals of the main competition Everton, captained by George McGlone will take on Barcelona skippered by Peter O'Brien. Everton finished top of the league section and with players of the calibre of Glen Thornhill, David Barrett and Kevin Hochins they will be strong favourites to reach the main final. However, Barcelona with Kevin Byrne, Jamie Davis and James Murphy in their ranks will certainly not give up with out a fight. The second semi-final could be a lot closer with Real Madrid captained by Ian Tobin taking on Chelsea led by Michael Martin. Real with the likes of Eoin O'Connell, Conor Horgan, Chris McAuliffe and Peter Barry to the fore have been very strong all through the league section but Chelsea will not give up easily and they have top class players in Richard Sweetman, Declan Malone, Kevin O'Sullivan and Aaron Baldwin.

In the Plate competition Cork City led by James Burke will take on Manchester United skippered by Dean O'Sullivan. Despite a disappointing league compaign United will be hoping to turn the tables on City. The second semi-final will feature David O'Sullivan's Liverpool against a much improved Arsenal side captained by Paul Higginbottom.

The finals of the Under 7 league are set for Saturday February 10th and irrespective of the result of the semi-finals all teams and every player will take part in their own individual final.

UK Trip
Further details are now available on the fundraising events being organised by our two teams travelling to Liverpool over the Easter Holiday period. These include a Golf Classic on Sunday March 3rd in Kinsale Golf Club with the cost per team of three set at €45.

A Music Table Quiz in the Rochestown Park Hotel on Thursday March 7th and a Soccer Marathon in Corinthians Park on Saturday March 23rd. For further information on any of the above please contact Ger Kilcommons at 4363456 or Mark O'Donovan at 4891761.

National Cup
The highlight of next weekends schoolboy matches is the fourth round National Cup fixture between Corinthian Boys and Riverstown which will take place in Corinthians Park next Sunday morning, kick off 10.45am. The prize for the winner is the chance to represent Cork in the last 32 of the competition, hopefully the team will get plenty of support from Club members, it could make all the difference.


The weather forced the cancellation of all fixtures at the weekend. Fixtures for the coming weekend are as follows:
Saturday, February 2:
U12 Home V Waterloo at 2:30 p.m.
U14 Home V Corinthians Boys at 11:00 a.m.
U16 Home V Cobh Ramblers at 11:00 a.m.
Sunday, February 3:
Senior Home V Ballincollig at 10:45 a.m.
Youths Away V Carrigaline at 2:30 p.m.

Once again we take a dip into the history books:
The 1977/78 season will always be remembered as the season in which Avondale United won the FAI Intermediate Cup in our first season in the Munster Senior League. In a very exciting game, Avondale triumphed over AIB (Leinster Senior League) by 3 goals to one. The scorers for Avondale were Michael O'Leary (2) and Alan O'Driscoll (pen). The Avondale team on that historic day was: A. Ryan, P. Coleman, M. Morrison, F. Murphy, J. Turner, P. O'Flaherty, A. O'Driscoll, D. O'Driscoll, M. O'Leary, G. Buckley, B. Harrington. Subs: J. Rogers and G. Collins.

The 1977/78 season will also be remembered as the season that our schoolboys reached their first ever league decider. The U-12 lost 2 1 to St. Mary's in the league play-off. Best for Avondale that day were Kevin O'Sullivan, John O'Leary and Liam Hogan. While Declan Daly (now of Cork City) starred for St. Mary's.


Hosts of 2002 National Mixed Foursomes
Saturday January 26th
G O' Connell, K O' Callaghan & M Quirke 34
J Fahy, D Cashman & S Gregson - 39

Weekly Lotto Results
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By Pat Harrington

Douglas U-16 B overcome Nemo A to qualify for Final.
Douglas and Nemo met in the semi-final of the league. Nemo would have been fovourites considering this is their only team at this grade. One would have to say that both teams are to be congratulated for playing to the standard displayed considering that there were very high winds and a lot of rain fell.
Nemo Played into the wind and led 0-4 to 01 after fifteen minutes. Points from David O'Connor (2), J. Barrett (1) brought the sides level. Nemo replied with a goal and a point Vincent Kiely scored 1-1 to bring the sides level at the interval.
At this stage the Douglas selectors made a number of positional and personnel changes. The main change was the placing of Brian T. O'Callaghan on Nemo's best forward. Brian not only snuffed out the threat of his direct opponent but he gave an outstanding performance. Douglas showed great determination and commitment the second half. A second goal by David O'Connor saw Douglas lead by three points. The South Douglas road outfit equalised. In a hectic finish Ian O'Regan scored the winning point. Beside those mentioned others to impress were Ronan Griffin, Finbarr O'Donovan. Overall one would have to say it was a great squad performance. Douglas 2-8 Nemo 2-7.

The weather proved to be the spoilsport last weekend as it prevented the senior footballers game against Clonmel Commercials going ahead. See club notice board for next weeks fixture which is a home match. The minors will field two teams in both hurling and football for the coming year. It has not yet been finalised but it is hoped that the first team in both hurling and football will compete in County Premier leagues.
The second teams will be known as development squads and will participate in the city leagues. It is proposed to start the football next weekend.
The premier hurling selectors are Pat Harrington, Vincent Kelly, Brendan Keating and Finbarr Murphy.
The premier football selectors are Joe O'Sullivan, Der O'Regan and Nick Heffernan.
Development squad football selectors are Finbarr Bermingham, John Hunt and Pat Harrington.
Development squad hurling selectors are John Grimes, Sam Collins, Pat O'Connor, Barry Lyons, John Foley and Joe Barry Jnr.
The term development squad was thought to be an appropriate name as it is proposed to to put a lot of time into developing the players skills.


Mon21Jan M. O'Callaghan & El McCarthy - 1st
I. Riordan & G. Ryan - 2nd
Tues22Jan am O. Eisenring & C. Halligan - 1st
A. Smyth & M. Lynch - 2nd
Tues22Jan(Novice) M.Crowley & N. Lordan - 1st
Tues22Jan pm D & A Roche - 1st
G & A. Walsh - 2nd
Wed23Jan(am Senior) A. Mulcahy & C. Nolan - 1st
T. Brophy & M. Shaw - 2nd
Wed23Jan(amNovice) N. Culligan & S. Tobin - 1st
Wed23Jan(10Tbls) C. Powell & F. Murphy - 1st
P. McAuliffe & Ml. Cronin -2nd
Wed23Jan(6Tbls) Ml. Murphy & F. Keohane - 1st
M. Holt & N. Corbett - 2nd
Wed23Jan (Juniors) B. McCarthy & K. Ballard - 1st
Thur24Jan(12Tbls) M. & D. Walsh - 1st
Mgt. Murphy & D. O'Flynn - 2nd
Thur24Jan(7Tbls) C. Hourihan & A. McCarthy - 1st
I. Carley & J. Cleary - 2nd
Fri25Jan R. Russell & Mgt Kelly - 1st
M. O'Driscoll & J. Kehoe - 2nd


St Mary's Indoor Bowls Club Open Licensed Triples (3-Bowl) Competition for the St Mary's Perpetual Cup played on Saturday 26th January in St Mary's National School Hall, Carrigaline: Quarter-finals: St Anthony's (V Flanaghan) beat Douglas GAA ( E O'Mahony, M Kennedy & B Walsh), Midleton GAA (F Meaney) beat Midleton GAA (K Savage, C O'Sullivan & Mgt Mc Carthy), St Anthony's (S O'Mahony) beat Nemo (N Harte, D Deady & M Deady) & Mitchelstown (J Caplice) beat ICICYMA (H De Pius, E Mills & F Kiddle)
Semi-finals: St Anthony's (V Flanagan) beat Mitchelstown (J Caplice, V Caplice & J Devlin)(6/5) and St Anthony's (S O'Mahony) beat Midleton GAA (F Meaney, A Ruxton & D Geary)(6/4): Final: St Anthony's (Vincent Flanagan, Sean Mc Carthy & Ita O'Donovan) beat St Anthony's Sean O'Mahony, Liz O'Connor and Jo O'Mahony)(8/4) The final was umpired by Hazel Foley and Hazel Payne

I I B A (Cork Zone) Trustee Savings Bank Inter Club League Match, St Anthony's (Pink) Versus Little Island (St Anthony's names first): (V Flanagan, G Burns, S Mc Carthy & Pat Harvey) beat (J Long, H Keohane, P Long & A Leahy)(8/7) and (J Fitzpatrick, J Lynch, R Coughlan & D Desmond) lost to (J Kirby, F O'Sullivan, B Horgan & B Harty)7/11) Result: St Anthony's 1pt Little Island 2pts The match was umpired by Hazel Payne

Fixtures: Peg Tucker Final (Ballincollig GAA versus ICICYMA) on Friday 1st February 2002 in St Finbarr's Hall at 7-30pm ICICYMA Open Licensed Triples (3-Bowl) Competition on February 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 8th, 9th & 10th February 2002


Douglas under 12s recently retained their county title on a glorious Saturday afternoon in Ballinhassig. Douglas opened the scoring with a point by Moire O Donovan, which was followed by two well-taken goals from Captain Rachel O Sullivan and Aileen O Donovan. After the break Eire óg emerged more determined then ever they came up against the Douglas midfield pairing of Hilary O Connor and Niamh O Donovan who were in sparkling form. Try as they might Eire óg's forwards could not break down a strong Douglas backline which included Ashling Barret, Ailish Desmond and Cliona Conway in goal who made several impressive saves at vital times. Douglas moved Emma Heffernan to full forward after the break and with that 2 goals were in the back of the net. Try as they might Eire óg could not cope with a rampant Niamh O Donovan in the half forward line who weighted in with a goal of her own and a couple of points. Douglas took a deserved 2nd County title in a row. Everyone on the day gave 110% including our subs who played a vital part in this season campaign. The final score was Douglas 6-4 to Eire óg 0-1. The mentors, players and Club would like to thank all the Parents for their support and we hope to see you again in the coming season. We would also like to thank Lifestyle in Douglas Shopping Center for their sponsorship.
Sunday 4th Nov 11.00a.m. Douglas 6-03 Na Piarsaigh 1-01
The match was played on a beautiful morning .Na Piarsaigh got off to a great start scoring a goal and a point. However the Douglas girls took over and dominated the field. Everyone gave 100% and support and encouragement they gave to one another throughout the match was incredible. Helen O Mahony was superb in the middle of the field and Niamh O Donovan made some brilliant saves. Our goal scorers were Jenny O Donovan, Laura Walsh, Deirdre Murphy Rachel O Sullivan, Ciara Kennefick who also scored a point from an impossible angle. MichelleO Donovan scored a point from a well-struck 45yard free. We now meet Eire óg in the quarterfinals.
Times for indoor training: Juniors Wed; 8-9p.m.and Sun 11-12 p.m.
Under 16 Sun; 10-11 p.m.Under 14 Tues; 6-7p.m.
Under 12 Thurs; 5-6p.m. Sat; 5-6p.m. Under 11s Tues; 5-6p.m. Sat; 4-5p.m.
Camogie street leagues Mon; 5-6p.m. Wed; 4-5p.m.
Séandun League Final 11th Nov
On Sunday the under U-13 Camogie team played Glen Rovers in the final of the Séandun league. This was a trilling match to watch and Douglas emerged worthy winners on a score line of 4-2 to 1-0, bringing the trophy to Douglas for the first time. Led by captain,Sarah O Regan this was a team effort with every girl playing her part. The first score, a point, came from a free taken by ace centre forward Jenny O'Donovan. With mid-fielders Hilary O Connor and Deirdre Murphy on form there was a constant supply of ball to the forwards who all did well, in particular Lavinia O'Mahony who scored a lovely goal. Left corner forward, Olivia Tobin was definitely the hero of the hour with three spectacular goals. In defence nothing passed Audrey Flanagan and Eilish Desmond gave another fine performance. Niamh O Donovan in goal made a vital save early in the second half, which prevented the Glen from getting back into the game. These groups of girls have trained very hard all year and Douglas Camogie Club is very proud of them.
Douglas has made a clean sweep of 11,12, 13 grades.
On Friday last 25th January Douglas Camogie Club held their annual victory dinner in the club pavilion. Presentation of medals was made to under 11 and under 13 Seandun league winners and to under 14 County Championship winners. Chairperson Tina Sheehan congratulated the various teams for their tremendous victories for the last year and thanked the coaches and mentors of the teams for their hard work and commitment to make this success possible. Presentations were also made to players who represented Seandun in under 15 and senior level. Tina paid special tribute and presentations to Fiona O'Donovan and Amanda O'Regan who played with Cork and she hoped all the other younger players would take inspiration from them. A disco followed this and a great night was had by all. We would like to thank the very hard working social committee who put a lot of hard work to make this a great success. Which I am sure everyone would agree was. As the New Year begins we can only go forward now and everyone is looking forward to the challenge.
Times for training is as follows.
Street leagues Mon 5-6 Wed 4-5. / Under 11 Wed 5-6. / Under 12 Thur 5-6 and Sat 4-5 .
Under 13/14 Tues 5-6.30 and Sat 5-6. / Under 16 18 Sun 10-11. / Junior Wed 8 9 and
Sun 11-12.


The "National Intermediate 4 Piece" boys competition was held over the weekend in Dublin. Well done to all those who took part.
The results are as follows:
John Lenihan U14 2nd
Raymond Brierly U10 1st
On the 9th of February, the Regional Beginners competition and the Regional Novice competition will be held in Carrigaline Gym Club, Cork.
Competing for Douglas will be:
Brendan Garde, Ryan McCarthy, Dylan Somers Patrick Killeen, Jack Hurley Stephen O'Mahony, Johannes Amann, Robert Markham, Stephen Hamill, Mark Bruton, Michael o'Halloran, Robert Lenihan, Shane Somers, Aaron Daly, Alin Hughes.

The National Novice competition is on the 24th of February in Portlaoise. Representing Douglas will be: Killian Duggan, Aaron Daly, Alin Hughes, Shane Somers.

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