7th February, 2002
Weekly Sports


Another weekend's football was virtually wiped out because of the weather. However, in one of the few matches played in Cork over the weekend, the 'Hall youths progressed to the Semi-Final of the Munster Youths Cup.
With a build up of matches, the decision to move the Youths Cup game against Evergreen (Clonmel) to Bishopstown proved inspired, with the pitch at the FAI Grounds in terrific condition. The lads took a long time to get going in the game, but just about did enough to get through a difficult assignment. Following a scoreless, disappointing first half, the 'Hall took the lead early in the second period, with a fine strike from Robert Heffernan. The Clonmel side fought back and deservedly levelled the match.
Extra time followed with Robert Heffernan striking to give the 'Hall the lead. The slender 2-1 advantage was enough to see the 'Hall through to the Semi-Final for the second season in succession. However, a significant improvement will be required to progress further, with a tie against Desmond League side, Ballingarry in the pipeline. As well, the Youths face Athlone Town in the FAI Youths Cup next Sunday and, again a step up in performance will be needed.
Next weekend, the club's facilities will be really stretched with six home fixtures. Sunday will be particularly busy, with five games fixed for Moneygourney. The Seniors entertain Temple Utd, while the Under 11, 13 and 15 Division 1 sides have home matches. The full list of fixtures is:

Saturday, 9th February:
AUL Junior Corinthians Cup Home v. Village Utd., 2.30
Under 17 League Away v. College Corinthians, 2.30
Under 15 Evans Cup Away v. Carrigaline Utd., 10.45

Sunday, 10th February:
Senior League Home v. Temple Utd., 10.45
MSL Junior League Away v, Crofton Celtic, 10.45
FAI Youths Cup Home v. Athlone Town, 2.00
Under 15 Div 1 League Home v. Park Utd., 2.30
Under 13 Local Cup Home v. Richmond, 11.00
Under 11 League Home v. Casement Utd., 11.00


The highlight of next weekends action will be the finals of the Under 7 Street Leagues which takes place on Saturday morning on the Clubs all-weather pitch.
Last weekend's semi finals produced some fantastic matches and great entertainment for the spectators.

Under 7
This year's Under 7 Street League final will see Barcelona going head to head with Real Madrid. Barcelona produced the upset of the tournament in last weekend's semi-finals when they defeated hot favourites Everton by 6 goals to 4. The outstanding player on the pitch was Barcelona's Peter O'Brien who scored some cracking goals and he received terrific support from Cian Murphy, Kevin Byrne and Ryan O'Brien. It was a great disappointment for Everton who had been unbeaten throughout their entire league campaign, skipper George McGloon, David Barrett, Kevin Hodgens, Kevin O'Sullivan, Brian O'Leary and Mark McTie were outstanding for Everton.
The second semi-final between Real Madraid and Chelsea was an absolute thriller, undoubtedly the match of the tournament so far as the lead changed hands several times before Real Madrid eventually emerged victorious on an 8-6 scoreline. Chelsea with Michael Martin, Richard Sweetman, Brian O'Mahony and Killian Downes playing superbly, looked as if they were heading for the final at one stage as they led 5-2 but with Ian Tobin, Conor Horgan, Cian Devine, Peter Barry and goalkeeper Peter Mallane in superb form, Real fought back to clinched their place in the final.
The Plate final next Saturday will be contested by Liverpool and Cork City. Liverpool had an exciting victory over Arsenal with Evan Healy McGrath the inspiration behind this latest victory scoring a fine hattrick. Gus Lewis, Conor Deasy and Paul Burke were others to shine for Liverpool. While for Arsenal Paul Higginbottom, David Twomey and Donal Beecher played well.
Cork City had a comfortable victory over Manchester United in the other semi-final with James Burke, Art Kelleher, Eoin O'Callaghan and Richard Cahalane impressing for Cork City, while for Manchester United Dean O'Sullivan, Eoin Baldwin and James O'Shea played well.
The finals are due to kick off at approx 12.15pm with the presentation timed for 1.15pm.

Indoor Finals
Next weekend will also feature the finals of our indoor soccer tournament for some of our Under 8 and Under 9 players. The finals will take place on Sunday afternoon in St. Anthonys Hall with the action due to commence at 2.45pm. The main final will see Germany skippered by David O'Donovan taking on hot favourites Italy captained by Luke Connolly. The Plate final will feature Holland under the captaincy of Ryan Levis taking on Brazil captained by Mark Parkes.

Schoolboy Leagues
The bad weather of recent weeks has put paid to several of our Schoolboy League Matches. Hopefully things will take a turn for the better next weekend when our Under 13 Premier League side take on Ballincollig in an important league game on Sunday morning, kick off 10.45am.
Our Under 11 Premier Division side Corinthian Boys who are currently top of the Premier League Table, face a very difficult away match against third place Tramore Athletic, while our Under 15's are due to travel to Mayfield for a local cup match.

Under 8
The bad weather of recent weeks has forced the cancellation of our Under 8 training sessions on Saturday mornings. Apologies to all concerned for the inconvenience caused, but we have been left with little alternative but to cancel the sessions given the deluge of rain that has fallen in the Cork area during the past few weeks.


Mon28Jan A. O'Donnell & J.Taylor - 1st
N. Trihy & B. Murphy - 2nd
Tues29Jan am N. Murphy & H. O'Donovan - 1st
L. Hennessy & Marvin D - 2nd
Tues29Jan pm D. O'Rourke & N. Fox - 1st
D. & N. Heffernan - 2nd
Tues29Jan Novice Sue Griffin & Mary Pope - 1st
Wed30Jan am Sen A. Murray & P. O'Mahony - 1st
H. Curtin & G. McGuinness - 2nd
Wed30Jan am Novice M. Gleeson & M.Lapthorne - 1st
Wed30Jan(12Tbls) F. Murphy & C. Powell - 1st
S. Carroll & B. Turner - 2nd
Wed30Jan(6Tbls) N. O'Sullivan & M. Daly - 1st
S. Murphy & E. O'Brien - 2nd
Wed30Jan Juniors M. Seacy & U. Fry - 1st
Thur31Jan (12Tbls) B. Kelly & S. O'Neill - 1st
A. Auchincloss & O. Olden - 2nd
Thur31Jan (5Tbls) D. Gallagher & J. O'Shea - 1st
Friday 1st Feb Pat O'Mahony & Otto Eisenring - 1st

Open Bridge Every Friday @ 7.30 PM


Douglas GAA Street Leagues.
By Garry White.

Last Friday marked the start of the new Street League Hurling programme. It turned to be very well attended with the training , drills and subsequent matches greeted with much enthusiasm by all involved. The leagues will operate on Friday nights and Saturday morning over the next six weeks. On Friday night last the under 7’s were in action with each team competing in three matches over the hour. Players to feature prominently were Rickard Cahalane of the Clare team, Meath’s Charlie White ably assisted by Luke Aston ( 2 goals). Others to impress were Carlow’s Corey O’Callaghan, goal poacher Gus Lewis of Kilkenny, Kerry’s Paul Lehane and Greg Barry of Antrim. All mentioned were ably assisted by their respective team mates. All in all a great start to the Street Leagues.

Douglas GAA Senior Section.
By Pat Harrington.

The weather caused the postponement of the Munster Club Senior Football meeting against Bishopstown. The next round features Douglas against Éire Óg from Ennis next weekend at Douglas …day and time to be decided.
Cork Colleges Football.
Well done to Douglas Community School who defeated De LaSalle Macroom in the semi-final of the B grade Cork Colleges competition. The side will now meet either Youghal or a West Cork School in the final. The Douglas school featured fourteen of the Douglas Premier Minor panel on the starting fifteen.
County Final.
In preparation for the County Premier Minor football league final, Douglas played a Killeagh selection in Pilmore last weekend which turned out to be a very useful workout. The final is next weekend against Skibbereen. As yet no venue, time or date has been decided upon. This is the first occasion that a Douglas team has contested a County Minor Final. It is a very young team and it needs great support.
Presentation Night.
The year 2001 was the most successful in the history of the club at Minor level. To celebrate that success a function will be held in the hall on Thursday the 7th of Feb. It is expected that 150 will be in attendance at this night of presentation and celebration.
Well Done!
Well done to the Under 15 Footballers who reversed the U-15 C’ship Football result by defeating Nemo to win the league title.


The Irish Indoor Bowling Association (Golden Charter) National, Ladies and Junior Championships Finals (Cork Zone) were played on the 27th January in St Anthony's Hall, Ballinlough.
National Singles Final: Paul Deegan (Clare) beat Danny Twohig (Ballincollig Community School)
National Pairs final: Little Island (Joe Kirby & John Long) beat Douglas Community School (Tony & Betty Mc Carthy)
National Triples Final: Little Island (Joe Kirby, John Long & Bridie Harty) beat Crosshaven (Con, Conor & Mary Middleton)

"Douglas GAA IBC defeat Ballincollig GAA IBC in Fours Final"
National Fours Final: Douglas GAA (Betty Kenneally, Michael O'Brien, Aidan Delea & Moira Corbett) beat Ballincollig GAA ( P J Hagan, Jerry O'Donoghue, Eileen Mc Gurry & Eithne Linehan)(8/6)
Ladies Singles Final: Carmel Bushe (Crosshaven) beat Betty Kenneally (Douglas GAA)
Ladies Pairs Final: ICICYMA (Ann Butler & Fiona Kiddle) beat Sylvan (Hazel Payne & Ann Hession)
Ladies Fours Final: Mitchelstown ( Phil Lawton, Veronica Caplice, Jean Wiley & Eleanor Mc Evoy) beat Douglas GAA (Eileen O'Mahony, Margaret Kennedy, Betty Walsh & Esther Bennett)(5/4)
Junior Singles Final: Conor Middleton (Crosshaven) beat Annette Quinlan (Mitchelstown)(11/8)
The above Championships now in their 14th year were played in St Anthony's Hall for the fourth successive year before a large attendance. The finals were umpired by Mary Boyde, Theresa Burke, John Curran, Tom Farrell, Eddie Mills, Michael Murray, Greg Swanton & Dan Williamson.


Tramore Athletic was founded in 1948 in Turners Cross. The Club caters for schoolboys and adults having teams from under 11 to Senior grade, weekly coaching of under age players 8-10 years old takes place every Sunday morning and friendly matches are played against other clubs providing a similar service.
In its 53 year history it has been the most successful Club in Cork and still holds the record of achieving the highest number of honours at schoolboy grade. At Senior grade over the years the Club has won every trophy including the Intermediate cup, indeed they hold a record three in a row appearances in this trophy and were the last Cork club to win previous to the recent Rockmount success.
The Club grounds are situated on the banks of the Tramore River adjacent to the Link Road at the exit to Douglas Village. Year 2001 finally saw the construction of the Dressing Room /Clubhouse facility. This was achieved with the assistance of a National Lottery Grant and personal borrowings by some club members to the tune of almost € 50,000. In addition to this millstone the Club signed a Sporting lease for use of the grounds with Cork Corporation which requires repaying € 7,600 per year for ten years. It would not have been possible to obtain a Lottery Grant otherwise.
These debts have to be serviced before a ball is kicked, the privilege of which adds another €20,000 to the club debt.
Modern amenities are essential to attract and support schoolboy teams and the cost of insurance, transport, competition fees, ground maintenance and the usual suspects Gas and Electricity combine to make the weekly task of survival very difficult indeed.
Without the kind donations of former players and friends survival would be impossible. Major ground development and drainage repairs is urgently required but like many other clubs it is impossible to service further borrowings (Lottery grants allow only a portion of the capital cost of any project).
We soldier on in the hope of success on the playing field but unfortunately this pursuit is being rapidly eroded by others within the Soccer community, this is the subject of a further article.

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