21st February, 2002
Weekly Sports


Football returned with a vengance last weekend, with pitches recovered from the deluges of previous weeks. As a result, a number of club sides were in action, with no defeats recorded.
The Seniors hosted College Corinthians in the league. This was a very competitive match with honours even at the end, following a scoreless draw.
The 'Hall settled early on and had a couple of half chances. Corinthians put pressure on the 'Hall defence before the interval, but neither side could make a breakthrough. The second half was played with much the same pattern. The 'Hall had more of the possession, but didn't create many clearcut chances, while also limiting the Corinthians forwards. All in all, a draw was a fair result, with Gary Aherne earning the clean sheet in goals for the 'Hall.
The AUL Juniors were also in league action, travelling to Inishannon. They were victorious by the odd goal after a 7-goal thriller. The 'Hall scorers in a 4-3 win were Brendan Crowne, Rory O'Sullivan, Stephen Carroll and Kieran Olliffe. Following the long layoff, it was good to see the team hitting good form in this fixture.
The Youths continued their quest for honours with a difficult league assignment away to Grattan Utd. The team was missing a few players and lost goalkeeper Paul Luxford at the interval through injury. Patrick White, who had earlier played with the Under 16s deputised and shared the clean sheet honours. This was a torrid encounter and the point from the goalless draw was seen as a point gained in the league, rather than points dropped.
The Under 16's were in commanding form against Hibernians. They had a smashing 5-0 win, dominating all through. The scorers were Graham O'Leary, Christy O'Shea (2 apiece) and Stephen Barry. This maintains their unbeaten league record, but early draws in the league could prove very costly before the season is over. Denis O'Sullivan gave a solid performance in goals, earning a good clean sheet.
Saturday, 23 February:
MSL Junior League: Away v. U.C.C., 2.30
AUL Junior City Challenge Cup: Home v. Churchview Celtic, 3.00
Under 17 League: Away v. Everton, 3.00
Under 15 Evans Cup: Home v. Carrigaline Utd., 10.45
Under 11 League: Away v. Midleton Utd., 3.00
Sunday, 24th February:
Senior League: Away v. Mayfield Utd., 10.45
Under 15 Local Cup: Away v. Ballincollig, 11.00
Under 13 Local Cup: Home v. Richmond, 11.00


The under 15 football league finally got off the ground on Saturday last. This year we have entered two teams in the 'A' section.

Results: St. Vincents 0-5 NEMO 1/ 3-6

This game was played at the plendid new St Vincents grounds. Nemo started with a few early points and then scored a fortunate goal from a free, we finished the first half leading 2-3 to 0-3.
St Vincents were in the match a lot more in the 2nd and really put it up to the Nemo lads and despite some way word shooting we went on to record a fine win.
Best for Nemo were Mark O Donovan, Ian Foley, Gary Coughlan, Ricky Kenny and Ian Potts .

Our U 13 and 12 teams were in action against St Finbarrs in challenge matches and both recorded fine wins.

Fixtures Sat 23rd : U15 Nemo 1 v Douglas , Trabeg @ 2.00 pm
Nemo 2 v Na Piarsigh , Trabeg @ 3.15pm


Ned Kavanagh & Noel Long from Avondale AFC attended Nagle Community College, Mahon, last week to present playing gear and field marking equipment to the school. Minister for Health & Children, Micheal Martin TD, was a special guest on the day. Minister Martin said it was great to see a club putting something back into the community. The Minister also complimented Avondale Utd for making the sports equipment available to all sports within the College. Minister Martin urged all young people to play sport for as long as they can as he believed that physical fitness was vital to a healthy living. The Minister was loud in his praise of John Murphy (Manager), Fr Damian O'Mahony and Sean Geasley who led Nagle Community College Under 18's to All Ireland Colleges Soccer honours.
Mr Ned Kavanagh, Chairman, School Boys Section, Avondale Utd, and Club PRO Officer, Noel Long, attended to make the presentation which was made possible with the co-operation of the Cashman Organisation.
Tony Caniffe, School Principal, praised the team members for their dedication which resulted in the All Ireland victory which put Nagle College on the national map. He, too, thanked Avondale for their efforts on behalf of the local community.
Brad O'Donoghue, representing the Cashman's Organisation, said it was a pleasure to be associated with the Avondale Club as they did so much good work in their catchment area. He also said he hoped that the sports equipment would help them develop further in all sports.
Chairman of Avondale under-age section, Ned Kavanagh, said they were delighted to be associated with the school and said that many present and past members were involved in the club.


This features the fabulous fare served up by the U-9 children last Saturday.Wonderful striking,Good goalkeeping(Ian Lucey and Andrew Murphy in Particular),Timing and awarness were very evident.The Hurling displayed shows how valuable the Street Leagues are in nurturing the skills of this ancient game.
Once again we had many fine performers, Here are but a few,Paul Beale and Saoirse O'Brien of Offaly, Dublins Ellen Scannell and Shane O'Donoghue, Tipps Alison Peate and Sean Deasy, RobertLehane and Cian Murphy of Laois, Galway's Martin Barry and Paul Fitzgerald, And Cillian McCarthy and Aoibhinn Killeen of Down.
Douglas G.A.A can be content in the knowledge that there is great talent coming along.


On February 3rd, 2002 a group of students from each of the Cork Tae Kwon-Do Institute Academies travelled to Baldoyle, Co. Dublin to compete in the ITA Junior Championships. A great day was had by all and some who competed won 1st, 2nd & 3rd positions in what was said to be a high standard and tough event.
Chief Instructor and President of CTI, Mr. Kevin O' Sullivan, said "I was very impressed by my students on the day who as always gave 100% and would make you proud to be their instructor as each and every student presented themselves with great behaviour and sportsmanship. This only the beginning of the years events as we have a lot more tournaments to hold and attend this year, for example the CTI Munster Championships in Trabolgan Holiday Village in April and the Galway Opens in March".
So rather than sit back and pat themselves on the backs, it is back to training for the next event.


Last weekend was a very successful one on the schoolboy front, with all our four teams in action recording victories. The highlight was undoubtedly the performance of our Under 12 Premier Division side Corinthian Boys in their fourth round National Cup game against Riverstown.
National Cup
Corinthian Boys Under 12 side became the second team from the club to qualify for the last 32 of the National Cup competition when they defeated Riverstown by four goals to nil last Saturday morning.
It was a fine effort by our lads who had to work extremely hard against a very strong and competitive Riverstown side. Eoin McCarthy opened the scoring for Corinthians just before half time from the penalty spot and further goals by Jamie Drennan, Robert Murphy and Patrick O’Brien proved too much for Riverstown. Richard O’Donovan, Theo Cullinane, David Meyler, Sean Grant and Stephen Good were the pick of what was overall an excellent team performance. Well done to the management duo of John Turner and Danny Drennan and to his very committed squad of 18 players.
In the fifth round Corinthians will have to travel away to Athlone to take on local side St. Frances.
Under 14’s
Our Under 14 Premier Division side Corinthian Boys remain undefeated this season and they picked up three very useful league points last Saturday morning when they came away from Avondale Park with a 4-1 victory. Stephen Moylan, Eoin Cotter, Graham Cummins and Darren Kirwan were on the score sheet for Corinthians and they had excellent performances from stand-in goal keeper Shane Horgan, Alan Barry, Eoghan Hearne and Ricky Kenny.
Our Under 14’s have been drawn at home to Rock Rovers from Carrick-on-Suir Co. Tipperary in the last 32 of the National Cup. The game more than likely will take place on Sunday March 2nd.
Our Under 14 First Division side Douglas Corinthians returned to winning ways with a good 2-1 victory over Rockmount Rangers. Jamie Owen and Ronan O’Murchu were on target for Corinthians and they had impressive performances from David Kilcommons and James Grant.
Under 16’s
Our Under 16’s reversed early season form with Carrigaline when they recorded a comfortable 3-1 victory over the same opposition in a Second Round local Cup match. Richard Arnop, David McCarthy and Paul Lynch were on the score sheet for Corinthians while Gary Drennan, Peter Moreland and Barry Ryan turned in excellent performances.
Street Leagues
In the coming weeks the schoolboys section of College Corinthians will be organising Street Leagues for the Under 7 to Under 11 age groups. The leagues will be open to young boys and girls born in the years 1990 – 1995. Last year over 30 teams and 300 schoolboys took part in the leagues, so if you would like to take part come along to Corinthians Park on Saturday morning. Registration will start on Saturday March 2nd. Training times for the various age groups are as follows.
Under 7 & Under 8 – 12.15pm – 1.30pm
Under 9 – 9.30am – 10.45am
Under 10 & Under 11 – 10.45am – 12 noon
UK Trip
This year once again the Club is sending two teams to Liverpool over the Easter Holiday period to take part in an international soccer tournament. The teams travelling are Corinthian Boys Under 11’s managed by Joe O’Connell, Ger Kilcommons, and Willie Fox, and Corinthians United Under 12’s managed by Mark O’Donovan, Billy O’ Conner and Dan O’Callaghan. As well as the soccer tournament the travelling party will also take in an English Premier League clash between Everton and Blackburn Rovers.
In recent weeks the organising committee has been busy drawing up plans for various fundraising events. Last weekend the two teams were in Tesco bag packing and on behalf of the Club I would like to thank Tesco and everybody who supported the lads in their fundraising efforts.
Music Table Quiz
One of the main fundraising events organised is a Music Table Quiz, which is scheduled to take place in the Rochestown Park Hotel on Thursday March 7th – start time 8.15pm. You are guaranteed a night of fun and entertainment as D.J. Denis Hegarty spins the disks. For further information about the night please contact Ger Kilcommons at 4363456 or Mark O’Donovan at 4891761.

Finally many thanks to Douglas Village Shopping Centre on their recent promotion which resulted in Corinthian Boys collecting a cheque for €1,000. Your support is much appreciated.


It has been a busy couple of weeks for Togher AC athletes on the competition front. On the 2nd February, Robert Heffernan competed in the 3km walk at the AAA indoor championships in Cardiff, Wales. Robert had a great race and won gold in a new national record of 11.10. On Feb 17th last Robert walked to a new national record at the national indoor championships. His time of 18.53 was the fastest in the world this year. Marion Andrews and Kelly O Keeffe also did very well in the 4oom and 5km walk respectively.
Also on 2nd February, Ian O Driscol came 16th in the intermediate boys race at the south Munster schools cross-country championships.
On Saturday the 9th February, Tadgh O Callaghan running in the Chriost Ri colours came a creditable 9th in the Munster schools cross-country championships. Tadgh will now go on to the all-Ireland schools championships in search of a medal.
Completing a busy fortnight, Togher AC made the long journey to Donegal for the National Intermediate cross-country championships. These were held in Stranolar, home of Finn valley AC. The weather conditions were mild but the rain over the last 2 weeks took its toll on the course. The course was very difficult, with the athletes having to contend with a very steep hill and lots of mud. Togher had 3 athletes in action with Shane O Shaughnessy in 19th position, followed in by Steven macklin in 28th and Fergal Tubridy in 54th. All three athletes were members of the Cork team who finished in 4th place.


ICICYMA Open Licensed Triples (3-Bowl) Competition for the ICICYMA
Perpetual Shield played on the 10th February at Garryduff Sports Centre:
Final: Wilton (Hubert Burrows, Eileen Kiely & Paul Giller) beat Ballincollig Community School (Danny Twohig, Miah Buckley & Kitty Buckley)(7/3) The Umpires on duty for the final day's play were: Tom Farrell, Hazel Foley, Pat Dunlea, Hazel Payne, Jack Russell & Betty Shellard The Captain of the ICICYMA Indoor Bowls Club, Clive Jay presented the Shield to Hubert Burrows (Skip) of the Wilton team
"C.I.S.A. Award”
At a recent Delegate meeting of the I.I.B.A. (Cork Zone) Michael Murray, Douglas Community School Indoor Bowls Club was elected "Bowls Sportstar/Personality of the year 2002 and will be presented with an Award by the Cork Indoor Sports Association at their Annual Awards Ceremony on the 10th May 2002

Highfield Indoor Bowls Club Open Licensed Triples Competition for the Highfield Perpetual Shield played on Sunday 17th February at Highfield Rugby Pavilion:
Final: Little Island (Joe Kirby, John Long & Bridie Harty) beat Ballincollig Community School (Danny Twohig, Miah Buckley & Ann Twohig)(9/6) The Umpires on duty for the final day's play were T Farrell, G Keane and J Warren.

Congratulations are also due to Paddy Ahern (Hon Sec) and his Committee on the successful organisation of their Annual Competition

Fixtures: Douglas GAA Indoor Bowls Club Open Licensed Triples Competition for the Douglas Credit Union Perpetual Cup on Wednesday 20th to Sunday 24th February

St Anthony's IBC Open Licensed Triples Competition on Monday 25th to Thursday 28th February and Friday 1st & Saturday 2nd March 2002.

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