21st February, 2002
Weekly Sports


The Seniors travelled to Mayfield on Sunday morning and emerged with a welcome 2-0 win and three vital points in the league. Conditions were not condusive to good football with a strong wind but to both sides' credit, they battled hard and served up good fare. The 'Hall scorers were Alan Bateman and Brian Wilkinson. Gary Aherne was very sound in goals, recording another clean sheet.
The MSL Juniors kept their league form going, with a last minute 4-3 win over UCC on Saturday. The 'Hall scorers in a ding-dong match were Stuart Howard (2), Diarmuid O'Malley and Mark O'Connell. The 'Hall needed a last minute winner in a match where the lead changed hands a couple of times. All in all, this was a deserved victory, which keeps the league challenge on the rails.
The Under 17's found Everton too hot to handle in the league. The 'Hall were a little unlucky to concede as many goals as they did, going down 6-1, but there was no disputing that Everton deserved the win. The 'Hall scorer was Shay O'Donoghue.
The Under 15 Premier side advanced to the open draw in the National Cup, following a 4-2 win over Carrigaline Utd. Robert Rose was the player in form, notching all four goals with a clinical performance. This emulated Rory O'Sullivan's feat last week for the AUL Juniors - scoring all four goals in a win for their respective sides. The 15's now travel to play Newbridge Town in the Cup.
The Under 15 Division 1 side acquited themselves very well in the local cup, before going down 4-0 against Premier opposition - Ballincollig. The half time score was 0-0, with an upset a distinct possibility. However,
Ballincollig came through strongly in the second half to advance.
The Under 13s also advanced in the Local Cup, following a hard-fought 1-0 win over Richmond. Conditions for this match were very difficult, with a strong wind making football difficult. The 'Hall scored early on through Jason Martin Sullivan and were good value for a 1-0 interval lead. This was also the final score, with the 'Hall defence well on top throughout. Adam Doyle gave a good performance at the back, while John Harris earned another clean sheet with a fine display in goals.
The Under 11's recorded their fourth win on the trot with a 5-0 defeat of Midleton. The scorers were Conor Lucey, Olan Bermingham with 2 each and Finbarr Desmond. This win has moved them well up the league table and if this form can be maintained, they will figure well up the table at the end of the season. Anthony Fealy and Jamie McKenzie shared the goalkeeping duties, each earning a clean sheet.
The club is putting the plans for Under 8, 9 and 10 football together at the moment. It is hoped to get things moving during the next month and to this end any contributions from interested parents or club members will be welcome. Any suggestions (times, days, structures) will be gratefully accepted and discussed by the committee. Addtionally, anyone wishing to get involved with 8s, 9s and 10s could contact Gerry O'Connell (4895786).
Saturday, 2 March:
AUL Junior Corinthians Cup: Away v. Village Utd., 3.00
Sunday, 3 March:
Senior League: Home v. Cobh Wanderers, 10.45
MSL Junior League Home v. College Corinthians, 3.00
Youths League Home v. Grattan Utd., 3.00


On Friday next 1st March 2002 Nagle Community College of Mahon in Cork will attempt to re-write the record books when they take on either De La Sale Waterford or Limerick C.B.S. in the Smart Telecom sponsored F.A.IS. Munster under- 17 final. If successful they will become the first school in the history of the F.A.I.S. to capture 3 Munster titles in successive years at 3 different age groups.
Two years ago, they took the under-15 Munster title, last year they won the Munster and All-Ireland title at under-18 level so Friday next is a day of destiny for this relatively small school of just 300 pupils.
On the way to this years final they defeated Douglas CS., Blarney, Carrick-on-suir and High School Clonmel
Coach John Murphy is cautiously optimistic about Friday, “The secret of our success is team work” there are no primadonnas on our panel, each player knows what's expected of them, Friday will be tough but considering 13 of this years under- 17 panel were part of last years under-18 All-Ireland winning panel our experience should stand to us." So only De la Sale or Limerick C.B.S. stand between Nagle and sporting history.


U11 League: Avondale took full points from Wilton United with a 3 – 1 victory in an exciting game, with both teams playing attractive football. All of Avondale’s goals came in the last five minutes from Simon Zebo, Kevin Harte and Daniel Stout to wipe out an earlier Wilton penalty. Best for Avondale were Stephen McCarthy, Kevin Harte, Brian Lyons and Richard Dineen. Wilton’s goalkeeper and defence were excellent on the day.
U13 League: Avondale recorded a well deserved 4 – 1 victory over Cobh Ramblers with goals from Billy McCarthy (2), Denis O’Sullivan and Michael Harrington.
U15 League: In a close game, Avondale were beaten 2 – 1 by Nufarm Athletic.
Seniors: Avondale enjoyed a comfortable 4 – 0 victory over Casement Celtic with Jason Hickey getting all four goals to add to his impressive scoring record for the season.



3rd of March 2002 is a Red Letter Day for the members of Douglas Gymnastics Club Team. They are attempting to be the first Gymnastics Team to take the National Team Championship Three times in a row. In the Championships 11 year history Douglas Gymnastics has been the most successful Team taking the Title 8 times. The Team have set their sights on the elusive Three in a row.
The newly formed Team is composed of four veteran gymnasts Chloe Hegerty, Katie Murphy, Síle Quinlan and Sarah Wedel. Two new members Anna Kuzmina and Amiee O’Driscoll join the veterans.
The gymnasts will have stiff competition form the Dublin, Mayo and Limerick Teams all have members of
the Irish National Squad on there Teams. Douglas will have three National Squad Members on their Team. Síle Quinlan (Senior), Chloe Hegerty (Junior) and Sarah Wedel (Minor). Who will be joined by two members competing as individuals Sarah Callan (Senior) and Amy Keating (Junior).
The Team Championship is the competition used to qualify for the Irish National Individual, All-Round Championships and the Irish National Squad.
All of the work and dedication put in by the gymnasts and their coaches Debbie McDonnell and Elaine Duggan will hopefully pay off on Sunday 3rd March.


Nemo had a number of matches over the weekend, the first being Nemo V’s Ballincollig. On a day of poor weather conditions the Under 12's of Nemo and Ballincollig served up an entertaining game. Ballincollig took the lead from the start with an early goal with the help of a strong wind. Nemo fought bravely back well in the second half with outstanding displays from Sean Sheehan, Barry O'Driscoll and Brian Hayes. Nemo took advantage of the strong breeze and won comfortably in the end with a score of 4-6 to 2-7.
Nemo 1,Under 15's V’s Douglas lost out to Douglas by 3 points in terrible conditions. Having led for most of the game a late goal by Douglas gave them victory with excellent performances by David Mehigan and Colin O'Brien.
Nemo 2 V’s Na Parsaigh had a comprehensive win over Na Parsaigh by 3-7 to 1-2. Excellent performances by Robert Allen and Shane O'Sullivan.
Nemo Minor 2 match V’s Ballunuile, this match was played in very bad weather conditions, Nemo played against a very strong gale in the first half and went in at half time four points down. With the wind in the second half Nemo soon levelled it and went ahead and stayed ahead to the end with a final score 3-6 to 0-6. Best from Nemo were Greg Morgan and Peter Sheifer, Diarmuid Harvey, Brian Leonard and Eric O'Sullivan.
Fixtures On Saturday 2nd March Nemo senior footballers take on Charlestown of Mayo in Nenagh in the AIB All Ireland Club semi-final. Four of our under age teams have arranged challenged prior to this fixture. Under 14's and under 16's play Na Pairsaigh of Limerick. Under 12's and Under 13's play Eire Og of Nenagh. We wish the senior team well in their quest for All Ireland honours.


Douglas G.A.A. Senior Section. By Pat Harrington

Douglas Minors Out Point Mayfield.
Douglas played Mayfield in the Douglas Community pitch last weekend. The Northsiders played with the aid of the wind in the first half. In the opening quarter Douglas were on top and led 0-3 to 0-2. Mayfield controlled the second quarter and led 0-5 to 0-3 at the interval. Paddy White was introduced to Mayfield – this move injected Mayfield with more pace. Douglas were more direct in the second half and delivered quality ball to the inside forwards, while the forwards found it difficult at times to kick with the crosswind, the points began to flow.
Fergal O’Sullivan kicked some fine points from dead ball situations. Mark Harrington at last found his shooting boots, kicking three points from play. Mayfield also had their chances but were thwarted by a very vigilant David Dorney in goal. Final score Douglas 0-13 – Mayfield 0-8.
Mark O’Callaghan and Eoin Cadogan made their debuts for the minors and acquitted themselves well. Frank Tobin was solid at the back. It was nice to see Thomas Cotter back after a long lay off through injury.

Junior A football.
Douglas received a walkover from Na Piarsaigh. Two very welcome points.
Senior Football.
Douglas played newly promoted Newcestown in the first round of the league. This was a very bruising encounter played in Newcestown. Douglas were 0-4 to 0-3 in arrears at the interval. Douglas came good in the second half and won on a scoreline of 0-7 to 0-6. Cormac Dineen and David McSweeney played well. Patrick Tobin made his debut at senior rank and performed well.
U-21 Football.
This squad has got together over the last few weekends. On Saturday last fielding a very young squad they overcame the challenge of Blarney. Then championship is about five weeks away.
Club Dinner.
The Club Dinner will be held in Douglas G.A.A. Club on Friday March 15th. Tickets are €20 each and will be on sale in the club within the next week.
Breaking News.
The NEW dressing rooms / gym will be officially opened on the 30thn of March by the president of the G.A.A., Sean McCague.

J.F.L. 1 - Douglas v Mayfield @ Douglas 11.30
J.F.L. 2 - Douglas v St. Nicks @ Glen Field. 11.30
M.F. 2 - Douglas v St. Nicks (no time or venue )
Minor Football 1 Fixture to be announced – see notice board.
Senior Football - The Senior footballers are due to play Clyda Rovers but this may not go ahead.

Douglas G.A.A. Under Age - By Donie Harris.

Under 14 Football Section 1.
Douglas 0-9 Fermoy 1-6.
Last weekend Douglas and Fermoy met in the first round of the Under 14 football on a wet and windy day. Douglas were short at least six players who had other commitments on the day. Nevertheless, the lads that stood in for them did nothing wrong. The match itself was a good hard game. Douglas won the toss and played against the wind. Fermoy were first to settle, scoring a point. Patrick Carroll and Kevin O’Mahony were playing well at centre field and in our first attack we scored a point. Fermoy came more into the game at this stage scoring 1-3. Terry O’Connell scored our second point to leave the score at half time 1-4 to 0-2 in favour of Fermoy. The second half started with Douglas playing with the wind and getting plenty of ball into their forwards. Ian Bermingham got some nice points to bring the score back to 1-4 to 0-4. However in a rare Fermoy attack they scored a further two points to extend their lead. It was then that Douglas game began to kick in. Moving John Harris to full forward and Kevin Cotter to half forward seemed to work. Cian Meade really came into the game at centre back scoring a great point. Daniel Olden played his part in winning a great free. Kevin O’Mahony also hit a great point but it was John Harris who scored the vital point that was to tie the game. We had our chances to win the game but luck wasn’t on our side. This was a good overall team performance and next week sees us at home to Blackrock.

Under 15 Football Section 1.
Douglas 2-3 Nemo 0-3.
Douglas played Nemo last weekend in the under 15 football in Trabeg in a very close game. It was anyone’s with ten minutes to go and the sides level. However, luck was on the Douglas side when they scored two goals to clinch the game. This is our second win in the league and reaching the knock out stages looks very promising. Ronáin Ó Murchú and Stephen Moylan played well but overall it was a great team performance. This team is at home on Saturday against Na Piarsaigh.

The Under Age AGM will take place this Thursday evening , 28/2/’02 at 7.30pm. If you have an hour to spare why not come along and see how the Under Age Section is run.

Under 15 Football Section 1. Douglas (Home) V Na Piarsaigh Sat 02/03/’02 @ 2.00pm.
Under 14 Football League Section 1 Douglas (Home) V St. Michaels.b Sat 02/03/’02 @ 3.15pm.


By Garry White
This week we look at the U-10 kids, judging by the vast levels of skills, concentration, teamwork and eagerness to learn, it must be heart warming for Messrs Kearney & Co knowing their efforts are bearing fruit. One marvelled at the kids listening to and heeding advice on the art of the blockdown, as well as getting in close to avoid injury etc.
In the matches we had two players in particular standing out, Sligos Stephen Moore giving a Virtuoso display in midfield, while Brian Geary was meanness personified in the Cork goal. Others to challenge this duo for acclaim were Clares hardworking David O’Brien, tall Laura O’Regan of Sligo,Derry's Devils Timmy McCarthy and Chris Cahill, and Cork trojan Kevin Devy.
The street Leagues continue to go from strength to strength.


" St Vincent's defeat Glounthaune in final of Douglas GAA IBC Tournament"

Douglas GAA Indoor Bowls Club Open Licensed Triples Competition for the
Douglas Credit Union Perpetual Cup played on Sunday 24th February:
Quarter-finals: St Vincent's (N O'Connell) beat Nemo (N Harte, P Moynihan &
M Deady)(8/8X7E), St Anthony's (D Fitzgibbon) beat ICICYMA (P Barry, D
Treacy & P Lane), Glounthane (L O'Connell) beat Douglas Community School (J Lynch, M Murray & M Walsh)(4/4X7E) and Highfield (J O'Brien) beat St
Vincent's (G Keane, T Murphy & D Keane)

Semi-finals: St Vincent's (N O'Connell) beat St Anthony's ( Dan
Fitzgibbon, Sean Mullins & Noreen Fitzgibbon) and Glounthaune (L O'Connell)
beat Highfield (John O'Brien, John Murphy & John Lyall)(8/7)
Final: St Vincent's (Noel O'Connell, John O'Mahony & Vera O'Connell) beat
Glounthaune (Liam O'Connell, Phil Crowe & Ted Geary) played over 7-ends
The final was umpired by Paddy Barry and John B
O'Regan Congratulations to St Vincent's on winning their First Open
Licensed Triples Competition Congratulations are also due to Margaret
Kennedy (Competition Secretary) and her Committee on the successful
organisation of their Annual Tournament

Fixtures: St Anthony's Indoor Bowls Club Open Licensed Triples Competition
on 27th February to 2nd March 2002 in St Anthony's Hall

Martha Treacy Plate on Sunday 3rd March in Douglas Community School Hall

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