7th March, 2002
Weekly Sports


Mixed results last weekend, with two wins and two losses for the teams in action.
The Seniors hosted Cobh Wanderers and unfortunately went down to a 1-0 defeat. They had more possession and created better openings, but finishing let them down on the morning. They have been more than holding their own in the premier division, but a couple of wins would be very welcome.
The MSL Juniors recorded their fourth win on the spin, with a good 3-1 victory over College Corinthians in the league. Here, the team has jelled very well in recent weeks and are now well in contention for a top six spot in the league. The scorers were Stuart Howard, Martin Davis and Declan White.
The AUL Juniors finally played their much postponed Corinthians Cup match against Village Utd. They gave a good account of themselves against higher ranked opposition and looked set for extra time until a penalty to Village gave them the victory. The 'Hall scorer in a 2-1 defeat was Conor O'Mahony, with his first goal in three seasons.
In the Youths league, the 'Hall were in fine form and were good value against Grattan Utd. They eventually won 3-1, with goals from Declan O'Connell (2) and Paddy White late in the game. The 'Hall took a 2-0 lead and looked like overrunning Grattan completely, but they had to suffer a
long spell of pressure before the clinching third goal.
Next weekend, the Under 15's, managed by Gerry O'Connell travel to Newbridge to take on the locals in the Evans Cup. The side has been impressive on their march out of Cork and will need to bring this form with them to Kildare, to hope to advance. The very best of luck to all involved
with this team.
Finally, congratulations to Colin Doyle, again called into the Irish Under 17 squad for the European qualifiers being held in Dublin during this week. Being involved with the squad for competitive fixtures is another measure of the progress Colin is making with Birmingham City.
Saturday, 9 March:
AUL Junior League: Home v. Strand Utd., 3.00
Under 17 League: Home v. Lakewood Ath., 3.00
Under 15 Evans Cup: Away v. Newbridge Town, 2.00
Sunday 10 March:
MSL Junior Super Cup: Home v. Crosshaven, 10.45
Youths League: Away v. Everton, 3.00
Under 15 (D1) League: Home v. Macroom, 3.00
Under 13 Local Cup: Away v. Lakewood Utd., 3.00
Under 11 League: Home v. Casement Utd., 11.00


It was an excellent weekend for the Club on the schoolboy front with all five teams in action recording victories. There was some fabulous team performances with Corinthians United Under Twelve’s and Corinthians Boys Under Sixteen’s coming from two goals down to record exciting 3-2 victories, while the individual performance of the weekend came from Dermot Collins, who scored all 5 goals for our U14 side Douglas Corinthians in their 5-2 victory over Youghal Utd.

Under 12
Corinthians Utd are currently busy preparing for their trip to Liverpool over the Easter holiday period, but they took time out on Saturday, when they traveled to Cobh for a Premier League clash against Cobh Ramblers. In a fabulous contest they showed great spirit and determination as they fought back from 2-0 down to take the three points. They had many heroes on the day with goalscorers Gavin Dempsey, Ciaran O’ Donovan, William O’ Connor and the central defense partnership of Aidan Casey and Brian O’ Callaghan very much to the fore.
Corinthian Boys maintained their 100% league record with a comfortable 7-0 victory over Carrigaline Utd, Jamie Drennan (3), Richard O’Donovan, Patrick O’Brien, Stephen Good and John O’Brien scored for Corinthians.

Under 14
Corinthian Boys maintained their unbeaten record with an impressive 8-0 victory over Park Utd. Goals by Graham Cummins (2), Stephen Moylan (2), Aaron Kearney (2), Ricky Kenny and Ian Nolan, as well as top class performances from Alan Barry, Eoin Cotter, Shane Horgan, Keith Donnellan and Thomas O’Connor ensured the points went to Corinthians.
Douglas Corinthians boosted by the 5 goal performance of Dermot Collins turned in an excellent effort to defeat Youghal Utd by 5-2. David Kilcommons, David O’Mahony and Richard Walsh were outstanding for Corinthians.

Under 16
If Corinthians Utd turned in the performance of the week in the U12 Premier Division then our Under 16s certainly ran them close. 2-0 down at half time in their away league match against Riverstown, they turned the game completely on its head in the second half as they surged forward to score 3 times, including a last minute winner from Gary Drennan. John Carroll and Chris Hammond were also on the score sheet, while Peter Mooreland and Barry Ryan turned in excellent performances. This victory leaves our Under 16s very much in the hunt for honours in the U16 First Division.

Weekend Fixtures
Next weekends fixtures has turned up some very exciting games including a top of the table clash in the U13 Premier Division, with Corinthians travelling to Ovens to take on Lakewood on Sunday afternoon, kick off 2 p.m.
The focus of attention will also be very much on our two teams involved in National Cup action. Our Under 14s have home advantage on Sunday afternoon when they take on Rock Rovers from Tipperary in a 5th round Goodson cup match. Kick off in Corinthians Park is at 2.30 p.m., while our U12s have to make the long journey to Athlone to take on local side St. Francis, kick off is 3 p.m. on Saturday afternoon in Athlone.
Finally a mention for our Under 9s, who travel to Dublin at the weekend to take on Portmarnack in two friendly 7 aside matches. On behalf of the Club I would like to wish all our teams the very best of luck over the weekend and I would urge everyone involved in the Club to come up and support our Under 14s next Sunday afternoon.
Street Leagues
Names are now being taken for this years Street Leagues. If you would like you son or daughter to be involved then simply come along on Saturday morning to Corinthians Park, training and coaching times for the various age groups are as follows:-

Under 9 (1992) 9.30 a.m. - 10.45 a.m.
Under 9 & 10 (1990 & 1991) 10.45 a.m. - 12 noon
Under 7 & 8 ( 1993 – 1995) 12.15 p.m. - 1.30 p.m.

If you would like any further information about the Leagues then why not contact Terry O’Donovan at 4891257 or Ger Kilcommins at 4363456.


Mon 25TH Feb C. Bennett & O. Cotter - 1st I. Riordan & G. Ryan -2nd
Tues 26TH Feb am T. Long & M. Madden - 1st P. O'Mahony & B. Conneely -2nd
Tues 26TH Feb Novice Ml. Walsh & T. Heavy - 1st
Tues 26TH Feb pm N. Trihy & B. Murphy - 1st T. Brophy & S. Wanlgin - 2nd
Wed 27TH Feb am Novice U. English & Dette P - 1st
Wed 27TH Feb am K. Keogh & E. Flavin - 1st
Wed 27th Feb pm Juniors M. Barnes & A. O'Leary - 1st
Wed 27th Feb pm S. Devereux & L. Whitaker - 1st M. Walsh & T. Harvey - 2nd
Thur 28th Feb pm M. Sugrue & G. O'Connor - 1st C. Gallagher & N. Staunton - 2nd
Thur 28th Feb Novice J. O'Leary & N. Healy - 1st
Fri 1st March P. McAuliffe & M. Dalton - 1st



By Garry White
This week we look at the adventures of the U-9 children with the caman, where at this stage the training drills and disciplines run as smooth as the proverbial well oiled machine. All credit to the enthusiasm and earnest nature of the kids.
So on to the matches themselves, where we had many notable performers with two in particular stealing the show, namely Tipp's multi skilled Ian Tobin, and the tireless Eoin Harris of Dublin. This duo were strongly challenged for accolade by Offaly's Stephen Moore and Liam Cuanachain, Christian Connolly of Tipp, Downs Sean Moloney and Caolan Mulrooney, Kieran Barry of Dublin,Galways Alan Cadogan and Francisco Georgio,and lastly How could we not mention Laois's Colin O'Sullivan and Six Shooter Sinead Kearney.


Douglas G.A.A. Underage.

Our A.G.M. was held on Thursday night where many tributes were paid to outgoing Chairman, Christy O’Mahony for his dedication and hard work at underage level over the last number of years. Donie Harris was elected as incoming chairman. Donie is a very committed and popular member of the club and we all wish him the best in the years to come. The following were elected as officers and committee members………
Chairman : Donie Harris. Secretary : John Foley. Asst. Secretary : Colm Drinan. Treasurer : John Reidy. Asst. Treasurer : Michael O’Callaghan. P.R.O. : Alf Hanrahan. Registrar : Michael O’Callaghan.
Under 15 Football League.
Douglas 3-5 Na Piarsaigh 0-4.
After a slow start by Douglas who were behind at halftime, this turned out to be a convincing win. The most heartening aspect of this game was to see five different players on the score sheet.
Under 14 A Football League.
Douglas 2-6 St. Michael’s 0-9.
St. Michael’s dominated the first half of this encounter and led by seven points to no score at the break. The lead could have been more but for the excellent goalkeeping of Richard Kingston. Douglas came to life in the second half with the introduction of Colin O’Sullivan who was outstanding. A great goal by John Harris ten minutes into the half brought Douglas to within a point. A further goal and three points added to the Douglas score brought a two point reply from St. Michael’s but it wasn’t enough as Douglas ran out winners with a three point margin.
Sat. 9th of March: U-15 Football League – Douglas v Mayfield away at 4pm.

Douglas G.A.A. Senior Section.
By Pat Harrington.
Douglas Defeat St. Nicks in Three Grades.
Douglas Minor Premier Team maintained their one hundred percent record with a victory over St. Nick’s. Both teams were short some regular first team players. The Glen started the better and threatened to steam roll the Douglas lads. A clever ball was played over the heads of the Nick’s defence was picked up by Fergal O’Sullivan who deftly despatched it into the back of the net. This score served to ignite the Douglas boys who proceeded to play quality football. A second goal by Stephen Bermingham gave Douglas a good cushion at half time. Mark O’Callaghan and Paul Kelly played well on both wings of defence.
The second half started in dramatic fashion with Douglas taking a free quickly , Richard Harris billowed the net. St. Nick’s came back into the game and scored two goals. These were in fact two soft scores and should not have been conceded. To their credit Douglas scored two more goals – both these were penalties converted by Fergal O’Sullivan. Final score ….. Douglas 5-13 St. Nick’s 2-9.
Seamus Crowley provided a good link between defence and attack.

Minor 2 Football.
Again Douglas played St. Nick’s in this encounter. St. Nick’s were the better team in the first half. Douglas struggled to put their game together and gave away too much possession, wrong options were also taken. The Glan led 1-3 to 0-2 at the break.
The selectors rung the changes in the second half. Gary Drennan was placed at centre back and Ian O’Regan went to full forward. Douglas got two points early on but were unable to sustain the challenge of the Northsiders kicked three more unanswered points. Ian O’Regan made his mark by scoring a fine goal. Further good points by James Barrett and Neil Crowley brought the scores level. Colin Lahive got an opportunist goal to clinch two very valuable points. David M O’Sullivan, Denis O’Riordan, Eoin Carroll (second half) played well. Final score – Douglas 2-8 St. Nick’s 1-6.

Junior 3 Football.
Douglas completed a hatrick of victories over st. Nick’s on a scoreline of 0-12 to 1-6. The scoreline after the first quarter was 0-3 to 0-2 in favour of St. Nicks. Then Ronan Geary kicked some very good points to help Douglas lead 0-7 to 0-4 at the interval. Mark Kennedy and Michael O’Neill worked very hard for Douglas. Final score …… Douglas 0-12 St. Nick’s 1-6.
Fixtures ……..
Douglas V Nemo 11.30 Trabeg.
Minor 2 Douglas V Ballinhassig 11.30 away.
Junior 1 Douglas V Whites Cross 11.30 away.
Junior 2 Douglas V Rochestown 11.30 away.


By Adrian Fitzpatrick.

It was back to action last weekend for Douglas against Bantry in the Junior 2 Cup. Douglas lining out with Captain, Dan Harman leading Douglas onto the pitch. This was a great match for Douglas as they went about their business from the kick off. Craig Fehilly, Ciaran Cleary and scrum half, Jim O’Leary made sure of Douglas’ first of many tries. The skillful John Loughlan had his ‘golden’ kicking boots on as almost all of his kicks went over the bar. Martin Pinfield showed us how a ball should be thrown into a line out and Nathan Board couldn’t miss a single ball from Bantry’s out half. Troy Weldon and Eamonn Kinahan made a welcome return scoring two tries a piece.
In the second half the game was over as a contest and my sideline ‘assistant’ was enjoying the action. Der Quinn made a cameo appearance proving he is no where near retirement and Cian O’Brien with his aero dynamic hairstyle was too good for his opposite number scoring a brilliant try. Potentials for ‘Man of the Match’ were John Quilter, Sean O’Boyle and Martin Brennan who came on half through the second half but overall it was a super team performance.
Manager Bob Costigan was delighted with his teams performance and is looking forward to the next encounter in the cup. Bob was particularly pleased with his final substitution, Liam Murphy who made a fine solo run towards the end of the match. Sean O’Boyle was impressed with this piece of individualism and has already penciled Liam in for the next match. Douglas ran out much too strong for Bantry…….well done lads keep it up!!!

Training at Moneygourney…….
Weds 6.45pm and Fri 7.45pm.

Forthcoming events……..
Annual Draw will take place at St. Columbas Hall on Easter Sunday Night and includes karaoke + disco. ….NO cover charge…..tickets available from any Douglas RFC member….. 9pm ‘til late.


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.


"Rockies Celebrate as their take their First Triples Title"
St Anthony's Indoor Bowls Club Annual Open Licensed Triples Competition for the St Anthony's Perpetual Trophy played on the 2nd March 2002:
Quarter-finals: Rockies (A Kidney) beat Wilton (B Feeney, N O'Keeffe & A Feeney) Nemo (M Moynihan) beat Little Island (J Kirby, J Long & B Harty), Clare (Paul Deegan) beat Highfield (J O'Brien, J Murphy & J Lyall) and St Anthony's (Dan Fitzgibbon) beat Nemo (N Harte, D Deady & M Deady):
Semi-finals: Rockies (A Kidney) beat Nemo (Mary Moynihan, Alice Stockley & Irene Mc Kenna)(7/6) and Clare (P Deegan) beat St Anthony's (Dan Fitzgibbon, S Mullins & Noreen Fitzgibbon)(6/6x9 Ends):
Final: Rockies (Ann Kidney, Laura Dennehy & Claire Noonan) beat Clare (Paul Deegan, Deirdre Deegan & Oliver Deegan)
The Umpires on duty for the final session of the Competition were Theresa Burke, John Curran, Sean O'Mahony and Michael O'Regan Both semi-finals were close fought affairs with neither team giving much away but in the end the Rockies defeated Nemo by (7/6) and Clare defeated St Anthony's in the S.D. extra end (Tie end) after both teams had finished level (6/6) after 9-ends In the final the "Rockies" were convincing winners over the Clare team and in winning captured their "First Open Licensed Triples Title”.
At the conclusion of play Bobby Keegan (Chairperson) presented the St Anthony's Perpetual Trophy to Ann Kidney (Skip) of the "Rockies" team Congratulations also to Brendan Hurley (Hon Secretary) and his Committee on the successful organisation of their Annual Tournament
Fixtures: Martha Treacy Cup/Plate on Thursday 7th to Sunday 10th March,2002 Wilton Indoor Bowls Club Open Licensed Triples Competition on Thursday 7th to Sunday 10th March

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