11th April, 2002
Weekly Sports


It was a week to remember for the schoolboy section of College Corinthians which featured some notable firsts for the Club including the capturing of the first two trophies of the season and our Under Twelve’ s advancing to the last eight of the National Cup, however there is only one place to start and that is with a review of the Club’s Under 11 and Under 12 teams’ trip to Liverpool over the Easter holiday period.
UK Trip
It was a trip to remember for all the right reasons. Our two teams played out of “skins” with our Under 11’s winning the Under 11 title while our Under 12’s bowed out bravely in the semi-finals.
Our Under 11’s played superbly all through, winning their three group matches 11-2, 7-1 and 4-1 before defeating Kildare town 4-1 in the semi-final. In the final they came head to head with League of Ireland Club St. Patrick’s Athletic ‘s Under 11 side but our lads were not bothered by their more fancied opponents and playing superbly they took the final and the title on a 2-0 score line with two goals from Philip Brady.
Not to be out done our Under 12’s also played superbly winning two of their group matches before defeating Greystones in the quarterfinal with a goal by Kieran O’ Donovan. In the semi-finals they took on St. Patrick’s Athletic but unfortunately on this occasion they just could not match their more fancied opponents and they conceded three late goals, going down 3-0.
On their return, the travelling party received a rapturous reception on Thursday night when they were greeted by a large attendance of parents and club members. Definitely a fantastic effort by all concerned The entire trip was a real team effort from the very start with Club members, parents and the Schoolboys themselves putting their heart and soul into the trip. It was a fantastic effort by all concerned and they got their well-deserved reward.
National Cup
Corinthian Boys 2 Castleknock Celtic 0
There was great news also on the home front where our Under 12’s became the second schoolboy team from the Club to reach the last eight of the National Cup competition this season when they defeated Castleknock Celtic by 2 goals to nil last Sunday afternoon.
Played in glorious conditions and backed by a huge local support, Corinthians dominated for long periods but found it very difficult to break down a very well organised Castleknock defence. The breakthrough did not come until 11 minutes from the end when Richard O’Donovan was on hand to score from close range following a Robert Murphy corner. Amidst great excitement Robert Murphy doubled the advantage two minutes later when he fired home from the edge from the edge of the area. Castleknock could not recover from these setbacks and Corinthians held on comfortably for a 2-0 victory.
Corinthians will have a home draw in the quarterfinal where they will take on Dublin schoolboys league side Cherry Orchard. Well done to all concerned on a very fine achievement on reaching the quarterfinals. On behalf of the management team of Danny Drennan and John Turner a big thank you to everyone who came up to support the team on Sunday, it was much appreciated.
Schoolboys League
We had two Schoolboys League matches over the weekend at Under 11 level with Corinthians United travelling to Lakewood and coming home with a 4-0 victory thanks to goals by Eoin Murphy, Olann Kelleher, Kevin Kelleher and Rory O’Brien, while Douglas Corinthians suffered a disappointing defeat going down 3-0 to Carrigaline United. Best for Corinthians were Kieran Woods, Conor Murphy and Jonathan O’Leary.
Street Leagues
Everything is now in place for the start of our summer Street Leagues next Saturday morning. The leagues for Under 8’s and Under 9’s, born in 1992 and 1993 will take place between 9.30am and 10.45am. The leagues for our 10’s and 11’s, that is born in 1990 and 1991 take place between 10.45am and 12 noon, while for the under 7’s, born in the years 1994 & 1995 their league will start at 12.15pm and finish at 1.30pm.
Street Leagues are the most important schoolboy event which takes place in the club every year. Of the party who travelled to Liverpool over the Easter Holiday period only one of the 32 players did not come through the Club’s Street League system. Anyone interested in participating in the Street Leagues should come along to Corinthians Park at the appropriate time on Saturday mornings.
Finally a mention for the Club’s Under 9 team who took part in the Greenwood Blitz over the weekend and came home with the honours following a 4-3 extra time victory in the final over host Club . Well done to everyone involved.

There was disappointment for our Under 13 squad who suffered their first defeat of the season when they went out of the local cup going down 1-0 to Wilton. Our lads dominated the first half but failed to get on the score sheet and suffered the killer blow 5 minutes into the second half when Wilton scored after a quick breakaway. Despite the best efforts of Terry O’Connor, Eric Hegarty and Brian Lombard an equaliser just would not come.
Our under 15’s put in a much improved performance and were a little unfortunate not to take all three points against Youghal, sharing the spoils on a 1-1 score line. James Kenny scored for Corinthians and they had top class performances from Ronan Stanton, Brian O’Connor and Peter Lydon.
Soccer Marathon
Many thanks to everybody who supported our Soccer Marathon last Saturday morning. The response that the under age section got was absolutely fantastic and a great source of encouragement to everyone involved in the Schoolboys section in Corinthians.


Douglas Hall Under 18's!
The day finally came for Douglas Hall Under 18's the Sunday before last when they played local rivals Wilton in the last match of the season. The pressure was on for Douglas Hall because to be runners up in this years league they had to beat Wilton. As one might say you could have cut the tension with a knife. Not only did Douglas Hall have to win but also a win for Wilton would have got them enough points to go into a play with Ballincollig. Douglas Hall had barely settled on the pitch when Wilton scored their first goal and set the standard for the rest of the game. But after a minor set back the Hall recovered with a goal from Donna. There was incredible pressure on both teams but Douglas showed amazing strength and spirit. Douglas went one up with a strike from French forward Cynthia. But Wilton fought back hard and got one back. Whatever manager Alfie McCarthy said to the girls at half time showed because they came out on top in the second half and dominated from kick off. With another goal from Wilton the pressure once again was on Douglas Hall. Ten minutes from the end of a superlative performance, Jennifer Walch received a pass from Louise on right wing, surround by three blue shirts. She took one touch to bring the ball under her spell and buried it in the back of the net. 4- 3 to Wilton with only half a minute left, it looked like the end of the road for Douglas Hall under 18 when a mix up in the Wilton defence left Emma open to score the fourth goal for Douglas Hall. Although Douglas Hall only draw it was if they had won the league. Unbelievable team performance! On the day with the team performance Douglas gave, Douglas deserved to win.
Douglas Hall Under 12's!
Douglas Hall Under 12's traveled to the away side of Wilton to play in the next leg of their league. Starting well dominating the ball in mid-field and making some beautiful passes, Douglas Hall started getting good balls up to the forwards Jennifer and Sarah. Claire (right wing) was very unlucky not to score when the ball bounced on the line and was saved. There was great determination in the Douglas Hall side and what you would call a brilliant team performance. A poor decision by the referre gave Wilton their one and only goal. Douglas Hall fight well with get effort from Emma, Ciara, Maeve and Gill. Tension grows between the two teams and the last kick of the Emma Jordan made a beautiful pass across the goal and Muiria was very unlucky not to score. An excellent team performance by all.
Top Awards for Top Girls!
With the Under 18 season at a close it was time to recognise the hard work of the team and trainers. With a very good season behind them, Douglas Hall Under 18 team gathered in the Pinecroft Monday night for an end of season bash. Player of the year went to Cynthia for her hard work and commitment to the team through out the year. Top goal scorer was shared by Jennifer and Donna. Most improved player went to Kate Delaney.
The Under 18 team would like to thank their manager Alfie McCarthy for his hard work. Thanks also to Noreen Martin her passions and to Maggs for her help.
Last but not least best wishes to Cynthia. Cynthia hear in Ireland from French for a year played with the Under 18 team. Cynthia will be return home in April so best wishes from all at Douglas Hall and keep the soccer up at home. See you next year!!!!!!!!


On the 24th of March Douglas Gym hosted the Annual Regional Basic 3 Competition. Douglas had 25 gymnasts (See Photo) competing in six different categories with each competing on the vault, bars and floor.
The results are as follows….
Level 6 Under 10. - 2nd Emma O'Keeffe, 3rd Kate O'Brien, 4th Niamh O'Callaghan.
Level 6 Under 12. - 1st Rachel Finn, 4th Ruth Farmer.
Level 5 Under 12. - 3rd Clodagh Barry.
Level 5 - Over 12. - 3rd Aideen McCarthy, 4th Jackie O'Donovan.
Level 4 Under 12. - 1st Emma Hamill, 2nd Niamh Scanlon, 3rd Jennifer Keating.
Level 4 - Over 12. - 3rd Aisling Moloney.

Next weekend 5 gymnasts from Douglas Gym will compete in the National Individual Championships in Dublin. They are Sarah Wedel, Sarah Callan, Sile


On Friday the 29th March under 16 2002 league. Douglas 2 goals 5 pts Ballincollig 2 goals.
Ballingollig got off to the better start and went 2 goals up in minutes. Douglas however got going and fought back very hard. The ball refused to go into the goal hitting the bar, the post and just trickling wide. When Jenny O'Donovan put a free over the bar. Another 2 points a few minutes later and Douglas were on their way. Just before half time Lavina O'Mahony got a fantastic goal. Score at halftime Douglas 1 goal 3pts Ballincollig 2 goals.
Second half began and the Douglas girls showed their true game with some fine displays of skill and courage. Jenny got 2 more points from frees and combined with sister Niamh to send the ball into the full forward line where Rachel O'Sullivan blasted home a lovely goal. Sorcha Ní Riain had a good game in the back line with a wonderful performance from Audrey Flanagan.Louise Sheehan made some great clearances out of defence. Kathryn Hussey, Valerie Downey and Helen O'Mahony also played extremely well.
Saturday 6th April 2001 league. Douglas 7-04 Buttevant 1pt.
Douglas got off to a great start and were a bit too strong for Buttavant.Goals came fast. Lavina O'Mahony got 2 goals, Michelle O'Donovan 2 goal Jenny O'Donovan 2 goals and 2 pts Helen O'Mahony got a goal, Louise O'Regan and Fiona O'Donovan got a pt each. Elaine O'Shea had a very good game in defence. Claire Mc Sweeney played well in the forward line. Louise O'Regan, Fiona O'Donovan and Helen O Mahony had great games also. Douglas are now in the semi-final. Well done to Jenny O' Donovan and Deirdre Murphy they were selected for the Cork colleges under 14 .Lavina and Louise went for trials also and played very well but were unfortunate not to be selected.
Under 16 are playing away to Eire óg on Thursday night 7 O Clock.
Under 14/1away to Milford on Friday night 7 O clock.under 14/2 away to Enniskeane on Sunday no time yet.
We would like to thank everyone who supported our draw at Easter.A big thank you to Dunnes Stores for leaving us bag pack over the Easter weekend and all the parents and children who helped it was greatly appreciated.


Sunday April 7th
J O' Sullivan & D Dennehy 35 / K O' Callaghan & S O' Connor - 46
Weekly Lotto Results Numbers Drawn: 8, 28 & 29 NO WINNER
O' Donovan's Off Licence Lucky Dip Winners
D Cashman c/o Rochestown Inn
D Clifford c/o The Club, B Mc Namara c/o Bus Éireann
Tonight's Jackpot: €650 Venue: St Columbas Hall
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By Pat Harrington.
Douglas Overcome The Challenge of St. Finbarrs in Under 21 Championship.
The opening quarter of this game was a very tame affair with the sides level at 0-2 each. Neil Heffernans point was the highlight of this period. The pace was upped for the remainder of the half and the sides went in level at half time. Douglas had to face the wind in the second half.
Inside three minutes Douglas scored two goals. Garoid O’Leary converted a penalty and Stephen Dorney scored the second goal, a third effort hit the upright. The Barrs struck over four points to one solitary point from Douglas. Mark Harrington continued to torment the Blues defence, Neil Heffernan was a commanding figure at centre back. At midfield Fergal O’Sullivan added a new dimension, David O’Connor was rock solid in the corner. The Barrs put on the pressure, the Douglas goal lived dangerously before finally holding out on a scoreline of 2-8 to 0-12. Comment……it beggars belief why the Cork minor selectors do not see fit to attend Club matches such as this and look at the form of the Douglas players.
Minor Hurling.
Douglas played their opening game of the league (Premier) against Duhallow. The lack of match practice was very evident. The first touch was very poor. The Duhallow outfit were much more focused and used their bodies to shield the ball. There was much more direction in their play. Overall very few players played up to any standard. Final score Duhallow 2-9 Douglas 2-4.
Senior Football League.
Short a number of regulars Douglas served up a very poor performance. On the night Niall Gannon, Stephen Dorney and David McSweeney played well. The forwards never threatened on the night. Final score, Na Piarsaighs 2-10 Douglas 1-5.
Junior F(3) Douglas.
Recorded another victory with a win over Fr. O’Callaghans. Frank Corrigan got the all important goal from thirty metres out. Newcomers Mark Hoare and David Bermingham while the old warrior himself Don McSweeney also did well. Final score 1-8 to 1-3.
Minor (2) Football.
Douglas overcame the challenge of Blarney in this challenge match. Douglas struggled for long periods in the game. Blarney led 0-3 to 0-1 at the interval. The mid Cork side goaled shortly after the break. Douglas rose their game and a fine goal by Michael Lingwood changed the complexion of the game and Douglas finally won 1-8 to 1-6. Those who worked hard were Derry O’Donovan, Frank Walsh, Andrew Hunt and ML O’Mahoney.
Thurs. 11/4/’02 MPF. – Douglas V Ballincollig (Home 6.45pm.
Sat. 13/4/’02 SFC. –Douglas V Clyda Rovers @ Glenville 7pm.
Mon. 15/4/’02 MPH. – Douglas V Bandon (Away) 7pm.
Sun. 14/4/’02 JFC. – Douglas V St. Vincents @ Ballinlough 3.30pm.


Matches are now coming thick and fast, with plenty of playing activity on the long evenings. This week sees the real start of evening matches, with a multitude of evening fixtures coming up. Even so, there were matches for a big number of club teams last weekend, with differing results.
The Seniors travelled to Midleton for a difficult assignment in the Beamish Cup, and so it proved. The home side were just too strong for the 'Hall emerging with a 4-3 win. The 'Hall goals were from John Healy (2, 1 penalty) and a late own goal following a goalmouth scramble. The Seniors played U.C.C. earlier this week in the league, but the result is not available at the time of writing.
The MSL Juniors kept their great run of wins going, with a fine 5-0 thumping of Leeds in the Super Cup. The team is in really fine form at the moment and could be an outside bet for the Super Cup. Their fate in the league is out of their hands, but their Super Cup performances to date have been excellent. The scorers against Leeds were Barry O'Shea (2), brothers Stephen and Raymond O'Connell and Brian Foley, while Mark Barriscale kept a sound goal and earned the clean sheet.
The AUL Juniors are keeping their run going in the league, picking up wins along the way. The three points secured in Sunday's win over Strand Utd., 2-1, will move them further up the league table. The scorers were Rory O'Sullivan and Stephen Carroll.
The Youths returned to league action, with a scoreless draw away to Everton. This was a point gained in their quest for league honours. Stephen Bermingham earns kudos for his display in goals, also earning a clean sheet. The next week will be make or break in the league for the Youths, with a succession of tough league matches coming up.
The Under 17's failed to take advantage of the wind last Saturday against College Corinthians and paid the price at the end of the game. They trailed 1-0 after having the wind in the first half and eventually lost 3-1, in an, overall, disappointing performance. The 'Hall goal was a cracker from Seamus Long. The 17's also face a number of league fixtures in the next 10 days, and they will need to be at their best to regain ground in the league.
The Under 15 Premier side bowed out of the local cup following a replay against Rockmount. Following a draw in Rockmount, hopes were high that home advantage could see our lads through, but the visitors had all the answers against a 'Hall side missing a number of regulars. The final score was 2-0 to Rockmount.
The Under 15 Division 1 team gained a valuable and deserved 2-0 win over Leeside in Little Island last Saturday. The team were well in control for much of the match. The scorers were Conor Stanley and Cathal Doherty, while Denis O'Sullivan kept a clean sheet, which included a smashing penalty save.
The Under 13s bowed out of the local cup, with a 1-0 defeat against Kilreen Celtic. They battled hard throughout the match, but found the physical strength of the Kilreen side a little too much to handle. However, they again proved that they are well capable of handling the top sides in their age group and have nothing to fear from any of them.
Under 8, 9 and 10
Coaching for Under 8 (born in 1993 and 1994) and Under 9 (Born in 1992)
players will continue at the All Weather pitch on Thursday evenings at 6.00pm. Under 10's (Born in 1991) will be in action on the All Weather pitch on Sunday mornings at 11.00 a.m. In the initial stages, the concentration will be on coaching, and all are welcome.
Thursday, 11 April: Youths League: Away v. Midleton 6.45
Under 11 League: Away v. Wilton Utd., 6.30
Friday, 12 April: Under 15 (D1) League: Away v. Nufarm Ath., 6.30
Sunday 14 April: AUL Junior League Away v. Harp Utd., 10.45
Youths League: Home v. Everton, 3.00
Under 15 Evans Cup Replay: Home v. Newbridge Town, 2.30
Tuesday, 16 April: Under 17 League: Away v. Rockmount, 6.45
Under 11 League: Home v. Casement Utd., 6.45
Thursday, 18 April: AUL Junior League: Home v. Shandon Celtic, 6.45
Youths League: Away v. Casement Celtic, 6.45


"Mitchelstown defeat Conna in final of Mallow Triples Tournament"

Mallow Indoor Bowls Club Open Licensed Triples Competition played on the 7th April:
Semi-finals: Mitchelstown (T Lawton) beat Carrigaline GAA (P Tierney, M Hayes & B Barton) and Conna (J Martin) beat Crosshaven (Con,Conor & Mary Middleton) Final: Mitchelstown (Tom Lawton, Phil Lawton & Dick Cahill) beat Conna (John Martin, Paddy O'Leary & Bill Dineen) The
Umpire's on duty for the final session of the Tournament were John Curran, Hazel Foley, Bibianna O'Connell, Hazel Payne & Dan Williamson.
Congratulations to Bibianna O'Connell (Hon Secretary) and her Committee on the successful Organisation of their Annual Tournament
Fixtures: Nemo Indoor Bowls Club Open Licensed Triples Competition for Cornie Mulcahy Memorial Trophy on 12th, 13, 14th, 19th, 20th & 21st April 2002


U/12 South East Football League.
Douglas (1) 7-5 Ballinhassig 6-4.
This was a very free flowing and exciting match with goals a plenty. Douglas led at half time 3-4 to 3 –3. Every time Douglas scored, Ballinhassig replied with a score of their own and but for the excellent play of centre back Robert O’Connell, might have snatched victory. Michael Crowley also played well on the night.
Douglas (2) 1-6 Sliabh Rua 5-7.
A couple of early goals by Sliabh Rua gave them a great start and they continued to take their scoring chances through out the game. Douglas on the other hand dominated much of the game but squandered some good opportunities. Rory Cunningham in defence and Richard Martin in midfield were impressive for Douglas.
Douglas (3) 1-6 Carrigaline 4-10.
Douglas got off to a poor start against the wind and were under pressure at half time. However they showed great heart and fought back in the second half.
Douglas (4) 1-4 Tracton 4-7.
The scoreline does not do justice to Douglas for a very hard working team. Best for Douglas were Ronan Kelly, Paul O’Halloran and Michael Carroll.
U/13 Hurling friendly.
Douglas travelled to Erins Own for a friendly. In the first half it was easy to see why this was the first outing of the year. However in the second half they made a spirited comeback to lose by a couple of goals. This was a very worthwhile game. Richard Murphy and David Cahill (3 goals) were on form for Douglas.
Under 12 South East Football . Douglas (1) V Douglas (2) Sun 6pm.
Douglas (4) V Valley Rovers Mon. 6.45 away.
U/13 Football League. Douglas V Nemo Thurs 11/4/ ’02 away 6.30.
Douglas V St Vincents. Sat. 13/4/’02 away 2pm.
Douglas V St. Nicks Mon 15/4/’02 home 6.45pm.
U/14 Football League. Douglas V Na Piarsaighs Fri. 12/4/’02 home 6.45pm.
U/15 football League. Douglas V Nemo Mon. 15/4/’02 home 6.45pm.
Lotto…….No winner of the weekly Under Age Lotto, the numbers were 9,16, 21 & 26 and is worth €10,200 this weekend.


by Adrian Fitzpatrick.
Last weekend saw the final cup action for Douglas away to Old Chrristians with Captain, Troy Weldon back in action. Douglas sustained some pressure in the first half with Colin Corkery at scrum half, again supporting back row of Aidan Cleary, Anthony Costelloe and Jonathan Payne all defending well. Willy Lahane and Ger 'the boot' Glavin relieved a lot of the pressure with their excellent kicking. The Douglas 'swarm' defence was breached on a number of occasions to leave Christians leading at the interval. Fr. Denis and Fr. John instilled their usual words of divine inspiration at half time.
In the second half it was Douglas who came out fighting. Dave Callaghan with the help of Enda Mahony scored a great try five minutes into the half with Ger Glavin adding the conversion. A few minutes Neil Patterson scored from a scrum bringing Douglas to within two points of Christians. Anthony Gilbert limped off to be replaced by Brian Nixon. also to depart was Troy Weldon who was replaced by speed merchant John 'the hare' Quilter and despite the introduction of veteran Paudie Kelleher, Christians proved too much on the day.

Up coming events.............
A.G.M. - Douglas R.F.C. would like to invite past, present or any potential players to our Annual General Meeting at St. CVolumbas Hall next Thursday 18th of April, 8p.m. sharp........everyone welcome.
Any motions to be proposed and seconded by paid up members to be kindly submitted to Joe Whelan (086 - 8232580) one week prior to the A.G.M.
Pre season informed training every Weds evening, 7.30pm at Moneygourney......all welcome.

Finally a word of thanks from Douglas R.F.C. to Douglas Weekly for affording us the luxry of letting people know that rugby is alive and kicking in Douglas. Also a word of thanks to Simon Whittaker who has been of great assistance to myself throughout the season.

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