18th July, 2002
Weekly Sports


Report by Pat Harrington


Douglas and Na Piarsaigh played in the semi-final of the minor football championship at Ballinlough on Saturday night last. The northsiders started in whirlwind fashion and were most unlucky not to score a goal in the opening minute. After that Douglas settled down and were in control in all departments. The fullback line of Jeremy McCarthy, David O’Connor and Frank Tobin in particular were very sharp and dependable. Douglas led by 0 – 6 to 0 – 2 at the break.

Douglas continued to dominate after the restart but the forwards were wasteful as a unit in their use of the ball. To be fair two of the forwards went off injured and this must have had an unsettling effect on the team. The players that came on did well. The Douglas halfback line of Paul Kelly, Mark O’Callaghan and Neil Heffernan were very commanding. Douglas finally pulled away thanks to the accurate shooting boots of Fergal O’Sullivan and Stephen Bermingham. The final score was Douglas 0 – 14 Na Piarsaigh 0 – 4. The other semi-final features Nome Ranger and St. Nicks. If Nemo win that one the final will be played within the week. No date has been fixed in the event of a St. Nicks win.

Congratulations to Douglas camogie team who won the Munster Championship, thereby qualifying for the All-Ireland series in August. Our sympathies to the under 10 footballers who defeated in the Munster final.

Last Friday night the club’s third minor football team competed with White’s Cross in the championship. Both teams took time to settle down with a lot of passes going astray. Brian O’Connor and Henry Thornton were very influential for Douglas. The sides were level at the interval.

On the restart White’s Cross got off to a flyer scoring 1 – 1 without reply within the opening five minutes. David O’Donovan was moved to midfield and he made an immediate impact with Frank Walsh was more involved. The deficit was reduced to the minimum. Edwin McCarthy struck the crossbar. Unfortunately time ran out for a gallant Douglas fifteen and White’s Cross were victors on a scoreline of 1 – 6 to 0 – 7.

Never in the history of our club has there been so many 16/18-year-olds playing football and hurling in Douglas. If these young men are to continue to play the club must show leadership by arranging regular training and games.

Douglas second team played Brian Dillon’s in the ‘A’ grade minor football championship in Ballinora last weekend. Though Douglas started brightly they failed to put any scores on the board. The St. Luke’s outfit kicked over five unanswered points. With Eoin Carroll prominent at midfield Douglas eventually got on the scoreboard. Denis O’Riordan was very accurate from placed kicks. A point separated the teams at the interval – the advantage being with Brian Dillon’s.
Again Dillon’s were first to score after the restart. Niall Crowley led by example and Douglas proceeded to kick five points without reply. For some inexplicable reason Douglas faded as 14-man Dillon’s took control once more and scored twice to leave the minimum between the sides. David O’Regan did Trojan work at full back to deny Brian Dillon’s any further scores. The final score was Douglas 0 – 10 Brian Dillon’s 0 – 9.

Douglas entertained Na Piarsaigh in the third round of he league. Against very understrength opposition Douglas were in complete control in the opening half leading by 1 – 9 to 0 – 1 at the break. The second half was very similar to the first with the northsiders putting up a very poor challenge as Douglas ran out very convincing winners. Ronan Griffin and Stephen Hanrahan worked very hard.


Douglas travelled to Limerick on Saturday last to play in the Community Games. We got a walk-over in the semi final as Kerry withdrew, final was against Tipperary. After a lengthy delay in starting the final Douglas took it to Tipperary from the throw in. With scores coming from Jenny O’Donovan, Rachel O’Sullivan, Emma Heffernan, Olivia Tobin, Niamh O’Donovan. Tipperary tried hard to break through our defence but with Sarah O’Regan, Eilish Desmond, Leanne O’Shea and Moria O’Donovan in goal they didn’t get the chance to score. Out field Ashling Barrett, Lindia McCarthy, Sinead O’Leary also had a great effort in all this was a magnificent team effort Douglas running out Munster Winners on a scoreline of 5.3 to 0.1. Subs Jessica Jackson, Kate Barry, Zoe Dunlea also put in great effort. The team travel to Monsey to represent Munster in the All Ireland Community Games. Thank you to all who supported on the day. Well done to all.
Congratulations to the Douglas U-10 Boys who reached the semi final but unfortunately went out in the final.
U-12 are away to Ballinghassig on Tuesday next meeting in the Club at 5.30 Match at 6.30.
Juniors Meet the Glen in the first round of the Championship on Sunday the 21st at match at 7.00pm in Douglas GAA Club.


Douglas Hall Girls hosted their first ever game In a National Cup competition at the weekend - The girls done Douglas proud by beating a much more fancied team from Waterford
Benefica started strong with the advantage of playing downhill but the Douglas Girls stood tall in defence and didn't give the Benefica forwards any opportunity to get the ball in the net. Grace Meade as sweeper got to any ball that came over the top of our defenders, Carissa Murphy in goal was on top of her game and was alert to all shots that came at her, Mary Barrett dominated the centre back position and was strong and accurate with her corners and free kicks. Alison Kennedy and Sarah McCarthy also played outstanding in defence. Louise Martin and Captain Sarah Walshe controlled The midfield. And got some great balls forward to the wingers Grace Mulqueen and Karen O'Neill who in turn got the ball to the forwards, The wingers also had their fare share of shots on goal. Karen been rewarded with a goal herself in the second half.
The two forwards Stephanie Davis and Emma McCarthy who were drafted in from the Under 12's at the last minute played brilliantly, hassling and tormenting the Benefica defence, Stephanie scored Douglas Hall's first goal with about 15 minutes gone in the second half
When a cross came into the Benefica box Stephanie was there to hammer the ball at the goal. Although it took a slight deflection off the defender it was her goal and she thoroughly deserved it. Emma was very unlucky to see one of her efforts go just over the bar A great team display and now they travel to play Lifford in Co Clare next weekend for the next round of the cup. Good luck Girls.


By Marion Ormond

The children have their summer holidays and the summer camps are up and running with all camps set to go ahead for the summer months. Places are still available but only a few so if you are interested book early to avoid disappointment. The Junior Open is due to start next Sunday 21st July so if you are not playing come over and view some of Munster’s finest Juniors at work. Not to forget about our Senior members I would like to mention the Division 4 Summer Cup Team who are playing Causeway of Dungarvan at the week-end in the semi-final. They have already beaten Carrigaline and Catholic institute on the way to the semis. So good luck we wish you all the best. Preparations are on going in the Club for the Senior Open which will take place in August so watch this space for all the results.


Hosting the National Mixed Foursomes - September 2002

Saturday July 13th
D Dennehy & M Kelleher – 37
M Quirke, C Foley & K O’ Callaghan - 39

1st – Liam O’ Brien – 92, 2nd – Cathal Foley – 95
Nett – Denis Dennehy - 87

Visit our NEW website: douglaspitchandputt.com

Weekly Lotto Results - Numbers Drawn: 17, 20 & 25 NO WINNER
O’ Donovan’s Off Licence Lucky Dip Winners, Pat c/o The Grange,
Phil Ahern c/o Dave Ahern, Nora Kidd c/o Ger Neiland
Tonight’s Jackpot: €2,600 Venue: The South County


The curtain finally came down on the Club’s schoolboy season last weekend and fittingly enough it was the Club’s youngest side our U7’s who were the last team in action, when they took on Wilton in a final of the Southside League.
Corinthians had entered two teams in the Under Seven Southside League this year and both teams had performed with great credit. Games at this age level are more about participation and fun rather than winning and losing. However it was nice to see our lads putting up some fine performances during the course of the League.
Allowing for the very poor weather conditions, which we have experienced this year, it was great to see the Under Seven Final played on a beautiful Summers evening and given the appropriate stage our lads did not let themselves down turning in a fine performance to take the League title on a 3-0 score line. The game also proved a special occasion for the diminutive Corinthians’ centre forward Eoin O’Connell. Eoin took home the match ball having scored all three goals in the final, surely a game he will never forget.
The game itself opened brightly with both sides fully committed to attack. However just before the interval, a fine Conor Cannon cross was swept home by Eoin O’Connell at the far post to give Corinthians a deserved 1-0 lead. Spurred on by their half time pep talk Wilton dominated the early stages of the second half and looked set for an equaliser until Corinthians broke to score a superb second. A great run by Ian Tobin on the right wing and a fine cross was fired home once again by sharp shooter Eoin O’Connell. Corinthians were now in full flow and a fine movement involving Ian Tobin and Brian Lenihan ended with Eoin O’Connell completing a superb hat trick.
Amidst great excitemen,t joint Captains Brian Lenihan and Conor Cannon were presented with the League trophy by the Chairman of the Southside League, Tom Coleman. Well done to all concerned, to the mentors Mike Tobin, Tony Burke and Brendan Byrne and everybody who played with both our Under Seven teams.
The squad for the final last Friday night was Peter Millane, George McG lone, Michael Martin, Conor Horgan, Peter Barry, Alan O’Donovan, Ricard Cahalane, Brian Lenihan, John Barry, Ian Tobin, James Burke, Conor Cannon, Darragh Buckley, Eoin O’Connell, Paul Higginbotham, and Peter O’Brien.

Season 2002 / 2003
Thoughts are now turning towards the new schoolboys League season. The Club will be entering twelve teams in the Cork Schoolboys League next season. If anyone would like more information about the Club or would like to join, please contact either Terry O’ Donovan at ( 4891257 ) or Danny Drennan at (4363602).


Managers For 1st & 2nd Teams
For Information Contact Thomas Foley
Secretary, Grangevale F.C. – 087-2389431

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