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By Ray Keating 22 Oct, 2017
The battle began before any ball was thrown in as Katrina Mackey and Sarah Fahy had to battle Storm Brian to make it back home for the game from Germany and Manchester respectively.

Having won the toss, Douglas opted to play against the strong wind. In reality the wind, didn't abide by blowing in one direction and it's swirling nature made for extremely difficult playing conditions for all players. This didn't deter Douglas, however, and they got off to a great start with Sarah Fahy raising a white flag followed by another effort by Julia White. 

Inniscarra responded to Douglas' strong start with three points of their own, before an excellent piece of individual from Katelyn Holland, saw her solo through the Inniscarra defence and split the posts. Three more points for Inniscarra saw them restore their advantage. With the conditions proving difficult, both teams showed huge physicality resulting in frees for both sides. Both free takers were on form, with Katrina Mackey contributing two points from placed balls. As the half time whistle blew, Douglas trailed by two points. 

Inniscarra started the second half impressively and Jess Kavanagh had to be at her best to stop a hand passed effort that looked destined for the net. As the pressure on the Douglas backs increased, Seosai Mulrooney, was excelling at corner back, while Pamela Mackey was doing an great job of sweeping.

A mistake from the Inniscarra keeper, was punished by Jess O'Mahony to add a point, however Inniscarra remained on top and were given the chance to extend their lead when they were awarded a penalty. Jess stood tall and pulled over another wonderful save. The work-rate of the Douglas backs stopped Inniscarra from pulling away further during this period of dominance. 

Joy Leo, worked hard to pick up breaks around the middle of the pitch and delivered quality to the Douglas forwards. Katrina Mackey was class personified as she kept Douglas in the game. She then showed nerves of steel and as she sent the game to extra time with a free 45 metres out, which given the wind was an excellent score. 

The intensity continued in extra time with both teams displaying great fitness and skill levels. Douglas introduced Chloe St. Ledger to make her senior debut and as we reached half time in extra time, the teams still couldn't be separated as they both added a point each in the first period.

The second period of extra time, was played mostly between the two 45's as Katrina Mackey gave Douglas a one point lead from another placed ball. A counter attack by Inniscarra saw a ball sent towards the Douglas goal. The umpire immediately went for the green flag but many felt the ball had never crossed the line. After much discussion the goal stood and Douglas found themselves two points down with time almost up. The girls never gave up, however, and reduced the deficit to the minimum but sadly there just wasn't enough time left and the referee blew the final whistle. 

A heartbreaking one point loss, after extra time, is not what the girls deserved. They showed huge character over the two games, and will no doubt be back challenging next year. Special thanks to all of those who braved the elements to support the team.
By Ray Keating 20 Oct, 2017
The club shop will be closed this Saturday the 20th of October. 

In the meantime why not check the Club shop page on the site and plan your next purchase when it reopens next week.
By Ray Keating 20 Oct, 2017
In Douglas, we are very lucky to have so many people with incredible dedication to the club. The huge under age success the club has experienced over the last 20 years has become the norm. The fact we are a dual senior club is an expected status quo. It would be surprising not to see a Douglas player involved with a Cork team now. We have gotten to this point, thanks to phenomenal work from countless individuals when the club wasn't as successful as we are now. We owe so much to so many, none more than Liam 'Sam' Collins. Sam has had such a massive impact on the club, his legacy will live on as long as the club itself. 

A gifted hurler and footballer, Sam began his playing career not with Douglas, as there was no under age in the club in the early 1950s, but with St. Finbarrs at under 14 and 15. However, he quickly returned to his beloved Douglas the following year and was a member of the under 16 team which won the city championship.

Sam was a pivotal member of the 1962 team that won the club's first ever Junior football championship. He was an accomplished hurler also and played a key role in the club winning the city junior championship for the first time in 1966.

Sam was the type of man that was good at everything he did. Not content with brilliance on the GAA pitch, he was also an accomplished basketballer, which you might say was unusual as he didn’t have the height for that sport, but he more than made up for his lack of inches by his marvelous trickery on the court.

Although, an undisputed talent from a playing perspective, it is perhaps, Sam's influence on coaching in Douglas GAA club that has left an even greater mark. Sam was a visionary who had a passion for the skills of the game and had an incredible ability to communicate to his players how to achieve those skills. Today it’s the norm for every team within  to have a bagful of sliothars. This wasn't always the case, and when Sam took charge of the under 15 team in 1957, he looked for a sliothar for every player.  Throughout his coaching career this is something he always believed in. The skills of the game came first. 

The club won an under 15 championship in 1957 and an under 16 championship the following year with Sam the coach and trainer. At least eight of that group of players went on to play with him on the junior team that won the county championship in 1962.

Incredibly when the club won an under 15 championship in the year 2000, 43 years after his initial success as a coach, Sam was involved with the team, imparting his knowledge to the players like only he could. 

Sam’s training methods were legendary. For those of you who don’t know, the South link road is built on a bog, and it was up there he coached many teams, jumping over fallen trees, and running up the steeps hills that surround Vernon Mount. Never was a Douglas side, coached by Sam sent out to any game unprepared. 

Nothing gave Sam more pleasure than to see young players who he had coached and trained, go on to play with the county in the various grades. He took great personal satisfaction in that, and of course the club achieving senior status in hurling and football gave him a particular thrill. Even today, Sam's influence can be seen directly in our senior teams. Sam's nephew Brian Boyle has been mainstay between the posts for the senor football team and put in a superb performance in the 2009 Intermediate county hurling final to help the club regain their senior status. Current senior players, Mark Harrington, James Moylan, Mark O'Callaghan and indeed myself were all privileged to have Sam involved in our underage teams. 

A personal story, I remember about Sam, was him taking me aside one day in training. I was playing midfield at the time for our hurlers and Sam felt it was important I be able to take sideline cuts to provide a launch pad for attack. At the time, I could hit sideline cuts about the height of a two year olds knee. Sam spent a full 45 minutes with me, teaching me the correct technique. He showed incredible patience, wisdom and communication skills to get me to a point where my cuts were being launched up in to the air and travelling a fair distance. The end result was seen in a game against our closest rivals at the time, the Glen. We won a tight battle with them and I must have hit 8-10 sidelines perfectly that resulted in scores for the team. Its a small thing in the grand scheme of things, but I still remember the match report in the Douglas Weekly at the time, praising me for my sidelines. Its difficult for me to express how much that meant to me as a 14 year old kid at the time, but the fact I can still remember it so clearly now, will give you some insight in to how important Sam  was to me. Sam had a way of making every player feel important, he had a way of getting the best out of everyone he was involved with. 

Liam “Sam” Collins left a legacy behind that cannot be replaced. He graced our club, which he loved with a passion,  with incredible loyalty. He instilled a love for the game and for the club in so many people down through the years. 

In the History of Douglas GAA “Sam Collins” is legend and will never be forgotten he left an indelible mark on all those people he came in contact with, and in the years to come whenever the exploits of our club are spoken of, his name will readily spring to mind. 

Every year on St. Stephens Day the club continues with the traditional “Long Puck” competition  in honour and memory of “Sam” which is growing number every year! Teams of three compete in the Long Puck trying to win the Sam Collins trophy, fittingly the competition has been won in the past by Sam's nephew Brian.  

By Ray Keating 18 Oct, 2017
Amy Curtin is a tenacious defender. She is renowned throughout the company as superb man marker. Amy enjoyed huge underage success with Douglas in the community games as well as part of the historic Feile three in a row teams. Amy was a stand out player last week in the drawn game against Inniscarra and will look to repeat her performance as they face off in the replay again this weekend. 
By Ray Keating 18 Oct, 2017
Sam Collins is a talented wing forward who has made positive contributions to our senior and under 21 footballers over the last two years. Sam's game is built around hard work and he never shies away from his defensive duties while still showing flashes of brilliance in front of goal.  One of the most popular players in the dressing room, Sam will be a key man as our under 21s look to reach the county final this weekend.
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