Douglas delight at winning County Hurling Title

  • By Ray Keating
  • 28 Sep, 2017

Douglas 2-09  Midleton 1-09 

Back Row; Pat O’Callaghan (mentor)., Daithi Curtin (mentor), Sanjay Sahani, Jack Cottrell, Eoin Cottrell, Ciaran Kenny, Aaron Sheehy, Kevin Roche, Eoghan Nash, Ben Bowler Mark Costello, David Kelly, Dylan Kent, Colm O’Sullivan, Ken St Leger (mentor), Paul Roche (mentor). Front Row; Teddy O’Donovan (mentor), Michael O’Callaghan, Patrick O’Sullivan, Louis Healy, Conor Lenox, Conor O’Donovan, Daire Burke, Mark Howell (Captain), Gearoid O’Sullivan, Adam Lingane, Stephen St Leger, John Beary (mentor).

Douglas were crowned Rebel Og Fe14 Premier 1 County Hurling Champions last Saturday 2nd September 2017. After seeing off Sarsfields in the semi-final just 3 days earlier, they took on and beat a very good Midleton side in the final held at Ballinlough GAA grounds.

It was Midleton who started the better with some early scoring before Douglas got to grips with the individual battles around the field. However Douglas established a lead in the first half of this final that the wouldn’t relinquish, indeed they were to outscore Midleton in both halves.

Scoring opportunities were hard to come by but a brace of pointed frees from Stephen St Leger and a tasty point from play from Ben Bowler had Douglas keeping the scoreboard ticking over in the first half. However it was a contribution of two goals and a point from play from full forward, Mark Howell that were to prove crucial in determining the destination of the Sean Keohane Memorial Cup.

While scores were coming in the forward areas of the pitch there was  also a mighty defensive effort being fought. Full back David Kelly, Center Back Daire Burke and wing back Ciaran Kenny defending tenaciously anything that the Midleton attack threw at them. Significantly they were to hold Midelton scoreless for almost 15 minutes of the first half. Yet a goal late in the opening half for Midleton left just two points between the teams at turn around.

HT Score: Midleton 1-05 v Douglas 2-04.

The efforts of the first half continued when the teams engaged again in the second period and it was Douglas, who, took a tight grip of the game for the first fifteen minutes of the second half.

Scoring chances were again at a premium but it was Douglas who were more efficient in converting theirs. A pointed free from St Leger and points from play from Bowler and Kevin Roche, in the middle period of the second half extended the lead to 5 points. Indeed that lead could have increased further as Douglas forward Colm O’Sullivan, squeezed a shot past the Midleton goalkeeper only to see it go the wrong side of the near post and rattle the side netting.

At the back some very committed defending by every one of the defensive unit kept the Midleton forwards from tacking on any scores. Indeed they frustrated Midleton and kept them scoreless for almost 17 minutes in that second period. But their work wasn’t done, as expected Midleton did come back into the game. They picked off two points to close the gap again and began to apply some intense pressure on the Douglas defense, but they did not buckle.

It was now forwards Aaron Sheehy and Conor O’Donovan along with midfielders Eoghan Nash and St Leger who were coming deep to pick up any clearances and lift the siege by turning these opportunities into Douglas attacks. One of those relieving clearances was picked up Sheehy and after a darting run he spilt the posts. As Midleton went searching for a goal to close the gap,  goalkeeper Patrick O’Sullivan reacted extremely well to a drive and tipped it out for  ’65, which was converted and followed by another score to leave just 2 point between the sides.

The last minutes saw Midleton try to manufacture a goal opportunity but with little success.  After picking up a clearance and setting off on a run, Sheehy was fouled out near the left hand touch line on the 20m line. St Leger put the resulting free straight between the posts and the margin back to three points. Again it was the Douglas defense who were called into action to see out the game. With Michael O’Callaghan, Gearoid O’Sullivan , Mark Costello and substitute Louis Healy putting in ferocious tackles to ensure Midleton were thwarted again.

There were great scenes once the long whistle brought the game to a close and the signaled the county title heading to Douglas.


Final Score: Midleton 1-09 v Douglas 2-09.

Scorers for Douglas: M Howell 2.01, S St Leger 0.04(f),  B Bowler 0.02,  A Sheehy, K Roche 0.01 each.

NEWS

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Back in the early 1970s the club had an award scheme called Club Person of the Year for which the plate was presented.
It t was a very expensive plate made of solid silver and had to be  returned at the end of every year for presentation the following year.
A similar miniature replica was also presented which the winner kept.
In time they became too expensive and the scheme was dropped some time in the early 2000s.
Because of the lapse in time we don't know who was the last recipient.
The committee is keen to get the plate back with a view to running the scheme again.
 We need your help in trying to find the last winner.
If you were the last recipient or know who was we  requesting the present holder to return the plate at his/her convenience or contact us at douglasgaa@douglasgaa.com
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By Ray Keating 08 Dec, 2017

Special. From speaking to those in the club who grew up with Caolan, those that were his friends, his teammates, there is a desire to find a word to sum him up, but there isn’t one word alone that can do him justice. Special is a close as it comes and even that comes nowhere close to summing up Caolan.

This past week marked six years since the passing of Caolan. In his 18 years on this planet, Caolan left behind a legacy that people who live five times as long could only hope to replicate.

From a sporting point of view, it was very apparent early on, that we had got a gem. Following in the footsteps of his brothers Odhran and Eanna, Caolan joined the street leagues and made an immediate impression. His friend Brian Cuthbert, recalls a time representing Sligo in Under 9 hurling, when someone who he didn’t know was dominating the game. It was his first interaction with Caolan and on this particularly hot day, he remembers this guy with an unusual name, getting stuck in and taking control of the game. Not one to hold back, Caolan, did as he always did and gave his everything, resulting in the heat eventually getting the better of him and he crouched down in exhaustion. Water bottles weren’t necessarily the norm for Street leagues at the time, so one of the coaches asked the parents if anyone had a drink.  One of the fathers duly stepped up and after Caolan had taken a few drinks, he was ready to go again. Brian, also feeling the heat went looking for a drink but was told he would have to wait until he worked as hard Caolan before he deserved one. Even in Street Leagues, Caolan set standards.

Personally, I struggle to remember much from my street league days, yet Caolan made such an impression, everyone remembers him from this time. Whether it was Caolan being able to convince Daithi Curtin’s parents to allow him to join the Street Leagues or Caolan, taking the unprecedented step of playing for the age above him as well as his own age on Saturday mornings, resulting in him collecting two trophies on Finals day, something that kids could only dream of, Caolan always had a positive impact.

Caolan’s sporting brilliance continued through the underage ranks. It was mentioned a lot over the last week, that Caolan always had an air of confidence about him. Nothing seemed to faze him. When someone from the ‘Barrs started throwing his weight around in an underage championship game, other players seemed reluctant to take a stand. Not Caolan. He may have been one of the smallest fellas on the pitch that day, but it didn’t stop him standing up for his teammates, taking a stand, and quieting down the brash opponent.

Caolan was blessed with the Mulrooney sidestep. Another teammate and friend of Caolan’s, Alan Cadogan remembers the ‘iconic’ sidestep. It doesn’t seem to be something you can teach, but it is something each of the Mulrooney children and likely the parents have. Caolan perfected it.

It was impossible not to like Caolan. Martin Barry recalls a challenge game up in Urlingford one time. Martin, as he tends to be, was intense about the challenge ahead and expected to be named centre back. When the team was announced, Caolan was named to the number six position, as he so often was, so Martin had a word with him before the game. “Don’t be going running up the field and trying to score now and making me look bad from the times, I played Centre Back ,” Martin pleaded. There was almost a smirk on Caolan’s face, every time he got the ball. At one point, Caolan ran the length of the field and slotted a score from 20 metres out. As Caolan ran back to his position Martin, was absolutely bulling. As he went to give Caolan a piece of his mind after the game, a huge grin broke out on Caolan’s face. He would back his teammates up no matter what, but that didn’t mean he wouldn’t wind them up whenever he got the chance as well. Martin, failed at stayed angry with Caolan and the two of them laughed about it all the way back to Cork.

Centre back was the position that Caolan made his own. Likely the most difficult position on the pitch to play, Caolan was able to excel there. It was the position he played in the Minor County final. Douglas were beaten that day, but as he always did, Caolan performed. The number six jersey seemed to be huge on him, but no challenge ever seemed too big for him. After Caolan’s passing the club decided it would not use the number six jersey at Minor level for the foreseeable future to honour Caolan.  When Douglas captured the Minor football title in 2013, the centre back that day, wore the number 26. The same when we won the Minor Hurling Title in 2015. Shane Donegan lined out at centre back wearing 26. Those attending the game, not from Douglas, may have found it strange, but everyone in the club knew that Caolan was still there with us. Still fighting alongside us, like he always did.

As I spoke to people this week about Caolan, there seems to be one frustration. There is a frustration that they can't find the words to accurately represent Caolan the way they still see him. Passionate, confident, friendly, genuine, positive, centre of attention, friend. These are all words that are used to describe him and yet everyone seems feel those words alone are not enough. Special. Special is as close as we can come. Simply put Caolan was special. He had a way about him that he would treat everyone  the same. It didn’t matter whether you were the most popular kid, or the quietest, Caolan seemed to be friends with everyone. He was always there for his friends. To this day, a number of them still wear wristbands with his name on it. It’s their way of keeping someone who meant so much to them, close.

A person like Caolan will never be forgotten. Whether its seeing someone dominating the centre back position in Douglas colours, watching his sisters Seosai and Muiread play camogie, watching his brothers Odhran and Eanna when they eventually come back to Cork and resume playing with the club, seeing someone with the ‘Caolan’ wristband or seeing his parents Eugene and Margaret, we will remember Caolan. He touched people in a way that makes those that knew him thankful to have had the opportunity. He will live on in our memories, in our club until we get to see him again. Forget icon of the week, Caolan was just an icon, a legend. He was special.

By Ray Keating 07 Dec, 2017
This video is courtesy of the Irish Examiner. Check them out here www.irishexaminer.com  
By Ray Keating 07 Dec, 2017

*New Year, New Opportunity*

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Looking for a challenging workout where you are coached on correctly performing exercises and your progress is monitored on a weekly basis?


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In 2018 I will be launching a second class on Saturday mornings from 10-11.


Both Monday and Saturday classes will run simultaneously in blocks of 6 weeks (1st block 5 weeks). I will hold a talk on training and nutrition on the 1st night of each block giving people the opportunity to weigh in (optional) and set an individual plan in place for the following six weeks.


5 week block. Starting Saturday the 6th


  • 1 class a week (Mon or Sat) €40
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  • Pay weekly for two classes €15

€10 pay as you go (either class)


There will be a limited number per class so booking is essential to secure your place. Gift vouchers also available.

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