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Almost unbeatable St, Vincent’s in season 2001/2002

Stephen O’Connor of the St, Vincent’s team who were winners of the CDO challenge cup this season with on left Councillor Michael O’Connell President CDO and CDO Chairman Roy O’Donovan at the Brewery Tap on Leitrim Street

`This was a season that will always be remembered as St, Vincent’s season as apart from one summer competition which they lost the final of, the Blarney Road side accounted for all other team trophies that were available to be won in season 2001/2002 along with a fair sprinkling of individual and doubles competitions along the way .

Gay Harris, Martin McCarthy, William Goulding, Stephen O’Connor, Jason Kavanagh, Darren Downey, Don Lane, John Wallace, Aidan Kavanagh, John O’Shea, Eddie Cull, the aforementioned names reeled off the tongue on a weekly basis at CDO competitions.

The Black Stuff from Devonshire Street were the Peter Fenlon memorial summer league winners while it was Jason Kavanagh of St, Vincent’s who claimed the Summer singles championship.

St, Vincent’s took the Guinness premier division title in defeating the Island Tavern, Tom Lynchs were the 1st, division winners as they accounted for the Joshua Tree, and the Cow and O’Cionnaigh’s were crowned 2nd, and 3rd, division winners respectively.

The St, Vincent’s team that won the charity shield played in the Brewery Tap on Friday November 16 2001, at rear Jason Kavanagh, Stephen O’Connor, John O’Shea, Front, Eddie Cull, Frank Goulding.

The Brewery Tap also was the venue for the CDO mixed doubles championship and youths singles championship with the mixed pairs title going to the Mammy and son pairing of Mary and Joe Long while the youths title went to Steven Cull.

The men’s B and C grade singles championship was won by Kevin Foley from the Mountain Bar and it was Caesars Bar (Edwin Healy’s ) on the corner of McCurtain Street where it meets Patricks Hill that won the ladies C division league.

Beamish individual champion Jason Kavanagh receiving the winners cup from CDO Chairman Roy O’Donovan also included is CDO President councillor Michael O’Connell

Stephen O’Connor and Jason Kavanagh were crowned Beamish doubles champions and it was St, Vincent’s who took the Beamish premier cup and shortly after added the CDO challenge cup, the High House were 1st, division league winners with the Cow taking the 2nd, division league and O’Cionnaigh’s winning the 3rd, division league .

Stephen O’Connor was crowned the Cork City individual champion and went on to put a gloss on his season by being named the CDO overall player of the season for season 2001/2002.

Stephen O’Connor overall men’s player of the season 2001/2002 accepting his award from CDO president and awards sponsor Councillor Michael O’Connell at the awards night held at St, Vincent’s club pavilion in August 2002

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