Back in the day: sport shorts from The Irish News on November 25 1996

WHITEMARE ... The snowbound St Molaise pitch in Irvinestown which had been due to host the Fermanagh v Tipperary game. It wasn’t the only National Football League casualty. Only Donegal and Down of the Ulster counties were able to play. Picture by Ann McManus
Neil Loughran

BELFAST amateurs Damaen Kelly and Stephen Kirk struck gold in the finals of the Commonwealth boxing championships in South Africa.

And team-mates Adrian Patterson and Mick Blaney hit a rich silver vein after six days of hard digging at the convention centre in the casino resort of Sun City, Mmabatho.

Even in defeat, Patterson, from the St Patrick’s club in Newry, grabbed the headlines when he was beaten twice in the one contest after a mistake by the ringside jury.

But nothing could stop the champagne corks popping at the team headquarters in the Molopo Hotel after another vintage display by Kelly allied to Kirk’s potent power.


MICKEY McCoy turned in a remarkable individual display to help pace-setters St MacCartan’s Monaghan crush St Mary’s Magherafelt in the Bank of Ireland MacRory Cup.

The Monaghan Harps forward grabbed 4-2 in St MacCartan’s 6-13 to 0-8 rout of last year’s beaten finalists.

In addition to McCoy, left half-forward Neil Ronaghan also had an impressive outing on Saturday. Ronaghan notched 1-3 while other players to stand out in a brilliant team performance included midfielder Peter Coyle and full-back Paddy Kelly.


ST PAUL'S GAC, Antrim defeated last year’s Ulster Open club champions Gort na Mona in a tense Ulster Senior final at the Shaws Road complex as young gun Seamus O’Tuama came of age for the former All-Ireland Senior club champions.

St Paul’s had swept aside the challenge of Dwyer’s GAC In the semi-final on Saturday with Sean Devine proving inspirational in the last match of singles sealing victory keeping Joe Murphy to singles figures in both games.


UNREPENTANT David Mellor yesterday poured scorn on the Football Association’s complaint at his radio show treatment of one of their leading officials.

Accused of “bullying and hectoring” commercial director Phil Carling about the January launch of the new England kit, Mellor shot back a withering response.

“Poor little diddums!” blasted the former British heritage secretary.

“They can’t take some criticism about a decision that has outraged football fans.”


A VOTE of no confidence was handed to the President of the IABA at its meeting of the Central Council in Dublin.

Nicky White was also censured, all arising from his perceived unethical appearance at a tournament promoted by an outlawed club in Wales.

Ulster president Pat McCrory and Antrim County Board chairman Bill McKee made varying pleas for the current impasse in Irish Amateur Boxing to be resolved quickly and amicably during the controversial meeting.



PETE Sampras clinched the ATP Tour World Championship for the third time when he beat defending champion Boris Becker 3-6 7-6 7-6 6-7 6-4 in a dramatic five-set final in Hanover.

The world number one, winner in 1991 and 1994, battled back from one set down to defeat the three-time Wimbledon champion in front of 15,000 of his fanatical German fans in exactly four hours.


SOUTH Africans Ernie Els and Wayne Westner romped to a record 18-shot World Cup victory.

Ireland’s Darren Clarke had the satisfaction of firing the lowest score of the event with a final round 64 despite a double bogey six at the 10th hole.

But his team-mate Padraig Harrington had a disastrous final round of 78 as the Irish finished on 586.

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