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Joey's/OCBtop the bill in Fairview feast

THE ST Joseph's/O'Connell Boys Inner City Football tournament has been going since 1982.

The hosts won this year's event, beating Parnell's in the Fairview Park final last Friday night, 1-15 to 0-12.

It is for clubs of Junior B Championship standard or lower. Eight teams took part - O'Toole's, Pavee, Naomh Fionnbarra, Rosmini Gaels, Starlights, Liffey Gaels, Parnell's and Joey's/OCB.

The Dublin Inner City Trust are the sponsor. Derek McKittrrick refereed all the games. The competition was run over four nights last week.

A new addition this year was the Larry Sweetman Memorial Shield for the Player-of-the-Tournament. It was won by Paul McGing of Parnell's.

Larry won the Junior Championship with Joey's. And he was also connected to O'Toole's and Naomh Fionnbarra.

He was a distinguished referee. Each year he refereed the Dublin v Tipperary hurling game in Croke Park that honoured Bloody Sunday. The Rosary used to be said in front of Hill 16.

Larry's son, Derek, has fond memories of those days. The curtain-raiser to the Dublin-Tipp game was the final of the Community Games.

One year, Derek played in that final before his Dad took charge of the Dublin-Tipperary tie.

"And my father was also the first person to referee a Compromise Rules games. That happened on the Parish Field in Blanchardstown, Brigid's old ground," revealed Derek.

"They were trying out the sport at the time, seeing how it would work out."

These days, Joey's/OCB are in Division 8 of the AFL. They are managed by Justin Dixon and PJ Brennan, Ger's Dad.

Karl Beatty captained them to the success, and they had to recover from being three points down at half-time, 0-8 to 0-5.

On their way to victory, the home club also overcame Rosmini Gaels and Liffey Gaels.

Last term, Parnell's defeated the hosts in the final. Parnell's are members of the tournament hat-trick club, having completed the three-in-a-row in 2011.

St Vincent's and O'Toole's also achieved the three-card trick, while Joey's/OCB did the four-in-a-row in 2004.

The club opened up their splendid impressive facilities at Seville Place last year. The new Fairview Park dressing-rooms have also been a tonic.