Registration for all schoolboy/schoolgirl players will take place this Wednesday & Thursday (August 16 & 17) in Derryleigh Park from 7-8pm. All players must be registered and have membership paid before the commencement of the season. The schoolboy season commences on August 23, while the schoolgirls start on September 2.
A youthful Junior A team lost the final of the Rearcross Tournament last Saturday evening on a 5-2 scoreline against Cappamore. The scoreline was a bit harsh on the lads with 2 of the Cappamore goals coming late on when Newport were chasing the game. Devlin Courtney & James Thompson were the Newport scorers.
In the semi-final Newport beat Murroe 3-0 on penalties after the game ended 1-1. Elliott Slattery scored the equaliser with 6 mins left to bring the game to penalties. Sameer Salem, Kalem Harte & Jamie Collins scored the first three penalties, while Marc Barry once again proved the master of a penalty shootout by saving all three Murroe pens.
In the quarter-final Newport defeated Clodiagh Rangers 5-0 with goals from Devlin Courtney, Andrew Kennedy, Dave Ryan Rose, Christy O’Connor & Kalem Harte.
The tournament proved a great opportunity to play some of our younger players, who all performed very well over the 3 games.
Our annual end-of-season awards ceremony took place in a packed Community Centre last Friday and proved once again to be a very enjoyable evening. The size of the crowd and the number of players in attendance really shows that the club continues to get bigger and stronger every year. The club’s Chairperson, Micheal Lenihan welcomed everyone and gave a rundown of the achievements both on and off the field during the past season including league & cup honours, players selected for league representative teams, sold out Easter & Summer Camps, the growth in playing numbers and developments in Derryleigh Park. All of our younger non-competitive players received a medal and certificate from the club, while the competitive players from the under 12’s right up to the under 16’s, were in contention for Most Improved Player and Player of the Year Awards. The U17s & U18s were up for Golden Boot and Player of the Year awards. The coaches deliberated long and hard over their selections and there were some very close calls. However the full list of award winners was as follows.
Most Improved Players: U12 Boys – Jack Ryan & Mikey Carroll, U12 Girls – Robyn McNamara & Amelia Healy, U13 Boys – Lee Ryan & Ryan O’Keeffe, U13 Girls – Sarah Kelly, U14 Boys – Darren Coffey & Aaron Pearson, U14 Girls – Roisin Power, U16 Girls – Ailish Carey.
Players of the Year: U12 Boys – Aaron Coleman & Alex O’Toole, U12 Girls – Shauna Pearson & Jayne Hurley, U13 Boys – Diarmuid O’Riordan & Kieran Darcy, U13 Girls – Mara Van Aelst, U14 Boys – Eoin Guilfoyle & John Ryan, U14 Girls – Kaitlyn Bradshaw, U16 Girls – Jasmyne Butler.
U17 – Devlin Courtney (Golden Boot) & James Lynch (Player of the Year)
U18 – Nathan Hartigan (Golden Boot) & Jay Madden (Player of the Year).
Overall Schoolboy/Schoolgirl Player of the Year – Rachel Carey.
Thanks to all the players, their parents and families who attended. Roll on the start of the new season. Click here for all the photos.
With the new season just a few short weeks away, membership of NTAFC for the coming season is now open. The membership fees for 2017/2018 remain mostly unchanged from last season. This was a conscious decision by the committee as a reflection on how so many of our players and their families were very generous in supporting our recent fundraising campaign for the new clubhouse.
As an amateur volunteer based football club, we’ve committed to meeting the repayments on a loan in excess of €250,000, bringing the total investment to date of €1.2m in Derryleigh Park. We see this as an investment in our local youth, their future as well as being a valuable resource for our community. Everyone’s support and patronage of the club, helps make our vision a reality.
This coming season, we will have upwards on 400 players playing on over 30 teams from Nippers to the Junior A team. Running a club of this size is a very costly business both on and off the pitch and the membership fee is an integral part of our income.
Membership fees contribute towards the following;
• Registration fees with the various leagues (LDMC, LDSL & NTSFL)
• Repayments on €250,000 loan for new clubhouse.
• Player insurance (every registered player receives comprehensive insurance cover)
• Use of top-class training & playing facilities incl. floodlit astro-turf pitch and 2 grass pitches.
• Full use of new modern clubhouse.
• Access to training and match equipment including balls, jerseys, first aid kits, water bottles, bibs etc.
• Countless hours of training and on matchdays put in by our dedicated coaches and team managers.
• Entry fees to FAI National Cup competitions
• Maintenance and running costs of playing facilities and clubhouse in Derryleigh Park.
• Newport Nippers (U7 – born in 2011 or after) – €40
• U8 to U11 (born in 2007-2010) – €60
• U12 to U16 (born in 2002-2006) – €70
• U17 & U18 (born in 2000-2001) – €70
• Junior A,B & C – €80
• Non-playing member – €5 (voting right at AGM) Continue reading
Over the past few months, the club has been in extensive negotiations with various sportswear suppliers and finally Newport Town AFC is delighted to announce O’Neills Sportswear as the club’s official and exclusive gear & sportswear partner. We intend holding fitting events in Derryleigh Park on Friday (July 21) from 7-8pm and Saturday morning (July 22) 10-11am and Monday & Tuesday (July 24 & 25), 7-8pm, to allow our players & supporters place orders for the upcoming season. You will be able to see samples and try on sizes before placing your order. There will be also more order evenings on O’Neills Soccer is a division of the company specialising in soccer gear.
Club Chairman, Micheal Lenihan stated “NTAFC is one of the fastest growing & most progressive clubs in the region with almost 30 teams, over 300 players and top-class facilities. This new & exclusive partnership with O’Neills Sportswear, who are recognised as a top-class sportswear manufacturer, fits in perfectly with our ambition of ensuring that we, as a club, do everything as well as we can, both on and off the pitch.” Continue reading
The club has finalised the junior management set-up for the upcoming 2017/2018 season. All squads & management will be in support of the club policy of the development of our young players potential.
Along with team managers, a large backroom support team will be in place across the five squads working in unison. We thank everyone for their interest in our team management this year. We wish our squads the best of luck for the season. Schoolchildren management will be finalised in the next week.
Junior A’s – Ailbe Coffey / Marc Barry / Adrian Hurley / Lar Kennedy / Ger O’Brien / Mike O’Donoghue / Tom Hickey / Ger Healy;
Junior B’s – Dave O’Brien / Marc Barry / Stephen Carroll;
Junior C’s – Kevin Healy / Chris Madden;
Youths (U18) – Adrian Hurley / Don Houlihan / Ailbe Coffey / Lar Kennedy / Tim Coffey ;
U17 – Peter Coleman / Dave Noble / Tom O’Malley / Alon Flynn.