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Derryleigh Diary – August 13 2017

New Junior Season:
Pre-season is now over and the competitive league action commences this week. Once again this season we will have five teams competing in the Limerick District League and all hoping to have a competitive season and push for honours. The A team will play in Div 1B, the B’s in Div 2B, the C’s in Div 3B, U18’s in Div 2 and the U17’s in Div 2. Fixtures for the following week are as follows. Tuesday, August 15, Newport Town AFC B v Athlunkard Villa B, 6.30pm (Derryleigh Park), U18, Newport Town AFC v Kilmallock, 6.30pm (Derryleigh Park). Wednesday, August 16, U17, Newport Town AFC v Kilfrush, 6.30pm (Derryleigh Park). Thursday, Aug 17, Newport Town AFC A v Croom, 6.30pm (Derryleigh Park). Saturday, Aug 19, Holycross B v Newport Town AFC B, 6.30pm (Holycross), U18, Aisling Annacotty v Newport Town AFC, 6.30pm (Annacotty). Sunday, Aug 20, Newport Town AFC A v Hill Celtic, 10.30am (Derryleigh Park), U17, Charleville v Newport Town AFC, 2.00pm (Charleville). Monday, Aug 21, Newport Town AFC C v Hyde B, 6.30pm (Derryleigh Park). Tuesday, Aug 22, Newport Town AFC B v Summerville Rovers B, 6.30pm (Derryleigh Park), U18, Newport Town AFC v Regional Utd, 6.30pm (Derryleigh Park). Thursday, Aug 24, Coonagh v Newport Town AFC A, 6.30pm (Coonagh), U17, Newport Town AFC v Corbally, 6.30pm (Derryleigh Park).

Schoolboy/Schoolgirl Registration:
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.

Summer Soccer Camp:
What a great week! 5 days, 150 kids, 10 coaches, 1 astro-turf pitch, 2 grass pitches, 100’s of goals, 1,000’s of smiles and countless hours of fun. Even the weather played its part. All good things must come to an end and so it was last Friday afternoon when all of the children received their certificates for their participation in the Newport Town AFC FAI Summer Soccer School. We hope that every boy & girl who took part had a great time and made lots of new friends in our second sold-out camp of the year.

Thanks to everyone who helped make the camp be such a great success and so enjoyable for the children. The list is endless but thanks to the boys & girls, their parents, the coaches and all the volunteers in the club who marshalled the car park, cut the pitches, put up and took down the marquee, cleaned the dressing rooms and so much more. We look forward to doing it all again next summer.

Official Opening of New Clubhouse:
The countdown is now well and truly on to the official opening of our new Clubhouse by FAI CEO John Delaney on Sunday, August 27. This is going to be a truly historic day for the club and the local community and we would like to extend a warm welcome to everyone, young & old, to join us on the day. There will be lots of fun activities for all the family from 1-5pm including bouncy castle & obstacle course, BBQ, face-painting, soccer activities, music by Jimmy Jo and lots more. The official opening of the new clubhouse by John Delaney is scheduled to take place at 3.30pm. The last of our monthly Super Draws for a cash prize of €2,500 will also take place. We hope to see you all there.

Lotto:
There was no winner of last week’s lotto. The lucky numbers were 3, 15, 16 & 21. This week’s jackpot is €1,550 and the draw will take place in Lee’s Bar on Saturday night. Thanks as always to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

Community Games:
All in Newport Town AFC wish the very best of luck to the U13 Newport/Birdhill Boys Community Games squad, who will represent Munster in the All-Ireland finals in Dublin next weekend.

Derryleigh Diary – August 6 2017

Rearcross Tournament:
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.

New Junior Season:
Pre-season continues with friendly games taking place for all our junior sides. The first league fixtures have been released for the junior sides. The B’s (Div 2B) will be first into action on Tuesday, August 15, when they play Athlunkard Villa to Derryleigh at 6.30pm. On Thursday, August 17, the A team (Div 1B) welcome Croom to Derryleigh at 6.30pm. At the time of writing, fixtures for our other junior sides had not been released. The club wishes to extend a speedy recovery to our new U17 player, Jack O’Carroll, who suffered a bad injury while scoring a goal in a pre-season friendly against Lisnagry last Friday. He will be out of action for a while but we look forward to seeing him back on the pitch as soon as possible.

Summer Soccer Camp:
Our second & final summer camp of the summer kicked off on Bank Holiday Monday, when 150 boys & girls between the ages of 6-14 were welcomed to Derryleigh Park for 5 days of football, fun & friendship. Both our camps were fully booked-out this summer. Thanks to everyone who volunteers to ensure that the camps go off without a hitch.

North Munster Schoolgirls:
Congratulations to three of our schoolgirl players, who following trials, have been selected on the North Munster Development Squad. Well done Shauna Pearson (U12), Abbie Lenihan (U13) & Rachel Carey (U14). A great achievement for the girls, their coaches and families. Everyone in the club is very proud of you all.

Official Opening of New Clubhouse:
It’s now less than 3 weeks to go to the official opening of our new Clubhouse by FAI CEO John Delaney on Sunday, August 27. It’s going to be a busy few weeks to get us over the finish line. We will shortly be looking for volunteers to help us get there. We hope you can help

Lotto:
There was no winner of last week’s lotto. The lucky numbers were 10, 12, 17 & 28. This week’s jackpot is €1,500 and the draw will take place in McGrath’s Bar on Saturday night. Thanks as always to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

Church Gate Collection:
Thank you to everyone who generously supported our Church Gate collection over the Bank Holiday weekend. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Derryleigh Diary – July 30 2017

Schoolboy / Schoolgirl Awards:
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, U16 Girls – Ailish Carey, 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 was Rachel Carey. Thanks to all the players, their parents and families who attended. Roll on the start of the new season.

Summer Soccer Camp:
At the time of writing only 2 places remain on our second Summer Camp starting on Bank Holiday Monday. We are officially the biggest FAI camp in the region and one of the top camps in the country. Following on from our Soccer Sisters Easter Camp being the biggest in the country, soccer has well & truly proved its popularity in Newport. We once again look forward to welcoming 150 children to Derryleigh Park next Monday for a great week of fun & football.

Pre-Season:
The Junior A team travelled to Kilcornan on Sunday morning to play AK Utd and recorded a 2-2 draw with goals from James Thompson & Elliott Slattery. The B’s enjoyed a 5-3 win away to Cappamore B on Saturday evening. We also take part in the Rearcross tournament this week. Our U17s welcome Lisnagry to Derryleigh Park this Friday evening in their first pre-season friendly. This is a brand new side and we welcome players from Birdhill, Murroe, Rearcross and some returning players to Derryleigh Park.

Official Opening of New Clubhouse:
It’s less than 4 weeks to go to the official opening of our new Clubhouse by FAI CEO John Delaney on Sunday, August 27. It’s going to be a busy few weeks to get us over the finish line. We will shortly be looking for volunteers to help us get there. We hope you can help

Monthly Super Draw:
The fifth of our monthly Super Draws took place last Saturday in Ryan’s Pub. Congratulations to John Ryan of Garryteigue who was the lucky winner of a luxury getaway in 5* Ashford Castle. The final draw for €2,500 will be held on Sunday, August 27 at the official opening of our new clubhouse.

Lotto:
There was no winner of last week’s lotto. The lucky numbers were 4, 8, 23 & 28. This week’s jackpot is €1,450 and the draw will take place in O’Sullivan’s Bar on Saturday night. Thanks as always to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

Derryleigh Diary – July 23 2017

Summer Soccer Camp:
Did you miss out on all the fun in our first Summer Camp? There are still a limited number of places remaining on our second camp, which runs from August 7-11. The cost is €65 for a week of top quality coaching and also includes a full set of gear, match ball and back pack. Visit www.summersoccerschools.ie to book your place. If any child is returning for a second camp they pay a discounted price of €50. Book soon to avoid disappointment.

Pre-Season:
Our junior B team recorded an 8-6 victory away to Athlunkard last Friday night in a very entertaining and obviously high-scoring pre-season friendly. The crowd got their money’s worth. As Johann Cruyff said “To win you only have to score at least one more goal than your opponent.”

Junior Management Structure:
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.

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.

New U16 Schoolboy Team:
Born in 2002? NTAFC are entering an U16 schoolboy side this coming season in the Limerick League. Interested? Well come along to Derryleigh Park this Wednesday, July 26 from 7-8pm for an open training session. Please pass this on to anyone that might be interested.

North Munster Schoolgirl Trials:
Congratulations to our schoolgirl players, Shauna Pearson & Robyn McNamara (U12), Abbie Lenihan (U13) and Rachel Carey (U14), who were selected to attend trials for the North Munster Emerging Talent Programme. The trials took place in Pike Rovers last Wednesday. Yet another great honour for the players and recognition of the great strides made in schoolgirls football in our club in the past few years.

Schoolboy/Schoolgirl Awards and Registration Night:
The NTAFC Schoolboy / Schoolgirl awards for last season and Registration for the 2017/2018 season takes place on Friday, July 28 in the Community Centre. The awards are for the Newport Nippers up to U16s. Player Registration begins at 6pm and the Awards Ceremony will commence at 7pm. This promises to be another great occasion for the club and all players and their families are welcome to attend. Awards up for grabs are Players of the Year, Most Improved Players and Overall Schoolboy/Schoolgirl of the Year (competitive teams only). You will also be able to place orders for the new O’Neill’s club gear on the night. This event continues to grow each season and this year should be no different. We look forward to seeing all our players and their families on the night. All are welcome.

Monthly Super Draw:
The fifth and second last of our monthly Super Draws takes place this Saturday, July 29 in Ryan’s Pub. This month’s prize is a luxury getaway in the 5* Ashford Castle. Come along and see if your name is the lucky one pulled out. The final draw for €2,500 will be held on Sunday, August 27 at the official opening of our new clubhouse. We will hold our usual weekly lotto draw in Ryan’s on Saturday night and there will be lucky dip prizes for those in attendance.

Lotto:
There was no winner of last week’s lotto. The lucky numbers were 17, 26, 27 & 29. This week’s jackpot is €1,400 and the draw will take place in Ryan’s Bar on Saturday night. Thanks as always to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

Derryleigh Diary – July 16 2017

Summer Soccer Camp:
Did you miss out on all the fun in our first Summer Camp? There are still a limited number of places remaining on our second camp, which runs from August 7-11. The cost is €65 for a week of top quality coaching and also includes a full set of gear, match ball and back pack. Visit www.summersoccerschools.ie to book your place. If any child is returning for a second camp they pay a discounted price of €50. Book soon to avoid disappointment.

Pre-Season:
All junior sides are now well settled in pre-season training for the new season, which commences in mid-August. The A team beat local rivals Murroe 2-0 on Sunday morning with goals from Dave Murray & Sameer Salem. The team included some new players and a nice blend of youth & experience. Special mention to youths keeper, Brendan Coffey, who kept a great clean sheet on his first start for the A team. This was another good workout for the lads.

O’Neills Sportswear are our new Club Gear Partner:
Over the past few months, the club has been in extensive negotiations with various sportswear suppliers and Newport Town AFC is now delighted to announce O’Neills Sportswearas the club’s official and exclusive gear & sportswear partner. We intend holding fitting events in Derryleigh Park in the coming weeks 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. The first fitting nights takes place on Wednesday, Thursday & Friday, July 19, 20 & 21 from 7-8pm in Derryleigh Park.

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.”
O’Neills was founded in 1918 and is now the largest sportswear manufacturing company in Ireland. They are a 100% Irish owned company, proud of their Irish heritage, employing over 700 people in Ireland.

Schoolboy/Schoolgirl Awards and Registration Night:
The NTAFC Schoolboy / Schoolgirl awards for last season and Registration for the 2017/2018 season takes place on Friday, July 28 in the Community Centre. The awards are for the Newport Nippers up to U16s. Player Registration begins at 6pm and the Awards Ceremony will commence at 7pm. This promises to be another great occasion for the club and all players and their families are welcome to attend. Awards up for grabs are Players of the Year, Most Improved Players and Overall Schoolboy/Schoolgirl of the Year (competitive teams only). This event continues to grow each season and this year should be no different. We look forward to seeing all our players and their families on the night. All are welcome.

Schoolgirls play at Markets Field:
Our league winning U14 schoolgirls were invited to entertain the crowd at half-time in the recent high-profile friendly between Limerick FC and Charlton Athletic, which took place last week in the Markets Field. This was a great honour for the girls and their coaches. They enjoyed a wonderful evening and thanks to everyone at Limerick FC and the Markets Field for making them feel so welcome.

North Munster Trials:
Congratulations to our schoolgirl players, Shauna Pearson & Robyn McNamara (U12), Abbie Lenihan (U13) and Rachel Carey (U14), who have been selected to attend trials for the North Munster Emerging Talent Programme. The trials will take place in Pike Rovers this Wednesday. Yet another great honour for the players and recognition of the great strides made in schoolgirls football in our club in the past few years.

Lotto:
There was no winner of last week’s lotto. The lucky numbers were 4, 10, 17 & 29. This week’s jackpot is €1,350 and the draw will take place in Gleeson’s Bar on Saturday night. Thanks as always to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

Derryleigh Diary – July 9 2017

Summer Soccer Camp:
What a great week! 5 days, 150 kids, 10 coaches, 1 astro-turf pitch, 2 grass pitches, 100’s of goals, 1,000’s of smiles and countless hours of fun. Even the weather played its part. All good things must come to an end and so it was last Friday afternoon when all of the children received their certificates for their participation in the Newport Town AFC FAI Summer Soccer School. We hope that every boy & girl who took part had a great time and made lots of new friends.

The camp doesn’t just happen by accident and there are lots of people to thank. Firstly, the coaches who made the camp such a special & fun place from the very first minute to the last. Thanks guys & girls, you were all simply amazing.

Our campers, the boys & girls who were so well behaved, enthusiastic and good humoured all week long. Ye were absolutely brilliant and there is definitely some future super stars amongst you.

The parents who were patient and co-operative all week at drop-off and collection times. We know that the car park was ‘fun’ at times, so thank you.

The car park stewards who ensured that everything ran smoothly and were always smiling and helpful.

The club Chairman & committee who welcomed the coaches, children and parents to NTAFC with open arms and did their very best to ensure that everyone enjoyed themselves.

The ground staff who made sure that the pitches were prepared ahead of the camp and kept in pristine condition all week long.

We hope we didn’t forget anyone, if so, sorry.

Roll on the second Summer Soccer Camp of 2017, which starts on August 7. If you haven’t booked on yet, do it soon as places are filling fast and it’s going to sell out. Don’t forget that if you were in the first camp, you can also avail of the second camp discount, which makes it €50 for another week of fun. Book online at www.summersoccerschools.ie

Pre-Season:
All junior sides are now back in pre-season training for the new season, which commences in mid-August. The under 18s played out a 2-2 draw with Caledonians last Thursday, while the Junior A team beat the same opposition 6-4 on Sunday. The team included some new & returning players and a nice blend of youth & experience. This was a good workout for the lads.

New Clubhouse:
Work continues on our new Clubhouse and everything is on schedule for the official opening on Sunday, August 27, when FAI CEO, John Delaney, will be in Derryleigh Park to cut the ribbon. This will be a truly memorable and historic day for both the club and our local community. We will have lots of activities on the day for all the family and everyone is welcome to come along. Lots more details closer to the big day but be sure to save the date.

Lotto:
There was no winner of last week’s lotto. The lucky numbers were 17, 18, 20 & 26. This week’s jackpot is €1,300 and the draw will take place in McGrath’s Bar on Saturday night. Thanks as always to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

Buy a Brick:
The last date to ‘Buy a Brick’ on our Patrons’ Wall is July 12. If you are an individual, family, group or business who would like your name publicly & prominently displayed as a patron of the club in the hallway of our new clubhouse, please contact Ailbe Coffey on 087 6504779. The cost of a brick is €100.

Derryleigh Diary – July 2 2017

Bag Packing Fundraiser:
Thank you to all our volunteers who generously gave up their precious time to help the club’s bag packing fundraiser last weekend. It was truly appreciated. Thanks also to the generous shoppers in Dunnes Stores Parkway S.C. for being so kind and to the staff & management of Dunnes for being so welcoming. Special thanks to our recently formed Social Committee who drove this on with their hard work and enthusiasm.

Community Games:
Well done to the U12 Newport/Birdhill boys Community Games soccer team (representing Tipperary) who were crowned Munster champions after beating Killaloe of Clare 5-2 in the final in U.L. last Saturday. The boys had beaten Muckross of Kerry on penalties in the semi-final. The team will now represent Munster in the All-Ireland Finals at FAI HQ in Abbotstown towards the end of August. The team is managed by Richard Egan (Newport) Allon Flynn and Christy Hogan (Birdhill).

Lotto:
There was no winner of last week’s lotto. The lucky numbers were 3, 12, 28 & 29. This week’s jackpot is €1,250 and the draw will take place in Lee’s Bar on Saturday night. Thanks as always to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

Summer Soccer Camps:
The first of our summer camps started on Monday with 150 boys & girls taking part, which makes it one of the biggest camps in the entire region. There are still some spaces left on our second camp from August 7-11 but places are filling fast so book soon to avoid disappointment on www.summersoccerschools.ie

Buy a Brick:
The closing date of July 12, for ‘Buying a Brick’ on our Patrons’ Wall is fast approaching. If you are an individual, family, group or business who would like your name publicly & prominently displayed as a patron of the club in the hallway of our new clubhouse, please contact Ailbe Coffey on 087 6504779. Some families have also used this as a way of remembering family members that are no longer with us but may have been involved with or supported the club in the past. The cost of a brick is €100. Thanks for your incredible support to date.

Derryleigh Diary – June 25 2017

Gaynor Cup:
Well done to our schoolgirl players, Sarah Finn, Abbie Lenihan, Rachel Carey & Kaitlyn Bradshaw, who were all part of the North Tipperary League U14 squad who took part in the Gaynor Cup last weekend. The girls were the very first to represent our club at this prestigious tournament which showcases the very best talent from across the country in girls football. Unfortunately the results didn’t go the girls’ way but the four days were a great experience and they enjoyed the atmosphere of such a great event. Well done also to local girl, Emma Coleman, who was on the U16 squad.

Derryleigh 2020 Super Draw:
Congratulations to Marie O’Connell & Roger Dawson, whose ticket was pulled out of the drum by Paddy Gleeson at the fourth of our monthly Super Draws, which took place in Gleeson’s Bar last Saturday night. Marie & Roger were the lucky winners of a holiday in Majorca. The next draw will take place in Ryan’s Bar on July 29. The final draw for a prize of €2,500 will take place during the opening ceremony of our new clubhouse in Derryleigh Park on Sunday, August 27. Thanks again to everyone who supported our Derryleigh 2020 fundraiser.

New Junior Season:
The new junior season in the Limerick League commences on Sunday, August 13 with premier league fixtures. Other divisions will commence that week.

New U17 mens’ side:
Next season, we are fielding an U17 Youths side in the Limerick League for players born in 2001/2002. If you are interested in playing with Newport next season or know a player that may be interested, please contact Club Secretary, Ailbe Coffey on 087 6504779. Formal pre-season training has not yet begun for our U17 & U18 squads but the players are having kickarounds in Derryleigh Park on Tuesday evenings from 8pm. All new players are welcome to come along on Tuesday night to meet the lads.

Bag Packing Fundraiser:
Watch out for our volunteers who will be holding a bag-packing fundraiser this coming Friday & Saturday in Dunnes Stores at the Parkway Roundabout. If you are able to spare a couple of hours to help out on either day, please contact Sarah Egan (087 2826155) or Jenny Noble (086 8390949) for details.

Lotto:
There was no winner of last week’s lotto. The lucky numbers were 4, 10, 20 & 26. This week’s jackpot is €1,200 and the draw will take place in Carey’s Bar in Toor on Saturday night. Thanks as always to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

Summer Soccer Camps:
It’s less than a week to the start of the first of our FAI Summer Soccer Schools. The camp starts on Monday, July 3 and is fully booked; therefore no extra walk-up bookings can be taken. However there are still some spaces left on our second camp from August 7-11. Book soon to avoid disappointment on www.summersoccerschools.ie If you are already booked on the July camp, you can also do the August camp at a reduced price of €50.

Buy a Brick:
For those who haven’t seen it yet our new Clubhouse is really taking shape. Unfortunately however just cause it’s built doesn’t mean that it’s paid for! There’s a long, long way to go. If you would like to show your support for the club’s fundraising efforts, you can still ‘Buy a Brick’ for €100. We still have some limited spaces left on our patron’s wall, which will be prominently positioned in the entrance hallway. Please contact any committee member, team coach, message us here or call Ailbe Coffey on 087 6504779. Every brick makes a difference.

Derryleigh Diary – June 4 2017

Soccer Sisters Festival of Football:
Last Wednesday, ten of our schoolgirl players had the honour of representing Newport Town AFC at the FAI Soccer Sisters Festival in the Aviva Stadium. Newport Town AFC was one of the 8 clubs selected to participate due to the fact that our recent Easter Soccer Sisters Camp was the largest and most successful in the country. The road to the Aviva in May is now a well-worn path for the girls as this is the third year running that NTAFC has been one of the select few clubs to qualify for the event.

From the minute the players arrived at the Aviva they were treated like superstars. Irish international player, Rihanna Jarrett, chaperoned the girls for the day. She was very nice and got on great with the girls. The girls also had a Q&A session with Aine O’Gorman another international player.

The girls took them to do some drills and learned fancy skills from the experts. They were given tips on shooting and moved on to play two small sided games against Rush FC. Overall, the girls had a brilliant day. Sue Ronan (Head of Women’s Football in the FAI) and her team couldn’t have been nicer from start to finish. There were also two other teams from Tipp; our old friends Ballymackey and Killenaule. After a truly memorable day, the girls all went home with smiles on their faces.

Travelling Squad: Emma Wright, Robyn Moloney, Amelia Healy, Robyn McNamara , Shauna Pearson, Eimear Ryan, Mollie O’Hora, Heather O’Neill, Eve Berry, Eimear Shanahan.

Travelling Coaches: John O’Hora & Louise Powell.

New U17 mens’ side:
Next season, we intend fielding an U17 Youths side in the Limerick League for players born in 2001/2002. If you are interested in playing with Newport next season or know a player that may be interested, please contact Club Secretary, Ailbe Coffey on 087 6504779.

Bag Packing Fundraiser:
The club will be holding a bag-packing fundraiser on Friday, June 30 & Saturday, July 1 in Dunnes Stores at the Parkway Roundabout. We will be looking for people to volunteer a couple of hours of their time on either day to help us out. If you are in a position to help, please contact Sarah Egan (087 2826155) or Jenny Noble (086 8390949) for details.

Lotto:
There was no winner of last week’s lotto. The lucky numbers were 2, 8, 16 & 28. This week’s jackpot is €1,050 and the draw will take place in Lee’s Bar on Saturday night. Thanks as always to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

Summer Soccer Camps:
Online booking is now open for our summer camps at www.summersoccerschools.ie and both camps are already filling fast. Camp 1 will take place from July 3 – 7 and Camp 2 from August 7 – 11. The camps are for boys & girls aged 6-14 and the cost is just €65 which includes an exclusive kit, backpack, football and certificate plus five days of fun-filled coaching from FAI accredited coaches!

Derryleigh Diary – May 28 2017

Season Recap:
With the playing season now officially over for the 2016/2017 season, this is just a quick recap of the year. From the Newport Nippers all the way up to the Junior A side, we had over 300 players on 26 teams play almost 400 games during the season, which started last August and finished this weekend. These numbers show how big the club has become. In terms of silverware, Our 13 boys won the Div 1 League & Cup Double, U14 girls won the league and were cup finalists, the U13 girls won their league and both the U12 girls’ sides won their cups and finally our U17’s were cup finalists.

Unfortunately, it was a particularly difficult season for our Junior A team, losing its Div 1A status. However, despite such a setback, we believe that the adult and schoolchildren football continues to progress. The continued integration of youth teams has been a major plus in the development of our more senior squads. The A team will regroup and bounce back. Our B and C teams held their own in their respective leagues as did our youths and U17’s.

In representative honours, we were proud to have Nathan O’Donoghue, Shaun Bonfield, Jayne Hurley, Shauna Pearson, Rachel Carey & Abbie Lenihan winning LDSL & NTSFL Player of the Year awards and Aaron Coleman, Shaun Bonfield, Eoin Guilfoyle playing on LDSL sides. We also had the following playing on NTSFL girls representative sides; Kaitlyn Bradshaw, Rachel Carey, Abbie Lenihan, Leah Moran, Sarah Finn, Amber Deegan, Robyn McNamara, Shauna Pearson, Molly O’Hora, Aoife Kennedy, & Erin Kennedy. Abbie Lenihan also played on the Munster squad. Newport Town AFC also had representation on the Junior teams of the year; C’s – Div.4 Kevin O’Brien, Dave Ryan and Stephen McDermott; 17’s – Devlin Courtney and Elliot Slattery.

Thank you to every player, boys & girl, young & old, who put on a Newport jersey during the season and proudly represented the club.

Sincere thanks to all our team managers, coaches and assistants who willingly and freely give up hours & hours of their own free time to train, nurture and educate our players. Our coaches are with the players at training in all types of weather throughout the season. They go to every game and remain enthusiastic & supportive, win, lose or draw. Quite simply, without our volunteers, we would not have a club. As a club, we mightn’t get everything right all of the time, but hopefully we get things most right of the time. The club greatly appreciates your efforts and thanks you.

Thanks also to all the parents & guardians who bring their children to training & matches and positively encourage and support the players from the sidelines. Our club ethos is to always respect players, coaches and officials and thankfully our supporters abide by this. We respectfully ask parents to please provide support and co-operation to the coaches at all times as sometimes it can be a thankless task to look after a team. Before you complain, have you volunteered yet?

We now look forward to the summer break off the field but plans are already being formed for next season, where we will have even more teams and will welcome new players to the club and all going well the new Clubhouse will be fully operational for the start of the 2017/18 season. Enjoy your summer and see you all for pre-season in July/August time.

Schoolboys:
Our U14B schoolboys played the final competitive game of the season when losing the Div 1 League Cup Semi-Final, 4-0 away to a very strong Summerville side. The scoreline does not do the boys justice, as due to a depleted squad, we had to rely on a lot of our U13 players and they all played very well and more than held their own.

Schoolgirls:
Well done to all our schoolgirls and their coaches who collected their medal haul at the NTSFL Awards in Nenagh last Friday night. Special mention for Jayne Hurley, Shauna Pearson, Rachel Carey & Abbie Lenihan who were selected as NTSFL Schoolgirl Players of the Year at under 12, 13 & 14. This is a great achievement for the girls and well and truly deserved. Thanks to the NTSFL for arranging such a great event.

Massive congratulations to the First Year girls of St. Marys’ Secondary School, Newport who won the Bank of Ireland FAI Schools First Year ‘B’ Girls National Cup Final against St. Joseph’s, Foxford, Co. Mayo on a 3-1 scoreline in Dublin. This is a great achievement for the school following on from the U15 girls’ All-Ireland win just a few weeks ago. Well done to their coach, Miss Quinn for her efforts with the girls.

New U17 side:
Next season, we intend fielding an U17 Youths side in the Limerick League for players born in 2001/2002. If you are interested in playing with Newport next season or know a player that may be interested, please contact Club Secretary, Ailbe Coffey on 087 6504779.

AGM:
The club’s well-attended AGM took place on Thursday, May 25 in the Freigh Inn. Micheal Lenihan was returned unopposed to the position of Chairperson. Ailbe Coffey remains on as Secretary, while Mike O’Brien replaces Ger O’Brien as Treasurer. Dave Noble will remain on as Club PRO. The Committee members voted back in were Ger O’Brien, Dave Brett, Denis O’Sullivan, Richard Egan & Tim Coffey, Tom O’Malley, Ger Healy & Tom Hickey. A new committee member for the 2018/2018 season is Mike O’Donoghue. Good luck to the incoming committee for the season ahead in what are exciting & busy times for the club both on and off the pitch.

Derryleigh Park Clean-up / Maintenance Day:
Unfortunately the torrential rain on Saturday led to the postponement of our clean-up / maintenance day in Derryleigh Park. We have now re-scheduled for this Wednesday & Thursday, June 1 & 2 from 6-9pm each evening. If you can spare some time on one or both evenings, it would be greatly appreciated. If you have any equipment that could be of use, especially rakes, forks, shovels, wheel-barrows, strimmers, lawn mowers please bring them along.

Monthly Super Draw:
The third of our monthly Super Draws took place last Saturday in McGrath’s Pub. Tom Guilfoyle was the lucky winner of a holiday in Lanzarote, after Ollie McGrath, pulled his name out of the drum. If you’re not in the draw but still wish to still support the club’s Derryleigh 2020 fundraising campaign, there is still to time to ‘buy a brick’ on the Patron’s Wall, which will feature prominently in the new clubhouse. Thanks for the incredible support to date.

Bag Packing Fundraiser:
The club will be holding a bag-packing fundraiser on Friday, June 30 & Saturday, July 1 in Dunnes Stores at the Parkway Roundabout. We will be looking for people to volunteer a couple of hours of their time on either day to help us out. If you are in a position to help, please contact Sarah Egan (087 2826155) or Jenny Noble (086 8390949) for details.

Lotto:
There was no winner of last week’s lotto. The lucky numbers were 3, 8, 11 & 16. This week’s jackpot is €1,000. Thanks as always to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

Summer Soccer Camps:
Online booking is now open for our summer camps at www.summersoccerschools.ie and both camps are already filling fast. Camp 1 will take place from July 3 – 7 and Camp 2 from August 7 – 11. The camps are for boys & girls aged 6-14 and the cost is just €65 which includes an exclusive kit, backpack, football and certificate plus five days of fun-filled coaching from FAI accredited coaches!