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.
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.
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.
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.
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!