With the playing season now almost over for the 2017/2018 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 400 players on 32 teams play almost 450 games during the season, which started last August and finishes this weekend. These numbers show how big the club has become in our community. In terms of silverware, our U18 Youths won the Div 2 league, the Junior Bs won the Div 2B cup, the U16 boys won the Div 1 League & Cup Double, U13 girls won the league & cup double, U15 girls won the Shield, the U14 girls made it to a league playoff and both the U17 boys & girls were cup finalists.
In representative honours, we were proud to have lots of players on both LDSL & NTSFL inter-league sides. We also had players selected on the 2017/2018 Limerick League divisional teams of the season, which was a great honour for both the players and the club. 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 we look forward to the introduction of summer football in schoolboy soccer.
Enjoy your summer and see you all for pre-season in July/August time.
Well done to our U18s who ended the season as Div 2 League Champions following their 4-3 League Play-Off win away to Charleville on Sunday morning. Goals from from Devlin Courtney, James Rochford, Nathan Hartigan & Darren Collins were enough to ensure that the league title made its way to Derryleigh Park for the first time. This was the first league title won by any of our junior sides in 23 years and it was hard-won. Going into the game, Charleville were warm favourites as they had led the league for most of the season and had won the cup two weeks ago. Also in their favour was the home venue as they won the toss and the game was played on the astro-turf in Fitzgerald Park. Newport decided to throw the form book out the window and started the game at a million miles an hour, pressing the home team all over the park. Newport raced into a 2-0 lead within 20 minutes and Charleville didn’t know what had hit them. The home team then grew into the game and got a goal back, however Newport continued to press and scored another two goals to make it 4-1 at half-time.
Everyone expected Charleville to provide a fight-back in the second half and this they did. They scored two goals without reply to make the score 4-3 and set-up a tense and exciting end to the game. Both sides had more chances to score but fortunately Newport held firm to secure a historic and long-overdue win for a junior side.
Elliott Slattery, Newport Captain and recently selected as the Limerick District League U18 Div 2 Player of the Year was delighted to accept the Noonan Cup on behalf of the club and his team-mates. A large contingent of this squad have been with Newport since they were 5 or 6 years of age and this was a great way to finish off their time as underage players. We now hope to see lots of these players contine their football journey with our junior sides in the years to come. Well done also to the management team of Ailbe Coffey, Adrian Hurley, Don Houlihan, Tim Coffey & Lar Kennedy and to the various managers & coaches who worked with them as schoolboy players.
The Committee of Newport Town AFC wish to advise that the Annual General Meeting of Newport Town AFC takes place on Thursday, May 31 in the Derryleigh Park Clubhouse commencing at 8.30pm. All junior players, managers/coaches, parents/guardians of schoolboy/schoolgirl players and club supporters are welcome and encouraged to attend. Persons interested in becoming new Committee members or willing to lend a hand in any capacity on or off the field, should contact Club Secretary, Ailbe Coffey or any current Committee member as soon as possible. Please try and attend as this is your club and your voice is very important. We hope to see a large attendance.
Places on our first FAI Summer Soccer Schools camp (July 2-6) are filling much quicker than expected and we are getting close to the 100 mark already. To avoid disappointment please book your place soon on www.summersoccerschools.ie Our second camp is on August 6-10 and booking is also steady on this.
There was no winner of the club’s lotto on Saturday, May 26 and this week’s jackpot is €3,600 with the next draw taking place on Saturday, June 2 in Ryan’s Bar. The numbers drawn were 6, 9, 13 & 27. Thanks as always to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.
Finally, I step-down from my role as P.R.O. in the club at the end of this season after five years. I would like to thank all the team managers and my fellow committee members for their support & assistance during that time. In my time as P.R.O. I have seen the club grow and prosper both on and off the field and it’s been a great privilige to have carried out my role. Best of luck to my successor.
Over & out