Under 8 girls with their managers Sandra McDonald and Noreen Moore with special guest Cora Staunton
Under 8 boys with manager Barry Murphy
On Saturday 19th November, the Kilmeena club held their annual medal & trophy presentation evening. This year the event was held in the Dome Suite of the Castlecourt Hotel.
John McDonald, Chairman of Kilmeena Bord na nÓg began by welcoming the parents and children and thanking all for coming. He said it was great to see so many in attendance.
He then introduced the guests for the evening - Martin Carney (Gaelic Games commentator and RTE Sunday Game analyst) and Cora Staunton (Mayo Ladies footballer).
The presentation began with what John said were the most important group of players in the club - The U8 Girls & Boys who received their medals and had their team photo taken.
The medals and trophies were then presented for the Boys and Girls ‘Local Winter League’ competitions.
The Local Winter League:
Austin Gibbons presented the Declan Gibbons Memorial cup to captain Ciaran Kilcoyne.
Willie Quinn presented the Willie Quinn Cup to captain Brian Durkan.
Tom Ryan presented the Ryan Cup to captain Donal Hastings.
Kitty Mulloy presented the Padraic Mulloy Memorial cup to captain Emma Murray.
Gerard McGreeve presented the Kelly Cup to captain Áine Regan.
Next to be recognized was the wonderful achievement of the U12, U14 and U16 boys.
U12 Boys, County Summer League champions.
U14 West Mayo, champions.
U16 West Mayo, champions.
Last but by no means least The U14 and U16 girls received a medal presented by Cora Staunton.
Skills Winners were as follows.
U10 Aoife Gannon
U12 Amy Ingham
U13 Aisling Hoban
U10 John Murphy
U12 Kian Kilcoyne & Liam Moore (Joint winners)
The following players were recipients of the 2016 Player of the Year awards.
Girls Player of the Year:
U12 Anna Moran
U14 Aoife Gibbons
U16 Nina Mathastein
Boys Player of the Year:
U12 Colin Hastings
U13 Chris McGlynn
U14 Michael Hastings
U15 Brian Mortimer
U16 Ryan McGonigle
After the presentations John invited Martin & Cora to say a few words.
Martin encouraged the boys and girls to continue to develop their skills and reminded them that they were representing their parish and to always show respect. He thanked the club for inviting him to the presentation evening and congratulated everyone on their achievements.
Cora congratulated all and said that it was great to see such a large crowd and in particular to see the boys and girls clubs united in their joint efforts of providing football for the children of the parish. She said that it was a huge honour to represent her club and encouraged the players ‘to not give up on football – It keeps you on the straight and narrow’.
She wished the club the best of luck for the 2017 season and thanked the club for the invitation.
John concluded the evening by thanking everyone. He reminded all of a quiz night in aid of the Mayo Masters next Thursday night in Rocky’s bar, Castlebar @ 8:45pm.
There will be a Ladies club meeting on Wednesday 23rd November @ 8:30pm in the clubhouse.
The Bord Na nÓg AGM will take place on Wednesday 7th December @ 8:30pm in the clubhouse.
Report by: Sarah McDonald