Shamrocks awards night honors Scotty Shevlin, Suzanne Mills, Eoin Sweeney and players of the year

Scotty Shevlin received a rapturous standing ovation at the Shamrocks End-of-Season Awards last weekend on an enjoyable evening at the Astoria World Manor.

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Guest of Honor Scotty Shevlin with Club President Sean Mc Mullan and Johner Guildea. Picture by Noel Estevez

The former club president was the Guest of Honor for the club’s annual event and he recalled his two decades at the helm in a speech that was received very well by the 160 players and supporters in attendance.

Johner Guildea introduced the popular Scottish man who served in Vietnam and still plays an active part in his community.

“I’ll always be very grateful for my time spent on the Shamrocks committee,” said Shevlin. “People like Mick Haley, Johner Guildea, Paul Wilson, Kevin McPartland and so many more. They are friends and we share many great memories.”

Scotty also paid his respects to the great Robbie Walsh who was a player and a coach for much of his time in charge.

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The Shamrocks Women B team enjoying the evening! Picture by Noel Estevez

Saturday began with a very successful soccer match honoring the beloved Rock who passed away in November; the first annual Robbie Walsh Exhibition Game which paired two teams of Shamrocks Legends selected by Eoin Sweeney and Emmett Harvey.

Two goals from Dave Harvey won the game for the Whites, the enjoyable encounter ending 2-1 but played in very good spirits.

The evening ended much as the day began with Sweeney brought to the stage to accept the Robbie Walsh Award for club person of the year, a nomination which caught the Kerryman off guard.

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Eoin Sweeney was presented with The Robbie Walsh Award by his long time friend and team mate Ducky Kelly. Picture by Noel Estevez

“Robbie was a great human being and he meant a lot to the Shamrocks,” said Sweeney in an emotional acceptance speech. “I love you Robbie and I love this club.”

Meanwhile, in one of the other stand out moments of the night Suzanne Mills, receiving her honorary lifetime membership, called on her fellow 1960s Shamrocks to join her on the stage for a rendition of their fight song.

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The Shamrocks Fight Song! Picture by Noel Estevez

Suzanne told those gathered that she had been dared to try and join the club as a fully fledged member 50 years ago almost to the day but was turned down by what was then a men’s only club.

“I’m very happy to see the women’s team do so well,” she said adding, “it just goes to show… if you live long enough, you get what you want!”

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Suzanne Mills pictured with Club President Sean Mc Mullan and club secretary Sinéad Hennessy after receiving her honorary lifetime membership. Picture by Noel Estevez

Players of the year were also honored with Giuseppe Barone (first team), Darren Coleman (reserves), Johnny McGeeney (Over 30s), Mick McAnea (1960), Eoghan McParland (legends), Teresa Ferarro (Women A) and Sam Horvath (Women B) all taking the top honors.

Wheeler (top scorer) and Jackie Gawne (top defender) were also both recognized for league honors on behalf of the New York Metropolitan Women’s Soccer League.

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The Shamrocks players of the year. Picture by Noel Estevez

Top goalcorers were Kwesi Mills-Odoi (first team, 8 goals), Sean O’Neill (reserves, 15 goals), Johnny McGeeney (Over 30s, 29 goals), Dave Harvey (1960, 12 goals), Karol Hughes (legends, 14 goals), Chloe Wheeler (Women A, 18 goals) and Cassie Esposito (Women B, 10 goals).

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The Shamrocks top goalscorers for 2016/17. Picture by Noel Estevez

Host for the evening, Sinéad Hennessy did not get away lightly, being presented with a bouquet of flowers by banquet chairperson Aoife West and fellow committee member Tricia Geraghty, the popular club secretary and women’s team player bidding farewell ahead of a move to Seattle.

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Sinéad Hennessy presented with a bouquet of flowers by Tricia Reed (left) and Aoife West (center). Picture by Noel Estevez

“It was a very enjoyable evening,” said West. “A lot of work went into this and I want to thank all those who helped and all those who sponsored our journal and the event as a whole. In particular, the Courtyard Ale House, GTI, Solas Electrical, Seven Nation Food and Spear Physiotherapy.”

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Shamrocks first team player of the year Giuseppe Barone. Picture by Noel Estevez

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Ducky Kelly accepting Eoghan McParland’s Shamrocks Legends Player of the Year Award. Picture by Noel Estevez

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Shamrocks 1960 player of the year Mick McAnea. Picture by Noel Estevez

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Shamrocks Over 30s player of the year and top goalscorer Johnny McGeeney. Picture by Noel Estevez

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Shamrocks reserves player of the year Darren Coleman. Picture by Noel Estevez

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Shamrocks Women A Player of the Year Teresa Ferraro. Picture by Noel Estevez

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The New York Metropolitan Women’s Soccer League defender of the year Jackie Gawne. Picture by Noel Estevez

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Shamrocks Women B Player of the Year Sam Horvath. Picture by Noel Estevez

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Kwesi Mills-Odoi was first team top scorer and captain Zachary Gosse accepted the award on Kwesi’s behalf. Picture by Noel Estevez

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Shamrocks Legends top goalscorer Karol Hughes. Picture by Noel Estevez

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Dave Harvey’s top goalscorer award was collected on his behalf by Shamrocks 1960 coach Andy Connolly. Picture by Noel Estevez

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Shamrocks reserves top goalscorer Sean O’Neill. Picture by Noel Estevez

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Shamrocks Women A top goalscorer Chloe Wheeler. Picture by Noel Estevez

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Colleen Kavanagh, Cassie Esposito’s captain on the Shamrocks Women B team, picked up Cassie’s top goalscorer award on her behalf. Picture by Noel Estevez

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Shamrocks Community – coaching clinic

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The inaugural SHAMROCKS COMMUNITY coaching event took place at St Michael’s on Sunday April 9, welcoming the good people of AHRC NYC.

AHRC NYC is one of the leading organizations which supports people with developmental and intellectual disability in the New York area. Our closest location is their Sunnyside HQ and they sent a group of soccer players to enjoy a coaching seminar under the tutelage of Technical Director Kevin Grogan.

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Coach Grogan’s Shamrocks Community soccer clinic lasted for an hour and constituted light warm-ups, maneuvers, mini games and several other drills.

“The participants enjoyed the soccer clinic very much and expressed that they would love to have more in the future,” said Tashi Choepel, Community Support at AHRC Sunnyside.

“AHRC’s current focus is on integrating our people within the local area and Shamrocks Community offered a great platform to reach this goal.”

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“They really enjoyed the coaching and we loved working with Tashi and his crew!” said Kevin Grogan.

“Any opportunity to engage with our community is very welcome and this first event was a memorable experience for everybody involved. We look forward to future similar events and we are delighted to be associated with AHRC Sunnyside.”

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