|RISSC Presentation and Social night|
At the request of several club members’, the club committee organised a social function which took place at the Crown Moran Hotel on Saturday 24 June 2006. The event also honoured the club football team which won the APFSCIL League Second Division title and gained promotion to the top division.
Many will remember that Ireland topped their qualifying group which included Ivory Coast, Mexico and Saudia Arabia and were extremely unlucky to succumb to Colombia at the quarter-final stage. That Irish squad included Stephen Kelly, Kevin Doyle, Stephen Elliott and Wayne Henderson who are now members’ of Stephen Staunton’s senior squad.
Gerry Smith is currently making preparations for Ireland’s participation in the qualifying group stage of the UEFA Regions Cup. Ireland will face Lithuania, current European champions Spain and hosts France in an extremely tough Group, later this year. In recent weeks the team has played three friendly fixtures and scored 2 nil and 3 nil home successes over Northern Ireland and Spain with a further 3 nil away Victory in San Marino.
RISSC (London) wishes Gerry and his squad all the very best in their upcoming friendly fixtures and most importantly in their UEFA Regions Cup endeavours. Full details of all matches will be recorded in our usual front page fixture section.
The highlight of the social evening was the presentation of the awards to our successful football team. Gerry Smith presented each squad member with his APFSCIL League trophy and then the various individual player awards were announced. It will probably come as no surprise to readers of our match reports that the ‘Player of the Year’ award went to Mick Coffey. Mick was also of course the recipient of the leading goalscorer award.
Club captain Karl McGee was runner-up in the ‘Player of the Year’ category and the ‘Manager’s Player of the Year’ award went to Dan Healy. The commerative award in memory of the late Joanie Gallagher was shared by Jon Carey and Liam Kelly.
A special award was made to club stalwart Liam Kelly who was leaving the region and relocating to Cumbria.
Team manager Paul Franklin thanked Gerry Smith for travelling to make the player presentations and the club committee for their efforts in organising the event. He also expressed his appreciation of all the squad members who had contributed to a very successful season for the football team.
enjoyed the early evening sounds provided by DJ Peter Keegan and following
the awards ceremony, the music of ‘Poitin Stil’. The club
is also appreciative of the catering facilities provided by the Crown
Moran banqueting team.