In April of this year Michael Donovan asked for a public meeting to try and start a soccer league in the town and to see who would be interested,6 People turned up to the meeting in Scoil Eoin and plans started to be put in place.
They decided to advertise in the town and National Schools to see if the children would be interested and gave 6 Estates in which they could sign up, we went looking for sponsorship and McDonalds Roscrea were only to delighted to come on board as the main sponsor Tipperary Sports Partenerdhip sponsored us with soccer gear bibs balls etc Noel Hayes Travel offered to carry each Estate to their away games free of charge and the Cosy Kitchen sponsored a voucher supervalu John Doran Brendan Moloney Denis Moloney Roscrea Credit Union Ross Carney Walshs Printers Biddys Bar Michael Cussen Stoppagetime.ie Tom Nash Killivalla Fc Dixie O Meara Owen Drought one Stop Fuels all helped and sponsored jerseys bibs food etc .
A Public meeting was called again and on the 25th of April it was to. Kick off with Gleann Glas taking on Kennedy Park in Gleann Glas the excitement was amazing and the support was brilliant. The league has 6 Estates of both Girls and Boys and they are Ashbury, SHEEHANE, Kennedy Park, Ard na Greine/Tullaskeagh,Chapel Lane, and Gleann Glas with a junior team and a senior team and the kids starting from ages 3 up to 13.
There were 3 games played a week and it was played on a league basis.Some of these children have never played sports and we have watched their skill and confidence grow in the last few months with them getting active getting out and making new friends.
There was 230 children playing each week with every child getting to play each night we have Ronaldos Messi's De Gea's And Gerards giving everything for their little Estates and loving it even though the don't get the big bucks for doing it.
This was getting great support from the Residents of each Estate and from the town of Roscrea and has been so successful that plans are been made for next year already.
We would love to see the support continue it's bringing the Estates and the Town together.
Mangers and Trainers for each Estate are as follows
Tommy Murphy Tommy Fitzgerald Mary McNamara
Ard na Greine/ Tullaskeagh
Wally Kirwan Ian Carr
Keith Dohney Colm O Hanlon James Foley Yozzer Carney
Con O Lone Rebecca Simmons Pauline Simmons
James Burn John Paul Wynne Judd Choppin JJ Quinlan
Michael Donovan Jackie Dillon Conor Doherty
These people give up their time to train the kids and to organise the matches and deserve credit for the work they have put in to make this something positive and so successful
We would like to Thank everyone who has helped get the kids ready and worked hard to maintain them and keep them in shape for each match.
The Referees Eoghan O Shea Billy Conlon Derek Halpin Alan Lynch Yozzer Carney David Wynne
To The Business People who sponsored jerseys Goals bibs without all this help we would never have been as successful, and James Kirwan for make the Crests for each estate and the main league crest brilliant job done.
On the 21st and 22nd of July a huge finals day and evening was planned on the Friday evening local councillors from all over came and played the Mangers and coaches and it was a draw match an over 50s walking match took place with a bit of cheating messing and laughing and a few injuries but went off great.
Saturday st 11am the first of 6 finals took place with The Lane and Ashbury playing for the jnr plate The Lane were the victors in this
Ard Na Greine/Tullaskeagh played The Lane with Ard Na Greine Tullaskeagh the Snr Victors
Jnr Sheild finals Gleann Glas v SHEEHANE with Sheehane taken the winners shield
Cups final Snr Glean Glas v Ard Na Greine /Tullaskeagh with Ard Na Greine /T taken the Snr cup
Next year plans to be bigger and better and we would like to Thank the Kids Supporters and Everyone who helped make this a huge success