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"Rovers in May"

They say in soccer that if you are still involved in competitions in May that the club is doing well. This is true to a certain extent but it always brings a certain discontent if teams don’t take home silverware. Having said this I, as chairperson of the club, want to congratulate each and every member of each squad, players and managers, on the tremendous effort and achievement throughout the season. And the season is not over yet! The Premier side, runners up for the second year in succession, are still in The Kilmessan Shield while the U16’s have just completed a treble after winning the Shield Final on Monday evening. The U15’s have a Cup Final date later on. The U13’s have already won their league. When you are involved in physical team games you expect injuries from time to time but Rovers were hit by three at crucial times and we wish Joe Hunt, Peter Maxwell and Brendan Kerley full recovery and look forward to their return in the new season. I have tried to get to as many games as possible and I can say that at no time was I ever less than proud to be to be associated with all the teams.  There might have been a time when Rovers’ teams travelling a distance did not feel up to the task and did not do themselves justice. NOT ANY MORE and that is why I write it in capitals. We have a fine set of ambassadors who do the town and area proud as clubs from counties as far apart as Kerry, Cork, Wexford, Wicklow and Fermanagh can testify, not counting all of our closer neighbours. We are going to Brussels to see our grandson this week so I’ll miss some games but the mobile will keep us in touch. A special word to the Reserves who battled so hard to rescue their season and to the First team who left the disappointment of Clones behind them to go to Dundalk to fulfil a fixture against champions, Woodview.  It was a three all cracker!

The best of luck to our U16 team, who are in the HSE Cup Final on Saturday at 10am in the MDL Grounds in Navan. These lads have also reached the HSE Premier Shield Final where they will meet Ballyjamesduff on Monday 16th May. On behalf of the whole club we wish them and their management team of Peter Maxwell and Johnny Hand best wishes in their quest to finish off a great year.

Also the best of luck to the U15 Premier Team, under the guidance of Brendan and Wayne Kerley and Barry Woods, who play Borora in the Final of the HSE Cup on Monday in the MDL. All support is welcome.

Meath & District League Secretary Gerry Gorman was in full voice this week when mentioning Carrick Rovers and questioning clubs commitment and a blinkered selfish approach by some teams. Thankfully for Rovers the reference he made couldn’t have been more positive. Gerry was disgusted when he was informed of a league side only fielding seven players against a promotion chasing team in Div 1, thus insulting the other teams in that division that are vying for honours. His reference to Carrick Rovers was made following his visit to Birdy Development Park on Saturday last for the Premier Reserve game against League Champions Rock Celtic.

Carrick Rovers Juvenile Section are currently running a Penalty Shootout Competition for all are Juvenile teams to take part in. This will happen during halftime for the remainder of the season when our Senior team are playing at home. The first of these involved our U12's and took place on Sunday when our Seniors played Clones Town at Birdy Development Park. Ronan Connolly was the winner and he will go forward to the final which will involve the winners of all our underage teams. The prize will be a free ticket to the Republic of Ireland V Scotland game in the Aviva Stadium on the 29th May. Managers will be in contact with each team as to when their turn is.

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