Rocks celebrate 2016 successes, legendary club figures
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Pictured from left are Shamrocks Players of the Year Richie Brennan, Erin Cullen, Billy Hole represented by Paddy McCarry, Ciaran Moloney, Darren Coleman, Zach Gosse and Sinead Hennessy with club president Sean McMullan. (Photo: Jalessa Almonacy)
Pictured from left are Shamrocks Players of the Year Richie Brennan, Erin Cullen, Billy Hole represented by Paddy McCarry, Ciaran Moloney, Darren Coleman, Zach Gosse and Sinead Hennessy with club president Sean McMullan. (Photo: Jalessa Almonacy)
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Shamrocks top scorers of the season were honored. Pictured from left are Dave Harvey, Tayfun Gokmen, Santiago Rigby, Sean Riley, Ger Shivnan, Sinead Hennessy and Darren Coleman with club president Sean McMullan.
Shamrocks top scorers of the season were honored. Pictured from left are Dave Harvey, Tayfun Gokmen, Santiago Rigby, Sean Riley, Ger Shivnan, Sinead Hennessy and Darren Coleman with club president Sean McMullan.
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Legendary NY Shamrocks Soccer Club administrator Pat Rooney congratulated all members past and present for keeping the "light burning bright" after accepting the title of Honorary Lifetime President at the End-of-Season Awards Banquet in Woodside's Elite Palace on Saturday night.

Rooney was honored alongside former team manager Billy Barron and former star player Paddy Rooney. All three men received a standing ovation from the 180-strong crowd before being joined on stage by some of the other key figures of the 1960s for a brilliant rendition of “The Shamrocks Song.”

It was a fitting end to a historic season in which five trophies were secured thanks to title victories for the Over 30s, Shamrocks 1960 and the women's team.

Players on all teams were also honored for their contributions this past season. First team player of the year Zach Gosse was a popular choice, while women's team captain and top scorer Sinead Hennessy earned the nod from her teammates for her 25 goals.

The main man for the Over 30s was center back Billy Hole and the Legends selected Richie Brennan, also a staunch defender and popular teammate. Darren Coleman, top scorer for the reserves, was that team's player of the year while Ciaran Moloney was a unanimous decision for the 1960 lads.

The other top scorers who accepted awards for their goal haul were Santiago Rigby (first team), Dave Harvey (1960), Ger Shivnan (Legends) and the strike partnership of Tayfun Gokmen and Sean Riley, who racked up an impressive tally of 21 goals each for the double-winning Over 30s.

"This was a great night for the club," said president Sean McMullan. "It was a privilege for us to welcome some of the incredible people who got our club going in the 1960s, and they were delighted to see the progress that has been made by us over the last three years."

Clubman of the Year John Riordan echoed the president's words.

"The committee has worked hard all year to achieve all this success," he said. "It was great for our younger players to meet them and hear about their experiences 50 years ago. This will be a big platform as the club looks to grow further next season."

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