Players of the year were 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).
Top goalcorers were Kwesi Mills-Odoi (First Team, 8 goals), Sean O’Neill (Reserves, 15), Johnny McGeeney (Over 30s, 29), Dave Harvey (1960, 12), Karol Hughes (Legends, 14), Chloe Wheeler (Women A, 18) and Cassie Esposito (Women B, 10).
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.
Guest of honor Scotty Shevlin, former club president, recalled his two decades at the helm.
“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.”
Saturday began with a very successful soccer match honoring beloved Rock Robbie Walsh who passed away in November. The first annual Robbie Walsh Exhibition Game paired two teams of Shamrocks Legends selected by Eoin Sweeney and Emmett Harvey.
“Robbie was a great human being and he meant a lot to the Shamrocks,” said Sweeney.
Two goals from Dave Harvey won the game for the Whites, the enjoyable encounter ending 2-1 but played in very good spirits.
Suzanne Mills received an honorary lifetime membership. She said she dared to tryout for the club 50 years ago, 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. “It just goes to show, if you live long enough you get what you want.”