Dinner 2011

By · October 2, 2011 · Filed in News
Mid Ulster held their annual end of year dinner on Saturday 1 October in The Royal Hotel Cookstown.  A large crowd of players, parents and supporters attended the celebrations which were chaired by Elaine Junk.  The evening kicked off with a lovely meal and dessert (even if handbags apple tart wasnt the correct temperature).

yummy desserts

After the meal the speeches and presentations followed.  First up was the small matter of Big Birds 21st birthday so a cake and a tuneful version of Happy Birthday were presented to Judith.

Big Bird and Judith

Ma ran through the Junior achievements starting with first kicks, indoor, U14 league and looking forward to the winter U15 league.  The contribution of all the helpers with the junior club was acknowledged as was the contribution of the parents and this part of the evening was rounded off with the presentation of the main awards.  Player of the year went to Samantha Kelly,  Most improved Player went to Erin Mullholland and Club Person of the year went jointly to Rachael Rodgers and Emear McGarrity.    All the juniors present got a a medal to mark their participation during the year.

juniors

Up next was guest speaker Gail Macklin.  Gail is the assistant manager of N.Ireland U 19s, she is the lead coach in the Antrim Centre of Excellence as well as being a pivotal player for her club Glentoran Belfast Utd.   After enduring a bit of friendly banter from the Mid Ulster crew Gail was invitied to take the mike.  Having played and coached for a number of years in America Gail recounted a speech from her college principal in the States talking about the focus and drive needed throughout a season to weather the bad spells and eventually to achieve success.  Gail added that she thought Mid Ulster had displayed this during the season having endured the relegation playoff to come through it with flying colours and to have competed so valiently in the League cup final.   Gail finished off by acknowledging the great set up the club offers to girls wanting to play football and encouraged all the young girls present to keep up the good work. Captain Sunnie was next and she gave a great speech with a few dramatic pauses (for page turning).  Sunnie stated the honour that it had been for her to be captain and thanked her players, management, committee and supporters for their efforts throughout the season.  Sunnie congratulated the juniors on their exploits and welcomed the new signings into the club this year Rooney, Brooke, Hannah, Abigail and Rebecca.  Sunnie was also delighted to see the step up by a number of the Junior players into the senior squad with Jacqueline and Emma having made the transition this year. The main presentations of the night were next and as Elaine Junk noted there were  a number of nominations in each category.  The awards went as follows: Player of the year  Claire Brown.  Most improved player was Jacqueline Burns, Top Scorer Simone Magill. Noel was next to take the mike and he once again paid tribute to all involved in the club.  He acknowledged the roller coaster that the season had been but he was delighted with the reaction of the girls to the challenge of the league play off.  Noel described his pride in the cup final performance and he also thanked the large number of supporters that had accompanied the team along the way.  Noel complimented the juniors on their achievments and encouraged them to keep up the good work as they are the future of the club.  To round off Noel presented Managers player of the year jointly to Adele Gillespie and Jacqueline Burns and Club person of the year jointly to Elaine and Clare (ma). The speeches were rounded up by Elaine and her annual award of the Junkie Joker cup for the person who managed to be the daftest person in the club throughout the year.  Naturally there were a lot of contenders for this award as we are quite a daft lot really.  Nominations were for Rooney and her rendition of Michael Jacksons Thriller.  Sunnie with her wisha washa rappin.  Murphs for her lethal weapon wristband, Chloe for the best screaming after a tackle (in fairness she was really injured) and the numerous ninja warriers Lisa, Myky, twins and Adele ( who didnt even do anything).   The best and the award winner was saved to last with Emma McFarland picking up the award for her consistent dizziness, great socks and her answer to Elaine asking for her number (shirt) when she read out her mobile number. The presentation were finally rounded up with acknowledgements to the international representatives, Jackie, Hayley and Simone and gifts for Clare and Elaine.  After all this was rounded up the singing (this is a generous description) and dancing got underway and the party continued to the wee small hours.

Eyes Brown receiving the Jacqueline Moore Memorial trophy from Amy Moore

More photos are in the Gallery Dinner 2011 and Videos to follow!!