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EAST BELFAST CHAMPIONS

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East Belfast Tournament

Our First Kickers & under 8’s will start back training in September, but in the run-up to that, Rossglass took two under 6 teams to East Belfast’s football festival at Inverary Park.

After all the good weather the rain poured down on Sunday morning but that didn’t dampen the spirits of the young Rossglass boys and girls. They played some amazing football with Tom Kelly bagging 4 great goals in one game for our juniors. Tom has a left foot that’s deadly in front of goal. For the senior team, Se Tumelty displayed once again that he’s a fox in the box with some great poaching and his aeroplane celebration isn’t too bad either. We had to close the gates to stop him reaching Belfast City airport.

Our juniors eventually went down in the semi-finals to a very good Carrick Rangers team with Daire Tumelty bringing off some great saves but the seniors brought home a trophy beating Dungoyne 1-0 in a very tense final.  Keeley McCullough had another fantastic display at the back and captained the boys to victory. Well done to all the players, Danny McGarrity the winning coach and to all the parents who came and supported on a very damp day.

Rossglass County Inaugural Football Tournament:

This Saturday, 4th August from 10:30am until 2pm, Rossglass County will be holding their inaugural Football Tournament and Charity Fun Day at the Red High 4G pitches in Downpatrick. The Tournament will feature 24 teams from all over Northern Ireland competing in two sections, Under 6 (First Kickers) and Under 8’s. As well as local teams Irish league sides Crusaders and Glentoran will be bringing teams. We hope as many of you as possible will come out and support our boys and girls on the day and we can pick up another trophy!

Club Merchandise now on Sale

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The Club Shop is now open for a limited time selling the new range of merchandise for the coming season. 

Rossglass County F.C has teamed up with Klubfunder and German sports manufacturer Ulhsport to provide this new range of merchandise.  As part of the deal, each year, Rossglass will receive training packs which include balls, cones, bibs etc, vital equipment for our players’ development.

Uhlsport you may have noticed were the kit manufacturer for Tunisia at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. This year we have introduced money saving “Academy Packs” that include most of our popular items. These packs are great for our players attending training sessions, matches and tournaments. Many of our tops can also be personalised with initials, to help with identification especially for the younger ones who may mislay their kit after training.

As well as the usual clothing items we have also introduced new 30l and 50l kit bags, footballs that would make great Christmas presents and hats and scarves to keep our young football stars wrapped up cosy in winter. We think the new gear looks great, it feels good and it will make sure our men, boys and girls are turned out in tip-top shape.

It’s important to stress that unlike the English Premiership football clubs our merchandise is not a fundraiser for the club, in fact, it is subsidised so that we can bring good quality items to our players and members at a reasonable cost.

Please have a browse through our shop and hopefully, you will find something you will like and be proud to wear as a member of Rossglass County F.C.

Register for Membership of Rossglass County

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Membership of Rossglass County for the coming season is now open and we would ask all old players and new ones to register as soon as possible. In the past, we have relied on players and parents filling in copious amounts of paper forms but we have now introduced onto our new website online membership registration.

This has proved quite timely as the Irish Football Association which we are affiliated to, has also moved to online registration and we are compelled to adopt their system.  We hope that this will make it easier for everyone to get their membership up to date as soon as possible.

Membership is open to all from the age of 5, subject to acceptance/ approval of an application by the Steering Committee. Our annual membership fees have been set at a very modest level and one of the cheapest in County Down to ensure that cost is no obstacle to membership and football is open to all.

Cost for a Junior member – First Kickers to Under 17 level:                  £15

Senior Players:                                                                                                                    £30

The club sets the fees in accordance with what we are charged by outside bodies which include affiliations, insurance, council fees for matches and referee fees. The fees, however, do not cover the full cost of running Rossglass County and providing our high standard of coaching and football opportunities to you and your child.

Please remember that for insurance purposes, membership registration must be completed prior to participation in a training session, match or club event.

You can register now on our website right here.

If you would like to read our code of conducts for players, parents and coaches, please click here.

 

 

Rossglass County Footballl Tournament & Charity Fun Day

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On Saturday, 4th August 2018, Rossglass County will be holding their inaugural Football Tournament and Charity Fun Day at the Red High 4G pitches in Downpatrick.

The Tournament is open to 2012’s, Under 6 (First Kickers) and 2010’s, Under 8’s and will be divided into two sections – blue and green. Rossglass County’s philosophy has always been about giving all kids the chance to play football no matter what their ability and we hope this tournament will allow the boys and girls, to play in a fun and enjoyable environment.

With that in mind, we thought why not have a “fun day” to go along with the football –  there will be more than enough to keep the kids and their families entertained when they’re not on the pitch from bouncy castles to face painting and we’ll top it all off with a summer barbecue.

The Tournament is limited to 24 teams in the First Kickers section and there will be specially commissioned commemorative medals for every player, so please register your interest as soon as possible. Irish League champions Crusaders, East Belfast and Glentoran have already booked their places.  The cost per team is £35  and you can pay your registration fee here or click on the blue button.

Part of the proceeds raised on the day will be going to TinyLife. Northern Ireland’s only premature and vulnerable baby charity.

We hope to see you there for what’s going to be a great festival of junior football fun while also helping TinyLife provide practical and emotional support to the families of babies born too soon!

All Roads lead to the Rossglass County AGM 2018

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The date has been set for Rossglass County FC’s Annual General Meeting – Monday 11th June at 7.00pm, Downpatrick Leisure Centre.

The club is keen to involve as many people as possible in the running of our club. We wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for the volunteers who freely give up their time to provide football to all our kids.

We invite players, parents and guardians, members and non-members to come along and have your say on how the club goes forward. We would be delighted to see as many people as possible there on the night.

Your club, Your kids….have your say!

Under 15’s win the DYL Cup!

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Well done to Rossglass County Under 15’s on winning the DYL Cup for 2018.

In a tense affair against our neighbours Coney Island the game finished 2-2 with Coney Island equalising in the last few minutes. Heartbreak for  the young county team to concede so late on but they had to pick themselves up again as the game went straight to penalties.

Fionn McCall and Christopher Walsh got the goals in the 90 minutes for Rossglass while goalkeeper Lorcan Ritchie pulled off some great saves. County went on to win 4-2 in a gripping penalty shootout. Watch the final penalty and the wild celebrations here.

Captain Fionn McCall was fabulous for County and all his efforts were rewarded when he lifted the Cup and the man of the match award.

Well done to all the lads and in particular to the coaches Darren Teggart and Harry Walsh for guiding this young County team to success.

Jordan Murdock Memorial Trophy

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Each year Rossglass County FC present the Jordan Murdock memorial trophy at our annual awards. Jordan was a very promising young footballer for our Under 15’s when he tragically lost his life in 2004.

The trophy is awarded to a young player who achieves something special during the footballing season.  This year the trophy went to Keeley McCullough. Keeley was the only girl in our Under 8 team this year but competed on a level par with the boys. She captained the team on many occasions and even went unbeaten in one of the mini soccer mornings at the Red High.

Keeley is very popular with all her teammates and is a worthy winner. Well done Keeley, well and truly deserved.

End of Season Awards

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Rossglass County FC held their end of season awards at Denvirs Hotel, Downpatrick, Saturday 12th May. It was a great occasion and celebrated the success of the club and players over the past 10 months. The club would like to thank Denvirs for their hospitality and looking after us so well on the night.

The award winners on the night were presented with their trophys by Ollie Burke, Firsts Manager and Club Chairman:

Marc Burke, Top Goalscorer and Young Player of the Year.

Chris Hamilton, Club Man of the Year. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oran Tumelty, Players’ Player of the Year.

Ryan Tumelty, Manager’s player of the Year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well done to all the players in particular the prize winners.

End of Season Awards Seconds

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Winners on the night were:

Rossglass County FC 2nds: Stuart Traynor, Top Goalscorer and Players’ Player of the Year.

Paul McGarry, Club Man of the Year.Rossglass County End of Season Awards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Matthew McKee, Manager’s Young Player of the Year.Rossglass County End of Season Awards

 

 

James Cusack, Manager’s Player of the Year.

Rossglass County End of Season Awards

 

 

 

 

 

Club Person of the Year Award

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Danny McGarrity presented Fintan Bradley with the Club Person of the Year award at the club’s annual presentation night which took place on Saturday 12th May. This was in recognition of his work for Rossglass County FC throughout the year. Well done Fintan, thoroughly deserved.

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