At a well attended function in the club-house the Under 17 Team were honoured for their excellent season. Despite not winning any trophies they played rugby of a very high standard and were finalists in the Under 17 League. They were unbeaten up to that but so were their opponents, Ashbourne, who had played in the North Leinster Section of the League.
Roscrea put up a good show in the final but they lost their unbeaten record. Club President, Mr. Paddy Cody, presented the team with runners-up medals and declared that the future of the club was assured with such fine players. Youth Co-Ordinator, Mr. Terry Farrelly, paid tribute to the work done by Mr. Robert Dempsey and Team Manager Mr. Liam Tierney. All the officials were very impressed with the players attitude and their co-operation throughout the season.
Captain Cian Rigney spoke on behalf of the team and thanked the club, trainers and all the people who helped them throughout the season and were so willing to help with cars, washing gear and making sandwiches. Mr. Paddy Cody thanked Bernie’s Super Valu for their wonderful sponsorship. Super Valu proprietor Mr. Brian Colclough then presented the team with shirts and hoodies and congratulated the team on a fine year and especially the camaraderie that exists between them. Coach Robert Dempsey announced Cian Rigney as player of the year and Luke Keeshan as most improved player of the year.