Shenzhen Celts Annual Christmas Party
Residents in Shekou would have been forgiven for thinking St Patrick’s day had arrived early yesterday; the Shenzhen Celts celebrated their annual Xmas party in style at a star studded bash in Aulon wine bar. Attendees were treated to a night of free flowing booze as well as excellent food for a minimal fee at the Shekou venue.
In what was an event packed evening, money was won and lost in jovial fashion by way of taped greyhound racing. The evening began slow but picked up pace once the races started, unlike this writers’ picks who seemed content just to show up. The evening was narrated by the dulcet tones of Simon Jenkinson whose microphone, thankfully, ran out after four hours of abuse.
The dogs, along with the food, provided the perfect entrees to the main event of the night which was the awards for individual achievements both on and off the pitch.
The Celts were founded in 2004, an age for an expat club around these parts. So without further ado, the awards:
Most improved(Men) went to John Jansen, a true hardman with the engine of someone half his age. Whether in training or in matches, he always gives 226.8%. I have been on the receiving end of some of his trademark close-lines. Unfortunately, for John, he has only just discovered that these are against the rules. Comhghairdeas John.
Most improved(Women) went to Shirley Zhao, going from an also ran in Bangkok 2009 to a key player in Hong Kong 2010 was no easy feat. The level of effort in training was impressive as was her decision to man-mark Greg for some of the mixed games. Linked up well with her team mates and kicked two scintillating assists which earned her the plaudits of Conor “T-Bone” Teehan describing her as a “natural footballer”
Player of the year(Men) went to Ross O Donoghue, absent due to man flu. His puking on the pitch, merely inches from my own feet, along with his heroic last minute and game clinching point from the sideline meant that he deservedly picked up the gong for 2010. A hardworking skillful player and a good lad t’boot.
Player of the Year(Women) went to Clodagh Walsh, in her maiden year of Gaelic football, she has set the Shenzhen team alight, her performances were full of energy and confidence even with the handicap of the opposition players hanging off her shoulder. Missed out unfairly on an all-star but will be back in 2011 to devastating effect.
The pick of the other awards were “Best False Police report” for Simon Jenkinson who showed his ingenuity and idiocy in trying to delay the kick off by claiming that his team mates had been in a car crash. Said teammates arrived 30 minutes later looking fittingly shook but not, one suspects, due to any vehicular related mishap.
So, that’s all for 2010, folks. The Celts will be back with a renewed vigour next Jan, we are hoping to see some new faces for the Men’s and Women’s team and if you need any information on how to join just leave a comment here and we will answer you the best we can.