B.C.A.C. Ends A 'Great Season'
By Marty Feeney
1999 B.C.A.C. Shamrock football season came to an end last Sunday as both the Pee-Wees and the Ponies came up short in their championship game bids. The Pee-Wees took their nine and two record into the championship game against the tough Pee-Wees from Brentwood. The Shamrocks fell behind quickly and never caught up losing 22 to 8. Their is no reason for these kids to hold their heads down as they had a great season under the leadership of head coach Mike Shea and assistant coaches Leo Chavanne, Pete Ward, Tommy Sadler, Philly D'agostino and Anthony Laporta.
The championship game was a treat for Broad Channel as the game was held at Memorial Field last Sunday. As I arrived at the game coming from my own championship game I couldn't believe what I saw as I was entering Broad Channel. There was cars parked all the way up Cross Bay boulevard in both directions and the lot was at full capacity. I couldn't help it, but I tried to imagine what it would have been like if we
lost the rights to the parking lot. Well anyway that thought only lasted a
minute because the hometown crowd was an awesome sight. The stands were packed with people from all over the area and the weather was great for a game. The seven and eight year old Pee-Wees never gave up in the game. Seamus Kelly ran the ball around the end in the final minutes of the third quarter and headed
towards the endzone. As Kelly scored the large crowd erupted and the smiles on the faces of these little guys was awesome. Even though they lost the Shamrocks had a great season led by their quarterback Buba McMahon. McMahon, whose older brother Danny is a star on the Ponies had a great season.
Buba quarterbacked every game and led the offense up and down the field all season, scoring in every game. The defense had a great season as well shutting down teams all season. The Shamrock team was loaded with outstanding talent led by the awesome play of Seamus Kelly, Johm Mcarthy, Joey Laporta, Brian Wallace, Ronnie Lonnborg, Chris Berrios, Jack Tubridy, Tomas Krohn,
Anthony Ciambriello, Gerard Zimmerman, Mike Tobin, Philly" Dog" D'Agostino, Jesee Macrae, Rich Martin, Brain Faught, Mike Dougherty, Frank Laino, Steven Truden, James Mcdermott, , Brian Faught, Brendan Shea and Tom Sadler.
Next season half the team will move up to the Midget team and make an already strong Midgets even stronger. The Midgets had a positive season as well, led by head coach and B.C.A.C. President John Hanng, finished with five and five record.
With the Pee-Wees moving up and players like John Hanning, Steven Sugden, Jimmy Kroog, John Cunningham, George Conklin and Mike Monahan staying down, the Midgets will be a championship contender next season.
Eleven and 12 year old Ponies lost their bid for a championship last Sunday as well, as they traveled to Bethpage and took on the division winning Panthers. The Ponies went down 30 to 19 in a hard fought game. The Ponies led the game most of the first half, leading 7-6 with 40 seconds left in the first half. Bethpage star player Mike Arena took the ball around the end and scampered for a 94 yard touchdown. The Ponies were shell shocked and never regained the lead. It was a great season for these players and the coaching staff is very proud of what the team accomplished. The Ponies finished in
third place in their division and advanced to the championship game with a 26-6 romp over second place Lindenhurst the week before.
Ponies were led by some outstanding local talent and the high school coaches in the area should be thankful for the Shamrock program as many of these players will be
outstanding high school athletes. The Pony team was led by Joey Feria. Feria playing in his first season as a Shamrock had a great season leading the team in all offensive categories and was a dominant force on defense. Feria was surrounded by the great talent of players like Anthony Pagano, Willie Gill, Danny McMahon, Spencer Daly, Patty Cavanaugh, Robbie Consolo, Ray Agolia, Danny O'rielly and Anthony Dello. All these player will be moving up to the
seniors next season and will be a great addition. Pagano was probably the best defensive lineman in the league, his hard hitting and desire to win is something that comes natural. Consolo, Agolia, Orielly,Dello and Mcmahon had a great season on the line as well as on defense. Daly, Gill and Cavanaugh all played both ways and played it well. Gill was strong up the middle with the run as well as a nasty hitter on defense as was Daly. Mcmahon played his heart out every game and the co-captain was a team leader all season. Cavanaugh made many tackles from the safety position and scored a few touchdowns on offense. The 11 year olds contributed to the winning season. There are many teams in the league that have mostly 12 year olds and the Shamrocks
would have never made it to the championship without the play of the 11 year olds. Shariff Soliman was the quarterback and led the offense all season. Walls,Gross, O'boyle, Madden, Newton, Martin, Kelly, Minami, Byrne, Denni, Carroll, McMahon, Tyne, all played outstanding. Madden played on both sides of the ball, he was dominant on the line even as an 11 year old. The "Rebel" Eddie Walls had a great season on defense and will take over for Pagano next
season. Gross played both ways as well backing up Soliman as our quarterback. Minami played end and also contributed on defense. Mcmahon, Newton and Denni have come through the system and will be starters next season. First year
players Kathy Kelly, Byrne, Martin, Tyne and Carroll will all be back next
season and with the addition of the Midgets moving up look for the Ponies to be championship contenders again. The Ponies had a great coaching staff with the offense led by Gene Guttieri and Willie Gill. The defense was led by Brian Mcmahon and Gerard Brosnahan.
In closing the coaches, players and parents would like to thank everyone who contributed to the exceptional season. Mike "Pee-Wee" Porcella did a great job in the shack along with Bob and Donnna Badamo and Jack Ogden. The field looked great all year and once again the A.C would like to thank all our sponsors especially Charlie Howard and Bill Nimmo. A thank you to Charlie Madden for keeping the field lit this season and a thank you to all the people who helped the kids enjoy a great
season. The Shamrock football program would not be where it is today if it wasn't for our Commissioner Ricky Guttieri. Ricky worked hard all season taking care of the administrative work, attending meetings as well as the equipment and the field. Frank Kinneary was a big help this season, as always Frank can be seen in the mornings down at the field cleaning up. Look for up coming events on our website at broadchannelac.org.