The UCFL’s Pre-Season Tournament kicks off for VEC on Saturday 12th June 2021 with a home game against Shelbourne AFC, while VEC 2nds first game will be away to Roc Celtic on ‘the Lawns’ in Ballyfermot on Wednesday 16th June 2021. Further details under Fixtures.
VEC FC will play 7 games up to 24th July and VEC FC 2nds will play 8 games up to 28th July.
Having made his International debut for the Turks and Caicos Islands national football team in 2011, VEC FC player Jack McKnight played the full world cup qualifying match at left back against Nicaragua last night. Unfortunately, the team lost 7-0 in this CONCACAF first round Group E qualifier match. Well done Jack!
Update: Jack also played a full game in the next match on 30th March 2021 against Belize, where the Turks and Caicos Islands suffered a 5-0 defeat. Both matches were played in the Dominican Republic due to Covid-19 restrictions.
[Click on team line-up and squad below to enlarge]
Back l to r: Juan Vassallo; Russell White; Shane Reddin; Richie Burke; Brian O’Keeffe; Gildas Oliver; Josh Caffrey; Jack McKnight; Paddy Prizeman. Front: Conor O’Neill; Karl Reck; Mattie Wallace; Garry Curran; Paul Smith; Darragh Kelly; Simon Roche. [Missing/injured: Sean O’Shea; Adam Flynn].
No indoor or outdoor gatherings permitted involving “collective team training” except for professional and elite sports. So unfortunately, for the month of January, we are back to individual training only.
Also, no matches or events are to take place, save for professional and elite sports.
Under the Covid-19 restrictions, “non-contact training in pods of up to 15” is still permitted. We got three Thursday training sessions in before Christmas. Unfortunately, “no matches or other sporting events can take place” yet.
Collective training now unfortunately ceased for 6 weeks! Only individual training within a radius of 5 km of homes permitted!
As of midnight on 21 October, we will be placed on Level 5 of the Plan for Living with COVID-19. Level 5 restrictions will remain in place for a period of 6 weeks.
No training or matches should take place, with the exception of (i) professional and elite sports games … which are being permitted to continue behind closed doors and (ii) non-contact training for school-aged children in outdoors pods of 15. All other training activities should be individual only with people permitted to exercise within a radius of 5 km of their home. See FAI Update.
Following the introduction of Level 3 COVID-19 restrictions in Dublin, the Football Association of Ireland has announced the cessation (from midnight 18th September) of all Adult Amateur and Underage football matches in Dublin. Then on 5th October the Government announced that “no matches or other sporting events should take place” for a further three weeks, which means that the earliest that football can return is Saturday 31st October!
VEC FC Training continues on Thursdays in Whelan Park Kimmage (Larkview) from 9.10pm to 10.10pm until further notice. ALL COVID-19 PROTOCOLS MUST BE ADHERED TO!
Training [Covid-19 Level 3]
“Outdoors: Non contact training only in pods of up to 15 (exemption for professional/elite/inter-county sports/senior club championship).
Indoors: Individual training only”.
Matches and events [Covid-19 Level 3]
“No matches or other sporting events should take place, with the exception of professional, elite, inter-county, and senior club championship, which should all take place behind closed doors”.
Congratulations to Gavin Murphy who collected his €500 first prize from Chairman David Spring after romping home from the other 68 contenders in VEC’s annual Pickawinner fundraising competition. See www.pickawinner.ie