Three Rock Rovers completed a truly sensational season as they saw off Lisnagarvey 1-0 in the Irish Senior Cup final at Grange Road last Saturday.
Jody Hosking got the only goal in the 20th minute as Rovers beat the Ulster side in the second national final in six days having won the EY Champions Trophy in Banbridge 2-0.
It added to the Neville and Mills Cup finals as well as the Leinster and National Indoor Trophy and provided the perfect send-off for a number of the Rovers.
Luke Madeley, Daragh Walsh and Jamie Carr will move to Belgium next season for professional contracts while coach Niall Denham, 38, stepped down after an incredible four years in charge, presiding over more than a dozen titles.
And the club paid tribute to them in a statement following the Senior Cup success, saying: “At times like this, it is easy to sit back and revel in the glory. But success never comes easily.
“This squad is the product of all before it; all the junior and senior coaches of the last 20 years; development committees; and the countless hours and euros that have been spent by friends, families, local companies and more.
“But most importantly it is a product of their own hard work and dedication since joining the club at underage level. Many of this squad have been together since Under-8s.
“They’ve played with each other on every squad from club to regional to international. If they’ve not played together, they’ve been coached by each other. But, most notably, they’ve been coached by Niall Denham.
“Niall has been at the forefront of this group’s development since he started his coaching journey at colts level. It is only fitting that he has been at the helm of their greatest successes, helping them come full circle and signing off on the greatest period of success the club has seen, for which he has been building for nearly 20 years.
“Niall has been at the forefront of this group’s development since he started his coaching journey at colts level.
“It is only fitting that he has been at the helm of their greatest successes, helping them come full circle and signing off on the greatest period of success the club has seen, for which he has been building for nearly 20 years.”
He will be replaced by current assistant Gareth Borland.
For Loreto at the other end of the Grange Road, the women’s Senior Cup final was another tough day out. They lost in a shoot-out to Cork Harlequins after a 2-2 draw in normal time. Six days earlier, they lost the EY Champions Trophy by the same method to Pegasus in the final.