Wednesday 26 July 2017

It's 200 not out for DLSP legend Taite as he sets new club record

'Keith (pictured) is also the youngest ever recipient of the club’s most prestigious award, the De La Salle Palmerston FC Hall of Fame award'
'Keith (pictured) is also the youngest ever recipient of the club’s most prestigious award, the De La Salle Palmerston FC Hall of Fame award'
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

On Saturday last at Kirwan Park, De La Salle Palmerston FC front-rower Keith Taite set a new record for the club when he took to the pitch in their Dublin derby against Suttonians in the Leinster League for his 200th league game for the first team!

Keith joined the club in 2001 at U-19 level, having just left De La Salle College, Churchtown. The college has a long-standing tradition of providing front-rowers to the highest level, and this helped Keith make his immediate transition to first team senior rugby seamless and also ensured a spell of featuring in the Leinster Development squad.

Over his 14-year career to date, his leadership and effort on the pitch have seen him gain the respect of his many peers, especially during a difficult period when regaining full fitness from a back injury that at one stage threatened his playing career. True to the man, he also regained his first-team place.

He also has uniquely captained the club on three different seasons, something that only one other club member, Neville Quinn, has also done in DLSP's proud history.

Keith is also the youngest ever recipient of the club's most prestigious award, the De La Salle Palmerston FC Hall of Fame award, which is presented each year at the club dinner. Also on two occasions he has won the first team Players' Player Award at the annual players' award night.

It's no surprise really then that a man that has given so much to the club would then set a record by playing over 200 League games for his club (188 of which were in the AIL) and, as he says himself, #200 and not out.

With this in mind you can be sure his fellow players, members, friends and past players at De La Salle Palmerston FC would all like to join in congratulating him on this fantastic achievement and looking forward to seeing him adding to his tally as the club targets a return to the Ulster Bank League.

Irish Independent

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