After a strong finish to the season Tom Lyne coordinated a team end of season dinner with around 25 people attending. After a hearty feed and copious amounts of beer it was time to hear from the Captain himself...
Tom thanked the regulars for turning up throughout the season even when they got beaten 8-0 or 8-1.
The awards as voted by the team were given as follows:
Man of the season - Ross F
Player of the season - Fraser D
You may at this stage be wondering what the difference was between the two awards. As Tom tried to explain, it became obvious that he, too, was confused. Luckily for all, Will E was able to clearly define the Player of the Season award: “not a great player, but a good bloke”.
Most improved - Connor M – Connor, at 13, is the youngest in the team and had developed his game well enough throughout the season to earn his first green card for shouldering someone twice his size off the ball. In the same game Connor scored his first goal for the team, hopefully the first of many.
Top goal scorer - Ross Ferguson – pulled in his second prize for the night by just one goal scoring 11 across the season.
Dick of the season – Tom Copeland – winning the award for the 5th year in a row, considering he only played 5 or 6 games in the season he had competed well. Some of the comments supporting the votes were: ‘hogs the ball’, ‘looks like joey essex’, ‘stands there in is lycra’.
59 goals, 0 clean sheets – Marcus B - The Shadows’ indispensable goal keeper took the last award managing an entire season without a single clean sheet. [Don't worry Marcus - the ball got past 10 outfield players before it got to you.]
As the awards drew to a close Fraser took the stage and on behalf the team thanked Tom Lyne for captaining throughout the year with the team organising a bottle of bubbly and miniature Hello Kitty Stick.