The 2016/17 season was rounded off in the usual Dee style with an excellent turn out of 20 current members enjoying the hospitality at the Bull and Claw.
With nourishment out of the way, attention turned to the most anticipated event of the night – the prize giving. Outgoing 1XI Captain Amy Long opened proceedings with heartfelt praise for the grit and determination shown by the 2XI in what was very much a transitional year in a difficult league for the young side.
The future of the club is in safe hands though, with a number of youngsters making their Dee debuts this season, and their progress was duly marked by the awards given out by 2XI Captain Janice McVeigh.
Newcomer Georgia Ferguson was first up to the podium, where she collected two awards: recognised by her team mates as their Players’ Player of the Year, Georgia also caught the eye of Brian McKee who was delighted to award the teenager his Coach’s Player of the Year. Definitely a defender to watch for the future!
Top Goalscorer for the 2XI was split between Caitland Crockett and another debutant, Vicky O’Neill whose achievement was all the more remarkable given that she only became old enough to play ladies’ hockey earlier this season. More of the same next year, please, Vicky!
Completing the clean sweep by the younguns, Rebecca Bolton was recognised not only for her performances on the pitch but her willingness to learn and improve at training, and she picked up Janice’s Captain’s Player of the Year.
Janice was also keen to acknowledge the part played by two of the Dee’s three keepers – Ulster O45 keeper Siobhan McAdam and Nicola Patton; both played a huge role in making sure both teams had ample cover for every match. We also look forward to seeing Janice back fit on the pitch in her own GK’s role next season.
For the 1XI, there was only one winner when it came to the Players’ Player of the Year. Kerry Kennedy was out in front by a country mile, winning the plaudits of her team mates as an exceptional playmaker in midfield with the odd spectacular goal thrown in for good measure, even if her legs were getting to the stage of not being able to hold her up… A good preseason required there, one might dare to suggest…
Carolyn Scott was delighted to pick up two awards on the night: 1XI Top Goalscorer and Brian’s Player of the Year, and she’s already looking forward to stiff competition in the goalscoring charts next season!
The presentations were rounded off with the handing over of the Captain’s shields for next season, with Paige Reilly stepping up as 1XI Captain and Janice continuing in the 2XI role. Best of luck to both them and to their new vice captains Kerry K and Vickie Pollock.
The club would like to thank Amy and Janice for all their hard work over the season and also to the club sponsors for their continued support: Ards Fireplaces, Red Leaf Kitchens, Regency Cars and Stanley Woods Accountants