15th WRFC Trophy Day 2016
Sunday 5th June 2016, Fairlands Community Hall
What a season!
Two weekends ago saw the Club’s 15th anniversary celebrations, including the annual Trophy Day event at Fairlands Community Hall. Running in parallel was the Club’s Fun Day on the Fairlands playing field, providing players and their families with an opportunity to bask in the sunshine and raise some additional funds for next season.
In keeping with tradition, Trophy Day was used to celebrate successes both on the pitch and off it, recognising both our players and our volunteers who work so hard to make the Club the success that it is.
We were joined on the day by WRFC Life President Rupert Phillips and also by KC Cat, the Woking FC mascot (who turned up complete with handler) for the younger age groups. We will no doubt be seeing a lot more of KC Cat as the Club cements its relationship with Woking FC ahead of next season!
Proceedings got under way with a Club presentation to Rupert Phillips, WRFC Life President. Rupert had already signalled his intention to stand down from managing the Northmead Mini-Soccer Centre earlier in the season and was recognised for his contribution to the Club over the past 14 years with a commemorative plate, awarded by Deputy Chairman, Brian Slyfield.
Coaches Rupert Phillips and Tony Mainee then set about handing out the awards to our youngest players – the Reception Mini-Rangers. KC Cat offered a reassuring paw to each player, although it was difficult to predict in advance what each player’s reaction would be to the footballing feline….
Mini-Rangers: Under 6
Next up it was the turn of the U6s, with Manager Angel Aburto and Coach Dean Panter on hand to give out the campaign trophies:
Under 7 Pirates
Rob Monks, U7 Manager and Coach Dave Blake were on hand to give out the medallions to our swashbuckling Pirates….
Individual honours presented to the Pirates included:
|Manager’s Player||William R|
|Players’ Player||Charlie B and Rhodri J|
|Parents’ Player||Connor D|
|Most Improved Player||Thomas H|
|Attacking Player of the Season||Connor D|
|Defending Player of the Season||Rhodri J|
Before the next block of age group presentations got under way, there was a special presentation to Nick Reynolds, outgoing Club Development Officer. During his year in office, Nick has successfully got the Club Development Planning process underway, commencing with the online Member survey implemented last Autumn. Nick will be staying on next season as a co-opted member of the Club Developoment team, led by Sean Crooke.
Shaun Dyer, Dean Brockbank and Dave Barrett got the next block of awards started, recognising the achievements of the U8 Panthers this season….
Individual honours presented to the Panthers included:
|Manager’s Player||Jacob B|
|Players’ Player||Jonah B|
|Parents’ Player||Beau B|
|Most Improved Player||Zack H|
|Attacking Player of the Season||Beau B|
|Defending Player of the Season||Alfie J|
Under 8 Pumas
In a seamless transition, the Pumas staff – Mike Royle, Chris Atkins and Alex Osbaldeston – then took to the stage, continuing the U8 awards….
Individual honours presented to the Pumas included:
|Manager’s Player||Finley R|
|Players’ Player||Spike R|
|Parents’ Player||Bailey R|
|Most Improved Player||Luke O|
|Attacking Player of the Season||Zack R|
|Defending Player of the Season||Sam C|
Andi Scanlan, Steve Franklin and Roger Cooper were on hand to give out the honours for the U9 Scorpions squad….
Individual honours presented to the Scorpions included:
|Manager’s Player||Tom H|
|Players’ Player||Tom H|
|Parents’ Player||Ajay M|
|Most Improved Player||Samuel F|
|Attacking Player of the Season||Ibrahim A|
|Defending Player of the Season||Ajay M|
Next up were Nick Reynolds and Fraser Horne to present the U10 Falcons’ awards….
Individual honours presented to the Falcons included:
|Manager’s Player||Max R|
|Players’ Player||Jenson C|
|Parents’ Player||Jenson C|
|Most Improved Player||Charlie B|
|Attacking Player of the Season||Harry Q|
|Defending Player of the Season||Leo M|
Dave Wilson and Kevin Turnbull then stepped up to continue the U10 honours, concentrating on the Eagles….
Individual honours presented to the Eagles included:
|Manager’s Player||Robert H|
|Players’ Player||Duane G|
|Parents’ Player||Eli B-T|
|Most Improved Player||Leon B|
|Attacking Player of the Season||Mohamza A|
|Defending Player of the Season||Dylan W|
After the next lull in proceedings, it was time to return to another round of special Committee awards….with recognition for our hard-pressed Fun Day organiser Mel Walter, our outgoing Child Welfare Officer, Jan Growdon, Fixtures Manager and Trophy Day coordinator, Chrisi Liesicke and finally, incoming Club Development Officer, Sean Crooke, who scooped this year’s Club Secretary Award in recognition of his wide-ranging contribution to the Club over the past season. Congratulations to all the award winners!
Back to the player awards and next was the turn of U11 Dinamo, hosted by Manager Paul Growdon and Coaches Paul Glover and Les West….
Individual honours presented to the Dinamo included:
|Manager’s Player||Jake W|
|Players’ Player||James G|
|Parents’ Player||David M|
|Most Improved Player||Harry F|
|Top Goalscorer||James G|
Celebrating their final season at 9v9 were U12 Warriors, with the gongs presented by Manager Dan Wheatley and Coach Martyn Beck….
Individual honours presented to the Warriors included:
|Manager’s Player||Tyler H and Cristiano H|
|Players’ Player||Tyler H|
|Parents’ Player||Darcey P|
|Most Improved Player||Jacob F|
|Top Goalscorer||Jack W|
|Deep C Goal Assist Award||Charlie G|
To round off the Warriors’ presentations, there were special awards for Andrea Hobson, who ran the successful Cardwells Keep ‘Cafe On the Green’ with husband Colin Hobson for two seasons while Warriors played 9v9, for Team Rep and incoming WRFC Treasurer, Margaret Wickham and to the team’s Coaches and sponsors….
The Trojans’ presentations got under way with a 5-Year Long Service Award to Manager Andy Elton, who was joined at the front by Trojans Coach, Sean Crooke….
Individual honours presented to the Trojans included:
|Manager’s Player||Harry Scanlan|
|Players’ Player||Harry Gray|
|Parents’ Player||Finley Harvey|
|Most Improved Player||Adam Elton|
|Top Goalscorer||Adam Elton|
|Defender of the Season||Ryan Habgood|
As the finale to the Trojan’s awards, Team Reps Jo Harvey (above) and Louise Williams – as well as Team Mascot Millie presented the coaches with gifts and a vote of thanks….
During the next lull in proceedings, there were a number of additional Committee awards. Julie Rowland was recognised for her sterling work this past season running the Northmead Tuck Shop and for netting over £500.00 profit that will go to Club funds. Julie will be with us again at Northmead next season! Next up was Andy Barry, Coach with the U15s and former Club Treasurer, who received a 10-Year Long Service Award. Well done Andy!
Turnaround specialist the Hawks swooped in to pick up their awards, following a highly successful season under new management. Manager James Stemp and Coaches Sam Prince and Bradley Bayliss performed the honours, with James first presenting ‘thank-you’ gifts to Sam and Bradley. Sam will be leaving the Club shortly as he flies out to the US for a stint with Camp America and then on to University in September. His insight and dedication to the Hawks’ cause will be sorely missed. Just as James readied himself to launch into the team’s awards, he was upstaged by one of his players who presented him with an end-of-season ‘thank you’ gift….
Individual honours presented to the Hawks included:
|Manager’s Player||Adam Carr|
|Players’ Player||Ben Matthews|
|Most Improved Player||Connor McSweeney and Oliver Grant|
|Top Goalscorer||Freddie Hurel|
U15 (Surrey Primary League)
Manager Paul Sarney and Coach Noff Diliberto were on hand to supervise the awards for first, the U15 Surrey Primary League team….
Individual honours presented to the U15 (SPL) included:
|Manager’s Player||David Meerson|
|Players’ Player||Matthew Diliberto|
|Most Improved Player||Jack Enderby|
|Top Goalscorer||Kai Drake and Pierre Jamme|
U15 (Surrey Youth League)
Attention was then turned to the U15s who have played their first season in the Surrey Youth League (SYL). The SYL U15s came Runners-Up in the Super Division and also won the League Invitation Cup, which was on display today. Paul and Noff did the honours….
Individual honours presented to the U15 (SYL) included:
|Manager’s Player||Jonny O’Shea|
|Players’ Player||Conor Stillwell and Josh Barry|
|Parents’ Player||Tom Griffin|
|Top Goalscorer||Tom Griffin|
Tigers’ Manager Richard Angus was on hand with brother Mark (Manager of U16 Lions) to present the awards to the squad, following which the support of two Tigers’ parents was officially recognised by the squad: Michele Raynor (match coordinator) and Sylvia Levick (team finances). There was also a mention for Coach Paul Robinies who was recognised in his absence with a 10 Year Long-Service Award….
Individual honours presented to the U16 Tigers included:
|Manager’s Player||Samuel Levick|
|Players’ Player||Oliver Schofield|
|Parents’ Player||Jake Eichen|
|Most Improved Player||Liam Angus|
|Top Goalscorer||Yian Hurtado Garces|
Completing the U16s, Mark and Richard Angus went on to present the East Berks Football Alliance Lions with their awards, recognising Coach Neil Mumby with a 10-Year Long Service Award in his absence, as well as Jill Boyce, Team Rep and Chrisi Liesicke, Fixtures Manager….
Individual honours presented to the U16 Lions included:
|Manager’s Player||George Angus|
|Players’ Player||Dan Cook|
|Parents’ Player||Dan Boyce|
|Top Goalscorer||Jake Eichen and Matt Burgess|
With Team Rep Sally Horton on holiday, Hurricanes’ Manager Binny was left to fend for himself this year and he rose to the challenge magnificently. The U17s had a blast of a season, emerging top of the SPL Premier Division and coming Runners-Up in the League Cup….so there was plenty for the players and backroom staff to celebrate….
Individual honours presented to the U17 Hurricanes included:
|Manager’s Player||Dennis Foster|
|Players’ Player||Louis Alderton|
|Parents’ Player||Keelan Williams|
|Top Goalscorer||Dennis Foster|
So, that’s it for another season….well done to all our players, volunteers and supporters. Roll on September!