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NDHC Annual Awards Honours Board

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Awards for 2016/17 Season

Team Player of the Season – voted by all team-mates

Ladies 8s Nominations shortlist: Bridget Le Good, Jo Baker, Katy Cole, Louise ‘Brooksy’ Brooks

Winner – Katy Cole

Ladies 7s Nominations shortlist: Frankie Paul

Winner – Frankie Paul

Men’s 6s Nominations shortlist: Graham Muff, Andy Key

Winner – Graham Muff

Ladies 6s Nominations shortlist: Beth Elgood, Hannah Woods, Sue Brumby

Winner – Beth Elgood

Men’s 5s Nominations shortlist: McCartney Aldous

Winner – McCartney Aldous

Ladies 5s Nominations shortlist: Lisa Harwood, Lynne Price, Rachael Matthews

Winner – Lynne Price

Men’s 4s Nominations shortlist: Peter Davison

Winner – Peter Davison

Ladies 4s Nominations shortlist: Lucy Morton, Megan Williams

Winner – Lucy Morton

Men’s 3s Nominations shortlist: Rob Goodson, Tom Vaughan

Winner – Rob Goodson

Ladies 3s Nominations shortlist: Debs Smith, Carmel Windsor Waite

Winner – Debs Smith

Men’s 2s Nominations shortlist: Lewis Wilkins, Richard Gill

Winner – Richard Gill

Ladies 2s Nominations shortlist: Issy Wolfe, Shelly Seaman

Winner – Issy Wolfe

Men’s 1s Nominations shortlist: Olly Buck, Ollie King, Jonty Gosling, Sam Avery

Winner – Olly Buck

Ladies 1s Nominations shortlist: Sarah Jenkins, Sophie Mullan

Winner – Sarah Jenkins

Men’s Golden Stick Winner:

Tom Vaughan an impressive 28 league goals

AWARDS NOMINATED AND AGREED BY SELECTION COMMITTEES

With all teams voting on their own individual PLAYER of the SEASON, the Selection Committees consider that whilst performance is a factor in their award, the other key criteria and more of the focus for the nominations and the final decision is based on:

  1. improvement over the season,
  2. regular availability / training attendance,
  3. positive attitude / approach / strong Club ethic

The final criteria around positive attitude, approach and the strong sense of Club ethic is deemed by the Capts, to be one of the most important consideration for them, given that over the course of a season, they have to make some very difficult decisions and often ask players to play in different teams, different positions or training in other groups etc etc.

All those nominated (amongst many others) were considered by Capts to have an excellent club attitude especially when being asked to play in different teams, or to help the Club by playing in unfamiliar positions – this they have done without questioning or challenging and have just got on with playing a nd generally giving all they have for the good of the Club…….

MEN’S SELECTION COMMITTEE AWARDS

Men’s Club Young Player of the Season Nominations: Ben Nkrumah, Jack Carpenter, George Bowman, Tommy Chapman, Jose San Millan, Jonty Gosling

  1. George Bowman
  2. Ben Nkrumah
  3. Jonty Gosling

George Bowman – massive improvement over the season. Going from mens 6s to 1s in a season is somewhat unprecedented, picking up Men’s 6s Player of the Season last year. Consistently looking to improve himself, and make himself available for any game. Plays in the dev teams to help them out.

Adult Club Player of the Season Nominations: Graham Muff, David Pentin, Rob Wagstaff, Tom Vaughan, Piers Gordon-Brown and Richard Gill

  1. Rob Wagstaff
  2. Tom Vaughan
  3. Graham Muff

Rob Wagstaff – an enthusiastic coach with the ability to keep the training sessions fresh and interesting. Helps out teams when available and giving up his playing time to help out the 1st team as coach.

LADIES SELECTION COMMITTEE AWARDS

Ladies Club Young Player of the Season Nominations: Esme Potter: Aditi Naik: Harriet Marlee: Sophia Haehnelt: Issy Wolfe: Alice Smith

WINNER: Issy Wolfe: huge progression in hockey skills over last couple of years. Very committed player and regularly available. Excellent training attendance. Developed maturity in her hockey this last year to the point where she is a major influence on East Division 1 level matches. 

Ladies Club Adult Player of the Season Nominations: Katy Cole: Vicki Earley: Sue Brumby: Frankie Paul: Sarah Jenkins: Sam Franklin and a player that could be nominated in either the young or adult category Bridget Le Good

WINNER: Katy Cole: Has done exceptionally well in her first season as 8s captain. Always positive and encouraging to players. Works very hard. Always looking to improve. 

Club Member of the Season shortlist:

Amy Forse, Andrew Cross, Angela Murgatroyd, Bridget LeGood, Graham Muff, Hannah Hardy, Jason Wolfe, Lisa Harwood, Mark Flatman, Mike Hardy, Natalie Beal, Pete Thomas, Rob Wagstaff, Rowie York-Smith and Tom Vaughan

WINNER: The winner in a year where we see her step down from the Youth Development Officer role that has had a massive impact on youth hockey in Norfolk as well as Norwich Dragons is Natalie Beal.

NDHC Darby Cup Winner for Services to the Club for the Year 2016/17

The Darby Cup was donated to the Norwich Union Hockey Club in 1983 by John Darby (Club President 1974 – 1979) to be awarded each year to the person considered to have given great service to the Club.

Mike Hardy re-introduced the Cup in 2013 to recognise the unsung hero at the Club for the season.

This year our outgoing Club Secretary, Sue Cullum, has been recognised for the major contribution she has made to Norfolk Hockey, Norwich Union Hockey Club and Norwich Dragons Hockey Club, as Club Secretary, Goalkeeper, Captain and Divisional Secretary, Sue will be greatly missed by many. 

NDHC Lifetime Achievement Award

The decision by another highly valued Club Member to step down from her involvement in hockey prompted Mike to introduce a Dragons Lifetime Achievement Award to Hazel Medler

Three seasons ago Hazel stopped playing but continued umpiring, however she has decided to now retire the whistle too!

H played for Norwich Union for many years and then had a period of time with Norwich Vagabonds but eventually returned to Norwich Union HC, where she stayed. Extremely passionate about her hockey, so much so, that she earned a reputation among other clubs of making her feelings known of others’ play and umpires’ performance!  She really didn’t change too much over the years! We suspect many of her opponents went into a game against H either in awe or fear before each match.

During her hockey career she played and umpired at Norfolk and the East levels.

There probably isn’t a role in hockey that H has performed, including being Chair of the East Hockey Management Committee and the Chair for Norfolk Hockey Association until she managed to oversee a review of governance and make herself and the roles redundant!

In 2012 when Dragons achieved 9 wins out of 9 adult matches, the Ladies 3s Match Report says “Hazel Medler stepped up to the ‘D’ and converted the corner with a straight strike”.  You knew what you would get from Hazel 100% commitment!

Playing highlight had to be winning the Most Improved Player of the Season Award at Norwich Dragons in the 2010-11 season.

East Masters in 2012, only representative from Norfolk in the over 50s team that finished runners up.

5 years working with Mike Banham and John Butler providing free coaching for local primary schools

Hazel will be missed by all and received a standing ovation on receipt of this award.

Norwich Dragons End of Season Young Dragons Awards

Young Dragons Awards can be seen here.

 

Awards for 2015/16 Season

Team Player of the Season – voted by all team-mates

Ladies 7s Nominations shortlist: Jo Baker, Beth Coates

Winner – first season as a Dragon – Beth Coates

Men’s 6s Nominations shortlist: George Bowman, Mike Banham

Winner – first season in adult hockey – George Bowman

Ladies 6s Nominations shortlist: Katy Saide, Gill Walker, Jo Eke

Winner – last season’s Ladies 7s winner – Gill Walker

Men’s 5s Nominations shortlist: Josh Bingham, Andy Carver

Winner – second successive season – Andy Carver

Ladies 5s Nominations shortlist: Vicki Earley, Chiara Bond

Winner – Vicki Earley

Men’s 4s Nominations

Only one vote not for the winner and that was the vote made by the winner themselves, Spanish sensation in his first season with us – winner – Alberto Embarba

Ladies 4s Nominations shortlist: Sophie Farrow, Claire Canning, Gemma Rump, Louise Davis

Winner – second successive season – Gemma Rump

Men’s 3s Nominations shortlist: Peter Davison and Jon Goodson

Winner – Peter Davison

Ladies 3s Nominations shortlist: Debs Smith, Sarah Wagstaff, Carmel Windsor Waite

Winner – last season’s Ladies 5s PoS, year before that Dev Girl PoS – Carmel Windsor Waite

Men’s 2s Nominations shortlist: Giles Brooks and Richard Gill

Winner – returning to the Club after a 20 year break – Richard Gill

Ladies 2s Nominations shortlist: Karen O’Neill-Simpson, Laura Shreeve, Rowie York-Smith

Winner – second successive season – Laura Shreeve

Men’s 1s Nominations shortlist: Olly Buck, Ed Smith, Mark Flatman, Ben Watson

Winner – Ed Smith

Ladies 1s Nominations shortlist: Lizzie Moulton, Rachel King, Louise Murray, Olivia Thomas.

Winner – first season with us – Louise Murray

Men’s Golden Stick Winner:

Matt Jenkins = 15 league goals

AWARDS NOMINATED AND AGREED BY SELECTION COMMITTEES

With all teams voting on their own individual PLAYER of the SEASON, the Selection Committees consider that whilst performance is a factor in their award, the other key criteria and more of the focus for the nominations and the final decision is based on:

  1. improvement over the season,
  2. regular availability / training attendance,
  3. positive attitude / approach / strong Club ethic

The final criteria around positive attitude, approach and the strong sense of Club ethic is deemed by the Capts, to be one of the most important consideration for them, given that over the course of a season, they have to make some very difficult decisions and often ask players to play in different teams, different positions or training in other groups etc etc.

All those nominated (amongst many others) were considered by Capts to have an excellent club attitude especially when being asked to play in different teams, or to help the Club by playing in unfamiliar positions – this they have done without questioning or challenging and have just got on with playing a nd generally giving all they have for the good of the Club…….

MEN’S SELECTION COMMITTEE AWARDS

Men’s Club Young Player of the Season Nominations:

Ben Nkrumah, Ben Watson, George Bowman, Josh Bingham, Pedro Goss, Rob Chaney-Baxter, Sol Blazer, Tom Harris

SHORTLIST: Ben Watson, Sol Blazer, Rob Chaney-Baxter

WINNER: Ben Watson

Ben Watson – keen to train, and has shown huge improvement throughout the season. Has shown maturity in front of goal, and is a constant threat to opposition. Has played as much as possible around school commitments & actively looks to see whether he can play. Another example of personal commitment & a mature head on young shoulders.

Adult Club Player of the Season Nominations:

Adrian Howes, Alberto Embarba, Andrew Cross, Chris Millar, Ed Smith, Giles Brooks, Matt Jenkins, Mike Banham, Piers Gordon-Brown, Rob Wagstaff, Tom Vaughan

SHORTLIST: Ed Smith, Chris Millar, Rob Wagstaff

WINNER: Ed Smith

Ed Smith – shown commitment to the team. Worked around family and work to travel (often alone) to various places. Made a huge difference on the pitch, provided stability to the 1st team defence, and was instrumental in the survival of the 1st team

LADIES SELECTION COMMITTEE AWARDS

It is fair to say on both Awards, the Ladies Capts were pretty unanimous in both their nominations and their final decision.  Special mention to Kate McKenna who was shortlisted in both the Young and Adult awards for her fantastic attitude towards the Club and playing this season.

Ladies Club Young Player of the Season Nominations:

Lucy Morton, Chiara Bond, Emily Roper, Mia Amiss, Olivia Thomas, Alice Smith, Lara Taylor, Carmel Windsor-Waite, Kate McKenna

WINNER: Lara Taylor

Some words from the Capts about Lara:

– is an exceptional player for her age having collected awards at u12 and Dev Girls in previous seasons

– shows maturity beyond her years both on and off the pitch

– refreshing attitude to being asked to play both for higher teams or lower teams

– never had expectations to play in any specific team, never assumed she would play / train for any specific team

– hockey is literally her life (she is doing tonnes of training to make herself a fitter, stronger and more skilled hockey player)

– desperate to learn and keen to watch higher teams to learn from other Club Members

– is exceptionally modest – has no expectations of grandeur…….

– moved from 4’s to 2’s over the course of the season

– has the best lunchbox at the Club – and is always willing to share……

Ladies Club Adult Player of the Season Nominations:

Vicki Early, Kate McKenna, Katrina Speirs, Angela Murgatroyd, Lisa Harwood, Shelly Seaman, Lauren Lawrie

WINNER: Kat Speirs

Some words from Capts:

– trains every week and been available almost every week……. even when injured!

– improved considerably as a player and in terms of confidence on the pitch

– highly thought of by Capts and fellow players as always gives everything on the pitch

– just wants to play whenever she can for whichever team and in any position!

– again wants to learn, not afraid to ask for help and encourages feedback

– was a product of our first ‘Get back Into’ initiative from just 2 seasons ago

– has played in multiple positions forward, midfield, defence and……to help the club and to stay involved even when injured…..took up GK position for a number of games, attending GK training and improving considerably in this role too.

Club Member of the Season – shortlist of 10

Amy Forse, Hannah Hardy, Jon Price, Lisa Harwood, Mark Flatman, Mike Hardy, Nat Beal, Pete Thomas, Rob Wagstaff, Tom Vaughan

WINNER: Tom Vaughan

First season as Club Captain, Men’s coaching supporting Rob, Goalkeeper Lead Coach running monthly specialist skills sessions for keepers, stepping in to play when the club needed him (in goal for 1s but mainly outfield for 6s), inspiring youngsters and setting example of commitment to play long late away games, providing chauffeur service to several youngsters getting them from school to club fixtures.

NDHC Darby Cup Winner for Services to the Club for the Year 2016

The Darby Cup was donated to the Norwich Union Hockey Club in 1983 by John Darby (Club President 1974 – 1979) to be awarded each year to the person considered to have given great service to the Club.

Mike re-introduced the Cup in 2013 to recognise the unsung hero at the Club for the season.

This year there have been a few club members in contention, last season Mike broke with tradition given it was a Men’s Club award and gave the trophy to the first female, this season it goes to our first ever joint winners:

One person has been working tirelessly away in the background without much recognition, every week the Men’s Teamsheet appears thanks to the hard work of Piers Gordon-Brown;

The joint award goes to a club member that continues to coach in rain or shine, he inspires and contributes to the club and has done so for a number of years. Played for every team in the club this season and also achieved the tough accreditation of England Hockey Level 3 coach, Rob Wagstaff is this season’s joint Darby Cup winner.

Norwich Dragons End of Season Young Dragons Awards

Girls Awards 2015/16

Awards for the Girls were handed out by…
U10 girls – Lara Taylor
U12 girls – Aoife Lowe-Davies
Dev Girls – Olivia Thomas

All Girls Awards

U10 Girls
Player of the Season: We have had 33 votes and have had 16 girls receive votes showing what a strong standard there is across the group.
**The winner is Freya Dolding just edging a few of the other girls.**

Most Improved nominees: Keira Hardiman,Isobel Waller,Nellie Ong and Amalie Finch. The winner has worked hard and improved in training sessions and this has been reflected in performances in tournaments and she is:
**Winner is: Amalie Finch.**

u10 Girls Awards

U12 Girls
Player of the Season
Nominations: Stella Windsor Waite, Zarina Duffield, Francesca Sabberton and many others received one vote.
**Winner is Stella Windsor Waite**

Most improved
**Winner: Mia Somers**

u12 Girls Awards

Dev Girls
Most improved
Nominations: Lucy Buxton, Sophie Barrow and Tilly
**Winner: Tilly Connors Beckett**

Player of Season:
Nominations: Blanca, Sophia, Jodi, Esme McKinnon-Evans, Esme Potter, Hatty, Willow, Lucy and Nicky
**Winner is Blanca Bezanilla**

Club Member of Season:
Nominations: Esme Potter, Harriet Marlee, Esme McKinnon-Evan, Lilly Sore, Harriet Gale, Maisie D, Ellie H, Sophia H, Ella K and Olivia S.
**Winner is Esme Potter**

Dev Girls Awards

 

Boys Awards 2015/16

Awards for the Boys were handed out by…
U10 & U12 Boys – Ben Watson
Dev Boys – Jonty Gosling

Dev Boys
Season summary
Done the best any Dragons dev boys’ team have done!
Won the league with a game to spare!
All have done their bit.
When the boys pass the ball, they are unstoppable.
Great bunch of boys who deserve their league win!

Most improved
Voted for by the coaches
Nominations: Joe Beadman, Mac Beaumont, Harry Brown
**Winner: Harry Brown**
Has become a solid defender who supports attacking play. An important member of the team.

Club member of the season
Voted for by the boys.
Someone who is a real asset to the club.
Very close between Huck, Angus Reid Edwards, Angus Blazer, Jose and Harry Brown.
**Winner: Angus Reid Edwards**

Dev player of the season
Voted for by the boys.
Nominations: Jose, James Cross and Jono CB
**Winner: Jose San Millan**

Dev Boys Awards

 

U10 Boys

Summary of the season:
Both A and B teams have won most of their games and most of their tournaments! A team are County Champions and have their regional competition on 17 April at Harleston. Thanks to Andrew Cross for his hard work as u10 boys manager. Thanks to Angela Murgatroyd for her hard work as u10 boys lead coach. Thanks to all the adults and old and young helpers for their efforts!

Player of the season
Of the 31 votes cast at training…..20 different people were voted for….. Main nominations: Monty Patel, Edward Cross, Sam Reynolds, Will Panter.
**Winner: Monty Patel**

Most improved nominations: Sam Kassulke, Rahul Kaushal, Finn Pond.
**Most improved goes to Finn….grown into a reliable keeper….**

U12 Boys

Summary of the season:
Managed to put out three teams in the majority of tournaments. A team have won most tournaments and most games! B team took part in the A team tournament and were brilliant! C team are coming along ever so well! A team are county champions and have their regional competition on April 16 at Harleston. Some u12 boys have played Development League games on a Saturday for some or all of the season. James Cross, William Bowman, Isaac Diver Hall, Arjuna and Johnny Taylor. They have played an important part in the team who won their league last Saturday, with one game to go! Thanks to Tracy Stuart Sheperd for her hard work as u12 boys manager. Thanks to all the adults and old and young helpers for their efforts!

Player of the season
Nominations: Johnny Taylor, James Cross, Rhaul and Alex Brooks.
**Winner: Jonny Taylor. Well done Johnny, boys think he works incredibly hard, all of the time.**

Most improved…..
Nominations: Arjuna, Alex Brooks, Charlie Cook, Jacob Hallett
**Winner: Alex Brooks. Began as a defender. Kept his eye on the ball, absolutely determined the opposition didn’t get past us. This season has developed a super block tackle and gets the ball out wide when there are no other options but is also willing to drive forward with the ball looking to distribute to available centre and forward players.**

u10&u12 Boys Awards

The Derek Dack Trophy

The Derek Dack Trophy is awarded to the young volunteer (U18) who has contributed the most to the club during the season. It is what they contribute together with how they do this that matters:

– Covers coaching non-playing activities
– Leadership
– Proactiveness
– Engagement with what they are doing and those they are helping (coaches and players)
– Reliability (doing what they said they would, when they say they will)
– Going the extra mile to support those who need extra help and responding to these needs.

List of all Nominees:
Aoife Lowe-Davies – for u10/12/Dev girls supporting nearly every week. She has been a good support, can lead groups and doesn’t mind getting stuck in.
Anja Finegan – for u10/u12 girls for the way she works with the girls and helping with coaching the GK. Also her assistance with the Christmas assessments and her patience at having to be the toilet run person for the girls!
Ben Nkrumah– for u10/u12 boys being a consistent GK coach working primarily independently and for umpiring at our Dragons tournament.
Jessica Tye-Leech – for u8s support (both on a playing & an admin front), helping at tournaments & umpiring a range of young dragons games.
Tommy Chapman – for regular u8 support & some u10/12 supporting.

Winner: Jessica Tye-Leech receiving 3 commendations from 3 different coaches for aspects of her work with the youngsters. She helps out nearly every Sunday morning with the u8s, where she leads groups, warm ups, takes money and is great with the kids. She also helps with umpiring the young Dragons teams at tournaments (even through hail showers!) as well as umpiring some Dev games. She is always cheerful and ready & willing to help whenever she can and is a deserved winner for a second year running.

Tommy Chapman came a close 2nd with 2 votes from different age group coaches for his regular support & patience with the u8s and his work with u10/12s.

It was great to see Derek awarding the trophy to Jess this season…..

Derek Dack Award 2016

 

Awards for 2014/15 Season

Four Club-wide Awards voted for by the respective Men’s and Ladies’ Selection Committees:

Men’s Young Player of the Season:

Shortlist of Nominations: Elliot Wang, Alex Stone, Rob Chaney-Baxter and Will Ives

Winner: Alex Stone

Ladies Young Player of the Season:

Shortlist of Nominations: Aoife Lowe-Davies, Carmel Windsor-Waite and Niamh Lowe-Davies

Winner: Aoife Lowe-Davies

Men’s Adult Player of the Season:

Shortlist of Nominations: George Walker, Mark Flatman, Dom Samways, Rory Jackson, John Butler and Ali Smyth

Winner: Mark Flatman

Ladies Adult Player of the Season:

Shortlist of Nominations:  Lisa Harwood, Louise Davis, Donna Vaughan and Karen O’Neill Simpson

Winner:  Donna Vaughan

 

Team Players of the Season:

Voted for by those players that played most regularly for that team.

Ladies 7s – Shortlist of Nominations – Gill Walker and Katrina Speirs

Winner – Gill Walker

Men’s 6s – Winner – Sam Hobdell

Ladies 6s – Winner – Jasmin Daniels

Men’s 5s – Winner – Andy Carver

Ladies 5s – Shortlist of Nominations for Carmel Windsor-Waite and Lisa Harwood

Winner – Carmel Windsor-Waite

Men’s 4s – Shortlist of Nominations for Giles Brooks, Jonty Gosling and Robbie Whiting

Winner – Giles Brooks

Ladies 4s – Shortlist of Nominations – Gemma Rump, Louise Davis and Freya Clogan

Winner – Gemma Rump

Men’s 3s – Shortlist of Nominations – James Goodson, Stu Kelly, Peter Davison and Will Main

Winner – James Goodson

Ladies 3s – Shortlist of Nominations – Debs Smith, Hazel Sumner and Natasha Falzon

Winner – Debs Smith

Men’s 2s – Shortlist of Nominations – Jason Wolfe and Elliot Wang

Winner – Jason Wolfe

Ladies 2s – Shortlist of Nominations – Laura Shreeve and Aoife Lowe-Davies

Winner – Laura Shreeve

Ladies 1s – Shortlist of Nominations – Donna Vaughan, Lizzie Moulton and Kate Trelawny Gower

Winner – Donna Vaughan

Men’s 1s – Winner – Alex Browne

Men’s Golden Stick – Winner – Alex Browne with 19 league goals

 

NDHC Club Person of the Year 2015

Voted for by all Club Members.

The shortlist was Pete Thomas, Mark Flatman, Rob Wagstaff, Mike Hardy, Ali Smyth, Hannah Hardy, Bridget Le Good, Nat Beal, John Butler, Phil York-Smith, Jo Eke and Christina Murgatroyd

Winner: Mike Hardy

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NDHC Darby Cup Winner for Services to the Club for the Year 2015

The Darby Cup was donated to the Norwich Union Hockey Club in 1983 by John Darby (Club President 1974 – 1979) to be awarded each year to the person considered to have given great service to the Club.

Our current President, Mike Hardy, decides who the should be awarded the Cup.  This season for all her hard work with Youth Section, the award goes to Natalie Beal.

 

The 2014/15 Dragon’s Hoof

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Winners of the Dragon’s Hoof with 100% of wins this season and 15 cleansheets are the Ladies 2s.  Karen O’Neill-Simpson and Hannah Ellis were delighted to collect the Award!

Final Table:

PosTeamAvg
1Ladies 2s4.64
2Ladies 6s3.50
3Mens 4s3.45
4Mens 3s2.77
4Ladies 3s2.77
6Ladies 5s2.47
7Boy's Dev2.27
8Mens 1s2.23
9Mens 5s1.91
9Ladies 1s1.91
11Mens 2s1.73
12Ladies 4s1.71
13Girl's Dev1.29
14Mens 6s1.07
15Ladies 7s0.88

 

Young Dragon Awards 2014-15

A special award was handed out this season. It was for the u18 who gives a lot back to the club. The award is called the Derek Dack award, named after a Norwich City club member who donated some money to the club to reflect the good work with young people.

The award committee was made up of adult representatives from each of the junior sessions, coordinated by Sarah Wagstaff.

The nominations were from across all of the age group training sessions and are: Katie Buxton, Niamh Lowe-Davies, Sophie Thomas, Mark Savill and Jessica Tye-Leech.

THE WINNER: JESS TYE LEECH

Not only does Jess take responsibility for registration and money collection, she also engages with both parents and children really well, her enthusiasm and pragmatic positivity strikes just the right note.

When assisting with coaching she helps correct technique, knows when to tell children to ‘get on with it’ or when extra support is needed and is confident leading small groups exercises.

Within the coaching team Jess plays an active part providing feedback on both the children and the session.

In summary – Jess is very proactive, ‘she just gets on and does things’, she is a key member in all aspects of the U8 team as well and being an engaged and committed member of the club as a whole – a role model to the youngsters and a great ambassador for the club!

Norwich Dragons End of Season Young Dragons Awards

U10 Boys

Most Improved Player Nominations: Ben Panter, Bertie Pinching, Freddie Royal and Jake Reynolds

Winner: Ben Panter

Ben broke into the U10 A team last season and spent most of his time playing centre forward. This season Ben has moved across to wide right and made the position his own. Through a use of sklll, power and pace Ben is developing into a very good hockey players. Ben has improved all elements of his game and become an important member of a successful team.

Player of the Season Nominations: Edward Cross, Jake Reynolds, James Cross, Monty Patel, Sam Reynolds, Tom Jackson and Bertie Pinching

Winner: James Cross
U12 Boys

Most Improved Nominations: Alex Brookes, Casper Lind and Gus Saunders

Winner: Gus Sanders

Gus has continued to impress the coaches this season. His confidence and maturity have been noticed at training and in matches. Gus has much more control on the ball and will always try new skills to improve even further than needed. His knowledge of the game continue to improve, from reading when to make a tackle, to making a run to receive the ball. What the coaches will be guaranteed, is Gus will always turn up with a smiley face every week no matter the weather!

Player of the Season Nominations: Alexander Brooks, Arjuna, Charlie Cook, Daniel Murphy, Edward Taylor, Harry Nunn, Isaac D-H and Will Bowman

Winner: Daniel Murphy

U10 Girls

Most Improved Player Nominations: Georgia Cox-Kersley, Lilli Ballard and Olivia Tighe

Winner: Georgia Cox-Kersley

Always listens and tried her hardest has come on so much especially in passing and receiving the ball. Has developed a good set of core skills and a great hit with power and accuracy which is a hard skill for girls of this age to learn.

Player of the Season Nominations: Amy Beadman, Jemima Watson

Winner: Jemima Watson

U12 Girls

Player of the Season Nominations: Annabel Hodgson, Harriet Marlee, Lucy Buxton, Maddie Reynolds, Sofia Groves, Tilly Connors Beckett

Winner: Tilly Connors Beckett

Most Improved Player of the Season Nominations: Harriet Marlee, Lucy Buxton, Orla Hardiman
and Tilly Connors Beckett

Winner: Lucy Buxton

For good improvement in ball skills and general gameplay and making the step up to Development Girls so successfully.

Dev Girls
Player of the Season Nominations: Esme Potter, Isobel Keane, Lara Taylor, Sophia Haehnelt, Sophie Thurtell, Willow Major and Heather Tasker

Winner: Lara Taylor

Club Member of the Season Nominations: Catherine Matthews, Esme Potter, Isobel Keane, Issy Wolfe, Katie Moulson, Lara Taylor, Lilly Sore, Sophia Haehnelt and Heather Tasker

Winner: Lily Sore

The three nominations for most improved Development Player are as follows:

Emily Roper. Starting as a beginner, Emily has worked really hard on all her skills and is now able to compete for a places in matches. Her defensive work is particularly strong, and she is a brave tackler.

Lilly Sore. Has transformed her game. Starting as an unconfident player at the beginning of the season, Lily is now first on the teamsheet when a left forward is needed. She is famous for her tricky reverse stick skills.

Mia Mcghee. Mia has made steady progress throughout the season. She started as a defender. But suddenly, she discovered a turn of ball carrying speed and can whizz down the right channel and then cross the ball hard and flat. In the game against Yarmouth, she started on the defending baseline and beat five players on her way to the goal. She is also an enthusiastic and versatile player – she will play anywhere.

The winner is Mia Mcghee.

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Dev Boys

Player of the Season Nominations: Ben Nkrumah, George Bowman, George Wright, Joe Osborne, Pedro Goss, Raunaq Rai and Sol Blazer

Winner: Ben Nkrumah

Club Member of the Season Nominations: Ben Nkrumah, Charlie Nunn, George Wright, McCartney Aldous, Pedro Goss, Raunaq Rai and Sol Blazer

Winner: McCartney Aldous

Most Improved Nominations: Harry Brown, George Wright, Sol Blazer, Pedro Goss and Ben Nkrumah

Winner: Sol Blazer He lacked confidence at the beginning of the season but he now has much more confidence and his skills have also improved considerably. He is keen to listen to advice and ensures he takes it onboard. He has become a solid defender and the ball rarely gets passed him.

 

Awards for 2013/14 Season

Four new Awards this season, voted for by the respective Selection Committees:

Men’s Young Player of the Season 2013/2014:

Nominations:  Ollie King, Jonty Gosling, Rohan Kaushal and Sam Mann

Winner: Ollie King

Ladies Young Player of the Season 2013/2014:

Nominations: Aoife Lowe-Davies, Freddie Briscoe, Olivia Thomas, Sophie Farrow, Rosie Korn, Maddie Denman, Jasmin Daniels and Katie Buxton

Winner: Olivia Thomas

Men’s Adult Player of the Season 2013/2014:

Nominations: Matt Collinge, Robbie Bell, Simon Nisbet, Paul Bullard, Ollie King, John Ives, Rob Wagstaff and Ali Smyth

Winner: Robbie Bell

Ladies Adult Player of the Season 2013/2014:

Nominations:  Natasha Falzon, Rachel King, Lisa Harwood and Lizzie Moulton

Winner:  Rachel King

Team Players of the Season:

Voted for by those players that played most regularly for that team.

Ladies 6s – Nominations – Laura Hansell, Jasmin Daniels and Jo Eke

Winner – Jasmin Daniels

Men’s 5s – Nominations – Phil York-Smith and Alan Quinton

Winner – Alan Quinton

Ladies 5s – Nominations for Rosie Korn and Sarah Nortcliff, however the runaway winner was Katie Buxton

Men’s 4s – Nominations for Jon Price, Andy Saunders and Ollie Browne

Winner – Ollie Browne

Ladies 4s – Nominations – Abi Cowe, Gemma Rump and Sophie Farrow

Winner – Abi Cowe

Men’s 3s – Nominations – George Walker, Robbie Bell, Will Kirby and Stu Kelly

Winner – Will Kirby

Ladies 3s – Nominations – Natasha Falzon, Louise Davis, Sarah Wagstaff, Sophie Thomas and Harriet Green

Winner – Sophie Thomas

Men’s 2s – Nominations – Piers Gordon-Brown, Simon Nisbet, Simon Long, Cley Hamilton and Paul Bullard

Winner – Simon Long

Ladies 2s – Nominations – Amy Forse, Hannah Hardy, Angela Murgatroyd, Niamh Lowe-Davies and Olivia Thomas

Winner – Niamh Lowe-Davies

Ladies 1s – Nominations – Rowie York-Smith, Emily Rolls, Lizzie Moulton, Marie James, Rachel King and Freddie Briscoe

Winner – Rachel King

Men’s 1s winner Matt Collinge

NDHC Club Person of the Year 2014

Voted for by all Club Members.

The nominees were…

Ali Smyth Hannah Hardy
Ali Windsor-Waite John Butler
Alice Smith Jon Price
Amelia Dawson Lois McGregor
Andrew Cross Mike Hardy
Angela Murgatroyd Nat Beal
Bridget LeGood Pete Thomas
Claire Fairhurst Phil York-Smith
David Pentin Rob Wagstaff
George Walker  

Congratulations to the winner Hannah Hardy

 

NDHC Darby Cup Winner for Services to the Club for the Year 2014

The Darby Cup was donated to the Norwich Union Hockey Club in 1983 by John Darby (Club President 1974 – 1979) to be awarded each year to the person considered to have given great service to the Club. 

Last season the Cup was re-introduced to strengthen our link to our history and our current President, Mike Hardy, decides who the unsung hero of the Club has been, that should be awarded the Cup.  This season for all his work with Men’s Selection, Boys Development and Young Dragons as well as umpiring and orgaising teams for adhoc events, the award goes to Ali Smyth.

Men’s Golden Stick 2013/14

This season’s top league goalscorers were Will Kirby and Andrew Cross, an independent adjudicator reviewed the stats and found that Andrew had played fewer games for his goals, so this season’s Men’s Golden Stick was awarded to Andrew Cross.

The 2013/14 Dragon’s Hoof

Winners of the Dragon’s Hoof was a close run competition for most of the season, however a strong promotion winning performance from the Ladies 1s saw them take this season’s award.

Final Table:

 
Pos
Team
Avg
1 Ladies 1s 3.30
2 Mens 5s 2.95
3 Ladies 2s 2.87
4 Ladies 5s 2.37
5 Mens 1s 2.22
6 Ladies 3s 2.14
7 Ladies 4s 2.00
7 Mens 3s 2.00
9 Mens 4s 1.91
10 Boy’s Dev 1.44
11 Girl’s Dev 1.37
12 Mens 2s 0.95
13 Ladies 6s 0.84

A special mention was also made to the non-playing umpires that help us out through the season, John, Sue, Roy and Sheila.

Claire Baker received a mention for her injury forced retirement from the Club after 25 seasons and several goals!

Also many thanks to the years of service to the Club and County from Hazel Medler, who has put away her stick this season, however we are very grateful that she will continue to help umpire for the Club and keep involved in the schools coaching.

Young Dragons Awards 2013/14

Under 10 Girls Player of the season – voted for by the players

Nominees: Stella Windsor Waite, Jemima Watson, Maddie Reynolds, Simran Rai and Amy Beadman

The winner:  Jemima Watson

Under 10 Girls Most Improved – voted for by the coaches

Nominees: Amy Beadman, Tilly Connors-Beckett and Olivia Hendrie

The Winner: Tilly Connors-Beckett.

Under 12 Girls Player of the season – voted for by the players

Nominees: Lara Taylor, Molly Finegan and Lucy Buxton

The Winner: Molly Finegan

Under 12 Girls Most Improved – voted for by the coaches

Nominees: Alice Martin, Lara Taylor and Jodi Rump

The Winner: Lara Taylor

Under 12 Boys Player of the Season – voted for by the players

Nominees: Angus Reid Edwards, Jono Chaney Baxter, George Wright, Harry Smith, Ranuaq Rai, Leo Sargent and Tom Bailey

Winner: Angus Reid Edwards

Under 12 Boys Most Improved – voted by the coaches.

Nominees: Huck Hempsall, Jono C B, Ollie Shippam, Angus RE and Joe Beadman

Winner: Jono Chaney Baxter

Under 10 Boys Player of the season – voted for by the players

Nominees: Edwards Cross, James Cross, Harvey Nkrumah, Ben Panter and Freddie Royall

Winner: James Cross

Under 10 Boys Most Improved – voted for by the coaches

Development Boys Awards:

Player of the Season Nominees: Cameron Tasker, Isaac Diver Hall  and William Bowman

Winner: William Bowman

Player of the Season
Nominees:
Ben Nkrumah (GK)
McCartney Aldous
Andy Carver
Tom Williams
Connor Adams
Ed Murphy

Winner: Ben Nkrumah

Most Improved Player of the Season
Nominees:
Connor Adams
Sol Blazer
Louis Cann
McCartney Aldous

Winner: McCartney Aldous

Ali says ‘McCartney impressed the coaches with his work ethic and willingness to take on feedback and apply it to develop his skills and understanding of the game. McCartney has improved considerably through the season, really adapting to the full sized pitch and becoming comfortable in any position in the defensive line. Improvements in his tackling and marking have contributed to this development’.

Club Person of the Season
Nominees:
McCartney Aldous
Robert Chaney Baxter
Jono Chaney Baxter
James Hansell
Andy Carver
Raunaq Rai
Ed Murphy

Winner: McCartney Aldous

Nat says: ‘McCartney always attends training and had great availability for matches. He is a polite and confident lad who makes an effort to talk to everyone in the squad and make them feel welcome. He is definitely an asset to the Dev Boys squad and Dragons Hockey Club.’

Development Girls Awards:

CLUB PERSON OF THE YEAR:
Nominees:
Catherine Matthews
Isobel Keane
Lucy Morton
Issy Wolfe
Megan Farrant.

After two votes, there was still a tie, so Bridget decided. Bridget says:

‘This was a very close run contest, with the two contenders Isobel Keane and Lucy Morton being outstanding in the way they were always positive about their hockey. They made newcomers welcome, took all their match day duties seriously (whether they captained, remembered the sweets or took the shirts home.) The winner, by the narrowest of margins – having added up all the tasks they did for the team over the season – is Lucy Morton.’

**Winner: Lucy Morton**

MOST IMPROVED PLAYER
Coaches and assistants actually needed two sessions to decide the most improved player, because players in the development group do improve at different stages over the season. So many players must get their honourable mention. Alessandra Pellegrini grew braver and stronger as the season progressed. Mia McGhee was one of the hardest-working members of the squad, and was the first to volunteer to try different positions. Rosie Skipp noticeably improved her footwork and stick skills, and Sophie Thurtell developed some great speed on and off the ball,

The final five for serious consideration were:
Rachel Bruce, for improving all her core skills and developing her understanding of roles in midfield and in defence.
Issy Wolfe for her competitive spirit and stick skills – and for learning to channel her individual ability for the benefit of the team.
Isobel Keane for taking on the responsibilities of centre back, learning to marshall her defence, and for developing a powerful block tackle and a strong sweep.
Lara Tayler, who was moved into the development squad for the second half of the season and made an instant impact. She improved her ball carrying speed, passing accuracy, and understanding of the midfield role.
Carmel Windsor-Waite who improved with every game. A tenacious player, she learned to time her tackles to perfection and never gave up. She learned how to take responsibility for directing the game from the bottom of the diamond, whether in defence or setting up attacks.

**For the all-round improvement of her core skills, her understanding of game play and her maturity, the most improved player is Carmel Windsor-Waite**

PLAYER OF THE SEASON
Carmel Windsor Waite
Rachel Bruce
Rosie Skipp
Allessandra Pelligrinni

**Winner: Carmel Windsor Waite**

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Awards for 2012/13 Season

Mens 1st XI Team player of the season

The nominees were…
Dave Sloman
Robbie Whiting
Ed Smith
Rupert Snelling
Rob Wagstaff

Congratulations to the winner Robbie Whiting

 

Ladies 1st XI Team player of the season

The nominees were…
Sarah Borrett
Marie James
Shelly Seaman
Laura Shreeve
Han Roney
Rowie York-Smith

Congratulations to the winner Sarah Borrett

 

Mens 2nd XI Team player of the season

The nominees were…
Cley Hamilton
Simon Nisbet
Adam Sayer

Congratulations to the winner Cley Hamilton

 

Ladies 2nd XI Team player of the season

The nominees were…
Niamh Lowe-Davis
Laura Bailey
Sarah Wagstaff
Ally Windsor-Waite
Alice Guest
Ruth Willmott
Hannah Hardy

Congratulations to the winner Ally Windsor-Waite

 

Mens 3rd XI Team player of the season

The nominees were…
George Walker
Peter Davison
Adie Kemp
Will Kirby
David Pentin

Congratulations to the winner Peter Davison

 

Ladies 3rd XI Team player of the season

The nominees were….
Olivia Thomas
Caroline Wolfe
Amelia Dawson
Louise Davis
Sophie Thomas

Congratulations to the winner Louise Davis

 

Mens 4th XI Team player of the season

The nominees were…
Mike Banham
Ray Hansell
Chris Harrison
Ollie King

Congratulations to the winner Ollie King

 

Ladies 4th XI Team player of the season

The nominees were…
Gemma Rump
Sue Cross
Debbie Santa Clara
Scarlett Brown

Congratulations to the winner Sue Cross

 

Ladies 5th XI Team player of the season

The nominees were…
Lois McGregor
Abi Cowe
Claire Fairhurst

Congratulations to the winner Abi Cowe

 

NDHC Most Improved Mens player

The nominees were…

Dan Cheesman George Walker
Rich Phillis Lewis Wilkins
Barney Price Piers Gordon-Brown
Will Ives Henry Laming
Henry Eades Mark Flatman
Ollie King Chris Matthews
Andy Webb Dave Sloman
Jake Hardesty Ben Harvey


Most improved Mens player goes to Ollie King

 

NDHC Most Improved Ladies player

The nominees were…

Maddie Denman Freya Clogan
Niamh Lowe-Davis Megan Harvey
Ruth Willmott Sophie Farrow
Amy Brown Lucy Hopgood
Claire Fairhurst Olivia Thomas
Chiara Bond Debbie Santa Clara
Marcy Windsor-Waite Freddie Briscoe
Chiara Willmott Laura Goodbun
Alice Guest Lucy Campbell
Emma Tabrett  

                 
Most improved Ladies player goes to Marcy Windsor-Waite

 

NDHC Club Person of the Year 2013

The nominees were…
Ali Smyth
David Pentin
Nat Beal
Rob Wagstaff
Angela Murgatroyd
Amelia Dawson
Pete Thomas
Bridget LeGood
Roy Harvey
Sue Cullum
Hannah Hardy
John Butler
Andrew Cross
Mike Hardy
Ally Windsor-Waite
George Walker
Lois McGregor
Chris Harrison

Congratulations to the winner Pete Thomas

 

NDHC Darby Cup Winner for Services to the Club for the Year 2013

The Darby Cup was donated to the Norwich Union Hockey Club in 1983 by John Darby (Club President 1974 – 1979) to be awarded each year to the person considered to have given great service to the Club.  The Cup was last awarded in 2008 to Jon Goodson.

This season the Cup has been re-introduced to strengthen our link to our history and our current President, Mike Hardy, awarded the Cup to Andrew Cross.  Andrew, as Fixture Secretary, works tirelessly every season to ensure our matches are set up, opposition are aware, umpires and captains.  This season, more than any in recent memory, has seen Andrew’s workload double as fixture after fixture has had to be rearranged due to the weather.  Thanks to Andrew all our fixtures were re-scheduled within the deadlines set by the Leagues.

Andrew Cross this season’s unsung hero!

 

The 2012/13 Dragon’s Hoof

Winners of the inaugural Dragon’s Hoof was a close run competition with the Ladies 3s just pipping the Ladies 4s at the post (by a hoof).

Final Table:

Position Team Hoof Average
1 Ladies 3s 4.58
2 Ladies 4s 4.38
3 Ladies 1s 4.17
4 Mens 3s 3.73
5 Mens 2s 3.25
6 Mens 4s 2.78
7 Ladies 2s 2.43
8 Mens 1s 2.13
9 Ladies 5s 1.88
10 Boys Development 1.56
11 Girls Development 1.07

 

Young Dragons 2012/13 Awards

U10 girls most improved – coaches’ choice

Nominees: Molly Finegan,Lucy Buxton and Harriet Marlee

Winner: Molly Finegan

The winner is Molly as she has come on so strongly that when she had to help the Girls Under 12 team at Pelicans she didn’t look out of her depth despite playing against Girls 2 years older than herself and kept 2 clean sheets. Her keeping for the Under 10 girls has also helped make that team become a very difficult team to score against and get results against.

U10 girls player of the season – players’ choice

Nominees: Jemima Watson, Lucy Buxton, Molly Finegan, Maddy Reynolds, Harriet Marlee, Tilly Connors Beckett, Scarlett Udy and Stella W W.

Winner: Lucy Buxton

U10 boys most improved – coaches’ choice

Nominees: Angus Reid Edwards, Edward Cross and Ben Panter

Winner: Angus R E

Over the course of the season, Angus was come far. He is now a more agile goalkeeper with improved positioning. He is always cheerful and always tries his best.

U10 Boys Player of the season – players’ choice

Nominees: Cameron Tasker, Edward Cross, James Cross, Edward Taylor, Tom Bailey and Joe Beadman

Winner: James Cross

U12 girl most improved – coaches’ choice

Nominees: Carmel Windsor Waite, Heather Tasker, Issy Wolfe, Alessandra Pelligrinni, Rachel Bruce and Esme Potter

Winner: Esme Potter

Esme has really started to listen and absorb, and consequently her skills have improved no end. She is becoming an excellent defender.

U12 girls player of the season – players’ choice

Nominees: Rachel Bruce, Carmel Windsor Waite, Lucy Morton, Esme Potter, Lara Taylor, Allessandra Pelligrinni and Jodi Rump

Winner: Rachel Bruce

U12 boy most improved – coaches’ choice

Nominees: Ben Nkrumah, George Wright, Pedro Goss, Ollie Shippam

Winner: Ollie Shippam

Ollie’s ball skills have taken significant steps forward this season. He has become a “ hockey player”. He has shown great tenacity and determination to use all the skills he has. He never lets anyone get away with the ball without chasing and hassling them. He is very quick and uses that speed to advantage. He has also become a player that likes to go forward and with the speed he can generate he creates lots of opportunities at the front, but he has also worked hard on his defensive skills and his versatility has been an asset to his team mates.

U12 boy player of the season – players’ choice

Nominees: Louis Cann, Tom Bailon, Edward Murphy, Ollie Shippam, Harry Williams, Raunaq Rai, Pedro Goss and Jono CB

Winner: Edward Murphy

 

Development Teams Awards 2013

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Dev girls player of the season – players’ choice

Nominees: Laura Hansell, Anja Finegan, Aoife Lowe Davies, Flo Pond, Katie Franks, Harriet Williams, Lotte Korn.

Winner: Aoife Lowe Davies

Dev girls most improved – coaches’ choice

Nominees: Tamsin Billings, Flo Pond, Helen Marsh, Jess Tye Leech, Jasmine Mansfield

Winner: Flo Pond

Flo has improved from someone who was very upright & at times uncomfortable on the ball, to someone who now appears to want the ball, get involved and actually looks to take people on. She works hard in training has developed into being a confident, strong player in the team able to influence a game and happy to help others get involved. She showed great leadership when captain. A very polite girl always willing to learn.

Dev girls club member of the season – players’ choice

Nominees: Katie Franks, Tamsin Billings, Mimi Stannard, Jess Tye Leech, Flo Pond, Jasmine Mansfield, Laura Hansell, Sophie James

Winner: Jess Tye Leech

Dev boys player of the season – players’ choice

Nominees: Ben Watson, RCB, Pedro Goss, Jonty Gosling, Ben N, Hamish Packham

Winner: Ben Watson

Dev boys most improved – coaches’ choice

Nominees: Hamish, Ben N, Jonty Gosling and Ben W.

Winner: Jonty Gosling

Jonty Gosling – his skills and game playing ability have come on so much.  He always attends training and works hard on learning and applying new skills.  From dev boy at the start of the season, he has made his way to the men’s third team towards the end of the season.

Dev boys club member of the season – players’ choice

Nominees: Edward Murphy, Andy Carver, Hamish Packham, Josh Bingham, Tom Byrne, Jonty Gosling, Pedro Goss

Winner: Josh Bingham

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2011-2012 Season’s Award Winners:

Men’s 1s Player of the Season based on the most Player of the Match votes Ed Smith

Ladies’ 1s Player of the Season Nominations – Hannah Roney, Laura Shreeve and Lizzie Moulton
Winner: Hannah Roney

Men’s 2s Player of the Season Nominations – Dan Cheesman, Stu Kelly, Rich Phillis, Ricky Powley and Neil Shorten
Winner: Stu Kelly

Ladies’ 2s Player of the Season Nominations – Louise Davis, Maddie Denman, Debs Smith and Ally Windsor-Waite
Winner: Ally Windsor-Waite

Men’s 3s Player of the Season Nominations – Adrian Kemp, David Pentin, George Walker and Chris Wilkinson
Winner: George Walker

Ladies’ 3s Player of the Season Nominations – Kate Atkins, Laura Bruce, Amelia Dawson, Giselle Nieuwoudt, Ruth Willmott and Caroline Wolfe
Winner: Ruth Willmott

Ladies’ 4s Player of the Season Winner Lynne Price by a unanimous decision

Men’s Most Improved Player of the Season Nominations – Dan Cheesman, Henry Eades, Cley Hamilton, Damien Ives, John Ives, Will Ives, Adie Kemp and David Thornton
Winner: David Thornton

Ladies’ Most Improved Players of the Season Nominations – Laura Bruce, Lizzie Cheesman, Maddie Denman, Flora Gregorie, Niamh Lowe-Davis, Morag Morrison, Giselle Nieuwoudt, Hannah Roney, Gemma Rump, Alice Ward and Ruth Willmott
Winner: Maddie Denman

Club Person of the Year: Nominations: Amelia Dawson, Hannah Hardy, Mike Hardy, Bridget LeGood, Angela Murgatroyd, David Pentin, Rupert Snelling, Rob Wagstaff and Nat Beal.
Winner: Nat Beal

Great to see such a long list of nominations for Club Person of the Year, shows that many Club Members are volunteering and putting effort into the Club.

2011-12 Youth Section Nominations and Awards

After a great first season at our new homes, the players and the coaches have voted for their players of the season.

Well done to those nominated and congratulations to the winners.

Here are the nominations and winners of the under 10 and under 12 age groups….

Under 12 Girls

Player of the season 2011-12 – voted for by the players.

Nominees

Claire Donnellan

Lotte Korn

Eliza Barclay

Winner

Lotte Korn

A great little defender who is very solid and ever present at training and tournaments.

Under 10/12 Girls

Most Improved 2011-12 – voted for by the coaches.

Nominees

There are very many talented under 10s and 12s so this has been a difficult choice.  The nominees were:

Jodi Rump

Alessandra Pelegrini

Dani Harvey

Lotte Korn

Claire Donnellan

Aoife Lowe Davies

WINNER

Claire Donnellan

She has grown in skill and confidence.  She is now able to play a strong game herself and to also direct others.  In her play she is almost unrecognisable from the same player at the start of the season.

Under 12 Boys

Player of the season 2011-12 – voted for by the players.

Nominees

Edward Murphy

James Hansell

Robert Chaney Baxter

Winner

James Hansell

James is always smiling and always at training.  He has come on very well this year.

Under 10/12 Boys

Most Improved 2011-12 – voted for by the coaches.

Nominees

Edward Murphy

Louis Cann

Andy Carver

Winner

Edward Murphy

For someone who started off messing around, but now when playing against U12s he is looking up and passing the ball with good ball speed.  Coaches have commented he looks ready to fill the ‘big shoes’ being left by some of the players moving up to the Dev league next year.

Under 10 Girls

Player of the season 2011-12 – voted for by the players

Nominees

Esme Potter

Amelia Barclay

Jodi Rump

Winner

Jodi Rump.

Jodi some excellent play in tournaments with her runs up the pitch and passes to others to shoot.

Under 10 Boys

Player of the season 2011-12 – voted for by the players

Nominees

Tom Bailey

Jonathan Chaney Baxter

Raunaq Rai

Winner

Raunaq Rai

Raunaq’s skills are amazing.  He is also hard working and he tires to  involve others in games.

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Titans Development League Boys Club Member 2011-12 Nominees

Kallan Hagarty  
Owen    
Rohan Kaushal  

 

WINNER – Titans Development League Boys Club Member 2011-12

Kallan Hagarty A very cool customer. Always turns up for training. Always works hard on the pitch.

Titans Development League Boys Club Member 2011-12 Nominees

Jonty Gosling  
Kallan Hagarty  
Steven Gale He is the first to support his team mates. A very active member of the team. Always does his best

WINNER – Titans Development League Boys Club Member 2011-12

Steven Gale He is the first to support his team mates. A very active member of the team. Always does his best

 

Coaches award Titans Development League Boys – Most improved 2011-12 Nominees

Jonty Gosling a great player who makes a difference to team
Sam Holland He has matured over this season and is playing some good hockey
Henry Laming an awesome player

WINNER – Coaches award Titans Development League Boys – Most improved 2011-12 Nominees

Sam Holland He has matured over this season and is playing some good hockey

Dragons Development League Boys Club Member 2011-12 Nominees

Andrew Webb  
Ben Harvey  
Jonty Gosling  
Rob Lee for being supportive
Sam Harvey  

 

WINNER – Dragons Development League Boys Club Member 2011-12

for always trying hard and not complaining at other people when things don’t work out,

Ben Harvey Dragons  

Dragons Development League Boys Player of the Season 2011-12 Nominees

Ben Harvey  
Henry Laming  
Jonty Gosling  
Ollie King good sportsmanship
Sam Harvey  

WINNER – Dragons Development League Boys Player of the Season 2011-12

And for being someone who started from a modest beginning and is now a great player who makes a difference to team:

Jonty Gosling Dragons  

Coaches award Dragons Development League Boys – Most improved 2011-12 Nominees

Sam Harvey For his transformation from an outfield player last season to a strong goalkeeper this.
Jonty Gosling who started from a modest beginning and is now a very strong and more than competent player for his age.
Henry Laming who has some awesome skills.

WINNER – Coaches award Dragons Development League Boys – Most improved 2011-12 Nominees

Sam Harvey For his transformation from an outfield player last season to a strong goalkeeper this.

Development League Girls Club Member 2011-12 Nominees

Lots of nominees

Chiara Bond  
Jess Tye-Leech she is always really supportive and encouraging especially on the pitch and she’s helpful off pitch too. Also she is just a really nice person
Laura Hansell  
Lotte Stalker She is always kind, and helpful. She is always smiling, so I think her personality has a very positive effect on the team in both matches and training.
Sophie Farrow because she always has a positive attitude and enthusiasm for every match she plays
Megan Harvey really supported people who are new to the club encouraged them when they lack confidence or makes a mistake

 

WINNER – Development League Girls Club Member 2011-12

For always being happy and willing to help everyone by giving encouragement and constructive advice in a creative and friendly manner

Chiara Bond  

Development League Girls Player of the season 2011-12 Nominees

Holly Thomson She puts in lots of effort into every game, and has won back possession of the ball on numerous occasions every week with great tackles.
Jess Tye-Leech  
Megan Harvey  
Sophie Farrow works well with the team both getting into the action but also giving instructions and communicating with others on and off the pitch.

WINNER – Development League Girls Player of the season 2011-12 Nominees

Because, although she is quiet she is she’s an immense player who has also scored several goals this season.

Megan Harvey  

Coaches award Development League Girls Most Improved 2011-12 Nominees

Lotte Stalker

Jess Tye Leech

Sophie Farrow

WINNER – Coaches award Development League Girls Most Improved 2011-12

for her improved understanding of the game and greatly improved skills

Sophie Farrow

Dev Boys Awards Winners:

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Sam Harvey, Ben Harvey and Jonty Gosling

Dev Girls Awards Winners:

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Megan Harvey and Sophie Farrow

 

2010-2011 Season’s Award Nominations & Winners:

Ladies 1s:
Nominations: Gail Thomas, Marie James, Rowie York-Smith, Lizzie Moulton, Rachel Miles
Winner: Rachel Miles

Men’s 1s:
Nominations: Jim Woodruff, Rupert Snelling, Tom Bell
Winner: Jim Woodruff (it’s taken a very long time!)

Ladies 2s:
Nominations: Hazel Medler, Kerri White, Sarah Wagstaff, Laura Easter, Louise Davis
Winner: Sarah Wagstaff

Men’s 2s
Nominations: Ricky Powley, Chris Millar, Neil Shorten
Winner: Neil Shorten

Ladies 3s
Nominations: Heidi Acteson, Amelia Dawson, Holly Francis
Winner: Amelia Dawson (in her first season at the Club)

Men’s 3s
Nominations: Ray Hansell, George Walker, Mark Flatman, Nick the Goalkeeper
Winner: Ray Hansell

Ladies Most Improved:
Nominations: Many, but most notable Izzie London, Hazel Medler, Isi Christophers, Freya Clogan, Flora Gregorie
Winner: Hazel Medler

Men’s Most Improved:
Nominations: Dan Cheesman and Jake Hardesty
Winner: Dan Cheesman

Finally: Club Person of the Year:
Nominations – Many, but most notable Nat Beal (Juniors), Angela Murgatroyd (Juniors, umpire, coaching), Mike Hardy (Pitch, Team Support, Juniors), Sue Cullum (Website), Steve Woodward (Ladies coaching & Juniors) and Ed Smith (Mens Coaching – well shouting at 4 men on a Tuesday night!)
Winner: Mike Hardy

Youth Section Award Winners:

U12 Girls Player of the Season: Nominations – Lotte, Holly, Laura Hansell – Winner Holly

U12 Boys Player of the Season: Nominations – Kareem, Marcus, Andy, Sam Harvey – Winner Sam

Junior Club Member of the Season: Nominations – Sam Harvey, Laura Hansell, Kareem, Pedro, Marcus – Winner Pedro

Junior Most Improved Player (Voted by Coaches): Nominations – Laura Hansell, James Hansell, Andy Carver – Winner James Hansell

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2009-2010 Season’s Award Winners:

TEAM PLAYERS OF THE YEAR

Ladies 3s – Nic Harrison
Ladies 2s – Louise Davis
Ladies 1s – Tash Blyth
 
Mens 3s – Nick Franklin
Mens 2s – Jon Goodson
Mens 1s – Rupert Snelling
 
MOST IMPROVED LADIES PLAYER – Tash Blyth
MOST IMPROVED MENS PLAYER – Danny Knights
CLUB MEMBER OF THE YEAR –  Mike Hardy

 

2008-2009 Season’s Award Winners:

TEAM PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
Ladies 1 – Hannah Hardy
Ladies 2 – Ali Windsor Waite
Ladies 3 – Hazel Medler
Ladies 4 – Christina Wise
Mens 1 – Neil Shorten
Mens 2 – Danny Knights
Mens 3 – Chris Millar/ David Pentin joint winners

MOST IMPROVED LADIES PLAYER – Sarah Laramy
MOST IMPROVED MENS PLAYER – Chris Harrison
CLUB MEMBER OF THE YEAR –  Nat Beal

 

Darby Cup Winners 1983 – 2008:

For Services to Norwich Union Men’s Hockey Club

1983 R.A.Buckton

1984 M.E.Banham

1985 R.A.Polley

1986 R.Plunkett

1987 M.Denham

1988 J.Morgan

1989 B.Roper

1990 J.Andrews

1991 R.H.Perrin

1992 J.I.Price

1993 S.Black

1994 A.P.Kemp

1995 G.N.Jennings

1996 J.Mclean

1997 A.J.Cross

1998 C.Frost

1999 K.Morley

2000 A.Bingham

2001 G.Brooks

2002 R.Gowing

2003 C.Millar

2004 A.Hipper

2005 N.Shorten

2006 E.Smith

2007 R.Phillis

2008 J.Goodson