Hockey Club Awards 2013/2014 SeasonBy Reading Hockey Club • May 12th, 2014 • Category: Home Page, News
Performance Player – Leah Wilkinson and Becky Halle. For contribution throughout the season, supporting the team when teammates were on international duty. They have played at a consistently high level helping the team to finish second in the league. They were also key players in the Indoor squads which helped the team to win both the UK competition and the European competition in Lithuania.
Player of the season – Georgia Boother. Georgia has been supporting all the captains with team selection during the season and has also been able to improve her own game for the ladies 2’s.
Young player – Livy Paige (NAG U18 and U21), Been at Reading since she was a mini hockey player and has been a member of the first XI for a few years now. She has progressed through the EH age groups and is a strong dedicated player to the team and club.
Team of the Year – Ladies 1st XI – The team came second in the National League and third in the playoffs, they also won the National Indoor Champions and European Indoor Champions B Division. A season of that saw many squad players rotating due to injury and international absence, but still managed to come home with silverware.
Club Member of the Year – Grace Lawes. On a rotation of three goalkeepers for two teams, Grace has supported the 1st and 1A XI, often from the bench or even the stands, yet she is willing to play for whichever team needs her the most. She has also been known to play on pitch. Grace also actively supports club activities from Back to Hockey marketing to the recent playoffs at the club and coaching to the young goalkeepers.
Performance Player of the Season: Julius Breucker. Julius “Boom Bom” Breucker has been an integral part of the 1st Team squad since joining Reading HC two years ago. In this time Julius has grown from boy to man, from fringe player to a key man in the squad. This season has seen Julius grow from strength to strength and we are very sad that this season will be his last for the foreseeable future, as he returns to complete his studies in Germany. We hope he will return to us in the future, and we wish him all the best.
Player of the Season: Huw Kimber Huw returned to us this season having completed his studies at ‘Lufbra’ and has been a stalwart for the 2s and 2As. His lung busting runs up the right hand side and his tendency to cut into the ‘D’ to hit a reverse-stick strike have become legendary!
Young Player of the Season: Olie Brown This season has seen immeasurable improvement on the pitch from Olie, as he has matured into a rock in the heart of the 3rd XI defence. A mature head on young shoulders and the kind of guy that every team and club needs! In addition to his fantastic performances on the pitch, Olie has run the Young Leaders programme with great enthusiasm and is ever-present at all things Reading.
Veterans Player of the Season: Simon Briscoe Another fantastic season for the ever-youthful Rustlers side made it difficult to pick out one name, however, it became clear that Simon Briscoe is the beating-heart of the side and takes the great honour of being the Vets Player of the Season.
Most Improved Player of the Season: Matthew Kemp This season has seen Matthew leap from the Retros side, through the Rovers and the 3s and into the Refills squad by the end. His work rate, enthusiasm and desire to improve are worth special mention, and we look forward to further improvement over the coming seasons.
Club Member of the Season: Chris Withers It wasn’t until we had a Withers did we realise what we were missing! The Umpire’s Manager role has oft been viewed as a poisoned chalice, but Chris performs the task with great aplomb and skill and has managed to persuade many unwilling victims to perform the most vital role on the pitch this season. He himself has umpired so many games that it became almost impossible to count! We are very grateful for his efforts, and long may they continue.
Team of the Season: 2As. One of the most hotly contested awards every season, and this year a controversial choice. With the Rustlers winning their league having lost only one game and a positive goal difference in excess of 100, plus the league cup too, surely they were the natural choice? No!! This year a new name must go on the Team of the Season shield, and it was the 2As, who valiantly fought their way to promotion and a London League Cup Final. Perhaps not scaling the great heights of the Rustlers XI, but still a fabulous season despite losing a huge number of players at Christmas. The 2As team looked very different before and after the recess as they lost some 8 players to local-school hockey, and it is of great credit that the post-Christmas side went on a 10-game winning streak, which included a goal from captain Jon Bishop while masquerading up front.
Colts Performance Player – Jack Whelan age 15, NAG BU16 and playing up in BU18 Reading and M2 and 2As. The ‘stand-out’ team player.
Coach of the Year – Roger Wall, Lead coach of GU16 taking his premier team to the Nationals where they finished 4th. His contribution to coaching colts has been immerse over the years and this season he has also indirectly contributed to the success of the BU18s through his schools coaching.
Young Leader of the Year – Olie Brown. Olie is one of many YL that the colts section can’t do without on a Sunday morning. They assist in coaching U6 to U12s, umpiring matches and the organisation of the monthly Thames Valley Mini tournament for U8 to U12. All are great ambassadors for RHC. Olie is the Lead YL and organiser of them all.
Team of the Year – BU18. Both BU18 As and Bs have won through to the Mercian League Finals weekend and were winners of the EH Plate
The Colts BIG THANK YOU awards for their contribution to the Colts section- Ian Ashby and Bev Thompson:
Ian Ashby has been at the club for 14 years coaching colts for nearly all of them and captaining the men’s team where the boys have been coached playing men’s hockey. He has been a colts county coach. Ian has been a coach with the RHC BU18 for the past 3 years winning the EH Plate for 2 of those years. He has also been the Colts Welfare Officer for several years, a vital role for the colts. Throughout his time at the club he has courageously been wearing a Magnum PI moustache.
Bev Thompson has been at the club for 13 years coaching for nearly all of them. Bev has coached for the county and is a JRPC coach. She was Colts Chairman for 5 years pulling the many coaching and admin volunteers together as a unit, orchestrating the YL courses and fostering greater links with the Ladies section to channel colts into playing at the higher levels in the Ladies Section. Under her chairmanship the Colts Section has grown substantially as has the RHC Girls NAGS grown in number.
Holt Cup – Liz Spencer. For continued contribution and commitment to the club for a lady member. Liz has worked tirelessly during the season to ensure that the club continued to run successfully. Her enthusiasm at connecting the playing sections together, as well as willingly offering to umpire, organise, coerce and co-ordinate, meant that Reading Hockey Club truly stayed as a Club thought a traumatic season.
The Peter Williams Award – Jacky Davey This is the Club Award that is given in recognition of all their work, commitment and support of the club over a number of years.
Jacky Davey is an exceptional Club member. She was one of the founder members of the Ladies Section and has, since joining the Club, contributed in many ways. She was involved with the RAAJ Festival and all the fund raising that has been the life line of the Club. Her involvement with the 1ST Team Squad as their physio has been huge as has been her support for the team on the pitch. She is a very worthy winner of the Peter Williams Cup.