Please see below the nominations from the Colts section for this years awards.
The winners will be announced on the evening
Performance Colt of the Season
BU18 – Nick Park
2015/16 was Nicks first full season of hockey. He made his Men's 1s debut and was an influential player in the under 18's. This year Nick has been the leader and leading force of BU18 in training and in play committing to every match, putting every effort in and driving the squad forward. He has remained in the Men's 1 squad and played a number of matches for M1s this season. His skills and pace are the envy of a number of colts who are looking to him as the example of what path to follow. In spite of that, he's always willing to help out be that with other mens teams on a Saturday, summer league or on car park duty so it's not just about reaching the performance squad for him.
GU18 – Freya Bull
Ladies 1s core player this season. Resilient defender who is devastating when she carries the ball. Stand out captain leading by example in GU18's and has been selected for U18 England squads.
GU16 – Mila Welsh
GU16 NAGS player and must be the youngest ever girl at 15 to play Ladies First team on a regular basis. She has been completely outstanding when she has been able to play for our top GU16 team.
GU18 – Abbie Dixon
Abbie has contributed to ladies 1s and u18 teams and has shown huge improvements across the season including selection for U18 England squads. A regular supporter of the club and other teams and has helped out coaching on occasions with both GU14 and GU12s. Has provided the 'grunt' clearing up work in the kitchen behind the scenes with Dad helping mum to produce fab teas.
Colt of the Season
GU18 – Charlotte Kerr
Reliable and organised manager of the YLs efficiently getting the YL organised. Always coaching at Minis including drawing up session plans and always helping in the hut and at events. Solid player in the ladies section (playing ladies 2s) and a rock on and off the pitch for U18.
GU16 – Ellie May
Captain, who has been prepared to play out of position to help the team at the back, and has been a regular attendee at both ladies (1as and 2s) and colts all season. She is a good example of what you can achieve as a colt if you are prepared to put the time in with the ladies section too, not just with her own technical ability, but also knowledge of the game.
GU14 – Millie Crosby
Milly Crosby's improvement has continued this season and has made substantial progress in the ladies section. Milly is regularly seen around the club supporting teams and has been a help in the kitchens on adult match days. She has shown a great commitment and effort to the club outside of her own team.
GU14 – Lucy Dawson
Lucy has also made progress playing in the Ladies Section and continues her improvement . A solid and reliable Young Leader and someone who contributes to the club wider that just her own team, even helping out and supporting whilst injured.
BU16 - Max Reed
As Max has begun to grow, so have his abilities. Playing in the U16B team and with the Rovers he's had to take more of a lead role, which has helped with his hockey development and his contribution at a club level. He rarely missed a training session and is always an enthusiastic participant, arriving with a smile on his face to set the example for others. A YL leader contributing to the Minis including umpiring at Mini tournaments.
Most Improved Colt of the Season
GU16 - Darcy Scott
The GU16 league group have had a tough ask in the draw we were given- they stuck with it and got a win near the end of the season. It is hard to pick one form that group when they put everything into the squad but Darcy Scott has really grown in her technical ability and confidence on the ball and is now playing some Berkshire hockey. Well done her.
BU14 -Nathan Warwick
Nathan turns up each week, hardly misses any training or a match and quietly gets on and listens to coaching points and has developed into a hugely reliable and tenacious left half. He works extremely hard both in training and matches and his improvement is marked and substantial.
GU18 - Anna Gutierrez
Anna has made progress both up in the ladies team and colts but this season in particular she has come on leaps and bounds to be a strong presence in the U18.
GU14 - Maddie Thaw
Maddie has made all round improvement in the Dev team and demonstrates total commitment to the squad.
GU14 - Maisie Sterms
Maisie has been part of the Prem and league squads and has shown a true understanding of the game,- she is naturally athletic and very hard working, also a delight to have on the team.
GU14 - Lauren Dos Santos
Lauren has been part of the Prem team all season and got much stronger on the ball. She is a solid midfielder but shown versatility in her position and proved an invaluable member of the team
BU16 - Nat Majakas
Nat has developed his hockey skills really well this year. He has always been a player that plays with his 'head up' to link up play but a move to left midfield has allowed him to really become part of the engine room of the U16 boys A team. He has also been playing with the Refills mens team this year, where an increase in speed over the ground and his ball carrying skills have caused a lot of problems for opposition defenders particularly when he breaks the defensive line. Nat also has good tactical awareness which allows him to spot developing situations in matches and either deal with them or snuff them out in advance. He has also perfected the art of getting short corners at key points in matches. He reached Tier 1 competition level this year and has been invited to Performance Centre activities.
The YL who has attended on a regular basis just about every week. She provides effective coaching making her popular with the Minis. She's been great to work with and provided good assistance to coaches and management alike.
The YL who turns up regularly and has coached, umpired at TVMs and In2H tournaments, served in the Hut and pointed directions in the car park. Always cheerful and always helpful, in particular doing the jobs others don't often volunteer for. He’s been a revelation this year.
An older YL who has contributed regularly to colts especially with umpiring duties.
Accomplished YL especially in coaching. Taken the role seriously and delivered some excellent coaching. Like all YLs school and other hockey commitments mean we can't always have him with the colts on Sundays.
Jess turns up every Sunday and is a willing and helpful YL. Her gentle and fun manner make her a hit with the U6s and they love her.
Team of the Season
HCGL Prem winners again, currently in the SF of the EH Cup having beaten Surbiton in the QF. This is best run at an EH competition any colts team has had. Damon has been the coach of a team that has been in the top four in the country for 3 years running.
Prem have reached T3Finals again
The GU16 league group were given a very tough ask in the draw we were given by HCGL - they stuck with it and got a win near the end of the season. Credit to all the players for hanging in there even when it wasn't that enjoyable.
Have reached T3 Finals of EH Champs. Finished top of their HCGL Prem league to reach the League finals day on 30 April.
Top of the League and into the QF of the HCGL playoffs on 9th April ahead of the finals day on 30 April
Finished 3rd of 7th in their league which is the best for Dev team for years
Target was reaching T2 - done. Reached QF of Mercian. Reading were the unlucky ones to have to play an extra round head of SF Finals days.
BU14A & B
Both teams were entered into higher leagues this season and played with great credit. The As finished mid table of the Prem League and reached T2 of EH Champs (Regional) narrowly missing out to Leicester in the fight to reach the EH finals. BU14 player retention was good in the face of competition from other sports/schools/clubs.
Finished top of their BU14 Challengers league and qualified for Regional round of the EH In2Hockey on 30 April
Finished top of their 11/side league and Renegades 2nd in theirs
Coaching Team of the year
BU14 coaching team have reached all the targets set for them which included player retention and development, and to reach T2 of Regionals and finish in the top 2. T3 would have been a bonus. Mid table finish in the top Prem league (which is a step up from last season's league) is a rewarding outcome for the dedication of the coaches and players alike.
GU18 results have been the best we have every had for Reading Colts. The coaching team is led by Damon Hill who has been the coach of a team that has been in the top four in the country for 3 years running.
Updated 19:09 - 9 Apr 2017 by Liz Spencer
Both Prem and League teams have reached the finals of the HCGL and the Prem have reached T2 of EH. Devs team have had their best league finish for year. The coaching team have developed a squad with great depth.