Please see below the nominations from the Mens section for this years awards.
The winners will be announced on the evening
Young Player of the Year
Imre is class. Not only is he a fantastically gifted hockey player, his attitude, commitment and work rate are exemplary plus he has a V-drag to die for! Imre has been a stalwart of the 2nd XI, excellent in the 1st XI but made heads turn in the indoor finals at Wembley and this has helped earn him a call up to the England Under 18s.
Henry Saxby has demonstrated some great performances and for a 14 year old in men's hockey and is leaps and bounds ahead of where he should be. He is reliable, unflinching and is never afraid to get stuck in. Henry has carried this form and consistency in to the U16 A team where he has showed the maturity and talent of a player much older than himself.
Angus has done extremely well this year, getting to Futures Cup but just narrowly missing out on NAGS. As a new player to the club he has settled in well, with his best performances coming at right back rather than his more usual position of right midfield. He is strong on the ball and likes to drive forward at any opportunity and is developing his abilities well as he begins to play and train with better players and coaches.
Angus is talented and dependable in any position across the midfield. He has come on leaps and bounds as the season has gone on and has started to dominate senior opposition players on multiple occasions.
Max has been at the club for many years now, starting the Rascals a few seasons ago learning his trade in the London League, he has jumped across to the MBBO and the local competitiveness which follows.
He has become an essential cog in the Rovers, running D to D, making tackles and popping up with the occasional Hollywood ball. His hard work has earned him a call up to the Mens 3’s, when only more hard work will see him continue to progress up the teams within the club.
Most improved Player
Toby has developed into a skilful young full back, and has a big future ahead of him within the hockey world. He has the slider of a young Rich Mantell and has the ability to pick and choose when to use it.
Sam has done well this year, getting to Futures Cup but narrowly missing out on NAGS despite being younger than his competition at just 16. Sam has taken on feedback around player elimination and is really beginning to improve in that area as he uses his stick skills and pace. He has performed highly in the Refills, played in the 2As and has even had a few run outs in the 2's where he has not looked out of place and even scored a couple of goals.
Nick was always skilful, but his evolution as a player over the last year or two has taken him from show pony to the player the 2s often turn to for a moment of magic which will change a game, and now he is moving beyond that to becoming a regular fixture in the 1s.
Nick has also become an international player in that time and is part of a vibrant core of outstanding young players in the club. Nick's development has been remarkable and although he was always very talented, he's almost unrecognisable now from the player who started playing men's hockey a couple of years ago.
Nat has developed some speed across the ground and excellent stick skills to put many defenders on the back foot. He is growing in confidence and recognises the aspects of his game that he needs to work on. He plays with his head up and will link up play as a preference rather than carrying the ball into contact.
Cam is in ways a fox in the box but has worked hard on his athleticism and overall team play. This development has shown in his performances and the goals he has scored for the U16s. If Cam continues to develop like he has this season, he will have a bright future ahead.
Performance Player of the Year
The middle man of Team JET, the best looking Carson and arguably the most intelligent. Ed was a fresh new addition to the squad this season, and has had a great impact on the squad like all of the 1st team freshers. Ed has stood out with his reliability on the ball, relentless work rate and post-game competitions with his brothers. His team ethic is one to be admired by youngsters coming up the ranks, and we look forward to having him in the squad for many more years to come.
Joining us 2 years ago, Monty has had a magnificent year this season.
He is one of the youngest and most established players of the 1st XI squad and has scored some crucial goals for us throughout the season. Monty has shown outstanding professionalism, excellent commitment to training and helped the wider club by playing for other sides and coaching the colts on many occasions.
Ben has been outstanding this season. He brings international level quality and temp to each play. A constant threat to any defence, he has led the line all season. The improvements he has made over the last two seasons are remarkable. He has often been the difference in tight matches.
Club Man of the Year
The Wall - Kynaston joined the club this year. No-one has shown more commitment to the team than he has: he's always first to training even when injured, each victory invigorates him and defeat seems to mortally wound him, so committed is he to the cause.
Beyond the team though, Terry has been the first to put his hand up to help the club week in, week out. He will always volunteer to umpire; to play for another team when needed, home or away; and most of all Terry loves hockey. Although everything said so far suggests that he is the perfect man to have in your team, having Terry at the club does come with its difficulties. Selecting Terry also means selecting his mum on the side-line. Never before have a team faced such a barrage abuse from opposition fans, as we receive from Terry's mother! No mistake goes unvillified, no quick breather goes unscorned. It's not hard to see why he's become a military PT with her as a role model. That aside, Terry has been awesome this year and we are a richer club for having him.
Chris has been at the club for many years, whether it being the captain of the rovers, or getting abuse hurled at him on a Saturday as an umpire. Chris has always been a visual figure at the club each Saturday. Arguably the most important role Chris has done is organizing of the umpires, not just for the men but for every team within the club. Chris has dedicated so much time to this role and will be taking a well-deserved break from this to return to his family and spend some quality time watching his youngest grow up. We all owe Chris a beer, or a simple thank you for all the hard work he has put in and his departure leaves a big void. We look forward to seeing Chris up at the club on a Sunday in a few years with the colts, where we can use his excellent skills once more.
Team of the season
Despite an excellent start to the season, the 2s found themselves in danger of relegation on the back of 6 straight losses in November and December. Led by Chris Powell the squad managed to rectify this minor blip and put in some excellent performances to climb up the table and eventually clinched a playoff spot on the final day of the season.
Led by Ted Warren, the 2As had an excellent season beating both Southgate and Hampstead who finished 1st and 2nd. Despite being one of the stronger teams in the league, poor availability and the need to help out both the 2s and Refills in their quests for survival and promotion resulted in the Refills slipping down the table but nevertheless they still managed to achieve a playoff spot.
This is the second season in three that the Men’s Refills have been nominated for this award. This year Chris Armitage was set with the challenge of getting a team that just avoided relegation last year to being promoted back into Div. 2. Not only did the Refills gain promotion but they won the league. Most weeks the average age of the squad was only bought up to the early 20 by Chris playing himself, but the majority of the time, like the last game of the season to clinch the title they fielded 8 under 18 players..
The last few years have been tough for the Rovers, with a big turnover of players adversely affecting their performances on the field. Through the leadership of Chris Rose, the Rovers have managed to reverse this slump and firmly establish themselves within the league putting in some great performances this season.
Player of the Season
Alex joined the club 3 years ago, a fresh young face from Millfield School. After only planning on staying for year, the draw of The Royal County and more specifically Reading Hockey Club kept him the area. Like a fine wine Alex looks have only got better with age, known simply at Jnr Pro, Alex has led by example playing home and away for all sides within the club. Being a stalwart in the men’s 2a’s playing and social side. Unfortunately this year will definitely be his last and he is off to pursue his career in the armed forces. He will be missed not only by the men’s section, but also the ladies section who love looking into his beautiful never ending eyes!
Jamie has been at the heart of the Refills defence. Quietly and confidently getting on with breaking down play and keeping many centre forwards at bay. He is prepared to carry the ball forward into space and distributes the ball well. He has played the majority of refills matches this season and has not looked out of place, regularly being voted man of the match by his peers.
Tino is a great example of someone who has played at a higher level and put in consistent match winning performances and put the team first. He has been an incredible club member for many years, and whichever team he has gone into has dedicated himself implicitly to them...except when Arsenal are playing at home!
Updated 18:59 - 9 Apr 2017 by Liz Spencer
If you saw Chedd turn up to the hockey club you would assume he was lost, his kit being a tesco bag, his hair a mess from the Friday night matchbox session and a pair of shoes which looked like they have been worn on a trek through the Amazon. But his presence was always appreciated and needed, he has scored goals, broken up play when needed to and been a great addition to the squad. We look forward to keeping RHC version of Van Wilder for another two years.