Hethersett have lots to celebrate
HETHERSETT Athletic celebrated a season of success for its adult teams at a special presentation evening at Park Farm Hotel.The ladies' team was presented with the Eastern Region Women's League Cup by league registration secretary Bill Servey and the men's Saturday team received the Crown Fire South and Central Norfolk Division Four trophy from league secretary John Turner.
HETHERSETT Athletic celebrated a season of success for its adult teams at a special presentation evening at Park Farm Hotel.
The ladies' team was presented with the Eastern Region Women's League Cup by league registration secretary Bill Servey and the men's Saturday team received the Crown Fire South and Central Norfolk Division Four trophy from league secretary John Turner.
The Saturday side also reached the finals of both the Ben Smith Memorial Cup and the Fen Regis Invitation Shield. John Turner paid tribute to the newly formed Saturday side's fine disciplinary record as well as its excellent playing record: 'It has been a delight having Hethersett as part of our league,' he said.
Club chairman Peter Steward said the club had struck an excellent balance between providing enjoyable and competitive football at youth level whilst meeting with huge success at adult level.
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The Saturday team had twice been named Crown Fire club of the month. In addition they had beaten Lyng to take the Lee Thompson Memorial Plate.
The ladies team had won the Eastern Region Women's League Cup and still had the chance of being league runners-up.
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A number of major awards were presented during the evening. Danny Gray received the club's golden boot for setting a club record of 78 goals and for the first time ever the club had five players score more than 30 goals. In addition Lewis Allen overtook brother Scott at the top of the all-time club scoring chart and now has 184 goals.
Matt Steward was presented with honorary life membership for being only the third player in the club's history to complete 300 league and cup games. Danny Holman was presented with a special trophy to mark 350 league and cup appearances.
Adele McCrory was presented with a new award - The John Murphy Trophy - for the ladies team player showing outstanding respect throughout the season.
The club's top award - The Lee Thompson Memorial Shield - for outstanding contribution to the club was awarded to club founder and current secretary Mel Perkins who received the shield from Lee's mother Mary.
The full list of appearance trophies presented on the evening was: 350 appearances: Danny Holman; 300 appearances and honorary life membership: Matt Steward; 250 appearances: Chris Bolderstone; 200 appearances: Lewis Allen, Andy Oliver and Chris Smedmor; 150 appearances: Neil Anderson, Will Cook, Ryan O'Sullivan (including a record number of 58 appearances for the season), James Rice, Mike Pugh, Jack Raven and Jacob Morrison. 100 appearances: Adam Waters, Rob Pugh and Jack Sanders; 50 appearances: Lee Barrett, Matt Cartledge, Ross Luther-Veitch, Craig Chadwick, Johnny Martin, Ben Shearing, Tom Wadlow, Jodie Allard, Jodie Rettie and Hannah Dugdale.
Individual team awards were presented to the following: Sunday A Team: Clubman of the Year, Jack Sanders; Players' Player, Liam Buffin; Manager's Player, Jack Sanders. Sunday Reserve Team: Top Scorer, Michael Bates; Manager's Player, Johnny Martin; Players' Players, Michael Bates, Jack Raven and Jacob Morrison. Sunday Firsts, Manager's Player, Lee Barrett; Players' player, Jack Tarrant. Ladies' Team: Top Scorer, Emily Coates; Players' Player, Zoe Klimcke; Young Player of the Year, Emma Mulley; Manager's Player of the Year, Emily Coates. Saturday Men's Team: Top Scorer, Danny Gray; Most Improved Player, Gary Davis; Players' Player, Danny Gray; Manager's Player awarded to the entire team.
The club's youth teams will be holding their own presentation funday on June 14.