Riverside Hockey caps fine year with awards ceremony

2013-10-31 00:00

RIVERSIDE Hockey Club in Durban North capped a fine year on the astro with their annual awards ceremony last week, recognising the players who have kept the club at the top of their game.

This has been a year to remember as the club laid claim to being the best in the country. The men’s and women’s first teams dealt with all before them, finishing as KZN Super League champions for the season and maintaining the spirit of enjoyment on and off the field.

Club captain Shannon Boyall was proud of what had been achieved. “We outdid ourselves this year and are extremely chuffed with the men’s and women’s first teams,” she said. “However, we must not forget the other senior teams, many of which also won their respective leagues.”

Boyall also singled out individual performances, which included two Riverside coaches involved with KZN teams, 30 players representing KZN in various age groups and four members who played for the men’s team at national level, representing South Africa at an overseas tournament.

“These are accolades and achievements that keep our club on the map and at the forefront of hockey at provincial and national level, but it’s also about what happens off the field,” said Boyall. “The club is about pure hockey enjoyment, from the tots through to the experienced masters players and it is clear to see this being adhered to by all at the club. It creates a competitive but fair spirit, while encouraging people to play the game.”

The theme for the awards was “Formal but not Normal” with many players showing as much flair for fashion as on the astro with a hockey stick in hand.

Main Prize Winners

Sportsperson of the Year: Wendy Snelling (women); Daniel Sibbald (men)

Player of the Year: Lauren Pearton and Jessica Lardant (shared); Wade Paton

Top Goal Scorers: Danelle van der Linde and Teagan McFall (25); Michael Botha (22)

Most Improved Player: Michaela Ferreira; Ian Druce

Umpire of the Year: Gareth Mason

Member of the Year: Shannon Boyall

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