Highlands soccer awards night

The senior football season wrapped up on October 15 at Mittagong RSL. 

Teams gathered together for the Highlands Soccer Association presentation night, to celebrate the end of a successful season. 

Central to the evening was the celebration of achievements in football in the 2016 competition.

The first award to be presented was the Golden Boot, which was awarded to the highest goal scorer in the senior grades. 

The youth grade Golden Boot went Finn Sullivan from Chevalier and Reece Cole from Bundanoon, who both scored nine goals across the season. 

The men’s third grade winner was Morgan Evans from Bowral, with 18 goals. Annie Croker from Crookwell won the award for the women’s reserve grade, after she scored a massive 39 goals. The top scorer for the men’s reserve grade was Scott Sundgren from Yerrinbool, who scored 10 goals.

For the second year in a row, Sarah Rech from Yerrinbool took home the award for the women’s premier league after she tallied 24 goals across the season. Luke Will from Marulan took home the award for the men’s premier league after he scored 13 goals. 

The next award to be presented was the Golden Gloves. The Golden Glove was awarded to the player with the highest number of clean sheets. 

Angus Lowden won the awards for Chevalier in the youth grade after he totalled six clean sheets. Peter Jensen from Bowral also scored six clean sheets and took home the award in men’s third grade. Emily Selmes from Crookwell won the Golden Gloves for the women’s reserve grade after she tallied eight clean sheets.

Jacob Clark from Moss Vale kept four clean sheets and won the award for the men’s reserve grade. Angela D’Adam from Moss Vale won for the women’s premier league after she kept the highest number of clean sheets, and finished with 10 for the season. Bailey Halias from Hill Top finished the men’s premier league season with three clean sheets and won the Golden Glove. 

Dave Noble was commended for his efforts across the season and was named Referee of the Year.

Exeter Soccer Club received the Fair Play award. The award was presented to the club that had the least amount of yellow and red cards. Collectively, the HSA handed out 16 red and 201 yellow cards. Exeter finished the season well below everyone else with only five yellow cards. 

The Service Award was given to Phil Tallon from Bundanoon soccer club. Tallon has been involved with the club for more than 15 years as both a coach and a player. He was thanked for his generosity and the time he had given not just to Bundanoon Soccer Club but also the HSA.

Player of the Year Awards were selected by the opposition. At the end of each game the opposition’s coaches had to choose the other teams best player. 

Reece Cole from Bundanoon won the award in the youth grade, John McGannon won for Hill Top in the men’s third grade, Annie Croker from Crookwell took home the award in the women’s reserve grade. Daniel Freere from Robertson won in the men’s reserve grade. Alyce Thompson from Hill Top won for the women’s premier league and Daniel Alifi from Marulan was named player of the year for the men’s premier league. 

The final award was the Club Championship. Moss Vale won the award for their success in both junior and senior competitions.

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