Watford Ladies held their chairman’s awards night at Westfield Academy, celebrating the endeavours and successes of the club’s players, staff and volunteers throughout the season.
Chairman Chris Crickett opened the evening with a short speech, highlighting the changes the women’s game and Watford Ladies are facing.
He said: “2014 has seen Watford Ladies competing in the newly expanded FA Women’s Super League for the very first time. The rapid growth of women’s football, together with its broadest media coverage ever in television and radio, plus the live match attendances which have more than doubled again since last year, are bringing many new challenges for us to deal with.”
Crickett continued: “In the same way that our youth section has become successful in recent years, so too, we will find ways for Watford Ladies FC to be successful in the Women’s Super League and at the core of this success must be the excellent work that comes from our passionate and resourceful volunteers.
“This is a cause worth investing in since the reputation for football excellence that Watford Ladies has, comes largely from the success of our first team.
“This season we have also seen big changes in our youth set-up. These changes have been a requirement of Watford becoming a WSL club and although we have largely succeeded in maintaining the good quality of football coaching amongst the EPP teams we recognise the need for better communication that is a requirement of all our teams that compete in the Hertfordshire League (HGFPL).”
For the Development team, Phoebe Read was named player’s player and Rebecca French most improved player.
Kemina Webber’s goalscoring exploits meant she was top scorer, whilst Mollie Burgess scooped manager’s player.
For Tony Gilbey’s Under-18s side, Bethany Turnbull was player’s player and Zoe Gibbs the most improved player.
Isabel France was named team player and Lucy Salter claimed the manager’s player gong.
Lizzie Knott won the player’s player award for the Under-16 Wasps, whilst Carla Gilbey and Anna Bearman both landed parent’s player of the year awards.
Natasha Legister won the team member award and Lauren Hall was Tina Kenney and Mick Walsh’s pick as player’s manager.
The Under-16 Hornets player’s player was Ellen Clarabut, whilst Maddie Gorton was voted parent’s player.
Charlie Hedges was recognised as team member and Katie Harris took manager’s player.
Angel Frost was awarded the title of outstanding player for the Under-14 Wasps, with Alys Barsley the manager’s player of the year.
Jaydan Kandoo’s development was acknowledged with the most improved award.
Katie Rimmell took the player’s player award and Courtney Brunette scooped the parent’s player title.
Rebecca Dowdall did the double for the Under-14 Hornets, winning the player’s player and parent’s player awards.
Danielle Maloney was the team member recipient and Rebecca McShane the manager’s player.
The Under-14 Harts player’s player crown went to Emma Kerber with Olivia Bates named parent’s player.
Emily Turnbull landed the team member award and Roxana Buckley was the manager’s player choice.
Sasha Williams walked away with the parent’s player and most improved player title for the Under-12 Hornets.
Rubie Smith was her peer’s pick as player’s player and Charli O’Connor the manager’s player.
For the Under-12 Harts, Grace Harrington took the player’s player title and Goergia Knott took the parent’s player award.
Annabel Black and Amy Ryan were both named most improved player, whilst Lola Forsyth was the manager’s player.
Kayra Karakus was awarded the player’s player title for the Under-11s with Grace Barker-Roberts the parent’s player.
Ciara Maloney was voted most improved player and Kiera Patel the manager’s player.
At Under-10’s level, Hannah Perkins took the player’s player title with Josephine Turnbull voted parent’s player.
The most improved player award went Kadie O’Reilly’s way with Jessica Cripps and Carys Harvey both selected as the manager’s player.
There were also club awards handed out with Andrew Waller winning the photo of the season gong, Sean Parkins voted best match reporter and the Kenny family scooping the family recognition award.
n Watford Ladies are currently looking for new players between the ages of seven and nine (date of birth between September 1, 2005 and August 31, 2008.
Training is on Wednesdays and matches are on Saturday mornings.
For more information, contact Michelle Perkins at email@example.com.