A HUGE thank you to event organisers Margot Scales, Beck Van Toor and Leanne Cook. Also to Jared Watkins for acting as MC for the evening.
We gave Vicki a break from taking photos and Linda Higginson of Solstice Digital & Photograhy did the honours. To view photos from last night please go to the 2017 Awards Dinner album on the Club Facebook page (more to come).
A special thank you to our 2017 Sponsors - Legs n Breasts, Stornoway, DJ Motors (all of whom have commited to continuing their sponsorship in 2018), ANZ Mobile Lending, Savoy Day Spa, AllCare Physiotherapy, Lifestyle Electrical, Travel by RACT, Wrest Point, Paul Geeves, Dean & Sarah Jones, Hutchinson Builders, General Practice Plus, The Kit Room, The Hon. Elise Archer MP, Artgym, and of course our player development partner Morton's Soccer School.
In addition to announcing the winners of various team awards, the dinner was also an opportinity for the Committee to bestow Life Membership on our President of eight years (Committee member for 13 years) Victoria Morton. Victoria came to South Hobart FC 14 years ago and in her years as President has had a huge and positive influence on the success of South Hobart FC, along with husband and Head Coach Ken Morton.
Victoria stated last night that she was proud to be honoured with Life Membership as South Hobart FC has been a large part of her life over the last 14 years.
"The club has given me a new job, a fabulous new husband, thousands of beautiful children, hundreds of new friends and hundreds of thousands of photos. There have been highs and lows, wins and losses. The work is hard the rewards are high.
The challenges of being a woman in a man’s world has been interesting. There are the usual politics and throw away lines “how would you know, you haven’t played the game?” Ken always says to me, work hard make the club the best it can be both on and off the field and that will show them. I have taken this advice seriously and worked hard to make my club the best it can be every day that I have been in the job."
Also announced was the retirement of Secretary Frances Seaborn, who will be stepping down as Secretary and Committee member in December 2017 after seven years as Secretary and Committee member. Frances joined the Committee not long after son Taliesin joined the Club in early 2011, after a conversation at training with Vicki.
Vicki told those gathered last night "I have had the opportunity to work side by side with the most amazing woman who has given seven years of her time and herself to our Club. We have grown to be great friends and I am going to miss her advice and hard work. Frances gave us a year’s notice that she would be stepping down as Secretary and that day is nearly here.
A little story about the respect Frances has in Australian football – FFA love it when we qualify for the big national tournaments as they know we will be the first to have the relevant information in, and nothing will be missed. They have told me this first hand. Please thank Frances Seaborn for her contribution to making South Hobart FC the club it is today. My friend Frances, thank you."
Head Coach Ken Morton also spoke about his pride in the club and the new Academy structure that has evolved throughout the year. "This season we have produced some fabulous football at all levels. The South Hobart philosophy, I think, was well established this year. I am exceptionally proud of our Academy structure which has grown and developed over the season. The publication of our Academy booklet was inspirational. I am excited about our plans for next season and can only see our Academy going from strength to strength."
Later in the evening Ken also spoke about his NPL team and coaching staff. Here are some extracts of his speeches.
"Our NPL season was a success. This year we didn’t enter the Summer Cup but we played some high-profile friendlies which gave us high intensity games. We went on to win the League and League Cup double. An absolutely brilliant season. Unfortunately, in the NPL National play offs we lost 2-4 to Brisbane Strikers. It was a game we showed glimpses of what we could do and we made Strikers fight all the way. Now it is time for a little rest and we come back into preseason training Monday 20th November at Cornelian Bay.
My coaching department: Nick Lapolla (Coach – Head of Sports Science), Chris Oddie (Assistant Coach), Matt Lancaster (Physio – AllCare Physiotherapy), Mark Moncur (goal keeper, goal keeper coach, team manager and part time striker), Noel Clark (Match Day Manager and much, much more). These are the people that work with the players to get them on the pitch match days with the right preparation to perform with undoubted skill.
First team players: Kieran Brown, Daniel Brown, Hugh Ludford, Adam Gorrie, Connor Schmidt, Oscar Thomas, Loic Feral, Kobe Kemp, Jack Turner, Nick Morton, Eduardo Castenada, Darcy Hall, Albie Leszynski, Jack Bowman, Jake Brennan, Ryan Cook, Olaf Conforti, Pajari Sculthorpe – away tonight: Alex Walter, Ben Hamlett and Liam Quaile. Throughout the season these players all played an invaluable part in making our games highly exciting, very skilful and obviously going on to win the premiership and the cup was a credit to everyone. A tremendous group of lads who work extremely hard throughout the year to reach high levels of fitness to complement their undoubted skill and tactical knowledge. I am very proud to be the coach of this wonderful group of players and I thank them all and look forward to the season in 2018."
We were also fabulously enterntained throughout the evening by talented Tasmanian musicians Steve Miller and John McCure playing together as "Fortunate Sons". It was an enjoyable evening.
2017 AWARD WINNERS
For a pdf version of this list, please click here.
Mark Moncur Goal Keeper of the Year - Kieran Brown
David Clarkson Young Footballer of the Year - Kieran Brown
L McGuinness Club Golden Boot - Isabella Ferrier (37 goals all competitions)
PS4 National Premier League - Men Awards
Golden Boot - Nicholas Morton (19 Goals)
Best Player - Nicholas Morton (ahead of Kobe Kemp by 5 votes)
Player's Player - Nicholas Morton (ahead of Adam Gorrie by 6 votes)
Southern Women's Championship Awards
Golden Boot - Isabella Ferrier (36 Goals)
Best Player - Emma McCulloch
Player's Player - Sophie Westwood (ahead of Mary Coy by 3 votes)
Challenge League Awards
Golden Boot - Pajari Sculthorpe (15 Goals)
Best Player - Matthew Oh
Player's Player - Matthew Oh (ahead of Jack Bowman by 12 votes)
Conference 1 - Pool A League Awards
Golden Boot - Tom Calvert (22 Goals)
Best Player - Rhys Endall
Player's Player - Rhys Endall (ahead of Tom Calvert by 4 votes)
Under 18 Competitions
South Hobart Bell Awards
Golden Boot - Sam Tooze (18 Goals)
Best Player - Zack Van Toor
Player's Player - Bradley Lakoseljac (ahead of Antonio Saracino by 13 votes)
South Hobart Mohamad Awards
Golden Boot - Mulugeta Smith (12 Goals)
Best Player - Jacob Davidson
Player's Player - Jacob Davidson (ahead of Mulugeta Smith by 2 votes)
Under 16 Youth Competitions
South Hobart Fleming Awards
Golden Boot - William Richardson (14 Goals)
Best Player - Henry Hurd
Player's Player - Henry Hurd (ahead of Sam Koutoulis by 5 votes)
South Hobart McKay Awards
Golden Boot - Samson Juju (13 Goals)
Best Player - Ashton Pacey-Mayne
Player's Player - Jack Hayen & Austin Yost (ahead of Tae Evans by 4 votes)
Senior Youth Girls Awards
Golden Boot - Kate Reardon
Best Player - Dellel Chamali
Player's Player - Dellel Chamali (ahead of Ella Bulis by 7 votes)
Under 14 Youth Competitions
South Hobart Bowman Awards
Golden Boot - Darcy Allen (14 Goals)
Best Player - Edward Reynolds
Player's Player - Darcy Allen (ahead of Max Russell-King by 4 votes)
South Hobart Clarke Awards
Golden Boot - Noah Gardner (24 Goals)
Best Player - Liam Morton
Player's Player - Liam Morton (ahead of x by x votes)
South Hobart Cook Awards
Golden Boot - James Giannis (13 Goals)
Best Player - James Giannis
Player's Player - Joshua Probert (ahead of James Giannis by 1 vote)
Under 13 Youth Competitions
South Hobart Feral Awards
Golden Boot - Anita Elnami (11 Goals)
Best Player - Bronte Gadon
Player's Player - Bronte Gadon (ahead of Lucy Roberts by 3 votes)
South Hobart McKay-Oh Awards
Golden Boot - Dylan King (18 Goals)
Best Player - Dylan King
Player's Player - Sacha Flores (ahead of Jorden Groetegoed by 1 vote)
South Hobart Tadd Awards
Golden Boot - Team Trophy (84 Goals)
Best Player - Alexander Brown
Player's Player - Aidan Taylor (ahead of Noah Von Gehr by 2 votes)