On Saturday 25th April, Derby Futsal Club hosted their annual awards evening – virtually, of course! Nine awards were up for grabs across the two senior teams, and you can find the results below:
Players’ Player of the Year
Men’s: Dylan Newton-Harris
Ladies’: Jodie Hill and Hannah Roberts
After stepping into the captaincy role partway through this season, Dylan has continued to show his worth as a leader. Off the court he has helped mesh the influx of new players with the existing group, whilst on the court putting out excellent performances every week and scoring some vital goals as well.
The women’s award was split between two players that have been vital to the team, not just this season but since the team’s inception. Whether playing outfield or in net, Jodie was always one of the most skilful players on the court, as well as one of the most dedicated players at training. She shared the award with captain Hannah, who played in every game this year, and always gives 100% at training and in matches, and will play anywhere on the court the team needs her.
Manager’s Player of the Year
Men’s: Rich Hankey
Receiving praise from teammates and opposition alike, Rich is surely one of the best goalkeepers outside the top flight. He is constantly looking to improve his game, and is now not only an excellent shot stopper, but also the start of many excellent attacks – his quarter-back style throw to Richardson has become a staple of the team’s counterattacking play.
Young Player of the Year:
Men’s: Liam Hunt
Despite being 18 when the season started, Liam is already one of the most trusted players on the court, a regular in the starting five. His all round play has improved throughout the year, and despite being a young player with a fine future ahead of him, he is already delivering on his promise now.
Most Improved Player
Men’s: Connor Towes
Ladies’: Fran Critchley-Watson and Meg Gabarda
Connor has become an increasingly important part of the setup this year, as he has been utilising his pace and power more effectively to contribute to the team’s attacking play, starting and finishing attacks with aplomb.
The women’s award for Most Improved saw another split in votes between two players. Both Fran and Meg have been incredibly dedicated to training and matches, very rarely missing either. Their dedication has led to massive improvements in their play – Fran finished as second top scorer in the team and didn’t miss a game, whilst Meg continued to grow as a vital part of the team, and even bagged herself goal in the dramatic 5-5 draw with Bedford.
Men’s: Matt Richardson
Ladies’: BK Meinke
For the second year in a row MR18 has finished as the leading scorer for Derby, with 13 in all competitions. A PK specialist he rarely seems phased with the ball on the spot, but this year he has scored all sorts of goals – a constant thorn in the side of opposition defenders.
The Ladies’ had 11 different scorers this season but finishing top of the bunch was BK with five goals, despite departing the team in January! BK led the way for the team both on and off the field and is an exceptional futsal player.
Goal of the Season
Men’s: Tom Gascoyne vs Birmingham (03/11/19)
As voted by our social media followers, the DFC goal of the season went to Tom Gascoyne, who finished off a period of patient possession against Birmingham back in November. You can watch the goal below:
Search #DFCAwards2020 on Twitter to see how the virtual awards night went down.