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    Lynn Loftus

     

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    Managers end of season report

    20/05/2007


    A hugely encouraging whilst ultimately disappointing season. The team showed a significant improvement from the previous season but the promise was not always matched by the results this deserved. A 6th place finish was built on the back of the 2nd best defensive record in the division, but with a lack of punch up front at times.The team proved they have a bright future by beating 1st division opposition in the cup and narrowly missing out on a 1/4 final tie with Hurricanes by conceding in the last 5 minutes again against 1st division opposition.

    Special thanks to my number 2 Paul Glindon who brings enthusiasm and variety to training sessions. Earlier this season Paul gained his grade 2 coaching badge and I'm sure the boys would agree we have one of the best and most qualified coaches at Vulcans.

    This was always going to be a difficult season when last seasons top goalscorer Adam Drummond only managed to play a couple of games at the beginning of the season. Adam has been suffering from Crohns for the past couple of years, but this past year he has struggled to get to school, let alone play football. We all wish Adam well and hope he's back fighting fit soon.We also had a few new faces join us this season, some boys never having played competieive football and I'm pleased to say they have all made a fantastic contribution to the team this season and their hard work was rewarded at this years presentation.(more later)

    Most of this season goals have come from Alex Bradford and Kyle Lunt who were neck and neck with the last couple of games to play, to see who would be top scorer. I'm glad to say the boys put the team first, and set each other up for goals. Both scored twice in the last match of the season, with Kyle finishing top scorer by just one goal.

    At this years presentation all the new boys had their efforts rewarded and received individual medals.
    Kyle joined this season having previously played for Vulcans u11's and it is a fantastic achievement for him to finish top goal scorer especially considering he is playing up a year.Well done Kyle.

    Parents player of the year (most improved player) went to Evan Woodall in his first season at 11 a-side. Evan has brought strength (and very long legs) to our defence, and helped us have one of the best defensive records in the league. A fantastic effort by Evan and all his fellow defenders, and the team who defend from the front.

    Managers Player and Players Players went to yet another new face Michael Cavanagh who had never played competitive football before this season. His endless commitment and energy earned him not only the respect of the managers, but more importantly his team mates. A fantatic achievement for Michael doing the double in his first season.

    Paul and I are convinced that we have the makings of a great team, and with a little more composure in front of goal, we will get the results we deserve.

    Finally a big thank you to all the parents, Grandparent etc that come along and support us in all sorts of weather.


    Story by: Steve Williams


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