Winners unveiled at glittering awards ceremony

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On Saturday 23rd May, 240 hockey lovers from all over the country gathered at Reading’s Madejski stadium for the annual England Hockey Awards Dinner. Former Olympian Simon Mason presided over proceedings, with 17 awards being presented during the course of a fun filled evening.

The winners in all categories were:

Men’s Performance Players’ Player of the Season: Barry Middleton

Men’s Junior Performance Player of the Season: Harry Gibson

Investec Women’s Performance Players’ Player of the Season: Susannah Townsend

Investec Women’s Junior Performance Player of the Season: Emily Defroand

Performance Coach of the Season: Bobby Crutchley

Performance Umpire of the Season: Frances Block

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Unsung Hero of the Season:
Donna Mills

Club Champion of the Season: Ruth Sealey

Hockey Maker of the Season: Taff Ahmed

Young Umpire of the Season: Jenny Ratcliffe

Club or HUA Umpire of the Season: Graham Seaton

Club Coach of the Season: Andy Tooke

Best Local Promotion of the Season: Bicester HC

Men’s Team of the Season: Sevenoaks 1st XI

Investec Women’s Team of the Season: Buckingham Ladies 2nd XI

Notts Sport Club of the Season: Old Silhillians HC

Perkins Slade Lifetime Achievement Award: Roger Lomas

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Steve Tabb, Old Silhillians HC’s Chairman commented:

"We are absolutely overwhelmed to have won the Notts Sport Club of the Season award, particularly against such outstanding opposition. It is when you attend events like this Awards Dinner that you realise what a fantastic group of people the hockey world is made up of. The evening from start to finish was incredibly enjoyable. We all loved getting to meet and greet the internationals as there really are not many sports where you get this opportunity and it was fantastic to see so many worthy contenders for awards that we already knew so much about - from Sevenoaks' and Wapping's all conquering sides, to the incredible unsung heroes. Perhaps the highlight of the whole evening though, was that, whoever won, the whole hockey family were joined in congratulating all of them as worthy winners”

Over £1500 was raised from the charity auction, with guest bidding on lots which included a Unibet EuroHockey hospitality package, shirts signed by England and GB athletes and a selection of signed shoes!

We would like to extend our congratulations to all the winners. Check out the event photos from Ravi Ghowry on Facebook.