Ansley & Forsyth Recognised With Hockey Writers' Club Awards

Ansley & Forsyth 2018 Hockey Writers' Club POTY
Giselle Ansley and Alan Forsyth were yesterday awarded the prestigious 2018 UK Hockey Player of the Year awards at the annual Hockey Writers’ Club presentation lunch.

England and GB defender Ansley picked up the award for the first time after a busy year in which she featured prominently on the international scene throughout, including at the 2018 Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup.

Ansley has also had an incredibly successful year at club level, winning a fifth straight Investec Women’s League title with Surbiton – as well as being the league’s joint-top scorer – and also the EH Champs Tier 1 title.

The Rio 2016 Olympic champion beat last year’s winner Hollie Pearne-Webb to the award, with Hannah Martin finishing third.

“I am incredibly honoured to receive this award from the Hockey Writers’ Club after what has been another brilliant year for our sport in this country,” Ansley said. 
 
“To play at a home World Cup in front of thousands of fans last summer is something I will never forget and to all those who made that possible I am forever grateful.
 
“Whilst maybe our results as the women’s team this year weren’t exactly as we hoped and dreamed, we have learnt a lot from the experiences gained and we are looking forward to a very busy year in 2019.”

In the men’s category, Forsyth became the first Scottish player to win the award in more than a decade after another year in which he continued to light up both the domestic and international scene with his deadly goalscoring prowess.

Already this season he has bagged 20 outdoor goals for Surbiton, added another 17 in the Jaffa Super 6s Men’s Premier Division and also notched six more internationally, including four for Scotland at Gold Coast 2018.

The forward said he was “overwhelmed” to win the award after being voted ahead of four-time winner Barry Middleton and defender Liam Sanford.

“He said: “My mum was a forward and scored plenty of goals so I must have her instinct. Both my mum, brother and girlfriend are my biggest supporters and no matter what will encourage me. 

“It has been a great year with Surbiton, Scotland and Great Britain. There are some big tournaments coming up with the Pro League (GB), A division (Scotland) and the Euro Hockey League with Surbiton and I can’t wait to get started.”