Wapping women earn team of year award
PUBLISHED: 12:30 11 April 2017 | UPDATED: 13:14 12 April 2017
by Andreas Grieger - www.eventphotography-london.co.uk
Seventh team take prize after back-to-back promotions
Wapping Hockey Club celebrated another superb season at their annual awards night at the weekend, with the women’s seventh team taking centre stage.
The east London club saw no fewer than six teams gain promotion in the East and Essex Leagues during the 2016-17 campaign, with the newly-formed men’s 11ths confirmed as going up in their first-ever season.
And that ensured a close contest in the team of the year category, but the women’s sevenths walked off with the silverware after registering a second successive promotion, under captain Kat Alty.
Accepting the award on behalf of her team, Alty said: “The Wapping sevens were thrilled to receive the team of the year award.
“All season long the team have worked exceptionally hard on both their ftiness and on-pitch skills.
“Their commitment to training and drive to keep winning each week has been inspiring and makes our back-to-back promotions and team of the year award very well deserved.
“I’ve been proud to be able to captain a welcoming and friendly team. May the promotion streak continue in 2017-18!”
Player of the year honours went to Becky Hart and Joe Trickett, while Sam Cree claimed the mixed player of the year prize.
Bee Armstrong and Trickett shared the clubperson of the year honours, while Leanne Garvie was named umpire of the year, with Katy Needham earning the club’s volunteer of the year award and photographer Iain McAuslan also picking up a prize.
The Rory Heaslip top goalscorer award went to Ali Scott, who scored 22 times for the women’s section, while Nick Grimwood edged out Bryn Ford-Jones in a challenge for the men’s award after both netted 18 goals.
On the field, the women’s thirds were in action for the final time this season and beat second-placed Southend by the odd goal in five in their Essex League Premier Division contest.
Sophie Bennett, Charlotte Solomon and Holly Marven all found the net for Wapping and victory could see them finish in a highest-ever position of third place if other results have gone their way.