As Dunfermline Ladies Hockey enters their centenary year, they were not going to be prevented from celebrating their 2019-2020 season award winners, even though Covid had put a stop to the club’s usual annual awards dinner back in May.
A brief socially distanced presentation took place at one of the weekly training sessions where the following recipients were awarded their belated awards.
4th XI Player of the Year – Zahra Kerbalai
Zahra was a regular attendee at training and on match days she gained a lot of information and learnt how to handle playing in senior hockey, scoring a number of goals in her role as a forward but crucially worked hard every game, chasing back and assisting both the midfield and the defence.
4th XI Most improved Player – Joint award: Mirrin Brockie & Nicola Waterson
Mirrin and Nicola worked hard both at training and on match days and were both eager to learn how to play the game better and are continuing to do so.
Mirrin positioned on the left midfield, has shown that she has a hockey brain and works hard to get her feet round to remain strong on the ball, she is ever present for both her defence and forwards and occasionally has a shot on goal. She looks ahead as to how she can play the ball or where she needs to be and is never frightened to ask how her play can be improved.
Nicola is new to hockey and was jostled about on the pitch to try to see where she would be best positioned. Ever present at training and on match days. She listened, developed her basic skills and while early in her career in hockey she remains keen to learn new skills.
3rd XI Player of the year & Top Goalscorer – Ciara Wilkie
Ciara had an outstanding season never failing to impress with her hard work and commitment to each game and training. She created many attacking moves due to her dynamic speed and skills, to regularly break free from defenders and showing determination and strength in the circle This led to her scoring 23 goals over the season and thus also wining the Top Goalscorer award too.
3rd XI Most Improved Player – Natalie Tait
Natalie is always keen to learn and listen to advice. Her strength, skills and confidence improved throughout the season and she developed into an all-round good player which enabled her to play in many different positions making her an asset to any team.
2nd XI Player of the Year – Lisa Morrison
Lisa is not only a solid player on the team, but she always turned up to the pitch with a great attitude, always making sure everyone else left feeling not too deflated if the game did not go our way. Stepping in mid-season as the vice-captain, a combination of her commitment, enthusiasm and skill on the pitch made her pick up the most votes.
2nd XI Most Improved Player – Sam Barr
Sam as a younger player on the 2s squad, came into the club as a newcomer and went from strength to strength as the weeks went by, getting her name on the score sheet more and more as the season continued. Good commitment throughout the year in training and games.
1st XI Player of the Year – Gill Oswald
The ladies 1s faced an exciting new challenge in 2019-2020 following promotion to East District Premier Division. Although finishing in bottom half of division they only conceded 23 goals, with only the 1st and 2nd placed teams conceding fewer goals. Gill was central to this amazing defensive record. She led, organised, shouted at the defence and tackled her heart out. Even when physically exhausted she gave everything on the pitch.
1st XI Most Improved Player – Nicola Crawford
Nicola also made a huge contribution to the fantastic defensive record of season 2019-2020. As goalkeeper she showed a huge growth in leadership and presence on the pitch. Always at training and her technical ability and confidence improved throughout the season. She made some fantastic and crucial saves.
Indoor Player of the Year – Caitlin MacKenzie
Caitlin only played indoor for the club and was instrumental to the string of good results enjoyed by the second team. Her supreme fitness levels and technical ability meant she was an all-round asset to the squad who also scored a few goals along the way.
Young Player of the Year – Emma Petrie
Emma has been at the club for a good number of years now, having moved up to senior hockey from the junior section. Always committed to training and match days she has made a 1st team position her own in recent seasons.
Gail Kinmond Quaich – Services and Commitment to Ladies Team – Ruth Poole
Ruth has overcome many hurdles in recent years but has maintained a constant level of commitment and dedication. Helping out wherever is needed, whether this is in a specific team which may not be her normal one, to playing any position on the pitch without complaints. She is very committed to training and even after injury, worked back from this and made a huge difference to her squad. Always one to offer to drive to and from games and participate in social events as part of the team.