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Thursday, June 24, 2010

FOOTBALL: Celebrating a terrific season

A TERRIFIC season was celebrated by Ponteland United FC at the Britannia Hotel, Newcastle Airport on Sunday, June 13 when the club held its Annual Presentation event.
Over 600 people attended afternoon and evening sessions as parents and family of playing members cheered the club's 23 teams as they collected their awards.

Alan Birkinshaw, joint chairman of the club with Colin Bell, gave a presentation on the history of Ponteland United and the club's aspirations for the future which hopefully includes improving pitches at Ponteland Leisure Centre and an ambitious project to install an All- Weather pitch suitable for both football and rugby.

Both club's facility requirements are becoming increasingly stretched and an all-weather pitch will ease the wear and tear on the grass pitches and help overcome winter training problems when pitches become waterlogged.

Colin Bell informed the packed audience that this was the best ever season for the club with teams now starting to win honours.

He gave a huge thank you to all of the 38 coaches who give up their valuable time voluntarily to help coach and run the various teams, which now cover all age groups from Under 7s through to Under 16s, including two girls teams, a women's team and, of course, the senior team.

On the field there were some excellent performances with many teams obtaining honours.

Both Under 8s teams obtained promotion to the NMSL Premier League, Under 9 Panthers had an outstanding year being NMSL League Cup winners and CYD Cup Finalists in addition to winning 5 tournaments.

Under 10 Magpies, in their first season, were NMSL League and Cup winners, Under 10s Madrid were NMSL La Liga runners-up as well as Corbridge Festival winners.

Under 12s Juve were NEYDL League and Cup winners, Under 12s Barca were NABC League 2 Champions and Challenge Shield Finalists and won the biggest trophy you've ever seen in an SCI Ultimatch Competition at Scarbor-ough.

Under 15s Blacks gained promotion to the Premier Division as runners-up of the NABC League 2nd division and runners-up in Middlesboro FIC Champions League Tournament and NACYP 6 a side tournament runners-up.

Senior Club Captain and Vice Captain Craig Brown and Craig Daglish proudly held up the Kicks Leisure Northern Alliance Challenge Cup after being losing finalists on five previous occasions.
Throughout both sessions, Colin gave recognition to the terrific support given to the club by its sponsors who, in no particular order ,are Sabatini Ristorante, Ponteland Print and Stationery, Appleton Internet, Meadow Healthcare Consultants, Fratellis, Unika Colour Products, Sainsbury Supermarkets Ltd, Prepress Digital Ltd, Camera Angles, Prima Ristorante, Grays Bathrooms, Business Post Newcastle, Corbridge Health Centre, The Benson Group, Straightline Construction, Gates-head Motor Company, Rowlands, Shay Given, The Diamond Inn, Ian Hampton Graves, Ponteland Barbers, Newcastle Airport, Wait-rose Supermarkets, Mrs Wallace and Acorn Catering Services.

Special Performance Awards were presented to the following:-
Most Improved Players:- Rebecca Charlton, Luca Eden, Zaid Anwar, Harry Dougal, Tim Bryce, Jaipreet Singh, Rory Nicholson, Taylor Burns, Ethan Simpson, Gabrial Rodda, Josh Curry, Julian Mak, Max Robertson, Andrew Redman, Jack Oakes, Dan Hadfield, Zac Place, Jinky Gray, Daniel Huntley, Isaac Robinson, Joseph Taylor, Caroline Garner.
Coaches Players of the Season:- Ben Walker, Douglas Renton, Josh Silipo, Joe O'Donnell, Luke Guadagno, Jody Wright, Lloyd Carroll, Nathan Powell, Daniel Watson, John Watson; Aaron Hadfield, Jack Bell, Joe Appleton, Keiran Taylor, James Brown, Gary Swinhoe, Jack Largent, Jack Wilson, Liam Stevenson, George Hunter, Ewan Forrest, Connor Willis, Aidan Poynter, Liam Sellars, Luke Reynard, Jack Devlin, Curtis McGlen, Hayden Coulson, Jack Hogg, Zac Place, Adenike Afolabi, Luke Hudson, Matthew Hedley, James Cafferty, Hugo Adams, Stephen Bolton, Tom Kernon, Lewis Keating.
Top Goalscorers:- Ryan Webster, Sam Curry, John McStravick, Jack Bell, Amy Gray, Owen Webster, Thomas Holborow, Ross Brooks, Will Pritchard. Jamie Dixon, Dale Stephenson, Matthew Ogilthorpe, George Hunter, Karl Atkinson, Aidan Poynter, Jack Devlin, Jack Bates, Ikenna Obonna, Will Allen, Damien Cook, Kody Green, Kay-Louise Bell-Milner.
Most Player of the Match Awards:- Rebecca Charlton, Will Brown, Christopher Mills, Andrew Potter, Peter McNellis, Lewis Sanderson, Matthew Benfield, Cameron Green, Aidan Nylander, Rob Robinson, Jack Morgan, Ryan Gault, Sam Dodds, Toy Spratt, Hayden Coulson, Connor Flett, Mateo Addis, Adenike Affolabi, Kay-Louise Bell-Milner.
Players Player of the Season:- Kimberley Mains, Will Scott, Liam Geoghegan, Rowan Hodgson, Cameron Wilson, Elizabeth Snowden, Harry Telfer, Callum Trett, Matthew Miller, Lewis Hodgson, Christopher Hibbitt, Dale Watson, Sam Dodds, Toy Spratt, Hayden Coulson, Rob Barnes, Timothy Davidson, Stephen Bolton, Will Shearon, Kimberley Maines.
The Top Goalscorer award went to Billy Holden, Players' Player of the Season was Mark Dummett, and Billy Holden also scooped the Player of the Year Award which was some consolation for the nippy striker, who suffered a nasty injury in April and missed the last ten games of the season and, unfortunately, will be out for the whole of next season.

Source: Morpeth Herald