Worthy winners...

THE Dorset County Football Association held their annual awards evening at Blandford School recently. Ten awards were made to nominated recipients across a wide range of categories.


Dorset Under 16 Rep Team Player of the Year

Winner – Ed Philips

Consistent form throughout the season, with maturity in goal and an unwavering commitment to the squad, Philips had a 100 per cent attendance at both games and training and his dedication was recognised and commended.

Team manager Richard Robson said: “Ed’s unflappable character. Win, lose or draw, Ed approaches everything with a positive professional attitude. This is something we encourage him to keep in order to help him develop into a very good player.”


Dorset Women’s Rep Team Player of the Year

Winner – Becky Narramore

Women’s Rep Team Manager Elliott Head said: “This award not only goes to an excellent footballer but also to a great captain, coach, organiser, scout, quiz master and taxi driver. Becky has been a leader on and off the pitch always giving 100 per cent in training and on match day.

“She has been a role model to the younger players in the squad and is always there to support the coaching team whenever needed. On the pitch, Becky tops the charts for goals scored and for most assists during the 2017-2018 season.”


Mike North Award

Winner – Adam Baker

The Mike North Trophy is presented annually to the Dorset Referee who has performed to an outstanding level.  This yera’s winner was Adam Baker has developed from a youth referee to a young man about to burst into the higher levels of the game. This year his potential has flourished into a real quality as he has been appointed to referee the Wessex League Cup Final in addition to being a part of the FA National Centre Of Refereeing Excellence Programme.


Outstanding Contribution as Groundsman

Winner – Brian Gray

This award was won by Brian Gay who has been supporting Dorset Football for over 50 years at Donhead FC.


The Chairman’s Award for Outstanding Service to Dorset Football.

Winner – Judith Tither

Pymore Football Club’s Judith Tither has received The Chairman’s Award for Outstanding Service to Dorset Football having been club secretary for over 20 years and been actively involved with the club for around 40 years.


Young Volunteer of the Year

Winner – Diana Cutting

Diana Cutting earned this award as someone who has continued to develop herself through volunteering, despite having to overcome a number of hurdles particularly in the last year.  A DCFA spokesman said: “Di is a phenomenal volunteer and coach who continues to inspire many young people & adults alike with a disability. Her volunteering efforts help to change attitudes & lives of many disabled people across Dorset.”


Club of the Year

Winner – Poole Town Ladies (pictured)

Poole Town scooped this award having had promotions up through the women’s leagues into the FA Women’s Premier League.


Outstanding Contribution as Manager in Dorset Football

Winner – Gary Bailey

Gary Bailey is a manager who has achieved great success in his time at Portland United. Robin Satherley the Club Chairman holds Gary in the highest esteem for the great professionalism that he shows on and off the field.


Outstanding Contribution to Refereeing in Dorset

Winner – Linda Lindskog

This award had a distinct Dorset/Swedish flavour to it. Since arriving on her own from Gothenburg, Linda Lindskog has been an outstanding supporter of all things connecting with Dorset football. From the mini soccer day to inspiring young people at the Dorset Football Futures Programme.

This season she has also been rewarded for her outstanding performances on the field by being appointed to referee a U15 England v Wales Girls International, which was played at St Georges Park.


Outstanding Contribution to Community Football

Winner – Marco Nott

Marco Nott lifted this award. A DCFA spokesman said: “This award goes to someone who has done everything for one club and would be the first name that comes to mind when anyone mentions Balti Sports.”

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