Huddersfield Amateur Ladies held their annual end-of-season presentation where players were rewarded for their contribution in a Covid-hit campaign.
While 2020/21 has had its challenges, with lockdowns and restriction,s it wasn’t without its positives for the ‘Ammers.’
Consistency was hard to find for the team but the quality of play increased game by game. HAFC faced a handful of Premier League teams in the Supplementary Cup, coming away with a huge amount of credit as they matched – and often got the better of – the league’s elite.
Tough choices had to be made as the end of season awards were selected.
Players’ Player/Most Improved Player
Georgia Hamilton received the first award. Having arrived at HAFC at the start of the season Georgia quickly settled in and got into her stride.
Performances were not only of the highest standard but the midfielder improved with every game and every training session. Strong in the tackle, amazing vision and ability to pick a perfect pass and has an eye for goal. A true match winner, Georgia received the players’ player accolade and most improved player.
The bar has been set extremely high, but the playmaker has all the tools to get even better next time around.
Manager’s Player of the Year
Lily Casson has waited patiently for her moment. Consistent throughout her Junior days at Brighouse Juniors, and always improving for HAFC at open age. She is a top performer and reliable with every game she plays.
Her calmness on the ball and her determination to win a challenge is unrivalled. The utility player is possibly the most adaptable player within the Amateurs’ squad. Lily received the Manager’s Player of the Year trophy.
Super Eco Lightening Player of the Year award
The Superior Eco Lighting Player of the Year award is presented to a player whose performances are not only of the highest standard, but also inspirational off the pitch. A player who goes above and beyond the call of duty.
Rachael Graham Martin received this award for the second consecutive season. The HAFC Ladies captain raised her game once again this season. On the pitch she has produced performances of the very highest standard.
The centre back loves a strong challenge and is always up for a battle. Off the pitch Rachael has proved to be a top support for players and coaches alike. A credit to HAFC.
Coaches’ Player of the Year
Coaches’ Player of the Year went to Lauren Worthy. The centre-back arrived at the start of the season with a view to training at the club before she moved away for work.
Covid restrictions prevented the youngster from moving away which meant she was able to play the full season. Lauren is a player who could play at a much higher level and her performances week in week out underlined this fact.
Calm on the ball with amazing close control. Her ability to read a game is advanced for her age.
Lauren has now moved down south to follow her dream. Huddersfield Amateurs wish her well and look forward to seeing where she ends up playing next season.
Player of the Year
Player of the year 2020/21 could have gone to a number of players. One player’s performances over the course of the season just edged the others out.
Holly Coulson, another player to join the club this season, she has had lots of competition at right-back throughout the campaign.
Holly rose to the challenge and put in some commanding performances, she quickly gained the respect from her peers and coaches.
Her defending ability is of the highest standard. Her ability to stride out of defence and get forward proved to be a great tool for HAFC. Holly is another player who will get better and better with time.
The future looks bright for Huddersfield Amateur Ladies who enter pre-season training this week. The success of the current crop of ladies has led to a recruitment drive ahead of the new season.
HAFC Ladies will have two teams next season. Anyone wishing to join the ladies (16+) should express interest by emailing HAFCLADIES@gmail.com.
Huddersfield Amateur football club have some of the best pitches in the area. Certainly a club on the up. As well as the ladies teams the Ammers boast four men’s teams and a junior section.
Any open age players (16+) looking for a fresh challenge can apply to join via the club’s website or social media accounts.