It has been a season of mixed fortunes for the Vale of Lune’s teams but it did not prevent many of their loyal players turning out in force for the annual awards ceremony.
David Young was named Junior Colts player of the season, with the players’ player award going to Max Thompson.
For the Senior Colts Ethan Wallace won both the player of the season and players’ player awards, while the Colts Clubman of the Year was Matthew Kitson, receiving the inaugural Phil Davies Trophy in memory of a former popular and inspiring Vale coach.
Vale B have had a tough season but one player who encapsulated the their determination was Paul Scott, who was named player of the season. The players’ player was the mercurial Andy Irvine.
The Vikings’ player of the season, Mark Manning, who would never turn down an opportunity to pull on a Vale jersey, realised a life-time ambition when he collected the trophy. Dan Rainford, who has risen through the ranks from B team, was voted player of the season for the A team, his commitment, whole hearted involvement plus his personal dedication and consistency made him the perfect recipient of the award.
Paul Woodward, senior coach, thanked all those who had supported the Vale and acknowledged the work of his assistant Colin Bailey, Andy Garnett, Jimmy Moore, and the contributions made by James Hodder and Andy Powers who were frequently asked to play out of position.
In a season when the Vale had finished third in North One West there had been a number of fantastic victories but the games he remembered with satisfaction were the away wins at Wilmslow, Carlisle and of course against his former club Liverpool St Helens.
Two players were named as first team players of the season, Danny Lin and Sam Wallbank, both played at a consistently high level throughout and set high personal standards which were reflected in their performances on the pitch.
Sam also collected the trophy for players’ player of the season.
The young player of the season was Sam Moorby who played with growing confidence in his first season.