'Deserved award' for John

PUBLISHED: 11:07 01 May 2008 | UPDATED: 15:44 11 May 2010

WELL DONE: John Whitehead, right, and Steve Welding.

WELL DONE: John Whitehead, right, and Steve Welding.

ROYSTON Hockey Club paid tribute to John Whitehead s sterling work with the award of Club Member of the Year. He was presented with the award by chairman Steve Welding, who said: This is chosen by the committee members and they have certainly awarded it

ROYSTON Hockey Club paid tribute to John Whitehead's sterling work with the award of Club Member of the Year.

He was presented with the award by chairman Steve Welding, who said: "This is chosen by the committee members and they have certainly awarded it to the most deserving person."

John has been umpiring hockey since 1956, has been a member of the club since 1975, and is now vice president.

He is also a member of East Hockey Association, and grades new umpires before qualification.

John has umpired across Europe and at all levels, including nationally and internationally.

Mr Welding said: "I think it would be an understatement to say that he most definitely deserves the award. Let's hope there are many more years of umpiring to come!"

Nick Ross won the first team player of the year, with Nick Hooton winning the second team player of the year.

Third team player of the year went to Perry Noble, while Bob Biddlecombe won the men's club person of the year, and Michael Welding the most improved player of the year.

Kerry Alexander won the ladies first team player of the year award following a very successful season.

After scoring 37 goals, the league's top scorer Lucy Davidson was awarded the ladies second team player of the year, while Sarah Warren won the third team player of the year.

Mel Harding won the Annie J most improved player of the year award after an impressive first season in goal, while Julie Fuller won the ladies' club person of the year.

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