Goats toast their stars
Thursday, 24th October, 2013
By By Ethan James
Young Bailey Miller might need to invest in a larger trophy cabinet after claiming six awards at the Alma Soccer Club’s annual presentation on Saturday night.
The 16-year-old won the Best and Fairest in A Grade and Senior soccer, Best Junior in Senior Grade and was also voted Players’ Player by his peers.
The Goats’ Community Credit Union Award was also awarded to the up-and-coming goalkeeper.
And to top it all off, he took home the competition-wide A Grade Best Goalkeeper trophy, presented by the Broken Hill Soccer Association.
“It was all a bit of a surprise... it made me feel really appreciated, though, this is what this club is all about,” Bailey said.
While the Goats finished fourth on the ladder, he said the year had been an enjoyable one.
“Although we probably didn’t have the greatest season, we all put in the effort and had a heap of fun playing together.”
Bailey, who took to soccer as a three-year-old, played a mixture of A Grade and B Grade football this season and has made it his goal to cement his spot as A Grade ‘keeper.
He is already looking forward to pulling on the boots again in 2014.
“I’m really keen... just going to go to the gym, keep fit and just play as much indoor soccer as possible in between now and then.”
Following their B Grade premiership success, Wayne Van Kemenade was named Best and Fairest, and Dean Cooper the runner-up.
The Best and Fairest and Senior Community Credit Union Award went to women’s star Amanda Harris.
In the club’s junior ranks, Frazer Gentle (Colts) and Blade Crowe (Under 14s) won Best and Fairest Awards for their respective squads.
A number of short speeches were made on the evening, with special thanks being given to the volunteer coaches, linesmen, referees, committee members and parents who contributed on and off the field.
The club also thanked the West Football Club for hosting the presentations.