Club stalwart takes out Central's top award



ONCE again Central Soccer Club stalwart David Longden took out the top award at the annual awards presentation recently.

Longden has been a consistent winner of the top division best and fairest trophy for a number of years and was again rewarded with the honour for his efforts in the goal for the Capricornia League first division side during the 2005 season.

The presentation ceremony was held at the home of the club The Young Australian Hotel, with five senior teams represented on the night. Another big winner for the club's top team was newcomer Eddie Marin, who was named best trainer and players' player.

The first division awards were rounded off with another newcommer Adrian Rickards getting named most improved and Daniel Butler taking out the coaches' choice awards.

2005 was the first year a second division Capricornia League team existed and according to club president Allan McNeil the future looks bright, with a strong performance by the second string team.

'We had two young lads in Nathan Tansky and Jason Wyper take out awards, which gives us confidence for what the future has to offer,' McNeil said. The local competition was also strengthened in 2005 with the appearance of two Central teams.

McNeil said a promising mix of old and new players had taken out the awards, including young up and comer Greg Purden who was named coaches' choice for Central Black. Another promising outcome for the club during 2005 was their women's team making the finals for the first time ever. Goal keeper Emillie Glossop was the major award recipient, taking out the best and fairest and players' player.

McNeil said on field the club had cemented itself as one of the proudest in Gladstone, with promising things expected next year. 'We have a strong player base to start next year off, as well as some promising youngsters coming up,' he said.



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