Veteran soccer player wins United's best award
GLADSTONE United Soccer Club veteran Graeme Turner may consider his best football to be behind him, but that did not prevent him from claiming the club's best and fairest award.
The canny defender played an integral part in United's charge to the Gladstone Soccer Federation first division grand final, which they lost 2-1 to Clinton at Marley Brown Oval in September.
The player of the match in that decider, Graeme McCabe, was also rewarded for his consistent efforts throughout the year, taking out the best defence award.
Teenager Glen Camenzuli, whose skills shone at club and representative level last season, was named player of the year.
In the ladies' division, Ronda Beatts was rewarded for a standout year by claiming the best and fairest trophy. Other leading lights Alison Bush (best defence) and Tina Lawson (best attacker) also earned major awards.
Award winners: Senior ladies: Ronda Beatts (best and fairest), Sophie Lamberton (highest goal scorer), Alison Bush (best defence), Tina Lawson (best attacker), Carmen Coverdale (most improved).
Senior men: Graeme Turner (best and fairest), Brad Kanther (highest goal scorer), Graeme McCabe (best defence), Adam Sumner (best attacker), Glen Camenzuli (player of the year), John Williams (most improved).
Club awards: Darryl Hookey (youth encouragement), Greg Donald (guts effort), Tony Gilmour (most valuable player), Brad Hitchcock (club person of the year).