End of season awards

Awards presented to players at the Club Dinner this season were as follows:

Players’ Player of the Year:

Men’s First Team: Chris Lane
Under-20s: Jackson Barker
LEAFA Amateurs: Michael Ward
BUCS Women’s Team: Emily Reynolds
BUCS Fourth Team: Ross Devaney
BUCS Fifth Team: Luke Shearer
BUCS Freshers’ Team: Reece Craig

Coaches’ Player of the Year:

East of Scotland First Team: Aidan Quinn
Under-20s: Callum Reid

The Ronan Goss Award for top goalscorer in East of Scotland competition was won by Chris Donnelly

Student Club Person of the Year: Oliver Bell
Fresher of the Year: Jens Willassen
Team of the Year: First Team

It was also noted that Anton Dowds was the player with the greatest number of East of Scotland appearances (30) and he also ran Chris Donnelly very close in the scoring charts this season, with seventeen goals to Chris’s nineteen; that if there were an award for either Under-20 top goalscorer or top goalscorer in East of Scotland and Development League combined, Cammy Ross would have won hands down, with 24 goals in the Development League and nine in the East of Scotland; that Chris Lane played in sixty-one competitive matches (26 EoS, 20 DL, 15 BUCS); and that Aidan Quinn had the highest amount of EoS game time of any player, with Adam Woolven in second place despite missing the last four matches of the season due to illness.

Posted on June 4, 2017 at 11:05 pm

Season 2016 – 2017 is over…now we’re thinking about 2017 – 2018!

The 2016 – 2017 season at Heriot-Watt came to an end yesterday (Tuesday) evening when the Under-20 side was well beaten by the new champion side, East Kilbride.

A 5 – 1 defeat, however, was no disgrace in the circumstances. Against quality opponents with a full squad of eighteen players – including, as an over-age player, Ross McNeil, striker from the EK side which won the Lowland League, a tattered Watt party short of Aidan Quinn and Matthew Law from even the thin squad of Friday evening put up a spirited display and at half-time was holding its illustrious opponents at 1 – 1 after Jackson Barker‘s fine goal. Indeed, the score at the break could have been even better had the Watt managed to convert either of the close things created in the last few minutes of the first half.

It must be confessed that when EK stepped up the pace early in the second half, Watt struggled to cope and it was in this period that the match was won and lost, the home side scoring four times without reply. To their great credit, however, Watt then steadied, began passing well again and finished the game without further loss.

The result means that the Watt sides finished fourth in both the East of Scotland League and the Lowland and East of Scotland Under-20 Development League – a vast improvement on last season. The Amateurs coped adequately with the rigours of LEAFA Lothian East Division and finished seventh.

Remarkable though it may seem, preparations have already begun for next season. Head Coach Banji Koya is working on a pre-season programme of training and matches and has canvassed players to maximise attendance so that the club can hit the ground running when fixtures start in earnest. Also, above this post, you will see a request for new students to get in touch so that we can involve as many as possible at an early stage in the preparations. We’ll all have a well-earned break now, but it’s important that players remember their fitness over the summer and continue to pursue a suitable diet. Enjoy your holidays, keep active and consume sensibly!

Posted on May 24, 2017 at 9:46 pm

Excellent win for Under-20s, but at an injury price

With a tough closing programme to come and problems with illness and injury, it looked a few weeks ago as if the Watt Under-20s might fade a bit and perhaps slip down the Development League table. Not a bit of it – on Friday evening, the lads overtook Cumbernauld Colts to go third with a well-deserved 2 – 0 win over a decent Edinburgh City side. Colts have finished their programme, so the Watt will stay ahead of them, but they could yet be caught by University of Stirling, currently in fifth position but with one game still to play – a home fixture against University of Edinburgh tomorrow evening.

The following evening (Tuesday), the Watt will conclude its fixtures with a trip to K-Park Training Academy to take on the side which has already won the championship – the trophy will be presented at the game – namely, East Kilbride. So it couldn’t come any tougher as a last match, but the Watt will travel with the confidence of a good win and a clean sheet. It will have to do without Aidan Quinn and Finn Watt, however, both players having sustained injuries in the victory at Portobello on Friday.

The Watt players and officials enjoyed their Annual Dinner last night at the Hilton Grosvenor Hotel at Haymarket. It was good to see old friends again, with Jamie Hume and Euan Cole amongst the luminaries present at the event. Congratulations to all those who won the Club’s awards for the season, which were presented at the Dinner.

Posted on May 21, 2017 at 5:39 pm

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