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Cyclones wrap up season

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THE Whitsunday FC Cyclones held their annual presentation night at the Reef Gateway Hotel on Saturday night.

The best player award for the premier men's side was given to Peter Gunder with Zanthe Lapham claiming best player honours in the Cyclone's women side.

The night was enjoyed by a large crowd of club members and their partners who all got together to recognise the 2010 season of soccer.

The evening wasn't without its emotion though, as captain of the women's soccer team Emily Smart delivered a heartfelt speech about the loss of her daughter last month.

“I would like to say a heart felt thanks to all of you who assisted me in looking after my little girl Jade during games and training throughout the season,” she said.

“Without this help I would not have been able to play this year.

“Jade was probably the Whitsunday women's team's greatest fan and was present at every game this season and sometimes even came to watch us train.

“Unfortunately little Jade passed away about three weeks ago, just short of 14 months of age.

“I know she touched the hearts of many within this club and that she will never be forgotten.”

In regard to the 2010 season, club president Steve Tween said all the teams had their chances this year.

“We were unlucky across the board,” he said.

“All teams were better than the results.”

None of the teams made the semi-finals, with the premier men's side missing out on that opportunity by just one point.

But moving forward to next season, Tween said that the club was hoping to employ a director of coaching for all sides including juniors, women and senior men's sides.

Tween also said that next year they will continue to develop their young players in the senior sides to ensure a bright future for the club.

“We want a young side,” he said.

The club now looks forward to competing in the Mackay Rangers eight-aside competition this weekend against other clubs from across the state.

With prize money up for grabs for the club, it is a wonderful opportunity for all the players involved.

Major award winners for season 2010 cyclones football club

  • Premier men best player: Peter Gunder
  • Club person of the year: Reuben McLoughlin
  • President's award: Emily Smart
  • Jade Taylor memorial player of the year: Zanthe Lapham
  • Premier men team player: Scott Lee
  • Premier men most improved: Dean Issitt
  • Men's division one best player: Jake Flaherty
  • Men's division one team player: Rhodri Jones
  • Men's division one most improved: Jake Murray
  • Women's best player: Zanthe Lapham
  • Women's team player: Emily Smart
  • Women's most improved: Kelly Webster

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