Higgins Group, Hockey Writers' Club youth and junior awards
The Hockey Writers’ Club is pleased to announce the 2015 winners of the Higgins Group plc Youth and Junior Awards with the presentations to be made at the Annual Awards Presentation Lunch on Wednesday 20th January 2016 at the Royal Thames Yacht Club, Knightsbridge.
Mr Richard Higgins, Chairman of the Higgins Group plc, will make the presentations. Leandro Negre, President of the world body, the FIH, will be in attendance at the function.
The UK Players of the Year for 2015 will also be announced at the lunch.
There has been a terrific standard of entry and the judging panel could find very little between the nominations. They were very impressed with the high quality of the players on show at the clubs, the schools championships at Lee Valley and the Futures Cup at Cannock which augurs well for the future of the game in this country.
Youth, Boys 18 and Under
1 – Toby Reynolds-Cotterill; 2 – Euan Gilmour; 3 – Peter Scott
Youth, Girls 18 and Under
1 – Charlotte Calnan; 2 – Holly Munro; 3 – Holly Hunt
Junior, Boys 16 and Under
1 – Josh Pavis; 2 – Lucas Ward; 3 – Harry Gough
Junior, Girls 16 and Under
1 – Ellie de Heer; 2 – Lottie Ross; 3 – Nicole Bowen
Boys, Youth (18 and under)Toby Reynolds-Cotterill,who made his mark with the England U-18 side, is now the England and Great Britain U-21 goalkeeper as well as a member of the senior England indoor squad. Toby, now at Loughborough University, was part of the GB side that won gold out in Malaysia at the televised Sultan of Johor Cup. In last year's U-18s, he was the highest capped goalkeeper playing a total of 11 internationals. In the European Championships in Santander in July, he was awarded Goalkeeper of the Tournament. He is from Bath, attending Colston's Collegiate (Bristol), King Edward's School, Bath, and Millfield School in Somerset. He was part of the Bath Buccaneers squad that won the West Conference and came third at the premier league play-offs. When he was 15 he was offered a place at the then premier league football club, Cardiff City, in the summer of 2013. He turned it down due to hockey and commitments to his eduction.
Euan Gilmour: At the other end of the pitch Euan is scoring goals. He plays for Cambridge City first team under the guidance of coach Nicky Thompson. He has been their leading goalscorer for the last two seasons. He has 17 caps for England U-16, 11 caps for England U-18 and two caps for England U-21.
Peter Scott: Another delightful player to watch. He played for Reading Men's 1st team for two years, winning the England Cup with them. He is in Team Bath Buccaneers' first team and the University of Bath's first team. He has played for England U-18s for two years and also won gold with the GB U-21s at the Sultan of Johor Cup.
Girls, Youth (18 and under)
Charlotte Calnan is in the upper sixth form at Cranleigh School, has had a consistent career so far and was selected for the England U-21 squad in November. She has been a Double winner with the Surbiton club for two years running, having won the Investec Premier Division and the Investec England Hockey National Cup. She has also won an U-18s bronze medal with England in the Europeans in Santander in August this year.
Holly Munro is at Kingston Grammar School and another fine member of the Surbiton club. She wants to captain the England U-18s at the Euros in Ireland next July and to play in the U-21 Junior World Cup in November.
Holly Hunt: Our winner last year, again a player of the highest calibre. Holly switched from Bowdon to the University of Birmingham this year. Holly had a good start to the 2015/16 season, scoring for UoB in each of her first four league games. After having been part of the U-21 England squad that won bronze at the 2014 European Championships, Holly was made England U-18 captain for 2015 and led the squad to bronze in the 2015 U-18 European Championships in Santander. For 2015/16 Holly is part of the Development Programme and GB U-21 squads and has been selected for GB U-21 to play against USA in the USA this month.
Boys, Junior (16 and under)
Josh Pavis is a stand-out player. In 2013 he joined the England U-15 camp a year young. In 2014 he played in all the U-16 tournaments a year young. He helped win the U-16 national outdoor championship. He made his national league debut for Beeston at 15 years old. Last year the Trent College pupil captained England against Holland, went to the Euros with England to San- tander and was in the U-21 team which won the Sultan of Johor Cup in Malaysia.
Lucas Ward: Another fine player. He played for national league Sheffield Hallam in 2014 and at Oakham School joined up with Beeston 1st in the 2015-16 season. He was England U-16's most capped player in 2014-15, joint top scorer and shared the captaincy. He also played with three generations of his family in the 60th Hathersage v Sheffield Boxing Day fixture. Paternal grandfather played and his parents met through playing hockey. Brother and sister play hockey as do most of his cousins. Uncle played for England over 50s.
Harry Gough: Another player from the Cranleigh and Surbiton stable. Harry made England U-16s a year early and Surbiton say he was the youngest registered Premier League player. He was a national champion at U-14 level.
Girls, Junior (16 and under)
Ellie de Heer started at Sunbury HC when she was 10 and moved on to play for Surbiton where she made her first team debut in November 2014. She counts her highlights as going on tour to South Africa, with her school, Kingston Grammar in 2014, and playing with the England U-16 squad this season. "I'd have to say playing in Holland at Easter was the best," she said. "I got Players' Player at the Six Nations which was a great way to end the season."
Kingston Grammar School's Charlotte Ross also has a superb record with Surbiton. She has captained England and played in all the 2014/15 internationals. She now has a total of 22 caps.
Nicole Bowen of Shrewsbury High School, then Repton and at the Beeston club has the 2020 Olympics driving her forward. Again another fine player who has had a great year with England.
These Youth and Junior awards are sponsored by Higgins Group plc.
For more information on the HIGGINS awards please contact: Rod Gilmour,
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Roll of Honour
UK YOUTH AND JUNIOR AWARDS
sponsored by Higgins
2004 Rebecca Herbert Darren Cheesman
2005 Nikki Kidd Ashley Jackson
2006 Maddie Hinch Dan Barstow
2007 Sophie Bray Liam Doidge
2008 Alice Sharp Ben Arnold
2009 Sarah Haycroft David Condon
2010 Alice Sharp Andy Bull Harry Martin
From 2011 onwards the Higins sponsorship was increased to allow a Junior (16-and-under Award to be added.)
THE HIGGINS YOUTH AWARD
2011 Martha Baker Joe Sharp
2012 Emily Defroand Luke Taylor
2013 Rebekah Walker Chris Proctor
2014 Holly Hunt Liam Sanford
2015 Charlotte Calnan Toby Reynolds-Cotterill
THE HIGGINS JUNIOR AWARD
2011 Joanna Leigh James Albery
2012 Charlotte Daly Conor Caplan
2013 Alice Wills Jack Turner
2014 Lizzie Neal Jack Whelan
2015 Ellie de Heer Josh Pavis
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