Awards

Hockey Writers' Club Annual Awards

The Hockey Writers’ Club has a proud tradition of awards dating back to 1983, recognising the male and female Player of the Year, numerous Youth Awards and honours for Services to Hockey. The awards, voted by our sports media, are held in high regard by the players and hockey family alike.

The Awards

Graham Wilson Award

Awarded annually for outstanding services to

Hockey journalism

UK Player of the Year

Awarded annually to the male and female UK Player of the Year as voted on by the members of the Hockey Writers’ Club

UK Youth & Junior Awards

Awarded annually to the male and female, under 18 & 16, for an outstanding contribution to hockey within their club and school environment.  Voted by the HWC Committee from nominations by clubs and schools

Chris Moore Salver

Awarded annually to the male Player of the Match / Tournament in a targeted event 

Marjorie Pollard Salver

Awarded to the Player of the Match at the annual Wembley international

Following the ending of the annual Wembley International in 1991 the Salver was awarded at the major fixture of the year

The Sydney Friskin Memorial Silver Goblet

Sponsored by
THE TIMES

Awarded annually for outstanding services to UK Hockey

Graham Wilson Award

Awarded annually for outstanding services to

Hockey journalism

2016 GEORGE BRINK

2017 PATRICK ROWLEY BEM

2018 BARRY DAVIES MBE

2019 DAVID WRIGHT

2020 FRANK UIJLENBROEK

2021 COLIN PIKE

2022 STEPHEN FINDLATER

2023 ROD GILMOUR

UK Player of the Year

Awarded annually to the male and female UK Player of the Year as voted on by the members of the Hockey Writers’ Club

1983 Margaret Gleghorne; Paul Barber

1984 Karen Brown; Richard Leman

1985 Linda Carr; Sean Kerly

1986 Moira McLeod; Ian Taylor

1987 Violet McBride; lmran Sherwani

1988 Barbara Hambley; Jon Potter

1989 Vickey Dixon; David Faulkner

1990 Maggie Souyave; Andy Halliday

1991 Joanne Thompson; Jason Laslett

1992 Jane Sixsmith; Rob Hill

1993 Sandie Lister; Julian Halls

1994 Karen Brown; Simon Mason

1995 Tammy Miller; Ian Jennings

1996 Kathryn Johnson; Bobby Crutchley

1997 Karen Brown; Jon Wyatt

1998 Carolyn Reid; David Hacker

1999 Tina Cullen; Chris Ashcroft

2000 Jane Sixsmith; Mark Pearn

2001 Jane Smith; Danny Hall

2002 Leisa King; Robert Todd

2003 Kate Walsh; Simon Mason

2004 Tina Cullen; Barry Middleton

2005 Crista Cullen; Jonathan Ebsworth

2006 Crista Cullen; James Tindall

2007 Kate Walsh; Barry Middleton

2008 Beth Storry; Ali McGregor

2009 Helen Richardson; Ashley Jackson

2010 Helen Richardson; Barry Middleton

2011 Alex Danson; Mark Pearn

2012 Kate Walsh; Barry Middleton

2013 Maddie Hinch; Adam Dixon

2014 Susannah Townsend; lain Lawers

2015 Maddie Hinch; lain Lewers

2016 Maddie Hinch; Dan Fox

2017 Hollie Pearne-Webb; Sam Ward

2018 Giselle Ansley: Alan Forsyth

2019 Sophie Bray; Sam Ward

2020 No award due to covid-19 pandemic

2021 Leah Wilkinson; Nick Bandurak

2022 Maddie Hinch; Nick Bandurak

2023 Laura Roper; Nick Bandurak

UK Youth & Junior Awards

Awarded annually to the male and female, under 18 & 16, for an outstanding contribution to hockey within their club and school environment.  Voted by the HWC Committee from nominations by clubs and schools

From 2011 the Higgins sponsorship was increased to allow a 

Junior (16-and-under) Award to be added


2004 REBECCA HERBERT – DARREN CHEESEMAN

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

THE YOUTH AWARD

(Age 18-and -Under)

2011 MARTHA BAKER – JOE SHARP

2012 EMILY DEFROAND – LUKE TAYLOR

2013 REBEKAR WALKER – CHRIS PROCTOR

2014 HOLLY HUNT – LIAM SANFORD

2015 CHARLOTTE CALNAN – TOBY REYNOLDS-COTTERILL

2016 KATE AXFORD – TIM NURSE

2017 HANNA GRIGGS – MATTHEW RAMSHAW

2018 BETH WOOD – JORDAN LAKE

2019 RAPHAELLA ROBESON – BEN WALL

2020 NO AWARD DUE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC

2021 MADDIE AXFORD – YUVRAJ BHUHI

2022 SIENNA DUNN – TOM SPRECKLEY

2023 LOTTIE BINGHAM – JONNY STURCH-HIBBETT

THE JUNIOR AWARD

(Age 16-and-Under)

2011JOANNA LEIGH – JAMES ALBERY

2012 CHARLOTTE DALY – CONOR CAPLAN

2013 ALICE WILLS – JACK TURNER

2014 LIZZIE NEAL – JACK WHELAN

2015 ELLIE DE HEER – JOSH PAVIS

2016 DARCY BOURNE – ALEX PENDLE

2017 MADDIE GOODMAN – XAVIER TEYLETCHE

2018 AIMEE PLUMB – ELLIS ROBSON

2019 CLAUDIA SWAIN – THOMAS LEADLAY

2020 NO AWARD DUE TO CODID-19 PANDEMIC

2021 SOFIA MARTIN – HARRY STONE

2022 HANNAH CUTLER – ROHIT JAKHU

2023 EVIE GRINDAL – OLI BENNETT

Chris Moore Salver

Awarded annually to the Player of the Match/Tournament

in a targeted event

1999 Milton Keynes RUSSELL GARCIA England

2001CannockDION GOSLINGNew Zealand

2002 Manchester BRETT GARRARD England

2003 Barcelona SIMON MASON England

2004 Nottingham BRETT GARRARD Great Britain

2005 Leipzig JON EBSWORTH England

ALISTAIR MACGREGORScotland

2006 Cannock JEROEN DELMEE Netherlands

2007 Manchester BARRY MIDDLETON England

2008 Cannock JON BLEBY England

2009AmsterdamASHLEY JACKSONEngland

2010 M’gladbach RICHARD ALEXANDER England

2011 M’gladbach BARRY MIDDLETON England

2012 Olympic Test Event JAMES FAIR England

2013 Euro-Nations IAIN LEWERS England

Important Documents

Important documents associated with your membership and that of the HWC

Constitution, Minutes from AGM and Committee meeting

The Sydney Friskin Memorial Silver Goblet

Sponsored by
THE TIMES

Awarded annually for outstanding services to UK Hockey

2000 ERNEST WALL OBE

2001 ROBERT WATSON

2002 DAVID COLLIER

2003 MIKE CORBY

2004 ANNE ELLIS OBE

2005 DAVID WHITTLE

2006 DAVID LUCKES

2007 BILL FELTON

2008 CHRIS PICKETT

2009 ANDY TAPLEY

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