Celebration of Sport Awards - Team of the Year Nominees
There are 3 nominees shortlisted for the 2017 Celebration of Sport - Team of the Year Award Sponsored by Border Embroideries. The winner of this prestigious award will be selected by a public vote. Why not help us out by entering our Facebook poll or by completing voting slips enclosed in your local newspapers The Southern Reporter or The Border Telegraph.
GALA FAIRYDEAN ROVERS DISABILITY FOOTBALL TEAM
Having started up in 2012 as a physical activity session, aimed at reducing social isolation for adults with a learning disability, GFR Disability Football Team now plays competitively in the Scottish Football Association National Disability League the Scottish Disability Sport National Championships.
The team has a regular attendance of 10 enthusiastic players who train weekly with Gala Fairydean Rover’s coaches.
In 2015 the squad competed at their first SDS National Championships at Toryglen and proudly reached the semi-final stage in their classification. In 2016 the squad reach the final before being narrowly beaten to gain second place having won five consecutive games.
The 2015/16 League season proved to be a magnificent turn around with the team competing for top. Over the course of the fixtures it felt like a tidal wave for the team as each fixture they were either first or second in the table. The last fixture proved the pivotal turning point when they narrowly lost out to the eventual champions.
Over the course of the year the squad have continued to go from strength to strength and that’s down to the enthusiasm and commitment of the players and coaches.
KELSO LADIES HOCKEY TEAM
The 2015/16 season for Kelso Ladies 1st XI was very different to the previous year.
A bit of movement between the firsts and second XI resulted in a shuffle of players, with some of the younger players stepping up into the premier division.
A productive pre-season, a regular coach and change of formation allowed for more attacking play while holding strong in defence. The mix of experience and young fast players worked extremely well.
The opening half of the season was very much a sea saw of results and some very close games but, towards the end of the year, the team settled and began a winning streak which continued into the second half of the season.
In the end, results saw them finishing third in the East Division Premier League with not much space between them and the second placed side. They won nine games, drew six and lost six, scoring 42 goals and conceding 36.
A huge improvement from the relegation battle the year before.
PEEBLES LADIES HOCKEY TEAM
Peebles Hockey Ladies have successfully been promoted the last two years.
After suffering relegation, at the end of season 2013/14, into East of Scotland division two the ladies bounced back and gained promotion back into division one in season 2014/15, winning 11 games in the process.
The ladies went from strength to strength and continued their winning ways which saw them dominate division one in season 2015/16 and gain promotion as champions back to the Premier League.
Until September 2016 the ladies played a total of 27 consecutive matches undefeated having not conceded a league match since March 2015.
The future for Peebles Hockey ladies is certainly looking very bright with numbers at training growing each week. They have encouraged so many players to return to the sport that a second team is now being formed.
Some of the Ladies are now coaching at the High School in their spare time to help the youngsters and staff build a development pathway both indoors and out.
Fancy joining us?
Tickets for the Celebration of Sport 2017 are priced at £42.50 and include a three-course meal and drinks reception on arrival. Attendees will also be part of a great evening that celebrates Borders sporting success and achievement.
To book, please contact the booking line on 01896 661150.