Player of the Season 2018/19
May 30 2019
Another season gone and it's time to sum it up with the traditional Craic Player of the Season. A recap of the procedure - every game we aim to have a vote for Man of the Match. We gather nominations and then have a vote and the winner is stored on the fixture list in the left-hand menu. Once the season is completed we count-up the number of wins and the chap with the most gets the honour.
Sounds easy? Well, it usually is but sometimes (well, once before) we have a tie at the top and we have to go to a final vote to decide the winner. It is also complicated slightly when the idiot running the site forgets to have a vote so we're short some results. In my defence this year I was pretty good at keeping the votes going. We eschewed away Championship Cup games since not enough people saw the games to form a concensus but still managed one for every game except the Cup final where we had plenty of support but sadly a no-show from the team. I took the decision, given that I was the only one who nominated anyone and a couple of others said "seems fair", to award that game to None of the above and save us the effort.
Which leaves us with the results:
Firstly the guys who managed a single win all season. No mean feat at all and, given the flatness of this year's result a fine showing. Singletons for 2018/19 are :- Barney Maddison, Ben Loader, Ben Meehan, Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi, Ian Keatley, Jacob Atkins, Lovejoy Chawatama, Luke McLean, Matt Rogerson, Ollie Hoskins and TJ Ioane. Also in this category None of the Above (the cup final) and The Travelling Support (the away loss at Leeds).
In second runner-up position with two awards (I told you it was a flat distribution): Dave Porecki, Matt Williams, Stephen Myler and Terence Hepetema all managed a brace.
Which leaves us with the guys with three awards which comprises two players. Both Josh McNally and Avereti Veitokani have contributed widely to a pretty successful season.
Big Josh has been a fine leader whose work-rate and energy has been a real boost for the team, you knew when he was playing because we secured a lot of ball at the breakdown and went forward consistently. For me the highlight was his run-in try at Richmond which I'm sure by now started on his own goal-line in his re-tellings. A marvellous effort made slightly bittersweet by Josh's departure - go well at Bath Captain McNally (except against us).
Freddy has been a real find, eventually. There was much chat on here about his form at full-back when he first arrived, many were unimpressed. They were soon won round when it finally clicked, though. Not since Delon Armitage have we had such an attacking threat at 15. In the last home-game of the season Ealing kicked the ball away hoping to gain territory. As it flew I said "you don't want to give it to him..." and Veitokani duly gathered and went on to score a wonder-try, jinking his way through I think 5 defenders to dot down some 60m up the field. Happily Freddy is staying and hopefully he can cause just as much chaos in the Premiership next year.
So that's the end of the article for now... I'll put-up a vote for your winner in a straight head-to-head (no None of the Above here, if you don't want either don't vote). I'll place the result here once it's done.pqs: qs:
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Fascinating that the likes of big Albert Tuisue and Tom Stephenson, both uniformly excellent never quite managed to nail down our MOTM!
Sponsoring Ollie Hassell-Collins for the 2018/19 season.
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