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Oban Saints Youth teams held their annual end of season awards night on June 25 at Soroba House to celebrate all of the team achievements during the 2018/19 season.
As well as team presentations, individual awards were presented at each age group for most improved player, top goal scorer, player of the season and players player of the season.
A special presentation was also made to John Scott to thank him for his service to the club, having filled various positions over a number of years, and latterly having been a referee. John has decided to hang up his whistle at the end of the season.
The club had teams at U13, U14, U15 and U16 age groups all playing in the Glasgow and District leagues in 2018/19, with more than 80 boys regularly training each week and matches being played on a Sunday.
A significant number of miles were travelled in the minibuses this season and the club would like to thank all of the volunteer coaches who give up their time each week to not only take the training sessions but also take the team through to Glasgow for away matches.
A large turnout at the presentation night was welcomed by club chairman Donald Black.
The club are hoping to have teams competing at U13, U14, U15 and U16/17 level for the 2019/20 season which starts back on August 18 in the Glasgow and District YFL league cup group matches.
The club are also looking forward to the start of the new Oban Saints second team for season 2019/20 as this is a positive step in providing a more structured pathway for players between the youth teams and the senior squad – hopefully being able to provide more opportunities for the older youth players to continue playing competitive football.
Individual award winners on the night were: U16 Most Improved Player – James Beaton; U16 Top Goal Scorer – Connor Moore; U16 Player of the Year – Ellis Hunter; U16 Players Player of the Year – Lennan MacKechnie.
U15 Most Improved Player – Rhys Fairbairn; U15 Top Goal Scorer – Ross Higgins; U15 Player of the Year – John Douglas; U15 Players Player of the Year – Zak Allan.
U14 Most Improved Player – Jack Reid; U14 Top Goal Scorer – Kyle Cooper; U14 Player of the Year – Kyle Cooper; U14 Players Player of the Year – Andrew Barclay. U13 Most Improved Player – Ryan Hill; U13 Top Goal Scorer – Aidan MacDonald; U13 Player of the Year – Preston MacIntyre; U13 Players Player of the Year – James Joss
The club would like to thank all of its supporters for backing the boys throughout the season, both at home and also at away matches. Also a huge thank you to a number of sponsors across the various age groups whose support has been invaluable.
These includes the Ryan MacPhail Memorial Fund, Argyll Beats Cardiovascular Disease (ABCD), Oban Filling Station, Staffa Tours, D&J Campbell North Connel, Scottish Sea Farms, JM Boyd, Allwurx Contractors, Stuart Livingstone Joinery, Munros Garage, Strathclyde Scaffolding, Norries Fish and Chip Shop, the Oban Inn, Roddy’s Garage and the Halfway House Filling Station. Also a big thanks to Ian Hay and the council ground staff for their assistance throughout the year with Glencruitten, as well as the janitors at the Oban High School for their help when using the pitch there.