Sports Dinner 2013
On May 28th 2013 the MPW football squad attended a celebration meal at the Blue Piano restaurant in Edgbaston to celebrate the season’s achievements. As well as reflect on the success and the struggles of the season gone by, awards were handed out to the Player of the Season and the Players’ Player of the Season.
Central defence partners Charles Newbould and Zach Johnson took home the honours. This was reflective of a season which saw the MPW Birmingham defence under constant threat from the opposition. Consistently brave performances from Zach and Charles allowed little room for Bath
Academy and MPW Cambridge forwards to get shots on goal.
Charles Newbould was voted the Player of the Season by the college management. In addition to his flawless defensive displays, Charles’ direct runs into midfield with the ball showed a creative side that is rarely seen in a central defender. His attitude towards his fellow players and opposition also helped him gain admiration from the management team. An all round gentleman and top class performer – WELL DONE CHARLES!
At the meal, each player was invited to choose their Players’ Player of the Season. This ballot saw team captain Zach Johnson came out on top. Easily the most passionate player on the pitch in every match, Zach is a players’ player who will work from the first to the last minute of the game. Zach is currently going into his A2 year at MPW and will form the nucleus of the squad for next season. With Zach in charge on the pitch, we can only look forward to another successful season of football.
The college Principal, Mark Shingleton, attended all the matches this season and he gave his verdict on the teams performances this year.
“Comparing the MPW Birmingham football team to the great Arsenal team of 2003/04 might appear a bit of a stretch, but we are happy to celebrate the achievements of the unbeaten football team for this season.
Due to the cohesion of the team and the great spirit demonstrated it feels slightly inappropriate to single out individual team members. However, at various times certain students displayed qualities which deserve a special mention.
The Players’ Player of the Season went to Zach Johnson and the Management Player of the Season went to Charles Newbould. What’s interesting about these awards is that the players involved worked as a central defensive partnership and in many ways represented the spine of the team. They supported each other and the team and for being such team players they received individual awards.
Sport is often about getting the balance between being competitive whilst ensuring that high standards of behaviour don’t slip. Both Zach and Charles displayed these attributes and Charles displayed a particular calmness even when dealing with testing situations.
Our midfield was incredibly hard working with both Dan Preston and Will Haszard applying themselves tirelessly throughout matches. Samar Sidhu has always had potential but this season played with better self-discipline and his temperament set a good example to other students. Up front it was pleasing to note an improved attitude from Fergus Prutton who displayed a greater willingness to be a team player and more humility in the process. Fergus is a natural athlete and at his best has the technique to trouble most defenders; his more positive attitude ensured that he had a good season.
Arguably one of the most heroic performances came from a student named Daanish Rehman during our final match against MPW Cambridge. The intensity of this fixture has now reached almost mythic proportions amongst the students of MPW Birmingham. Daanish, playing at left back, had to contend with a confident and sometimes far from diplomatic forward he was marking. Daanish kept his composure and despite the physicality of the duel played football with a real sense of fair play. In sport, nothing beats getting a result whilst retaining the moral high ground.”