Carrick Amateurs football club had their annual Player of the Year presentation and fund raiser in the form of a race night last Saturday June 7 the High Society Bar.
Unfortunately, there was no silverware to show for the team’s efforts but they did secure a position in Ayrshire’s Premier League for next season.
After a couple of hours of Night at The Races to raise funds, MC for the evening Ricky Stevenson ushered all the players with friends and family into the lounge area for the main event of the evening, the award ceremony.
He thanked everyone for attending and for their continued support the passed the microphone over to manager Stephen McCulloch to announce this year’s winners.
Stephen also thanked those in attendance for their support and to the managers of the High, Linda and Frankie McGarry for their sponsorship, help and invaluable assistance throughout the season.
Stephen then provided the audience with an overview of the past season, making particular reference to the team’s overall spirit and when things were not going their way, how the team rallied together and continually showed great desire to play for each other.
“The team showed tremendous team spirit and Comradeship,” he said. “It was a great privilege for me, assisted by my wee pal and assistant Mark Stevenson to manage such a fine group of players”.
Club Man of the year was Stuart Maxwell. Committee’s player of the year, was Brian “Goose” Milligan,with special thanks to Brian for taking care of the team’s fitness over the season.
Player of the Year was Kristopher Brown, stalwart of the Carrick Men’s defence.
The trophy all players treasure highest amongst the awards, The Players Player of the Year, was awarded to Jarred Nesbit.
Stephen mentioned the Jarred was worth a goal for every start he made, this was demonstrated by the number of goals conceded by the club throughout the year, it was on a par with those teams that finished in the top three of the league. Next year, who knows, becoming league champions is a distinct possibility.
Two of Carrick Amateur committee stalwarts have hung up their boots and said their respective farewells to Carrick Ams.
Treasurer and committee member since the time of Maybole Amateurs, Wendy McClure had thought it high time to let the youngsters take over and stepped down. The players and management of Carrick Ams, thanked Wendy for all her time and effort, which were very much appreciated by the club, and presented her with a lovely bouquet of flowers with a bottle of bubbly.
Twenty-seven year veteran Ricky Stevenson also thought it was high time to let the youngsters take control and also stepped down. The management and players presented Ricky with a large pewter tankard and a luxury bottle of malt whisky.
Ricky thanked the current players and management for their generosity, saying that the tankard will be proudly displayed alongside his football memorabilia collected over the past seasons. The malt will be savoured and enjoyed.
After the presentations ceremonies were completed, the audience were treated to some foot stomping, hand clapping Rock-a-Billy music and danced the night away.