The End-of Season Awards for the Pig Hunters were held last night at the same venue that they have always been held at – Kittens. In his last official duty before handing control of the Pigs to Ova Dunn, essenn kept with tradition and gave his season review, before presenting the awards for the season just completed. And as always, the lucky members & fans that were invited to the event were provided with an open bar, fingering food, and free entertainment.
“Our first ever season in division III provided many highs and lows. We were always going to struggle, but I made many mistakes last season, so I take full responsibility for our relegation back to division IV. But the season wasn’t a huge disaster, not by any stretch of the imagination. The training debacle (where at one stage I had 9 trainees and only 6 training spots available) was sorted out by half-way through the season. The sale of the older better players certainly effected our campaign, but it also unearthed some gems that will carry the Pigs forward in the seasons to come. Financially we posted a AU$2.3 million profit, the biggest ever in the history of the Pigs. The Piglet Hunters are currently struggling following the talent drain that has occurred in recent seasons, but I’m happy to announce that they are on-track in their rebuilding phase. Yes, we only lasted one season in div III… but I urge all those fickle bastards that walked out on the Club to return. The upcoming season in IV.53 is going to be a beauty – there are some great clubs in this league!”
“Up until round 8, we were constantly in the top 2. After that, we failed to pick up a single fucking point. Why? Quite simply, we were undermanned, understrength, and outwitted. Selling our better young strikers didn’t help. Shit form to our no.1 ‘keeper and our 2 best inner midfielders also hurt. But at the end of the day, we simply were not good enough. Easy as that. Our aim at the start was to avoid auto-relegation, and we did that. It’s unfortunate that we came up against a super ABS United in the qualifier… had it been a lesser team, I believe we could have survived. I enjoyed the time in III.4 and hopefully in a few seasons time we’ll be more than ready for division III football.”
“A disappointing exit in Round 4 of the Oceania Cup, only because of my stubbornness to ensure that all players got full (or close enough to full) training. Round 4 is not good enough for the Pig Hunters, and hopefully Dunn can take the Club further next season. If it means sacrificing some weeks of training, then so be it.
“With qualification from the Group stage guaranteed, we decided to forego a number of GL3 matches and play more mid-week games at Satellite 15 to boost the bank balance a bit. The first round of knock-out games was unfair on the Pigs, being drawn to play away to Langer House… how the Pigs could finish 2nd in Group E and play against 1st in Group D, whilst the team that finished 3rd in Group E got to play a team that finished 2nd, is beyond explanation! Nonetheless, the Pigs got the pounding they deserved and exited GL3 in a disappointing, and disappointed, manner.”
Pig of the Season: Glenn Harrison
Young Harrison is starting to show why he was so highly regarded when the former Piglet was promoted to the senior squad. By far the best striker all season, Harrison is starting to repay the faith shown in him by the Pigs. Having been voted MVP in xx competitive matches, its no wonder the 21 year old is already regarded as a cult hero by the Troopers. The no.13 shirt for the new season now belongs to Harrison!
Young Pig of the Season: Rick Borneo
Borneo burst into the senior team with 4 goals in as many games. An injury, followed by crap form, halted his great start to the season. But the youngster didn’t give up, eventually forcing his way back into the starting line-up. His 13 goals for the season (including friendlies) has the hierarchy at the Club convinced that the former Piglet will be a future star.
Best Clubman: Arthur Scotney
By his own admission, Scotney did not have a good season – poor form kept him out of the seniors more often than he was in it. But his commitment to the cause could not be questioned… always making himself available for the mid-week friendlies, passing on advice to the younger players in the squad, and hanging around after training to assist coach Campbell in any way possible. A future coach? Maybe…
Top Scorer: Lefter Keskin (7 goals)
One of the surprise packets of the season! Keskin responded so well to the change in training, that essenn had to include him as a permanent ‘trainee’. A late surge saw him end up as top scorer for the season with a total of just 7 goals (in competitive matches). As top scorer, Keskin will now wear the no.9 shirt!