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Monday, November 22, 2010

Shahril is the toast of the town at the "Awards Night"

This year's S.League Awards Night was held at the St James Power House (a nice shift again from their traditional venue from the Mediacorp theatre).

To cap his inspiring performance for his former club Home United before his departure to Indonesian League, national skipper Shahril Ishak is named as the Player of the Year, on top of the "Goal of the Year" accolade he received earlier in the evening.

Coach Vorawan's daughter Parawan (pictured above right) received the award on her dad's behalf, posing for this shot with presenter Mediacorp artiste Rebecca Lim.

Despite the agony of losing both league title and Singapore Cup by slim margin, Tampines Rovers' coach Vorawan Chitavanich is being awarded his third "Coach of the Year" award for his effort this season.

While the first award of the night - "Young Player of the Year" was given to national midflelder Hariss Harun (pictured above while receiving the award on the stage).

OTHER MAJOR AWARDS WINNERS

FAN CLUB OF THE YEAR - ALBIREX NIIGATA (SINGAPORE)
Albirex Niigata (Singapore) upset the perennial favourites, SAFFC to win the " Fan Club of the Year" award (pictured above with two representative in Japanese kimono posing radio DJ Jean Danker).

REFEREE OF THE YEAR - ABAS DAUD
Referee Committee Chairman Mr Jeffrey Beh (pictured above) danced his way up to receive the award on Abas Daud's behalf, as he was the one "who sent him overseas (to officiate a match)."

HONOURING THE GOAL-KINGS
Tampines Rovers and Lions striker Aleksandar Duric (pictured above left) ended the season by scoring his 307th S.League career goal and is duly awarded with a commemorative trophy to mark this unique achievement.

While his former SAFFC team-mate, Noor Ali (pictured above right) joined the exclusive "centurions" club by scoring his 100th as well this S.League which he quipped, "It took me 15 years to score 100 goals" during a chat with the media.

PEOPLE'S CHOICE - SHAHRIL JANTAN
SAFFC's custodian and captain Shahril Jantan (pictured above right) was named the "Yeo's" People's Choice for gathered the highest number of votes during the polling period (posing the picture with Mediacorp artiste Ann Kok).

TOP SCORER OF THE YEAR - FRED MENDY
Fred Mendy was the League Champions Etoile FC's only representative on the winners' list as he went up on stage to collect the season's top scorer's award from presenter Mediacorp artiste Adam Chen.

FOR MORE PICTURES FROM THE AWARDS NIGHT, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

4 comments:

  1. I cannot understand why there are no winners from Etoile??
    It is a disgrace to the reputation of these awards if the league cup and league winners are NOT amongst any of the winners?

    Awards as such will be a farce if the criteria are not clear and concise. For Mendy and Patrick Valle - what more could they have done??

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  2. to damon: i believe that the selections of these awards are subjective and of course have many criteria. It is not only the tangible achievements such as winners' medal that have to be taken into account but also other circumstances as well. For example, it is not fair for a coach to not win the award just because his team is not so good. He may be the best out there but due to circumstances, he simply cannot win the league title. Just look at roy hodgson last year at fulham. he value added to the team. Maybe the winners this time around have been surprising but lets not take the glory away from the winners as well. good point brought up by damon though..

    cheers,

    lionsdiehard

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  3. @arief, i dont disagree with you - awards like this have different criteria.

    But given what you said, shouldnt Valle deserve it EVEN more? Vorawan already had an established team in Tampines Rovers, and is financially stable. You can challenge that the Tampines team picks itself with the array of national team players and foreigners.

    Valle had to assemble a team of players who are loosely French, build team spirit and win games - all while trying to work around the reported financial woes.

    I cant buy the idea of these year's awards ... if you invite other kids over to play, you HAVE to share the toys.

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  4. they already DID share the toys. it's called nominations.

    vallee doesn't deserve an award any more than the other coaches just because his club was reportedly a financial mess. that's for the management to settle, not the coach. he just has to get his boys to turn up from wherever they are living and play their games.

    and just because team X won the league title doesn't mean they played very impressive football to win it. if the judges decide there were others who had better individual games and deserve recognition then it's only fair they don't limit themselves to the league champions.

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