Smith takes out Jacks Player of the Year

Smith takes out Jacks Player of the Year

Posted on October 3, 2016 in 'News'

After a superb first season in Australian football Scottish striker Gordon Smith has taken out the ECU Joondalup SC ‘Player of the Year’.

The former Heart of Midlothian striker polled well all night and pipped Steven McGarry for the award at a packed Joondalup Lakeside Ballroom on Friday evening.

Smith, who bagged 19 goals in the PS4NPLWA, and was joint leading scorer in the league with Perth SC striker Gustavo Catarcione, said it had been a great season and he was honoured to win the award. “I’m delighted to receive the award, as there were some very strong candidates,” he said. “The club are on the way up and the recent run shows that, we will be all striving to go one better next season and win the league and Top Four, and it’s a challenge I’m personally looking forward to.”

When Smith left Scotland to head down under, he didn’t know what to expect, but he said the club have been really good to help him settle both on and off the pitch. “I would like to thank the club for helping me settle in at the club and a new country,” he said. “From the coaching staff, to the players and committee, they have all made it easy for me to settle in at the club. A special mention to Willie Herd who helped bring me over and again being there to help me on and off the pitch.”

McCulloch said Smith’s inclusion was huge for the side and he was a worthy winner. “We struggled to score goals last season and we pinpointed that and the club backed me by bringing Gordon in and he hasn’t let us down.” he said. “He deserved the award, he scored important goals at crucial times for us and a couple of his penalties late in the season were vital to keep our run going.”

McCulloch said the season showed ECU Joondalup are back, and Smith and runner up McGarry were the catalyst. “Steven and Gordon led from the front and both were outstanding during the season, along with Ryan Lowry, who finished third in the count,” he said.

“But we have a great squad now and we know if one player is injured or suspended, we can bring in another and they won’t let me down. We improved a great deal last season but we haven’t won anything, and we’ve spoken to the group we want to celebrate winning a trophy at next season’s Presentation Night, and that’s our goal.”

In other awards on the night Ryan Lowry won the Player’ Player of the Year, while Smith took out the Top goalscorer. Midfielder Steven McGarry was rewarded for his season by receiving an award donated by Major Sponsor Credentia Construction.

In the under 18’s the Player of the Year went to Tom Hough, while the Players’ Player of the Year went to Nick Koefler, with the top scorer going to Jacob Jones

In the under 20’s the player of the Year went to Stef Vranesevic, and the Players’ Player of the Year was skipper Ryan Malton, and top goalscorer was James Owen.