Hat-trick of awards for Tomasso

DEFENDER Tomasso Parrinello came away with three trophies at the end of season presentation evening of Weston Football Club.

DEFENDER Tomasso Parrinello came away with three trophies at the end of season presentation evening of Weston Football Club.

The former Bristol Rovers trainee was presented with the Supporters' Club player of the season by Les Bellew, the manager's player by team manager Andy Gurney and players' player by club captain Adi Harris.

Mr Gurney described Tomasso as a model professional who game 100 per cent in every game and who gave outstanding displays in defence.

The supporters' player was named as Marc McGregor, who polled 43 per cent of the votes cast, presented by club chairman Paul Bliss and accepted by Chris Smith in the absence of McGregor.

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Mr Bliss made special presentations to Keith Refault for all his work in helping to plan improvements to the Woodspring Stadium and to Mrs Betty Mulraney for her many years in hosting the boardroom hospitality.

Long-serving club president Dennis Usher was named clubman of the season by Mr Bliss who thanked him for getting the club through difficult times in the past and was a tremendous asset in the day-to-day running of the club.

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The chairman also presented bouquets to Mrs Jean Usher and Mrs Vivienne Refault.

Ryan Northmore, youth team manager, and David Trounce, head of faculty at Weston College, congratulated the youth team on winning the Somerset Floodlit Youth League Cup, beating Winscombe in an exciting final at Clevedon Town's Hand Stadium and named Josh Evans and skipper Dayle Grubb as players of the season, while goalkeeper Ben Dancey, son of former first team player Martin, as most improved player.

"Most of the squad were in their first year at this level and they did themselves and the club proud with their displays that won them the cup and they were runners-up in the premier division of the league," said Mr Northmore.

The women's team at the college were runners-up in the national plate competiton, being beaten by Accrington in the final and he named Becki Jackson as player of the season and Emma Lloyd as most improved player.

In his remarks following the presentations, Mr Bliss said a fund-raising initiative he started some years ago was beginning to bear fruit, resulting in a bigger budget for the manager to enable the club to establish itself in the Blue Square South and to eventually push for promotion to the National Conference.

Manager Andy Gurney, thanked his assistant Chris Smith, and the loyal group of supporters who attended all the games, home and away, especially David Williams and son David junior, the club's kitmen, the club physio Dave Callow and groundsman Bob Flaskett who produced an immaculate playing surface.

He went on to say that the horrendous injury list cost the club many points over the season and at one time 13 players with first-team experience were out injured which made team selection a nightmare, but he was pleased they way youth team players stepped into the breach and acquitted themselves well.

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