After playing a key role in the success of his junior team and backing up each week to play in men's division one, Matthew Stretch was named Marlborough's most outstanding junior footballer of 2012 on Saturday.
Also a member of the Marlborough Boys' College first XI away at tournament in Ashburton this week, 16 year-old defender Stretch played for the Rangers Phantoms who triumphed in division one of the A-grade junior competition this year.
Almost every week, after his match for Phantoms in the morning, Stretch would turn out for Central in the men's division-one competition in the afternoon. As he did in the junior ranks, he put in numerous strong performances for Central as they placed second in round one, qualified for the Top of the South League and finished runners-up in the Knockout Cup.
Meanwhile, the prestigious Peter Simonsen Cup for the 12th-grade player showing the most potential was won by Patrick Schnarre.
A member of the Federation Talent Centre programme this year, Schnarre is one of Marlborough's most promising young goalkeepers. In 2011, he played in goal for the Marlborough 11th grade team which entered the Gavin Roberts 12th grade tournament as a development side. Schnarre performed exceptionally all tournament and that was recognised when he was won the Golden Glove award ahead of the keepers from 17 other 12th-grade teams from around the South Island.
The junior achievement award went to Anzac Morel, who played for Rangers Hammers in A grade and displayed physical and technical strength beyond his years.
Marlborough junior football awards 2012
A grade: Division-one trophy, Rangers Phantoms. Division-two trophy, BV Strikers. 16-17th grade: Runners-up (MJFA Intermediate Cup), Rangers Phantoms; winners (Grosvenor Rovers Cup), Picton Buccaneers. 15th grade: Runners-up (Junior Award), Rangers Hammers; winners, BV Strikers.
B grade: Overall (division-one trophy), Redwood Rovers. 14th grade: Runners-up (Woodbourne Cup), Trojans Young Guns; winners (Stuart Cup), Redwood Rovers. 13th grade: Runners-up (Challenge Cup), BV Stormers; winners (Brown Trophy), Rangers Eagles.
C grade: Overall (division-one trophy), Rangers Vipers. 12th grade: Runners-up (Lang Trophy), Picton Wildcats; winners (Challenge - Dakin - Cup), Rangers Scorpions. 11th grade: Runners-up (MJFA Cup), Rangers Cobras; winners (Jim Esplin Trophy), Rangers Vipers.
10th grade: Runners-up (Junior Award), BV Phoenix; winners (MJFA U10 League Winner), Trojans Tigers.
Most improved: 10th grade (President's Cup), Taylor Preece; 11th grade, Aaron Lambert; 12th grade, Matt Winter; 13th grade, Corbin Acraman; 13/14th grade girls, Tylar Rarity; 14th grade, Matt Weaver; 15th grade, Angus Pauley; 16th grade (Ken Appleton Cup), Matthew Cook; 15-17 grade girls, Shirley Field.
Most dedicated: 10th grade (Picton Cup), Oscar Nott; 11th grade (MJFA Redwood Cup), Xavier Burnett-Meurier; 12th grade (MJFA 12th grade), Jack Healy; 13th grade (Rangers Cup), Ben Murphy; 13/14th grade girls, Shannon Hewetson; 14th grade (Cresswell Soccer Ball), Nick Stanton; 15th grade (Blenheim Valley Cup), Harrison Boyce; 16th grade (Nicholsen Cup), Jesse Rawlings; 15-17th grade girls, Baylee Connor-McClean.
12th grade player with the most potential (Peter Simonsen Cup), Patrick Schnarre.
Achievement award (Marlb Soccer - Junior), Anzac Morel.
Best junior (MJFA Premier Trophy), Matt Stretch.
- The Marlborough Express
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