MYRTLEFORD’S Dan Summers has become only the second player in AWFA history to win the star player and golden boot awards in the same year.
The English striker’s stellar season continued last night with a big win in the two major gongs for soccer on the Border.
Summers polled 37 votes in the star player title, 12 clear of Boomers playmaker and dual golden boot winner Andrew Grove.
He led by 10 points at the halfway mark.
The first-year rookie, who honed his skills with New York State’s Syracuse University, will now look to cap the season with a cup final win on Sunday when the Savoys take on Diamonds in the soccer grand final.
Diamonds’ inspirational captain Dan Millynn and Albury City’s hugely talented teenager Darcy Pawlik tied for third.
Summers also finished the year with 37 goals,
10 more than fellow Englishman and Diamonds point man Nagus Henry.
Yet another from the old dart, Wangaratta’s Stefan Joseph tied for third with 22 goals, equalled by Melrose striker Evan Rawluk.
Summers praised his club and teammates as instrumental in winning the major awards.
“A few of the boys came over with me from back home and everyone at Myrtleford has made us feel very welcome,” he said.
“I definitely want to thank my teammates, this is as much theirs as it is mine.
“I didn’t expect this to happen but the guys here have really made me and the other lads feel like we are part of the club.
“Everyone said that the golden boot winner rarely wins the star player, that it usually goes to a midfielder, so I didn’t really think about it too much during the year.
“I think it is a real privilege to have won one award and absolute shock to win both and it has been a pleasure to be part of the league.”
But Summers, who will line up at striker for Myrtleford against Diamonds on Sunday, said there was still a job to do.
“While it is great for me on a personal note, we still have a job to do,” he said.
“I’d swap each of these awards to win the cup on Sunday with the boys.
“It has been a huge year and hopefully we can go one better in the cup final on Sunday.”
Hotspurs’ Luke Drummond took out the star keeper award for the fourth year in a row, in what he has hinted is his last year in seniors.
Coach John Irvine credited Drummond with keeping Spurs in the hunt for the cup play-offs even though they fell just short of the final eight.
Twin City’s Rohan Pearce showed his talent and versatility polling
26 points in the star keeper award in senior football and winning the golden boot in reserve grade with 24 goals for the season.
Diamonds Jamie Marcuzzi and Melrose’s Mark McMillan tied for star player in reserves with 21 points, two points clear of the Savoys Matthew McCormack.
Wodonga Diamonds, with six teams in the cup finals, was named club champion ahead of Albury United and Albury City.