The Barossa United Mens' Football Club met at The Clubhouse at Tanunda, on Saturday evening for its best and fairest presentations. More than 60 players, families and friends celebrated the rapidly growing club's achievements in a breakthrough 2018 season.
The club's first season with two sides - a first team and reserves - resulted in Barossa going up against the lower-grade teams from some strong Adelaide clubs.
Its first foray into the Sunday amateur fourth division was not fruitful in terms of results, but delivered plenty of highlights. The results of the weekly Amanti Pizza player of the round produced some close finishes in the annual best and fairest count.
Club golden boot winner James Ruwoldt was crowned Players’ Player by president Alexander Worrall, recognising Ruwoldt's strong contribution to team morale and cohesion.
Former coaching stalwart Daniel Cannon presented Ruwoldt with the award which he won by the narrowest of margins ahead of midfield dynamos Paulo Correia and George Clarridge.
In the reserves, coach Jacob Cannon presented the award to clear winner to midfield goal sneak Lenney Lower, with a tie for second place between left wing marauder Stuart Shipway and first-year centre back Josh Lambert.
The coaching group recognised reserves left full back Luke French for his attitude and team focus with the coach’s trophy while Daniel Cannon and Rikki Lambert were honoured for their contributions to the club.
The club has much to look forward to in 2019 and beyond with the prospect of a Barossa United on the table - uniting the men's, women's and junior clubs.
The news of the Barossa Council's purchase of land to provide a second playing pitch was greeted with cheers after the juggling act of nursing a heavily over-used main pitch while using an alternate home ground at Faith College late in the season.
With interim coach Rikki Lambert stepping down and the club eager to build on its breakthrough division four season , there are opportunities for aspiring coaches and players for season 2019.
The prospect of a local 'derby' against Angle Vale looms after their relegation, while there will be scores to settle in the rivalry with Andrews Farm. Pre-season is expected to begin in December-January and new players are always welcome - like Barossa United Soccer Club - Seniors on Facebook.
Pictured above - front, reserves coach Jacob Cannon, joint first team runner-up best and fairest Paulo Correia, coach’s trophy winner Luke French, players' player and club best and fairest James Ruwoldt, reserves best and fairest Lenney Lower, joint reserves runners-up Stuart Shipway and Josh Lambert, back, first team coach Rikki Lambert. Absent: Joint first team runner-up best and fairest George Clarridge.