One hundred and forty members of Brighton and Hove Hockey Club celebrated joyously at the Old Ship Hotel on Saturday night as the players of the season received their awards and outstanding servants were recognised for their contributions.
There were raucous cheers as the players of the season and leading goalscorers were called up at the annual dinner dance to receive their trophies from Chairman Graham Edwards, with Katie Cornhill - whose 32 goals helped the women's 6s to promotion - proving particularly popular with the crowd as the women's leading goalscorer.
There was also a standing ovation for Jenny Edwards, who was recognised for her unstinting efforts in providing excellent after match sustenance for the club's many teams and their visitors again this season. She played a major part in Brighton and Hove being voted the most hospitable club in the Men's National League East by the umpires.
Joe Naughalty was voted men's first team player of the season and received a special accolade for being recognised as the National League Conference East player of the season. He was the league's leading goalscorer with 25 as Brighton and Hove finished in their highest ever position, fourth.
Richard Cook was another double winner. He was voted men's 4s player of the season and was the men's leading goalscorer. Four of those goals came in the final of the Sussex County Veterans Cup, when Brighton and Hove trounced East Grinstead 8-3.
Others recognised for their outstanding service to the club were Marie Jarvis, who picked up the Wigwag Award, and Clare Cook and Tom Wolfenden, who took the Captain's Shield. Wendy Russell received special thanks for her coaching of the women's section.
And there may yet be more to celebrate this season as two Brighton and Hove women's teams have reached the Sussex County Cup finals day next Saturday (May 12) at East Grinstead HC. The first team tackle Horsham at 2.30pm while the 5s will be hoping to make it a promotion and cup double success when they take on Southwick at 12.30pm. All support will be welcome for both teams.
Congratulations to all the award winners, the full list of which is:
Women's players of the season
1s - Rachel Hore
2s - Hannah Pattenden
3s - Emily Kennard and Mary Beth Perkins (tied vote)
4s - Kate Smith
5s - Donna Martin
6s - Aisha Hoten
7s - Sonia Spurio and Betti Jordan (tied vote)
Gulls - Megan Everton
Starlings - Ella Kennedy-Martin
Top goalscorer - Katie Cornhill (32 goals)
Junior top goalscorer Amelia Kortens
Young player of the season - Molly Burston
Men's players of the season
1s - Joe Naughalty
2s - Mike Williams
3s - Andy Auld
4s - Richard Cook
5s - Jon Easingwood
6s - Alan Teal
7s - Steve Rigg
8s - Theo Hoten
Flippers - Hamish Hare
Top goalscorer - Richard Cook
Flippers top goalscorer - Harley Harden
Young player of the season - Michael Laurent
Updated 16:50 - 24 May 2018 by Matt Sale