Western Springs’ Dawson Straffon heads for overseas after winning club awards

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Western Springs winger Dawson Straffon is heading to the UK after a successful Northern League season in which he won three club awards for his performances.

The 19-year-old has been named Springs’ 2022 first-team Player of the Year, its Players’ Player of the Year and its Supporters’ male Player of the Year.

Sophia Dyer … 20 seasons with the club.

Straffon (main photo) was one of many players recognised by Springs at their recent end-of-season prizegiving.

As well as honouring prize winners, the club thanked outgoing head coach Chris Zoricich, leaving after five seasons, and first team player Kayne Vincent who donated one of his All Whites shirts to the club.

Women’s first-team player Sophia Dyer was also recognised for playing her 20th consecutive season for the club.

Shirt presentations were made to players who achieved International honours during the year.

These were Emma Pijnenburg (New Zealand U-20), Lara Colpi (New Zealand U-17), Jaedeci Uluvili (Samoa national team), Angelique Tui-Samoa (Samoa national team), Taine Wilson (Samoa U-19).


Here’s a summary of the club’s 2022 awards:

Premier/Development awards

Development Women
Most Improved
Natalie Brook

Golden Boot
Helena O’Connor

Sportsperson of the Year
Selina Spiers

Player of the Year
Annabelle Webster

Development Men

Most Improved
Caspar McGavin

Golden Boot
Caspar McGavin

Sportsperson of the Year
Marley Nightingale

Player of the Year
Hari Pathak Adlard

Premier Women

Golden Boot
Sofia Garcia

Sportsperson of the Year
Lily Taitimu

Player of the Year
Jess Innes

Players’ Player of the Year
Sofia Garcia

Premier Men

Golden Boot
Oscar Browne

Sportsperson of the Year
Kenta Nakashima

Player of the Year
Dawson Straffon

Players’ Player of the Year
Dawson Straffon

Club awards

Senior Goalkeeper of the Year
Angelique Tui-Samoa

Most Promising Young Female Player
Lara Colpi

Most Promising Young Male Player
Joe Wallis

Club’s Most Consistent Player
Jacob Zussman

Old Boys’ Trophy
Doug Robinson

The Ballentine Trophy for Administration
Sam Hill (Inter Paris)

Club’s Most Decorative Team

Club’s Coach of the Year
Ryan Faithfull

Bob Cox Memorial Trophy for Best Club Member
Tony Jones

Club’s Golden Boot
Grant Duncan (Geris)

Club Personality of the Year
Marieke Zieleman

Club Captain’s Choice
Barry Noyer

“The Balcony’s” Female Player of the Year
Lily Taitimu

“The Balcony’s” Male Player of the Year
Dawson Straffon

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