Sports Awards and Success of 2020
On Friday, 15th May we held our first Sports Awards virtually. It was a great success and we thank all staff for putting this together and all the students that attended our live stream. We would like to say a big “thank you” to all of our coaches for their hard work and dedication over the last year.
We would like to share with you our winners for each team and an overview of team performances this year.
“What a fantastic year for JLC sport, competing in more leagues and competitions than ever before.
My favourite sporting moment was taking a double-decker coach to Hull University to compete in 8 different competitions at the AoC Regional Championships and taking places or wins in the majority.” Andy Petch.
We have had a wide array of teams out this year and we are so proud of how much our Sports teams have grown in numbers and success. We would like to start off by congratulating all AoC National Finalists.
Well done to all Cross Country finalists of 2020; Luke Stone-Hewer, Dominic Harrison, Sophie Clark, Millie Weaver, Hannah Lonsdale and Josie Foster.
Well done to Megan Diggle and Alice Fletcher for Badminton AoC National Finalists.
It was a frustrating season in terms of fixtures. We only had 2 league fixtures, both against North Lindsey. We won both games quite comfortably. We also picked up 2 fixtures away at Thomas Rotherham. Despite losing both games against a well drilled team, the lads showed a lot of commitment and determination and scored some excellent tries, attacking with pace and continuity.
The most pleasing aspect of the season was seeing the development of the less experienced players. Sean Papworth, Victor Silva and Michael Dannatt have all improved hugely over the last 18 months. We started to really gel as a team, particularly in our attacking play, attacking with pace, good support play and overloading out of contact.
Coaches’ Player of the season – Jonathan George, former Hymers College student
Jonathan has been a consistent performer all season. He moved position from the wing to scrum half this year and showed how adaptable he is. Despite his size, he is fearless and defends very well. Jonathan never misses a training session and has improved hugely as a player.
Players’ Player of the season: Tino Santida Da Tigna, International student
When Tino joined us this season it was immediately evident he was a very good player. An excellent sidestep, good distribution and great skills in contact. He started training with the senior teams at Scunthorpe RUFC and made his 1st XV debut in the last fixture of the season.
This season, our first team reached the semi-finals for the AoC National Cup.
Players’ MVP: Matt Melady, former Danum Academy student
Matt was voted as MVP by his teammates largely down to his leadership and scoring ability this season. He contributed hugely to the team’s run to the National Cup Semi Final with 37 points in the first round against NC Pontefract. In his first game back from a lengthy injury he scored 39 points in the Quarter Final at Shrewsbury College, including 9 three pointers.
Coaches’ MVP Henry Walshe, former South Axholme Academy student
Henry was awarded the Coaches’ MVP due to his reliability, his consistency and his willingness to fulfil his role on the team at all times. He’s been a fantastic teammate and had a massive scoring game in the cup when we had a few injuries.
Defensive Player: Lyle Burfield, former Danum Academy student
Lyle has been by far our best defensive player over his two years at JLC; he is relentless and his energy is infectious to his teammates. For Lyle there is no such thing as a lost cause; he went for every loose ball and won most of them.]
Most Improved: Elliot Simpson, former Queen Elizabeth High School student
Elliot is a first year student and started the year a little bit shaky and nervous. He quickly shrugged off the nerves and became a key contributor both on and off the court. He is growing into a real leader on the team and we’re looking forward to him taking another leap in his second year at JLC.
Players’ MVP: Jonasz Burdziuk, former St. Bedes student’
Jonasz was by far the standout offensive performer on our 2nd team this season; his teammates recognised this and voted him the winner of this award. He leads by example and is one of the most committed players we have, on and off the court.
Coaches’ MVP: Callum Fotheringham, former Caistor Grammar student
Callum has been an exceptional teammate and player in his two years at JLC, always supportive, positive and embracing of his role at all times. He has contributed at both ends of the court consistently and it’s easy to see why he is such a well-liked member of the team.
Defensive Player: Dec Traviss, former Sir John Nelthorpe student
Dec is a better defensive player than he realises; he is quiet and unassuming but his raw speed and athleticism coupled with excellent anticipation has made him a key defensive player for the team this season. We hope to see even more of this as Dec moves into his second year at JLC.
Most Improved: Narvydas Vaiciulevicius, former St Bedes’ student.
Nav finished the season in phenomenal fashion, scoring 33 points in the final game. He has grown in confidence and we are excited that he will be with us again next year to build on the progress he has made already. He has the potential to be a key player for JLC.
Players’ Player: Chelsie Ledger, former Huntcliff student
Chelsie always gives her all in every game, is a team player and can play any position a true all-rounder.
Coaches’ Player: Fabiana Gomes-Cabato, former The St Lawrence Academy student.
Coaches’ Player: Lizzie Blain, former Frederick Gough student.
These girls are truly committed to the team, every training session, every game. They give everything in the game, supportive of their team mates and have grown so much
Players’ Player: Kitty Mitchell, former Queen Elizabeth High School student.
Kitty is an excellent shooter, a great team player and helps others in the team.
Coaches’ Player: Alice Fletcher, former Frederick Gough student.
Fletch was the captain for the team and the came second in Division. Her captain motivational speech was always on point quoting Disney. She is a fantastic player, committed and is the super glue of the team.
Men’s Player’s Player 1st Team: Reece Glover, former Frederick Gough student.
Reece because of his consistency always turning up to training and giving it 100% in games and always being reliable in the back line covering if me or another midfielder made a mistake. He is a dynamic character who he is able to speak to anyone across all the squads. Everyone enjoyed his company which made me think he deserved the award.
Men’s Players’ Player 2nd Team: Liam Gillepsie-Benson, former The St Lawrence student.
Liam Benson- Liam started the season as a regular in the 2nd team but with good consistent performances in matches and training saw him move in to the 1st Team and towards the end of the season become a regular for them. His hard work and commitment have been recognised by lots of his teammates.
Men’s Coaches’ Player 2nd Team: Reece Glover, former Frederick Gough student.
All 3 coaches had no second thoughts when deciding the Men’s coaches’ player of the year. As a first year Reece has been ever present in the 1st team demonstrating outstanding consistency and professionalism on and off the pitch, which even lead to him captaining the 1st team towards the end of the season.
Women’s Players’ Player Team: Jessica McDavid-Wilson, former Frederick Gough student.
Jess has been a brilliant captain for the women’s team; this is view is clearly showed amongst her teammates. Jess is an outstanding leader with a “never give up” attitude but also a caring character amongst the girls.
Women’s Coach’s Player Team: Emily Poole, former Winterton Community Academy student.
Emily has been an absolute pleasure to work with; her attitude to training and matches is brillian.t She never moans, gets on with the task and is a real team player for all the girls.
Whenever one of them is struggling she’s the first one there to pick them back up and put a smile on their faces. Her performances on the pitch have been outstanding; a cool calm collected defender who never looks in trouble.
We look forward to seeing our 1st years and new batch of players coming to JLC when things get back to normal hoping to kick on from where we finished this season!
Sadly, we have to say “goodbye” to our second years. You have all been an absolute pleasure to coach and are always welcome back at JLC and 780 if ever you need us!
Volleyball was one of the new team sports started this year at JLC and proved to be popular with both male and female players.
There wasn’t team awards for the Men’s or Women’s Volleyball but both were runners up in the Yorkshire and Humber Competition just missing out on National Final Spots and we look forward to running the teams again next academic year.
Cricket was another of the new team sports at JLC this year and had a dedicated band of players training each week. Due to college closures unfortunately the outside season was not able to start this year but the players placed in the 20Twenty indoor AOC regional competition.