Beginning in the morning with the annual testimonial match, it was fitting that we kicked off the festivities with the thing that brought us all together – the love of the game. This year’s testimonial was dedicated to Zamantix Rovers FC veterans Ron Kumar, Charley Kirkman and Chris Noonan whose services to the club have been tremendous. In the end, the match went to team Kirkman/Noonan who won after penalty shoot-out. Following on from the testimonial was lunch and the awards presentation, ending in a party at our club’s sponsor, Doolan Brothers Ellerslie. It was a fantastic way to close out the season, although the sore heads on Sunday morning perhaps were not.
Top honours this year went to our men’s premiership team, the Deuce, who were awarded the Zamantix Rovers Team of the Year. Their outstanding performance in the Chatham Cup, where they moved to the 2nd round - a first in our clubs 21-year history - was a proud moment for them and for our club as a whole. Alongside their convincing 7-0 win in the ASFA Premiership Plate Final, the boys have really impressed this season. This is despite some setbacks where in the pre-season they lost six players, and further players were lost throughout the season to injury. The lads have shown immense passion and pride, and this year’s new recruits have made a recognizable impact.
Success and contribution off the field was also recognized, with Andrew van der Laan receiving the True Blue award for his continued support throughout both the 2018 and 2019 seasons, and all those prior. As the current club president, his services to the Zamantix Rovers FC are greatly appreciated and deserve to be acknowledged. The President’s Cup, which recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding impact at the club, was awarded to Morgan Mackeson-Ellis for his contributions not only this past season, but throughout his entire tenure here at the Zamantix Rovers FC.
The awards evening also saw the induction of Gerard ‘Monty’ Montgomery as the club’s newest Life Member. This latest inductee has been an exceptionally prominent figure in the Zee Rovas community with his involvement not only as a player, but also behind the scenes by way of participation on the executive committee and beyond. Monty truly lives the Zamantix Rovers values in his unrelenting loyalty to and passion for the club and for football, and for that, we thank him!
Congratulations and thank you to all our winners and nominees for your many contributions to the club. Thank you also to all of our families and steadfast supporters, both on the side lines and behind the scenes, who have cheered us on and put up with us all season long. Without your continued loyalty and encouragement, we wouldn’t see any success as a club and for that we will always be grateful.
The full list of our winners can be viewed on our Instagram page or here.