Langevad caps off dream de­but sea­son

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FOOT­BALL

A WHIT­SUN­DAY teenager has capped a re­mark­able de­but year of se­nior foot­ball, clean­ing up at the Whit­sun­day Foot­ball Club’s pre­sen­ta­tion night at the week­end.

WFC re­serves’ goal-keeper Nic Langevad stole the show at the Whit­sun­day PCYC on Satur­day night, win­ning the Pres­i­dent’s Award, the Jade Tay­lor Memo­rial Trophy and the re­serves’ Player’s Player.

The 18-year-old said it was a thrill to be recog­nised by his peers as well as coaches and com­mit­tee mem­bers.

“It means a lot. To have all the play­ers and coaches vote for me, it’s cer­tainly good to be recog­nised,” he said.

A prod­uct of the Proser­pine State High School, Langevad said he played “a bit through school” and was in­vited to play at the club by friends.

But not only did he con­trib­ute on the pitch, he made a pro­found im­pact off it – and was ac­cord­ingly recog­nised for his ef­forts.

“At the home games I’d head down to the soc­cer grounds and set-up and just turned up to train­ing each night,” he said.

Langevad’s re­serves coach Nic Hod­gen was full of praise for the first year player.

“He started off as a de­fender in the back­line and when the main goal-keeper got in­jured Nic of­fered to step-up and help the team,” Hod­gen said.

“From there he got bet­ter and bet­ter. He wasn’t scared of get­ting hurt, he put his body on the line and got a few knocks and bruises along the way. He’d turn up and you’d say ‘ oh Nic can you help us with this and that’ and he’d come down and help out. If any team needed help Nic was the first to vol­un­teer, no mat­ter what you asked him.”

Langevad was also a cru­cial fac­tor in the re­serves’ best win of the sea­son, star­ring in the semi-fi­nal penalty shootout against Mag­pies.

WFC and Mag­pies couldn’t be split after all play­ers on the field had taken their spot kicks, leav­ing it to the des­ig­nated goal­keep­ers to de­cide who would progress to the grand fi­nal.

Langevad stepped up and drilled his penalty be­fore coolly sav­ing, and win­ning, the fi­nal shot of the game.

“It was un­be­liev­able,” he said.

“I was pretty con­fi­dent. I had a few words from the coaches and the play­ers and they said they didn’t mind if any of them went in, they just told me to try my best,” Langevad said.

Langevad said he hoped to play again next sea­son, much to the de­light of not only the re­serves team, but the en­tire Whit­sun­day Foot­ball Club.

GOAL ACHIEVED: Nic Langevad re­ceives the Jade Tay­lor Memo­rial Trophy for the Whit­sun­day Foot­ball Club's player of the year from club trea­surer Nar­darh War­ren.

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