Langevad caps off dream debut season
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.