Team of year ti­tle shared

Central Leader - - News - By Jeremy Ruane

The 2009 Cen­tral Leader team of the year award has been shared by the foot­ball sides which dom­i­nated their re­spec­tive league and cup com­pe­ti­tions dur­ing the re­cent­ly­con­cluded sea­son.

Lynn-Avon United’s premier women’s team share the prize with Three Kings United’s un­beaten first divi­sion men’s side, which saw both teams lose just one match.

Three Kings’ loss came in their maiden Chatham Cup fi­nal, but they made up for that by storm­ing to the first divi­sion crown by 10 points from their near­est ri­vals.

They notched up a stag­ger­ing record of 19 wins and five draws from their 24 games.

Add in the six Chatham Cup ties they won en route to the fi­nal and the 122 goals they scored in those 31 matches, their record speaks for it­self.

The Lynn-Avon women won the mi­nor premier­ship, North­ern Premier Women’s League ti­tle and a record ninth Na­tional Women’s Knock­out Cup.

The team’s suc­cess is all the more im­pres­sive af­ter they lost five New Zealand in­ter­na­tion­als to the North Amer­i­can W-League.


premier men’s team were the best-per­formed of the re­main­ing lo­cal teams tak­ing out the mi­nor premier­ship crown in the North­ern League ti­tle race, be­fore twice miss­ing out on the fi­nal in play-off en­coun­ters.

Cen­tral United had, by their stan­dards, a dis­ap­point­ing cam­paign, miss­ing out on the premier league play-offs af­ter los­ing their last two matches.

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