Teams and players recognised

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As the winter football season winds up, players throughout Football South are ready to kick off their summer competitions.
The year’s senior winter season was celebrated with the 2016 Football South and Otago Awards ceremony on Friday, September
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Held at Forbury Park Function Centre, the event was attended by former All White and Wellington Phoenix defender Ben Sigmund, who presented awards to several of the players.
The evening celebrated the top teams and players in Otago and Football South’s Federation-wide competitions, with Caversham Association Football Club taking out four awards during the evening, including ODT men’s Premier League title.
Caversham also won the South Island Championship earlier this month, bringing the title back to the South for the first time since 2011.
Kirsty Hayr took home the women’s premier golden boot winner (18 goals), as well as female player of the year, while Tennessee Kinghorn received the men’s premier golden boot (16 goals).
Football South chief executive Chris Wright said Tennessee was one of several exciting up-andcoming players who play their
The evening celebrated the top teams and players in Otago and
Football South’s Federation-wide competitions, with Caversham Association Football Club taking out four awards during the evening, including ODT men’s Premier League
title.
football under the banner of Football South.
‘‘Tennessee has had an excellent season and is one of several talented young men and women who will be playing inthe National League under the Southern United banner this coming summer season.’’
Ben O’Farrell and Lara Wall, who won the young male and young female player of the year titles, were also promising footballers stepping up to the next level.
‘‘The awards ceremony marked the transition for our senior competitions moving into summer competitions. On the junior and youth side, we have the South Island Representative Tournament over the next four weeks, which is a real highlight, then we’ll be into the national competitions.’’
The summer season would also bring the national age-group tournament in Wellington, where Football South’s best players would be ‘‘playing the best players from all the other federations’’, Mr Wright said.
Football South also has the Southern United women, youth, senior men and futsal teams competing in the National League competition over the summer.
‘‘It’s been a fun winter season, and we are now looking forward to the summer season,’’ he said.