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The Isle of Man Football Association held a presentation last Sunday at Garey Mooar to honour the individuals from the last women's football season, but also to recognise the achievements of the national team in the last NatWest Island Games at Rhodes.
IOMFA President Tony Jones and gave a quick speech and welcomed the new sponsorship deal from Sure mobile which included the women's league, cup competitions and national team.
Women's international manager Keith Lunt also gave a speech, reflecting on last Natwest Island Games in Rhodes. He then presented an award to Rushen Utd's and Island captain Gill Christian for the Player of the tournament.
Sarah Denny won the Division Two leading goalscorer award. A member of the international team, Sarah is Castletown's captain and assistant manager, but has also been actively involved in the running and coaching of junior football for the southern club.
Donna Shimmin was presented with the leading Division One goalscorer prize. The most prolific goalscorer in Manx women's history with 250+ goals, this is the third time she has won this award. She also finished as the leading golascorer for the Manx in Rhodes and has since transferred from Malew to Douglas Royal. Both Sarah and Donna netted 22 league goals last campaign.
Peel's Vanessa Roberts became the first player to retain the Division Two Player of the Year award. Adept in defence and midfield, she has played 60 times for the western club, scoring 46 goals.
Douglas Royal's Ceri Purvis was presented with the Division One Player of the Year award. Ceri first made her name at DHSOB and then transferred to Douglas Royal when the Blackberry Lane club folded. She is arguably the most intelligent leader of the forward line in women's football and has been the scourge of opposing defences.
There were also awards to Island managers Kevin Manning, Keith Lunt and Steve Burns for their efforts with the men's and women's national teams, but also Paul Hatton was recognised for his continued dedication to Manx football.
The evening ended with Women's Football Development Officer Jack Walton giving a quick speech about the development of women's football on the island.
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