FURY AWARDS 17-18 FURY FLOSS TO RECORD!
FURY BC celebrated its 26th season at its Annual Awards Night on Friday 8th June and the fact it now, has 200 players in 16 teams. The big winners on the night were S&C Coach Wai Mun Lee –Outstanding Service to the club award; Jenna Beattie – the Club Player of the Year, with the Junior Men’s team winning Team of the Year and their Coach Keith Bunyan – Coach of the Year. Alex Johnson –the club’s official photographer was Volunteer of the Year with Eabha Kerr and Jake Cavanagh voted the Stars of the Future. The night saw special guest Simon Hosannah, whose organisation has been involved in basketball entertainment throughout the world, the NBA, Euroleague and the BBL to name a few, did commentary during the Awards Night shoot –out challenge that saw 8 teams of all age groups battle to be crowned top team of the night. But the Awards and that contest were almost overshadowed by the players who took part in Fury’s ‘FLOSS’ contest that saw some amazing performances- more on that later! The event which took place at Grangemouth Town Hall also saw the club honor 4 of its former players – Kieron Achara, Jonny Bunyan, Ali Fraser and Fraser Malcolm for their fantastic performances for Scotland Senior MENS team in the Commonwealth Games in Australia, where the team finished 4th just losing to New Zealand in the Bronze medal match. Jonny Bunyan was on hand to accept his award with MC Tommy Thomson confirming the other 3 were out the country – ‘for tax reasons’! Jonny and Simon made the presentations during the evening which saw 160 in attendance. The buffet was provided to its usual high standard from Paul O’Donnell. The 29 former and current Fury players who have represented Scotland over the past year were also highlighted.
FULL AWARDS LIST FOR 17-18
The Clubs PLAYER of the YEAR was JENNA BEATTIE – who had her best ever season, with outstanding performances throughout 17-18 for Fury Woman. Jenna, a full time dentist, was named in what was almost an entirely Caledonia Pride based Scottish Woman’s Squad in 17-18. Jenna is also the clubs U12 Boys Coach and true role model for the woman’s game.
The Clubs VOLUNTEER of the YEAR was ALEX JOHNSON, a true volunteer who commits to taking photos at all Fury teams fixtures throughout the season and has done now for many years.
The TEAM of the YEAR was FURY JUNIOR MEN who won the 17-18 Division 1 Championship and the Scottish Cup with 11 of the 12 players having played in Scotland squads.
Club COACH of the YEAR was Fury Junior Men 1’s coach KEITH BUNYAN who guided the side to the Scottish League and Cup double. Keith as usual, committed to his Junior side, while still playing a key role in the Men’s team. Keith on the night shared his success with JM Assistant Coach Ewan Carlow, a committed contributor in the JM program.
The Clubs INTERNATIONAL PLAYERS of the YEAR – an award that extends from current to former Fury players was awarded to the Fury Commonwealth Games 4 – Kieron Achara, Jonny Bunyan Ali Fraser and Fraser Malcolm. All 4 were starting 5 players for the Scotland team in all 9 of their games in OZ – a great testimony to the players and the club.
MARGARET BUNYAN MEMORIAL Trophy – winner WAI MUN LEE awarded to a player/supporter/official who has given outstanding service to the club or achieved outstanding results in basketball – trophy donated many seasons ago by your typical basketball parent/grandparent! Wai has worked with Fury Basketball for over 15 seasons. A strength and conditioning coach at Forth Valley College, Wai helped develop CG stars Jonny Bunyan, Ali Fraser and Fraser Malcolm and has worked with Fury teams and players in the Clubs Sportscotland DCI program over the past 4 seasons. He is currently working with the club’s u14 Girls and the energy and positive reaction from all who have worked with Wai over 15 years, is a testimony to his ability and commitment to the club. Fury Headcoach John Bunyan paid tribute to Wai – citing him as one of the key reasons the club has produced so many quality players – “ he has helped give them that extra physical edge ‘.
The Clubs STARS OF THE FUTURE Awards for male and female players, went to Jake Cavanagh and Eabha Kerr, both recently selected to the current Scotland U16 teams who will be competing in Europe this summer. Jake an athletic forward and Eabha a promising tall point guard have both shown they have it takes to become great players as they progress in the game.
Fury’s U14 Boys and Girls teams who recently competed at Monsterball in Inverness with great success, were also recognised at the Awards Ceremony for their performances.
The Basketball Shoot-Out event held throughout proceedings saw the combined u16/u18 girls win the event and also win tickets to the forthcoming Great Britain Games.
But for many the star turns of the night were the players who, from all age groups who took to the stage to perform the dance craze known as ‘The FLOSS’. 5 of those taking part were outstanding and a dramatic ‘FLOSS OFF’ saw U10 player Jay Bunyan, U12 players Jack Rafferty and Rachael Dagger and U14 players Ben Adams and Rowan Brockie perform at max ‘Floss’ in an effort to win a pair of signed ‘Dwyane Wade’ basketball boots. For judge Simon, the contest was so tight he declared Jay and Rowan joint winners and promised he would find two pairs of NBA legend Wade boots. All 5 received tickets for the up and coming Great Britain Men’s games at the Emirates Arena. Simon will be hosting the event and is seriously considering signing up the FURY FLOSS 5 for the event!
FULL FURY AWARD WINNERS SEASON 17-18
MOST IMPROVED PLAYER AWARDS
CADETTE WOMAN EABHA KERR ABBY RUTTER ERIN MARSHALL WINNER ERIN MARSHALL
JUNIOR WOMAN KATIE MCEWAN ROSIE WALLACE KATRINA KIRSOP WINNER ROSIE WALLACE
SENIOR WOMAN SHANNON FLIPPARD JENNA BEATTIE KATIE MCEWAN WINNER – KATIE MCEWAN
CADET MEN 1 CORNELIUS OLUBALADE ARCHIE BROOKES JSIN JOSEPH WINNER ARCHIE BROOKES
CADET MEN 2 CAMERON HEGGIE LEWIS MORTON STRUAN HENDERSON WINNER STRUAN HENDERSON
JUNIOR MEN 1 SAM OWENS SCOTT LOTHIAN SARDAR PANDHER WINNER SARDAR PANDHER
JUNIOR MEN 2 ORAN BROCKIE THOMAS BOYLE DANIEL DEWAR WINNER DANIEL DEWAR
SENIOR MEN ZIGGY DAUKSAS DANIEL TRAN KORNELIUS DAUKSAS WINNER KORNELIUS DAUKSAS
U14 BOYS PLAYER OF THE YEAR GEORGE HENDERSON ANDREW MELVILLE BEN ADAMS WINNER BEN ADAMS
U14 GIRLS PLAYER OF THE YEAR SOPHIE CRAM EMILY DAGGER CHELSEY HUGHES WINNER EMILY DAGGER
CADETTE WOMAN ROSIE WALLACE KATIE MCEWAN ABBY RUTTER WINNER ABBY RUTTER
JUNIOR WOMAN KATRINA KIRSOP MAIRI MCGILL RACHAEL PENMAN WINNER RACHAEL PENMAN
SENIOR WOMAN REBECCA LONSDALE JENNA BEATTIE KIM FLOCKHART WINNER JENNA BEATTIE
CADET MEN 1 Cornelius OLUBALADE JACK DAVIDSON JAKE CAVANNAGH WINNER JAKE CAVANAGH
CADET MEN 2 CAMERON STEWART JONATHAN CRAIG LEWIS MORTON WINNER LEWIS MORTON
JUNIOR MEN 1 DANIEL OLUBALADE JORDAN FERGUSON ADAM RUTTER WINNER ADAM RUTTER
JUNIOR MEN 2 PHILLIP WILSON DANIEL MESSENGER LIAM BURRELL WINNER LIAM BURRELL
SENIOR MEN KEITH BUNYAN GREG FOUSSAS BRYAN MUNNOCH WINNER GREG FOUSSAS
U12 BOYS PLAYER OF THE YEAR MATHEW DUFFY JACK SHAND JACK O’DONNELL WINNER JACK SHAND
U12 GIRLS PLAYER OF THE YEAR CERYS FARQUAR ROSE TYRELL FAYE MCAVOY WINNER ROSE TYRELL
U10 MIXED PLAYER OF THE YEAR Andrew HENDERSON Adama HAINEY Daniel GOACHER Gavin BLACK WINNER ANDREW HENDERSON
FALKIRK HIGH SCHOOL ACADEMY PLAYER OF THE YEAR ADAM RUTTER GEORGE HENDERSON MITCHELL STIRLING WINNER – GEORGE HENDERSON
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER AWARDS
CADETTE WOMAN KATIE MCEWAN ABBY RUTTER EABHA KERR WINNER KATIE MCEWAN
JUNIOR WOMAN ROSIE WALLACE NINA WILLS RACHAEL PENMAN WINNER NINA WILLS
SENIOR WOMAN SHANNON FLIPPARD ALICIA MCFADDEN JENNA BEATTIE WINNER JENNA BEATTIE
CADET MEN 1 JAKE CAVANNAGH ELLIS WALKER JACK DAVIDSON WINNER JACK DAVIDSON
CADET MEN 2 LEWIS MORTON CAMERON HEGGIE STRUAN HENDERSON WINNER CAMERON HEGGIE
JUNIOR MEN 1 MITCHELL STIRLING ADAM RUTTER SARDAR PANDHER WINNER ADAM RUTTER
JUNIOR MEN 2 LIAM BURRELL DANIEL MESSENGER THOMAS BOYLE WINNER THOMAS BOYLE
SENIOR MEN ADAM HAMMERSCHMIDT EDDIE LEGINAS GREG FOUSSAS WINNER EDDIE LEGINAS
SCOTLAND INTERNATIONALS SEASON 17-18
SENIOR MEN KEIRON ACHARA JONNY BUNYAN ALI FRASER FRASER MALCOLM COMMONWEALTH GAMES AUSTRALIA 2018 4TH PLACE
ADAM HAMMERSCHMIDT – SCOTTISH UNIVERSITIES
JUNIOR MEN JORDAN FERGUSON MITCHELL STIRLING SAM OWENS SCOTT LOTHIAN LOUIS SMITH KIERAN ALLAN SARDAR PANDHER NATHAN CUTHBERT BEN SMALL
CADET MEN JACK DAVIDSON JAKE CAVANNAGH ARCHIE BROOKES ELLIS WALKER
SENIOR WOMAN JENNA BEATTIE
JUNIOR WOMAN MAIRI MCGILL KATRINA KIRSOP NINA WILLS
CADETTE WOMAN ABBY RUTTER EABHA KERR ROSIE WALLACE KATIE MCEWAN
TEAM OF THE YEAR
FURY JM 2 FURY JM 1 FURY SM
WINNER FURY JUNIOR MEN 1 (Scottish Division 1 Champions – Scottish Cup Winners)
COACH OF THE YEAR
KIM FLOCKHART WAI MUN LEE KEITH BUNYAN
KEITH BUNYAN (Coach of Fury JM1 League/Cup Winners)
VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR
JACQUI MARSHALL GILLIAN THOMSON ALEX JOHNSON WINNER ALEX JOHNSON
CLUB PLAYER OF THE YEAR JENNA BEATTIE EDDIE LEGINaS ADAM RUTTER WINNER JENNA BEATTIE
INTERNATIONAL PLAYER OF THE YEAR
KIERON ACHARA –JONNY BUNYAN – ALI FRASER –FRASER MALCOLM
WINNER KIERON ACHARA /JONNY BUNYAN / ALI FRASER / FRASER MALCOLM
THE 2018 COMMONWEALTH GAMES FURY 4 - ALL STARTING 5 PLAYERS IN SCOTLAND MENS MAGNIFICENT 4TH PLACE IN AUSTRALIA IN 2018 !!
STARS OF THE FUTURE
MALE – STAR OF THE FUTURE JAKE CAVANAGH SCOTT LOTHIAN ARCHIE BROOKES WINNER JAKE CAVANNAGH
FEMALE STAR OF THE FUTURE KATIE MCEWAN KATRINA KIRSOP EABHA KERR WINNER EABHA KERR
MARGARET BUNYAN MEMORIAL TROPHY – awarded to a player/supporter/official who has given outstanding service to the club or achieved outstanding results in basketball – trophy donated many seasons ago by your typical basketball parent/grandparent!
WINNER – WAI MUN LEE THANKS TO:
SPONSORS – DEAN – SONY CENTRE FALKIRK – TOMMY/JAN/SCOTT BEECOPY – ROBERT & STAFF AT RJM SPORTS – SPALDING USA – GREGOR GILLIES ( RACE NIGHT TRIPLE FUNDRAISER )
STAFF AT FHS –TRAINING VENUE & GSC – OUR PLAYING VENUE
PARTNERS AT ACTIVE SCHOOLS FALKIRK & FALKIRK SPORTS DEVELOPMENT – FALKIRK HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL ACADEMY – TRYST HUB – SPORTSCOTLAND & BASKETBALL SCOTLAND
PLUS ALL WHO HELPED AND HOSTED TONIGHTS EVENT!!!
PLUS A SERIOUS VOTE OF THANKS TO DAVID OLIVER SPORTS EDITOR & MICHAEL GILLEN SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHER AT THE FALKIRK HERALD FOR THE GREAT COVERAGE FOR OUR SPORT – SO GOOD TO SEE THE ALL ROUND COVERAGE THE HERALD GIVES LOCAL SPORT – BRILLIANT JOB!