Fury Awards 2019 - 20 Virtual!
Season 19-20 was a season with a difference, however Sony Centre Fury Basketball Club were still able to acknowledge and honour all the great work done by players, officials, coaches, volunteers and partners when they carried out a blended Awards week-end with some presentations in person at training and some simply online. The big winners in a season cut short by covid were the club's Senior Men's team, who were Scottish Division 1 Champions for season 19-20. Senior Men's player Bryan Munnoch took the –Outstanding Service to the club award; US teammate Makaleb McInnis – the Club Player of the Year award; the Senior Men's team were Team of the Year and SM Coach John Bunyan was Coach of the Year. The Provost of Falkirk Trophy for Young Coach of the Year went to Cameron Stewart, Volunteer of the Year was table official Valeria Vacca, with Andrew Melville & Emily Melrose voted the Stars of the Future. International Player of the Year was Ali Fraser. THE DETAIL The Club's PLAYER of the YEAR - Makaleb McInnis not only shone on the court, leading Fury Men to their 13th National title, but carried out an amazing role for the club, coaching players within Fury and at their partnership basketball academy at Falkirk HS. A fan favourite, McInnis was a fantastic advert for US college basketball as he displayed his skills for Fury. The Club's VOLUNTEER of the YEAR was Valeria Vacca, who led the clubs extensive table official program. Valeria volunteered every week-end of the season, officiating across the club's National League home games in all16 teams age group matches. Valeria had tremendous support from a great group of a dozen young Fury players. The TEAM of the YEAR was FURY SENIOR MEN who won the 18-19 Division 1 Championship and reached the Semi-Finals of the Play-Off Championships, which were not completed due to covid. The Men's team played to 300 plus fans and showed a true multi national look, with players from 6 different countries in the team. Club COACH of the YEAR was Fury Senior Men & Senior Woman's coach John Bunyan who led the Men to their Scottish Championship title and the Men and Woman's teams to the Play-Off Semi Finals - both not completed due to covid. This was Bunyan's 23rd National title as a coach with Fury. The Clubs INTERNATIONAL PLAYER of the YEAR – an award that extends from current to former Fury players was awarded to Ali Fraser, for his outstanding season with pro BBL side the Glasgow Rocks. Fraser led the team in scoring, with the Rocks leading the BBL Championship with only a couple games to be played before covid ended the season with the Championship becoming void. MARGARET BUNYAN MEMORIAL Trophy – winner was Senior Men's player Bryan Munnoch - the 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! Bryan joined the club as a 9yr old and has won more National titles for Fury than any player - 8 as a junior and 13 as a senior. Bryan was also on the Scotland Cadet team with 5 other Fury players when the Scots won the Euro C Championships. An International player at all levels, Bryan typifies the dedicated and committed club player who is Fury through and through. The Club's STARS OF THE FUTURE Awards for male and female players, went to Andrew Melville and Emily Melrose, both Scotland Internationals with outstanding potential. Andrew was also selected to represent Scotland at the JrNBA Europe Camp in 2019 and played in a junior Euro League after being scouted at the camp. Emily Melrose played for all 3 of Fury's top National League teams in season 19-20. Emily was Cadette Captain, taking her side to the Scottish Cup Final and also played in the Fury JW team that also reached the Cup Final at U18yrs. Emily was also in the Fury SW team who reached the Semi-Finals of the Play-Off Championships - an athletic forward, both Emily and Andrew have both shown they have what it takes to become great players as they progress in the game. Provost of Falkirk -YOUNG COACH OF THE YEAR This trophy was donated by current Provost Billy Buchanan and in the 2cd year of presentation was won by Cameron Stewart. Cameron as well as playing in Fuy's Junior team, volunteered to work with the club's U16 TBoys team 2 and throughout the season matured into a coach with a lot of understanding for his players and the game and is a well deserved winner of the award. BOBBY KINZER ENDEAVOUR AWARDS Former Solripe star Bobby 'Special K' Kinzer kindly put his name to special awards to young players who have made an outstanding contribution to the club and the awards this season have gone to Eve Balloch, Olivia Mitchell and Abby Reid for their coaching with the younger Fury teams, not just during the season but during covid at outdoor and indoor sessions - a great commitment by all players, who gave up their time to help develop Fury's youngest players. FULL FURY AWARD WINNERS SEASON 19-20
MOST IMPROVED PLAYER AWARDS CADETTE WOMAN 1 WINNER DANNI MCGOVERN CADETTE WOMAN 2 ALEX JENKINS JUNIOR WOMAN WINNER EMILY MELROSE SENIOR WOMAN WINNER – KATIE MCEWAN CADET MEN 1 WINNER DAVID BLACK CADET MEN 2 WINNER BEN GOACHER JUNIOR MEN 1 WINNER CORNELIUS OLABALADE JUNIOR MEN 2 WINNER JACK MCINTOSH SENIOR MEN WINNER ZIGGY DAUKSAS U14 BOYS PLAYER OF THE YEAR TEAM 1 WINNER JOHN CROZIER U14 BOYS PLAYER OF THE YEAR TEAM 2 WINNER COLE MELLSTROM U14 GIRLS PLAYER OF THE YEAR WINNER FREYA MELROSE PLAYERS-PLAYER AWARDS CADETTE WOMAN 1 WINNER SOPHIE CRAM CADETTE WOMAN 2 WINNER ROWAN BROCKIE JUNIOR WOMAN WINNER KATIE MCEWAN SENIOR WOMAN WINNER SHANNON FLIPPARD CADET MEN 1 WINNER GEORGE HENDERSON CADET MEN 2 WINNER LUCAS MCRIMMOND JUNIOR MEN 1 WINNER JAKE CAVANNAGH JUNIOR MEN 2 WINNER LEWIS MORTON SENIOR MEN WINNER KEITH BUNYAN U12 BOYS PLAYER OF THE YEAR WINNER GAVIN BLACK U12 GIRLS PLAYER OF THE YEAR WINNER RACHAEL DAGGER U10 BOYS PLAYER OF THE YEAR WINNER JAY BUNYAN FALKIRK HIGH SCHOOL ACADEMY PLAYER OF THE YEAR WINNER – ROSE TYRRELL
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER AWARDS CADETTE WOMAN TEAM WINNER EMILY MELROSE CADETTE WOMAN TEAM 2 WINNER EVE BALLOCH JUNIOR WOMAN WINNER ABBY RUTTER SENIOR WOMAN WINNER ABBY RUTTER CADET MEN 1 WINNER HARVEY BERRY CADET MEN 2 WINNER OWEN PARK JUNIOR MEN 1 WINNER JAKE CAVANNAGH JUNIOR MEN 2 WINNER MATHEW MCNEIL SENIOR MEN WINNER MAKALEB MCINNIS
SCOTLAND INTERNATIONALS SEASON 18-19 While Fury had over 20 players selected to various Scotland squads in season 19-20 - covid prevented any meaningful competition on the International scene.
Fury as club did compete with their 16yrs Men's and Woman's teams in London in the Battle of Britain against top clubs from the UK and abroad, with the young Fury sides competing well and gaining huge experience from the trip.
St.Margarets PS won the Falkirk and Scottish JrNBA titles for Primary School teams -with the Polmont school having 9 Fury players in its 10 player roster.
The team was coached by Fury Senior Men's Captain - Keith Bunyan.
Bonnybridge PS won the annual Falkirk Jump2it competition and again the side had a number of Fury young players in it's roster.
The club thanks all it's
DEAN – SONY CENTRE FALKIRK – TOMMY/JAN/SCOTT BEE COPY – ROBERT & STAFF AT RJM SPORTS – SPALDING USA – Gregor Gillies & funding from The Robertson Trust -
STAFF AT FHS –TRAINING VENUE & GSC – OUR PLAYING VENUE
PARTNERS AT ACTIVE SCHOOLS FALKIRK & FALKIRK SPORTS DEVELOPMENT – FALKIRK HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL ACADEMY – SPORTSCOTLAND & BASKETBALL SCOTLAND
PLUS A SERIOUS VOTE OF THANKS TO DAVID OLIVER NOW MOVED TO NEW PASTURES, SPORTS EDITOR 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 along with MICHAEL GILLEN for showcasing the club with some amazing photos throughout the season.