Media Release: Prizes-packed night for McDonald family at football awards ceremony

IT WAS an evening to remember for one particular family at a trophy-laden awards evening for Hearts Women and Girls football club.

Dad and daughter, Colin and Jenna McDonald, could hardly have picked up any more silverware at a ceremony that was a celebration of two divisional titles, two League Cups and one Scottish final appearance by the club’s five teams, from under-13s to ladies.

Colin McDonald – a former Falkirk FC striker – was named the winner of a special achievement award, bearing the name of a local, East Lothian councillor who has been supportive of the club since its formation in August three years ago.

Head coach of the club’s under-13 ‘A’ team, McDonald talked of several of his players destined for the ladies team and international honours.

He said: “It’s great to be involved at the early age group, to be part of developing good habits among the players. There is a huge amount of talent and some of our players have definitely got what it takes to reach the top. With a wee bit of luck and if they knuckle down, I don’t see why at least a couple of them could not be playing for Scotland one day.”

And meanwhile, his daughter, Jenna, was named Coaches’ Player of the Year for the under-15s, which she captains and which finished fourth in their divisional league.

The evening – which saw Scots internationals, Ifeoma Dieke and Hayley Lauder, help hand out the prizes – saw special mention made of the under-13s and the ladies, both winners of their divisional league titles plus their divisional League Cups.

In addition, the under-13s reached the final of their Scottish Cup, while the ladies – now promoted to the second-top tier of Scottish women’s football, the First Division – were crowned ‘champion of champions’ after winning a play-off competition among their fellow divisional title winners.

Hearts Women and Girls mainly operate out of Tranent, East Lothian.

Among the prizes were silver plates specifically for the team captains, donated by parent and occasional coach, Ian Dixon. And making an appearance during the evening were Hearts FC brothers, Ryan and Dylan McGowan.

Said club chair, Margaret Milne: “It’s been a remarkable season; both on and off the park. I’d like to pay particular thanks to our coaches, our other volunteers and our sponsors. Parents too, for their support. But our awards night was mostly about the players, who deserve great credit for what they have achieved.

“Our ‘player pathway’ has been a contributing factor to our success, and, as we go into season 2013, we hope to extend this even further.”

The awards:

Under-13s ‘juniors’

Coaches: Ryan Grant (coach), Liz Phillipson (head coach)

Captain: Ruth Quill

League and position finished: South-east region Hayley Lauder League: Sixth

South-east region League Cup: Did not take part

Scottish Cup: Did not take part

Players’ Player of the Year: Rachel Smith

Coaches’ Players of the Year: Ruth Quill


Coaches: Colin McDonald (head coach), Scott Wood (assistant head coach)

Captain: Megan Kerr

League and position finished: South-east region Kim Little League: Winners

South-east region League Cup: Winners

Scottish Cup: Finalists

Players’ Player of the Year: Megan Kerr

Coaches’ Players of the Year: Emma McLeary


Coaches: Bernie Brown (coach), Jim Drummond (goalkeeping coach), Graham Hall (head coach), Mark Hill (coach), Josh Kinnear (coach)

Captain: Jenna McDonald

League and position finished: South-east region: Fourth

South-east region League Cup: Semi-final

Scottish Cup: Second round

Players’ Player of the Year: Lisa Thomson

Coaches’ Player of the Year: Jenna McDonald


Coaches: Kenny Hampshire (coach), Charles Pearce (head coach), Andy Waddell (coach)

Captain: Gemma Mason

League and position finished: South-east and East region: Third

South-east and East League Cup: Second round

Scottish Cup: Quarter-final

Players’ Player of the Year: Nadean Henderson

Coaches’ Player of the Year: Gemma Mason


Coaches: David Meldrum (coach), Kevin Milne (assistant head coach), Tam Milne (head coach), Carol Ann Watters (coach)

Captain: Megan Paterson

League and position finished: South-east Scotland Division Two: Winners

Division Two League Cup: Winners

Scottish Cup: Second Round

Players’ Player of the Year: Lauren Fraser

Coaches’ Player of the Year: Lynsay Anderson

Councillor Andrew Forrest Shield for special achievement: Colin McDonald.

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