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DASA celebrates another year of soccer, success


Published on August 25, 2017

Jasmine Deveau and Sara Tidd, recipient of the U12 Coach’s Award stand together at the 2017 DASA Celebration night event, recognizing soccer players, parents and coaches in the Digby area.

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DIGBY, NS – As the soccer season comes to a close, players and coaches were recognised at the annual Digby and Area Soccer Association’s celebration night.

The event happened August 24 at the Digby Arena and was attended by parents, players, coaches and DASA organisers. Lisanne Turner, an organizing member, emceed the event.

Teammates sat together as Turner spoke of hard work paying off for both coaches and players.

“Your love for soccer is the reason we’re all here,” she said.

She also spoke of the coaches, some of whom were coaching for their first year, thanking them for their commitment to their players and the sport.

“Your dedication and creativity is really something else,” she said.

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Most Improved Player for U12 girls – Grace Drew. Awards for this team were presented by coach Jasmine Deveau.

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The Coach’s Award for U12 girls – Sara Tidd.

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The MVP Award for U12 girls – Georgia Deveau.

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The MVP Award for U13 boys – Brayden Merritt. Awards for this team were presented by coaches Grace Brinton, Maggie Locke and Ryan Ritchie.

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The 3D Award for U13 boys – Riley O’Neil.

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The Coach’s Award for U13 boys – Kaiden Longmire.

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The Most Improved Player award for U13 girls – Hannah Meade. Awards for this team were presented by coaches Amy Theriault and Abbey Thomas.

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The 3D Award for U13 girls – Holly Hasselbring.

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The MVP Award for U13 girls – Lauren Sollows.

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The Leadership Award for U15 boys – Lucas Frost. Awards for this team were given out by coach Travis Dorsey (absent). The Coach’s Award for U15 boys – Spencer Hazel.

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The MVP award for U15 boys – Nick Goodwin.

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The MVP Award for U15 girls – Janelle Andrews. Awards for this team were given out by coaches Megan and Addie Hersey.

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The Coach’s Award for U15 girls – Payton Tupper. The 3D Award for U15 girls went to Jasmine Doucette (absent).

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The MVP Award for U17 girls – Hannah Pothier. Awards for this team were given out by coach Megan Hersey.

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The 3D Award for U17 girls – Aleigha Andrews.

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The second 3D Award for U17 girls – Addie Hersey.

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Three 3D awards were given out by coach Brian Thomas for the Senior Women’s Team, the first of which went to Jensen Elliott.

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The second 3D Award for the Senior Women’s team – Cara Titus. The third 3D Award for the Senior Women’s team went to Hayley Lombard.

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Payton Tupper, this year’s recipient of the Brenton Merritt Memorial Referee Award. The other special award given out, the Keith Trimper Memorial Award, was given to Jasmine Doucette (absent).

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Three awards were presented to each time by their respective coaches, who chose the specific award and its recipient.

This was true for all but two teams, the girls’ U15 and U17, both coached by 23-year-old Megan Hersey, who got her players to vote.

“It worked out well because I’m super indecisive and my teams really embraced it,” she said.

Awards varied from topics like leadership award, the most improved, and the 3D for dedication, determination and desire, among others.

Teammates clapped ad whooped for their recipients, who shook their coach’s hand and accepted their medal.

Two special awards, for which players from all teams and ages can be nominated, were also given out at the ceremony.

These were the Keith Trimper Memorial Award and the Brenton Merritt Memorial Referee Award.

The first was received by U13 player Jasmine Doucette, who was unable to attend the event, and the second by Payton Tupper.

Coaches and teams both celebrated as the ceremony wrapped up.

“I’m so proud of these girls this year,” said Hersey of her players.

Emcee and DASA member Lisanne Turner.

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“They know that winning isn’t the only thing that matters and all played their hearts out. They’re so inspiring.”

DASA includes made up of female and male teams from under-12 to the all-age senior women’s team.

After worrying getting enough players and coaches could be a problem this year, the season not only came together but also saw lots of people sign up and get involved.

“We really got that under control by setting up sign up stations and talking to people that way,” said Turner.

“It’s always hard to tell which years will be building years, but at this point I’m confident next year will work out just as well.”