We’ve had a great first season as an open team and that has been down to the hard work, commitment and talent of our players. While it wouldn’t have been possible to achieve this season’s goals without everyone, it’s time to recognise a few players in particular. Please scroll through the players below before voting using the form at the bottom of the page.
- Shaun Webb
- Brian Hudson
- Rory Curran
- Philip Webb
- Hamish Haridas
- Brian Hudson
- Neil Henderson
- Laurie Brown
- Asid Arshad
- Tom Calvert
- Ryan Kirwan
Player of the season
- Shaun Webb. We’ve already established in the team that stats are for twats, but sometimes you can’t argue with the numbers. Named offensive MVP by the team for 4 out of 6 tournaments he played, Shaun is the heart of the Glasgow offence. He actually is (I’ll leave it to you to decide which body parts the others were). Shaun consistently produces match-winning performances but also has the ability to transfer that desire to win to the rest of the team.
- Brian Hudson. Big, BIG grabs and tireless cutting have established Brian as our go-to receiver this season. When he’s not making the big plays he’s putting in the hard work that makes everyone else’s job that little bit easier, reading the developing play so he can pop up and save the day when needed.
- Rory CurranPreviously a big fish in the small pond of University Ultimate, Rory showed he wasn’t afraid of the open water of Tour. Excellent with the disc on both O and D lines but it would be unfair to label him solely as a handler since he proved an accomplished threat in all positions. One of the most well rounded players on the team.
- Philip Webb. Quite like Shaun except he runs more and was not quite as good. This year. Next year he will eclipse you all. I suppose he worked pretty hard on the pitch, didn’t get beaten too often on D, caught most things thrown to him (still had 9 drops over 6 tournaments) and kept most of his pulls in. Why does he have to be so shouty though?
Most Improved Player
- Hamish Haridas Hamish was a man with a plan this season. After early fitness sessions revealed a few things he wasn’t happy with, he resolved to do something about it and followed through on it better than anyone in the squad. Since then we’ve seen him transform almost every aspect of his game to become a confident, able handler. On top of that, newfound leadership skills have emerged as a result of this boosted confidence.
- Brian Hudson Brian has been a good player since before he moved to Glasgow. Which is why it’s so impressive he’s been nominated in this category; because this season Brian has become a great player. A more aggressive attitude on offence now sees Brian coming out on top in those 50/50 situations that perhaps a year ago you’d have been less certain of the outcome. Add to that the fact that in a team where everyone’s fitness has increased markedly, Brian is noticeably one of the fittest and has maintained this right to the end of the season.
- Neil Henderson Who’s Neil? To many of the Glasgow Ultimate squad at the start of the year Neil was a bit of an unknown quantity. Some knew him as one of the faceless Dundee horde but most were fearful and suspicious of the newcomer. They needn’t have worried. By the time tournaments came around Neil had shown great commitment for an out of town player, applied himself at training and learnt all the structures. As a result of this he slotted in seamlessly as a fast, mobile, creative handler with a mean forehand huck. The whole team is in no doubt about who Neil is anymore, he’s a core player.
- Laurie Brown Laurie spoilt us this season. Everyone knew he was capable of making an improbable catch or getting a big Block but in the past these were welcome bonuses. This season he did it with such regularity that it verged on tedious. Please continue to be that boringly good Laurie. Perhaps considered a maverick, Laurie has made a lot of effort to adapt to the team’s playing style and has become a much more useful member of the team for it. His consistency and the quality of his decision making has improved immensely, plus how many other players finish the tournament with a salt-stained shirt?
- Asif ArshadAt the start of the season Asif had a lot of skill but not a lot of experience. Since then he’s taken full advantage of the knowledge of those around him, always seeking advice and eager to learn. Taking these lessons on board he’s earnt himself a place in the 1st team squad and proven himself an extremely capable summer league captain. Asif’s progress show’s no signs of slowing and you can guarantee he’ll be pushing hard to be even better by next season.
- Tom Calvert Being the fastest man in the club doesn’t mean much if you don’t know how to use it. Thankfully Tom worked out that if you add to that a refusal to give up or be beaten by anyone no matter who they think they are, you end up with a scarily formidable D player. Unphased by being one of the least experienced outdoor players on the first team, Tom solidified his rightful place as a starting D-Line player. Over the course of the season he became a player you want on the line for the big points, O or D, spurring the rest of the team on with the way he plays.
- Ryan Kirwan The perennial indoor student player, Ryan took a giant leap outside his comfort zone this season and found he was more than equal to the challenge. On top of great commitment and enthusiasm at training, at Tour 1 Ryan “Got it”. Realising what he had to do to play at the higher level he threw himself into the rest of the season – playing great shut-out D, grinding down the opposition with his work rate and showing his concentration has improved immensely with his very reliable hands (if only he’d get rid of the gloves…).