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Domico Coddington and Taznae Fubler named Players of Year

Award winner: Domico Coddington named Player of the Year

Devonshire Cougars striker Domico Coddington was crowned Premier Division Player of the Year at the Bermuda Football Association’s awards ceremony at City Hall.

Coddington, who was not in attendance, won the award ahead of fellow nominees Enrique Russell, of league champions PHC, and X-Roads’ Donovan Thompson. Taznae Fubler was named Women’s Player of Year

First year coach Quincy Hunt, for his PHC side’s successful defence of the Premier Division title, was voted Coach of the Year among the top flight.

Hunt beat out Jarreau Hayward, who guided St George’s to an inaugural FA Cup title and Paget’s Antwan Russell.

“It’s an honour,” said Hunt, who entered the arena with large shoes to fill, following a line of victorious coaches such as Kyle Leroy [Nibs] Lewis, Kyle Lightbourne, Scott Morton and immediate predecessor, Winston Trott.

“Nobody thought I could do it. I had to format a plan and stick to what I know, because every coach is different and some of what they could do I could not do.

“I understand that I’m weak in certain areas and strong in others. So I look to understand and learn through my mistakes and weaknesses, gain from the experience and make weak areas strong.”

A proud moment at the ceremony occurred when Kalay Hollis, of PHC, was recognised at female Defensive Player of the Year.

The girlfriend of the late PHC captain Marco Warren, bravely pushed aside her grief as she accepted her award with memories of her soulmate firmly in mind.

“I really appreciate this honour,” said Hollis. “I had a good season with my team and just did the best that I could no matter what I’m going through.

“I believed that Marco would have wanted me to push on through no matter what, so I just took it upon myself to get up, keep playing, training and just enjoy myself.

“I have faith in God and try to continue to enjoy life because life’s short and you have to trust God and take advantage of what He has given us.”

The male choice for Defensive Player of the Year was Jalen Harvey of North Village, his status as the team’s driving force confirmed as his side won the Friendship Trophy and Charity Cup, while finishing as runners-up in both the league and FA Cup.

“This year I played wing-back, so I had a lot of offensive responsibilties as well,” explained Harvey. “But of course defence is the most important thing in my position.

“It’s a great honour to have. We didn’t finish the season the way that we wanted to, but this is a great honour to have.”

Of little surprise was Rams star Daion Swan-DeSilva’s earning the Young Player of the Year prize after a season in which he took over the mantle of midfield playmaker from veteran Tre Ming, scoring nine goals and setting the table for many others.

“I’m proud of the season me and my teammates had,” said Swan-DeSilva. “It was another opportunity to expose my talents.

“I was granted a big role at the age of 17 and I just took it on and fed off the support of my teammates and the quality that surrounded me.

“I’ll reflect on this look at this season, what went wrong and what went well and look to learn from what did not go well, so that I can come back stronger next season.”

Posthumously inducted into the Referees Association Hall of Fame were Charles Marshall and Gregory Grimes.

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Published April 28, 2024 at 10:01 pm (Updated April 29, 2024 at 9:16 pm)

Domico Coddington and Taznae Fubler named Players of Year

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