2023/24 season award winners announced

02/05/2024

Last Friday saw players, coaches, support staff, committee members, volunteers, sponsors and fans come together to celebrate the 2023/24 season for Hemel Storm Basketball!

As always a great night was had by all fantastically compered by Richard Walker we were taken through the highs and lows of both the D1 men's team, D2 women's team, D3 men's team and the junior programme.

The majority of the awards for the Division 1 men’s team were voted for by the fans.

Here are the men’s award winners and the comments made about them:

Fans’ Defensive player of the season - Tez Allen

  • He’s extremely focused and his strong defence leads opponents to have to rethink and change strategies
  • Dogged, determined and has left it all on the line
  • He’s got some engine!
  • Always tracks back to work on the D
  • Top defender. Hustler
  • Very brave and never intimidated
  • Solid as a rock in defence

Fans’ Offensive player of the season - Sam Newman

  • Will always knock down a quick 3 at a crucial point
  • Dictates play so well, it’s incredible to watch
  • Consistent; playmaker; scores; silky smooth; great vision
  • You feel safe when he’s on the court
  • He seems to hold the team together
  • The assist king!

Fans’ MVP of the season - Sam Newman

  • Always been such an incredible asset to the team
  • Always a great assist maker. But stepped up to push the team this year. Great player.
  • Reliable, unselfish, always gives 100%
  • His plays are amazing, he controls the game
  • Doesn’t tire despite playing all four quarters at times
  • Calm under pressure

Players’ Player of the season: Joint winners – Tez Allen and Brayden Inger

  • Both Brayden and Tez despite being new to the club epitomise Storm values, working hard for the success of something bigger than themselves, great people and great players
  • Brayden since joining the team has demonstrated the characteristics of a true professional, maintaining high standards of operation on and off the floor as well as sacrificing for the benefit of those around him. Brayden has hit some big shots throughout the season and provided that toughness needed against certain opponents.
  • Team mates quotes on Brayden were
    • “He lead by example being a team player and elevating us when we’re not playing up to standard”
    • “He’s a team player, always looking out for everyone”
    • “He’s a key component to a bunch of our tougher victories and always brings good energy to practice”
  • Tez has literally played every single position this season for the side and done so with no complaints. Whatever the task is put on Tez he will give it his all for the benefit of the team and his teammates. A lot of what Tez does goes beyond the stat sheet but is truly recognised and appreciated by his teammates this year.
  • Team mates quotes on Tez were
    • “He always has a good attitude and is always laughing”
    • “He brings great energy on defence and his cool, calm and collected nature really helps at crunch times”
    • “Besides being a Chelsea fan, Tez has been a great asset to the team on and off the court. He has shown great professionalism all year. Tez has been awesome coaching in our junior programme. His nickname in the community is Tesla after the car brand. His room for improvement for the summer is to practice his golf swing!

Coaches’ Player of the season: Brayden Inger

Brayden is a high basketball IQ player who has always put into practice what the group needs. While he is an excellent shooter he contributes across the stat line. He does whatever he has to do for the group.

Volunteer of the Year Award - Callum Humphrey 

We are lucky to have so many volunteers who give up their precious time to help us be the professional and growing club that we are.  With many worthy past winners it is hard to choose just one.

Callum has incorporated his love for writing with supporting Storm with their match night previews, match reports, new player announcements and lots more.  He can be relied upon to deliver quality pieces within short deadlines. He also plays a key role on the bench supporting his granddad by ensuring players keep hydrated and then has the pleasure of wiping up the sweat off the court when needed! He makes sure Sylla has his towel to wave and Michael has a pen! Being part of the bench has also increased his vocabulary greatly but unfortunately the new words learned cannot be used in his reports.

He is also a key part of the ‘team behind the team’ on match nights. Helping set up and clear up. Callum is a mature young man, always happy to help and has a great future ahead of him and we hope that his volunteering with us helps with his future career aspirations within sports journalism. Any of you who know the amount of work and stress that goes on in ‘The Humphrey‘ household courtesy of Hemel Storm will also appreciate why Callum is deserving of this award!!

Finally - Moment of the Season ! - Veron Eze buzzer beater vs Derby Trailblazers

  • Hemel Storm vs Derby Trailblazers
  • Saturday 9th March 2024
  • 0.9 seconds on clock
  • Newman inbounds.
  • Eze shoots.
  • Hearts stop beating.
  • The StormDome erupts!

 

We were also delighted to celebrate the womens' first season with the Club.

It was great to see Steve Darlow back on stage wowing the audience with his "poem" about the season!

Their award winners were:

  • Most Improved Player - Hannah Brind
  • Coaches' Player - Emily Taylor

Check out the award presentations photos here.

Thanks to all of our fans for their support this season. See you in September !

 

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