Top award winner appreciates valuable help
IPSWICH Knights Player of the Year Lucas Wilson thanked the club's support staff along with his teammates after winning the top honour for the second year in a row.
Wilson, 26, played in 19 Brisbane Premier League football matches this season better managing injuries that had troubled him in previous seasons.
"It's quite humbling really,'' Wilson said of being named Player of the Year again.
"It was one of my more consistent seasons in terms of games.
"We had a lot of people around the club (helping), and Shingo (Sakai) our physio was absolutely phenomenal for me.''
Wilson was also pleased to see another Ipswich product Lincoln Rule named Players' Player after returning to the Knights following a stint with Western Pride in the National Premier Leagues Qld competition.
Rising goalkeeper Alex Finlayson was chosen as rookie of the year after impressing in the six BPL games he played.
Finlayson was named BPL Reserves Player of the Year.
"Every time he stepped into first grade he did the job wonderfully,'' Wilson said. "He's certainly got a future with us and someone that we're looking to retain.
"You like to see good people get the awards and they were certainly two people who deserve it.''
After the Knights top side finished 10th with six wins and three draws, Wilson said the players had plenty to think about in the off-season.
"If you look across the season, we conceded the most points in the last 10 minutes of a game,'' he said.
"For us, it's a good foundation to build upon but it's also frustrating . . . that we weren't able to close out games.''
The Knights' strong club spirit is something Wilson expects to see continue in season 2017.
"It was a fantastic night and all the boys were there,'' he said.
"It's a very social club.
"The boys really enjoy each other's company so hopefully we can retain the bulk of the squad and add some new boys.''
The Knights women's players also shared in Saturday night's presentation function.
The Knights Capital League 1 team just missed promotion this season.
Captain Amanda Toby was named Player of the Year with Shani Wilton the team's Players' Player.
Samara Mahoney was Rookie of the Year and Krystle Ninnes won the Golden Boot honour.
As for his time away from playing, Wilson was already planning "a lot of bike riding hopefully''.
"I might get in there and try and keep myself fit and try and nurse some injuries away, and stay off my feet as much as possible,'' he said.
Ipswich Knights 2016 award winners
Player of the Year: Lucas Wilson. Players' Player: Lincoln Rule. Rookie of the Year: Alex Finlayson. Golden Boot: Lucas Wilson.
Player of the Year: Alex Finlayson. Players' Player: Matthew Flick. Golden Boot: Lachlan Jackson.
Player of the Year: Padraig McDowell. Players' Player: Padraig McDowell. Golden Boot: Matthew Nickerson.
Player of the Year: Matthew Drummond. Players' Player: Matthew Drummond. Golden Boot: Matthew Drummond.
Women's Capital 1
Player of the Year: Amanda Toby. Players' Player: Shani Wilton. Rookie of the Year: Samara Mahoney. Golden Boot: Krystle Ninnes.
Women's City 3
Player of the Year: Laise Warner. Players' Player: Clare Parkes.
Volunteer of the year: Catherine Golding.