MICHELLE Cremer and Chris Rembe, who have both made their names in the last line of defence, were named the EP women's and men's hockey players of the year at the annual prizegiving at the weekend.
In a year which saw plenty of provincial action, including the women's IPT at the KC March astro in Gelvandale, there was strong competition for the evening's top awards.
Rising star Toni Marks and the talented Nicole Kemp were the other nominations for the women's award, while Rembe got the nod ahead of Geowynne Gamiet and Daylan Phillips.
The club of the year award went to NMMU, whose men's team won the premier league, while the women were runners-up. Besides log positions, this award takes several other factors into account such as provincial commitment, financial good standing, discipline, communication with the EPHF and participation in the courses provided during the year.
Another major award on the night was the Connie Oh Fond President's award, which goes to a person the president holds in high esteem. This year there were two candidates who both worked tirelessly in their service to hockey and the executive, in Iris Vaghi and Joezay Kops, with the award going to Vaghi.
The most valuable junior player awards went to Chad Cairncross and Dayna Barlow.
The awards were:
Medals for umpire (more than 10 games): Joezay Kops; Medals for tech table (more than 10 games): Joezay Kops
Women, 3rd league: 1 Crusaders, 2 WOSA; 2nd: 1 Despatch, 2 Gelvan Jumbos; 1st: 1 Old Collegians Academy, 2 Hearts Fusion; Presidents: 1 PEC Pegs, 2 Pirates Jolly Rodgers; Premier: 1 Gelvan Tornados, 2 NMMU Madibaz
Men, 2nd: 1 St Peters, 2 WOSA; 1st: 1 Gelvan Legends, 2 WOSA; Presidents: 1 Old Grey Titans 2 Rhodes Thistles; Premier: 1 NMMU Madibaz, 2 Gelvan Hurricanes
Appreciation of service to EP Hockey Federation: Charmelle Redcliff, Keith Arnolds, Hendry Cairncross
Kenneth March Memorial Trophy Service to hockey: Veronica van Vught
Gary Dolley Most Promising Schoolboy: Laython Coombs
Gary Dolley Most Promising Schoolgirl: Shona Niekerk
Burns Delport Attorneys women's umpire of the year: Michelle Mortimer
Burns Delport Attorneys men's umpire of the year: Ruwayne Le Minne
National representation: Toni Marks, Nicole Kemp, Chester Scott, Chad Cairncross, Geowynn Gamiet, Daylan Phillips
Stop rhino poaching most valuable junior man: Chad Cairncross
Most valuable junior woman: Dayna Barlow
Brian Bands Sports hockey person of the year: Leroy Johnston
Brian Bands hockey personality of the year: Toni Marks
Women's player of the year: Michelle Cremer
GM Contracting male player of the year: Chris Rembe
Colin Abrahams allround sportswoman of the year: Nicole Kemp
Colin Abrahams allround sportsman of the year: Joezay Kops
Connie Oh Fond President award: Iris Vaghi
Daphne Delport spirit award: St Peters
Brian Hibbert club of the year: NMMU