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FIH 2019 AWARDS

03 March, 2020

 

A couple of weeks ago, the FIH announced the winners of the hockey star awards, which were:

-Player of the year: Eva de Goede (W), Manpreet Singh (M)

-Goalkeeper of the year: Rachael Lynch (W), Vincent Vanasch (M)

-Rising star: Lalremsiami (W), Vivek Prasad (M)

-Coach of the year: Alyson Annan (W), Colin Batch (M)

The voting for the awards, which has historically been a combination of votes by players and fans, was changed this year to include votes by national associations and media.

Eva De Goede confirmed her place at the top of the women’s game, with her second consecutive award. Interestingly, second-placed Carla Rebecchi came top of the Media and fans / players votes, but the Dutch won almost half of the national association votes.

The National association votes were similarly crucial in allowing Manpreet Singh to upset the favourite Arthur Van Doren, who was the media favourite. Third placed Lucas Vila topped the fans / players voting.

A similar plot line emerged in the rising star awards, where the two Indian Lalremsiami and Vivek Prasad won mostly due to the votes from the national associations. In fact, all three of the Indian players shortlisted for the hockey star awards ended up winning!

The results of the goalkeeper awards were the least unexpected, with Vincent Vanasch retaining his title despite a strong challenge from Tyler Lovell and Rachael Lynch seeing off Japanese surprise Megumi Kageyama, who received over 50% of the national association awards.

The table below summarises the favourite by type of vote with the overall winner in bold.

Award Winner National Associations Medias Fans/Players
Player of the year Eva de Goede

Manpreet Singh

Eva de Goede

Manpreet Singh

Carla Rebecchi

Arthur Van Doren

Carla Rebecchi

Lucas Vila

Goalkeeper of the year Rachael Lynch

Vincent Vanasch

Megumi Kageyama

Vincent Vanasch

Rachael Lynch

Tyler Lovell

Rachael Lynch

Vincent Vanasch

Rising Star Lalremsiami

Vivek Prasad

Lalremsiami

Vivek Prasad

Lalremsiami

Blake Govers

Julieta Jankunas

Maico Casella

 

It is clear that the national association votes favoured players from asian countries, with fans / players votes mostly going to Argentineans and the media giving the best geographical spread of votes. What do you think? Is this the right system? Whose vote should be most important?

 

Written by Giulio Ferrini