Stu started the season with the first team but stepped down as winter approached. He had an immediate
impact on the Reserve Team's ability to control the ball in the centre of the pitch. His influence started to
show when he collected Man of the Match against Felixstowe Rangers Reserves.
He was installed as captain for the remainder of the season, a run that began with a win and a goal against Rushmere Lions.
There was a second Man of the Match for what was a stand out performance against Rosary. Additionally a second goal in the five-nil rout of Taverners Reserves.
Stu's influence on the Reserve Team has been amazing. He calms the play in midfield and has the ability to retain possession even in tight situations. Interim manager Daryl Francis credited him with bringing a better style of football to the Reserves.
Ash has been in and around the top three player's player for a few seasons now and his high level of
performance paid off this year as he finally picked up the award.
Ash played most of the season as part of the front three, a position that he has made his own in recent years. His return of eight goals was his best yet for Playford and he added another seven assists to his ever- increasing tally, proving that if he is on his game then the chances are goals are coming.
However, it is not just in the wide positions that Ash made a mark this season. He has also found himself in the middle three on a number of occasions and his ability to read the game and protect the back four was particularly impressive.
The five man of the match awards that Ash picked up this season underline just how much he deserved the Player's player award.