The Gold Coast Bluetongues recently hosted their annual awards night, which was held on September 12 at Surfers Rowers.
It what was another disappointing season for the Gold Coast team, the night gave the club time to sit back and reflect on the 2010 season. While the results might not have been enough to push the club into the finals, local prospects were able showcase their talent & prove the Gold Coast club has some young potential.
Cam Trew a young defenseman took out the Most Improved Award for his outstanding year in the 2010 AIHL season, showcasing his quality & potential on the ice.
Dallas Costanzo was by the far the most important & influential player for the Bluetongues all season, the Canadian native was in fine form with the puck & put up some terrific numbers. Costanzo ended his season with 18 goals, 27 assists and 45 points from 23 matches, proving he can definitely match it with the best the AIHL has to offer.
Captain Ross Howell took out the Best Local Player, as he lead to Bluetongues into yet another AIHL season.
Craig Duncan was also awarded on the night, taking out the Fan of the Year Award, which was voted by both the team & management of the Blutongues.
The Gold Coast based club is now looking towards a long & important off season, where they will go in search for quality imports for the 2011 season. With the continued performance from Mike McCrae & Dallas Constanzo, the impoved game of local D-man Cam Trew the Bluetongues could well be the team which surprises many & forces there way into the finals series.
For the club & team to take the next step in 2011, more support is needed around the likes of McCrae & Costanzo. If the club is able to hold onto these quality hockey players, the likes of Dave Upton need to step it up a notch & have some continuity in there play. A lot of the future for the Bluetongues may rest in the hands of important import players, but for me, young talent sitting on that roster needs to stamp it's authority on the ice.
The club has obvious talent in their squad, Jack Connor a former U-20 hockey player & possible future Mighty Roo. Could be one of the players which lifts the tempo & pushes the club to the next level. A lot of clubs have star quality, which the Bluetonges obviously have in McCrae & Costanzo. But every team needs role players & that's where the young brigade need to lift, if young Connor can find the form from the 2008 season, the Gold Coast club are well on their way to finals success.
With the club being the only AIHL team not have a representative in the Australian national team, change throughout the club is definitely needed.
With only one finals series for the club since it's foundation in 2005, the 2011 season is looking at being a real defining year.
By Andrew Macdougall
By Andrew Macdougall