Martin Bullock wins player of the year

18 06 2010

Martin Bullock picked up two major gongs at the Waitakere United end of season awards in New Zealand.

The 35 year old former Barnsley player was went home with the main prize of the night, the Lotto Player of the Year award.

Bullock’s performances throughout the season where also recognised by his teammates as he also won the Players’ Player of the Year award.

Martin was a vital part of the Waitakere side this season starting in 16 out of 17 league games, the only game he missed was down to suspension. The league campaign ended in success as Waitakere United won the grand final of the New Zealand Football Championship for only the second time in the club’s history.

Along with Bullock, United had three other Englishmen in the club ranks that were part of the title success. Goalkeeper Danny Robinson, midfielder Neil Sykes and player/manager Neil Emblen were all first team regulars.

The season ultimately ended on a sore note for Waitakere as they finished runners up in the O-League final (OFC Champions League), losing out to Hekari United from Papua New Guinea 4-2 on aggregate.

Neil Sykes’ commitment to the club was also recognised at the end of season awards as he picked up a prize for his record breaking achievement of NZFC grand final appearances.

Martin Bullock (right) picking up his Player of the Year award from player/manager Neil Emblen. Photo by Shane Wenzlick/© http://www.phototek.co.nz

Elsewhere in New Zealand, English goalkeeper Paul Gothard was awarded personality of the year by his side Auckland City. Paul shared the award with Kiwi midfielder Matt Williams.

Auckland also had a successful season as they finished 5th at the FIFA World Club Cup, the best performance ever by a side from New Zealand. City finished the regular season of the NZFC top of the league but lost in the semi finals of the playoffs.

Both Waitakere United and Auckland City will be back in action in the first round of group games in the 2010/11 O-League in October.

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