Date Posted: 11/01/2019
Guernsey midfielder Charlton Gauvain and former striker Ross Allen were both recognised in Thursday night's Guernsey Sports Commission 2018 Sporting Achievement Awards.
Teenager Gauvain scooped the Sir John Loveridge Trophy, awarded to the sportsperson making the greatest progress in the year. He has certainly earned that right, making himself one of Tony Vance's first names on the teamsheet for the Green Lions in 2018. Having scored his first goal for the club in March against Walton Casuals - a volley that was named Goal of the Season at the GFC end-of-season awards - he has starred in GFC's midfield in the first half of this season, netting three spectacular goals - one from the halfway line against Ramsgate, a run from his own half that ended in a thunderous shot against Haywards Heath Town, and a pinpoint free-kick against VCD Athletic. His endeavours have earned him trials with Championship side Bristol City and he still harbours hopes of turning professional with the Robins.
Forward Allen was nominated for the Guernsey Sports Commission Trophy for the Outstanding Performer of the Year, which was win by sprinter Alastair Chalmers. He may not have played for the Green Lions for more than a year, but Ross went on to amazing things as he left the island for New Zealand. Signing for Team Wellington, he helped his new side to the league title and the Oceanic Champions League. This earned a spot at the FIFA Club World Cup and although his appearance as a substitute was brief, he took his side's first penalty of the shoot-out and smashed it expertly into the top corner. Unfortunately his side exited 4-3 on spotkicks to Al-Ain.
Congratulations from all at Guernsey FC to both players.