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Rovers’ rising stars rewarded

Posted: Wed 21 May 2014

Keira Walsh was the night’s big winner at Blackburn Rovers’ Centre of Excellence annual awards evening.

The 17-year-old playmaker picked up the Special Achievement award after a breakthrough season for both club and country.

Keira, who has spent six seasons with the Centre, made her debut for England Women’s Under-19s at the end of January, before successfully stepping up to the Rovers Ladies first team a month later. 

She netted three times in nine league starts for Gemma Donnelly’s side, including the Ladies’ 2013-14 Goal of the Season winner for her stunning strike away to Derby County in March.

It was also a night to remember for defender Hannah Godfrey, who picked up the Manager’s Player and Players’ Player awards for Rovers Under-17s, who reached the semi-finals of this season’s FA Girls’ Youth Cup.

Hannah Godfrey

The full list of award winners is as follows:

Contribution Awards (for leavers)
Lorrie Doze – 7 seasons 
Keira Walsh – 6 seasons 
Hannah Godfrey – 6 seasons 
Thea Mallet – 6 seasons 
Aisha Yallop – 5 seasons 
Millie Chandarana – 4 seasons
Ceri Holland – 3 seasons 
Georgia Lambe – 3 seasons
Lucy Williamson

Manager’s Player – Hannah Godfrey
Players’ Player – Hannah Godfrey
Most Improved – Millie Chandarana 

Manager’s Player – Georgia Stanway 
Players’ Player – Brenna McPartlan 
Most Improved – Ellie cook

Manager’s Player – Poppy Schofield
Players’ Player – Ebony Stinson
Most Improved – Farah Rudd

Manager’s Player – Tilly Brand
Players’ Player – Emma Taylor
Most Improved – Katie Smith

Manager’s Player – Sophia Woods
Players’ Player – Maddison Hutton
Most Improved – Jasmine Ripley 

Rising star Keira Walsh receives her Special Achievement award from Rovers Under-17s head coach Matt Johnson.
Double delight for defender Hannah Godfrey, who is presented with her trophies by Rovers Ladies ace Amie Fleming.