Here is the second of our 2015 Sports Awards previews - for Team of the Year.
Don’t forget those in the list of contenders are merely suggestions and that’s all they are. The choice is entirely down to you.
The top three in each category when voting closes on January 15 2016 will be invited to the annual awards bash at the Cresset on January 29 when the winners will be announced and the sponsors will present the trophies.
TEAM OF THE YEAR
(sponsored by Sports Ground Development)
Last year it was Peterborough Lions Rugby Club and Peterborough Town Cricket Club who battled it out for the Team of the Year prize.
This year they’ll be joined in the ‘Battle of Bretton’ by Peterborough Phantoms.
And the city’s ice hockey team are expected to poll stacks of votes on the back of their thrilling play-off triumph in May.
After finishing fourth in the English Premier League they went to the play-off finals as underdogs but pulled off sensational wins over League and Cup champions Telford Tigers (4-2) and then Manchester Phoenix ( 5-2) to take their first play-off title since 2009.
The Lions, who took this prize last year after running away with the Midlands Division One title race, fared well in their first season in the National League. They finished third and only just missed out on a promotion play-off place.
Peterborough Town Cricket Club didn’t fare as well as recent seasons, but runners-up honours in the high standard Northants League Premier Division is still a fine effort.
Peterborough Panthers are another professional outfit worth considering. They came back from the dead to reach the Premier League play-off semi-finals.
On the football front the two outstanding candidates are the all-conquering Deeping Rangers Under 15 team and Peterborough Northern Star Ladies.
Deeping bowed out of the Junior Alliance League on a real high celebrating a trophy treble for the second year running. They completed the league and cup double and also won the Under 14 Lincs Cup. And this season they’re unbeaten in the Peterborough Youth League.
Northern Star Ladies won the East Midlands Premier Division title and now ply their trade in the top FA Women’s Premier League.
Peterborough Sports FC are also coming up on the rails. They have already turned this season’s United Counties League Division One title race into a procession.
American Football should also get a look-in this year after Peterborough Saxons had one of their best seasons for years.
They finished runners-up in Division Two East of the BAFA National League to clinch promotion and then they stormed to the play-off final in grand style by beating the fancied West Coast Trojans from Glasgow and the previously unbeaten Manchester Titans - both in their own backyard.
The Northants Bowling Federation men’s team won the national inter-counties championship - the Adams Trophy competition - for the first time in their history, and there was also a first in athletics as Nene Valley Harriers were crowned Southern League Division One champions for the first time.
Oundle were the most successful local cricket team winning three major cups, while Nassington won the Jaidka Cup for the first time.
City of Peterborough Swimming Club (COPS) and the Peterborough BCKA kick-boxing club also had another fine year.
Won the English Premier League play-offs.
Finished third in their first season in the National League.
Peterborough Town CC
Northants Premier Division runners-up.
Peterborough Saxons American Football
Finished runners-up in Division Two East of the BAFA National League to clinch promotion and reached the play-off final.
Finished fourth in the Premier League and reached the semi-finals of the play-offs.
Deeping Under 15s
John Carver’s side won a treble for the second year running. Junior Alliance league and cup double winners at Under 14 level and also lifted the Lincs county cup.
Peterborough Northern Star Ladies
Won the East Midlands League Premier Division title.
Northants Bowls (Men)
Won the prestigious Adams Trophy for the first time in their history.
Northants Bowls (Triples)
Tristan Morton, Simon Law and Neil Wright won the national indoor triples.
Hunts Bowls (Triples)
James Harford, Simon Law and Stuart Popple from the Parkway club won the Bowls England men’s triples title.
Northants Bowls (Pairs)
Whittlesey Manor’s Tony Mace and Roger Stevens won the English senior pairs title.
Nene Valley Harriers (Southern League)
City club won the Southern League Division One title for the first time in their history.
City of Peterborough Swimming Club (COPS) had 34 swimmers qualify for the British Championships and won 11 medals.
King’s School (Fencing)
Chloe Elkington, Holly Elkington and Grace Wyer-Roberts from King’s School won a British Schools title.
Pinchbeck Under 16s
Treble winners at Under 15 level.
Peterborough Sports FC
Won every United Counties Division One game so far this season.
Hampton Under 14s
PFA Under 13 Cup and League Cup winners.
Gunthorpe Harriers Girls Under 12s
League and cup winners as Under 11s.
Deeping Blue Under 12s
League and cup winners as Under 11s.
Northern Star Under 14s
League and cup winners as Under 13s.
Steve Cranfield and Ian Palmer won a doubles sculls title at the British Masters Rowing Championships.
The local kick-boxers wons stacks of British, European and world titles in 2015.
Won three major cups.
Won the Jaidka Cup for the first time.
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Once again we are allowing readers to vote in the Peterborough Telegraph Sports Awards by text. Text your votes before midnight on Friday January 15, 2016 to 65550 starting your message with the code PETAWARDS then a space, then the abbreviated category name (see below) followed by the name of the person or team you wish to vote for. Please include your own name and address. You can vote in as many categories as you wish in one text message, but each message should contain no more than 160 characters. And don’t forget it’s strictly a maximum of five votes per number per category.
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