THE DUMFRIES and District Amateur Football League held their annual general meeting at the David Keswick Centre on Sunday where the end of season presentations were made.
The league season, which finished on May 31, was severely hampered with poor weather and the condition of some of the pitches, most notably the Holm Park at Troqueer.
It is hoped the council will keep their promise to have a look at the drainage issues that have affected all three of the pitches.
As yet there has been no action. Over the season all of the teams put out competitive teams and as usual there was never much between them.
However, the top two, Lochar Thistle and Lochmaben, were a cut above the rest and it was no surprise that they finished in that order at the top of the table come the end of the season.
For their part Lochar Thistle went undefeated all season, a feat they have now achieved for the second season in a row.
Lochar also picked up two cups with victories in the league and Tayleurian Cups.
Lochmaben are always a strong cup side and as well as pushing Lochar all the way in the league they also lifted two trophies winning the British Legion and Queen of the South cups, defeating Lochar in both finals.
As the punishing match schedule took its toll on some of the sides near the end of the season, the door was open for some of the unfancied sides to challenge for the cups.
The YMCA battled their way to a victory in the Burns Cup and Morton Thistle hit a purple patch right at the death to win the Burns Cup in what was the best final of the season. Upper Annandale can count themselves unlucky featuring in four of the finals but on each occasion they ran into a team at the top of their form and losing on each occasion.
The league player of the year trophy went to Lochmaben striker Steven Hislop with Alan Johnstone of Upper Annandale picking up the Personality of the Year Award.
Goalkeeper of the Year was Ryan Chambers of Lochar Thistle and Dynamo Star won the Tony Pierog Trophy for Sportsmanship.
Terry Jardine of Lochar Thistle won the Mark McKeand League Top Goalscorer Trophy as well as being the overall top scorer in all competitions.
With no new teams joining the eight-team league it was agreed that the season would start one week earlier than in previous seasons on August 4t o reduce the potential for a heavy schedule next May.
The number of teams in the league is concerning for all and was the main topic of conversation on the day of the meeting.
Various options for attracting new teams were put forward and discussed. Even at this late stage it is still possible for a team to join the league before the season starts so if there are any interested clubs then league secretary Graham Lockhart can be contacted on 01461 800223.