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Bay of Plenty Rugby success celebrated at Carrus Awards

Thursday, October 19, 2017
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The 2017 Carrus Bay of Plenty Rugby Awards evening was held at the ASB Stadium Lounge last night. The evening celebrated and recognised the success, efforts and achievements of players, coaches, referees and volunteers in front of a well-attended audience of team mates, family, supporters and sponsors.

Te Puke Sports and Recreation Clubs’ Deborah Keenleyside and Ashley Peat collected the Carrus Bay of Plenty Rugby Supreme Award. Keenleyside and Peat, life members of Te Puke Sports and Recreation Club, have completed a term of 21 continuous years in their respective positions as President and Club Administrator.

During their period of their service with the Club they have been instrumental in the clubs growth both in membership and support from the wider Te Puke community. Their achievements have included the establishment of the Old Pirates supporters club, installation of night-lighting, introducing basketball, Kiwi volleyball and competitive women’s netball. To top their achievements is the introduction of their rugby charity matches supporting breast cancer and anti-domestic violence campaign “It’s Not Ok” with both charity matches each having a specially designed charity jersey.

Black Ferns and Black Ferns Sevens Player Kelly Brazier was voted the Tauranga City Council Sports Person of the year. Brazier, a valuable member of the successful Black Ferns Rugby World Cup campaign and an integral member of the Black Ferns Sevens team saw her as an obvious choice for the award.

In the continuation of women’s success the HOBEC Representative Coach of the year was awarded to Bay of Plenty Sevens Coach Victoria Grant. Recently appointed to the New Zealand Under 17 Sevens Coaching position Grant had delivered a successful 2016/2017 sevens campaign to see her side finish a commendable fifth position at the Bayleys National Sevens.

The Bay of Plenty Volcanix confirmation in the Mitre 10 Farah Palmer Cup Championship Final secured the team the Staples Rodway Representative Team of the year. Having only won one game in the past two seasons the side have levelled with premiership side Auckland and delivered winning results over all of their respective Championship opponents securing themselves a home final, a first for the side.

Tom Franklin was the stand out for the Steamers collecting the Rotorua Central Mall Steamers Player of the Year alongside the Seeka Steamers Players Player and the McFall Steamers Forward of the Year.

Franklin a consistent performer this year for the Bay of Plenty Steamers has had a formidable year for his respective representative sides he has been a part of including the Maori All Blacks, the Highlanders and he has been an instrumental part of the Bay of Plenty Steamers success to date.

Humble in his acceptance speeches Franklin acknowledged the support from the Bay of Plenty Steamers Management, in particular Coach Clayton McMillan for the opportunity to return home to have the privilege of playing alongside his team mates in the Bay of Plenty Blue and Gold hoops.

The Bayleys Steamers Back of the Year went to the illusive Monty Ioane, while the BNZ Steamers Rookie of the Year was presented to the consistent halfback Richard Judd. Crowd favourite Mike Delany was awarded the Farmer Autovillage Fan FAV.

Elijah Nicholas was presented the Vodafone Community Service award for his contribution to making a change amongst young men within the community with his Man Up initiative. Fellow team mate Aidan Ross and Volcanix players Julia Buescher were also commended for their services jointly receiving the Highly Commended award.

Two new awards for the Bay of Plenty Volcanix were introduced, the Four Winds Forward and Back of the Year, with Co-Captain Christie Yule and the sides skilful winger Autumn-Rain Stephens worthy recipients.

The Harvey Norman Volcanix Player of the Year was awarded to Co-Captain Kaci James who has had a successful season. As co-captain of the side she has been a fundamental member delivering both on and off the field.

The Distinction Hotels Men’s Sevens Player of the Year and Harvey Norman Women’s Sevens Player of the Year respectively went to All Black Sevens player Regan Ware and this year’s World Sevens top try scorer Michaela Blyde.

The WASPS Emerging Representative Player was awarded to Bethlehem Coachlines Bay of Plenty Under 18 Player of the Year Tynealle Fitzgerald for the second year running. NZCT Under 16 and Under 18 Player of the Year were respectively awarded to Kahi Borrel and Bailey Williams. With the Body in Motion Under 19 Player of the Year going to promising Stan van Den Hooven.

Te Waiariki Tane were re-presented their Te Hiku o te Ika Tournment trophy after a comprehensive victory over North Harbour to claim the title last weekend in Rotorua. Whakataki Cunningham also received the Te Hiku o te Ika Player of the Tournament trophy. While Peter Smith was awarded Highly commended Player of the year and William Warbrick Te Waiariki Player of the Year.

Following the success of the Bay of Plenty Pasifika’s team in the Baywide Pro 4 Series Rotorua Lakes Council’s Bay of Plenty Pasifika’s Player of the Year was awarded to Joe Toai-Key.

The Bay of Plenty Rugby Union Awards not only recognised representative achievements but a number of community awards were presented to recognise the contribution to our clubs, coaches and volunteers who play are crucial role in growing and strengthening our game.

Vodafone Service to Sport Awards saw five volunteers awarded for their services within the rugby community. These worthy recipients included supreme award winners Deborah Keenleyside and Ashley Peat, Judea’s Gary Lonergan, Mark Edmonds QSM and Mount Maunganui Sports Matt Welsh.

Central Bay of Plenty Clubs and Schools alike collected accolades for a number of community awards. Craig Investment Partners Administrator of the Year was awarded to Jodi Hepburn and Debra Mikaere of Whakarewarewa’s JAB. Both Vodafone Men’s and Women’s players of the year were respectively awarded to Rotoiti’s Baden Wardlaw and Whakarewarewa’s Kaci James. Waikite Women’s Premier side collected the Page Macrae Engineering Club Team of the Year, after the team successfully secured the Baywide Women’s Club Rugby title for 2017. To cap off the evening Toi Ohomai Secondary Schools Programme of the Year was presented to Rotorua Girls High School and Bethlehem Coachlines Secondary School Coach of the Year was Steve Orr of John Paul College.

Vodafone Club Coach of the Year was awarded to Mount Maunganui’s Premier winning Coach Rodney Voullaire following his sides Baywide Premier Club Rugby winning performance for the 2017 title.

Arataki Rugby and Sports Club were presented the Cooney Lees Morgan Club of the Year for their positive contribution to the growth and development of rugby within their community, providing local whanau the opportunity to get involved in the rugby.

The Bay of Plenty Rugby Union concluded the Carrus awards evening acknowledging all contributors and supporters of last night’s worthy recipients.

2017 Carrus Bay of Plenty Rugby Awards:
Community Awards:

Vodafone Service to Sport:
Gary Lonergan – Judea Rugby Club, Ashley Peat & Deborah Keenleyside – Te Puke Sports and Recreation Club, Mark White Edmonds QSM – Rotorua Girls High School, Rangiuru, Bay of Plenty Under 18’s and Matt Welsh – Mount Maunganui Sports

Secondary School Awards:

Toi Ohomai Secondary School Programme of the Year: Rotorua Girls High School
Bethlehem Coachlines Secondary School Coach of the Year: Steve Orr (John Paul College)

Club Awards:
Craig's Investment Partners Administrator of the Year: Jodi Hepburn and Debra Mikaere – Whakarewarewa JAB
Vodafone Female Club Player of the Year: Kaci James – Whakarewarewa
Vodafone Male Club Player of the Year: Baden Wardlaw: Rotoiti
Page Macrae Club Team of the Year: Waikite Women’s
Cooney Lees Morgan Club Coach of the Year: Rodney Voullaire – Mount Maunganui Sports
Cooney Lees Morgan Highly Commended Club Team of the Year: Edgecumbe Rugby Club
Cooney Lees Morgan Club of the Year: Arataki

Referee Awards:
Lawrence Award Best Premier Referee as voted by the Premier Team Coaches: Jamie Bell
Martin Toe Shield-Best Referee as voted by the Referee Coaches: Jamie Bell
Bill Sparks Memorial Award-Best Assistant Referee as voted by the Premier Referees: Cameron Russell
Allan Oates Memorial Trophy-Best Referee Coach as voted by the referees-Pat Rae and John Donnelly
John Cormack Trophy for Most Improved Referee: Nick Burton
George Woodroffe Trophy for highest exam result: Ryan Waite and Cameron Russell
Flays Cup-Best Referee up to Division 1- If Seumanutafa

Representative Awards:
Rotorua Lakes Council Bay of Plenty Pasifika Player of the Year: Joe Toai-Key

Te Hiku o te Ika Team of the Tournament Trophy: Te Warariki Tane
Te Hiku o te Ika Tournament Player of the Year: Whakataki Cunningham
Te Waiariki Highly Commended Player of the Year: Peter Smith
Te Waiariki Player of the Year: William Warbrick
New Zealand Community Trust 2017 under 16 Player of the Year: Kahi Borrel
NZCT Under 18 Male Player of the Year: Bailey Williams
Body in Motion Under 19 Player of the Year: Stan Van Den Hoven
Bethlehem Coachlines Bay of Plenty Under 18 Female Player of the Year: Tynealle Fitzgerald

Harvey Norman Women’s Sevens Player of the Year: Michaela Blyde
Distinction Hotel Men’s Sevens Player of the Year: Regan Ware

Four Winds Foundation Volcanix Forward of the Year: Christie Yule
Four Winds Foundation Volcanix Back of the Year: Autumn-Rain Stephens-Daly
Harvey Norman Volcanix Player of the Year: Kaci James

Farmer Autovillage Fan Favourite: Mike Delany
McFall Fuel Steamers Forward of the Year: Tom Franklin
Bayleys Steamers Back of the Year: Monty Ioane
Steamers Rookie of the Year: Richard Judd
Seeka Steamers Players Player Award: Tom Franklin
Rotorua Central Mall Steamers Player of the Year: Tom Franklin

Highly Commended Vodafone Community Player Award: Julia Buescher & Aidan Ross
Vodafone Award for Player Community Service: Elijah Nicholas

WASPS Emerging Representative Player of the Year: Tynealle Fitzgerald
Staples Rodway 2017 Representative Team of the Year: Volcanix
HOBEC Representative Coach of the Year: Victoria Grant
Tauranga City Council Sports Person of the Year Award: Kelly Brazier
Carrus Supreme Award: Ashley Peat & Deborah Keenleyside – Te Puke Sports and Recreation

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