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Success celebrated at the 2018 Carrus Bay of Plenty Rugby Awards

Thursday, October 18, 2018
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Last night saw the 2018 Carrus Bay of Plenty Awards evening held at ASB Stadium Lounge. The celebratory evening recognised the success, accomplishments and efforts of players, coaches, referees and volunteers in front of a vastly-attended audience of team mates, family, supporters and sponsors.

Black Ferns Sevens player, Michaela Blyde, collected the Carrus Bay of Plenty Rugby Supreme Award along with the Tauranga City Council Sports Person of the Year. Blyde was a valuable member of the successful Black Ferns Sevens Rugby World Cup and Commonwealth Games campaign, also being named as World Sevens Player of Year and DHL Impact Player of the Year, the awards panel saw her as an obvious choice for both awards.

Blyde, unable to attend the awards due to her commitment with the Black Ferns Sevens in Colorado, said she was humbled to have been the recipient.

“I was honoured to have received both of these awards considering the caliber of applicants also nominated. I am proud to represent Bay of Plenty not just on a national stage but internationally as well,” said Blyde.

It was a successful night too for the Bay of Plenty Under 19’s. Concluding their season with an unbeaten record and the Graham Mourie Cup, it was no surprise head coach, Mike Rogers, was named Lion Foundation Representative Coach of the Year and his team named NZCT Representative Team of the Year.

Mitch Karpik was the stand out for the Steamers collecting the Good Buzz Player of the Year alongside the Samurai Steamers Players Player of the year.

Karpik, a consistent performer this year for the Bay of Plenty Steamers, has had a formidable year. His performance has not been unnoticed with his selection in the Maori All Blacks end of year tour.

Humble in his acceptance speeches, Karpik acknowledged the support from the Bay of Plenty Steamers Management, in particular head coach Clayton McMillan for the opportunity to proudly wear the Blue and Gold hoops.

The Aquaheat Steamers Forward of the Year was awarded to Samoan International prop James Lay, while the Horizon Energy Group Steamers Back of the year was presented to centre Liam Steel and Craigs Investment Partners Rookie of the Year was awarded to the powerful Te Puke Sports lock Kane Le’aupepe who also received the Vodafone Male Club Player of the Year.

Aidan Ross was presented the Vodafone Community Service award for his contribution to the community, delivering above and beyond. After being sidelined with injury, Ross put his hand up to coach and was appointed as Assistant Coach of the Bay of Plenty Under 16’s.

The DVS Bay of Plenty Volcanix Forward of the Year was awarded once again to Captain Christie Yule for the second year in a row and the Bay of Plenty Volcanix Back of the Year to halfback Jade Tuilaepa.

The DVS Volcanix Player of the Year was awarded to the skillful Sapphire Tapsell. A new award was introduced for the Volcanix, the Samurai Volcanix Players Player of the Year, with loose forward Kendra Reynolds being named as the worthy recipient.

The Distinction Hotel’s Men’s and Women’s Sevens Player of the Year respectively went to All Blacks Sevens player Ngarohi McGarvey-Black and current Black Fern Les Elder.

New Zealand Under 20’s and Jock Hobbs Under 19 Tournament Most Valuable Player Kaleb Trask was awarded Classic Builders Under 19 Player of the Year.

The WASPS Emerging Representative Player was awarded to One Foundation Te Waiariki Player of the Year winner, Bailey Gordon. Samurai Under 15 and Under 16 Player of the Year were respectively awarded to Josiah Lewis and Filipe Vakasiuloa. The Samurai Under 18 Boys and Under 18 Girls Player of the Year were highly contested for with the lucky recipients respectively been acknowledged; Nikki Jacobs and Julia Florence.

The 2018 Carrus Bay of Plenty Rugby Union Awards not only recognised representative achievements but a number of community awards were presented to recognise the contribution from 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 Te Puke Sports Katie and Bryan Meyer, Eastern Districts’ Geoff and Viv McNaughton and Rotorua Girls High School and Rangiuru Rugby Club’s Jimi McLean.

Te Puke Clubs and Te Puke High School alike collected a number of community awards. Te Puke High School made it a clean sweep for the Secondary School awards winning Toi Ohomai Secondary Schools Programme of the Year and Bethlehem Coachlines Secondary Schools Coach of the Year awarded to Dean Heybloom.

Te Puke Sports and Recreation Club were named R80 Club of the Year with Le’aupepe named Vodafone Male Club Player of Year. Rangiuru also were rewarded with their Rangiuru Premier Men’s team named Farmlands Co-operative Club Team of the Year and Youth Olympic Sevens Champion Tynealle Fitzgerald named Vodafone Female Club Player of the Year.

Selena Syme was awarded Grassroots Trust Administrator of the Year for her work with the Central Bay of Plenty Rugby Sub Union and Kahukura Rugby Club’s JAB.

The final community award was awarded to Te Puna’s Premier Men’s Coach Aidan Kuka at Vodafone Club Coach Year.

2018 Carrus Bay of Plenty Awards:
Community Awards:

Vodafone Service to Sport:
Katie and Bryan Meyer, Geoff and Viv McNaughton, Jimi McLean

Secondary School Awards:
Toi Ohomai Secondary School Programme of the Year: Te Puke High School
Bethlehem Coachlines Secondary School Coach of the Year: Dean Heybloom – Te Puke High School

Club Awards:
Grassroots Trust Administrator of the Year: Selena Syme - Central Bay of Plenty Rugby Sub-Union, JAB/JMC and Kahukura Rugby JAB
Vodafone Female Club Player of the Year: Tynealle Fitzgerald - Rangiuru Sports Club
Vodafone Male Club Player of the Year: Kane Le'aupepe - Te Puke Sports
Farmlands Co-operative Club Team of the Year: Rangiuru Premier Men’s team
Vodafone Club Coach of Year: Aidan Kuka - Te Puna Premier Men’s Coach
R80 Highly Recommended Club Team of the Year: Ruatoki Sports and Cultural Club
R80 Club of the Year: Te Puke Sports and Recreation Club

Representative Awards:
Samurai Under 15 Player of the Year: Josiah Lewis
Samurai Under 16 Player of the Year: Filipe Vakasiuola
Samurai Under 18 Boys Player of the Year: Nikki Jacobs
Samurai Under 18 Girls Player of the Year: Julia Florence
One Foundation Te Waiariki Player of the Year: Bailey Gordon
Classic Builders Bay of Plenty Under 19s Player of the Year: Kaleb Trask

Distinction Hotels Men’s Sevens Player of the Year: Ngarohi McGarvey-Black
Distinction Hotels Women’s Sevens Player of the Year: Les Elder

DVS Volcanix Forward of the Year: Christie Yule
DVS Volcanix Back of the Year: Jade Tuilaepa
Samurai Volcanix Team Award (Players Player): Kendra Reynolds
DVS Volcanix Player of the Year: Sapphire Tapsell

Aquaheat Steamers Forward of the Year: James Lay
Horizon Energy Group Steamers Back of the Year: Liam Steel
Craigs Investment Partners Steamers Rookie of the Year: Kane Le’aupepe
Samurai Steamers Team Award (Players Player): Mitch Karpik
Good Buzz Steamers Player of the Year: Mitch Karpik

Vodafone Player Community Service Award: Aidan Ross

NZCT Representative Team of the Year: Bay of Plenty Under 19’s
Lion Foundation Representative Coach of the Year: Mike Rogers
WASPS Emerging Representative Player of the Year: Bailey Gordon
Tauranga City Council Sports Person of the Year Award: Michaela Blyde
Carrus Supreme Award: Michaela Blyde

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