(left-right) Jessica Foster-Lawrence, Tamara Silcox, Rebecca Kersten, Leah Miles.
Hosted by Joey Wheeler, the Tasman Rugby Union celebrated their Team Awards on Tuesday evening at The Bach restaurant at the Turf Hotel.
These awards were presented for Community Rugby, the Tasman Under 19’s, Mako men and women teams.
Community Rugby Awards
– presented by Community Rugby manager Kahu Marfell
1. Club Player of the Year (Male & Female)
This award is presented to the player who has been the best club player of the season week in week out. This player is deemed the MVP for the club season. As with previous seasons a lot of players have put their hand up, but this player has excelled above all others.
- The nominees for Male Club Player of the Year were - Taina Fox-Matamua (Marist), Fetuli Paea (Waitohi), & Campbell Morgan-Parata (Waimea Old Boys)
The winner is Fetuli Paea (Waitohi)
- The nominees for Female Club Player of the Year are Leah Miles (Waimea Old Boys), Anna Bradley (Waimea Old Boys) & Courtney Clarke (Motueka High).
The winner is Anna Bradley (Waimea Old Boys)
2. Club Personality of the Year
The ‘Tasman Rugby Club Personality’ of the year is a prestigious award that encompasses both on and off field excellence with the winner having displayed outstanding qualities in all aspects of the club rugby culture. The ‘Tasman Rugby Club Personality’ emphasises what it means to live and breathe our club values day in and day out. The ‘Tasman Rugby Club Personality’ of the year is voted by the whole TRU Community Rugby staff.
- This year’s winner is the sole reason his beloved club survived as a senior club. He was President, Secretary, Treasurer, Club Captain, CoD Delegate, Coach and Captain. The Tasman Rugby Union would like to acknowledge the efforts of this man and thank him for a tremendous work. The Waitohi club under his leadership won the Motorworld Marlborough Sub-Union trophy and were semi-finalists in the E’stel Tasman Trophy.
The Awardee is James Giles.
3. The Leading Club Rugby Scorers.
- Top Male try scorer – Cleve Barrell - Marist (18 tries (12 Tasman Trophy & 6 Car Company Nelson Bays Div 1)
- Top Male points scorer – Campbell Morgan-Parata – Waimea Old Boys (200 points (136 Tasman Trophy & 64 Nelson Bays)
- Top Try Scorer – Pippa Andrews - Waimea Old Boys (17 tries)
- Top Points Scorer – Bethan Manners - Moutere (129 points)
4. Tasman Under 19’s Player of the Year – presented by coach Daniel Perrin
The ‘Player of the Year’ is an award that encompasses both on and off field excellence with the winner having displayed outstanding qualities in all aspects of the under 19 culture. This player is deemed the total team player on and off the pitch, they live and breathe our values day in and day out. This award is voted by the under 19 coaching group.
The winner is Campbell Morgan-Parata
Mako Teams Awards
1. Mako Women Defender of the Year (Iron Woman) – presented by Trainer Nick Marquet
The Mako Women’s Defender of the year goes to the player within the Mako Woman’s who is deemed to be the best overall defensive player.
The Winner is Tamara Silcock
2. Mako Defender of the Year – presented by coach Shane Christie
The Mako of the year award goes to the player within the Mako squad who has displayed all-round excellence on Defence. The qualities looked for by the coaches and management team are most tackles made; percentage of tackles effectively made and the number of dominate tackles made.
The Winner is Ethan Blackadder
3. Mako Women Rookie of the Year (Rookie) – presented by coach Bevan Thompson
The Mako Women Rookie of the Year is an award presented to the best new Mako Farah Palmer Cup player of 2019.
The Winner is Leah Miles
4. Mako Men Rookie of the Year – presented by coach Gray Cornelius
The Mako Men Rookie of the Year is an award given to a Mako who has debuted in 2019 and received his Mako number this season. The winner of this award must have displayed outstanding on field performances across the whole season.
The Winner is Fetuli Paea
5. Mako Women Player of the Year (Mako Woman) – presented by coach Chris Binns
This award is given to a player who is judged by her coaches to be the best player on the field week in week out throughout the year.
The Winner is Rebecca Kersten
6. Mako Men Player of the Year – presented by coach Andrew Goodman
This award is presented to the player who has been the best Mako player of the season week in week out. This player is deemed our Mako on field MVP for the season. This award is voted by the Mako coaching group. As with previous seasons a lot of players have put their hand up, but this player has excelled above all others.
The Winner is Jordan Taufua
7. Mako Women Player of the Year – presented by manager Koren Grason
The Mako FPC Women of the year goes to the player who has always been there for her fellow players and displayed the type of work ethic, team ethos and effort that has enhanced he teams environment.
The Winner is Jessica Foster-Lawrence
8. ‘Mako Man’ of the Year– presented by coach Clarke Dermody
The ‘Mako Man’ of the year is a prestigious award that encompasses both on and off field excellence with the winner having displayed outstanding qualities in all aspects of Mako culture. The Mako Man emphasises what it means to live and breathe our Mako values day in and day out. The Mako Man of the year is voted by the whole Mako squad and management.
The Winner is David Havili
Team Recognition for Vernon Fredericks
The Mako men's team, represented by Tim Perry, made a presentation to Vernon Fredericks, retiring Mako # 81 (56 matches). Since first being selected a Mako in 2011 Vernon has personified the Mako spirit, consistently being a top performer when available and a great team mate off the field. Vernon's career, sadly affected by a number of injuries, began with a team that came 14th in the competition and has played a big role in a team that is now firmly a major player in the Mitre 10 Cup. We all salute you Vernon.