22nd August 2017

2017 Prizegiving Winners

Senior Club Awards:

Club Player of the Year - Grace Brooker, Womens

Coach of the Year - Anna McCone & Vern Holden, Womens

Personality of the Year - Ashleigh Inch, Womens

Contribution On & Off the Field - Tamara Toaolamai, Womens

Supporter of the Year - John McKeage, Keiths

Most Promising Colt - Aron Einarrson, Colts Prems

Most Promising U19 - Grace Brooker, Womens

Most Promising Prop - Sam Lester, Colts Prems

Most Points - Harrison Cox, Colts Reserve (150+)

Most Tries - Naia Toaolamai-Holden, Womens (14)



100 Games - Brian Keen (Manager)

100 Games - Rich Sanders (Coach)

200 Games - Joe Gee (Coach)


Senior Team Awards:

Div 1 MVP - Mark Jackman

Div 1 Most Improved - Connor Brown

Div 1 Players Player - Josh Pitt

Div 2 MVP - Kane Patterson

Div 2 Most Improved - Mitch Hastings

Div 2 Players Player - Jackson Cox

Assassins MVP - Alistair Collie

Assassins Most Improved - Josh Johnson

Colts Prems MVP - Aron Einarrson

Colts Prems Most Improved - Will Boyd

Colts Reserve MVP - Talor Scott

Colts Reserve Most Improved - Tato

Womens MVP - Grace Brooker

Womens Most Improved - Jo Fahey

Womens Players Player - Grace Brooker

Keiths MVP - Ross Sinclair

Keiths Most Improved - Stuart Herriot


Junior Team Awards:

U13 Mauger

MVP - Marli Hetutu

Outstanding Contribution - Beau Brackenridge

Most Improved Forward - Matthew Buchan 

Most Improved Back -  Tom Gibson


U12 Loe

MVP - George Teear

Outstanding Contribution - Abby McKissock

Most Improved Forward - Pheobe Fortune

Most Improved Back -  Sebastian Kuhn


U11 Thorne

MVP - Toby Kimura

Outstanding Contribution - Oliver Singleton

Most Improved Forward - Ben Laing

Most Improved Back - Riley Phillips


U10 Currie

MVP - Sam McIntyre

Outstanding Contribution - Sili Manu

Most Improved Forward - Max Crowe

Most Improved Back - Ethan Mathewson


U10 Bachop

MVP - William Allott

Outstanding Contribution - Finn Bascik

Most Improved Forward - Ethan Price

Most Improved Back - Zavier Toaolamai-Holden


U9 Mehrtens

MVP - Enzo Sanders

Most Improved - Jack Kimura

Outstanding Contribution - Tom Simpson


U8 Carter

MVP - Louis Shanahan

Most Improved - Mikaere Timblick

Outstanding Contribution - William Wright


U8 Romano

MVP - Liam Newfield

Most Improved - Saedyn Barlow

Outstanding Contribution - Frano Chaplin


U7 Gibson

MVP - Brody Newfield

Most Improved - James Smith 

Outstanding Contribution - Mason Tucker


U7 Marshall

MVP - Hayne Parker

Most Improved - Billy Atkinson

Outstanding Contribution - Fernando McPhail


U6 Deans

MVP - Jack Percy

Most Improved - Phoenix Te Tai

Outstanding Contribution - Sam Payton


U6 Vincent

MVP - Archie Meates

Most Improved - Toby Carpenter

Outstanding Contribution - Ayrton Ferguson


U6 Taylor

MVP - Will Flint

Most Improved - Tom Dawson

Outstanding Contribution - Archie Cameron




1st August 2017

Elephant in the Room - Lincoln University Scholarships vs Amateur Rugby 

While there are more important issues for Christchurch to worry about at the moment than our Club rugby competition, the recent announcement as featured in the ” Press” on Saturday 29 July, of the partnership between ARA (formerly CPIT) and the Canterbury Rugby Football Union to provide scholarships for rugby club players is to be applauded. However, the cynicism in me says “the elephant in the room “ is still the advantage the Lincoln University Rugby Club has and will have in the significant number of rugby scholarships that are awarded each year, that results in most of the best players coming to Chch playing for them and them alone. I am not exactly sure how much the scholarships are worth though I am told it is about $8000 annually per student. If there are 25 to 30 on the scholarships at any one time then over $200,000 is available to one club annually to recruit and keep players most of whom I assume are there for their rugby or sporting ability primarily, not their academic ability. If that funding comes from Vote Education then arguably we are effectively all subsidising their club via our taxes. The ARA arrangement is for $50,000 (perhaps also funded from Vote Education) per year but spread over a dozen or so metro clubs and more, if rural clubs are eligible. It will do little club by club to add substantially to playing strength as one assumes it will be 1 or 2 players per club if 20 scholarships are available. But is a step in the right direction.

The lop sided nature of this LU rugby scholarship arrangement means that it is likely no one apart from Lincoln will win the Premier or Colts Premier grade in the next few years, when and if they field their top players week to week and the status quo continues. In fact, they have won Div 1 or Premier grade for the last 3 years and the Prem colts for the past 4 years including their wins in the 2017 finals. The last club to win those grades was us – in 2014 and 2013 respectively. The farcical nature of what this scholarship situation has done to rugby in Chch can be seen in the make-up of top 2 two Canterbury rep sides. The CRFU website shows the 2016 under 19 team had 14 of the 30 players from LU while 11 or 12 of the current Canterbury squad involved in Ranfurly Shield matches are from LU. And last year the three half backs in the Canterbury ITM Cup competition were all from LU!!!!  Unless this situation is addressed then moves to have LU removed from the local Metro competition may occur again as they have for the last two CRFU AGMs and that is sad.

In the Press article, the CRFU CEO, Nathan Godfrey is quite rightly wanting clubs or teams to get to that semi professional stage and it is a now necessary as we develop and grow as clubs to keep pace with the professional game and to service our players and coaches to the level they expect.  The problem is the huge imbalance in talent that comes into Canterbury every year that goes to one club. It would be great day for Metro rugby when a Belfast or a Shirley makes the Grand Final but on an even “playing field”. However, the recruiting of players and the quality they and other clubs can recruit will never match the LU scholarship programme, no matter how professional they get, unless those players are distributed fairly to clubs and that seems unlikely in the short term.

The rather curiously named “engagement” manager at ARA talks of helping clubs, in the Press article, with various facets of their business. There are already training, resources and tools available from many organisations including Sport Canterbury, Sport NZ, NZRU, private providers and within clubs themselves. Many clubs have suitably qualified business people on their committees or boards. I am not sure that all these clubs will want to have yet more work or training thrust on them to account for a scholarship or two worth a few hundred dollars, though time will tell, if that is the aim. Again, recruitment and distribution of players is the most important issue for clubs currently in a “reducing player’ market at senior (under 21 and above) level and until this is sorted there will continue to be resentment and frustration from the other clubs. The scholarship issue, effectively ” a state sponsored talent grab” has been the most divisive issue I have seen in local club rugby since the 1981 Springbok tour in my time of being involved with rugby. I hope for the sake of local rugby it is sorted some time soon. The views expressed here are my own but I know generally reflect views of many club rugby people in Chch.


Nigel Georgieff

HSOB Life Member and 2017 Colts Manager

August 2017