Feild­ing’s Goss up for ma­jor award

Feilding-Rangitikei Herald - - Sports Results - SHAUN EADE AND GE­ORGE HEAGNEY

Manawatu¯ women led the way as New Zealand Rugby an­nounced the nom­i­nees for their an­nual awards on Sun­day.

Feild­ing’s Sarah Goss is a rare woman up for the ma­jor gong of Kelvin R Tre­main Memo­rial Player of the Year, along­side All Blacks Rieko Ioane and Sam White­lock.

Goss is also up for women’s player of the year, while Sel­ica Wini­ata is a fi­nal­ist for the best women’s provin­cial player. The duo, along­side Kristina Sue and as­sis­tant coach Wes­ley Clarke, were part of the World Cup­win­ning Black Ferns up for team of the year.

The Manawatu¯ men weren’t ig­nored ei­ther with Ngani Laumape up for Su­per Rugby player of the year and O¯ taki’s Slade Sturmey nom­i­nated for vol­un­teer of the year. Feild­ing High School old boy Vil­imoni Koroi is up for sev­ens player of the year.

Manawatu¯ ex­pat Leti­cia LeighTran­som was named the ju­nior Ma¯ ori sportswoman of the year.

The swim­mer, who is based in Australia but swims for Palmer­ston North club Ice Breaker Aquat­ics, was given the gong at the Ma¯ ori sports awards in Auck­land on Satur­day night.

Tran­som, 16, won gold in the mixed 4x200m freestyle re­lay and sil­ver in the mixed 4x100m med­ley re­lay at the Com­mon­wealth Youth Games in the Ba­hamas this year.

The Feild­ing High School First XV will be with­out co-coach Mark McAl­ley next sea­son.

McAl­ley is mov­ing to Hamil­ton af­ter his wife picked up a new job there.

He joined Feild­ing in 2015 af­ter coach­ing at Hunt­ley School. He coached the first XV along­side Mur­ray Ste­wart in his first year be­fore be­ing joined by Wes­ley Clarke for the past two sea­sons.

Among the high­lights of his time at Feild­ing is claim­ing the 2016 na­tional co-ed ti­tle.

Here’s an item that we’ve been sav­ing but not found the right time to use.

As as kind caller once in­formed us, the of­fi­cial colour of Manawatu¯ green, and what a beau­ti­ful sight it is, is Pan­tone Match­ing Sys­tem 347. So if you need your bucket, face or house painted, that’s the colour for you.

PHOTO: WAR­WICK SMITH/STUFF

Feild­ing’s Sarah Goss is up for the Kelvin R Tre­main Memo­rial Player of the Year award.

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