Hamil­ton dom­i­nates at awards

Play­ers, teams, coaches and ad­min­is­tra­tors were recog­nised for their ef­forts in sport. re­ports.

Hamilton Press - - SPORT -

Hamil­ton sports stars and clubs dom­i­nated the 2016 Brian Perry Re­gional Sports Awards.

The Melville Rugby Club was among the win­ners be­ing awarded Club Team and Club of the Year af­ter mak­ing Waikato club rugby his­tory fol­low­ing an un­prece­dented year of suc­cess. Af­ter win­ning the Waikato club sev­ens com­pe­ti­tion in 2015, Melville have since won ev­ery re­gional and na­tional ti­tle on of­fer in sev­ens and 15s.

Their great­est mo­ment was in club rugby’s premier com­pe­ti­tion, as they claimed their first Brew­eries Shield ti­tle in 35 years with an 11-6 vic­tory over Hamil­ton Old Boys in the fi­nal.

Other Hamil­ton sports peo­ple to be recog­nised with awards were All Blacks as­sis­tant coach Ian Foster who won Per­for­mance Coach of the Year for help­ing the All Blacks ac­com­plish a world record win­ning streak (18 games) for a tier-one na­tion in test rugby.

Team of the Year went to the Waikato Golf Se­nior Men af­ter re­tain­ing the na­tional golf cham­pi­onship - the Toro In­terProvin­cial team event - late in 2015.

A team of Luke Toomey, Nick Coxon, Den­zel Ieremia, Sam Vin­cent and Chris Charl­ton (and Daniel Gra­ham in re­serve) went back-to-back af­ter their tri­umph in 2014, with cap­tain and No 1 Toomey named player of the tour­na­ment for the sec­ond year run­ning.

Welling­ton won the ti­tle in 2016.

Magic star Sa­man­tha Sin­clair was cho­sen as Emerg­ing Tal­ent of the Year af­ter she was named in the Sil­ver Ferns squad in Novem­ber for the first time.

Ref­eree Sarah Jones was named Of­fi­cial of the Year af­ter he work at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Jones is also one of the first fe­male as­sis­tant ref­er­ees to be ap­pointed to the A-League panel, and she has cov­ered games in Aus­tralia and New Zealand this sea­son.

Jared Gray of Hamil­ton Boys’ High School won Sec­ondary School Sports­man of the Year for fea­tur­ing with New Zealand’s ju­nior track cy­cling team that won gold in the 4000m team pur­suit in Switzer­land.

St Paul Col­le­giate’s 1st XI boys hockey team won Sec­ondary School Team of the Year af­ter win­ning na­tional and re­gional ti­tles, with Com­mu­nity Coach of the Year go­ing to Glenn Ross, di­rec­tor of row­ing at Hamil­ton Boys’ High School.

Ross coaches all U15s crews and was Waikato Row­ing Club’s Coach of the Year in 2016.

But it was Eric Mur­ray’s night win­ning his sev­enth Sports­man of the Year Award.

The award has al­most been ex­clu­sively Mur­ray’s since 2009 for his out­stand­ing achieve­ments in row­ing, with Hamil­ton boxer David Nyika the only other win­ner of the prize af­ter win­ning gold at the Com­mon­wealth Games in Glas­gow in 2014.

Mur­ray, 34, won his sec­ond suc­ces­sive Olympic gold medal in the men’s cox­less pair along­side Hamish Bond last Au­gust.

Cam­bridge’s Nikita Howarth won Sportswoman of the Year award for her ex­ploits in Rio, af­ter win­ning gold and bronze medals at the Rio Par­a­lympics last Septem­ber.

AWARDS WIN­NERS:

Sue Con­roy; Sport: Waka Ama; Club/Or­gan­i­sa­tion: Nga Hau E Wha Whanau Hoe.

Club. Melville Rugby Sports

Glenn Ross; Sport: Row­ing; Club: Hamil­ton Boys’ High School. Melville Rugby Premier Team.

Ian Foster; Sport: Rugby; Club/Or­gan­i­sa­tion: Waikato Rugby Union.

Sa­man­tha Sin­clair; Sport: Net­ball; Club/ Or­gan­i­sa­tion: Net­ball Waikato Bay of Plenty.

Sarah Jones; Sport: Foot­ball; Club/Or­gan­i­sa­tion: WaiBOP Foot­ball.

Nikita Howarth; Sport: Para-Swim­ming; Club/ Or­gan­i­sa­tion: Te Awa­mutu Swim­ming Club.

Eric Mur­ray; Sport: Row­ing; Club/Or­gan­i­sa­tion: Row­ing New Zealand.

Waikato Golf Se­nior Men’s In­ter-Pro­vin­cial Team; Sport: Golf; Club/Or­gan­i­sa­tion: Waikato Golf As­so­ci­a­tion. Jared Gray.

Charlisse LegerWalker; Sport: Bas­ket­ball; Club/ Or­gan­i­sa­tion: St Peter’s School (Cam­bridge).

St Paul’s Col­le­giate 1st XI Boys Hockey; Sport: Hockey; Club/ Or­gan­i­sa­tion: St Paul’s Col­le­giate (Hamil­ton).

Fit for Farming; Club/ Or­gan­i­sa­tion: Fit for Farming Trust.

Dou­ble ac­co­lade for the Melville Rugby Club named Club of the Year and its premier team was named, Team of the Year.

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