Soft­ballers step up to the plate


Soft­ballers dom­i­nated the ma­jor prizes when the 2017 Marl­bor­ough Boys’ Col­lege sports awards were held re­cently.

Up and com­ing pitcher Wil­liam Mac­don­ald took out the main award, the sports­man of the year. The highly-promis­ing 16-year-old’s year was high­lighted by his se­lec­tion in the Ju­nior Black Sox side that com­peted in the un­der-23 Mens’ Friend­ship Se­ries in Bris­bane in July. He played a piv­otal role for the Marl­bor­ough un­der-17 rep side that won the Main­land Tour­na­ment in De­cem­ber, be­ing named in both the tour­na­ment team and the Main­land un­der-17 side that toured Aus­tralia. The busy ball player rep­re­sented the Up­per South Is­land un­der-17 and un­der-19 sides at their re­spec­tive na­tional tour­na­ments, be­ing named tour­na­ment team pitcher at con­clu­sion of the un­der-17 event. His work on the mound was also piv­otal for the Marl­bor­ough Boys’ Col­lege side at the New Zealand sec­ondary schools tour­na­ment, where they fin­ished third. Mac­don­ald is also an ac­com­plished bas­ket­baller, cap­tain­ing the school team and be­ing named player of the year.

The MBC softball team picked up the Team of the Year award, for their work at the na­tional schools champs where they fin­ished third. The team was: Anaru An­der­son, Ja­son Clyde, Devon Cook, Camp­bell Gill, Zephryn Hart, Braden Healy, Ethan Jones, Sa­muel Kenny, Wil­liam Mac­don­ald, Chris­tian Mar­shall-Far­row, Te Ariki Peipi, Con­nor Te Wake-Walker and Horouta Wil­son. They were coached by Mar­shall Rawiri. Seven of the side made the tour­na­ment team – Healy, Mac­don­ald, An­der­son, Clyde, Kenny, Mar­shall-Far­row and Gill.

The other main prize on the night, the James d’Au­vergne Award for best all­round sports­man, went to Heath Mur­phy. He cap­tained the First XI cricket team and, played in the First XV rugby side and won the col­lege se­nior swim­ming champs.

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