Nel­son names in foot­ball me­dia awards

Nelson Mail - - NEWS - TIM O'CONNELL

A glo­ri­ous goal in the mud has scored Nel­son Mail pho­tog­ra­pher Martin de Ruyter the best sin­gle im­age award at the New Zealand Foot­ball Me­dia Awards.

Cov­er­ing two First XI foot­ball games around the re­gion on a muddy June af­ter­noon, tim­ing and place­ment proved for­tu­itous for de Ruyter as he cap­tured ar­guably the best of Nel­son Col­lege’s 13 goals scored against Nay­land Col­lege in a match at Broads.

By the time de Ruyter ar­rived af­ter a score­less first half be­tween Waimea Col­lege and Marl­bor­ough Boys Col­lege at Richmond, Nel­son Col­lege was al­ready up 4-0.

In the hope of tak­ing a few good shots, de Ruyter sta­tioned him­self at half­way, de­spite the boggy con­di­tions.

‘‘Nor­mally I wouldn’t set up there...but ev­ery­thing seemed to be hap­pen­ing down one end of the park,’’ he said.

Among the nine goals scored in the sec­ond half, de Ruyter was per­fectly po­si­tioned to snap Nel­son cap­tain Labu Pan’s in­cred­i­ble bi­cy­cle kick which eluded the Nay­land goal­keeper.

‘‘You could see it all hap­pen­ing in slow mo­tion.’’

Judge Glenn Jef­frey said the win­ning photo was a ‘‘stand­out’’ and ‘‘a de­ci­sive mo­ment of aerial bal­let by the striker, per­fectly cap­tured.’’

His first award for foot­ball, de Ruyter’s photo was also nom­i­nated for Best Sports Photo at this year’s Canon Me­dia Awards.

For­mer Nel­son Mail sports re­porter Phillip Rollo was also an awards fi­nal­ist, named run­ner-up in the Com­mu­ni­tyIn­ter­net Writer of the Year cat­e­gory. Rollo had pre­vi­ously won the award in 2012 and 2014.

Judge Terry Maddaford praised Rollo’s wide-rang­ing port­fo­lio that in­cluded sto­ries on Tas­man United im­port Ni­co­las Abot and Nel­son Sub­urbs’ shun­ning of the Chatham Cup.

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