An­other great sea­son for Kaikohe AFC

The Northland Age - - Sport -

The Kaikohe AFC held its an­nual bun­fight for se­nior and ju­nior teams re­cently.

The oc­ca­sion on Satur­day, Septem­ber 22, once again pro­vided a grand op­por­tu­nity to cel­e­brate an­other suc­cess­ful sea­son for the Mid North club, which fielded three teams in pro­vin­cial com­pe­ti­tion: North­land men’s 1st, 3rd and 12th Grade Divi­sion 2 cham­pi­onships.

There were also four 10th grade teams along with the All of Foot­ball pro­gramme for new and novice play­ers aged 6 and un­der.

The high­light of the awards saw Richelle Ruka pick­ing up the Sean White Memo­rial. The club’s most pres­ti­gious tro­phy was first pre­sented to cur­rent pres­i­dent Sean White back in 2016 in recog­ni­tion of his ef­forts to re­turn Kaikohe foot­ball from the wilder­ness.

At this year’s pre­sen­ta­tion, White noted that tro­phy could be pre­sented to any­one in the club go­ing “above and be­yond” and Ruka was a per­fect ex­am­ple of this, hav­ing been in­stru­men­tal in pro­mot­ing foot­ball suc­cess­fully in the Hokianga re­gion where her ef­forts had seen two new teams, the Dragons and Fire­birds, join­ing the lo­cal ju­nior foot­ball com­pe­ti­tion this win­ter.

“It was an­other great sea­son for the club again, and par­tic­u­larly for our great growth in the ju­niors.”

Else­where, se­nior team prizewin­ners were, Kaikohe Scor­pi­ons NM3, Coach’s choice: Emily Beggs, Most com­mit­ted: Or­rin Lunsford Stokes, Most im­proved: Tu­pari Tua­nani; Kaikohe Phoenix NM1, MVP: Eugene Tauteka, Golden boot: Lee Warin, and, Break­through player: Luke Ears­man.

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Richelle Ruka is pre­sented with the Sean White Memo­rial tro­phy by Far North Mayor John Carter in Kaikohe AFC prize­giv­ing last month.

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