Dou­ble de­light for rookie of the year

Te Puke Times - - NEWS -

First-year Steamer and Te Puke Sports lock Kane Le’au­pepe was a dou­ble award­win­ner at last week’s Car­rus Bay of Plenty Awards.

Le’au­pepe won the Craigs In­vest­ment Part­ners Rookie of the Year and the Voda­fone Male Club Player of the Year.

He was a key player in Te Puke Sports’ charge to the 2018 Bay­wide rugby ti­tle.

The con­tri­bu­tion of Rangiuru’s women’s side to the Bay of Plenty Vol­canix was recog­nised with full­back Sap­phire Tapsell be­ing named DVS Vol­canix Player of the Year, club co­cap­tain and Vol­canix skip­per Christie Yule named DVS Vol­canix For­ward of the Year for the sec­ond year in a row, and loose for­ward Ken­dra Reynolds an­nounced as the in­au­gu­ral win­ner of the Sa­mu­rai Vol­canix Play­ers Player of the Year.

Ai­dan Ross was pre­sented with the Voda­fone Com­mu­nity Ser­vice award for his con­tri­bu­tion to the com­mu­nity, de­liv­er­ing above and be­yond.

Af­ter be­ing side­lined with in­jury, Ross put his hand up to coach and was ap­pointed as as­sis­tant coach of the Bay of Plenty Un­der-16s.

The 2018 Car­rus Bay of Plenty Rugby Union Awards not only recog­nised rep­re­sen­ta­tive achieve­ments but a num­ber of com­mu­nity awards were also pre­sented to recog­nise the con­tri­bu­tion by clubs, coaches and vol­un­teers who play are cru­cial role in grow­ing and strength­en­ing the game.

Voda­fone Ser­vice to Sport Awards saw five vol­un­teers awarded for their ser­vices within the rugby com­mu­nity. Th­ese wor­thy re­cip­i­ents in­cluded Te Puke Sports’ Katie and Bryan Meyer, and Rangiuru Rugby Club’s Jimi McLean.

Te Puke clubs and Te Puke High School alike col­lected a num­ber of com­mu­nity awards. Te Puke High School took a clean sweep in the sec­ondary school awards, win­ning Toi Ohomai Sec­ondary Schools Pro­gramme of the Year, and Beth­le­hem Coach­lines Sec­ondary Schools Coach of the Year was awarded to Dean Hey­bloom.

Te Puke Sports and Recre­ation Club were named R80 Club of the Year and Rangiuru were re­warded with their Rangiuru pre­mier men’s team named Farm­lands Co-op­er­a­tive Club Team of the Year, and Youth Olympic Sev­ens cham­pion Tynealle Fitzger­ald — also from Rangiuru’s women’s team — was named Voda­fone Fe­male Club Player of the Year.

Kane Le’au­pepe was named Craigs In­vest­ment Part­ners Rookie of the Year and the Voda­fone Male Club Player of the Year at last week’s Bay of Plenty Rugby Awards.

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