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