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Kaipara celebrates sports achievers


Rodney College sports award winners (1)-658Locals have featured prominently at the 2015 Silver Fern Farms Kaipara District Sports Awards held at the Maungaturoto Country Club on November 6.

Former Otamatea High School rugby player Matthew Moulds won Sportsman of the Year. Matthew played four games for the Blues last season and is contracted to them for 2016, along with co-captaincy and ‘player of the year’ for the Northland Taniwha.

Noel Radd Motors Kaipara Junior Team of the Year was won by the Rodney College Silver Equestrian Team. The talented foursome won the Secondary Schools Equestrian Cup competing against 52 other teams from throughout Auckland, Northland, Waikato and Melbourne. Their combined score of 66 points was 11 points higher than the second placed team.

The Rodney College JB7 rugby team were finalists in this category.

Lynette Gubb was awarded a Barry Markwick Memorial Service to Sport award. An inaugural committee member of the Tomarata Netball Club, Lynette has been involved in netball in an official capacity for over 34 years. She has also been involved in the Wellsford, Rodney College and Otamatea Ex Netball Clubs, and is currently president on the Netball Rodney Centre executive.

Lynette is the delegate for the centre to Netball Northern and Netball New Zealand, and was recently appointed to the Netball Northern Board to represent all the Northland Netball Centres.

Awarded numerous honours through netball (including the New Netball Service Award) she is a Netball Rodney life member.

ASB Youth Achievement Awards went to Tyrone De Ardenne, rugby, and named as player of the tournament for the Taniwha Cup.

Also Jamie Thomas, a Rodney College student and member of the Northland Junior Golf Team Feats include representing Northland in the U19 and Junior teams winning his match and overall against NSW, selected for the Northland Booth Shield Team as captain, and also named Mangawhai Junior Match Play Champion.

Shuntel Rika was selected for the Northern Zone Talent ID as well as the Rodney Netball U17 Team playing up from her age group of U15.

Lachie Campbell (football) and Joseph Critchfield (surfing) also received Code Awards.

HONOURS: Pictured at the awards is Rodney College golfer Jamie Thomas (centre) and the equestrian team of, from left, Tamara Marshall, Briar Woolley, Jamie Thomas, Jade Marshall and Aimee Young.
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