The 2017 Sportsman of the Year Dinner was held at Russley Golf Club on Wednesday 27 September.
Blues List 2017
These awards were introduced in 2013 to acknowledge the wealth of young sporting talent we have at Shirley BHS.
Spartans Sport Junior Individual Award.
To qualify for this award you had to be in either Year 9 or 10 in 2017 and be an outstanding performer in one or more sports. You also had to meet the criteria for being a good “Shirley Man”.
The finalists in the Spartans Sport Junior Individual Sportsman of the Year were:
- Hamish Church
Hamish is an outstanding young hockey player who is in his second year of playing in the 1st XI. As a Yr 10 student, he already has 56 caps. He was part of the 1st XI that placed sixth at the Johnson Cup during tournament week. Hamish is also a Canterbury U15 Hockey rep.
- Jordan Edwards
Jordan is a promising young tennis player. He plays in the Shirley BHS senior team which is very rare for a Yr 9 student, and he is also a Canterbury age group rep player. In December 2016 he was in the New Zealand U13 rep team.
- Theles Hakaria
Theles is a multi-talented sportsman who competes in a wide range of sports. His main sport is Rugby League. He plays for the Halswell U14 team and was named MVP for the season. His performances on the field have also earned him selection in the Canterbury U14 league team.
He also plays Basketball – this year playing for both the Shirley BHS U15A and U17B teams.
Volleyball is another string to his bow, playing for the Shirley BHS Yr 9A team which went through the Term 1 competition unbeaten.
- Cameron Maughan
Cameron is an U15 novice rower who competes for Shirley BHS and the Avon Rowing Club. He rows in both the U15 and U16 categories.
At the Canterbury Club champs he came 1st in both the U15 coxed 4 and U15 coxed 8.
At the Canterbury Secondary Schools champs he had a first, two seconds, and a fifth in a variety of different crews. At the South Island Secondary Schools champs he received two secondss, a third and a ninth.
At the NZ Secondary Schools champs he managed eight in the U15 coxed quadruple sculls, and eigth in the U15 coxed 4.
- Greg Rodger
Greg is an outstanding young Basketballer. He is one of the leading players in both the SBHS U15 and U17B teams, and he has also played games for the Senior A Basketball team.
His performances on court have resulted in him being selected in the Canterbury U15A team. He is also part of the Elite Eagles development squad.
Greg is in the trials for the NZ U16 team that will be selected later this year.
- Nick Sinclair
Nick is a top BMX racer. He is a member of the North Avon BMX club, and in June won their Intermediate rider of the year award for the second year in a row. He was the winner of both the Mainland South and Mainland North regional champs, and came second in the South Island champs. At the NZ champs in April Nick came sixth (the only South Island rider to make the final). Amazingly, all this has been achieved since a bad crash in April last year saw him fracture three thorasic vertebrae.
- Josh Watson
Josh is a talented sportsman in Football, Futsal, and Volleyball. In football he was a leading player in the SBHS Junior XI, and he was part of the Junior Futsal team that placed second in the Canterbury Champs, third in the Mainland Regional Champs, and fourth at the NZ Secondary Schools Futsal champs. He is also a member of the very successful Junior A Volleyball team.
- Dylan Weaich
Dylan is a top young basketballer. He plays for the SBHS U15A team, and he was also selected in the Canterbury U15B team for nationals. Dylan was also a member of the NZ U14 team that played in a tournament in Australia, and won it.
- Nikora Wikiriwhi
Nikora is a fine softball player. He plays not only for SBHS, but also the Richmond Keas, playing in the U16, U17, and U19 teams. His performances on the diamond have seen him selected for the Canterbury U15 team and also the NZ U15 Black Sox team.
- Ryan Wood
Ryan is an up and coming young basketballer. He plays in the SBHS U15A basketball team as well as the U17B team.
His performances on the court have seen him selected for the Canterbury U15A team that competed at the national tournament. He has also played for North Canterbury U15.
He has also been asked to attend the U15 New Zealand camp in November.
- Mark Zimmerman
Mark’s sporting achievements are in Football, Futsal and Volleyball. In football he was a leading player in the SBHS Junior XI, and he was part of the Junior Futsal team that placed second in the Canterbury Champs, third in the Mainland Regional Champs, and fourth at the NZ Secondary Schools Futsal champs. He is also a member of the very successful Junior A Volleyball team.
Greg Rodger was the winner of the Spartans Sport Junior Individual Sportsman of the Year.
Spartans Sport Junior Team of the Year
To qualify for this award, the majority of the players in the team must be in either Yr 9 or Yr 10.
The finalists in the Spartans Sport Junior Team of the Year were:
- THE U15 BASKETBALL TEAM.
The U15 Basketball team is one of the top teams in their competition. A couple of weekends ago they won the semi-final of their competition by defeating Middleton Grange. Then last weekend they convincingly won the final, beating St Thomas’ 59 - 43.
The U15 Basketball team was: Tautahi Briggs, Louis de Latour, Tyrese Graham, Theles Hakaria, Boppy Halaifonua, Justiz Pritchard, Kane Thompson, Nikolau Tuliau-Walker, Dylan Weaich, Ryan Wood and Greg Rodger.
- JUNIOR ‘A’ FUTSAL TEAM.
The Junior ‘A’ Futsal Team had another successful season. They were runners-up in the Canterbury Schools competition, and they came 3rd in the Mainland Regional tournament. At the NZ Secondary Schools Futsal champs the team placed 4th.
The Junior Futsal team was: Bradley Bradshaw, Luca MacLeod-Watts, Charlie Norris, Patrick Reilly, Isaac Russell, Regan Shore, Joe Simmerson, Josh Watson, Cameron Williams, Mark Zimmerman and Scott Zimmerman.
- ROWING U15 COXED QUADRUPLE SCULLS
This crew rows for both SBHS and the Avon Rowing Club. All the boys in this crew were in their first year of rowing so often found themselves competing against more experienced rowers. They won their event at the Canterbury Secondary Schools Rowing champs and came second at the South Island Champs. At the NZ Secondary Schools champs they placed eigth.
The U15 Coxed Quadruple Sculls included: David Brown, Jack Hearn, Cameron Maughan, Lachlan Nicholas and Scott Shackleton.
- U15 RUGBY TOURNAMENT TEAM.
The U15A rugby team had an excellent season – they were the only SBHS junior rugby side to make a Canterbury Metro final this year. Unfortunately they were beaten by arch rival CBHS in the final.
The team then went and competed in the South Island U15 tournament in Timaru.
In pool play the defeated Timaru BHS 53 – 5, and Nelson College 45 – 0. Their final pool game, to decide who would finish top of the pool and go straight into the final, was against Kings HS. They won a thriller of a match 10 – 7.
In the final they put on a dominant display to defeat Southland BHS 38 - 12.
The U15 Rugby Tournament team was: Muao Asomua, Zak Atkinson, Pele Atonio, Brodie Barsby, Lewis Broekhuizen, Tahlor Cahill, Jacob Christensen, Ethan Faitaua, Blake Gilmore, Alan Hammersley, Jayden Horgan, Caylem Maxwell, Leo Nasio, Sam Nicholls, Fin Ocheduszko-Brown, Brodie Richards, Scott Shackleton, Sean Stowers, Jay Hill-Cattermole, Siaki Taleni, Uriah Tuli, Malele Uili, Connor Watherston-Spencer, Liam Whitaker and Kiarn Wilson
- VOLLEYBALL JUNIOR ‘A’ TEAM.
The Junior ‘A’ Volleyball team continued to perform well throughout the 2016–17 season. In the Term 4 2016 competition the team came 2nd. At the Canterbury Champs the team came 3rd.
However, at the South Island champs the team came 2nd. This was a significant result because they defeated arch rivals Riccarton HS and Aranui HS on the way to the final.
The Junior ‘A’ Volleyball team was: Ethan Faitaua, Latrell Holmes, Troy Hulston, Loyal Patelesio, Sean Stowers, Siaki Taleni, Poly Tiatia, Elijah Tuhura and Uriah Tuli
The U15 Rugby Tournament Team were the winners of the Spartans Sport Junior Team of the Year.
Sports Blues for 2017.
To be awarded a sports blue a student must have:
- Reached a standard, which in the opinion of the coach, is outstanding and warrants the award of a blue
- Meet the “Shirley Man” criteria and been a worthy representative of the school.
Receiving Blues Awards for the first time:
- Sean Kelly - Basketball
As well as receiving his Blue, Sean also received the McDonald’s Thompson Trophy team MVP award which is a customised Basketball singlet.
- Alex Doherty - Football
- Mitchell Barry - Rugby
- Joel Jeffrey - Basketball
- Troy Hulston - Volleyball
- Connor Nicholas - Football
- Hamsa Shire - Basketball
- Reece Falck - Tennis
- Greg Sewell - Football
- Saint Porter - Basketball
- Hemi Innes - Football
- Flynn McDonald - Swimming
- Cole Yeoman - Canoe Polo
- Elijah Coulston - Rowing
- Sam Harris - Athletics
- Finley Forbes - In-line Hockey
- Cameron Clement - Cricket
- Alex Cartwright - Rowing
- Hamish Bennett - Mountain Biking
- Tyreice Tuliau - Super Touch
Five students received re-awards this year:
- Keeley Legge - Hockey
- Aaron Browne - Football
- James Alexander - Rowing
- Glen Beardsley - Rugby
- Jake Luthi - Rowing
Two students have received two blues this year:
- Max Ngataki - Rugby and Rowing
- McGregor Best - Rugby and Rowing
All-rounder of the year 2017 - For the best all-round sportsman in more than one sport
The nominees for all-rounder of the year:
- Mitchell Barry - Rugby, Cricket and Super Touch
Mitchell is a talented sportsman in three different sports. In rugby he plays 1st 5/8 or halfback, and played 17 games for the 1st XV. His goal kicking meant he accounted for nearly 30% of the teams total points throughout the season. This has earned him selection in the Canterbury Metro U18 squad that played in the South Island Tournament.
In cricket Mitchell has been in the 1st XI for three years. One of his best performances for the season was when he fell just short of a century against CBHS.
In Super Touch Mitch first represented SBHS while in Yr 11. He has since played 42 games for the school Super Touch team.
- Glen Beardsley - Rugby, Surf Lifesaving and Super Touch
Glen has performed to a very high standard in three sports. In rugby he is a fit and mobile open-side flanker or number eight who was captain of the 1st XV this year. He has now played a total of 40 matches for the 1st XV over the last three years. He was again a member of the Junior Knights (Crusaders) training squad which makes him one of the highest ranked flankers in the Crusaders franchise. He has also been named in the Canterbury Metro U18 squad.
In Surf-lifesaving Glen was a member of the North Beach Badgers Surf Boat crew which finished second at the Titahi Bay Surfboat Classic. At the NZ Surf-lifesaving champs in March the crew finished fourth in the U19 Short Course Surf Boat Race, fourth in the U19 Long Course race, and won a national title as a member of the winning North Beach Open Surf Boat Relay team.
In Super Touch Glen has played for SBHS since Yr 10, and has played 82 games for the team. He co-captained the team in 2017.
- McGregor Best - Rowing and Rugby
McGregor is a prominent rower for SBHS and the Avon Rowing Club, and he is also a 1st XV rugby player.
McGregor was vice-captain of the 1st XV this year and performed well as either a blindside flanker or lock. He has been selected in the Canterbury Metro U18 squad for the South Island tournament.
He also rows for both SBHS and the Avon Rowing Club. In the U17 Coxed Quad he came 2nd at both the South Island Secondary Schools champs and the Maadi Cup.
In the U17 Coxed Four he came first at the Canterbury Sec Schools champs and 3rd at both the South Island Club, and South Island Sec Schools champs.
In the U18 Coxed Four he came 2nd at the Canterbury Sec Schools Champs, 3rd at the South Island champs, and 8th at Maadi – the first time a SBHS crew had made a blue ribbon event final at Maadi.
- Nathan Koolen - Surf Lifesaving, Super Touch and Rugby
Nathan has been a prominent sportsman in Rugby, Super Touch and Surf-Lifesaving.
In Rugby he has just completed his second year in the 1st XV playing mostly at fullback. Sadly his promising season was curtailed when he fractured a bone in his foot.
In Super Touch Nathan first played for the team in Yr 11, and he has played 33 games since.
Surf-Lifesaving has given Nathan the most sporting success over the last 12 months. He is a member of the North Beach Badgers Surf Boat crew. That crew placed second at the Titahi Bay Surfboat Classic before competing in the NZ Surf-lifesaving champs at New Brighton in March. Nathan was part of the crew that finished fourth in the U19 Short Course Surf Boat Race, fourth in the U19 Long Course race, and won a national title as a member of the winning North Beach Open Surf Boat Relay team.
- Max Ngataki - Rugby and Rowing
Max has been a top performer in Rugby and Rowing. He played 16 games for the 1st XV, almost all as a lock. He has been selected in the Canterbury Metro U18 squad for the South Island tournament.
Max rows for both SBHS and the Avon Rowing Club. He was selected by the rowing squad to be the co-captain this year.
In the U17 Coxed Quad Max gained two 2nds – at the South Island Secondary Schools champs and at Maadi Cup.
In the U17 Coxed Four he gained a 1st at the Canterbury Sec Schools champs and two 3rds at the South Island Club and Schools champs.
In the U18 Coxed Four he got a second at the Canterbury Schools Champs, two thirds at South Island regattas and eigth at Maadi – the first ever SBHS crew to make a Maadi final. In the U18 Coxed 8 he placed 4th at the South Island Sec Schools Champs, and 12th at Maadi.
- Tyreice Tuliau - Basketball, Super Touch and Softball
Tyreice is making a name for himself in Super Touch, Basketball and Softball.
In Super Touch Tyreice has played for SBHS since Yr 9 and has almost clocked up 100 games for the school. He was selected in the Canterbury U16 Touch team that won the inter-provincial tournament and placed sixth at Nationals. He has also been invited to attend the NZ U18 Touch camp.
In Basketball Tyreice has played for both the SBHS U17A side and the Senior A team which will be heading to Nationals in the holidays. He was also selected in the Canterbury U17A team that finished fifth at Nationals. He has also been invited to attend the NZ U18 Basketball camp in October.
The demands of both Touch and Basketball have meant that Tyreice has little time for Softball now. He did play for the Richmond Keas U16 team, but time pressure means he only gets to play the occasional social game these days.
Glen Beardsley was the winner of the Petrie Cup for the best All-Round Sportsman for 2017.
Sports Team of 2017.
Nominees for the team of the year award:
- THE BASKETBALL ‘A’ TEAM
The Basketball ‘A’ Team were very competitive in the senior school competition (the Thompson Trophy) throughout the season. They only lost three games in regular season play, but lost their semi-final to a strong Cashmere HS team.
At the South Island tournament in Dunedin recently they finished 2nd in their pool, but lost to eventual winners Christs College in the semi-final. They eventually finished 3rd, and this qualified them for Nationals in Palmerston North next week.
The team was: Amit Aryal, Mona Faitaua-Nanai, Joel Jeffrey, Sean Kelly, Loyal Patelesio, Saint Porter, Hamsa Shire, Josh Thompson, Tyreice Tuliau, Wiremu Waaka, Jayden Watkinson and Noah Westwood.
- ROWING – U17 COXED QUADRUPLE SCULLS
The first time this crew rowed together in a competition they clocked up the fastest qualifying time and ended up getting 2nd in the final at the South Island Sec Schools champs. They also came 1st at the Canterbury Sec Schools champs. At the NZ Sec Schools champs (the Maadi Cup) they came 2nd, and became the first SBHS crew to get a Maadi Cup medal in a non-novice / U15 category.
The crew was: McGregor Best, Alex Cartwright, Joel Coleman, Elijah Coulston and Max Ngataki.
- ROWING – U18 LIGHTWEIGHT DOUBLE SCULLS
This is the second year that these two have competed in the Lightweight category. At the South Island Rowing Champs they came 4th in the Men’s Club Double Sculls. At the Canterbury Sec Schools Rowing Champs they came first in the U18 Lightweight Double Sculls, and third in the U18 Open weight Double Sculls.
At the South Island Sec Schools Rowing Champs they came first in the U18 Lightweight Double Sculls.
At the NZ Sec Schools Rowing Champs they placed 7th in the U18 Lightweight Double Sculls
The crew of the U18 Lightweight Double Sculls : James Alexander and Jake Luthi
- THE VOLLEYBALL ‘A’ TEAM
The Volleyball ‘A’ Team has had another very good season. They were the winners of the Monday night schools competition and they were also South Island champions. They went to Nationals with high hopes of a top finish and ended up placing 12th.
The team was: Willem Button, Gabriel Francesconi, Qeyloux Hakaria, Troy Hulston, Finesi Lagokamu, Joshua Mosa’ati, Keileb Nanai, Dallas Onosai, Mana Placid, Caleb Taplin and Tasipale Valavala
THE U17 COXED QUADRUPLE SCULLS are the winners of the 2003 Year 13 Cup for Best Sports team for 2017.
Individual Sportsman of the Year for 2017.
- Bailey Cumming - Powerlifting
Bailey is one of the strongest people for his age in the world. He competed in the Oceania Championships for Power Lifting and he is currently ranked 37th in the world.
Bailey holds two national records for the 59kg and 66kg classes in open grading. His combined lifts were 428kg in the 59kg competition, and 432kg (squat 165kg; bench press 100kg; deadlift 170kg) in the 66kg class.
He also holds an Oceania record of 98kg for the bench press in the 59kg class.
- Reece Falck - Tennis
Reece is the 2017 Secondary Schools Yr 11 Boys singles champion.
He was a finalist in the U18 Canterbury Champs, and he was the 2017 Canterbury Tennis Junior male player of the year.
Furthermore, he is the U14 NZ Junior Singles champion and he also won the National Junior U14 teams event as part of the Canterbury team.
Reece is the only person selected in his age group as a Tennis NZ Elite Targeted athlete. He was selected to represent NZ in the boys Junior Davis Cup Team event in India, and he was also selected by Tennis NZ to travel to Holland to compete and train on clay courts for eight weeks.
Lastly, Reece has also been selected as one of the Top 8 U16 boys to compete in the National Masters event over this coming Labour weekend.
- Sam Harris - Athletics
At the SBHS athletics day held earlier this year Sam won the Senior Long jump, Triple jump, and 100m.
He competed in the rain affected Canterbury Schools Athletics champs where he won the Pole Vault.
At the South Island Schools Athletic champs he came fourth in the Long Jump, third in the Triple Jump, and 1st in the Pole Vault.
At the NZ Sec Schools champs he came 8th in the Triple Jump and 4th in the Pole Vault. At the NZ National Club champs Sam came 3rd in the Pole Vault – clearing 4.05m.
Sam is currently ranked 8th in NZ in the Open Men’s Pole Vault.
- Keeley Legge - Hockey
Keeley has been a member of the SBHS 1st XI Hockey team for four years, and he has now played 97 matches for the team. He has been captain of the team this year that finished 6th at the Johnson Cup hockey tournament.
Keeley also plays hockey for the Carlton-Redcliffs Premier Men’s team. This is the top men’s competition in Christchurch and the team finished the season in second place. His performances on the hockey turf have seen Keeley selected in the Canterbury U18 team which won the regional tournament held in Whangarei in July. He is also in the wider training squad for the Cavaliers (the top Canterbury men’s provincial team).
- Mana Placid - Volleyball
Mana is the captain of the SBHS Senior A Volleyball team that won the Canterbury Champs as well as the South Island Champs. He also plays for the Shirley Men’s Premier A Team that plays in the South Island Volleyball League. This team will also be competing at the Open Men’s Nationals next week.
Mana has been selected in the Canterbury U19 Inter-provincial team, but his highest achievement was being selected in the NZ U20 Junior Men’s team that travelled to a tournament in Fort Lauderdale during the last school holidays.
Reece Falck was the winner of the 2003 Year 13 Cup for the best Individual Sportsman for 2017.
Sportsman of the Year 2017
The three candidates:
- The U17 Coxed Quadruple Sculls – for winning the Team of the year cup.
- Reece Falck – for winning the Individual Sportsman of the Year Cup.
- Glen Beardsley - for winning the Petrie Cup for best all-rounder
Reece Falck is this year’s winner of the John Mullins Trophy for the Shirley Boys High School Sportsman of the Year for 2017.