Updated: Feb 27, 2022
Please click on the link at the end of this article for a complete list of ABC prizewinners this year. A special shout out to our supporters, we value your support on and off the pitch. Congratulations to the winner of our Most Valuable Spectators, Sharon Botherway (P1 Women) and Nick & Barbara Houlbrooke (P1 Men).
Some highlights from the team awards are:
Jack Bonneywell (D2 Men Yellow & D1 Men Black) who received the Most Improved Player trophy from two teams, he filled in so much he became a part of the team, this is a first for the club!
Jack has been around the hockey turfs at Rosedale since infancy watching Dad, John play, with his sister Summer who is in her first year of adult hockey. Jack has always shown grit and determination with a powerful hit. This year his confidence blossomed and he became far more assertive and effective on the pitch either as full back or a penetrating right half. He is a keen trainer and has also introduced friends from Liston College to the club. We look forward to seeing Jack's progress next year
Rob Kennedy (D2 Men Black) who received the Most Dedicated Player trophy for the third season in a row...
This reflects an outstanding attitude from Rob who joined partner Christine, who also won a prize this year, at ABC Hockey several years ago. Rob's hockey has significantly developed and he maintains a very positive and calm attitude. A true gentleman on and off the turf which has been consistently recognised by his team mates who vote for this award.
The Kearney siblings Taine (P3 Men) and Freya (D1 Women) received Most Improved and Most Valuable respectively for their teams.
Taine and Freya are both good all round sportspeople and have come through the ABC Hockey youth system through the tutelage of GB and Karen Croft respectively.
Taine is entering his final year at Takapuna Grammar where he plays 1st XV rugby as well as being 1st XI hockey for the last three years. He is a New Zealand representative in touch rugby. This still leaves him time to enthusiastically represent ABC and the North Harbour Under 18 Development team at hockey. From an early stage he showed a maturity and confidence that belied his years and is a very unselfish team player whose hockey has gone from strength to strength.
Freya is two years younger and also represents TGS at 1st XI hockey. Her ABC Hockey coach, Hannah Patterson said "This year Freya was awarded Most Valuable Player in the D1 woman’s side. She is a crucial member of the team and has shown strength throughout the season. I have coached Freya for two years now and her enthusiasm and energy she brings to the team is hugely noticed. Over the last two years Freya has shown strength and improvement and is developing into a strong young player for ABC. She is a pleasure to coach and always brings 110% to every game.”
The full list of all 2021 prize winners is here.