Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search


Dion Snell takes top prize at Auckland Rugby League Awards


Dion Snell named Player of the Year at ARL awards
For immediate release

Howick Hornets second-rower Dion Snell has capped off a breakthrough year by being named 2014 Appliance Shed Fox Memorial Lion Red Player of the Year.

Snell was the outright winner at the Auckland Rugby League Awards Evening held at Alexandra Park last night, taking the prize ahead of a host of former NRL and Test stars currently playing in the Fox.

In his third year playing in the competition, 20-year-old Snell took his game to another level this season thanks to an increased knowledge of the game to accompany his powerful style and sheer physical presence.

Howick Hornets coach Zebastian Luisi said it was reward for a season of dedication and sacrifice from Snell.

“Dion has always had raw talent, raw power, raw everything,” Luisi said.

“But he took it upon himself to learn the game and do what he does best, he took everything on board and it has obviously paid off.

“He didn’t think anything of it when he got nominated for Player of the Year, because the quality of players who were nominated meant it could have gone to anyone.

“He has every chance to step up now and move on to something more in rugby league.”

Despite experiencing an indifferent year in regards to on-field success, players from the Otahuhu Leopards claimed two major awards.

Twenty-year-old Teuila Fotu-Moala took out the Female Player of the Year award, and Jamal Hunt, 18, won the Kahawai Productions Rookie of the Year.

After guiding Pt Chevalier to the minor premiership as well as this Saturday’s grand final, Grant Pocklington was named Coach of the Year, while his fullback Siua Otunuku was the competition’s highest try scorer with 24 regular season tries.

The SAS Sharman Cup Player of the Year went to Te Atatu forward Sala Falelua, who had a large contingent of family and friends turn out to applaud him on the night.

The Mandron Masonry Phelan Shield Player of the Year was Pakuranga halfback Virgil Tangohau, who in his first year playing in the competition has taken his team through to the grand final against Mt Wellington.

Special guests on the night included MP for Mt Roskill Phil Goff, Sir Peter Leitch KNZM QSM and Cathy Friend QSM, who this year became the first ever female to be made a life member of the New Zealand Rugby League.

Full list of ARL award winners

Club Volunteer of the Year – Bill Norrie (Te Atatu)

Club Administrator of the Year – Niki Wallace (Northcote)

Club of the Year – Mt Wellington

Mandron Masonry Phelan Shield Nominated Players of the Year:
Glenfield – Dan Rogers
Hibiscus Coast - Ethan McGuire
Mt Wellington – Taylor Smith
Navy – Sam Dickey
Pakuranga – Virgil Tangohau
Ponsonby – Stuart Ta’avao
Pukekohe – Roland Helling

Mandron Masonry Phelan Shield Player of the Year – Virgil Tangohau

SAS Sharman Cup Nominated Players of the Year:
Bay Roskill – Steve Smith
East Coast Bays – Alan Zaharia
Ellerslie – Andrew Bob
Manurewa – King Vuniyayawa
Manukau – Bradley McGregor
New Lynn – Kyle Neal
Otara – Saipani Aiolupo
Papatoetoe – Peter Bell
Te Atatu – Sala Falelua
Waitemata – Ali Lata

SAS Sharman Cup Player of the Year – Sala Falelua

Appliance Shed Fox Memorial Nominated Players of the Year:
Glenora – Ben McCallum
Howick – Dion Snell
Mangere East – Zion Tesese
Marist – Kaleni Fraser
Mt Albert – Tulson Caird
Northcote – Mao Uta
Otahuhu – Sione Feao
Papakura – William Stowers
Pt Chevalier – Siua Otunuku
Richmond – Karl Simeti

Kiwi Shield – Pt Chevalier

Konica Minolta Roope Rooster – Pt Chevalier

Referee of the Year – Shane Rehm

Female Player of the Year – Teuila Fotu-Moala (Otahuhu)

Lance Painter Rose Bowl Goal Kicker of the Year – Cody Walker (Mt Albert) - 90 goals

Masters Rugby League Cup Try Scorer of the Year – Siua Otunuku (Pt Chevalier) 24 tries

Rookie of the Year – Jamal Hunt (Otahuhu)

Coach of the Year – Grant Pocklington (Pt Chevalier)

Appliance Shed Fox Memorial Team of the Year:
Fullback – Siua Otunuku (Pt Chevalier)
Winger – Saula Solomona (Pt Chevalier)
Centre – Josh Tamaseu-Russell (Marist)
Five-eighth – William Stowers (Papakura)
Halfback – Simon Ieremia (Marist)
Prop – Kaleni Fraser (Marist)
Hooker – Tevita Latu (Pt Chevalier)
Second-rower – Dion Snell (Howick)
Lock – Tulson Caird (Mt Albert)

Appliance Shed Fox Memorial Lion Red Player of the Year – Dion Snell (Howick)


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


13/10: 40 Years Since The Māori Land March Arrived At Parliament

Traffic into Wellington came to a standstill as thousands of Māori and Pākehā streamed along the motorway into the capital on 13 October 1975, concluding the Māori land march to parliament. More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: Before The Quakes

Remembering Christchurch: Voices from decades past: The Christchurch I lived in for my first 23 years was where four-year-olds walked alone to kindergarten, crossing roads empty of all but a couple of cars per hour. My primary school, Ilam, was newly built on a grassy paddock surrounded by rural land... More>>

6-11 October: New Zealand Improvisation Festival Hits Wellington

Wellingtonians will have a wide selection of improv to feast on with a jam packed programme containing 22 shows, three companies from Australia, two companies from Auckland, one from Nelson, one from Christchurch and seven from Wellington. More>>


Bird Of The Year: New Zealanders Asked To Vote For Their Favourite Native Bird

Te Radar, David Farrier, Heather du-Plessis Allan and Duncan Garner are just some of the New Zealanders championing their favourite native bird in Forest & Bird’s annual Bird of the Year competition, which kicks off today.. More>>


Werewolf Film: It Follows - Panic In Detroit

Philip Matthews: When you heard last month that Wes Craven had died and you wanted to pay homage, you could have sat down with any one of five of his films that helped reinvent American horror at least three times over three decades... Or you could just have watched one of the greatest recent horror films that would probably not exist without Craven. More>>


Werewolf Music: Searching For The White Wail - On Art Pepper, etc

If the word ‘hipster’ means anything – which it arguably doesn’t – it seems to be more of an impulse than a condition. One always headed for the margins, and away from the white-bred, white-bread mainstream... More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news