Hockey club celebrates successful season


Rangiora Hockey Club completed the 2016 winter season with its senior and junior prize givings last weekend.

Coaches and Managers from the club’s 22 teams selected their Most Valuable Player and Most Improved Player over the whole season, who were presented with trophies – some dating back to the 1960s.

As well as the team awards Club Secretary Catherine Hannah received the Sharon Batchelor Trophy for Club Person of the Year. Long serving immediate Past-President Sharon Batchelor was honoured with Life Membership to the Rangiora Hockey Club, presented to her by Mayor David Ayers.

Prior to the senior prize giving club members and invited guests, which included Waimakariri District Mayor David Ayers and Councillors Wendy Doody and Robbie Brine, were given a tour of the half-completed full sized hockey turf on Coldstream Rd by project manager Cody Linton of Polytan.

Cody was also guest speaker at the awards where he talked about his experiences with the development of the hockey turfs for the Rio Olympics.

List of Trophy Winners:

Mini Sticks Girls Gold (Rose Hurley coach): Most Improved: Ella Sweeney. Most Valuable: Mia Montgomery.

Mini Sticks Girls Green (Michelle Cooper and Ivy Montgomery, coaches): Most Improved: Portia Hackett. Most Valuable (Pulley McKellow Family Trophy): Charli McKenzie.

Mini Sticks Boys “Rockets” (Scott Taylor, coach): Most Improved: Jasiah Woods. Most Valuable: Harrison Forbes.

Kiwi Sticks Girls Gold (Jan McDonald, coach): Most Improved: Abi Gibbs. Most Valuable: Amelia Green.

Kiwi Sticks Girls Green (Sally Kelso, coach): Most Improved: Kate Kelso. Most Valuable: Olivia Win. Kiwi Sticks Girls White Diamonds (Stu Hannah & Kevin Orchard, coaches): Most Improved: Jorja Stott. Most Valuable: Libby Thompson.

Kiwi Sticks Girls Black coached by Kate Campbell – Most Improved: Ashley Swaine. Most Valuable: Tilly Dodd.

Kiwi Sticks Boys Gold coached by Damian Allerby – Sam Firth. Most Valuable (Grant Batchelor Trophy): Shaun Cooper.

Kwik Sticks 11 aside Girls Gold Ravens (Jannelle McKellow, coach) Most Improved: Phoebe Monopoli. Most Valuable: Hayley McKellow.

Kwik Sticks 11 aside Girls Green (Marty Baker, coach) Most Improved (Hazel Cottam Trophy): Derrin Smith. Most Valuable: Kaitlyn Win.

Kwik Sticks 11 aside Boys Gold (Ben Chorley, coach): Most Improved (Oliver Trophy): Theo Van Dorp. Most Valuable: Jay Radovonich.

Kwik Sticks 6 aside Girls White (Marty Baker,coach) Most Improved: Abby Cooper. Most Valuable: Cassidy Hunter.

Kwik Sticks 6 aside Boys Green (Dan McBride, coach) Most Improved: Ryley Eder. Most Valuable: Monty Culling.

Kwik Sticks 6 aside Boys White coached by Fletcher Sutherland-Todd – Most Improved: Ryan Bassett. Most Valuable: Johnny Parris.

Youth Grade U18 Girls Gold coached by Paul Robertson – Most Improved (Whatarau Trophy): Tayler Nalder. Most Valuable: Amelia Plimmer.

Youth Grade U18 Girls Green coached by Krystalena Roberts – Most Improved (Hurley Family Trophy): Charne Schwartz. Most Valuable (Hurley Family Trophy): Danica Bridger.

Youth Grade U18 Boys Gold coached by Grant Batchelor – Most Improved (John Whitham Memorial Cup): Joel Orchard. Most Valuable (Batchelor Trophy): Ry Atkinson.

Division 1 Women (Lisa Cassidy, coach. Winners of the 2016 Canterbury Div 1 competition) Most Improved: Anneke Calder. Most Valuable: Karen McMillan.

Division 2 Women (Janelle McKellow, coach. Winners of the 2016 Canterbury Div 2 competition) – Most Improved: Georgia Gainsford. Most Valuable: Rebecca Jelfs.

Division 4 Women “Stealth” (Lisa Cassidy, coach. Winners of the 2016 Canterbury Div 4 competition) Most Improved: Hannah Thomas. Most Valuable: Hannah Robertson.

Division 3 Men (Dan McBride): Most Improved: Thilina Mendis. Most Valuable: Jordan Hector.

Division 4 Men “Oddfellows”(Grant Batchelor, coach): Most Improved: George Dodson. Most Valuable (R&M Archer Trophy): Matthew Greenwood.

Masters Mens”Goon Squa” (2015/2016 Summer competition): Most Valuable Player (Gainsford Family Trophy): Marty Baker.

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