Murray scoops premier award

Mens coxed four: Brook Robertson, Corey McCaffrey, Ryan Wilson, Tom Murray, Trent Burbidge (cox)
Mens coxed four: Brook Robertson, Corey McCaffrey, Ryan Wilson, Tom Murray, Trent Burbidge (cox)

The Buckley Cup for Marlborough Boys' College sportsman of the year will belong to an on-water athlete for the fifth straight year after world champion rower Tom Murray took home the silverware at the annual MBC sports awards dinner at Clubs of Marlborough last night.

After footballer Michael O'Keeffe won in 2007, the school's major individual sporting gong has been presented to a sailor or rower. Sailors Scott Fyfe and Declan Burn held the trophy in 2008 and 2009, respectively, rower Stefan Meaclem took it out in 2010, while last year it was won by world champion sailor Taylor Burn.

The first rower to win a world title out of the Blenheim club in its 128-year history, year 13 student Murray was part of New Zealand's gold medal-winning four at the World under-20 Championships in Bulgaria in August.

He also had big success on the national stage, joining forces with Corey McCaffrey, Brook Robertson, Ryan Wilson and coxswain Trent Burbidge in the MBC under-18 coxed four to win the coveted Springbok Shield at the Maadi Cup in April.

That achievement saw him become a winner of two of the three major awards presented last night, the under-18 coxed four taking out the Stretch Cup for sports team of the year.

Despite his outstanding achievements at national and international level, Murray still had to beat a strong group of nominees to lift both the individual and team awards.

The other nominees for the Buckley Cup included his under-18 coxed four crew-mate and NZ team-mate at the World under-20 Champs Corey McCaffrey, Black Sox softball pitcher and First XV rugby captain Kurt Schollum, last year's winner Taylor Burn and national title-winning cyclists Callum Saunders and Quinn Karwowski. In winning the sports team of the year, the under-18 coxed four headed off the national title-winning softball team, the under-18 rowing eight, who placed fourth in the Maadi Cup, and the senior cycling team, fourth in the under-20 team time trial at the national champs.

During his acceptance speech, Murray thanked his family, coaches and everyone who had supported him so far and at the conclusion of the night said it had been a big few months.

"It's been a pretty full-on couple of months. Winning overseas, letting that sink in and getting back into school and now all this, it's pretty overwhelming.

"I never really thought I'd win it. I knew there was a lot of other very worthy nominees, especially Kurt Schollum. To have my name down below some of the names on that trophy is something special."

A member of the Central RPC based at the Wairau club in Blenheim, Murray is staying in Blenheim until the start of next year, when he plans to begin studying at Otago University in a yet-to-be-decided field. He will continue rowing while in Dunedin and said his world championship success had only renewed his drive to go all the way.

The third big prize for the night, the James d'Auvergne Memorial Cup for best all-round sportsman, was won by Schollum. As well as captaining the MBC First XV rugby team, Schollum led the softball team to the national title in March and also achieved highly in golf and athletics. In June, he was one of two players to be the first Marlburians chosen for the Black Sox and went on the national senior team's North American tour.

Two entertaining guest speakers addressed the healthy crowd last night, four-time Olympic champion Ian Ferguson and Picton's Olympic gold medal-winning rower Joseph Sullivan.

Ferguson spoke mainly about his progression from a non-sportsman to an Olympic champion and told the young sportsmen remaining positive and being mentally prepared were the keys to sporting success.

Sullivan recounted how he was constantly knocked back during the early part of his career and reminded the students it was only what they believed that mattered. He said being from a small community like Marlborough was an advantage and recited the quote that has stuck with him throughout his career, "it's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog".

Meanwhile, long-time First XV rugby manager/coach Dave ‘Gards' Gardiner was inducted on to the Cahill Roll of Honour, which recognises people who have made a big contribution to sport at the college. Gardiner has been the manager or coach of theFirst XV since 1998 and was a popular choice for the honour.


Blues awards


Mountainbiking: Andrew Jefferies, Celyn Edwards, Peter Crampton, Dylan Vile. Volleyball: Andrew Jefferies.

Squash: Chas Craig, Steven Turrell. Football: Sam Boyce, Taine Swete, Julian Delgado.

Golf: Chas Craig, Matthew Howard.

Softball: Kurt Schollum, Cairo Adams-Walsh, Nathan Lovell, Tyler Bird, Nicholas Kelly, Jesse Kitto.

Rowing: Corey McCaffrey, Tom Murray, Brook Robertson, Ryan Wilson, Trent Burbridge, Mitch Avery, Tom Wilson, Connor Irving.

Rugby: Atu Moli, Kurt Schollum, Jarome Leonard, Michael Tuipulotu.

Sailing: Oliver Clark, Taylor Burn.

Cycling: Nick Blakiston, Brodie Catterick, Peter Crampton, Callum Saunders, Leatham Landon Lane, Quinn Karwowski.

Hockey: Alex Bowen.

Shooting: Harrison Jones, Jody Jansen van Vuuren.


Athletics: Jakeb Southey.

Squash: Quinn Udy.

Hockey: Hayden Burrows, Hayden Boyce.

Cricket: Fraser McIntosh.

Tennis: Andrew Forgesson.

Rugby: Zac Harrison Jones, Sekopi Lopeti, Braden Stewart.

Rowing, Troy Gilmore, Alex Hill.

Contribution to sport

Contribution to hockey umpiring - Hayden Boyce, Thomas Westend.

Contribution to rugby refereeing - Glenn Smith.

Contribution to basketball refereeing - Ollie Baker, Tarin Mason. Contribution to volleyball coaching - Tristan Hegglun.

Sports trophies

ATHLETICS: Fletcher Cup (Under-16 Intermediate Champion) - Zac Harrison Jones. R Clarkson Cup (Meritorious Performance, Senior) - Glenn Smith. Major AB West Memorial Cup (Senior 400m Champion) - Jack Keown. McCallum Cup (Senior Athletic Champion) - Jack Keown. Crawford Cup (Junior Field Events) - Harrison Kilgour. St George Cup (Junior Athletics Champion) - Connor McGee. Rosella Cup (U14 Athletics Champion) - Nixon Kim.

BADMINTON: Badminton Cup (Senior Champion) - Daniel Davidson.

BASKETBALL: Holdaway Trophy (Most Improved Player, Senior) - Seb Lock. Coaches' Trophy (Basketball Player of the Year) - Oliver Baker.

CRICKET: A & J Marfell Cup (Sportsmanship, Leadership and Dress) - Ben Lowes. RMR Bean Cup (Best 1st XI Batsman) - Fraser McIntosh. MBC Coaches Cup (Best 1st XI Bowler) - Sam Boyce. John Guy Cup (Most Outstanding Senior Cricketer) - George Kenny. Bartlett Bat (Most Promising Junior in Cricket) - Harrison Boyce.

CROSS COUNTRY: Dee Cup (Y10 Champion) - Hugh Trollope. Brian Simpson Trophy (Y11 Champion) - Hendrik Wolferman. Patchett Family Cup (Y12 Champion) - Sverre Waechter. Peter R Jackson Cup (Snr Champion) - Matthew Neal.

CYCLING: McAlpine Cup (Best Jnr Cyclist) - Thomas Westend. Ginders Cup (Most Improved Cyclist) - Nick Blakiston. Mayfield Motors Cup (Track Cyclist of the Year) - Quinn Karwowski. Gibbons Cup (Cyclist of the Year, Senior) - Callum Saunders.

GOLF: Robinson Memorial Rose Bowl (Best in Tasman District Inter-Collegiate) - Chas Craig. Best Interschool Record Trophy - Chas Craig.

HOCKEY: Coaches Cup (Most Improved Player) - Jake Hall. Bartlett Cup (Snr Player making outstanding contribution) - Ben Pelvin.

LAWN BOWLS: Marlborough Boys' College Singles Champion - Chase Bishop.

MOUNTAIN BIKING: MBC Mountain Biker of the Year - Andrew Jeffries. Peak Fuel Points Cup (Senior Champion) - Peter Crampton. Reidie Cycles Points Cup (Jnr Champion) - George Kennington.

MULTISPORTS: Reidie Brothers Challenge Cup (Multisports Snr Athlete of the Year) - William Hart.

ROWING: Tony Brook Trophy (Junior, Best Novice Oarsman) - Zack Andrews. Stevens Cup (Most Outstanding Oarsman, Sculling, Open) - Corey McCaffrey. MBC Rowing Cup (Most Conscientious Oarsman, Open) - Corey McCaffrey. Coxswain Cup (Rowing Coxswain, Open) - Trent Burbidge. Hegglun Tankard (Most Improved Oarsman, Open) - Mitchell Avery. Blenheim Rowing Club Cup (Best Performed Crew, Open) - Corey McCaffrey, Tom Murray, Brook Robertson, Ryan Wilson, Trent Burbidge. The Van Velthooven Cup (Most Outstanding Oarsman, Sweepoar, Open) - Tom Murray.

RUGBY: Brice Family Cup (Under 15 Rugby Player of the Year) - Mitchell Smith. Cassidy Cup (Most Improved Player, Senior) - Zac Harrison Jones. Hart Trophy (Team Player of the Year, Senior) - Michael Dillon. Ian Hammond Memorial Cup (Best Defensive 1st XV Player) - Jack Roberton. Mathews Cup (Outstanding 1st XV Player) - Atunaisa Moli.

SAILING: United Video Team Sailing Cup (Senior Showing Most Effective Leadership) - William Hay.

SHOOTING: Shooting Scene Trophy (Senior, Best .22 Marksman) - Harrison Jones. Love Trophy (Small Bore Target Shooting, Senior) - Harrison Jones. Lankow Cup (Claybird, open cup) - Jock van Asch. Murray Haycock Memorial Trophy (open cup) - Jody Jansen van Vuuren.

SKIING: Junior Ski Trophy (Adventure Sportsworld Trophy for Junior Ski Champion) - Hamish Clark. Senior Ski Trophy (Michael Thomas Trophy for Senior Ski Champion) - Celyn Edwards.

SNOWBOARDING: MBC Senior Snowboard Champion - Dylan Vile.

FOOTBALL: Stuart Cup (Senior Top Player) - Taine Swete. Russell Nicholson Memorial Cup (Senior Player Making Most Outstanding Contribution to Soccer) - Sam Boyce. Murchison Trophy (Most Improved Yr 9 Player) - Nicholas Stanton.

SOFTBALL: MBC Softballer of the Year - Kurt Schollum.

SQUASH: Old Boys Association Squash Trophy (Senior Best Player) - Steven Turrell. The Craig Family Award (Best Contribution to Squash) - Logan Kerwin.

SWIMMING: MacQueen Cup (Intermediate Champion) - Finn Pitman. Senior Championship Cup (Senior Swimming Champion) - Nick Kerry. Yr 9 Swimming Champion Trophy - Anton Horton. Yr10 Swimming Champion Trophy - Hamish Clark. MacDonald Cup (Junior Swimming Champion) - Hamish Clark.

TABLE TENNIS: Marlborough Boys' College Senior Table Tennis Champion - Sam Flaherty.

TENNIS: Brydon Cup (Senior Singles Champion) - Andrew Forgesson.

TOUCH: Junior Touch Player of the Year - Mitchell Smith. Senior Touch Player of the Year - Kenneth Hill.

VOLLEYBALL: Tomlinson Cup (Senior Volleyball Player of the Year) - Andrew Jeffries. The Wayne Hegarty Award (Contribution to Volleyball) - Tristan Hegglun.

Major awards

Best "All Round Sportsman" at MBC (James d'Auvergne Memorial Trophy) - KURT SCHOLLUM.

Marlborough Boys' College Sports Team Of The Year (Stretch Cup) - UNDER 18 COXED FOUR.

Marlborough Boys' College Sportsman Of The Year (The Buckley Cup) - TOM MURRAY.

The Marlborough Express