Swete named player of year

Pint-sized star: Blenheim Valley Development’s Taine Swete, left, in action against Rangers Pirates earlier this season, is football’s men’s division one player of the year.
Pint-sized star: Blenheim Valley Development’s Taine Swete, left, in action against Rangers Pirates earlier this season, is football’s men’s division one player of the year.

His team was the best in Marlborough club football all season and he was consistently one of its best players, so it was hardly a surprise when Blenheim Valley Development's Taine Swete was named men's division one player of the year at the Marlborough Senior Football Awards on Saturday night.

The 16-year-old, who played a sweeping role in behind midfield for Development this year, also beat out strong opposition to win the colt of the year award and is the third teenager on the trot to win Marlborough football's highest individual accolade.

Tore Waechter won the award in 2010 while Simon Kalberer took home the silverware last year.

Winning division one player of the year honours at such a young age is not the only thing that testifies to Swete's tremendous talent.

He was also one of the smallest players in this year's competition. However, what he lacks in size he more than makes up for with speed, skill and a smart football brain.

Swete was a key member of the Development side and played a crucial role as they completed a dominant season with just one loss. As well as winning the round one Marlborough division one title, over the weekend they were confirmed as the Knockout Cup and Top of the South League champions.

Unsurprisingly, those results saw them collect the coveted Swift Trophy for the division one men's team who scored the highest number of points over the entire season.

Meanwhile, for a remarkable 10th time, Leighanne Jones collected the big prize in the women's awards when she was presented with the Sportsperson trophy. Player/coach of the Redwood women's team in 2012, Jones first won the prize in 1985 and last bagged it in 2004.

Marlborough Girls' College defender Brianna Sutherland was the Marlborough women's player of the year in the Top of the South League, while Kate Rawcliffe was the division two women's player of the year.

Young Picton player Jesse Rawlings added the division two player of the year award to his one for best novice referee and, for the third straight year, Redwood's Lee Holmes was named division three player of the year.

Other major individual prizes were picked up by BV Development's Marius Diconi (Masters player of the year), Central's Mark Gear (goalkeeper of the year) and Dave Baker (referee of the year).

Marlborough Football senior awards 2012

Team awards: Pre-season tournament men's, Ranger Pirates. Round one division three, BV Titans. Round one division two (Goodwin Shield), Rangers Rogues. Round one division one (Holloway Cup), BV Development. Round two division three (MFA Presidents Cup), Redwood. Round two division two (Soccer Assn Cup), Rangers Rogues. Round two division one, Rangers Pirates. Round three division three, Rangers Aces. Round three division two (MFA Cup), Biddy Kate's Rangers. Round three division one, BV Masters. Top of the South League (TOS Cup for top Marlborough team), BV Development. Sports team of the year (Referee's nomination), Rangers United. Division one team highest points overall (Swift Cup), BV Development.

Knockout Cup awards: Knockout Consolation Plate (Soccer Consolation Plate), BV Colts. Knockout Bowl (MFA Knockout Bowl), BV Titans. Knockout Plate (Kaikoura Plate), Rangers Saints. Knockout Cup runner-up (Finlayson Cup), Central. Knockout Cup winner (Alexander Robertson Cup), BV Development.

Individual awards Golden Boots: Women's division two, Leighanne Jones. Women's Top of the South, Emily Hall. Men's division three, Felipe Palacios. Men's division two, Hayden Hall. Men's division one, Omar Guardiola. Most improved U19 (women's), Casey Mischeski. Most improved overall (women's comp), Tylar Rarity. Personality award (women's), Leighanne Jones. Personality award (men's), Paul McClean (BV Masters). Media award, Glenn Kirby (MORE FM). Achievement award (women's), Arna Roberts. Inspiration to others (men's), Paul Archer. Most promising junior girl, Monique Topp. Most promising U19 female, Arna Roberts. Novice referee of the year, Jesse Rawlings. Referee of the year, Dave Baker.

Goalkeeper of the year (men's), Mark Gear (Central). Colt of the year (men's), Taine Swete (BV Development). Masters player of the year (men's), Marius Diconi (BV Development).

Women's player of the year (Division two): Kate Rawcliffe. Women's player of the year (Top of the South League), Brianna Sutherland. Sportsperson (women's), Leighanne Jones. Player of the year (men's division three), Lee Holmes. Player of the year (men's division two), Jesse Rawlings. Player of the year (Men's division one): Taine Swete.

The Marlborough Express