Veteran enjoys big Stag night

NATHAN BURDON
Last updated 05:00 25/10/2012
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LOCK IT IN: Josh Bekhuis with the Stag’s Player of the Year trophy.

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Veteran lock Josh Bekhuis was named Stags player of the year at the union's awards night at Rugby Park last night.

Bekhuis, 26, has played more than 80 games for Southland, becoming a mainstay of the Southland forward pack since his debut in 2006.

The Star lock was in the middle of one of the National Provincial Championship's best lineouts during the Stags' championship campaign and got through plenty of work around the paddock.

Tim Boys was named the Southland Supporters Club's player of the year, along with recognition from the New Zealand Rugby Players Association with an off-field achievement award for having built his own handyman business this year.

Hard-running centre Cardiff Vaega was recognised for his impact on the Southland campaign, with the Supporters Club most promising player award and Stags rookie of the year gong.

As well as impressing in his debut season for the Stags, halfback Tayler Adams picked up the Southland development player of the year award, while Waiau Star captain Tama Toomata was named Southland-wide division one club player of the year and division two winners Bluff were named the most improved club in the province.

SOUTHLAND AWARDS U48kg player of the year: Cameron Parkinson. U65kg player of the year: Kaleb Talamahina. U13 player of the year: Darcy Moore. U14 player of the year: Logan Jones/Flynn Thomas. U16 player of the year (Rothbury Cup): Shaun Stodart. U18 player of the year (Bruce Robertson Memorial Cup): Greg Dyer. Most improved referee, Southland-wide (Cue TV award): Michael Lash. Southland secondary schoolgirls' most promising player (Susan Holland trophy): Laura Molloy. Southland secondary schoolgirls' player of the year (Active Alarm Services trophy): Georgina Lindsay. Southland development player of the year (ILT Trophy): Tayler Adams. PGG Wrightsons division one club player of the year: Tama Toomata (Waiau Star). Most improved team in Southland-wide competition: Bluff seniors. Galbraith Shield winners: Woodlands. Supporter's Club most promising player (Clive Wilson Ltd trophy): Cardiff Vaega. Supporter's Club player of the year: Tim Boys. Stags' rookie of the year: Cardiff Vaega. Best dressed Stag award: Kade Poki. Stags contribution of the year: Jamie Mackintosh. NZRPA/Westpac off field achievement award: Tim Boys. Stags player of the year award: Josh Bekhuis.

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- The Southland Times

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