Sportsperson of Year: Senior team
The Taranaki Daily News Sportsperson of the Year
awards will be held in New Plymouth on Friday, November 23. Today, we feature the nominees for the senior and junior sports teams awards.SENIOR SPORTS TEAM
East End surf lifesaving IRB team
East End had one of their most successful years racing IRBs. They were the top Taranaki IRB team, the top North Island IRB team and the top team at the nationals. East End is also the current world IRB champions. The club received the Taranaki rescue of the year award for 2012 and performed more than 20 rescues over the 2011-2012 season. They are the only team to have won the Taranaki, North Island and New Zealand titles four years running.
North Taranaki indoor bowls team
The North Taranaki team won the prestigious Welch Trophy - the pinnacle of provincial supremacy in New Zealand indoor bowls. The team first had to win their regional Paterson Trophy competition to qualify for the nationals beating five other teams. After four rounds at the national tournament against teams from, North Taranaki were in fourth place. Starting the final round five points behind Canterbury, they overhauled the defending champions to claim the trophy - 32 years after North Taranaki had last won the event.
Taranaki development rugby team
The Taranaki development rugby team had an outstanding season, unbeaten in six games. They beat North Harbour, Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty and beat Wellington at home and away. The team, coached by Michael Carr, Andrew Slater and Kelvin McDowell, gave a number of A players game time when released and provided others with a pathway to NPC rugby.
Taranaki rugby team
Taranaki had one of their better seasons. They won their early Ranfurly Shield matches against King Country and Wanganui, before starting their NPC campaign. They turned back Shield challenges from Tasman, Hawke's Bay, Canterbury and Manawatu, before losing it midweek to Waikato. On the NPC front, Taranaki qualified for the premiership final, only to lose 51-27 to Canterbury in extra time after the scores had been locked 27-27 at the end of 80 minutes. A record 15 Taranaki players secured Super Rugby contracts for 2013.
Taranaki senior tennis team
Taranaki won two of their three representative matches last summer. They scored a record 20-4 win in the Christie Cup clash against Manawatu in New Plymouth. The Christie Cup is the symbol of tennis supremacy in the Central Districts. Taranaki finished second in the Adidas Cup with a win over Wanganui after a loss to Manawatu. In the Central hexangular against teams from Wellington, Kapi Mana, Hutt Valley, Wanganui and Manawatu, Taranaki had countback wins over Manawatu and Kapi Mana, before beating Wellington 9-3 to win the cup.