Paddon's prospects top online list

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Last updated 15:48 31/12/2013
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TOP PRIZE: Points-scoring machine Liam Edwards took out the South Canterbury Supporters Club Player of Year for the second year in succession.
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PINCHED: Tony Lewis is all smiles after taking up his role at the Tasman Rugby Union, leaving South Canterbury rugby and cricket with a sour taste.

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The prospect of a good year for Hayden Paddon in 2014 was enough to take the top spot as The Timaru Herald's most viewed online sports story of 2013.

However, a look through the top 10, demonstrates rugby's all-round dominance.

1. Paddon excited by his rally prospects [December 12]

The World Rally Championship appears to be beckoning in 2014 for New Zealand's top driver Hayden Paddon.

2. Long wait over for Mud dogs [July 22]

The Mud Dog supporters howled with delight as their side's eight year wait to return to the Hamersley Cup grand final was finally over.

3. Celtic: And that makes it five! [July 27]

Celtic made it five senior rugby championships in a row when they lifted the Hamersley Cup in beating Pleasant Point 22-15 at Alpine Energy Stadium.

4. Five in a row [July 29]

Celtic's fifth Hamersley Cup win in a row silenced the huge support crew Pleasant Point brought with them to Alpine Energy Stadium on Saturday.

5. New CEO Tony Lewis back where it began [July 18]

Former Otago wing Tony Lewis has been named as the chief executive for the newly combined roles within South Canterbury rugby and cricket.

6. Schoolboy trio make squad [November 19]

The South Canterbury sevens side will need only to beat Mid Canterbury to qualify for the national tournament but coach Gareth Burgess is also hoping to knock off one of the big guns.

7. Rugby stalwart and businessman dies [September 18]

Former Southland rugby representative and South Canterbury coach Roger Ottrey Jackman has died suddenly, aged 75.

8. Edwards back for Heartland competition [July 29]

The return of Otago's Liam Edwards is the main feature of the first South Canterbury Heartland side of the season.

9. Point just pipped at post [July 15]

Missing a handy conversion on fulltime cost Pleasant Point automatic entry to the Hamersley Cup grand final.

10. Thriller in store for fans; Point might hold edge [June 26]

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Pleasant Point may just have enough juice in the tank to lift the Hamersley Cup tomorrow for only the second time in the club's history.

- The Timaru Herald


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