On Saturday 23rd September 2017 the Richmond Rovers Rugby league & sports club inc. held its annual end of year awards senior prize giving event held at Auckland's Ellerslie events centre.
An enjoyable evening with family and friends culminating in what was to be the end of the 2017 Auckland rugby league season. All members looked stunning at the sold out Richmond event closing off the footy year with an enjoyable evening with tasty food, great tunes from our club DJ (Ojay Guttenbeil) and celebrating each teams achievements.
Each senior teams success throughout the senior club can not have afforded the luxury of such a thriving environment without the support of our local business partners support.
LJ HOOKER PONSONBY - STEVE GLUCINA & DEE MCDADE
GREY LYNN TAVERN - GRANT & ELLIE TULLET
SURREY HOTEL - TERRY TEAU
WATERVIEW LAUNDROMAT - DIVESH KUMAR
MICKEY B. FITNESS - MICKY & VICKY BYRNE
Special acknowledgement to the following Trusts who assist with our 2017 operating costs: Pub Charity, Four Winds and Infinity Foundation. Richmond is very grateful to all our sponsors, but in particular, we would like to acknowledge Steven Glucina and Grant Tullet. Steven from LJ Hooker has personally sponsored Richmond over $60,000 of his own money over the last few years. And Grant from Grey Lynn Tavern has encouraged us to apply for grants from North South Trust that now result in Richmond receiving grants for over $50,000 each year to pay for medical gear, training gear, gym hire, and strapping for all our senior and junior teams. Both men are key supporters.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF GUESTS / RRRLC CHAIRMAN
RICHMOND CHAIRMAN - GUS FEPULEAI & SALLY FEPULEAI
OLD BOYS NETWORK - BRUCE PERT, MR & MRS WARREN FABIAN
AMY AH KUOI
FRED AH KUOI
SENIOR A - RICHMOND TOKES
Best Back: TUPOU TAPUAIGA
Best Forward: SEMESE SIMONA
Most Improved: VA’A SEIULI
Player of the Year: JOHNSON WINCHESTER
SENIOR A – BULLDOGS
Best Back: RODNEY POGI CRICHTON
Best Forward: MATTHEW TIA
Most Improved: TEARIKI TOLUA
Player of the Year: JOHN MARSTERS
SENIOR A – USOS
Best Back: GERAR VILI
Best Forward: JUNIOR PAPALI’I
Most Improved: OTIS HALL
Player of the Year: EDWIN PITA
WOMEN- RICHMOND ROSES
Best Back: GEORGIA HALE
Best Forward: KAILEY THOMPSON
Most Improved: KATHLEEN NOBLE
Player of the Year: SHARLENE ATAI
PREMIER 1ST TEAM
Best Back: JULIUS VAETARU
Best Forward: SIU KEPAOA
Most Improved: NATHANIEL LAW
Player of the Year: LEY VANO
Best Back: ROBERT MELEISE’A
Best Forward: LEON LATOA
Most Improved: DARIUS MAFOE
Player of the Year: SAMISONI VAIOLETI
Premier Players’ - POY: SAMISONI VAIOLETI
REPRESENTATIVES / NZ WARRIORS
AKARANA WOMENS 2017: SHARLENE ATAI, MADISON BARTLETT, ALEXANDRA COOK, GEORGIA HALE,ANNABELLE HOHEPA, LAISHON JONES, TALEI KIDD, KAILEY THOMPSON, LANI LATOA-WILLIAMS, TEASHA-LEE LEKA, VA’ANESSA MOLIA-FRASER, TIARIA NOOTAI, CRYSTAL TAMARUA, RUTH VAE, ALICE VAILEA, SHONTELLE WOODMAN
KIWI FERNS: ALEXANDRA COOK , GEORGIA HALE, VA’ANESSA MOLIA-FRASER, CRYSTAL TAMARUA
NZ WARRIORS: DYLAN TAVITA (WARRIORS U20s), MATIU STONE – DUNN (WARRIORS ISP CUP)
TOP ACHIEVEMENT : LJ HOOKER RICHMOND PREMIER TEAM 2017
FRED AH KUOI JUNIOR PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Mikey Williams
ANESITA SCHAUMKEL MEMORIAL (Premiership Rookie of the Year): Mataio Timaloa
JACKIE LEE SOLOMONA CUP (Team Service and Loyalty): RICHMOND TOKES
SWANNY STOWERS MEMORIAL (Club Commitment/Worker): Kyla Kaiser-Day
SALLY LEGER SOLOMONA MEMORIAL (Team Conduct/Ethics on and off the field): RICHMOND ROSES-
ELLIS HOSKING (Senior Administrator): Graeme Atmore
CLUB MENTOR: WINNER: HENRI NICHOLAS
Coaching since 2008, Henri supported players and worked with different head coaches over past few years through Sharman cup to Fox memorial shield competition. Henri is Richmond loyal and we are very blessed to have Henri's loyal support.
BEST & FAIREST TEAM: RICHMOND:ROSES
AFI AH KUOI MEMORIAL (Passion Pride Pursuit of Excellence): FAITALA TUISILA
MOST OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTIONS
ANNA LUNDON – took up the role of board secretary this year- proven to be efficient and valuable member of the board for 2017; also helps run Richmond league academy in preseason; runs Richmond nursery 2x week during season
Steve Buckingham- premier Head coach, had to coach very young team in fox, 13 rookies this year, introduced and actively supported premier players giving back, allocated premier players to help with junior teams, kept us in fox.
Kyla Kaiser-day - multi-Richmond tasker- from changing room decorator to senior registrations officer, communications officer, senior match manager, club photographer, to parking warden and more..
Vae Kalolo - no job too big or small. always available to support senior players with tips/advice; and on weekends to help with fields set up/put away and other chores.
Edwin pita, Pat Tia, Ruth Vae, Sauofo Amosa, Joe Lundon- coach of junior teams and contribute to seniors, either as players or sideline staff for premier team. JOE ALSO HELPS RUN RICHMOND ACADEMY.
Elia Iosua – Richmond Tokes manager, withdrew Tokes from 2016 competition to support club quest to stay in fox; which we did and could not have done without tokes support last year; numbers were low for tokes at start of 2017 but managed to bring team back and contest the final; unable to recognise outstanding contribution last year, so we are doing it this year.
Tokes staff/players from 2016 - Supported and led the way for others to step up
SENE ATAFU - for his constant support of everything Richmond from juniors through to seniors.
OUTSTANDING OFF FIELD ACHIEVEMENT: MATIU STONE DUNN / KENETI AH KUOI-ATMORE
LONG STANDING CONTINUOUS SERVICE: Sene Atafu
GRAND FINALISTS: Richmond Roses & Richmond Tokes
GRAND FINAL WINNER OF ARL PREMIER 2ND COMPETITION: Richmond BULLDOGS
COACH OF THE YEAR: Ben Fa’amausili
MANAGER OF THE YEAR:
FRED AH KUOI SNR (Most Outstanding Club Player): ROBERT MELEISE’A
SPORTSPERSON OF THE YEAR: ISAAC AH KUOI-ATMORE
OVERALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR: SAMISONI VAIOLETI. PREMIER PLAYER OF YEAR, PREMIER PLAYERS’ PLAYER OF YEAR, ARL PLAYER OF YEAR FOR RICHMOND, SELECTED AS WING NO.5 IN ARL PREMIER FOX TEAM OF THE YEAR.
OVERALL TEAM OF THE YEAR: RICHMOND BULLDOGS
CHAIRMANS CUP: ROBERT MELEISE’A
DISTINCTION AWARDS: Logan Wright, Elia Iosua, Tala Tuisila, Edwin Pita, Mafola Timaloa, Vae Kalolo