STATE’S BEST RECOGNISED AT RUGBYWA GRAND FINAL BREAKFAST
By Fraser Smith on Fri 19th August 16 in Pindan Premier Grade, Pindan Senior Grade, Alcohol. Think Again. Women's Rugby
Nedlands scrumhalf Michael Ruru has been recognised as the 2016 PINDAN Premier Grade’s most outstanding player after receiving the PG Hampshire Award at the annual RugbyWA Grand Final Breakfast at Crown Perth this morning.
Ruru’s was the centrepiece for the Nedlands attack, playing at both scrumhalf and flyhalf throughout the season. His outstanding game management, explosive speed and a rocketing pass made him a menace to deal with across all areas of the park. His work on the attacking end saw him finish second in try scoring with 15, backed up by three doubles and two hat-tricks. He also finished ninth in total points scoring, an outstanding effort given he did not take a penalty shot or a conversion. Ruru will represent the Perth Spirit in the up and coming Buildcorp National Rugby Championship (NRC) season for a third consecutive season.
The PG Hampshire Award is voted upon by the RugbyWA referees round-by-round on a 3-2-1 basis, with Ruru claiming 22 points, finishing above runner-up Kalamunda’s Auega Seumanutafa (20 votes), Wests Scarborough’s Kane Koteka and AJ Alatimu (18 and 16 votes respectively).
Alatimu took out the ‘Top Point’s Scorer’ for a second consecutive year, scoring 215 points on the back of six tries, 58 conversions and 23 penalties. He was also selected alongside Ruru to represent the Perth Spirit in the 2016 NRC.
Nedlands winger Brody Lam took out the competitions ‘Top Try Scorer’, with an enormous 20 tries scored across 17 matches including three doubles, two hat-tricks and a four-try performance.
‘Coach of the Year’ went to West’s Scarborough’s Premier Grade coach Dwayne Grace for a second consecutive season, after leading his side to the minor premiership and consecutive grand final appearances. This, along with his role in the State Youth 7’s and the Aranmore College rugby program has earned him a coaching role with the Perth Spirit for the up and coming NRC season.
Wests Scarborough’s Sean Flatman was awarded the competitions ‘Most Improved Player’, who flourished after being moved from the back row to the second row. Flatman adjusted well to the change and was consistently one of the Boars’ best forwards.
The ‘Most Outstanding Colt’ was awarded to the Future Force Foundation’s Shambeckler Vui, who’s dynamic and explosive play in the front row lead to his selection in the Australian U20’s squad for the Junior World Championships in England. He has also been selected for the Perth Spirit for 2016.
Vesinia Taufa was awarded the ‘Women’s Best and Fairest’ after an outstanding season where she helped her Palmyra side reach the semi-finals. She also represented Western Australia at the Women’s National Tournament where her strong performances saw her selected in the Australian Women’s squad.
The Referee Award was received by Louis De Klerk, who showed outstanding on field performance during 2016, as well as contribution made off the field to the WA Referees’ Association and the development of referees.
Former Perth Bayswater and Wanneroo first grade coach Bill Watt was recognised for over 30 years of contribution with a Life Membership to RugbyWA. Watt was first played with the Perth Bayswater first grade side in 1980, and was a coach at the club from the late 80’s to the early 90’s. He was awarded life membership to the Perth Bayswater club before leaving for Wanneroo where he was a coach from the mid 90’s to early 2000’s, and was the vice president from 2005 to 2011.
Palmyra was crowned the 2016 Premiership Club Champions after a stellar season from their Premier Grade side who made the semi-final and claimed the RugbyWA Cup, with their Reserve Grade side set to play in Sunday’s grand final.
The Championship Club Champions was Southern Lions, whose Championship B side will face Rockingham in Saturday’s grand final.
PG Hampshire Award – Points Tally
22 – Michael Ruru (Nedlands)
20 – Auega Seumanutafa (Kalamunda)
18 – Kane Koteka (Wests Scarborough)
16 – AJ Alatimu (Wests Scarborough)
PG Hampshire Award – Honour Role
2016 – Michael Ruru (Nedlands)
2015 – Daley Harper (Kalamunda)
2014 – Dylan Timu (Perth Bayswater)
2013 – Joe Savage (Palmyra)
2012 – Nick Haining (Cottesloe)
2011 – Anare Koliavu (Palmyra)
2010 – David Cloete (Cottesloe)
2009 – David Cloete (Cottesloe)
2008 – Ryan Tyrrell (Rockingham)
2007 – Nathan Roberts (Nedlands)
2016 RugbyWA Awards - Award Recipients
PG Hampshire Award: Michael Ruru (Nedlands)
Coach Award: Dwayne Grace (Wests Scarborough)
Top Try Scorer: Brody Lam (Nedlands)
Top Point Scorer: AJ Alatimu (Wests Scarborough)
Most Improved Player: Sean Flatman (Wests Scarborough)
Best Colt Player (U20): Shambeckler Vui (UWA)
Women’s Best & Fairest: Vesinia Taufa (Palmyra)
Referee Award: Louis De Klerk
Life Membership: Bill Watt (Wanneroo, formerly Perth Bayswater)
Premiership Club Champions: Palmyra
Championship Club Champions: Southern Lions
2016 RugbyWA Senior Grade Grand Final Fixtures
Grand Finals McGillivray - Sat 20th August
11:00: U20's Division 2 - Rockingham v Nedlands
12:30: Alcohol.Think Again Women’s - Wanneroo v Cottesloe
14:00: Pindan Championship B Grade - Southern Lions v Rockingham
15:40: Pindan Championship A Grade - Rockingham v Mandurah
12:00: Pindan Champ C/Premier 5th Grade - Kwinana v Cottesloe
13:30: Pindan 4th Grade - Palmyra v Cottesloe
15:10: Pindan 3rd Grade - Kalamunda v Nedlands
Grand Finals McGillivray - Sun 21st August
12:00: U20's Division 1 - UWA v Perth Bayswater
13:30: Pindan Reserve Grade - Palmyra v Wests Scarborough
15:20: Pindan Premier Grade - Wests Scarborough v Nedlands
About the PG Hampshire Award
Percy George Hampshire was a long time passionate promoter of rugby and served as an administrator and President of the WARU after moving to Western Australia from NSW in 1919. He completed six terms as President (1946-51) and 23 years as Patron (1946-68). The first PG Hampshire Award was presented in 1949. Mr Hampshire was born on 3 June 1885 and died on 11 August 1968, aged 83.