I am thrilled that two of our non-playing club members, three women's players and an ex-player turned referee have been rewarded for their hard work and faithfulness to rugby in being named finalists in the 2019 Wairarapa Bush Club Rugby Awards to be held next week. We as an Executive and the club as a whole are proud of them all. CTB
Garth Thomson is a finalist in the Coach of the Year category. He has been coaching JAB for five years and this year is coaching the Wairarapa Bush Under 13’s representative side. Another new role for Garth has been the role of coaching the Carterton-Wairarapa Women’s rugby side. Some of the women in his team had not played rugby before and Garth has done an excellent job moulding them into a team who are all keen and who can play. Very justified nomination and finalist
Trish Heming - Volunteer of the Year category, our Executive secretary for three years and a member of the Executive since 2012 has fulfilled a number of roles. Her dedication and attention is impressive. Many would be surprised by the hours she puts in to our club working on sponsorship, social media, website, statistics, photos, design etc. Trish has cooked the barbecue, in the food hut and Thursday night dinners in the past. She is the minute secretary for the Wairarapa Bush Council of Clubs and JAB as well as taking on other tasks in the Union office from time to time when needed. Trish has also been manager of the Kuranui College 1st XV this year. A very well deserved finalist.
Mike Wakefield as been named as a finalist in the Referee of the Year category. Mike was a Premier player for Carterton who played well over 100 games. He has developed in to a very firm but fair referee and is using skills learned as a player in his role. Not all refs have that advantage. Congratulations Wakka.
Congratulations go to Darian Walker, Brooke Riley and Paige Walker from our Carterton/Wairarapa Women's team. Unfortunetly we don't have information about these players except to say they have been part of a great group who have just wanted to get on with it and play rugby. We welcome the team to our club and are thrilled at their nominations. Bring on Next Year!