Cancer fundraiser recognised at Wakatipu sports awards


Wakatipu Rugby Club has honoured the inspiration behind its breast cancer fundraising efforts this year. 

Wanderers frontrower Jeremy Drake won the ‘clubman of the year’ award at last Saturday night’s Wakatipu rugby/netball awards. 

The club’s Premiers team wore pink jerseys for their home games this season, raising more than $5000 for breast cancer from various fundraising activities. 

Drake personally also raised about $1000 for the cause. 

In addition, an auction of the players’ strips along with ones signed by various international rugby stars raised close to another $5000 on Saturday. 

In other rugby awards presented, Premiers blindside flanker Toi Roberts – who surprisingly missed out on Otago Country selection – won player of the day. 

The ‘most improved’ award went to Premiers frontrower Brett Anderson, who won Otago Colts selection. 

Premiers’ open-side flanker Cole Pewhairangi was voted ‘players’ player of the year’ and occasional Premiers frontrower Brad Patterson was awarded ‘club personality of the year’. 

Chosen as the Wanderers’ player of the year was halfback Karlo Aggerholm. 

Player/umpire Lisa Murphy won two of the Wakatipu Netball Centre awards. 

She was both A grade ‘most valuable player of the year’ and ‘official of the year’. 

Monique Lynes was the B grade’s ‘most valuable player of the year’ and Southland rep Erin Aston won the ‘most achieved’ award. 

Kay O’Connell, who organised the awards, won one herself for her contribution to netball.