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MVP Awards

posted Aug 23, 2011, 3:34 PM by hutt valley Spartans   [ updated Oct 18, 2011, 6:39 PM ]
After a successful season coming away with the Capital Bowl trophy in a fantastic 34-8 win over the Wellington Wolves, the Spartans had a lot to celebrate at their annual prize giving’s. There was a huge turnout to the event and everyone was ecstatic to receive their championship medals before Chris Toms was recognised for his outstanding performance in the final with the Capital Bowl MVP medal. These awards had everyone in good spirits as they awaited the results of the clubs annual MVP awards.


The first award which is usually the rookie of the year was changed this year due to a lack of eligible players. Instead there was an award for the Under-19/Junior player of the year which was won by Quarterback Daniel Rongen after leading the team all year and putting up some good stats. The Offensive Lineman of the year was a fairly easy one as veteran Daniel Vena had been the rock of the line for the whole season and not only consistently dominated his opposing players but also helped immensely with the development of some of the younger linemen throughout the year. The Defensive player of the year had quite a few contenders but was eventually taken out by Linebacker Joe Heredia. Joe was fantastic this season, and anyone that came near him didn't go any further once they met his shoulder pads. His big hits and competitive attitude were infectious and helped the defence out of many a hole on game days. Offensive player of the year was another award that could have gone to any number of players. With a lot of the scoring being spread out amongst many different players, no one person really stood out too much more than the rest. Daniel Rongen won his second award of the night with this one based on his consistent play throughout the season as well as a game winning display in the final. For a player of his age to be running an offence as well as he does is very impressive from the young man. The major award for the night was the overall team MVP and this one was a unanimous decision by the clubs committee. Daniel Vena had given his all in every game he played and left the field after every game with nothing left in the tank. His commitment to the team was only matched by his dominant form on the field. He played multiple positions on both sides of the ball as needed and lifted those around him with his performances. Whenever the Spartans needed a play it was usually Daniel that would step up and create a turnover or open a gaping hole on the line for the running backs to stroll through. The club looks forward to seeing more of these types of performances in the years to come.


Congratulations to all of this years award winners and thank you very much for all of your efforts throughout the season. Your names will be added to the impressive list of past winners and will be a great addition to the history of our club. We look forward to the upcoming season and hope all players from last season will be returning to help defend our title in 2011/12.