To state the obvious, 2007 has not been the greatest year in the history of New Zealand Rugby League.
But tonight, December 1, the brighter side of the NZ game was acknowledged and celebrated with the annual awards function held at the Telstra Pacific Events Centre, Manukau, Auckland.
Winners from the night were:
Lion Foundation Junior Player of the Year
Ben MateLino (Wellington Orcas)
Southern Trust Referee of the Year
Bartercard Cup Coach of the Year
Brent Gemmell (Auckland Lions)
Bartercard Cup Player of the Year
Kelvin Wright (Auckland Lions)
NZ Rugby League Women’s Player of the Year
Honey Hireme (Papakura)
The Mad Butcher Personality of the Year
ISC Rookie of the Year
Chrisco Player of the Year
The winner was Asotasi.
Also named tonight was The Kiwi Team of the Century:
Cliff Johnson (captain)
From this team, Mark Graham was named player of the century.
The evening was drawn to a close with a special tribute award to Stacey Jones.