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Brendan McKibbin wins 2010 Ken Catchpole Medal


27/09/2010





 

In just his first season in the Tooheys New Shute Shield, Eastern Suburbs scrumhalf Brendan McKibbin has won the 2010 Ken Catchpole Medal for the most outstanding player in the Sydney premiership.
Referees award votes on a 3-2-1 basis after each first grade game with McKibbin polling 21 votes over the course of the season to win by four from Eastwood skipper Hugh Perrett. Four players – Adam D’Arcy (Manly), Pat McCutcheon (Sydney University), Beau Robinson (Warringah) and Ita Vaea (Southern Districts) – were one vote further back on 16.
McKibbin, who moved to Sydney in 2010 to take up a position in the HSBC Junior Waratahs squad, was the competition’s second highest pointscorer, finishing just three points behind D’Arcy (244) after the regular season.
He was the only player in the competition to poll votes in nine matches, with Perrett and D’Arcy each receiving votes in eight games.
McKibbin was also the only player to receive the maximum three points from the referee in five separate matches. Vaea, Locky McCaffrey (Eastwood) and Will Brock (Eastern Suburbs) each received maximum points in four matches.
The Award completes a memorable year for the Scottish-born No.9 who earned four caps with the Queensland Reds in 2009 after signing a two-year Super Rugby deal with the HSBC Waratahs in June.
HSBC Junior Waratahs lock Greg Peterson was named the 2010 Tooheys New Shute Shield Rookie of the Year in an award presented for just the second year. The towering Manly second-rower played the entire season in first grade in just his first year out of school and is poised for higher honours. Peterson won the award ahead of Northern Suburbs’ leading tryscorer Cam Crawford and Australian Sevens rep Nick Phipps (Sydney University).
Penrith’s Matt Briggs was the surprise winner of the David Brockhoff Medal after being voted the Tooheys New Shute Shield Coach of the Year. The award is voted on by the twelve first grade coaches who rewarded Briggs for taking the Emus to as many victories in 2010 as they have achieved in the past two years put together.
The Tooheys New Shute Shield coaches also voted on the Dick Byres Medal for the Mazda Referee of the Year which was won by Stuart Dickinson. The international referee, who last won the award in 2002, will also be in charge of this weekend’s Grand Final between Randwick and Sydney University.
HSBC Waratahs and Wallaby hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau was awarded the Waratah Medal for on- and off-field excellence. Polota-Nau received the Matthew Burke Cup earlier this year for the HSBC Waratahs players’ player in the Super 14 while his work with community projects and his role as a director with the Parramatta Rugby Club was recognised in the presentation.
With three HSBC Junior Waratahs squad members playing Super 14 Rugby in 2010, Kane Douglas was a deserving winner of the Chris Whitaker Aspiring Waratah Award. After impressing in the trials, the rookie lock played every game for NSW throughout the season and went on to represent the Australian Barbarians.
In other Awards presented tonight:
·         Steve Miller (Far North Coast Referees) was presented with the Spirit of Rugby Award and will now be the NSW finalist in the National Volunteer of the Year Award which will be presented at the 2010 John Eales Medal ceremony
·         Michael Howes (Mosman) won the Kentwell Medal for NSW Suburban Player of the Year while Matt Waterford (Bathurst/Central West) won the Will Tanner Award for NSW Country Player of the Year
·         Wallaroos flyhalf Tobie McGann (Newcastle University) was named the winner of the Rova Media NSW Women’s Player of the Year Award
·         Waldo Wessels (Sydney) and Daniel Damen (Wollongbar-Alstonville/NSW Country) collected the NSW Junior Player of the Year Awards
·         NSW and Australian flyer Malietoa Hingano (St Augustine’s College, Brookvale) was named the NSW Schools Player of the Year.

2010 NSW RUGBY AWARDS
Monday 27 September 2010
Citigate Central Hotel, Sydney
KEN CATCHPOLE MEDAL
Tooheys New Shute Shield Player of the Year
21 BRENDAN McKIBBIN (Eastern Suburbs)
17 Hugh Perrett (Eastwood)
16 Adam D’Arcy (Manly)
16 Pat McCutcheon (Sydney University)
16 Beau Robinson (Warringah)
16 Ita Vaea (Southern Districts)
15 Chris Alcock (Gordon)
15 Locky McCaffrey (Eastwood)
14 Will Brock (Eastern Suburbs)
13 Dave Harvey (Gordon)
13 Marlon Soloftu (Manly)
TOOHEYS NEW SHUTE SHIELD ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Greg Peterson (Manly)
DAVID BROCKHOFF MEDAL
Tooheys New Shute Shield Coach of the Year
Matt Briggs (Penrith)
DICK BYRES MEDAL
Tooheys New Shute Shield Referee of the Year
Stuart Dickinson
WARATAH MEDAL
HSBC Waratahs On-and-Off-Field Excellence
Tatafu Polota-Nau (Parramatta)
CHRIS WHITAKER ASPIRING WARATAH AWARD
HSBC Junior Waratah of the Year
Kane Douglas (Southern Districts)
WILL TANNER AWARD
NSW Country Player of the Year
Matt Waterford (Bathurst/Central West)
KENTWELL MEDAL
NSW Suburban Player of the Year

Michael Howes (Mosman)
ROVA MEDIA WOMEN’S PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Tobie McGann (Newcastle University)
SPIRIT OF RUGBY AWARD
NSW Rugby Volunteer of the Year

Steve Miller (Far North Coast Referees)
NSW JUNIOR PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
Waldo Wessels (Sydney) & Daniel Damen (Wollongbar-Alstonville/NSW Country)
NSW SCHOOLS PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Malietoa Hingano (St Augustine’s College, Brookvale)


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