2017 Awards Winners

A huge congratulations are in order for all of our awards recipients - our final eight awards (major and referee ones) were presented on 28 September at the Winter Club Forum, while all of our First Team, Grade MVP, and Finals MVP awards were given out at our Club Finals Day


Coach of the Year – Joshua Thompson

Joshua Thompson led the LU women’s programme to dual national titles (3x3 and 5x5). Competed in Xiamen, China against 15 other universities from different countries, and was placed 14th overall. Locally, the LU women’s teams won the U23 Club Championship, Patron’s Trophy in the Premier grade, and reached the Grand Final of the Championship round

Joshua was also an assistant coach with the 2017 WBC Champion Alloyfold Canterbury Wildcats, as well as coaching the Canterbury Women’s U23 team.

In addition to this, Joshua also coached both the Thomspon and Whelan Trophy Teams from Ellesmere College, with his girls’ team qualifying to play in the A National Tournament again this year.

Administrator of the Year – Faith Harrison

Faith works tirelessly to help ensure the Gators club is able to provide an extremely high level of programmes for schools and players in the Upper Riccarton area. Riccarton, Hornby and Hillmorton High School are some of the local schools benefitting from the links Faith has helped forge.

In addition to this, Faith has retired from her regular job, and now helps with a huge amount of administration for the Canterbury Rams as well as the Canterbury Representative Programme.

Faith also ensures that older students are helped into coaching and refereeing roles, in order to give back to the sport, and help grow the next generation of players.

Lastly, Faith has been instrumental in the development of the Eastern Wolverines into becoming an incorporated society.

Services to Basketball – Darrel Flynn-Thompson

Darrel was a Board Member for 28 years and Vice-president for eight years, and on CBA’s Competition Committee for 20 years, and was also a committee member for the Canterbury Basketball Official’s Association for 18 years and President for 12 years. He was also on the New Zealand Basketball Foundation’s Board in the 1990’s. In 2003 Flynn-Thompson was made a Life member of CBOA, and then the following year was honoured with another life membership, this time with the CBA. 

Flynn-Thompson’s volunteerism extended from the office, on to the court, where he started refereeing in 1974 and is still doing so today. In 2009, Flynn-Thompson was a World Masters Games’ referee in Sydney, a regular referee at National Tournaments since the late 1980’s, and he also referees for wheelchair basketball. All this experience is often tapped into by up and comers, in his role as ref-educator and mentor for young referees.

Darrel can regularly be found at the Bishopdale YMCA on Saturday afternoons during the club season, helping ensure all of the games and scorebenches are running smoothly. If that isn’t enough, he is said to also ensure these young referees are fed and watered, usually by digging into his own pockets to buy food and drinks for the referees every weekend.

Club of the Year – Lincoln University

LU qualified all four teams into the CBA Winter Club Finals, coming away with the trophy in both genders’ U23 grades, as well as winning the Patron’s Trophy earlier in the year. Special mention must be made of the Men’s U23 team, which has now won four straight titles in the CBA.

In addition to local success, both the men’s and women’s teams won the UTSNZ 3x3 Tournament in April, giving them the right to compete in the FISU World University 3x3 Championship. This took place in September in Xiamen, China, with the teams finishing 15th and 14th respectively.

In the UTSNZ Tertiary Basketball Championship, the LU women took home the gold medal with an unbeaten run, while the defending champion men took the silver medal in a very tough competition.


Most Improved Junior Referee – Harry Apes

Most Valuable Junior Referee – Brad Clive

Most Improved Senior Referee – Toni Smith-Hunwick

Most Valuable Senior Referee – Matt Bathurst



First Team Honours, Grade and Final's MVP Awards winners

Premier Men
Taylor Britt - Wolverines
Ben Bowie - LU
James Cawthorn - LU (Grade MVP)
Josh Petermann - UC
Mike Townsend - Pioneer
Finals MVP - Oli Davies (Pioneer)

Premier Women
Fran Edmondson - LU
Rosanna Katene - Pioneer
Esra McGoldrick - North Canterbury (Finals MVP)
Connie Poletti - LU
Charlotte Whittaker - North Canterbury (Grade MVP)

Under 23 Men
Taylor Britt - Wolverines (Grade MVP)
James Cawthorn - LU Bulls
Josh Petermann - UC A
Paul Stephenson - UC A
Ben Williams - LU Bulls
Finals MVP - Josiah Williams (LU Bulls)

Under 23 Women
Lucy Brown - LU
Caitlin Grice - LU
Sila Morris - Checkers
Letitia Mullaly - Wolverines/Royals (Grade MVP)
Kaitlyn Stringer - UC Maroon
Finals MVP - Biance Malifa (LU)

Under 20 Men
Fletcher Arnold - BBMC Ashburton
Kurt Feneon - UC CBHS
Joel Jeffrey - Atami
Isaiah Morris - Burnside Checkers (Grade and Finals MVP)
Canaan Tarawa - North Canterbury

Under 17 Boys
Finn Barclay - Cashmere Gold
Ben Carlile-Smith - Middleton Grange Gators Green (Grade MVP)
Noa Price - Rangiora High
Josh Thomson - Shirley Boys’ High Spartans A
Jimmy Williamson - Middleton Grange Gators Green
Finals MVP - Oki Tilaia (Cashmere Gold)

Under 17 Girls
Fia Lai Kong - Wharenui Gators White (Finals MVP)
Elsie McRobb - North Canterbury Two
Isabelle Orr - Wharenui Gators Green
Katie Jo van den Bogaert - Wharenui Gators Green (Grade MVP)
Lauren Whittaker - North Canterbury One

Under 15 Boys
Ben Gracey - Middleton Grange Gators White
Joshua Lacey - St. Thomas
Tanae Lavery - St. Thomas (Grade MVP)
Ryan Pringle - Christchurch Boys’ High Black
Gregory Rodger - Shirley Boys’ High Spartans
Finals MVP - Tautahi Briggs (Shirley Boys' High Spartans)

Division One Men
Fraser Costley - Pioneer Black
Paul Havill - Gators Red
Ritchie Howell - Atami Casa de Banos (Grade and Finals MVP)
Jason Lee - Atami Black
Nicho Pupos - Pioneer Tigers

Division One Women
Jane Lattimore - Halswell Green
Pina Lissaman - Royals
Jaclyn Parker - Royals Dark Horses (Grade MVP)
Bridget Salkeld - Halswell Red (Finals MVP)
Estelle Uren - Minties

Bealey’s Alehouse Midweek Men
James Allen - Relics
David Baird - University
Jesse Burgess - Atami (Grade and Finals MVP)
Paul Isitt - Checkers
Jeremy Phillips - Atami

Bealey’s Alehouse Midweek Women
Jo Casey - Pioneer Yellow (Grade MVP)
Molli Daily - Pioneer Blue
Carmel Gunn - CYA
Lori Haisty - UC
Kathryn Hose - Checkers Blackhawks
Finals MVP - Jaclyn Parker (Pioneer Blue)


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