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Joe Taylor (HSOB) Hawkins Medal Player of The Week
High School Old Boys’ have not featured prominently in the Hawkins Medal competition, due to their mixed season, but it is hard to go past winger Joe Taylor as the player of the week in Christchurch Metro Top Division.
Taylor scored five tries in HSOB’s win over Burnside and claimed the maximum three points in the battle for the Hawkins Medal that is awarded to the best player of the season. Each week, independent observers award three, two and one point to the best three players in each game.
Taylor’s try-fest was the icing on the cake on a special day for older brother Josh who celebrated his 100th game for Old Boys with an outstanding game at fullback.
In fact, coach Joe Gee was quick to point out that Taylor’s five tries were indeed the stand-out feature but that most of them were set up superbly by brother Josh and the rest of the backline.
“For a couple of them he had to do a bit of extra work, but for most of them he did what a good winger is supposed to do, finish off the move. That’s why these young, fast whippersnappers are in the team,” joked Gee.
Joe Taylor was part of the Canterbury Colts programme last year and, according to Gee, has the potential to go a long way.
“But much has to do with confidence, because he is slightly build, but really quick. They have already given him the nickname of Terry Wright,” said Gee, referring to the famous 1980s All Black winger who was known for his slim physique.
“Scoring five tries won’t hurt that confidence.”
The HSOB coach said the defending champions had had a rough season rebuilding a team due to the departure and long-term injuries of a number of key players.
“We are still in with a chance to make the top six, but we have made it pretty hard for ourselves.”
With three games to go against Sumner, Belfast and University, he says other results have to go their way as well, if Old Boys have any chance of retaining their title.
Leading points Hawkins Medal (MVP): Sam Godwin (University) 11, Richie Mo'unga (Linwood), Stefan Moir (New Brighton) 8, Jason Merrett (Chch), Rowan O'Gorman (Marist Albion), Amanaki Nicole (Sumner), Tulolo Tulolo (New Brighton), Cam Watkins (University), Ross Kennedy (Marist Albion), Liam Smart (Sydenham), Brad Tucker (Chch) 6.
Photo - Ken Baker Photography
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