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Ross Kennedy (Marist Albion) Hawkins Medal Player of The Week
Marist-Albion is enjoying the benefits of former Super rugby lock Ross Kennedy re-establishing roots in his old home town of Christchurch.
After a decade of plying his trade around New Zealand and a stint in South Africa, Kennedy has been part of the Christchurch Metro competition for a few years now, and at mature age of 32 is still showing the youngsters how it’s done.
The former Hurricanes and Crusaders lock is currently in second place in the race for the Hawkins Medal for the most valuable player in the competition.
Each week, independent observers allocate three, two and one points at each match and Kennedy again earned himself maximum points in Marist’s demolition of Shirley.
The former professional decided that after playing for the Hurricanes, Crusaders, Wellington, Hawkes Bay, Otago and Eastern Province, it was time to settle down with netballing partner Anna Thompson.
“I was originally from Christchurch, and got tired of constantly moving around and the uncertainty, so decided to do something different,” says Kennedy who now works as a conditioning coach for the Burnside High School rugby team and other sports teams.
Despite his outstanding club form, he is not holding his breath for a tap on the shoulder for an ITM Cup contract. “But I wouldn’t turn it down, because I always dreamt of playing for Canterbury.”
At the moment though he enjoys his club rugby. “Training hard, playing hard and having a few beers with your mates, it doesn’t get much better than that.”
Marist-Albion are in fourth place on the Hawkins Cup ladder but with a tough game against leaders Lincoln University coming up, a spot in the top six is far from assured.
Kennedy hopes Crusaders lock Dominic Bird will run out for Lincoln University and says that the involvement of some All Blacks is one of the greatest part of club rugby.
“I remember how nervous I was when I played against Norm Hewitt and Dion Waller as a young club player in Wellington. It was a great experience that I’ll never forget.”
Hawkins Medal (MVP) leaders: Sam Godwin (University) 11, Jason Merrett (Chch), Ross Kennedy (Marist Albion) 9, Richie Mo'unga (Linwood), Stefan Moir (New Brighton), Jarred Percival (HSOB), Caleb Makene (LU) 8.
Photo - Ken Baker Photography
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