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Stefan Moir (New Brighton) Hawkins Medal Player of The Week
Stefan Moir is enjoying his time back on the seaside and may again play a vital role in steering New Brighton to another Hawkins Cup and Hawkins Trophy this year.
The first-five eights has been one of the stars in the Christchurch Metro Division competition and features high in the battle for the Hawkins Medal.
Each week, independent observers award three, two and one point to the best three players in each game to find the Most Valuable Player of the season who will be awarded the Hawkins Medal.
Moir is not only doing well in the Hawkins Medal standings but also tops the point scoring table, albeit being only one conversion ahead of HSOB’s Jarred Percival.
“Stefan’s a very handy kicker,” says coach Steve Ellis, who is still counting his blessings that the former New Brighton junior returned to his old stomping ground after two seasons at High School Old Boys.
He was mysteriously dropped at the start of 2013, despite scoring nearly 50 points in the first two games, and decided to head back to Rawhiti Domain.
Traditionally, Moir has operated at fullback but this season the coaching team at New Brighton opted to swap him with first five-eights Scott Davidson.
“Scott has given us a different dimension from fullback, while Stefan has been very effective from No.10. He has the ability to float across the ground, penetrate effectively and put guys through the gaps,” says Elllis.
When he returned in 2013, Moir played a key role in leading his club to the Hawkins Trophy that same year, and Ellis feels his team can repeat that feat in 2015.
This weekend, the seasiders are going head to head with Lincoln University in the decisive match for the Hawkins Cup, where they need maximum points and stop Lincoln from earning a bonus point.
Ellis would like to win the first stage of the competition, but says that winning the Hawkins Cup can be a poisoned chalice. “Just look at what happened to Lincoln in the last two seasons.”
The coach firmly has his eyes on the Hawkins Trophy play-offs that will start the following week. “The Trophy is the club championship. That’s the final that counts and the final we want to win.”
Ellis says that his club could have wrapped up the Hawkins Cup a few weeks ago. “We dropped a few games in the past few weeks, where we were leading and we just went asleep. Hopefully those games have been wake-up call for the coming weeks.
Hawkins Medal (MVP) leaders: Sam Godwin (University) 12, Jarred Percival (HSOB), Richie Mo'unga (Linwood) 11, Jason Merrett (Chch), Ross Kennedy (Marist Albion) 9, Stefan Moir (New Brighton), Caleb Makene (LU) 8,
Photo - Ken Baker Photography
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