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Ben Corston (Sumner) Hawkins Medal Player of The Week
Ben Corston will do anything for his beloved Sumner club.
The talented halfback this season helped out in the unfamiliar roles of first five-eighths, fullback and goalkicker but still managed to stand out, whatever number he was wearing.
Despite Sumner’s disappointing results, Corston features prominently in the Hawkins Medal rankings for the most valuable player in the top Christchurch Metro Division.
Each game independent observers award three, two and one point to the best three players in each game to determine the best player of the season.
“Ben is a true-blue Sumner club man, on and off the field,” according to coach Reece Allen, who adds that Corston also helps in recruiting, training the colts and anywhere else the club may need a hand.
Corston got close to Canterbury selection last year, and his coach hasn't seen a better halfback among their opponents this season and hopes the selectors still have him penciled in for a halfback spot.
Despite his halfback ambitions, Corston responded to his coach’s SOS call to pull on the No.10 jersey after regular first five-eighths Solomona Paraki switched to Sydenham just before the opening match.
Corston even took over the kicking duties and his coach says he’s learning fast and has been “pretty consistent from 35 to 40 yards”.
Corston captained the side for several years but decided to hand over the armband to focus on his new role in the team, but he still does a lot of the talking on the field. “But what do you expect from a traditional halfback?” laughs Allen.
Sumner finished the round robin near the bottom of the ladder, but Allen says that their results do not reflect how well Corston and also his forward pack have competed with the best teams in the competition.
“We often compete well until the hour mark, but when we need to go to the bench, we have to rely on our colts and Senior B players who have already played 80 minutes,” says Allen.
Judging by previous performances, the coach is quietly confident Sumner will be a genuine contender for the plate competition starting next week.
Hawkins Medal (MVP) leaders: Sam Godwin (University) 12, Jarred Percival (HSOB), Richie Mo'unga (Linwood) 11, Billy Guyton (Marist Albion) 10, Jason Merrett (Chch), Ross Kennedy (Marist Albion) 9, Stefan Moir (New Brighton), Caleb Makene (LU), Billy Harmon (New Brighton) 8, Rowan O'Gorman (Marist Albion), Peter Samu (Burnside), Ben Corston (Sumner) 7.
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