Hammond and Stella top Varsity sports achievers

2009-10-09 00:00

ONE of the stars in the South African men’s hockey team, Tommy Hammond, and South African youth basketball squad member and SA U19 hockey player, Kara Lee Stella, were yesterday named the UKZN Pietermaritzburg campus’s top sports achievers of 2009.

Hammond and cricketer Oliver Humphries were in the running for the NUX Trophy for Sportsman of the Year, while Stella was the only nominee for the Professor N D. Clarence Trophy for Sportswoman of the year.

Hammond was a key player in the KZN Inland team that came fifth at the National Men’s Interprovincial Hockey Tournament, held at the AB Jackson Greenfields Turf in Pietermaritzburg this year, as well as starring in the national team that won a Four Nations Cup tournament in Russia and the Africa Cup of Nations in Ghana.

Stella was described by the university sports department as “a very talented, positive, hardworking and respected sportswoman with a bright future”.

Besides recognition at national level in hockey and basketball, Stella also represented KZN Inland at U21 and senior level in indoor and outdoor hockey this year.

The awards were made at a Varsity sports banquet sponsored by Johnson & Johnson at the Victoria Country Club.

Guest speaker Cheryl Roberts, a sportswoman, writer and activist, presented the awards, which also included half blues, full blues and trophies for special achievements recognised by the university.

Some of the other awards saw the “Best Campus League” accolade going to the university’s soccer section, while Thembani Biyam won the trophy for leadership that is named after the late Dave Turner, who died in a motorbike accident in the 1980s.

During his university days, the multi-talented Turner played for the Varsity first rugby, cricket and hockey teams.

Fifth-place finisher and first U21 home in the Dusi Canoe Marathon, Andrew Birkett, won the Professor Pieter de Villiers Booysen Trophy for Performance of the Year while the Professor Owen Horwood Trophy for Service to Sport went to Nicole Stone.


Half Blues: Mbali Ngubane (basketball); Darren Berriman, Andrew Birkett, Victoria Chiazzari, Haden Jacobs and Iain Rennie (all canoeing); Narvaar Harridave (cricket); Rohn Barron, Ilse Gordon, Eloise Miskey, Matthew Redmead and Andrew Watson (all hockey); Jennifer Uba (softball).

Full Blues: Oliver Humphries (cricket); Karl Oftebro (hockey); Boyd Michau (tennis).

Best campus league: Soccer.

Mark Andrews Trophy for Most Improved Sports Person: Matthew Redmead.

Professor P de Villiers Booysen Trophy for Performance of the Year: Andrew Birkett (first U21, fifth overall in Dusi Canoe Marathon).

Professor J D Scott Trophy for Best All-Rounder: Jethro Eustice.

Ken Bircher Trophy for Club Administrator of the Year: Jennifer Uba.

Dave Turner Trophy for Leadership: Thembani Biyam.

Trish Mohr Trophy for Team of the Year: Men’s hockey first team.

Professor OPF Harwood Trophy for Service to Sport: Nicole Stone.

Dave Edmondson Trophy for Most Improved Club of the Year: Netball.

Roger D Crawford Trophy for the Club of the Year: Hockey.

Professor N D Clarence Trophy for Sportswoman of the Year: Kara Stella (hockey).

NUX Trophy for Sportsman of the Year: Tommy Hammond (hockey).




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