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2017 Trans Tasman Award Winners

Sunday, May 14, 2017

@Eden_Richards

Congratulations to all of the award winners from the ultra successful 2017 Trans Tasman Series.

A players' player award and coaches' award were given to a member of each of the Mixed Open, Men's Open and Women's Open teams.

These awards highlight special individual performances from the past weekend, recognising those who went above and beyond to help deliver Australia a 9-0 clean sweep of the Trans Tasman Series.

A dominant team display from all Australian sides meant it was hard to pick just two recipients, but after much deliberation these are the players who were adjudged to be the best and most worthy in their respective divisions.

Zara Nicholls took home the players' player award for the Mixed Open side after scoring four touchdowns in three games for Australia.

The coaches' award went to Michael Singh who was instrumental in his side's unbeaten run, setting up a number of touchdowns and scoring three of his own.

Matt Prowse starred for the Australian Men's Open team and was rewarded, taking home the players' player award after scoring four touchdowns over the course of the Trans Tasman Series.

One of Australia's most high profile players Pete Norman won the coaches' award for a typically brilliant three games.

The Australian Women's Open side was perhaps the most dominant of the weekend and had many great individuals who could have been rewarded.

But it was Tamika Upton who was the recipient of the players' player award, scoring five touchdowns in her side's three wins.

Laura Peattie put together a terrific tournament and was rewarded with the coaches' award for her efforts, with the Aussie star scoring six touchdowns in a huge individual haul.

The last award for Australia to hand out was the Phil Smith Memorial Medal.  

Phil was one of the founding members and the first Life Member of Touch Football Australia.

This award was first instigated in 2007 to recognise Phil's vision to elite touch football in Australia.

It is voted on by every member of the Australian Touring Party and awarded to the person they think has shown the most passion, enthusiasm, dedication, commitment and Australian spirit during the 2017 Trans Tasman Series.

It was award to Australian Mixed Open coach Mick Lovett, a just reward for all his efforts this campaign.

Award winners

Mixed Open awards:

Players' player: Zara Nicholas
Coaches' award: Michael Singh

Men's Open awards:

Players' player: Matt Prowse
Coaches' award: Pete Norman

Women's Open awards:

Players' player: Tamika Upton
Coaches' award: Laura Peattie

Phil Smith Memorial Medal:

Mick Lovett