NZFMA Awards – 2013

NZFMA Awards – 2013

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The New Zealand Football Media Association award winners have been announced at a dinner at Auckland Grammar organised by Friends of Football in conjunction with New Zealand Football and the NZFMA.

The winners are:

Programme of the Year – WaiBOP United edited by Dwayne Barlow and Josh Easby
Publication of the Year – Soccer by the Silverstream: 100 Years of Soccer on the Taieri by Cliff Anderson
Writer of the Year – Michael Burgess (Herald on Sunday)
Regional-Community Writer of the Year – Jeremy Ruane (
Photographer of the Year – Andrew Cornaga (Photosport)
Audio Broadcaster of the Year – Jason Pine (The Radio Network)
Television Broadcaster of the Year – Andrew Gourdie (TV3)

Further enquiries can be directed to NZFMA awards convenor Simon Kay, email


Programme of the Year
Winner: WaiBOP United edited by Dwayne Barlow and Josh Easby
Highly Commended: Petone edited by Steve Minogue, Waitemata edited by Mark Reid
WaiBOP United have won this category in the first year of the team’s existence. Petone were last year’s winners. First awarded in 1980, Programme of the Year was won by Gisborne City for the first eight years (1980-87) and then Napier City Rovers for the next 11 (1988-1999, shared with Hutt Valley United in 1992). Napier also won in 2011 for the 12th time, extending the club’s record.

Judge: Simon Kay (Former Writer of the Year)
Judge’s comments: “The standard for this year was extremely high and narrowing all the entries down to a top three was extremely difficult. Ellerslie, Ngaruawahia, Cambridge and Napier City Rovers all submitted excellent programmes and only narrowly missed making the finalists.

“Waitemata’s full colour 32-page programme clearly requires a phenomenal amount of work to put together and includes match reports for the first team (complete with statistics) and other sides, with a copious number of photos.

“Petone again produced an outstanding entry and must be frontrunners in the way they communicate and market themselves, with their Code Blue newsletter for members, and Old Timers, Past Players and Sponsors newsletter. As well as all the usual programme elements done to a high standard, Petone also feature stories by John Bradbury profiling life members or recounting the club’s history, and Sam Boyd’s From The Balcony column.

“But WaiBOP edged it with programmes that delivered everything a good programme should and then some. There was plenty inside to entertain and interest the fans, with highlights including Bruce Holloway’s always informative and topical Remembering Our Heritage stories and the amusing Football Dad column with which many parents will identify.

“Programmes may seem an anachronism in this internet age but still represent an ideal opportunity for clubs to project a professional image to their communities and most of this year’s entries achieve that with aplomb.”

Recent Winners
2001 Island Bay United
2002 Island Bay United
2003 Lower Hutt City
2004 Lower Hutt City
2005-09 No award
2010 Cambridge FC
2011 Napier City Rovers
2012 Petone
2013 WaiBOP United


Publication of the Year
Winner: Soccer by the Silverstream – 100 Years of Soccer on the Taieri, by W. Cliff Anderson
Highly Commended: 100 Years of Western Association Football Club, edited by Fred Woodcock
Roslyn Wakari Association Football History 1888-2013, by Dave Johnstone

Judge: Glen Price (Former Publication of the Year winner)
Judge’s comments: “Soccer by the Silverstream is a concise and compact history of football at Mosgiel AFC. Readers will enjoy stories from the beginnings of the club through to the modern game in the area. From senior and women’s teams to the juniors, all aspects of the flow of the club are covered. Depth is provided, with club statistics ensuring the book will continue to be used as a reference point in the future. You don’t have to be a member of the club to enjoy this book.”

Recent Winners
2002 Sitter magazine, edited by Bruce Holloway
2003 Canterbury Centenary, by John Small
2004 Spikes History, Rangers FC
2005 Soccer Talk magazine, edited by Glen Price
2006-08 No award
2009 Ricki Herbert – A New Fire, by Russell Gray
2010 Ryan Nelsen’s Road to the World Cup with Tony Smith
2011 The Waikato Chronicles, by Bruce Holloway
2012 Strength In Unity, edited by Jeremy Ruane
2013 Soccer by the Silverstream, by W. Cliff Anderson


Writer of the Year
Winner: Michael Burgess (Herald on Sunday)
Highly Commended: Steven Holloway (Herald Online), Sam Worthington (Fairfax Media)
Michael Burgess wins this category for the second year in a row. His portfolio included stories featuring former All Whites coach Ricki Herbert and skipper Tommy Smith, Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke and the late Auckland City striker Keryn Jordan. First awarded by the NZFMA in 1980, Michael Brown holds the record for most wins in this category, with five in a row between 2005 and 2010.

Tommy Smith story
Ricki Herbert story
Jerome Valcke story
Keryn Jordan story

Judge: Duncan Pardon (Former Auckland Star football writer 1982-86. Currently owns and runs the Pohutukawa Coast Times community newspaper with wife Fran.)
Judge’s comments: “Separating the top three was difficult but Michael won it by a nose because of his versatility. His exclusive on Tommy Smith’s threat to retire before the World Cup qualifiers against Mexico was one of the most important stories of the past year and he clearly had the inside sources necessary to bring it into the open. His interview with Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke was an interesting perspective on how world football’s powerbrokers view Oceania. There was the mandatory analysis of the Ricki Herbert years, territory covered by several writers, but Michael’s was among the most thorough and again showed use of good contacts. His story on Keryn Jordan’s battle with cancer was a reminder of the bigger issues in life and the role sport can play.

“Sam Worthington certainly believes in telling it like it is. His report on the post-match interview with Herbert after the 5-1 thumping by Mexico was a fascinating insight into the mindset of a beleaguered coach. And his sidebar left the reader in no doubt that he believed it was time for Herbert to go. In similar fashion, his report on the infamous Ben Sigmund stomp made it clear there could be no excuses for what happened, again backed by forthright comments. There was also an informative interview with Phoenix coach Ernie Merrick.

“I was impressed with Steven Holloway’s overall grasp of the big issues facing football in this country. His story on problems facing the domestic league shows some issues never go away – we were writing similar stories in the 1980s. His stories on what to do with World Cup cash, player development and ‘three ways to go pro’ show some of the best sports writing is about what goes on off the field.

“Overall, I would suggest the All Blacks are lucky not to have to face the scrutiny and analysis shown by our football writers. We have some top-notch football journalists who are not scared to ask tough questions, are forthright in their opinions and who display a passion for, and in-depth knowledge of, our small place in the world’s greatest game.”

Recent Winners
2004 Terry Maddaford
2005 Michael Brown
2006 Michael Brown
2007 Michael Brown
2008 No award
2009 Michael Brown
2010 Michael Brown
2011 Tony Smith
2012 Michael Burgess
2013 Michael Burgess


Regional-Community Football Writer of the Year
Winner: Jeremy Ruane (
Jeremy Ruane has featured in other NZFMA categories, most recently as winner of the 2012 Publication of the Year for Strength In Unity, a book he edited marking the 50th anniversary of the Central United club. His work has also featured among the finalists in the Programme category in previous years. His winning Writer of the Year entry included a profile on Football Fern Betsy Hassett, an obituary of women’s football icon Roy Cox and stories about the Football Ferns and Phoenix. The NZFMA introduced this category in 2011 and the winner is picked from Writer of the Year entries who do not work for national or major metropolitan publications and/or websites.

Betsy Hassett profile
Roy Cox obituary
Football Ferns preview

Judge: Simon Kay (Former Writer of the Year)
Judge’s comments: “Jeremy’s extensive knowledge of and enthusiasm for the game are obvious in all his stories. He is prepared to offer forthright opinions from a position of authority based on his long history of covering football at all senior and international levels. The criticisms contained in his Football Ferns preview should have given the national body food for thought. His Betsy Hassett profile and Roy Cox obituary gave a level of detail and insight not often matched. He is clearly the foremost writer of women’s football in New Zealand by some distance. The breadth of his writing was a decisive factor in taking out a category in which other contenders failed to stray far beyond standard previews and reviews.”

Previous Winners
2011 Anendra Singh (Hawke’s Bay Today)
2012 Phillip Rollo (Waimea Weekly)
2013 Jeremy Ruane (


Photographer of the Year
Winner: Andrew Cornaga (Photosport)
Highly Commended: Shane Wenzlick (Phototek), Phillip Rollo (Waimea Weekly)
Best Single Image: Phillip Rollo (Waimea Weekly)
Andrew Cornaga has now been named Photographer of the Year a record six times, following his wins in 1991, 1997, 2006, 2010 and 2012. He moves ahead of the previous record set by Eric Jelly, who won five times between 1982 and 1994. His portfolio ranged from New Zealand’s World Cup playoff against Mexico to an Auckland junior match. The highly commended photographers were Phillip Rollo and four-time winner Shane Wenzlick. Rollo, now with the Nelson Mail, was adjudged to have submitted the best single image for the second year in a row. The Photographer of the Year award was first made by the NZFMA in 1981.

Judge: Geoff Dale (Former NZ Herald photographer, Eden Park venue photomanager for the 2011 Rugby World Cup and current freelance photographer)
Judge’s comments: “Andrew Cornaga submitted the overall winning portfolio with the best quality and highest standard of images. His entry showed a consistently high standard of sports photography with the ability to capture the action at its peak and a truly professional presentation.

“But the best single photograph was of a goalkeeper crashing into an opponent taken by Phillip Rollo during a Nelson third division match. It demonstrates perfect timing and nicely fills the picture, leaving you wondering if one of the players ends up seriously hurt.” (Both were apparently uninjured in the collision.)

Recent Winners
2004 Shane Wenzlick
2005 Michael Bradley
2006 Andrew Cornaga
2007 Shane Wenzlick
2008 No award
2009 Hannah Johnston
2010 Andrew Cornaga
2011 Shane Wenzlick
2012 Andrew Cornaga
2013 Andrew Cornaga


Audio Broadcaster of the Year
Winner: Jason Pine (The Radio Network)
Highly Commended: Yellow Fever podcast In The Zone
Jason Pine’s stranglehold continues in this category which he has now won a record six consecutive times, while also being judged overall media winner in 2003. His portfolio featured commentary from internationals, A-League and Chatham Cup games. The Yellow Fever team were highly commended for the second year in a row.

Judge: Andrew Alderson (Herald on Sunday sports journalist)
Judge’s comments: “Jason paints a vivid picture with his commentaries. His best asset is achieving the right cadence so there is light and shade up and down the emotive scale. Jason inserted important moments of silence where he let the crowd tell the story and gelled well with his expert comments men. His enthusiasm for each spectacle was palpable.

“Football’s profile in New Zealand would be weaker were it not for initiatives like these podcasts delivered by Dale Warburton, Guy Smith, Evald Subasic and David Cross. They focused their entry on the Chatham Cup where passion and knowledge combined with entertaining banter and crisp musical segues. The description of the Cory Brown penalty miss drew me into surfing for it on Youtube. Mercifully, they were also prepared to critique, which left the impression they placed the wellbeing of the sport before any team.

“These were the best selections from a disappointing number of entries given the breadth of football coverage at key times during 2013. I would like to have sampled more strategic and tactical analysis from radio and online football correspondents because there were a host of compelling insights delivered over the year to entertain and inform the average sports fan.”

Recent winners
2006 Andrew Dewhurst
2007 Jason Pine
2008 No award
2009 Jason Pine
2010 Jason Pine
2011 Jason Pine
2012 Jason Pine
2013 Jason Pine


Television Broadcaster of the Year
Winner: Andrew Gourdie (TV3)
Highly Commended: Gordon Glen Watson
Andrew Gourdie extends his record in this category with his fifth win, having claimed the award four years in a row during 2006-10. His winning entry included pieces on Ricki Herbert’s resignation as All Whites coach, Marco Rojas signing for Stuttgart and Michael Fitzgerald pulling out of the All Whites to focus on his J-League career. Gordon Glen Watson won this award in 2011-12. A broadcasting category was first introduced by the NZFMA in 1986.

Ricki Herbert to stand down as All Whites coach
Marco Rojas signs for Stuttgart
Michael Fitzgerald turns his back on All Whites

Judge: Bruce Holloway (Former Writer and Publication of the Year winner)
Judge’s comments: “Andrew Gourdie’s exclusive interview with Ricki Herbert during which he announced his intention to step down as All Whites coach was arguably the most significant football news story of the award time-frame. It was expertly summed up in a pithy 3.5-minute clip, while Andrew also broadcast via website a worthy 18-minute interview with Herbert which covered off a wider range of matters.

“While rival entries were arguably more diverse in the broadcast disciplines presented – and special mention must be made of Gordon Glen Watson’s excellent work with club-based highlights packages distributed through social media – Andrew’s portfolio was ultimately more compelling because of the superb journalistic component of his work and the high news value it contained.

“Andrew’s portfolio displayed a breadth of football knowledge, and was concise, with crisp editing and high production values. On a media landscape where our code often struggles to gain traction, Gourdie’s broadcast journalism has set the benchmark both for breaking news and backgrounding unfolding events in New Zealand football.”

Recent Winners (TV and radio combined)
2004 Michelle Pickles
2005 Michelle Pickles
Recent winners (TV only)
2006 Andrew Gourdie
2007 Andrew Gourdie
2008 No award
2009 Andrew Gourdie
2010 Andrew Gourdie
2011 Gordon Glen Watson
2012 Gordon Glen Watson
2013 Andrew Gourdie


Photo: Grant Stantiall.

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