NZFMA Awards – 2011
The NZFMA media awards for the 2011 calendar year were presented as part of the New Zealand Football awards at SkyCity in Hamilton. The NZFMA winners are:
Programme of the Year – Napier City Rovers
Publication of the Year – The Waikato Chronicles, by Bruce Holloway
Writer of the Year – Tony Smith (Christchurch Press)
Regional-Community Writer of the Year – Anendra Singh (Hawke’s Bay Today)
Photographer of the Year – Shane Wenzlick (Phototek)
Radio Broadcaster of the Year – Jason Pine (The Radio Network)
Television Broadcaster of the Year – Gordon Glen Watson (Glenstrae Media)
Jim McMullan Service to Football Award – Dave Maisey
Programme of the Year
Winner: Napier City Rovers
This is the 12th time Napier City Rovers have claimed this award, extending the club’s record in this category. This year’s win comes 12 years after Napier’s last. 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).
Judge: Glen Price (former owner and editor of Soccer Talk magazine, former Publication of the Year winner)
Judge’s comments: “I looked for content, league tables, results and fixtures. My overall winner was Napier City Rovers. Their covers had immediate impact and their programmes ticked all the boxes of content, league tables, results, fixtures and basic things such as using the programme as a tool to communicate. The pleasing inclusion of a poster and coverage of not only the senior team but the rest of the levels in the club bring a real community feel to the programme.
“Special mention must also go to Auckland City and Canterbury United, with professional layouts and designs improving year on year. Island Bay United, Cambridge FC and Stop Out’s programmes deserve praise for their community feel. In today’s technological age, the hard copy is also supported by the online version and Football South’s must get a special mention, as its in-depth coverage from across the region is a credit to all those involved.”
2000 Otago FA
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
Publication of the Year
Winner: The Waikato Chronicles, by Bruce Holloway
Highly Commended: The Egan Has Landed, by Arthur Egan; and Park Life
Bruce Holloway is a three-time Writer of the Year winner (1998, 2000 and 2001) and the Sitter fanzine he edited won the Publication category in 2003. The Waikato Chronicles is a 20-year compilation of Holloway’s writing which appeared mainly in programmes.
Judge: Simon Kay (former Writer of the Year)
Judge’s comments: “Arthur Egan’s autobiography The Egan Has Landed provides interesting insights into one of Kiwi football’s most popular and respected figures. Park Life, the fanzine which is ‘Yellow Fever’s finger on local football’s pulse’, is a lively, informative and often humorous take on the code in the capital and is very professionally put together. But overall honours in this category went to Bruce Holloway’s Waikato Chronicles.
“At 462 pages, the quantity of the Waikato Chronicles is obvious. But on delving into this compilation of 20 years of programme and fanzine columns, it quickly becomes apparent the quantity is matched by the quality. Holloway canvasses every conceivable issue on and off the pitch. His writing is informed and entertaining, sometimes provocative and controversial, and never less than thought-provoking.”
2000 Three Kings United tribute, by Jeremy Ruane
2001 Stand Up If You Love The Kingz, by Grant Stantiall and Michael Stephen
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
Writer of the Year
Winner: Tony Smith (Christchurch Press)
Highly Commended: Michael Brown (APNZ) and Daniel Richardson (APNZ)
This is the third time Tony Smith has been named Writer of the Year – his first two successes came almost 30 years ago, in 1983 and 1984. Smith’s win ends the run of Michael Brown, who claimed the award an unprecedented five times in a row between 2005 and 2010. This award was first made by the NZFMA in 1980.
Judge: Armin Lindenberg (former football writer who reported on the All Whites’ Road to Spain in 1982; inaugural NZFMA secretary and current New Zealand Sports Journalists’ Association secretary)
Judge’s comments: “It was heartening to see from the entries that the ability to break strong news stories is not a lost art. But with few exceptions, they seemed to focus on the fall of one man — former Phoenix owner Terry Serepisos – and in the main, they lacked bite and the scrutiny the case warranted.
“While APNZ journalists Michael Brown and Daniel Richardson made the Serepisos surrender the main focus of their entries, they also included some good interview and profile pieces among their portfolios.
“But it was Tony Smith of the Christchurch Press who showed why he is one of this country’s best sports writers. He has that rare ability to engage and hold a reader’s attention with clever and creative language. With one piece, he took us back 30 years to the All Whites’ first football trip into China, what was then very much unknown territory; another was an interesting interview with former All White Aaran Lines, now coaching in the pro US women’s league; and there was a wonderful profile of 90-year-old administrator Eileen Langridge, a life member of two football clubs. A terrific read.”
2002 Bryce Johns
2003 Simon Kay
2004 Terry Maddaford
2005 Michael Brown
2006 Michael Brown
2007 Michael Brown
2008 No award
2009 Michael Brown
2010 Michael Brown
2011 Tony Smith
Regional/Community Writer of the Year
Winner: Anendra Singh (Hawke’s Bay Today)
Highly Commended: Mark Dawson (Wanganui Chronicle) and Mike Dinsdale (Northern Advocate)
The NZFMA has introduced this category for the first time this year. Anendra Singh’s winning portfolio included stories on Luke Rowe, the Chatham Cup final, Hawke’s Bay United in the ASB Premiership and husband-and-wife coaching rivals Rachel and Henry Harland.
Judge: Armin Lindenberg
Judge’s comments: “Too many entries in this category were either match previews or match reports. But three reporters – Mark Dawson, Mike Dinsdale and Anendra Singh – had a good balance of well-written stories and were hard to separate. In a close call, Singh took the judge’s vote.”
Photographer of the Year
Winner: Shane Wenzlick (Phototek)
Highly Commended: Andrew Cornaga (Photosport) and Hannah Johnston (Getty Images)
This is the fourth time Shane Wenzlick has been named Photographer of the Year in the past nine years, following his wins in 2003, 2004 and 2007. His portfolio featured photos from the ASB Premiership, ASB Women’s Youth League final, A-League, Oceania Under-17 Championships and Weir Rosebowl. First awarded in 1981, Eric Jelly’s five wins (1982, 1984, 1986, 1992 and 1994) are the most in this NZFMA category.
Judge: Paul Thomas (former Photographer of the Year, now a freelancer who has worked for some of the world’s leading agencies and newspapers in the UK, including Getty, AP, Bloomberg and News International; www.pthomasphotography.com)
Judge’s comments: “Every portfolio that entered contained strong imagery that captured the essence of life in football; camaraderie, team spirit, crowd, commitment and ultimately the winning and losing. Picking a winner this year wasn’t easy, with the final three folios all very close in the final decision. The winning folio encapsulated a wide spectrum of images from different angles and situations; showing an ability to ‘capture the moment’, the winner is Shane Wenzlick of Phototek.
“In the single best photo of the year competition, there were many outstanding images in their own right from all entrants. The judging came down to three images with contrasting emotions, from the love of a goal/match celebration to the pain of an injury. The winning photograph showing there is more to sport than just competing but sportsmanship and the welfare for fellow players. Shane Wenzlick’s image of Waikato-Bay of Plenty’s Brianna Stewart clutching the arm of Northern’s Megan Lee after breaking her leg captured a raw moment in football.”
2002 Paul Thomas
2003 Shane Wenzlick
2004 Shane Wenzlick
2005 Michael Bradley
2006 Andrew Cornaga
2007 Shane Wenzlick
2008 No award
2009 Hannah Johnston
2010 Andrew Cornaga
2011 Shane Wenzlick
Radio Broadcaster of the Year
Winner: Jason Pine (The Radio Network)
Jason Pine has now won this award four consecutive times and was also judged overall media winner in 2003. His portfolio featured commentary from Phoenix games and from Wairarapa United’s first Chatham Cup final triumph.
Judge: Trevor Rowse (NZFMA life member and former Writer of the Year)
Judge’s comments: “In 1981, I was delighted to hear an amazingly lively commentary in English of Norway’s historic first win over England. The commentator was ecstatic, and mentioned almost every major event in English history as he added Norway’s first win over England to the ages.
“Listening to Jason brings the same level of excitement and enthusiasm because he really loves the game, the teams and the players and, while not going as far as the famed Argentine and Brazilian radio men, with their goal-la, goal-la, goal-la, lasting a minute or so, there is real energy in his reports. He has the capacity to talk quickly enough to keep up with the action and allows the crowd noise to add to the atmosphere.
“Taking the microphone for the historic Chatham Cup final between two teams from outside the main centres, Jason brought out the spirit of the day, helping make it a memorable occasion. It was also a celebration of the minnows against the favourites, Wairarapa v Napier City Rovers, a big city club in comparison.”
2006 Andrew Dewhurst
2007 Jason Pine
2008 No award
2009 Jason Pine
2010 Jason Pine
2011 Jason Pine
TV Broadcaster of the Year
Winner: Gordon Glen Watson (Glenstrae Media)
Gordon Glen Watson’s win ends Andrew Gourdie’s record-breaking reign of four consecutive awards in this category. Watson’s winning portfolio featured commentaries from the Oceania qualifying tournament for the Fifa Under-20 World Cup. A broadcasting category was first introduced by the NZFMA in 1986.
Judge: Bruce Holloway (former Writer of the Year)
Judge’s comments: “Judging television commentaries is a very subjective business in which a style, or even a turn of phrase will appeal more to one viewer than another. Football commentary should not intrude on your enjoyment of a televised game, it should only ever embellish it.
“And, as with referees, often the best commentators are the ones you barely notice until there is a critical call to make. Good commentators get the big calls right – and find the right words to sum up the memorable moments. Gordon has done both with his portfolio of commentaries from the Oceania Under-20s Championship.
“It is arguably a far greater broadcast achievement to present a professional quality commentary from the likes of Centre Park, Mangere, without the back-up and infrastructure support available at more high-profile venues and better-resourced organisations.”
Recent Winners (TV and radio combined)
2002 Evan Burke
2003 Michelle Pickles
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
Jim McMullan Service to Football Award
Recipient: Dave Maisey
This award is the most prestigious bestowed by the NZFMA and honours a lifetime of achievement in the game. The award is named after Jim McMullan, who died last year, aged 90. A coach for 50 years, McMullan was best known for turning up every day for years at Wellington’s Miramar Park to coach anyone regardless of age, gender or ability. Several of his proteges went on to represent New Zealand and play professionally. He once said: “I’d go even when it was pouring with rain, in case one kid turned up.”
Dave Maisey’s nomination for this award included the following information: “Dave Maisey has fulfilled a number of volunteer roles in football but is perhaps most celebrated for his 19 years as coach of the Waikato Special Olympic football team, after taking up the post in 1991.
He took the job not because he had any family connection with special needs people but simply because a workmate asked him after the previous coach took a job outside of the Waikato – and it was proving a difficult position to fill.
During his tenure, Waikato won gold at all Special Olympic national tournaments (held every four years) making him arguably Waikato’s most successful football coach – though Dave is a humble man and does not profess to have any great coaching ability. What he does have is a great deal of empathy for those less fortunate, and a heart of gold.
Dave was 83 when he finally retired from the job. He had previously been a longstanding referee, where he acted as Waikato junior appointments officer for a number of years.
For eight years until 1996, he was also groundsman at Muir Park for Hamilton AFC and Waikato United, using his dual role on the Hamilton Schools Mowing Committee to maintain the pitch. From 1996-2009 he then took over as groundsman for Melville United at Gower Park and was made a life member of that club in 2007.
In 1995, he was one of three nominations to coach the New Zealand Special Olympics football team to the World Games in the United States. He missed out but travelled as a supporter.
In 2003, aged 75, he was appointed coach of the New Zealand Special Olympics team to the Australian National Games in Sydney. New Zealand beat Queensland 3-1, Tasmania 1-0 and Victoria 2-1 to eventually take the bronze medal (though the team was perhaps most popular for its daily haka).
Dave received a Service to Sport award in 2009 from Sport Waikato. His service to the code extended to annual marking of many junior tournament pitches up until 2009, when immobility finally forced him to stop. Over many decades, Dave has been one of the pillars of the code, utterly reliable, someone prepared to do the unfashionable jobs and to do so without fuss or bother. You would struggle to find anyone who has a bad word to say about Dave Maisey.”