NZFMA Awards – 2014

NZFMA Awards – 2014

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Programme of the Year
Winner: Waitemata edited by Mark Reid
Highly Commended: Hawke’s Bay United edited by Matthew Hastings, Papatoetoe produced by Andrew Kirk & Dana Jenkins
Waitemata have won this award for the first time, after being finalists last year. First presented 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 in this category.

Judge: Jeremy Ruane (Former Regional-Community Writer, Programme and Publication of the Year winner)
Judge’s comments: “The standard was generally very good. Programmes are often a labour of love for their producers, some of whom go to great lengths to deliver a product which merits retaining.

“A programme is a club’s key communication tool and while the focus will obviously be on the first team, the likes of the over-35s and juniors should also be covered, while a player profile or two and a nod to the opposition never goes amiss.

“Another preference is to have easy access to team line-ups, ideally on one page, and preferably on the back cover or as one of the centre pages, with league tables and the day’s other fixtures directly opposite if the latter approach is employed.

“Today’s technology enables plenty of use of colour and photography, and the majority of entries ticked these boxes. Ngaruawahia United, in particular, impressed in these fields, as did WaiBOP United, whose variety of columns – book reviews and historical perspectives, for example – showed a willingness to think outside the square and offer more in ‘The Range’ than found in your average A5 matchday reading.

“Some entries offered something novel – Seatoun’s cheeky humour and Manurewa’s kitchen menu, complete with photos of selected items on sale, caught the eye in this regard. Cambridge presented a top-notch junior directory, while Petone impressed with their efforts to embrace all areas of the club and the wider community via newsletters and a wall calendar, in addition to their matchday programmes.

“Hawke’s Bay’s United Review is a decent read and Matt Hastings’ Football Talk column was always insightful. Other plus points included a profile and background on each week’s opponents and a focus on a club within the region.

“Plenty of effort went into Papatoetoe’s programmes, and plenty of quality and variety was the end-product. In-depth player profiles were a real stand-out, along with a good mix of action shots, reports from other teams in the club, an opposition feature and a quiz page.

“Like Papatoetoe, Waitemata’s entries had quality and variety but even more of both. Each edition averaged 40 pages, including up to five pages on the opposition, action photos and reports galore from across the club, features such as Today In Football History and Around The Grounds, and clever use of tinting and filters with selected photos. Overall, this is an award-winning product of which the club can be proud.”

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
2014 Waitemata


Publication of the Year
Winner: Friends of Football Auckland City Club World Cup tribute edited by Josh Easby

Judge: Simon Kay (Former Writer of the Year)
Judge’s comments: “This was a swift and informative response to Auckland City’s extraordinary Club World Cup campaign. The 44-page publication followed Auckland City every step of the way, from Oceania qualifying to two pages on each game at the finals in Morocco, complete with team line-ups, quotes and match stats. There was also a feature on coach Ramon Tribulietx, and brief profiles on a handful of players and the talismanic Arthur Egan, all brought to life with eye-catching photos and design. The quality of the publication and the speed with which it was produced are a credit to Friends of Football and editor Josh Easby, and did a grand job of maintaining and building on the feel-good factor created by Auckland City’s giant-killing run.”

Recent Winners
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
2014 Friends of Football Auckland City Club World Cup tribute, edited by Josh Easby


Writer of the Year
Winner: Michael Burgess (Herald on Sunday)
Highly Commended: Steven Holloway (Herald Online), Phillip Rollo (Nelson Mail)
Michael Burgess wins this category for the third year in a row. His portfolio broke the news the Phoenix were set to sign Michael McGlinchey, and also featured an exclusive interview with German World Cup-winning coach Joachim Loew, stories about Ryan Thomas’ remarkable Dutch Cup final triumph for PEC Zwolle over Ajax and Ricki Herbert’s coaching stint in India, and a feature on covering the World Cup in Brazil. 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.
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Judge: Gary Birkett (Former Writer of the Year)
Judge’s comments: “Michael Burgess submitted a powerful portfolio of stories, ranging from young Kiwi Ryan Thomas starring in the Dutch Cup final to capturing the spirit of Brazil during the 2014 World Cup, and on to the coaching theories of Germany’s World Cup-winning coach Jochaim Loew in an exclusive interview. His entries were newsworthy, entertaining and oozed quality and football knowledge in a high-class field. Fellow finalists Steven Holloway and Phillip Rollo showed similar skills to underline how lucky Kiwi football is to have such talented journalists covering the world game.”

Recent Winners
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
2014 Michael Burgess


Regional-Community Football Writer of the Year
Winner: Phillip Rollo (Nelson Mail)
Highly Commended: Anendra Singh (Hawke’s Bay Today), Andrew Voerman (Christchurch Star)
A triple finalist this year, Phillip Rollo also won this award two years ago while working for the Waimea Weekly. He has also featured prominently in the Photographer of the Year category, being judged to have taken the single best football photo each of the previous two years. 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.

Judge: Gary Birkett (Former Writer of the Year)
Judge’s comments: “Nelson has always been a hotbed of football and Nelson Mail writer Phillip Rollo enjoyed a stellar season, with an excellent variety of well-written news stories, profiles and features capturing the spirit of the game at the top of the south. Andrew Voerman and Anendra Singh are also talented writers, covering their respective patches in Canterbury and Hawke’s Bay with skill and dedication in what was a very close competition.”

Previous Winners
2011 Anendra Singh (Hawke’s Bay Today)
2012 Phillip Rollo (Waimea Weekly)
2013 Jeremy Ruane (
2014 Phillip Rollo (Nelson Mail)


Photographer of the Year
Winner: Hagen Hopkins (Getty Images)
Highly Commended: Shane Wenzlick (Phototek), Phillip Rollo (Nelson Mail), Andrew Cornaga (Photosport)
Best Single Image: Hagen Hopkins (Getty Images)
Hagen Hopkins is a first-time winner of this award and his portfolio consisted of photos from Phoenix games. The category has been dominated in recent years by fellow finalists Andrew Cornaga (a record six-time winner) and Shane Wenzlick (a four-time winner). The Photographer of the Year award was first made by the NZFMA in 1981.

Judges: Phil Doyle, John Selkirk, Graeme Cox and Keith Scott.
Judges’ comments: “Hagen’s winning portfolio was a consistently bold, well-presented series of images that showed good composition and a vibrant, visually pleasing use of colour. There was a good variety of shots from differing perspectives, showing both action and emotion. There were some real contenders who deserved mention but did not make it through loose cropping and poor presentation. Allowing for printing variation, we noted that the winning portfolios were all marked by punchy, pleasing use of colour which made for immediate impact and would have looked great on the printed page. As a further back-up, we sought random opinions from non-photographers who repeatedly chose the same images we had shortlisted. The best single image, also taken by Hagen, was an arresting action image capturing a true frozen moment of time. The grace and form of the flying player had echoes of dance choreography perhaps appropriate to the Beautiful Game.”

Recent Winners
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
2014 Hagen Hopkins


Audio Broadcaster of the Year
Winner: Jason Pine (NZME Radio)
Highly Commended: Yellow Fever – In The Zone (Dale Warburton, Guy Smith, Evald Subasic & David Cross), Gordon Glen Watson (OFC)
Jason Pine’s stranglehold continues in this category which he has now won a record seven consecutive times. The Yellow Fever team were highly commended for the third year in a row, while Gordon Glen Watson has been a multiple finalist in the writer, audio and television categories.

Judge: Andrew Alderson (Herald on Sunday sports journalist)
Judge’s comments: “Jason’s portfolio showcased his strength in commentary, news and opinion. The commentary was a symphony of light and shade punctuated by his compelling staccato in the lead-up to goals. Listeners might need prising from their radios such is the intensity generated. These gems were balanced by succinct summaries of World Cup matches and a brutal dissection of Carlos Hernandez’s premature Phoenix exit; such uncompromising opinions further enhance Jason’s credibility as a respected analyst.

“The other finalists were the podcasts from Yellow Fever and Oceania Football. The Fever’s strength is placing the wellbeing of the sport ahead of their support for any team. Highlights included Phoenix coach Ernie Merrick’s theories on choosing players, the ‘Frost/Nixon’ description of the broadcasters’ post-match interviews and Capital Football CEO Richard Reid’s lambasting local fan and player behaviour as ‘simply appalling’. The easy-listening delivery and passion of Gordon Glen Watson was evident in the OFP. All Whites coach Anthony Hudson’s experiences coaching in Bahrain were a highlight, in particular his candour regarding their premature bonus systems.”

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
2014 Jason Pine


Television Broadcaster of the Year
Winner: Gordon Glen Watson
Gordon Glen Watson has won this award three of the past four years. His portfolio focused on Auckland City’s Club World Cup campaign in Morocco: Reaction to the win over Cruz Azul, in which he interviewed Ivan Vicelich, Tim Payne, Ramon Tribulietx and others, with footage used by TVNZ, TV3 and overseas media outlets; Interviews with Tamati Williams and Sam Burfoot after the heartbreaking semifinal loss to San Lorenzo, with the footage used as the basis for two interview pieces for SBS The World Game and; And a clip in which he interviewed Sanni Issa and Joao Moreira at training, strapped a GoPro action camera to Burfoot and edited still and video footage of a team trip into Rabat to visit the Mausoleum of Mohammed V and the Souks of Morocco, which was used by Moroccan television and viewed over 26,000 times on YouTube. Andrew Gourdie’s five wins are the most in this category. A broadcasting category was first introduced by the NZFMA in 1986.

Judge: Bruce Holloway (Former Writer and Publication of the Year winner)
Judge’s comments: “Just as Auckland City has set the standard in New Zealand in terms of what can be done on the pitch, so too has their media manager, Gordon Glen Watson, illustrated the art of the possible from a club perspective in producing broadcast-standard electronic media. Beyond its obvious value from a club perspective, Gordon’s portfolio will have resonated with a wider football audience. News value was always ensured through cogent interviewing, while extended footage allowed players to display their personalities, and team clips provided a far broader perspective to Auckland’s Club World Cup campaign beyond official match coverage. This was a portfolio which should inspire others to reflect on the breadth of possibilities that exist even for amateur clubs in promoting and publicising the game in today’s media landscape.”

Recent Winners
2005 Michelle Pickles
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
2014 Gordon Glen Watson


The Jim McMullan Service to Football award
Recipient: Bill Raffles (Onehunga Sports)
This award honours a significant contribution to the game and is named after Jim McMullan, who passed away in 2011, aged 90. A coach for 50 years, Jim 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.”

This year’s recipient, Bill Raffles, joined Cornwall AFC in 1960, three seasons after the club started. He played for 15 years until becoming club secretary in 1975. Over the next four decades, in a role which has encompassed many other duties such as programme editor and club statistician, Bill has been a pivotal figure in the club’s operations.

The most significant off-field events were the name change to the Onehunga Soccer and Sports Club in 1986, and the relocation from Fergusson Park to new clubrooms at Waikaraka Park. Bill has decided the time is right to stand down after 40 years as secretary but he’ll still be around to guide his replacements – note the plural there – and he certainly leaves big shoes to fill.


Photo: Grant Stantiall.

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