NZSMA Awards – 2010
The NZSMA media awards for the 2010 calendar year were presented at Auckland’s Maritime Museum. The NZSMA winners are:
Programme of the Year – Cambridge FC
Publication of the Year – Ryan Nelsen’s Road to the World Cup, with Tony Smith (Hodder Moa)
Writer of the Year – Michael Brown (Herald on Sunday)
Photographer of the Year – Andrew Cornaga (Photosport)
Radio Broadcaster of the Year – Jason Pine (The Radio Network)
Television Journalist of the Year – Andrew Gourdie (TV3)
Jim McMullan Service to Football Award – Iain Gillies
Programme of the Year
Winner: Cambridge FC
The NZSMA has resurrected this category after a five-year absence. 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: Simon Kay (former Writer of the Year)
Judge’s comments: “There were some strong entries in this category, including those submitted by East Coast Bays, Auckland City, Napier City Rovers and Nelson Suburbs, but top honours went to a lively set of programmes from Cambridge FC. The concept of producing programmes which focus on sides other than the first team is novel and inclusive, and making the programmes available online is also innovative. Programme editor Josh Easby compiles a great mix of photos, statistics and club news, plus often humorous profiles of each player from whatever team is in the spotlight.
“General observations in this category are that a bit more proof reading is required and more of the light-hearted, quirky stuff would go down well. Ryan Kerr-Bell’s columns, titled ‘Never Underestimate the Power of Stupid People’, in the Ngaruawahia programmes made a refreshing change from the standard pieces produced by club chairmen and first-team coaches.”
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
Publication of the Year
Winner: Ryan Nelsen’s Road to the World Cup with Tony Smith (Hodder Moa)
New Zealand’s qualification for the World Cup finals after a 28-year absence prompted the release of several publications, making this year’s category the strongest for some time. The winning book was a collaboration between All Whites captain Ryan Nelsen and two-time Football Writer of the Year Tony Smith.
Judge: Glen Price (former owner and editor of Soccer Talk magazine, former Publication of the Year winner)
Judge’s comments: “This publication captures the emotion and exhilaration of the All Whites’ qualification to compete in sport’s greatest prize. The book starts with Ryan Nelsen’s comment on the playoff win over Bahrain: ‘What a night! It still gives me goose bumps not to think back to a game which must surely rank as one of the greatest moments in New Zealand sporting history.’
“This book certainly brings back those feelings and the reader joins Nelsen’s thoughts and passion throughout, giving his personal insight in a book that is well laid out with an easy flow from cover to cover. Tony Smith’s skill in putting those words into print comes to the fore and the reader is left wanting more of Nelsen’s thoughts of the team’s time in South Africa. An enjoyable and different perspective is Nelsen’s personal insights to the squad members which brings a great finish to the book.
“All White Fever – NZ’s Road to the World Cup by John Matheson is another must-have with a fabulous setting of the scene comparing the build-up to the 1982 World Cup qualifiers with the class of 2010. This book will become a certain reference for all New Zealand football fans.
“One Shot for Glory – The All Whites in South Africa by Andrew Cornaga celebrates the All Whites’ World Cup campaign through brilliant photography. It takes the reader to the heart of New Zealand’s journey in South Africa, from game time to behind the scenes. It makes you feel as if you are sharing the experiences with the team.
“These three books in particular capture the highs of the All Whites campaign and all will be kept, referred back to and reminisced over, just like the books published after the 1982 success.”
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
Writer of the Year
Winner: Michael Brown (Herald on Sunday)
Michael Brown has now won the Writer of the Year award an unprecedented five times, superseding the previous record achieved by Russell Gray, who won this NZSMA category four years in a row during 1989-92. This award was first made by the NZSMA in 1980.
Judge: Kent Gray (former Writer of the Year)
Judge’s comments: “The quality of work submitted was of a generally high standard and both Steve Kilgallon and Simon Plumb are to be applauded for their ability to consistently deliver scoops for the sports pages of Fairfax Media’s two Sunday papers. Steve Kilgallon’s entry was particularly impressive; a combination of well-written investigative pieces and headline grabbing news stories that highlight a reporter with an expert knowledge of his round and a deep book of trusting contacts.
“However, the winner of the Writer of the Year award is, once again, the Herald on Sunday’s Michael Brown. The All Whites’ march to the 2010 World Cup and their fairytale story in South Africa afforded New Zealand’s football writing fraternity a rich source of copy during the judging period. However, Michael’s entry – including cleverly crafted features on Rory Fallon and Ricki Herbert – saw him nudge out Steve Kilgallon to earn this coveted award.
“Michael’s worldly view of the New Zealand game, coupled with a writing style that would not be out of place on the back pages of any of the top British newspapers, allowed him to relate New Zealand football’s dream year with a depth rarely seen in today’s sports pages, where dine and dash, rent-a-quote reporting has become the unsatisfying norm.”
2000 Bruce Holloway
2001 Bruce Holloway
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
Photographer of the Year
Winner: Andrew Cornaga (Photosport)
This is the fourth time Andrew Cornaga has been named Photographer of the Year, following his wins in 1991, 1997 and 2006. His portfolio included photos on and off the pitch from New Zealand’s World Cup finals campaign in South Africa and a portrait shot of All Whites skipper Ryan Nelsen. First awarded in 1981, Eric Jelly’s five wins (1982, 1984, 1986, 1992 and 1994) are the most in this NZSMA category.
Judge: Kevin Bridle (freelance photographer and former Photographer of the Year winner)
Judge’s comments: “I found it very difficult to single out a winner but after days of going back through each selection, the overall winner was Andrew Cornaga of Photosport. The professional approach and combination of images entered strongly showed what I look for in great football photography – the essence of the game.
“The best individual image of the year, also from Andrew’s selection, was of silhouetted players in South Africa: It is individually outstanding, a stand-alone image which involved choosing the moment to truly depict the joy of the Beautiful Game.
“Shane Wenzlick achieved a very high standard and his selection included several strong images involving emotional encounters. Graham Hughes entered some great action images, choosing and anticipating the moment well. Glyn Davies also produced a strong portfolio with all five images catching a range of encounters throughout the entire game.”
2000 John Coupland
2001 Sandra Teddy
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
Radio Broadcaster of the Year
Winner: Jason Pine (The Radio Network)
Jason Pine won the most recent Radio Journalist of the Year awards in 2007 and 2009, and was also judged overall media winner in 2003. His portfolio featured commentary from New Zealand’s games against Slovakia and Italy at the World Cup finals and from the Phoenix’s progress in last year’s A-League playoffs.
Judge: Bruce Holloway (former Writer of the Year)
Judge’s comments: “In a wonderful portfolio of radio commentary covering the Wellington Phoenix and the All Whites at the World Cup, Jason Pine captures the mood of the day. He shows comprehensive knowledge of the game and succinctly adds to the flavour of the occasion for listeners, with infectious commentary which does justice to some memorable footballing moments. To quote from one of his own commentaries: ‘Can you believe it? Yes, yes, yes, yes!'”
2006 Andrew Dewhurst
2007 Jason Pine
2008 No award
2009 Jason Pine
2010 Jason Pine
TV Journalist of the Year
Winner: Andrew Gourdie (TV3)
Andrew Gourdie has claimed the Television Journalist of the Year category a record fourth time, following on from his wins in 2006, 2007 and 2009. This surpasses the achievement of TV3 colleague Michelle Pickles, who won three years in a row during 2004-06. This is the seventh time in a row TV3 has taken out this category. A broadcasting category was first introduced by the NZSMA in 1986. Gourdie’s entry focused on his pivotal efforts in helping Winston Reid decide to declare his availability for New Zealand not long before the World Cup finals.
Judge: Trevor Rowse (NZSMA life member and former Writer of the Year)
Judge’s comments: “Andrew is an enthusiast and his style is a mix of the formal and the fan, especially when going out into the crowd to get some flavour to his report. He showed initiative in linking coach Ricki Herbert with Winston Reid and following through with it, as well as going to interview Winston’s mother and stepfather in a bright and informative sidelight to the main football story. It is great to see a young talent like Andrew link the information together to make up his reports without coming across as an anorak or appearing too fanatical about the game as some others do. His approach is bright, yet somehow serious too, something not easy to achieve.”
Recent Winners (TV and radio combined)
2000 Simon Milton
2001 Simon Milton
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
Jim McMullan Service to Football Award
Recipient: Iain Gillies
This award started as the Personality of the Year category in 1976 and evolved into the Jim McMullan Service to Football Award in 1994. Previous recipients include Charlie Dempsey, Kevin Fallon, Wynton Rufer and Chris Turner. The award is named after Jim McMullan, who sadly died in March, 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 any player regardless of age, gender or ability. Several of his proteges went on to represent New Zealand and play professionally. Jim once said: “I’d go even when it was pouring with rain, in case one kid turned up.” That’s the kind of dedication and passion for football this award recognises.
The NZSMA’s final presentation, the Jim McMullan Service to Football award, honours a lifetime of achievement in the game. The 2010 recipient Iain Gillies had two ambitions growing up and it took disappointment in one to spark the other into life.
If asked what he wanted to be when he grew up, he said: “A professional footballer and newspaper reporter.” Oddly enough, he found it harder to get into journalism.
Born in Scotland, Iain played professionally for three years in the Highland League before being signed by Celtic for the 1954-55 season when aged 19. He never played for the first team – Jock Stein was first choice in his centre-half position – but was a regular in the seconds. After one year, he was given a free transfer, a gut-wrenching experience for a lifelong Celtic fan, but he always regarded that season as the highlight of his football career.
While serving in the Royal Air Force, he was signed by Crewe Alexandra as a back-up goalkeeper and ended up as their second team centre-half, with former England international Neil Franklin the club’s first choice centre-half.
When knee problems prematurely ended his dream of professional football, he began a career in journalism at the age of 23.
While cutting his teeth as a journalist back in the Scottish Highlands, an advert about playing football in sunny Gisborne caught his eye. In 1959, he sailed to New Zealand to play for Eastern Union and start work as a junior reporter with the Gisborne Herald.
Iain was expected to write match previews and reports for the paper but football’s standing did not warrant overtime payments. In more than 50 years of reporting football since then, Iain has never claimed overtime for his coverage.
In those early years, he was Eastern Union and Poverty Bay’s main strike weapon, but Gisborne’s isolation and the difficulties of writing about his own play meant recognition of his efforts was restricted. Even so, he was eventually selected as centre-half and vice-captain of the New Zealand team that visited New Caledonia in 1967.
He coached Eastern Union for four years from 1965 and was in charge when the club changed its name to Gisborne City for the 1968 season. Iain was in the 1969 side that qualified for the inaugural National League in 1970 and played his last National League game in 1972 aged 37.
He later coached Gisborne Thistle to Central League level, helped his brother Archie form Gisborne Marist Football Club and was assistant to coach Kevin Fallon during Gisborne City’s glory days in the 1980s.
On the journalism front, Iain became the Gisborne Herald’s chief reporter in 1974 and editor in 1980, a position he gave up only in April 2010. Iain, who turns 76 this year, still writes for the paper and flies home with wife Flora tomorrow morning in time to produce the latest instalment in his 52 years of football coverage for the Gisborne Herald.
2000: New Zealand under-17 team
2001: Warwick Gendall
2002: Barry Smith
2003: Les Coffman
2004: Gavin Roberts
2005: John Cameron
2006-09: No recipient
2010: Iain Gillies
Footnote: Winners listed up to 2004 were for awards organised by the New Zealand Soccer Media Association. Winners listed for 2005-07 were for awards organised by New Zealand Football.