Cashmere Technical striker Yayu Taguchi was awarded the Jack Batty Memorial Trophy for his man of the match performance in his side’s 4-2 Chatham Cup win against Miramar Rangers.
Taguchi (25) scored twice in the second half to help his side take the match at Jerry Collins Stadium, Porirua.
The goals meant he had scored in six of Technical’s seven cup ties in the Chatham Cup run that started 10 months ago and faced disruption from COVID-19 as rounds were delayed.
Taguchi joins an illustrious list of players who have won the trophy named after Jack Batty, whose family have contributed so much to the sport in New Zealand.
The late Jack Batty was a member of the HMS Chatham crew who donated the Chatham Cup to New Zealand Football 99 years ago. He was a three-time medallist in the cup.
His son, John, won a Chatham Cup winner’s medal with Blockhouse Bay in 1970. John’s wife Sue worked for the sport’s national body for many years, and their son Jason has played as a goalkeeper for New Zealand.
Taguchi, who came to Canterbury from Seikei University, Japan, played for Canterbury United in 2020, before joining Technical last year.
He’s the third Cashmere Technical player to receive the Jack Batty Memorial Trophy, following Andy Pitman (2013) and Stuart Kelly (2014).