Capital Football have recognised on-field and off-field achievement in their region with a series of 34 awards.
Due to twice having to postpone a live awards function due to COVID restrictions, the federation have decided to unveil their winners in a series of social media posts in the week commencing March 20, 2022.
There are 34 award categories as well as six club service awards and the Central and W-league Select XI’s.
You can follow the awards as they roll out by going to Capital Football’s Facebook page or by searching #CFAwards21.
The first tranche of award winners to be revealed included:
Capital Football Club Service Award — Peter Halikias (Wellington Olympic)
“Peter has given close to 50 years exceptional service to Wellington Olympic and continues to do so. From everything, player, coach, manager, president, secretary, club’s rep, electrician, cook and everything in between – Peter has done it all.” — award present Paul Kotrotsos.
Kāpura Volunteer of the Year — Adam Smith (Wainuiomata)
“Adam has been involved with the Wainuiomata club since he was five years old. He has been a player, coach, supporter, and general go-to man to assist with anything that is required for the club. When an U-9 team needed a coach in 2020, Adam stuck his hand up, and he continued to coach them in 2021 too. He coached the women’s for 10 years and only recently stood down that role but still helped out with refereeing their games. In 2021, Adam managed the men’s first team along with helping set up the grounds for matches. His commitment, enthusiasm, and love for Wainnuomata Football Club and the game makes Adam a worthy recipient.”
Main photo: Adam Smith. Image: Imray Snaps.
Personality of the Year — Jock Sutherland (Upper Hutt City)
“You should hear this man, on and off the field. He really should do stand-up.” — comment from public votes for this award.
Wally Noon Memorial Trophy for Top Referee by Public Vote — John Rowbury
“Congratulations to the winner, as voted by you, the public.”
Wellington Local League Player of the Year — Lachlan Harris (Stop Out)
“Ruthless in front of goal! If 35 goals in a single season doesn’t speak for itself, Lachlan also created many goals for Stop Out Minimal who won promotion twice last season!”
Kapiti Local League Player of the Year — Zane Wafter (Paekakariki Sports Club)
“New to Paekakariki Sports Club, Zane came in as a GK and immediately hit the ground running. His exuberance, passion for the game, and 110% effort has given the whole team a lift. A cold wet, windy Saturday is always lifted by Zane’s immutable joy at crossing the white line!”
Master’s Player of the Year — David Lane (Petone Argh Me Knees)
“An outstanding and consistent player for the league-winning Petone team.”
Jake Piper Trophy for Futsal Referee of the Year — Max Lauridsen
“This award goes to the top Federation 5 Futsal Referee who has performed outstandingly throughout the year.”
Futsal Coach of the Year — Adam Burrowes & Grant Baker (Capital Futsal)
“Adam & Grant co-coached the Capital Futsal Under 19 Boys team to a national title at the 2021 Futsal Youth Championships. An outstanding achievement!”
Women’s Futsal Player of the Year – Libby Boobyer (Team Whero)
Despite a lack of women’s national competitions across the 2021 calendar year, Libby was called into the NZF Futsal Ferns training camp and was an integral player in the Capital Women’s Premier Futsal League winning side, Team Whero.
Social Media Account of the Year — Wainuiomata
“Wainuiomata AFC’s social presence has grown immensely in 2021. The content they provide covers ALL areas of the club, from juniors teams up to senior teams with a strong focus on engaging the community.
During Wellington’s last Level 3 lockdown in August, Wainuiomata AFC took to social media to regularly engage and entertain their club’s followers with online activities and games, going above and beyond for their community.
Wainuiomata has a strong presence in their coverage of matchday photography. Captured by Imray’s Snaps (Happy Birthday) Wainui shares images from a range of different leagues that other clubs are welcome to share too.
Top stuff Wainuiomata!”