Papakura City and Franklin United finalists in regional sports awards

South Auckland clubs Franklin United and Papakura City have been shortlisted for regional sports awards.

Papakura City, the national women’s futsal champions, are a finalist for Club of the Year at the Honda NZ Counties Manukau Sport Sporting Excellence Awards for 2023.

Franklin United, who won promotion to the Lotto NRFL Men’s Championship, have been shortlisted for Team of the Year.

Franklin’s title-winning head coach, Mark Holt, and Papakura’s women’s futsal head coach, Marvin Eakins, are both nominees for the Sports Coach of the Year.

The Papakura City U-10 Fantails team is one of seven nominees for the Counties-Manukau Junior Team of the Year.

Papakura club secretary Cheryl Derrick is a finalist for the region’s Administrator of the Year.

Papakura City president David Johnson will receive a Volunteer of the Year award, one of eight recipients to be recognised at the finals night.

Award winners will be revealed at a function to be held at Manukau’s Sports Bowl Function Centre, Clover Park, on Thursday November 23, 2023.

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Award categories

Club of the Year


  • Franklin County Archers
  • Icon Trampoline
  • Manukau Rovers Rugby
  • Papakura Athletics and Harrier
  • Papakura City FC
  • Southern Districts Hockey
  • Special Olympics Howick-Pakuranga
  • TTT Runners
2023 Lotto NRFL Men’s Northern Conference champions Franklin United. Photo: Regan Dewar Photo: Shane Wenzlick / Phototek.

Team of the Year


  • Franklin United FC
  • Manukau Rovers Rugby Men’s Premier
  • Manurewa Rugby Men’s Premier
  • Otahuhu Softball Premier Women
  • TTT Runners

Junior Team of the Year


  • Alfriston College Premier Softball
  • Clendon Park School Panthers Netball Year 7&8
  • Kings College Mixed Tennis
  • MI Brothers Rugby
  • Papakura City U-10 Fantails
  • Papatoetoe Rangers Intermediate A Netball
  • Women’s Artistic Gymnastics STEP 7
Papakura City’s title-winning futsal coach Marvin Eakins, who is also head coach for the Futsal Whites. Photo: Shane Wenzlick / Phototek.

Coach of the Year


  • Angie Dougal (Icon Trampoline)
  • Marvin Eakins (Papakura City FC)
  • John Eden (Papakura Athletics)
  • Jill Gillette (Franklin County Archers)
  • Mark Holt (Franklin United FC)
  • Simon Kent (Papatoetoe Olympic Weightlifting)
  • James Kuegler (TTT Runners)
  • Elena Pirozhenko (Counties Manukau Gymnastics)

Administrator of the Year


  • Cheryl Derrick (Papakura City FC)
  • Claire Lingman (Special Olympics Howick-Pakuranga)
  • Debbie Solomann (Counties Manukau Gymnastics)
  • Katie Unkovich-Smith (Icon Trampoline)
  • Viki Vaoga (Papatoetoe Rugby)

Volunteer of the Year

One of eight recipients

  • David Johnson (Papakura City FC)

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