Bay of Plenty’s Otumoetai have named men’s first team coach Ross Johnson their 2023 Club Person of the Year.
Johnson led the team to safety after struggling for most of their season in the newly-created Lotto NRFL Southern Conference.
Receiving his club’s award, Johnson said his highlight of the season was the team working their way up the table in the last few games, after being bottom most of the season.
“Morale stayed first class right throughout the season,” he said. “We worked extremely hard on the pitch and on the training ground and found ourselves safe.”
His second season highlight was the performance of Otumoetai’s youth team at the national U-17 tournament hosted by Western Springs — “a team put together quickly, not a lot of prep, but gave everything at tournament.”
His third highlight was seeing junior and youth players developing at the club.
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