Setefano Cakaunivalu wins Eric Johnston Medal

· NT Premier
by NT Rugby

South Darwin’s Setefano Cakaunivalu was last night awarded the Eric Johnston Medal for NT Rugby’s Best & Fairest Player.

The 37 year old former Fijian International polled one more vote from than Casuarina Loose Forward Bobby Nurse.

Setefano was also the Season’s Leading Try Scorer, crossing on 21 occasions.

Robert Butcher was the Leading Point Scorer with 150 points. 

Palmerston’s Liam Bilston was named Bendigo Bank Rising Star and was presented with the inaugural Tawera Kerr-Barlow Medal.  

University Fly half Rhys Venturin was awarded the Dan Panapa Reserve Grade Best & Fairest while Palmerston duo Aaron Bonaz and Levi Clark were the leading point and try scorers respectively.

In the Women’s Competition the Naomi Roberts Medal for the Best & Fairest Player was presented to University’s Claire Rowat while the Bo de la Cruz Emerging Talent Award went to Palmerston teenager Sarah O’Connor.

Ryan Oakley won the Craig Leach Mosquito Player of the Year being the standout player at the Hottest 7s for the Mozzies by the Team's Management.

Palmerston’s Ravin du Plessis was a logical choice as David Cooper Senior Coach of the Year after taking the Crocs from a one win season to a Grand Final showdown against South Darwin with the Reserve Grade also a good chance for a flag.

Fiona Weaver was recognised for her contribution to the game at Club, Representative and Events by being named the Brian Anderson Volunteer of the Year.

Recognition of the Referee’s Association is now an integral part of the NT Rugby Union’s end of season presentation and their Referee of the Year was Damian McLachlan for the second year in a row.

Robbie Taylor was named Most Improved Referee while the inaugural Junior Referee of the Year went to Eddie Weaver.

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