MVP Rugby Shared

For the sixth time in the 13-year history of the Wanganui premier club rugby Most Valuable Player awards the honour has been shared.

Pirates’ first five Denning Tyrell and Border loose forward Kierin Hussey share the Grand Irish Bar $500 voucher with the competition decided over 14 Saturdays of play during the two rounds of qualifying play.

Tyrell, who won the award outright in 2007 and shared it with Charlie Mete (Ratana) in 2004 and with Greg Charlton (Marist) in 2009 when paying for Kaierau, was originally named the winner this season.

But a double check of the weekly points allocations, which come from information provided by club coaches or managers or media, has revealed Tyrell and Hussey finished with 15 points each, two ahead of Pirates’ winger Clive Stowers.

Tyrell received points in eight games (3 2 1 3 1 2 1 2) and Hussey seven times (3 3 3 1 2 2 1).

Last year rival rep halfbacks Lindsay Horrocks (Border) and William Short (Ruapehu) shared the title with 19 points each.

The other equal winners, apart from Tyrell, have been Ratana first five Leon Mason and Marist loose forward Ron Katonivere in 2008 and Kaierau fullback Ace Malo and Ruapehu hooker Roman Tutauha in 2012.

Sole winners have been loose forwards Lasa Ulukuta in 2013 (Pirates) and 2010 (Kaierau), Darren Munro (Kaierau) 2011 and J J Walker (Utiku OB) 2003, Leon Mason 2005, Denning Tyrell 2007 and mid-field back Ateria Ateria (Kaierau) in 2006.

A total of 99 players received MVP points this season. Taihape provided 15, Border and Utiku OB 14 each, Ratana 12 and Kaierau, Marist, Pirates and Ruapehu 11 each.