Competition updates

Unison rewards excellence as the junior sports season closes

September 12, 2018
With the region’s junior winter sports season coming to an end, Unison’s annual medal ceremonies for rugby, netball, hockey and for the first-time, football, saw over 550 young players presented with medals.

Held over the past two weeks at the Bay Outreach Centre in Hastings, junior football players were the first recipients to take the stage to receive their Unison Medal, which recognises excellence in the values of work ethic, discipline and fair play – both on and off the field.

Football medals were presented by Hawke’s Bay United and New Zealand Under 20 International, Jorge Akers, who vividly recalled his experiences as a young player upon meeting the junior footballers in attendance.

“As a young player, you naturally believe that you can achieve anything – and it’s this belief in yourself which ultimately leads to how successful you are in the future.
“I was honoured to be a part of football’s first ceremony, and to see how proud these young players were when they received their medal,” he said.

Medal recipient, Harry Caldwell from Napier City Rovers, said he was excited to receive the medal and to have a photo with Jorge. “It made me feel happy and proud to get one of these special medals for my football – I love playing football.”

Unison Relationship Manager, Danny Gough, said through its support of all four sports – junior football, rugby, hockey and netball – Unison has been able to engage with around 10,000 children and their families this year.

“We’re passionate about supporting our local communities, and about keeping them safe around our electrical assets within the region. These partnerships are a great vehicle for us to deliver electrical safety messages to our young people.

“It is continually recognised that great players of any sport start at grass roots level, and we’re extremely proud that our partnerships are helping to encourage healthy, active children in Hawke’s Bay. The medal ceremonies play an important part in helping to shape these young players,” said Mr Gough.

Reporoa Originals scoop Halftime Heroes Award

August 09, 2017
The Reporoa Originals hockey team were announced as Taupo's second to last Halftime Heroes for the 2017 season. 

Annabell Lane nominated the Originals because, "they're a team of players who give it 110% in each game that they play. They've also been together for several years in which they have grown as a team and are always a pleasure to coach." 
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The team received a $150.00 Cobb n Co voucher that they can use to celebrate their seasons success with. 

For your teams chance to be our very last Halftime Heroes winners, click here 

Game of the Week - Tamatea Taniwha vs HN Wolverines

July 31, 2017
Unison's videographer, Kerin Greville, was on the sideline again this weekend, filming our latest Game of the Week winners, the Tamatea Taniwha, as they took on the Havelock North Wolverines in crisp winter conditions. 

Make sure you enter your junior rugby, netball, or hockey team for their chance to have their game filmed!

Final 2017 Hawke's Bay Halftime Heroes Winners Found

July 31, 2017
The Bridge Pa Ferns have taken the honor of being named the last Hawke's Bay Halftime Heroes for the 2017 junior sport season. 

Throughout the season, Unison have announced eight different hockey and netball teams as their Halftime Heroes following nominations from coaches and supporters. Each winning team has walked away with a $150.00 Breakers Voucher to celebrate together.

The Bridge Pa Ferns were nominated by their Principal, Rebecca Skerman because, "they are incredibly supportive of one another and have amazing talent. They cheer for the other team, whilst remaining competitive."

Bridge Pa Ferns

Unison's Halftime Heroes promotion has once again proved to be highly successful with high engagement from the thousands of junior athletes in Hawke's Bay.

Congratulations to all of our winners for 2017.   

St Pats Supernovas win Taupo Halftime Heroes Award

July 18, 2017
The St Patrick's Supernovas were the last Taupo Halftime Heroes for Term 2 and won themselves a $150.00 Cobb n Co voucher to celebrate with as a team. 

St Patricks Supernovas

Kylee Patrick nominated the Supernovas because, "We are a small school and often struggle to make up full teams. This year we had year 6 students step up to allow us to enter a complete (with reserves) year 7 & 8 intermediate team. And they are rocking it." 

This award was extra special as the Supernovas coach who has dedicated time and effort into developing this team is unfortunately moving on.

We have plenty more opportunities for your team to be Taupo's Halftime Heroes, so be sure to get your entries in and tell us why your team deserves to win. 

Penultimate Hawke's Bay Halftime Heroes Found

July 11, 2017
The Year 3 Clive School hockey team were announced as the penultimate Hawke's Bay Halftime Heroes winners for the 2017 winter sport season on Saturday. 

Maria Karlson, nominated this dynamic team because, "they are a spectacular little side who all get in there and play well as a team." 

"They're also very explosive and exciting to watch, week in, week out" says Maria.

Clive Year Three Hockey Team

Unison, will announce one last Halftime Heroes winner in 2017, following the school holiday break, with that team walking away with the last $150.00 Breakers Restaurant voucher to celebrate with as a group. 

Taradale Red Devils feature in ripper Game of the Week Video

July 03, 2017
The Taradale Red Devils ripper rugby team were the latest winners of Unison's Game of the Week competition, and were fortunate enough to have their game against Maraenui filmed by videopgrapher, Kerin Greville.

Milly Geddes nominated the team because, "every week, this team of awesome kids go out and have fun whether it's sunny or freezing cold, work as a team and always support each other. Win or lose, they always leave with smiles on their faces." 

Check out all of our 2017 Game of the Week videos here.

Westshore Diamonds and Mahora Mystics are Halftime Heroes

July 03, 2017
With junior sport succumbing to the weather last week, Unison awarded two Halftime Heroes winners with a $150.00 Breakers Restaurant voucher on Saturday.

The Westshore Diamonds were nominated by Daphne Barraclough because they are extremely committed to their training each week and give it their all on game day regardless of the final score. 
Westshore Diamonds Mahora Mystics

The Mahora Mystics are Halftime Heroes because, they have so much fun on the court and put their all into each game. Their coach, Denise Pearse, never stops encouraging them and they deserve to to celebrate their success as a team.  

Thanks to Janet Milne who nominated the Mystics. 

Irongate Koru Development Highlighted in Game of the Week Video

June 26, 2017
Irongate Koru are the latest junior sports team to have had their game filmed by Unison Videographer Kerin Greville having been selected as the fourth Game of the Week winners for 2017. 

Paikea Llyod-TeHiko nominated Irongate because, " they are a keen and positive team of players. They show that their skills are developing every week and they always give 100%. They're a team without heroes and back each other whether they win, lose or draw." 

To find out more about Unison's Game of the Week, or for your teams chance to have their game filmed, click here for details.  

Waipahihi Stormers Win Taupo's First Halftime Heroes Award

June 19, 2017
The Waipahihi Stormers were crowned the first 2017 Taupo Halftime Heroes winners on Saturday.

Waipahihi Stormers - Taupo 

Greg Watson nominated the Stormers because, "they have been together for three years and in that time they have changed from a bunch of individuals into a cohesive team that trains hard, plays fair, and are incredibly enthusiastic and encouraging of each other."

"Their coach, Mary, is patient and passionate about the team and she also does an incredible celebration dance every time they score a goal."

The Stormers were awarded a $150.00 Cobb 'n' Co voucher to enjoy as a team for their efforts. Well done, Stormers.