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More Great Photo Winners Announced

June 09, 2017
Storm Kemp attempts to make the tackle in this GREAT photo sent in by Susan Hunt.                                                     
Storm Kemp - Tamate Tumeke












Riley Thomas has the ball well under control in this GREAT shot submitted by Chris Finn.                                               
Riley Thomas AMS Aces













This truly is a GREAT shot of Ruby Kaye! Awesome work, Stacy Kaye.

Ruby Kaye












Parkvale Thunder Win Halftime Heroes Competition

June 02, 2017
Congratulations to the Parkvale Thunder netball team who took home a $150.00 Breakers Restaurant voucher for being Unison's latest Halftime Heroes. 
                                                             
Parkvale Thunder









Amy Blakesley nominated the Thunder, because "they always demonstrate fair play and give 110% to every game. They also have the most fabulous coach Mrs Tracey Hill from Parkvale who deserves a treat too!" 

Well done girls! 

For your teams chance to be our next Halftime Heroes head click here

More Great Photo Winners Found

May 29, 2017
Congratulations to our latest batch of Great Photo winners below. 

Remember, if you take a photo of your junior rugby, hockey or netball star, you can enter here and be in to win yourself a $25.00 Rebel Sport voucher. 

Phoenix Shannon Brown shows some defensive grit in this GREAT snap taken by Joanne Hinks                                         
Phoenix Shannon Brown - Taradale Rockets












Makayla Evans shows some GREAT handling skills in this photo taken by Alisha Evans 
Makayla Evans - Mahora Gold Sticks












The Clive 4B netball team warm before taking the court. GREAT shot Maria Karlsen
Clive 4b 










Lucknow Blob Fish are Halftime Heroes

May 29, 2017
The Lucknow Blob Fish junior hockey team were selected as the first winners of Unison's Halftime Heroes competition for 2017 and have received a $150.00 Breakers voucher to enjoy together as a team.

Lucknow 









Jane Hill, nominated the Blob Fish because, "they came together so well as a team last year and always give their best no matter what, train really hard and support each other at all times." 

For your chance to be Unison's Halftime Heroes, click here

Te Mata Rainbow Streaks are our Second Game of the Week Winners

May 29, 2017

Unison's videographer, Kerin Grevile, headed down to the Unison Hockey Stadium on Saturday 26th May to film our second Game of the Week winners, the Te Mata Rainbow Streaks.



Kelly James nominated this team because "this is an amazing young group of girls. They are now in their second season together and are really looking forward to the increased turf size! They are a girls only team (one of the few in their year 3/4 grade in 2016) and had a fabulous season last year - only losing one game in the entire season - to an all boys team with year 4 kids (they were year 3 last year).

Congratulations girls.

Great Photos Begin to Roll in Following the Start of the Junior Sport Season

May 22, 2017
The GREAT Photo competition is back in 2017 and we've received a number of incredible entries already! 

Remember, if you snap a GREAT photo of your junior rugby, hockey or netball star, you could be walking away with a $25.00 Rebel Sport voucher simply by submitting it here

Check out some of our awesome entries below: 

Ryan Mackie 2












Ryan Mackie looks to make his way to the try line in this GREAT snap taken by Patrice Morris.
                                                                                                                  
Laykn Baldock








Lakyn Baldock shows a GREAT turn of pace to get away from the defence. Awesome shot, Robyn Atkenson.

Hannah Lunn












Hannah Jo Lunn displays some GREAT handling skills on the opening day of the Hawke's Bay junior hockey season. Thanks Annette Hilton for this one.

First 2017 Game of the Week Winners Found

May 22, 2017
Unison's videographer, Kerin Greville, was on the sideline for the first time in 2017, capturing all the action from the game played between the NOBM Dream Team Clean and Hastings Rugby & Sports Green Machine.



Hayley Ceselli,nominated the Dream Team Clean because,"this team of boys have been together for four years and they have continued to grow together and play some awesome rugby." We also wanted to recognise their amazing coaches, Liam Edwards and Matt Gardner, who have no children involved within the team, but just wanted to give back to the game that they love. They do an awesome job and bring out the best in the boys, week in week out."

For your teams chance to have their next game filmed, head to http://www.unison.co.nz/greatest-supporter/competitions

Taupo’s Junior Hockey Players Recognised for Excellence On and Off the Field

September 22, 2016

With Taupo’s junior hockey season having drawn to a close for 2016, Unison this week recognised players for their excellence, both on and off the field. 

The 40 proud recipients who took to the stage as part of Unison’s annual Medal Ceremony in Taupo, were nominated by their coaches for having consistently shown great work ethic, discipline and fair-play.

Unison Group Chief Executive Officer, Ken Sutherland said the Unison Medal was becoming a highlight of the season for many young players across the region.

“This is just the second year we have run the Medal Ceremony in Taupo, as part of our support for grass-roots hockey in the region.

“We take great satisfaction in seeing how delighted the recipients are to receive their Medal in front of their family and friends.”

Great Lake Taupo Hockey Club Development Officer, Aniek Lenoir said the partnership with Unison had grown from strength to strength again this season.

“Unison’s support continues to make a big difference to our junior hockey programme – in terms of both participation rates and lifting the overall quality of the programme we can offer.

“It’s great to have the backing of a local Company, and to see them so passionate about inspiring our future hockey stars.”

Mr Sutherland said through its support of junior hockey, Unison was able to engage with children on important safety issues, while at the same time supporting the Club to enhance their development programme, and nurture a life-long passion for the game in young players.

“We’re passionate about supporting our local communities, and about keeping them safe.  Our partnership with Taupo Hockey has enabled us to engage with a number of local children and their families this year to remind them about the importance of keeping safe around electricity.”

Unison Wraps up Hawke’s Bay Junior Sport Season by Rewarding Excellence On and Off the Field

September 15, 2016

With the region’s winter sports season having drawn to a close for 2016, Unison’s annual Unison Medal Ceremonies for Hawke’s Bay’s junior rugby, netball and hockey players are now complete.

Last week, junior hockey players were the final recipients to take to the stage to receive their Unison Medal, which recognises excellence, both on and off the field. These were presented by New Zealand Black Stick, Emily Gaddum (nee Nailor), who vividly recalled her experiences as a young player.

“When you are young, you believe you can achieve anything – and it’s this belief in yourself that plays a big part in how far you can go.

“I got a real thrill out of being a part of this Ceremony, and seeing how proud these young players were when they received their Medal.”

Hawke’s Bay’s Hockey Manager, Andrea Cullen said the partnership with Unison had grown from strength to strength again this season.

“Unison’s support continues to make a huge difference to our junior hockey programme – in terms of both participation rates and lifting the overall quality of the programme we can offer.

“It’s continually recognised that great players of any sport start at the grass roots level, and with the calibre of programme we now offer, there is no doubt that some of the country’s future Black Sticks will be from here in Hawke’s Bay.”

Unison Group Chief Executive Officer, Ken Sutherland, said the Unison Medal had become a highlight of the season for many young players across the region.

“The Medal Ceremony started back in 2009, as part of our initiative supporting grass-roots rugby, and we’re thrilled that we have now been able to extend this to our junior netball and hockey players.

“We’re very proud of how this event has evolved over the years. We take great satisfaction in seeing how delighted the recipients are to receive their medal in front of their family and friends.”

On the back of a successful Ceremony for junior netball, Hawke’s Bay Netball Operations Manager, Tina Arlidge said she was very appreciative of the continued support from Unison.

“Last year the region's ANZ Future Ferns Junior Netball programme was one of the largest of its kind in New Zealand which was largely attributable to Unison's involvement and support.”

Hawke’s Bay Rugby Union Commercial Manager, Jay Campbell reflected on another solid season of junior rugby, with Unison’s support playing an integral role.

“Our relationship with Unison has now entered its eighth year, and we continue to value their generous support.”

He said the Medal Ceremony was a really great initiative, and played an important role in helping shape young players.

“The award recognises the values of work ethic, discipline, and fair play, and these are all essential traits for any budding young rugby player, just as it is for any professional rugby player."

Mr Sutherland said through its support of junior rugby, hockey and netball, Unison was able to engage with children on important safety issues, while at the same time contribute to the growth of these development programmes, which nurture a life-long passion for the game in young players.

“We’re passionate about supporting our local communities, and about keeping them safe around our electrical assets within the region.  Our partnerships with these three sports have enabled us to engage with around 9,000 children and their families this year.”

Te Aute College Take Home Unison Shield Two Years in a Row

August 23, 2016

Te Aute College is now one win away from a hat trick victory after defeating Wairoa College for the second time in two years on Saturday, in the Unison Secondary School Rugby Challenge Shield final.

Played as the curtain raiser to the Magpies versus Wellington home game, Te Aute College came away with a 39 - 26 win against Wairoa College.

Te Aute College 1st XV Coach, Harley Thomas said the win was well deserved by the team, especially given how young the side was.

“After a tight first half, the boys played out of their skin in the second half, demonstrating some really explosive rugby to get three more tries under their belts.

“With 16 of the 23 players set to return next year, this highlights just how young the team was this season, making the victory even more of a credit to them.” 

Wairoa College, while disappointed with the result, certainly didn’t go down without a fight and gave it their all on the field.

“They were a really strong side, and a pleasure to play against,” he said.

The Challenge Shield is part of Unison’s sponsorship with the Hawke’s Bay Rugby Union, and an extension of its junior rugby programme.

In presenting the Shield on behalf of the Unison Group, Relationship Manager, Danny Gough, said Unison was proud to support the regions’ rising rugby stars.

“We get a real thrill out of supporting local rugby at this level, and I personally look forward to this match every year.

“Many of these players have come right through our junior rugby programme, and their passion for the game is evidently still strong. As long as this is the case they are leading active lifestyles, which is what we want to see in our communities.”

In addition to the Shield, Mr Gough presented each player of the winning team with a medal, as well as a sports voucher the College. Wairoa College also received a sports voucher.  

 

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For more information, contact:

Danny Gough

Unison Relationship Manager

021 739461