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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

Great Photos Keep Rolling In!

August 15, 2016

Austin Powell engulfed in a great battle for the ball - Thanks Samantha Robson for this shot!

Austin Powell 2

Check out this great photo of the Clive Finance 7th Grade team! - Credit to Megan Nation for this one!

Clive Finance

Holly Manning looks to direct the play in this great snap - Thanks Amy Cakes!

Holly Manning

Clive Chalets Game of the Week

August 15, 2016
The Clive Chalets took on the Havelock North Cougars in our latest 'Game of the Week'. Thanks to our videographer Kerin Greville who filmed all the great action!
 


Jessica Karauria nominated this team due to the fact that they have a great attitude towards each other their coaches and their all round game. For her, it's been a pleasure to watch them grow due to the fact that last year was their first season together.

Make sure you enter your team for a chance to feature in the next Game of the Week!

Final Halftime Heroes found for 2016!

July 08, 2016
Congratulations to the Puketapu Goats who were selected as our final Halftime Heroes for 2016!

Puketapu Goats

Thanks to Mandy O' Neil who nominated the 'Goats' due to the fact that they have a never say day attitude and really work hard as a collective to achieve team goals!

That's a wrap for 2016, good luck to all our Halftime Heroes for the remainder of the junior sporting season!

Congratulations Taradale Cheetahs - 2016's First Game of the Week Winners

June 09, 2016
Unison's videographer, Kerin Greville, captured the action between the Taradale Cheetahs and Tech Chiefs in this year's first Game of the Week. Check out all the action of there game here


Melinda Chambers nominated the Cheetahs because, they are a team of passionate, dedicated and talented 9th graders who always give 100%. They don't always win but they hit the field every Saturday with the aim of making memories , for their dedicated coach, their whanau and supporters and themselves. They certainly know how to entertain a crowd and finish every game with beaming smiles and lasting memories.

Make sure you enter your team for a chance to feature in the next Game of the Week!

Unison’s Sponsorship Assists in Massive Growth for Junior Hockey

May 30, 2016

Junior hockey numbers in Hawke's Bay continue to increase, with player numbers rising by almost 20% leading into the new season, and seeing almost 1,000 players taking to the turf in 2016. 

Hawke’s Bay Hockey Administration Manager, Michelle Francis said the continued partnership with Unison was a strong contributing factor to the increase in participation.

“Following last year's hugely successful season, Hawke's Bay Hockey is looking forward to the months ahead, and is thrilled to have Unison's continued support to further assist in junior hockey's growth within the region," said Mrs Francis.

"To increase by so many players is a testament to the support we receive. Our relationship with Unison has assisted us to achieve our goal for growth in the sport, and really strive towards providing quality junior programmes to the province."

The relationship, which falls under Unison’s renowned ‘Greatest Supporter’ programme, is one of three junior sports associated with Unison, with junior rugby and netball also benefiting from the partnership. Junior hockey in Taupo is also part of the programme.

Unison Relationship Manager, Danny Gough, said the programme was an important channel for delivering electrical safety messages to children, while also supporting grass-roots sport.

"We want to see our local children living healthy, active lives and, if we can educate them around electricity and being safe at the same time, the outcomes for both Unison and the sporting associations we're linked with have the potential to be extremely beneficial. We believe it’s delivering great results for our community, and it’s something we're really proud of.

“With the junior hockey season now officially underway, expect Unison's Hockey Stadium, a key partner of Hawke's Bay Hockey, to be awash with colours, including the orange and blue of the Unison branded bags, drink bottles and mouth guards provided to each player.”

Junior Players Weigh-in for Big Season

March 23, 2016

Hawke’s Bay Rugby Union Commercial Manager, Jay Campbell, said the numbers of junior players participating had continually grown since sponsor Unison Networks came on board in 2008, with over 3,400 children taking to the field last season.

“Unison’s support of our programme has seen our player numbers grow year-on-year since partnering with the Hawke’s Bay Rugby Union, and that growth looks set to continue again this year.

“Together, we have worked hard to grow the game at grass-roots, developing a talent pool which ultimately supports our professional game. Last season we had a player in our Magpies squad that had come through the Unison junior rugby programme, and that is something we are really proud of.”

Weigh-in’s began on Sunday 13 March, and run through until Sunday 10 April.  Weigh in dates, times and locations can be found online at www.unison.co.nz/greatest-supporter

Helicopter Fly-In Competition Now Open!

September 14, 2015
Helicopter-comp_webHow would your Hawke's Bay junior rugby, netball or hockey player like a ride in a helicopter?

On Friday 9 October, we're flying one lucky winner and their parent/ caregiver, to McLean Park in the Lowe Corporation Rescue Helicopter, where they will land in front of hundreds of avid Magpies supporters at the Hawke's Bay Magpies final home game against Waikato!

To enter your junior sporting star, CLICK HERE!

Young Sports Players Recognised at Unison Medal Ceremonies

September 03, 2015

Tuesday 1 September 2015 - With the region’s winter sports season drawing to an end, Unison’s annual Unison Medal Ceremonies for junior rugby, netball and hockey players are underway, recognising excellence, both on and off the fiePowerman with Kaiden Beale, Magie Jonah Lowe 400ld.

 Last night, it was the turn of Hawke’s Bay’s young rugby players to receive their Unison Medal, presented by the Hawke’s Bay Magpies - one of whom was himself a recipient of the award in its inaugural year.

“Receiving a Unison medal back in 2009 was pretty inspiring, but to return seven years later and award medals to these young kids has been an awesome experience," said 19-year-old Magpie, Jonah Lowe.

Hawke’s Bay Rugby Union Commercial Manager, Jay Campbell, said seeing Jonah graduate from a Unison Medal recipient to a fully-fledged contracted Magpie, was justification of the virtues of the award.

“The award recognises the values of work ethic, discipline, and fair play, and these are essential in becoming a professional rugby player," said Mr Campbell.

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

“Initially the medal was part of our support for 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 the award has become so popular with young players, and it is wonderful to see how delighted the recipients are to receive their medal in front of their family and friends.”

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

“With the support of Unison, we have been able to continue our focus on extending our netball programme in primary and intermediate schools.

“We believe growing the game at a junior level will not only support the long-term strength of the sport at an international level, but will also provide a way to help children develop a range of great qualities that will serve them well in life. The Unison Medal is a wonderful way to recognise this.”

Following the second year of the junior hockey partnership, the first ever Medal Ceremony for junior hockey players will be held this evening.

Hawke’s Bay’s Hockey Manager Dean Hulls said the partnership with Unison had grown from strength to strength.

“It has been amazing to see what a difference Unison’s support has made to our junior hockey programme.  Our young players have really benefited from their support and commitment to lifting the profile of the sport in our region.

“All the boys and girls are really excited about tonight’s upcoming inaugural Medal Ceremony,” he said.

Mr Sutherland said Unison’s support of junior rugby, hockey and netball provided the Company with a valuable communication channel for sharing important safety messages with children, while at the same time supporting the clubs and schools to enhance their development programmes, 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 around our electrical assets within the region.  Our partnerships with these three sports have enabled us to engage with around 7,000 children and their families.”

Recipients of the Unison Medal were nominated by their coaches for having consistently shown great work ethic, discipline and fair play.