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Fred Z nominated twice


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 12 Dec 2013 at 10:45
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SA Rugby have confirmed the nominees for their various Player of the Year awards, with young Sharks sharpshooter Fred Zeilinga named as a finalist in two categories.

Zeilinga, who made his senior Currie Cup debut this season, only turned 21 yesterday, but has nevertheless managed to secure a nomination as 2013 Currie Cup Player of the Year. As the top points scorer in the Vodacom Cup this year, he is also justifiably nominated for the award in that competition. He’ll face stiff competition in both cases; Lions flyhalf Marnitz Boshoff was superb in the Vodacom Cup, while try-scoring ace (and former Shark) Rosco Speckman seems sure to pick up a gong somewhere along the way, after winning about 23 separate prizes at the Pumas prize-giving. In the Currie Cup division, Zeilinga is up against a pair of Western Province stalwarts in Scarra Ntubeni and Cheslin Kolbe, with the former the heavy favourite to win the prize.

The Sharks’ run to the Currie Cup trophy this year sees them nominated for Team of the Year, where they come up against the formidable Pumas (who had a superb season) and the Springboks. The Coach of the Year sees, perhaps fittingly, the men responsible for all of the nominated teams in the running; Brendan Venter, Jimmy Stonehouse and Heyneke Meyer. Pieter-Steph du Toit is fittingly among the nominees for Young Player of the Year, again in a category that contains stiff opposition, including fellow Boks Eben Etzebeth, Jan Serfontein and Siya Kolisi.

The most coveted award, though, is that of Player of the Year. In a hugely tough field, Sharks fans will be backing our stalwart, Bismarck du Plessis – he comes up against four fellow Springboks in Jean de Villiers, Willie le Roux, Eben Etzebeth and Duane Vermeulen, any of whom would be worthy winners of the prize too after the 2013 that they’ve had.

The winners will be announced at Gold Reef City on 12 February 2014.

All the nominations for 2013 (in alphabetical order):

SARU Rugby Player of the Year:
1. Jean de Villiers
2. Bismarck du Plessis
3. Eben Etzebeth
4. Willie le Roux
5. Duane Vermeulen

Absa Young Player of the Year:
1. Pieter-Steph du Toit
2. Eben Etzebeth
3. Cheslin Kolbe
4. Siya Kolisi
5. Jan Serfontein

Absa Team of the Year:
1. Steval Pumas (Vodacom Cup, Absa Currie Cup First Division)
2. The Sharks (Absa Currie Cup)
3. Springboks

Absa Coach of the Year:
1. Heyneke Meyer (Springboks)
2. Jimmy Stonehouse (Steval Pumas)
3. Brendan Venter (The Sharks Absa Currie Cup)

SA Under-20 Player of the Year:
1. Jacques du Plessis
2. Cheslin Kolbe
3. Seabelo Senatla

SA Sevens Player of the Year:
1. Cornal Hendricks
2. Frankie Horne
3. Seabelo Senatla

Vodacom Super Rugby Player of Year:
1. Willie le Roux (Toyota Cheetahs)
2. Adriaan Strauss (Toyota Cheetahs)
3. Duane Vermeulen (DHL Stormers)

Vodacom Cup Player of the Year:
1. Marnitz Boshoff (MTN Golden Lions)
2. Rosco Speckman (Steval Pumas)
3. Fred Zeilinga (The Sharks XV)

Absa Currie Cup Premier Division Player of the Year:
1. Cheslin Kolbe (DHL Western Province)
2. Scarra Ntubeni (DHL Western Province)
3. Fred Zeilinga (The Sharks)

Absa Currie Cup First Division Player of the Year:
1. Alshaun Bock (SWD Eagles)
2. Tiger Mangweni (EP Kings)
3. Rosco Speckman (Steval Pumas)



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