Ndungane & Wepener the BIG Bulls

Thu, 06 Dec 2012 11:06
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Two veterans, wing Akona Ndungane and hooker Willie Wepener, were the big winners at the Bulls' annual awards.

Two veterans, wing Akona Ndungane and hooker Willie Wepener, were the big winners at the Bulls' annual awards.

Ndungane was named the Bulls' Super Rugby Players Player of the Year, while Wepener walked away with the Currie Cup Players Player of the Year Award.

These two were amongst a host of awards given to players and staff at the Blue Bulls Company's annual lunch, which incorporated the awards.

Ndungane was also named best back for the Currie Cup side, capping a fine season for the veteran.

Barend van Graan, CEO of the BBM, thanked the coaching staff and players as well as the BBC's employees, many of whom received service certificates as well.

"We did not achieve our expected strike rate with regards to trophies and titles - with only our Under-21 team, Women Sevens and Craven Week sides that won their tournaments, but it was still very successful in many ways," Van Graan said.

"Our Super Rugby side made the top six and play-offs, the Currie Cup team played in the semifinals and our Under-19 team made their final. A host of our players also represented the Springboks and a number of our junior players starred for the Junior Springboks in the winning of the IRB Junior World Championships," Van Graan added.

"We lost a lot of our coaching staff to the Springboks as well, so in all, it was a good year for us in many ways. Our office staff excelled as well and I am happy that we could honour their contribution too."

Bulls coach Frans Ludeke said the rewards will motivate his troops for the new season.

"It is always nice to reward people and a lot of these awards did just that. We are blessed to have some truly professional players in our set-up and they work very hard. This creates a fantastic work ethic, one the Blue Bulls are very proud of. Congratulations to the winners, it was well deserved. With next year's pre-season just starting, these awards also serves as a timely reminder that hard work will pay off in the end."

All the winners:
Super Rugby 2012     
Players Player of the Year: Akona Ndungane
Most Promising Player of the Year: Arno Botha        
Forward of the Year: Juandré Kruger
Back of the Year: Zane Kirchner

Currie Cup 2012
Players Player of the Year: Willie Wepener   
Most Promising Player of the Year: Louis Fouché      
Forward of the Year: Dewald Potgieter         
Back of the Year: Akona Ndungane

Vodacom Cup 2012   
Players Player of the Year: Ruan Snyman      
Most Promising player of the Year: Jan Serfontein   
Forward of the Year: Cornell Hess     
Back of the Year: Ruan Snyman         
Management Award: Tim Dlulane

Blue Bulls Under-21
Players Player of the Year: Juan Schoeman   
Most Promising Player of the Year: Marvin Orie      
Forward of the Year: Wiaan Liebenberg        
Back of the Year: Courtnall Skosan    
Management Award: André Volsteedt

Blue Bulls Under-19          
Players player of the Year: Ruan Steenkamp
Most Promising Player of the Year: Andrew Beerwinkel       
Forward of the Year: Jacques du Plessis         
Back of the Year: Burger Odendaal   
Management Award:  Zama Dyidi     

* Various service certificates were also given out and the following staff members received those: Barend van Graan (five years and 11 months); Sina Madisha (six years, five months); Naseema Dawood (seven years three months); Douglas Chauke (seven years five months); Ian Schwartz (seven years five months); Tracey-Lee Lombard (eight years 10 months); Bronwyn Findlay (nine years four years); Simon Mnguni (nine years eight months); Nini Madisha (10 years four years); Andries Kabinde (10 years nine months); Joanè Venter (10 years, nine months); Heidi Visagie (11 years three months); Marlene Strydom (11 years, 10 months); Karin Visser (12 years 11 months); Pienkie Loots (13 years nine months); Hugo Kemp (14 years); Nola Padiacy (17 years three months); Heino Noeth (18 years six months); Wynie Strydom (20 years 11 months); Ephraim Ndhlovu (21 years six months); John Maimane (21 years nine months); Sam Ngobeni (33 years five months).

 Employees' Employee of the Year: Joanè Venter

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