The New Zealand Rugby League take great pleasure in announcing the Finalists for the Lion Foundation NZRL Awards 2004. The Awards Dinner will take place on Friday 3 December at the Hyatt Regency in Auckland and will also be live on Sky Sport 1 from 8.00-9.30pm.
Award Catergories and Finalists are as follows:
Crown Lift Trucks Referee Of The Year 3 x Finalists - Craig Pascoe, Glen Black, Dave Pakieto
Bartercard Cup Best & Fairest Player 3 x Finalists - Paul Atkins (Otahuhu Ellerslie), Herewini Rangi (Eastern Tornadoes), Chris Newton (Canterbury Bulls)
Bartercard Cup Coach Of The Year 2 x Finalists - Bernie Perenara (Marist Richmond Brothers), Brian McClennan (Mt Albert Lions)
Bartercard Cup Player Of The Year 3 x Finalists - Henry Turua (Marist Richmond Brothers), Steve Buckingham (Mt Albert Lions), Paul Atkins (Otahuhu Ellerslie)
SAS Sport Team Of The Year (Selected From The Bartercard Cup) 3 x Finalists - Central Falcons, Counties Manukau Jetz, Glenora Bears
Lion Foundation Amateur Supreme Achievement Award (Selected From All Winners In The Bartercard Cup Catergories)
New Zealand Women's Player Of The Year 3 x Finalists - Leah Witehira (Otahuhu), Lorina Papali'i (Richmond), Luisa Avaiki (Richmond)
Bartercard Rookie Of The Year 3 x Finalists - Simon Mannering (Wellington), oshua Davis (Wellington), Louis Anderson (North Harbour Tigers / NZ Warriors)
Mad Butcher Personality Of The Year 3 x Finalists - Brent Webb, Ruben Wiki, Tawera Nikau
Lion Red Player Of The Year 3 x Finalists - Ruben Wiki (Canberra Raiders), Sonny-Bill Williams (Bulldogs), Paul Rauhihi (Cowboys)
Special Presentation To Stephen Kearney Retired From International Rugby League. Stephen still holds the record as the most capped Kiwi forward and for being the youngest Kiwi captain at the age of 21.