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[NYC Awards] Harris-Tavita wins top award
Richard Becht , Image: www.photosport.nz
Tue 10 Oct 2017, 01:51 PM

Chanel Harris-Tavita backed up his 2016 TNT NYC Rookie of the Year accolade by being named the Vodafone NYC Player of the Year at the Vodafone Junior Warriors’ 2017 awards dinner at Mount Smart Stadium last night.

The 18-year-old Pakuranga College product headed off centre Melino Fineanganofo, prop Kenese Kenese and last year’s winner Chris Sio for the award and the Sonny Fai Medal.

Standoff-halfback Harris-Tavita, who made his NYC debut on his 17th birthday last year, appeared in 21 games, scoring six tries and producing 10 try assists in what was a challenging season for the team.

A Mount Wellington Warriors and Howick Hornets junior, he also made the Junior Kiwis this year.

With a significant number of 17-year-old players again making their debuts this season, the field for the TNT NYC Rookie of the Year award was keenly contested with fullback-wing Israel Ogden, prop Tayhler Paora, back rower Tyler Slade and utility Paul Turner the finalists. Slade was the winner, making 13 appearances and averaging 60 metres and 26 tackles a game.

Co-captain Kenese Kenese was named the Canterbury of New Zealand NYC Clubman of the Year while utility Eiden Ackland was rewarded with the NYC Education Ambassador Award, recognising his efforts in doing a double degree in law and arts.

Five academy players were acknowledged for representing the club’s values – Caleb Pese (grounded), Taniela Otukolo (courageous), Sione Moala (selfless), Quinnlan Tupou (passionate) and Temple Kalepo (uncompromising).

The dinner marked the 10th and last season of the NYC, the competition winding up with the Vodafone Junior Warriors standing out as the most successful having won the premiership three times (2010, 2011 and 2014), the minor premiership in 2011 and being the only club to make the finals in each of the first eight seasons. Penrith has the chance to equal the Vodafone Junior Warriors’ three titles this season.

With NYC graduates Isaiah Papalii, James Bell and Erin Clark making their NRL debuts this year it means almost 60 Vodafone Junior Warriors have gone on to play at first-grade level, the most of any club in the competition.

Next year the Vodafone Junior Warriors will be playing in the new New South Wales under-20 competition.

VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS | ROLL OF HONOUR

Vodafone NYC Player of the Year & Sonny Fai Medal winner

2008 Kevin Locke
2009 Elijah Taylor
2010 Nafe Seluini
2011 John Palavi
2012 Peta Hiku
2013 Michael Sio
2014 Sam Lisone
2015 Bunty Afoa
2016 Chris Sio
2017 Chanel Harris-Tavita

TNT NYC Rookie of the Year

2008 Elijah Taylor
2009 Ben Henry
2010 Carlos Tuimavave
2011 Siliva Havili
2012 David Bhana
2013 Tuimoala Lolohea
2014 Brad Abbey
2015 Ata Hingano
2016 Chanel Harris-Tavita
2017 Tyler Slade

NYC Clubman of the Year

2008 Kurt Tehira
2009 Kurt Kara
2010 Charlie Gubb
2011 Donald Tony
2012 Toka Likiliki
2013 Viliami Kaveinga
2014 Kurt Robinson
2015 Toafofoa Sipley
2016 Sheldon Pitama
2017 Kenese Kenese

https://www.warriors.kiwi/news/2017/09/07/nyc-awards-harris-tavita-wins-top-award/
 
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warriors55

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Sep 12, 2017
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Chanel Harris-Tavita seems to have his head screwed on and gives it his allHes not a liability on defense so we need to start to play him consistently and upgrade him as need be or he's going to shoot the gap.
Chanel Harris-Tavita seems to have his head screwed on and gives it his allHes not a liability on defense so we need to start to play him consistently and upgrade him as need be or he's going to shoot the gap.

Agree with this 100%. Chanel Harris-Tavita needs to be playing round 1 next year.

Other clubs are going to be circling. Don't give him a reason to leave.
 

3rdstriker

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Nov 11, 2014
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Agree with this 100%. Chanel Harris-Tavita needs to be playing round 1 next year.

Other clubs are going to be circling. Don't give him a reason to leave.

He may not be as fancy as some other NRL halves but he just seems to have the basics locked down. Also what many players over the years have lacked is committment and his attitude🤙seem great in these early days.
 

Ever Hopeful

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Feb 24, 2013
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I am very, very cautious in blowing smoke up a player's arse, but there are some things that are much more impressive than the highlights reel about this guy right now.

Some players don't look a million dollars in reserve grade, but step up and show they belong when given a chance to go up. I think that a lot of this is down to the fact that he is working hard on his all round game, being a team player, and not looking for the individual flashy stuff.

The best thing about him is his composure and temperament. He seems to read the game well, and I feel like he is a guy that will keep looking to improve. I just can't remember a rookie that has come into this team with the composure he has.

Often when you get a group of people you have the loud, confident ones that people look to naturally for leadership, but as time goes past they start to notice the lack of substance these guys can bring and the quieter guy who has consistently good judgment and a quiet confidence, gradually has people develop a deep respect for them. Chanel Harris-Tavita has that air about him. We bought Green for the head on his shoulders, it is nice to think we might actually have a bloke like that coming through.

I'm definitely not saying Chanel Harris-Tavita is the next Andrew Johns by any stretch, he has a lot to prove still as he beds into the first couple of years of first grade. But I like that he is not lightning quick or elusive so that he is having to develop an all round game.

What I am saying is that this guy has set a hell of a foundation.
 
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Kestrel84

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Aug 26, 2017
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Gotta say.. I have been blown away by this kid. Gave him a bit of shit for his highlight reel/scorpion kick shit from the junior kiwis game, but someone must have set the dude straight in the off season because he is ticking every box.

Effort.
Defence.
Passing.
Kicking.

Just want to see more of his running game. But I'm a greedy cu**. He's good enough.
 

Tragic

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Apr 27, 2016
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At the game you could see his eyes up play. His vision for that first try where he kicked fur ken was incredible and you could see it a couple of other times where his awareness of space and where an opportunity is was just other worldly.
He could be made to look ordinary if the other players aren't on as well but that's not his fault and tonight they were all on. Ken's chase and skill getting that ball down for example.
 

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