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Fourie du Preez named as Player of the Year


The world class Springbok scrumhalf Fourie du Preez was named as the Vodacom Bulls/Blue Bulls Player of the Year at a glamorous event held at Utopia Place in Lynnwood on Wednesday night.

Du Preez, who is a former SA Player of the Year, captained the Vodacom Bulls in the Super 14 and showed throughout the year why he is regarded by many as the best number 9 on the planet.

The young openside flanker Deon Stegmann walked away with the Vodacom Super 14 Forward Player of the Year award thanks to brilliant rugby in all of the Bulls' 13 matches while Morné Steyn, who played at flyhalf, centre and fullback was named as the Vodacom Super 14 Backline Player of the Year.

Gurthrö Steenkamp's heroics in the set pieces, tight loose and especially on defence was acknowledged with the Absa Currie Cup Forward Player of the Year, whilst Wynand Olivier's super season landed him the Absa Currie Backline Player of the Year trophy.

The SA under 20 as well as the Blue Bulls' under 21 captain Gerrit-Jan van Velze was deservedly named as the Junior Player of the Year after leading the SA u20 team to the final of the Junior World Cup and captaining the Bulls in their undefeated campaign in 2008.

Van Velze's loose forward partner, the medical student Okkie Kruger, was named as the Junior Forward Player of the Year, whereas the promising flyhalf Burton Francis received the trophy for the Best Junior Backline Player.

Awards:
Vodacom Bulls/ Blue Bulls Player of the Year:
Fourie du Preez
Vodacom Super 14 Forward Player of the Year: Deon Stegmann
Vodacom Super 14 Backline Player of the Year: Morné Steyn

Absa Currie Cup Forward Player of the Year: Gurthrö Steenkamp
Absa Currie Backline Player of the Year: Wynand Olivier

Junior Player of the Year: Gerrit-Jan van Velze
Junior Forward Player of the Year: Ockert Kruger
Junior Backline Player of the Year: Burton Francis

Media Award of the Year: John Mametsa




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1. Môre al die Blou bloggers

Geluk aan al die spelers met hul toekennings. Ek hoop dit spoor die ander spelers ook aan.
Posted by Rustig (Centurion) Thursday, January 15, 2009 - 08:21
2. .... en weg is die ander gelukwensings......................
Posted by Bulletjie 1 (Voorstad van BULLAND) Thursday, January 15, 2009 - 08:36
3. Baie mooi Fourie , hou so aan
Posted by STEGMAN 2008 (Port Elizabeth) Thursday, January 15, 2009 - 08:56
4. Hierdie mag 'n negatiewe aanmerking wees, 2008 was nie die beste van seisoene vir Fourie du Preez gewees nie. Dit vertel dan ook die verhaal van die Bulle
Posted by Stapper (Pretoria) Thursday, January 15, 2009 - 09:06
5. Stapper, ja maar wie was beter as Fourie. Sê jy omdat hy nie goed gespeel het nie, die bulle was swak?
Posted by Rustig (Centurion) Thursday, January 15, 2009 - 09:09
6. more almal
Posted by STEGMAN 2008 (Port Elizabeth) Thursday, January 15, 2009 - 09:23
7. Ek het geensins bweer dat 'n ander speler beter as Fourie was nie. Wat ek wel se, as Fourie du Preez die top speler is, was die standaard van spel by die Bulle nie baie hoog nie. So ver ek kan onthou, was die enigste bekers wat in 2008 gewen was die Vodacom en die O21. Em dit klop met my stelling.
Posted by Stapper (Pretoria) Thursday, January 15, 2009 - 13:22
8. Geluk julle ouens!!!
Ek dink julle almal verdien dit!!

Hou so aan en maak 2009 nog 'n beter jaar!!!
Posted by Bulversie (Potchefstroom) Thursday, January 15, 2009 - 15:32