Muir, Ioane claim Otago’s main awards

Greer Muir. PHOTO: ODT FILES
Greer Muir. PHOTO: ODT FILES
Greer Muir and Josh Ioane have scooped Otago rugby’s top awards.

The duo were named the most valuable players of the Otago Spirit and Otago NPC teams respectively.

Muir provided a strong presence in the Spirit loose forwards, bringing plenty of go-forward with ball in hand.

She triumphed against fellow nominees halfback Maia Joseph and lock Julia Gorinski, who won back and forward of the year respectively.

Meanwhile, Ioane edged James Lentjes and Liam Coltman for the men’s MVP award.

The first five had a sublime second half to the NPC season.

Josh Ioane. PHOTO: ODT FILES
Josh Ioane. PHOTO: ODT FILES
His ability to take the ball to the line and set the backline alight made him a constant threat, while his boot proved key in several games.

Consistent blindside flanker Sam Fischli won forward of the year, while electric winger Freedom Vahaakolo won back of the year.

The Otago "David Crazy Latta" Award, as chosen by the players, went to men’s captain Lentjes.

The Otago season members player of the year went to Vahaakolo.

Fabian Holland and Teilah Ferguson won the men’s and women’s academy players of the year.

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