Fred Z nominated twice

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 12 Dec 2013 at 10:45
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SA Rugby have confirmed the nominees for their various Player of the Year awards, with young Sharks sharpshooter Fred Zeilinga named as a finalist in two categories.

Zeilinga, who made his senior Currie Cup debut this season, only turned 21 yesterday, but has nevertheless managed to secure a nomination as 2013 Currie Cup Player of the Year. As the top points scorer in the Vodacom Cup this year, he is also justifiably nominated for the award in that competition. He’ll face stiff competition in both cases; Lions flyhalf Marnitz Boshoff was superb in the Vodacom Cup, while try-scoring ace (and former Shark) Rosco Speckman seems sure to pick up a gong somewhere along the way, after winning about 23 separate prizes at the Pumas prize-giving. In the Currie Cup division, Zeilinga is up against a pair of Western Province stalwarts in Scarra Ntubeni and Cheslin Kolbe, with the former the heavy favourite to win the prize.

The Sharks’ run to the Currie Cup trophy this year sees them nominated for Team of the Year, where they come up against the formidable Pumas (who had a superb season) and the Springboks. The Coach of the Year sees, perhaps fittingly, the men responsible for all of the nominated teams in the running; Brendan Venter, Jimmy Stonehouse and Heyneke Meyer. Pieter-Steph du Toit is fittingly among the nominees for Young Player of the Year, again in a category that contains stiff opposition, including fellow Boks Eben Etzebeth, Jan Serfontein and Siya Kolisi.

The most coveted award, though, is that of Player of the Year. In a hugely tough field, Sharks fans will be backing our stalwart, Bismarck du Plessis – he comes up against four fellow Springboks in Jean de Villiers, Willie le Roux, Eben Etzebeth and Duane Vermeulen, any of whom would be worthy winners of the prize too after the 2013 that they’ve had.

The winners will be announced at Gold Reef City on 12 February 2014.

All the nominations for 2013 (in alphabetical order):

SARU Rugby Player of the Year:
1. Jean de Villiers
2. Bismarck du Plessis
3. Eben Etzebeth
4. Willie le Roux
5. Duane Vermeulen

Absa Young Player of the Year:
1. Pieter-Steph du Toit
2. Eben Etzebeth
3. Cheslin Kolbe
4. Siya Kolisi
5. Jan Serfontein

Absa Team of the Year:
1. Steval Pumas (Vodacom Cup, Absa Currie Cup First Division)
2. The Sharks (Absa Currie Cup)
3. Springboks

Absa Coach of the Year:
1. Heyneke Meyer (Springboks)
2. Jimmy Stonehouse (Steval Pumas)
3. Brendan Venter (The Sharks Absa Currie Cup)

SA Under-20 Player of the Year:
1. Jacques du Plessis
2. Cheslin Kolbe
3. Seabelo Senatla

SA Sevens Player of the Year:
1. Cornal Hendricks
2. Frankie Horne
3. Seabelo Senatla

Vodacom Super Rugby Player of Year:
1. Willie le Roux (Toyota Cheetahs)
2. Adriaan Strauss (Toyota Cheetahs)
3. Duane Vermeulen (DHL Stormers)

Vodacom Cup Player of the Year:
1. Marnitz Boshoff (MTN Golden Lions)
2. Rosco Speckman (Steval Pumas)
3. Fred Zeilinga (The Sharks XV)

Absa Currie Cup Premier Division Player of the Year:
1. Cheslin Kolbe (DHL Western Province)
2. Scarra Ntubeni (DHL Western Province)
3. Fred Zeilinga (The Sharks)

Absa Currie Cup First Division Player of the Year:
1. Alshaun Bock (SWD Eagles)
2. Tiger Mangweni (EP Kings)
3. Rosco Speckman (Steval Pumas)


  • Player of the year: bosvark[best hooker in the world]……young player: Eben [one of the best nr4 locks in the world]…….Team: tuff one, all deserve it, maybe Pumas for beating a team in a higher league than then?…….Coach: HM ,every international is like a final…….U/20: Kolbe…..Srugby: willie

  • Comment 1, posted at 12.12.13 12:29:43 by KingsArmy Reply
  • Need I say more?

  • Comment 2, posted at 12.12.13 12:38:00 by benji Reply
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  • These lists must have been written by Alister Coetzee 😆

    Player of the year; JDV
    Young Player of the year; Etzebeth(since he is an IRB nominee, you can’t argue)
    Absa team of the year; Springboks
    Coach of the year; Brendan Venter, the only coach to win something.
    U20; CK
    7s: ?Hendriks has been good
    SRPOTY; Le Roux
    Vodacom Cup; Speckman

    The rest, your guess is as good as mine.

  • Comment 3, posted at 12.12.13 12:48:26 by Talent Reply
  • Not a lot of Bulls players nominated. Pity that… 😈

  • Comment 4, posted at 12.12.13 12:56:04 by vanmartin Reply
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  • In all honesty, the main awards should be a Sharks clean-sweep; Bismarck, PSdT, The Sharks, Brendan Venter. It won’t be the case, there’s such a Cape bias. Fred will also definitely lose out to Kolbe or Ntubeni…

  • Comment 5, posted at 12.12.13 13:00:34 by MerckZ Reply

  • Well done all around! All deserved nominees.

  • Comment 6, posted at 12.12.13 13:02:51 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @MerckZ (Comment 5) : Come on, I know ur a sharks fan, but not everything starts and end with the sharks. Cc final was a great win[8th in S15], but so was the pumas win. Bokke only lost against AB,sharks lost against griekwas. HM got a 80+% record at international level. Not saying sharks won’t win a couple, but its far from a clean sweep.

  • Comment 7, posted at 12.12.13 13:26:31 by KingsArmy Reply

  • Eben was also great at intl level; psdt was great at cc level. Kolbe had a lot of people talking; Fred had only shark fans talking. Think bissie is ur best chance, unless the springbok captain takes it. And why wasn’t Spies nominated for anything!!!! Lol!

  • Comment 8, posted at 12.12.13 13:33:33 by KingsArmy Reply

  • @KingsArmy (Comment 8) : or Lambie. 😈

  • Comment 9, posted at 12.12.13 14:16:27 by McLovin Reply

  • @KingsArmy (Comment 7) : I’m not a blinkered Sharks fan; the reason I say it should be a clean sweep is mainly because the Sharks Currie Cup team was the only one to earn any silverware – it sends a message to the Boks of “not beating the All Blacks is good enough” if we give them TotY, as good as they were.

    The same applies to HM – give him the award when he brings the Rugby Championship home next year. BV spent a short time at the Sharks and worked wonders in that time; losing to the Kwas in the first round only goes to highlight why he deserves the award. Further, PSdT is the most exciting young Bok prospect, so he deserves that.

    Player of the Year is a much tighter call; with Willie, Eben & Bismarck all strong contenders. I hope it’s Willie, to be honest. That said, I don’t think Bismarck has received it (and Eben got it last year?), so I think Bissie deserves it – he’s world class. If he was a Kiwi, the IRB & the NH would be falling over themselves to give him as many accolades as possible.

  • Comment 10, posted at 12.12.13 15:26:19 by MerckZ Reply

  • @MerckZ (Comment 10) : look its gonna be tuff in most of those categories. I think they gonna look at more than just trophies. Yip bosvark is worldclass. Got the two best hookers in the world!

  • Comment 11, posted at 12.12.13 15:41:06 by KingsArmy Reply

  • Remember the Lions and Tukkies also won trophies

  • Comment 12, posted at 12.12.13 15:44:01 by KingsArmy Reply

  • Pumas won a trofy and pro/rel games…

  • Comment 13, posted at 12.12.13 15:48:04 by KingsArmy Reply

  • @KingsArmy (Comment 11) : When it’s close like this you have to look at trophies to differentiate – not the sole criterion.

    I’d rather awards were given on the basis that the player who won the award was part of a trophy winning team, than on the basis that the player was from the team which all the voting journalists support.

  • Comment 14, posted at 12.12.13 15:53:24 by MerckZ Reply

  • Ok that’s fine we’ll have to agree to disagree. lol. I just think beating aust home and away[first time in Brisbane ever]; the 6nation champs[almost the BIlions team] and France[first time in 16 years in france] might count on bokke side. Compared to beating wp in capetown. Then again I may be wrong!

  • Comment 15, posted at 12.12.13 16:28:09 by KingsArmy Reply

  • In my humble opinion: :mrgreen:

    1. Willie
    2. Eben
    3. Boks
    4. Meyer
    5. Kolbe
    6. Horne
    7. Willie
    8. Zeilinga
    9. Zeilinga/Kolbe (although strange nominations here I think)

  • Comment 16, posted at 12.12.13 19:50:20 by SeanyJMc Reply

  • Still hope jimmy stonehouse or pumas get something for what they accomplish this year.

  • Comment 17, posted at 13.12.13 06:28:39 by KingsArmy Reply

  • @KingsArmy (Comment 1) : Coach of the year – Venter, at least he put a plan in place to beat a stronger, better psyched up, confident opponent. Agree Stonehouse needs some recognition.

  • Comment 18, posted at 13.12.13 08:35:11 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @KingsArmy (Comment 15) : @KingsArmy (Comment 7) : what’s with a non Sharks supporter shouting the odds on a Sharks site,I’ve never ever.

  • Comment 19, posted at 13.12.13 08:54:47 by benji Reply
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  • @benji (Comment 19) : Trying to be the lone voice of reason. Lol [it does state natal sharks AND other SA teams]

  • Comment 20, posted at 13.12.13 10:43:04 by KingsArmy Reply

  • @KingsArmy (Comment 20) : the and is in small letters 🙂

  • Comment 21, posted at 13.12.13 11:22:18 by robdylan Reply
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  • @KingsArmy (Comment 20) : I have a deep seated hatred for Bulls supporters. The first to crow about their players and the first to denounce others opinions. The only player I am adamant about is Lambie, simply because Steyn is as incompetent as that sign language guy at Mandela’s memorial.

  • Comment 22, posted at 13.12.13 12:42:23 by Talent Reply
  • If I voiced all my opinions about your opinions I would probably cross a line with the site rules.

  • Comment 23, posted at 13.12.13 12:43:50 by Talent Reply
  • Haha, I thought my “justifications” for giving the awards to all the Sharks guys were fairly reasonable 😛

    Biased as all hell, but reasonable 😉

  • Comment 24, posted at 13.12.13 13:47:45 by MerckZ Reply

  • @Talent (Comment 23) : Ah! My arch nemesis! I missed u, u’ve been quiet. Don’t listen to what the other people say,I like u!

  • Comment 25, posted at 15.12.13 11:17:58 by KingsArmy Reply

  • @KingsArmy (Comment 25) : I’ve really never ever,now the non Shark supporters are turning the site into a romance site,eish that must be part of small print I can’t find

  • Comment 26, posted at 15.12.13 17:13:26 by benji Reply
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  • @KingsArmy (Comment 25) : this is a rugby site not couch rugby site

  • Comment 27, posted at 15.12.13 17:25:24 by benji Reply
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  • @benji (Comment 26) : if u open ur eyes u will find all kind of things. Lol

  • Comment 28, posted at 16.12.13 10:40:46 by KingsArmy Reply


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