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Chanel Harris-Tavita

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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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Do you think CHT is a potential first grade player? Still young and Blake Green has 2.5 years left to run.
 
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Do you think CHT is a potential first grade player? Still young and Blake Green has 2.5 years left to run.
Yes.
Definitely first grade material. He's got the goods- just needs to learn to play the percentages.
 
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Do you think CHT is a potential first grade player? Still young and Blake Green has 2.5 years left to run.
He looks good playing ISP. Just turned 19 and is looking a lot more comfortable out there then last year. Club rates him highly but you just never know with younguns. Especially halves. The only two the club have produced in 23 years is Stacey Jones and Shaun Johnson ...
 
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He looks good playing ISP. Just turned 19 and is looking a lot more comfortable out there then last year. Club rates him highly but you just never know with younguns. Especially halves. The only two the club have produced in 23 years is Stacey Jones and Shaun Johnson...
And SJ is not a half, he is a brilliant broken field runner. SO I would argue we have only produced one true great half in all that time and a very solid Mason Lino.
 
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And SJ is not a half, he is a brilliant broken field runner. SO I would argue we have only produced one true great half in all that time and a very solid Mason Lino.
You missed out a few words in your post ... a very solid Mason Lino AT RESERVE GRADE level. Lino has only played 2 good 1st grade games in his career.
Off the top on of my head, I'd rate Ngamu & Tony ahead of Lino. To be fair, the Warriors have failed to produce on going last local halves. We've been reliant n Aussies such as Alexander, Seymour, Simon, Townsend & Maloney together with SJ and Stacey.
 
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Chanel Harris-Tavita

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/
How depressing is this list though. Only a handful went on to be regular first graders and even less went on to be stand outs. I'm sure our conversion rate isn't much worse than other clubs, but man it shows how hard it is to crack the NRL. Seluini looked like he'd be a superstar for a brief period.
 
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You missed out a few words in your post ... a very solid Mason Lino AT RESERVE GRADE level. Lino has only played 2 good 1st grade games in his career.
Off the top on of my head, I'd rate Ngamu & Tony ahead of Lino. To be fair, the Warriors have failed to produce on going last local halves. We've been reliant n the lines of Alexander, Seymour, Simon, Townsend & Maloney together with SJ and Stacey.
Hohaia was looking ok when he burst onto the scene before he became the utility poster child
 
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Yes, I forgot about Lance.
 
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Gene Ngamu ?
 
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And SJ is not a half, he is a brilliant broken field runner. SO I would argue we have only produced one true great half in all that time and a very solid Mason Lino.
Must be a hell of a player to win the title of best player in the world playing a position he can’t even play.
 
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Kearney knows what hes got here, his face lights up when he mentions this talent..
A couple of years away from Kearneys comments (excuse the no source, it woz on the telly before an NRL game).


I would like to see him develop his kicking game, but I say that about every spine player from NZ.

A decent field Kicking game is a lisence to print money in the NRL.

From what little I have seen him play he is an exceptional talent with his passsing game....those passes are a level above where Johnson and Jones were at around a similar age (he passes better than most of our first graders who have played halves in recent years).

You cannot teach that type of ability to manipulate the ball with the movement of your wrists, he is in tune with that football, quite honestly that part of his game reminds me of Henry Paul.

I like the confidence he has and the way he is very assertive with distributing the ball....again that appearance of having time and space that Paul had and maintained through his Career.

Watch his flat pass at the line, it is exceptional, you have to have vision to choose the options Harris Tavita does.
 
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If you wana be a pro golfer you have to hit a couple of hundred full swings every day. And a couple of hundred chip shots, and a couple of hundred putts, etc.......

I don't see how kicking a rugby ball is any different.

If this kids got talent I want to see it developed into skill that works under extreme pressure.
 
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First grade written all over this kid. Not only that but I think he could be a genuine star if he keeps working and developing. Passing game is one of the best I’ve ever seen in a young player, can hit a long ball effortlessly and knows how to put someone away into space. His long range kicking game is very good for his age as well. Passing and kicking game is better than Ata and SJ’s at the same age. Running game is behind those two though. Best case scenario he’s ready at 21 to take over Blake Green once he comes off contract. At the very least he’ll be a better option in 2-3 years than Lino imo.
 
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How depressing is this list though. Only a handful went on to be regular first graders and even less went on to be stand outs. I'm sure our conversion rate isn't much worse than other clubs, but man it shows how hard it is to crack the NRL. Seluini looked like he'd be a superstar for a brief period.
Warriors conversion rate is the best in the whole comp. Doesn't look to be a good thing going by results.

Chanel will have an uphill battle to make it. As I said earlier we have only ever had two juniors make the leap. Other juniors that have been used in halves as a junior or NRL are:

Gene Ngamu
Martin Moana
Aaron Whittacker
Steve Buckingham
Cliff Beverly
Shane Endacott
Thomas Leuluai
Jeremiah Pai
Daniel O'Regan
Jerome Ropati
Isaac John
Pita Godinet
Carlos Tuimavave
Tuimoala Lolohea
Ata Hingano
Mason Lino

Thats not even counting the Aussies we have recruited to play there like Greg Alexander, John Simon, Ben Lythe, Nathan Fein, Michael Witt, Grant Rovelli, Brett Seymour, Joel Moon, James Maloney, Chad Townsend, Jeff Robson, Kieran Foran and now Blake Green.

Of the Warriors developed players its somewhat concerning to note that the most successful one of that lot in the halves is probably Leuluai and even he is preferred as a hooker...
 
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Warriors conversion rate is the best in the whole comp. Doesn't look to be a good thing going by results.

Chanel will have an uphill battle to make it. As I said earlier we have only ever had two juniors make the leap. Other juniors that have been used in halves as a junior or NRL are:

Gene Ngamu
Martin Moana
Aaron Whittacker
Steve Buckingham
Cliff Beverly
Shane Endacott
Thomas Leuluai
Jeremiah Pai
Daniel O'Regan
Jerome Ropati
Isaac John
Pita Godinet
Carlos Tuimavave
Tuimoala Lolohea
Ata Hingano
Mason Lino

Thats not even counting the Aussies we have recruited to play there like Greg Alexander, John Simon, Ben Lythe, Nathan Fein, Michael Witt, Grant Rovelli, Brett Seymour, Joel Moon, James Maloney, Chad Townsend, Jeff Robson, Kieran Foran and now Blake Green.

Of the Warriors developed players its somewhat concerning to note that the most successful one of that lot in the halves is probably Leuluai and even he is preferred as a hooker...
Ben Lythe is a Nz’er, not an Aussie.
 
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