Ryburn awarded for bringing up Blues

A great year of rugby at Mahurangi Rugby Football Club was attributed to the organiser behind the scenes, Sam Ryburn, at the North Harbour Rugby Annual Awards this month.

The event was held at the North Harbour Ford Showroom on October 16, where Ryburn picked up Community Rugby Volunteer of the Year.

North Harbour Rugby communications manager Dave Ward said the award was given to Ryburn for his efforts in bringing the Auckland Blues to Mahurangi for both the pre-season Super Rugby match and the Back Yard Battle event.

It was also noted that he is heavily involved with the club and helps out at QBE Stadium in Albany on North Harbour match days.

His roles at the club are council of clubs delegate and junior committee member.

Others nominated for awards by Mahurangi, but didn’t win, were as follows: Robbie McFarlane and Barabei Baukie, U16s; Tenaija Fletcher, U18 womens; Carlin Dunn, senior Maori; Deb Steel, outstanding contribution to secondary schools rugby. Mahurangi Junior Rugby Football Club was nominated for junior club of the year.