McCarthy Cup caps off top season

by Brendon McMahon
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A Hokitika boy is the fourth recipient of the J B McCarthy Cup, topping off a great season for West Coast under-16 representative rugby.
Antony Barlow, 16, captained the Coast side to win the South Island under-16 championships last month. Coast took the championship after it bet Marlborough, a team reputedly hard to beat, 7-0 in the final at Westport.
Coach Kevin Church said it was the best result for the Coast under-16s “for a long time”.
Awarding the McCarthy Cup to Barlow as ‘most valuable team member’ recognised his skill in captaining the side to victory last season, his on-field prowess, and ultimately being a good team player.
The cup is awarded in memory of Hokitika rugby stalwart, the late Brian McCarthy, who had been a life member and past president of the West Coast Rugby Union.
His daughter and current West Coast Rugby Union president Karen Burrows presented the cup on Monday, in Hokitika.