Brahmans players celebrate great season
MORE than 100 people gathered for the Proserpine Whitsunday Brahmans rugby league presentation dinner to celebrate their strong season at the Reef Gateway Hotel on Saturday night.
A grade player Grant Cooke, who was unable to attend on the night, was announced the Player of the Year and honorary recipient of the Les Stagg Shield and Paul Bowman Medal.
Harrison Wrecker's impressive season was also recognised with the young gun player taking out the Len White Memorial Shield's most promising player and under 18s best and fairest award.
Anthony Blackwood, who will be taking on the role of A grade coach next season, said he was looking forward to the challenge.
"I think we got a little deflated by the end of the year and didn't quite have enough to kick forward into the play-offs but I am very proud of how the boys performed during the season," he said.
Blackwood's main goal is to increase local talent playing for the Brahmans next year.
"It doesn't matter where we stand on the table, it's about bringing young boys through and making the Brahmans a great club for the future to come," he said.
Club president Michael Malone was impressed with the performance of all grades throughout the season.
"Many of the under 18s players who debuted this year will be the core strength next year and we are really looking forward to helping each of them reach their full potential on and off the field," he said.
"We are currently looking for a reserves and under 18's coach and we have already had two people put up their hands so I'm positive we will be in a much better position next year."
A grade debut medals were presented to Keegan Lau, Xanthe Power, Rhys Little, Ben Castley, Blake Sylvester, Kieran Anderson, James Coutts and Luke Henry.
Best forward - Sam McNeill
Best back - Keegan Lau
Most improved - Lachlan Bermingham
Most consistent - Tyler Boyd
Best team man - Byron Taylor
Best and fairest - Harrison Wrecker
Best forward - Julian Stevens
Best back - Josh Large
Most improved - Tristen Bobongie
Most consistent - Hugh Middleton
Best team man - Bryce Fraser
Best and fairest - Zach Read
Best forward - Adam Wright
Best back - Joshua Hardcastle
Most improved - Reuben Porter
Most consistent - Dane Vardanega
Best team man - Nickolas Lythgo
Wally Rogan Memorial Shield best and fairest - Grant Cooke
Junior Rookie of the Year (Merv Hinschen Memorial Shield) - Kieran Anderson
Rookie of the Year A grade (Leo and Flo Donadelli Trophy) - James Coutts
Most promising player (Len White Memorial Shield) - Harrison Wrecker
Outstanding sportsmanship (Gary Deicke Memorial Shield) - Ben Castley
Club Person of the Year - Reuben Porter
Jimmy Hill Trophy - Kieran Anderson
Player of the Year (Les Stagg Shield and Paul Bowman Medal) - Grant Cooke