The Club’s back row of Alex Costello, Joe Albert and Bobby Nurse took out most of the major awards at last weekend’s Senior Presentation.

Alex Costello’s name was added to an illustrious list of players when he was presented with the First Grade Best & Fairest Player Award.

The lightly framed blindside flanker had a breakout season with several best on ground performances.

When the First Grade’s season ended in the Preliminary Final the sombre mood in the change room was accentuated with the symbolic “Hanging Up of the Boots” by Joe Albert and it was fitting that a fortnight later he would be recognised as the First Grade Players Player.

Bobby Nurse’s “Pool Room” will be bursting at the seams following a plethora of awards in 2016.

The Club’s First Grade Captain was a popular choice as Club Person of the Year.

The prestigious award was accompanied by Best Forward and Most Tries Awards after having also won the NTRU Junior’s Coach of the Year and runner-up by one vote in the Eric Johnston Medal.

Thirteen players made their First Grade debuts in 2016 with the Award for best First Grade Debut Player going to Felix Goldrick.

Simaika Sala’a won the Best Back Award, Jason Lim the Leading Point Scorer and veteran Tyson Doughty was the Coaches Award recipient.

The Reserve Grade Best & Fairest was presented to Luigi Andreoli with Players Player and Leading Point Scorer – Michael Tilden, Best Forward – Stephen Buba, Best Back – Nicholas Davies, Coaches Award – Sion Thomas, and an Encouragement Award went to Riley Wood

Eric Erickson won the Wendy Jarvis Memorial Award now bestowed on the Best Team Man for the second year in succession.

Club Legend Sean Lawler befittingly won the Margaret Buba’s Volunteer of the Year for undertaking an enormous workload around the Club House and as First Grade Team Manager.

Next up on the Club’s program will be the Summer of Sevens followed by the SCC 7s and Hottest 7s before we do it all again for the 41st time in 2017.


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