Fril­lies trib­ute to Corey

Best back award in mem­ory

Balonne Beacon - - SPORT - Joshua Macree joshua.macree@west­ern­starnews.com

RUGBY UNION: St Ge­orge Frill­necks play­ers were recog­nised for a suc­cess­ful sea­son on the field on Fri­day night with a num­ber of play­ers re­ceiv­ing awards.

The night was also a trib­ute to player Corey Skews, who posthu­mously won best back af­ter pass­ing away last month in a tragic ac­ci­dent.

Corey’s jer­sey was framed by the club with his fam­ily and friends at­tend­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion night.

Club pres­i­dent Ben Gardiner said the night was a good oc­cas­sion to let their hair down and re­flect on a sea­son lit­tered with suc­cess.

“It was great to see mem­bers, spec­ta­tors, spon­sors and sup­port­ers get dressed up and just have a good night,” he said.

Mr Gardiner said the night had a num­ber of spe­cial high­lights in­clud­ing when Bruce Shel­ley was given an hon­orary life mem­ber­ship for all his con­tri­bu­tions to the club.

“Bruce has played al­most ev­ery minute of the last three sea­sons so he has been go­ing pretty well for an old fella,” he said.

“It was also fan­tas­tic to see Corey Skews’ fam­ily in at­ten­dance and he was most de­serv­ing of win­ning the best back award.”

Mr Gardiner was also awarded a life mem­ber­ship by the club.

“It was a fan­tas­tic ex­pe­ri­ence. I’m sure there’s other peo­ple who do as much as I do around the club so it was a great hon­our,” he said.

Tom Sandow won the cov­eted play­ers player award; a fit­ting re­ward for the club’s top points scorer, ac­cord­ing to Mr Gardiner.

“Tom has played well all sea­son and trav­els all the way from Dir­ran­bandi for train­ing and has also kept show­ing up even when his busi­ness has been suf­fer­ing a bit from the drought,” he said.

Mr Gardiner recog­nised the hard work from all the club spon­sors and be­hind the scenes work from the club’s vol­un­teers.

“A big shout out to Bridgette Ni­col, Amy McKenna and Lati­tia Shel­ley through­out the sea­son as we’d be stuffed with­out them.

PHOTO: BRIDGETTE NI­COL

LE­GACY: Frill­necks play­ers, of­fi­cials and fam­ily mem­bers of Corey Skews on Fri­day night. The jer­sey was framed in Corey's hon­our af­ter he was killed in a car ac­ci­dent last month.

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