Glow of glory re­mains

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL SPORT -

MONTO’Scham­pion rugby league teamwas still en­joy­ing the after­glow of re­cent pre­mier­ship vic­tory when mem­bers paid trib­ute to the high achiev­ers in the club.

Monto Shire Hall was decked out in blue and white to wel­come about 80 of the Roos’ faith­fuls.

The strength of the pre­mier­ship vic­tory was re­flected in Shane Carter, Blake Popp, DamienWil­son and Tony Wil­son each earn­ing mul­ti­ple awards.

The top two awards were tied be­tween two play­ers each – player of the year Tony Wil­son and Blake Popp, and player’s player Damien Wil­son and Shane Carter.

Mas­ter of cer­e­monies Scott Pat­tie paid trib­ute to the tire­less work­ers in­clud­ing Snacky Carter and Richie Bow­man man­ning the bar­be­cue at home games.

Guest speak­ers and en­ter­tain­ers – for­mer test crick­eter Doug Walters and for­mer cham­pion jockey Mal­colm John­ston – en­light­ened the crowd with sto­ries of how their sport­ing ca­reers were formed.

Hav­ing rep­re­sented Aus­tralia in his cho­sen sport Doug Walters said he knew the way to achiev­ing sport­ing great­ness.

“I think (the Roos) have found their own form so just keep it go­ing,” MrWal­ters said. “It is ob­vi­ously work­ing.” Mal­colm John­ston’s rid­ing ca­reer gives him a Monto con­nec­tion through fel­low jockey the late Ken Rus­sell be­ing Monto born and raised.

“It is a great spot,” Mr John­ston said. “Monto is a town I will never shy away from vis­it­ing.”

The Monto Roos will keep fit over the off-sea­son with games of touch football.

Photo: Ge­orge Smith

CHAM­PION PLAY­ERS: Back; Joint Monto Roos Play­ers of the Year Tony Wil­son and Blake Popp, Front; Doug Walters and Mal­colm John­ston.

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