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