Passionate supporter remembered with trophy
RUGBY LEAGUE: The late George Cross was a keen Warriors player and supporter and his name will always be remembered at the club, thanks to a perpetual trophy sponsored in his honour.
At the Biggenden Rugby League Club’s presentation night, Greg Cross sponsored a trophy in his father’s memory for the most outstanding player.
Presenting the trophy to Joel Myer, he said one of the main reasons he came down from Mundubbera to play with the Biggenden side was because “the old boy” loved the Warriors.
Myer said he was grateful for the award.
“The highlight of the season was the last game of the year,” he said.
“The scoreline didn’t depict how hard the boys played.”
He said he was proud of those who put their hands up for 80 minutes, especially in the away games as they were always short of players.
Coach Getano George thanked sponsors and the committee and paid tribute to the little band of people who followed the team around the Burnett during the season.
George said, like any town, Biggenden struggled for players.
“We had players come from all over the place from Brisbane, Bundaberg and Sunshine Coast,” he said.
“But we became a little family.
“You learnt to trust each other, become friends and be competitive.”
Best and fairest player Dawson Cross was described as having skills beyond his age, and rookie of the year Zane Ratcliffe was said to have “played his guts out”.
George said player’s player was the pinnacle award as he announced Daniel Forest as the recipient.
Appreciation certificates were presented to sponsors and supporters.
For Graham Henningsen 2018 would be his last year driving players to matches.
“It’s been great entertainment,” Henningsen said.
“I enjoy my country football.”
Club president Justin Vicary described the year as topsy turvy.
“Next season there may not be a Central Burnett competition but if people are keen we may head back to the Northern Districts competition,” Vicary said.
Trophy winners: Player of the Year, Lyndon George; most improved, Jai Flett; best and fairest, Dawson Cross; best back, Dawson Cross/Jesse George; best forward, Jack George/Greg Cross; coaches award, Kevin Bechly; rookie of the year, Zane Ratcliffe; utility player Laulea Loketi; most outstanding player, Joel Myer; player’s player, Daniel Forest.
You learnt to trust each other, become friends and be competitive.
— Coach Getano George
MOST OUTSTANDING PLAYER: Greg Cross (left) and coach Getano George (right), present the George Cross Memorial Trophy for the most outstanding player to Joel Myer at the Biggenden Football Club presentation.