War­riors cel­e­brate

Pas­sion­ate sup­porter re­mem­bered with tro­phy

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Erica Mur­ree erica.mur­ree@cnbtimes.com.au

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

PHOTO: ERICA MUR­REE

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.

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