Kawana captain player of the year
RUGBY LEAGUE: Kawana captain Travis Long was crowned the Sunshine Coast division one player-of-the-year at the local association’s presentation night last night, when a trio of local legends were inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Long was recognised for an outstanding campaign in which he propelled the Dolphins to the Caloundra RSL Cup finals.
He’s played 20 matches, bagging nine tries in the process.
Dolphins player Joel Fitzgerald recently told the Daily that his team-mate was highly influential.
“He’s been a consistent performer all year,” he said. “He never seems to put a foot wrong and he’s got a high motor so just keeps on going.”
Long, who had state league experience with the Sunshine Coast Falcons in 2014 and 2015, has emerged as a force at Kawana in recent seasons.
This year, he’s helped the Dolphins to second place on the six-team ladder. His team lost to Maroochydore in the major semi-final at Buderim last weekend and will face Noosa in the preliminary final at Bokarina this evening.
Amid other award winners were Kawana’s Justin Otto (most points, 162) and Maroochydore’s Michael Bauer (most tries, 18).
Les Williams, Rob Brough and Noel Warner were inducted into the Sunshine Coast Gympie Rugby League Hall of Fame.
Williams was recognised for his lengthy service to the game. A life member of Nambour, where he was president and secretary, he was also treasurer for the SCGRL.
He has supported a referees’ talent squad and has been involved in bringing together the region’s junior, senior and state league bodies.
Warner was acknowledged for his efforts as an active committee member at Kawana and as a volunteer for the SCGRL.
He played several roles.
IMPRESSIVE: Kawana's Travis Long on the charge during a game.