Kawana cap­tain player of the year

Maroochy Weekly - - SPORT - Steele Tay­lor steele.tay­lor@sc­news.com.au

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.

PHOTO: PA­TRICK WOODS

IM­PRES­SIVE: Kawana's Travis Long on the charge dur­ing a game.

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