Gators celebrate the end of season
MAREEBA Gladiators celebrated their successful season with all sections of the club at the end of year presentation night last Friday.
It was everything rugby league as the club’s committee thanked all the individuals whose tireless efforts behind the scenes helped make the club great.
With so many contenders for the trophies, the reserve grade best and fairest was Rhylan Reys and best sport was Rob Pedersen.
The A grade best and fairest was Dan Moevao and the A grade Gladiator of the year (Claude Cater memorial shield) for the second year in a row was Clint Posselt.
Gladiators coach Tye Ingebrigtsen, who will be heading to Cairns-based Northern Pride under 18s side, said he was happy with what he achieved at the club.
“I was impressed with the season and we achieved more than what we set out to achieve,” he said.
Ingebrigtsen said there were players who came from Western Australia and New Zealand to play under him and was impressed with the culture of the club.
“It was special for us to come together so quickly. It was amazing, we were one game short of the grand final but that’s the way it goes sometimes,” he said.
Gladiators secretary Barb Henning said what Ingebrigtsen had achieved for the club’s junior and senior sides “was incredible”.
“He had an amazing rap- port with the junior and senior players. The players came specifically to the club because of Tye,” Ms Henning said.
“All the players turned up to training and played well, they showed up to all the games.”
Gladiators president Andrew Foster said it was great to see what the Mareeba club had accomplished despite a terrible season of injuries.
“There were extreme injuries but they just kept turning up and young players were given chances at higher levels,” Foster said.
Foster also thanked the major sponsor of the Gladiators the Mareeba Leagues club for all their support.
“I cannot say enough for all the Leagues Club has done for this season.”