Ga­tors cel­e­brate the end of sea­son

Tablelands Advertiser - - NEWS - Bec Singh

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.”

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