PRIZES FOR PLAY­ERS

Lo­cal play­ers in­cluded in club’s com­men­da­tions

Western Times - - FRONT PAGE -

RUGBY LEAGUE: Mitchell’s big­gest ban­quet saw the best and bright­est of the foot­ball com­mu­nity come to­gether to fi­nally mark the end of their rugby league sea­son.

The club and all of it’s mem­bers had worked hard since be­fore the start of the sea­son to make the year a mem­o­rable one, in­clud­ing ded­i­cated play­ers from Charleville, Ross Til­ley and Char­lie Aitken.

Aitken, who has also played for the Queens­land Out­back side, was awarded Player of the Fi­nals with the Mag­pies; the un­der 18s team made it to the district Grand Fi­nal this year.

Til­ley was awarded Best Back on the un­der 18s squad.

It’s been a big one for the Mag­pies, who are still rid­ing the wave of ex­cite­ment from the club’s re­cent cen­te­nary and re­union, and re­flect­ing on a long jour­ney to the grand fi­nal for the U18 side.

Al­ways a tight-knit club, for­mer play­ers and life­long mem­bers were among those to con­grat­u­late the Mag­pies team at large.

Club mem­ber Henry Byrnes ex­pressed his ap­pre­ci­a­tion, re­mind­ing ev­ery­one that the club was so much more than a foot­ball team.

“I would just like to con­grat­u­late all the play­ers, coaches, man­agers and ev­ery­one else who con­trib­uted to the 2018 sea­son for the Mag­pies.

“It doesn’t mat­ter what you did, ev­ery lit­tle thing helps make the club what it is.”

It was a suc­cess­ful sea­son for the Mag­pies, and ar­guably one of the bet­ter ones in re­cent years, Byrnes said.

“It was en­cour­ag­ing to see the roll-up of play­ers this year – for the first time in a very long time we man­aged to field two se­nior sides with­out hav­ing to rely on play­ers back­ing up.

“To the play­ers, you can look for­ward next year to build­ing on this years ef­forts, you all should be proud,” Byrnes said.

PHO­TOS: JOHN BIRKETT

WELL DONE: A grade Play­ers' Player and Most Con­sis­tent (A grade), Matthew New­ton.

Most Im­proved Back (A grade) and un­der-18 Best and Fairest, Wil­liam Beitz along­side Coby Jade Tzvetkoff.

A Grade Best and Fairest win­ner Thomas Kennedy with his grand­par­ents, Gary and Julie Birkett.

Jayde Rogers Me­mo­rial Best Back (U16) win­ner, Koby Dodd along­side Aunty Robyn Dodd.

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