Brahmans players celebrate great season
MORE than 100 people gathered for the Proserpine Whitsunday Brahmans presentation dinner to celebrate their strong season at the Reef Gateway Hotel on Saturday night.
A grade player Grant Cooke, who was unable to attend on the night, was announced the Player of the Year and honorary recipient of the Les Stagg Shield and Paul Bowman Medal.
Harrison Wrecker’s impressive season was also recognised with the young gun player taking out the Len White Memorial Shield’s most promising player and under 18s best and fairest award.
Anthony Blackwood, who will be taking on the role of A grade coach next season, said he was looking forward to the challenge.
“I think we got a little deflated by the end of the year and didn’t quite have enough to kick forward into the play-offs but I am very proud of how the boys performed during the season,” he said.
Blackwood’s main goal is to increase local talent playing for the Brahmans next year.
“It doesn’t matter where we stand on the table, it’s about bringing young boys through and making the Brahmans a great club for the future to come,” he said.
Club president Michael Malone was impressed with the performance of all grades throughout the season.
“Many of the under 18s players who debuted this year will be the core strength next year and we are really looking forward to helping each of them reach their full potential on and off the field,” he said.
“We are currently looking for a reserves and under 18’s coach and we have already had two people put up their hands so I’m positive we will be in a much better position next year.”
A grade debut medals were presented to Keegan Lau, Xanthe Power, Rhys Little, Ben Castley, Blake Sylvester, Kieran Anderson, James Coutts and Luke Henry.
CLUB AWARDS: The Gary Deicke Memorial Shield for oustanding sportsmanship went to Ben Castley, the Len White Memorial Shield for most promising player went to Harrison Wrecker, Jimmy Hill Trophy awarded to Kieran Anderson and Rookie of the Year James Coutts.
BIG BOYS: Proserpine Whitsunday Brahmans Reserve grade best and fairest Zach Read, most consistent Hugh Middleton, best team man Bryce Fraser, coach Gavin Noonan, most improved Tristen Bobongie and best forward Julian Stevens at their club presentations on Saturday night.
TOP GRADE: Proserpine Whitsunday Brahmans A grade player Reuben Porter took out the most improved award and Adam Wright won best forward.
YOUNG GUNS: Under 18s coach Anthony Blackwood, with best team man Byron Taylor, most consistent Tyler Boyd, best and fairest Harrison Wecker, most improved Lachlan Bermingham, best forward Sam McNeill and Tony McNeill at the Proserpine Whitsunday Brahmans presentation night at the Reef Gateway on Saturday.