WYNNUM RIDE ON BACK OF TEMPLEMAN BOOM
NINE months ago, Patrick Templeman’s rugby league career was in limbo after being ruthlessly dumped by NRL heavyweights Canterbury Bulldogs.
Now the classy utility back is in contention for The Courier-Mail Medal after an outstanding season with Wynnum Manly in the Intrust Super Cup.
The 22-year-old only joined the Seagulls this season but he will be vying for the competition’s top gong at the QRL’s gala awards at Brisbane City Hall tonight.
While Wynnum Manly were knocked out of the title race by Easts Tigers last week, Templeman’s form was a key plank in the Seagulls’ charge to the playoffs.
But the Sunshine Coast product faces major competition, with the likes of Israel Eliab (PNG), Robert Lui (Townsville) and Matt Parcell (Ipswich) challenging for bestand-fairest honours.
P Parcell ll h has b been a revelation for the Jets, terrorising the Pride in last week’s 54-26 victory, while Eliab has been the driving force in PNG’s fairytale surge into the top two.
The off-contract Lui has been on the outer at the Cowboys, but minor premiers Townsville have benefited from his NRL experience and playmaking class.
Redcliffe’s Luke Capewell and Wynnum Manly workhorse Mitchell Frei are other contenders, but Templeman would thoroughly deserve the prized gong after his NRL setback.
The skilful five-eighth or fullback starred for Canterbury’s under-20s side and was once tipped to succeed Ben Barba at Belmore, only for the Bulldogs to release him last year.
Templeman has picked up the pieces at the Seagulls this season and hopes to one day