Proud team player’s sea­son cel­e­brated

Play­ers’ Player of the year re­flects on great sea­son for club

The Western Star - - News - Ellen Ransley [email protected]

RUGBY UNION: Re­turn­ing to his home town to play the game he loves, Ben Bright is stoked to have fin­ished the sea­son with the Echid­nas’ most pres­ti­gious award en­graved with his name.

Nom­i­nated by his fel­low club-mates, Bright has been named the Play­ers’ Player for 2019, an award he wasn’t ex­pect­ing.

“It was pretty spe­cial to get an award alone, I didn’t re­ally ex­pect too much,” he said.

“At the end of the sea­son, we got each of the play­ers from both grades to give their 3-2-1s for the whole sea­son and I got the most.

“Com­ing home and play­ing for my home town again, it was pretty spe­cial to re­ceive an award like this.

“Look­ing at the past names on this award are a few leg­ends of the club so it’s pretty awe­some to have my name en­graved on this one as well.”

Al­though Bright is re­turn­ing to his Bris­bane club, Broth­ers, next year, he’s hope­ful the town con­tin­ues to rally around it’s club, es­pe­cially con­sid­er­ing the stel­lar sea­son they have had.

“I know af­ter the sea­son we’ve had there is go­ing to be a lot of play­ers who do stick around which I hope does hap­pen,” he said.

“It was an awe­some sea­son and I do hope the club con­tin­ues to build.

“I think a lot of us have done some great things for this club and for it’s fu­ture and I re­ally hope the com­mu­nity stays be­hind us.

“We’re back in a good spot and we can only move up from here. One day Roma will get their first A-grade pre­mier­ship and that will be a very spe­cial day.”

PHOTO: ELLEN RANSLEY

PROUD PLAYER: Ben Bright was named the Roma Echid­nas Play­ers’ Player for 2019.

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