Walcha league: Fullback comes up with the goods

Winning smiles: Walcha's 2017 rugby league award winners at the presentations evening.
Winning smiles: Walcha's 2017 rugby league award winners at the presentations evening.

ROOS fullback Steve Eveleigh was rewarded for his “never say die” attitude throughout the season when he was named best and fairest player after he picked up 26 points – the same amount of Group 4 Second Division points he accumulated.

STEVE “Dizzy” Eveleigh also was named co-winner of the players’ player award with coach Troy Yarnold and Brody Smith, who was playing his first season with the Roos.

THE Jillaroos best and fairest could not have been any closer when Lucy Withers finished on 19 points, just one clear of “veteran” Lacey Latham, who claimed the coach’s award from Kevin Creighton.

THE Green sisters Annabelle and Rachel were rewarded for their consistent efforts throughout the season with the players’ player and most improved awards respectively.

Well deserved

WELL done to Roos frontrower Josh Lordanie who received the coach’s award from Troy Yarnold. You may remember, Josh was the player to miss out when the 2016 Roos grand final team was named and could have quite easily pulled the pin on playing again.

THAT certainly was not the case, as the big bloke hardly missed a game or even a training run throughout 2017 and there was not a bigger cheer on the presentation award night than when T.Y. announced the player he had selected. Good on ya, Josh – it is a prize you richly deserve.

...the big bloke hardly missed a game or training run throughout 2017 and there wasn’t a bigger cheer on the night than when T.Y. announced who he had selected. Good on ya, Josh – it is a prize you richly deserve.

Rams winners

THE Walcha Rams also held their annual prize-giving night last Friday, where Simon Newton not only was named first grade best and fairest player of the year, but also scored the most points for the club. Runner-up for the best and fairest award was Sandy Cameron who also collected the players’ player gong in the top grade.

IN “Reggies”, Stu Hobbs was best and fairest. Runner-up was Lachie Fletcher, while players’ player was Ryan Withers, who also claimed under 19’s best and fairest player just ahead of runner-up Toby King.

MOST improved Ram in 2017 was Cameron Norbury, whereas the “Harry” (Harry Chester Memorial) clubman of the year went to Henry King.

Wallaby Williams speaks

SPECIAL guest at the Rams function was former Wallaby Steve Williams who was a member of the Australian squad that won the Grand Slam in 1984 and also captained his country. Rams president Andrew Crawford was in awe of how tall Williams was, and reckons he spoke well on the night.

IT was great to see both the rugby and league clubs held successful evenings to finalise their seasons with around 100 people attending both nights. Let’s hope both clubs continue to succeed in 2018. Up the green and gold. Go the red and white.

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