It was a big night for the Cobar Roosters Senior Rugby League Club on Saturday with NRL league legend David Peachey and members of the Cobar Roosters 1968 Premiership winning team joining the club to celebrate the end of their first season in the Castlereagh Rugby League competition.
Club president Chris Deighton welcomed the special guests and said 2018 had been a very successful year for the Roosters.
Deighton said the move to the Castlereagh League has been “the best thing that’s happened to us in years”.
While none of the Cobar teams made it to the grand final, Deighton said the club did however make a good first impression with both the Ladies’ League Tag and Under 18s teams making it to the semi finals, and the First Grade side just missed out on a semi final berth.
“We took it very seriously and we played good quality football. We were very much welcomed into the competition and I’m very proud of our efforts this season,” Deighton said.
In addition to praising the efforts of the three teams and their coaches, Deighton acknowledged the club’s sponsors, his committee, the rugby players who filled in and all the volunteers who helped out during the season.
“The future of the club is looking bright,” he said.
The first awards of the night to be presented were the Coach’s Awards with Michael Manns the recipient of the Under 18s/Juniors coach Rob Childs award; Peta Woods collected the Ladies League Tag award from her coach Bianka Jacobson; and First Grade coach David Watson named Tom McKenna as his Coach’s Award winner.
Players’ Player awards went to Marty Turton (Juniors), Jenna Fullagar and Tanya Gilbert (League Tag) and Jed Noonan (First Grade).
Fullagar was also the League Tag Most Consistent Player; the Ladies Best & Fairest Player and Overall Club Best & Fairest Player to win the Eric Martin Memorial Award.
Noonan was First Grade’s Best & Fairest while Marty Turton was named the Juniors’ Best & Fairest player this season.
The Juniors Best Forward was Patrick Hallcroft with Hallcroft’s efforts as a linesman and someone who was always willing to help out, also earning him the Robb Gilligan Memorial Junior Clubman of the Year award.
Ben Simon was First Grade’s Best Forward with Tim Hillam the team’s Best Back. Hillam scored the Most Tries of the season with a massive tally of 18 while this year’s Highest Point Scorer was Rob Childs with four tries and 32 goals for a big tally of 80 points.
The Juniors’ Best Back was Ash Davies who was also named the Player with the Most Potential alongside League Tag’s Brennah Aumua. Tyson Brilley was the club’s 2018 Rookie of the Year and Michael Manns was the Most Consistent Forward.
Tristan Everett was named the Most Consistent Back; the Most Dedicated Player; and was also the club’s Most Consistent Footballer this season.
League Tag’s Most Dedicated Player was Codi Mackay and the club’s Most Improved Footballer was Tanya Gilbert.
Representative players Michael Manns, Chris Deighton, Tim Hillam, Zoë Harland, Lisa Travis and Jenna Fullagar were recognised for their efforts this season with Western Rams League Tag representative, Harland, named the club’s Representative Player of the Year.
The club’s hard working treasurer who went above and beyond her role, Brianna Manns, collected the Tom Knight Memorial Clubman of the Year award.