Rebels win battle for survival this year
SOUTH Grafton Rugby League Rebels may have been down, but they were not out, during the 2006 competition.
More than 170 players, officials and supporters turned out for the club's end-of-season presentation of awards at the Grafton District Golf Club on Saturday.
The club went through the year without fielding a first-grade side and the presentation night was the occasion to honour the efforts and achievements of the club's reserve grade and under-18 teams.
Reserve grade coach Phil Sullivan, who was MC for the evening, paid tribute to the dedication of club players who turned out week after week, reserve graders opposing sides stacked with first-grade players, and Under-18s consistently called on to fill shortfalls in the Rebels' reserve grade line-up.
Reserve grade captain Scott Cooper won the feature trophy, the player of the year, and also surprisingly was the highest point scorer of the year for reserve grade.
Best and fairest award in reserve grade went to Ben Woods, and the Under-18s title was taken out by Tim Tilse.
In reserve grade other award winners were: players' player Ben Woods, best back John Carney, best forward Scott Cooper, most consistent back Bruce Bowling, most consistent forward Brad Rhodda, most improved Ben Perry, coach's Award Eddie de Bono.
Under-18 awards presented by coach Dale Eamens were: highest point scorer Dwayne Randall, players' player Trent Gordon, best back Dale Eamens Jnr, best forward Dave Fernando, most consistent back Shane Cropper, most consistent forward Dean Hambly, most improved Ryan Danvers.
Club awards: club person of the year, Philip (JB) Walsh, most consistent player Dean Hambly, player clubman Josh Burton, sportsmanship Bruce Bowling, perennial battler (Wormald Family Award) Lucas Radmilouch, most courageous Dean Hambly, player of most potential Ben Woods.
Club president Janita Cooper presented each club player with a numbered red and white jumper as a memento of the season.
Mr Sullivan said regardless of the future for the South Grafton club, all those who had earned a jumper could look back with pride on the fact that they had played in the red and white.
South Grafton, at nearly 100 years old, was the longest registered rugby league club in the area.
? MAX GODBEE.