AWARDS SCOOP: South Grafton Junior Rugby League club won five awards at the Group 1 presentation night. PHOTO: Adam Hourigan
AWARDS SCOOP: South Grafton Junior Rugby League club won five awards at the Group 1 presentation night. PHOTO: Adam Hourigan

What a haul!

SOUTH Grafton Rebels' outstanding junior season received the icing on the cake at Group 1's presentation night.

The Rebels scooped five of the eight major awards, and finished runners up in the club of the year award to down river club Clarence Coast Magpies

"I still have the smile on my face," Rebels president Karen Taunton said. "The Clarence Valley is still up there in junior footy."

South Grafton won the club championship for the first time, while its under-10 team was voted most outstanding team in the Group 1 competition.

The Rebels were swooped by the Magpies for club of the year, but there were three more awards to come.

Rod Gallagher was named coach of the year for his efforts with the Rebels' undefeated U10s, while Rahni Matthews won treasurer and Erin Gallagher secretary of the year.

"Erin's been on the executive for about two to three years," Taunton said.

"She does all of our correspondence with the group - parents, players, media. Everything. She organises the raffles as well. She's a very hard worker.

"Rahni is new to the role but has done a fantastic job. She was a bit hesitant in the beginning but she's blitzed it since.

"And Rod has been with the club for a few years coaching minis. He stepped up to the mods and coached the nines and 10s."

It is a sensational turnaround for the club, which struggled in recent seasons.

Taunton said the awards would help spur the club to greater success next year.

"Our goal is to field a team in every grade and hopefully we can do that soon," Taunton said.



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