Central West Rugby League reflect on season

THE Central West Rugby League season came to a close last Saturday with the conclusion of both the junior and senior presentations.


The junior presentation was held first with approximately 40 people attending a very warm afternoon at the Longreach Aquatic Centre.


The day kicked off with many of the juniors taking advantage of the cool waters with a dip in the pool followed by some activities with Australian Jillaroos players Renae Kunst and Jenni-Sue Hoepper, lunch and the main attraction presentation of trophies.


Junior winners:


* Junior Representative Player of the Year Peter Blucher

* Junior Representative Team Official of the Year Mark Davies and Tony Wilkinson

* Referees Player of the Year Mitchell Biddulph (Under 11) and Kade Bansett (Under 13)

* Player of the Year Mitchell Biddulph, Dominic Mifsud and Ethan Ballard (Under 11) and Mitch Fogarty (Under 13)


Congratulations to all nominees and to the winners on their achievements.


A vote of thanks is extended to the parents for bringing the players to the junior presentation and a wonderful afternoon had by all. We would like to extend a special thanks to the Longreach Aquatic Centre for hosting the junior presentation.


After a couple hours break for the Central West Committee; it was off to the senior awards night at the Longreach RSL.


The room was beautifully decorated in pink and green celebrating the colours and the raising funds for Pink Ribbon Day and Central West Juniors.


The senior awards evening was hosted by local radio personalities Jack Millar and Jack Fuller (who both did an excellent job of emceeing the evening).


Senior winners:


* Referee of the Year Gavin Baskett

* Service to Refereeing Ernie Ellis

* Representative Player of the Year Trent Hoad

* Referees Player of the Year Roger Batt

* Fogarty Memorial Shield Player of the Year Trent Thomas


Presentation of shirts was made to the Central Division Challenge Squad along with presentation of team jerseys (and photo) to the Outback Muster teams. We sincerely thank those players for putting up their hand to play representative footy for Central West.


We forgot to mention on the night that the Outback Muster is coming back to the Central West district for 2014 and has been awarded to the town of Blackall. Our committee will be working with both Blackall clubs and community to organise this fantastic senior carnival.


Central West Rugby League sponsors were recognised on the night along with event sponsors for the presentation, without the support of sponsors our club would not survive and we thank those sponsors who have signed on for the 2014 season.


* Radio 4LG / West FM

* Qantaslink

* RSL Longreach

* Albert Park Motor Inn

* Rayners Crane Hire

* Woollam Constructions

* Central Motors Winton

* George Bourne & Associates

* Corfield & Fitzmaurice

* Barcaldine Regional Council

* Barcaldine Tyre Centre

* Smith Bros Longreach

* RYMA

* Struddys Sports


CWRL extends their thanks to each of our media partners Sam at Longreach Leader; the team from Radio 4LG/West FM & Dan at ABC for helping us to keep the community informed of league happenings. We also extend our thanks to Andrew and his team at the RSL for catering for the awards night.


We thank those attending the senior awards for purchasing auction items raising $1155 for junior rep teams and pink ribbon day. A multi-draw raffle was held on the night and we thank all those business houses who kindly donated items to this raffle.


*2 tickets to 2014 State of Origin at Suncorp Stadium No 250 Dylan Grant

*Johnathan Thurston framed print No 125 Andrew Watts

*$300 Struddys Gift pack No 234 Cheryl & Jack Power

*Mercury Business Supplies No 213 - Iona Nicol & Leigh Cronin

* Smith Bros Wheelbarrow No 241 - Roger Batt

*Angelflight Outback Trailblazer bag No 178 David Kerrigan

*Buttco Longreach $50 Gift Voucher No 195 Travis Harbour

*Barcaldine Tyre Centre $25 Gift Voucher No 203 Robert Cutting

*Rugby League Pack No 235 Cheryl Power

*SJM Contracting - 1 day dry hire mini skid steer loader with all attachments No 64 Harry Hauff

*Barcaldine Irrigation & Garden Centre Gift Pack No 179 David Kerrigan

*IGA Barcaldine 30 Pack Coke Brad Mutton

*Blackall Senior Rugby League Seve Balliseros Framed Print No 103 Graeme Shipley

*Blackall Senior Rugby League Greg Murphy Framed Print No 078 - Digger Acton


Lucky door prize ($100 Longreach BP Fuel Voucher) was won by special guest Jenni-Sue Hoepper who kindly donated the prize back which was then won by Robert Cutting.


We want to thank everyone who came along for the senior awards night and like myself, I trust everyone enjoyed themselves. I personally want to thank my committee Vice President David Kerrigan, Junior Delegate Travis Harbour and Secretary/Treasurer Charmain Acton.


Thanks also to the women who decorated the venue for the awards (Iona Nicol, Riley Blunt and Charmain Acton great job!) and to all the clubs for their support for season 2013; our media partners, both junior and senior players and to everyone who made the evening possible (RSL Longreach, Qantaslink, Radio 4LG/West FM & Albert Park Motor Inn).


Finally to Paul and Marie from Struddys (who set out what is possible when looking for league uniforms for season 2014) along with our very special guests from the Jillaroos Rugby League World Cup Squad Renae Kunst & Jenni-Sue Hoepper. These two women were wonderful and are a credit to rugby league.


There was one special mention we forgot on the night and that was to the Secretary/Treasurer of Central West Rugby League Charmain Acton.


A few months ago Charmain was nominated by her peers for the NRL One Community Women in League Achievement Award and managed to be one of six finalists from across Australia. She travelled to Sydney in late September for the awards night representing not only Central West, but was one of three finalists to represent the Central Division (which CWRL is a part of). Though Charmain did not win, CWRL is extremely proud of her efforts and very grateful she is part of our committee.


The season has now closed for 2013, but we only have a couple of weeks break and will be into season 2014 with the AGM / GM & Club Induction to be held on Sunday, November 10, 2013 at Longreach RSL commencing at 10am.


QRL reps will be on hand for the club induction and the president, secretary, treasurer and coaches are requested to attend this (from about 11.30am). All clubs should have held their own AGM by this date and all relevant paperwork must be into CWRL by November 6, 2013.


As President of Central West Rugby League I would like to wish all the clubs the best for season 2014.