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THE achievements of the Gold Coast Rugby League’s Cyril Connell and Mal Meninga Cup teams was celebrated at the annual presentation night at the Hellenic Function Centre on Wednesday night.

All four of the team’s accomplishments during the representative season were highlighted with the night also acknowledging player performances both on and off the field.

The development program, which has five stakeholders including Gold Coast Tweed Rugby League, Gold Coast Junior Rugby League, Burleigh Bears, Tweed Seagulls and the iSelect Gold Coast Titans, is in its second year and the results are really starting to show according to Gold Coast Titans High Performance Manager Jamie McCormack.

“The program has been hugely successful here on the Gold Coast and all teams competed strongly in both the Cyril Connell and Mal Meninga cups which is a testament to the players, coaching staff and volunteers,” McCormack said.

iSelect Gold Coast Titans coach John Cartwright attended the function and announced the four players in contention to win the Mat Rogers Medallion.

Congratulations to Tom Plater, Sam Clark, Daymeric Pelo and Sam Swift on being nominated for this award.

These players received a personal invitation to Carty’s Long Lunch held at Jupiter’s Hotel and Casino on Friday, May 30, where the Mat Rogers Medallion winner will be announced.

Tickets are still available for this event and funds raised will support Gold Coast Junior pathways.

For more information about Carty’s Long Lunch please contact Titans events at events@titans.com.au or 07 5656 5650.

Under 16 Gold Coast White

The Under 16 Gold Coast White team finished second in the Southern Pool on nine (9) points with a for-and-against of +106. Unfortunately, they went down to Townsville in the QRL semi-final. Congratulations to the following recipients of awards:

Most Improved: Samson Halatau
Coach Award: Jai Whitbread
Best and Fairest: Vito Sula-Siaosi

Under 18 Gold Coast White

The Under 18 Gold Coast Whites finished on eight (8) points leaving them in 5th position overall. In a very tight competition, the players went down in two games in the dying seconds. Congratulations to the following recipients of awards:

Most Improved: Joseph Tangeria
Coach Award: Kupi Ta’ala
Best and Fairest: Dylan Pelo

Under 16 Gold Coast Green

The Under 16 Gold Coast Greens finished on nine (9) points and equal second with the Under 16 Gold Coast White; however the team’s for-and-against of +82 was not enough to get them a place in the semi-finals. Congratulations to the following recipients of awards:

Most Improved: Malachi Morgan
Coach Award: Solomon Mafi
Best and Fairest: Tom Plater

Under 18 Gold Coast Green

The Under 18 Gold Coast Green finished on 10 points and in equal first position however, the team missed out on the semi-finals on for-and-against points. Congratulations to the following recipients of awards:

Most Improved: Sam Elliott
Coach Award: Jack Cook
Best and Fairest: Sam Swift

For photos from the night – head to the Gold Coast Rugby League Facebook page.