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'Complete package' Chudleigh claims Townsville's top award

The Townsville Blackhawks are set to play in the finals again this year, but have gotten in early to celebrate the achievements of their players during the season.

Last week, talented hooker Josh Chudleigh was named the 2021 Blackhawks Player of the Year at the club’s presentation of awards.

The awards night was originally booked in at the start of the year for before what was supposed to be the final round of the regular season, but due to COVID-19 lockdowns; the season has been pushed back, with the grand final to take place in October.

“Our presentation was going to be just before our final round, but COVID had other plans for us,” football operations manager Adrian Thomson said.

“Josh was so far ahead on points that no one was going to catch him, so we decided to stay with the same date.

“We are just happy to be playing and the season is still going.”

Josh Chudleigh has been named the Townsville Blackhawks player of the year. Photo: Townsville Blackhawks
Josh Chudleigh has been named the Townsville Blackhawks player of the year. Photo: Townsville Blackhawks

Blackhawks coach Aaron Payne praised his No.9, saying Chudleigh typified the kind of player team mates wanted to play with.

“Josh has had a fantastic year and deserves this award,” Payne said.

“He is super reliable, consistent, punches out big minutes in the middle and is always competing. And defensively he always sures up our middle.

“From a coach’s perspective, he’s the complete package.

“He is great to coach, always a threat to the opposition and as tough as they come.

“Our players also picked him players' player; the player they most want to play with. And that’s a good example of why he got the award and why he is so important to our group.

“His team mates know what they are going to get from him every week.”

Townville Blackhawks 2021 award winners

Intrust Super Cup

Mendi Player of the Year – Josh Chudleigh
Players' Player – Josh Chudleigh
Best Forward – Josh Chudleigh
Best Back – Jaelen Feeney

Hastings Deering Colts

Player of the Year – Jake Bourke
Players Player – Mitch Fogarty
Best Forward – Joey Jensen
Best Back – Dylan White

The Hastings Deering Colts players player was Mitch Fogarty. Photo: Erick Lucero / QRL
The Hastings Deering Colts players player was Mitch Fogarty. Photo: Erick Lucero / QRL

Harvey Norman Under 19s

Player of the Year – Jordi-Rae Mahendrarajah

Auswide Bank Mal Meninga Cup

Player of the Year – Will Latu

Cyril Connell Challenge

Player of the Year – Jamal Shibasaki

Cr Russ Cook Community Award

Larry Seri