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Sauiluma, Gray claim Burleigh's top awards

The Burleigh Bears enjoyed a successful 2021 season across the club and recently celebrated their achievements at their club awards events.

Sami Sauiluma (Intrust Super Cup) and Tazmin Gray (BHP Premiership) were the big winners on the night, with both taking home player of the year honours for 2021.

Gray was outstanding in the premiership-winning Bears team and also went on the play for the Harvey Norman Queensland Maroons, winning the Nellie Doherty Medal as player of the match. The second rower’s form through the season also saw her secure contract with the Gold Coast Titans in the NRLW.

Tazmin Gray enjoyed an outstanding season with Burleigh Bears. Photo: Paul Goodman Photography
Tazmin Gray enjoyed an outstanding season with Burleigh Bears. Photo: Paul Goodman Photography

Centre Sauiluma had a standout season for the Bears in his 15 appearances for the club this year, also taking out the players' player award.

Tiana Raftstrand-Smith and Shallin Fuller took out the rookie of the year awards after both had breakout seasons.

Raftstrand- Smith started the year in the Harvey Norman Under 19 Girls team at the club and finished the season with a BHP Premiership title. The young gun also made her State of Origin debut with the Harvey Norman Queensland Maroons and signed an NRLW contract with the Gold Coast Titans.

Impressive rookie Raftstrand-Smith

Livewire back Fuller started the year in A Grade, not making his debut until Round 7 in the Intrust Super Cup where he lit up the competition with his eyes-up play. Fans and the Gold Coast Titans liked what they saw of him on the field, with Fuller also signing on with the NRL club.

Lachie Clifton was a popular winner of the club person of the year.

Sami Sauiluma took home two big awards. Photo: Paul Goodman Photography
Sami Sauiluma took home two big awards. Photo: Paul Goodman Photography

Burleigh Bears 2021 awards

Best and fairest awards

Intrust Super Cup player of the year: Sami Sauiluma

BHP Premiership player of the year: Tazmin Gray

Hastings Deering Colts player of the year: Issaac Booth

Auswide Bank Mal Meninga Cup player of the year: Tuvalli Khan-Pereira

GCRL A Grade player of the year: Taine Tuaupiki

GCRL Under 20s player of the year: Noah Croudace

GCRL Reserve Grade player of the year: Nick Van Der Poel

Coaches awards

Intrust Super Cup: Luke Page

BHP Premiership: Brittany Breayley-Nati

Hastings Deering Colts: Vaka Sikahele

Auswide Bank Mal Meninga Cup: VJ Semu

GCRL A Grade: Will Evans

GCRL Under 20s: Luke Khan

GCRL Reserve Grade: Luke de Vlieg

Gatorade Bolt winner Luke De Vlieg

Players’ player awards

Intrust Super Cup: Sami Sauiluma

BHP Premiership: Millie Boyle

Hastings Deering Colts: Blake Campbell

Auswide Bank Mal Meninga Cup: Jye Gray

GCRL A Grade: Jordan Scott

GCRL Under 20s: Jake Kearton

GCRL Reserve Grade: Cooper Hornburg

Club awards

Most Courageous: Zac Cundle

Club person of the year: Lachlan Clifton

Sportsperson of the year: Ryan Martin

A Grade best forward: Reece Summer

Intrust Super Cup best forward:  Sam Coster

Lachie Clifton was a popular choice for club person of the year winner. Photo: Paul Goodman Photography
Lachie Clifton was a popular choice for club person of the year winner. Photo: Paul Goodman Photography

*award winners submitted by clubs

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