FORSTER-Tuncurry’s Matt Thomas was named the most improved player in first grade at the Group Three Rugby League presentation night.
Another Hawk, Keegan Dodd, was the player of the year in reserve grade.
Max Elliott was joint runner up in the under 18.5 player of the year with Hudson McCarron from Port City. Port Macquarie second rower Harry Hanley was the runaway winner of the under 18.5 player of the year .
Winston McBride from Forster was one of three players to share the highest try scorer award with nine.
Grace Camilleri was the group’s most improved player in women’s league tag, where Talara Morris was the leading points scorer with 108 from 12 tries and 30 goals. Talara was also named in the group’s league tag team of the year.
The Hawks missed the semi-finals in first and reserve grades this year.
Port City second rower Chris Piper was named the Wingham Services Club player of the year in first grade, with Wingham fullback Matt Bridge the runner up.
Coach of the year went to Anthony Boyd from the Wauchope club while Port City’s Owen Blair was the representative player of the year.
Port Macquarie centre Will Baker was the leading try scorer in first grade with 18 while Port City hooker Jeremy Smith was the leading point scorer with 166 from 11 tries and 61 goals.
The first grade team of the year is Matt Bridge (Wingham); Owen Blair (Port City), Beau White (Wauchope), Luke Sinclair (Port City), Blake Wells (Port City); Corey Murphy (Port Macquarie), Danny Russell (Wingham); Liam Quinn (Wauchope), Will Clarke (Taree City), Chris Piper (Port City), Richie Roberts (Port City), Jeremy Smith (Port City), Shannon Ellem (Old Bar).
The Group Three annual meeting will be held at the Wingham Services Club on Sunday November 11 while the annual hall of fame induction will be on Saturday December 8, also at the Wingham Services Club.
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